Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Holiday

If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that I went on holiday last week. The family and I spent a wonderful seven days in sunny Washington wine country. It was perfect to get away from the business of everyday life and just spend some time relaxing. It went a little something link this:

We got up on Sunday morning, finished all our packing, and then hit the road. Once we arrived at our destination, we unpacked, and spent some time just taking in the view from our balcony. The view from the top was incredible! We then headed out to pick up a couple of supplies from the shop. When we returned to the residence, my mum started to cook some dinner, and we went to the pool. Considering it was over 100 degrees, it is no surprise that we jumped right in!

Monday, we got up and Penny boarded over to a local coffee shop. Once we had got some caffeine in our system, we then headed back to the house. After spending some time in the pool, it rained in the evening. Now, the rain wasn't unpleasant but it wasn't exactly the weather we had hoped for. There was lightning and thunder, which wasn't good as wildfire season was already bad! So, to keep ourselves entertained we headed over to the local Walmart. My Dad had the fun idea that we should get a Go Pro camera. So he did. We purchased the Go Pro Hero3. I also purchased some DVD's (maybe I will post about them later). We spent the rest of the day setting the camera up and playing with it.

Tuesday, we headed to the beach. We broke out the kayaks and spent time soaking up the sun. Again, it was over 100 degrees so my Dad and I strolled over to the local Starbuck and picked up some cool refreshments. We spent the rest of the day enjoying the sun, water, and view.

Wednesday, we went to our favorite park. It is right on the lake and generally a nice quiet place to go. It was only my family and I plus a couple other groups in the park. We brought the kayaks and spent the day paddling, reading books, and taking photographs. After picnicking for lunch and deciding that it was soon time to leave, my Dad and I decided to paddle all the way back in to town. So we did. I love kayaking so much and I was and still am proud that I managed to paddle 2k in 107 degree heat. Not too bad for my first decent length! We spent the rest of the day resting and playing in the pool with the Go Pro until it was time for dinner. We went to one of the local wineries which was exquisite.The atmosphere was great with live music, the food was good, and the company was the best.

Thursday we headed back to the beach. We spent the day doing pretty much the same as we did on the Tuesday. I went for another Kayak session with my Dad, but since the wind had picked up this day, it wasn't as far. 
Look at the trees and you can really see how windy it was!

Friday and Saturday were spent by the pool. By this time we were all starting to get tired from being active all the time. If we hadn't been swimming, we had been kayaking. If we weren't kayaking, we were walking around exploring. I managed to finish two book by this point and started my third. We also spent the evenings laughing and watching Burn Notice on Netflix. The apartment also had an Xbox so my brother and I raced some cars. I even won a couple of times with my Ferrari. Let's just say I don't do rematches... I quit when I'm ahead!

My brother's awesome new shades!
While we were on holiday we also enjoyed some sweet treats including soft serve ice cream and churros. Let's just say by the time we left, the ice cream guy literally knew our order!

I had such a great week and I am sad that it is over and that it's time to go back to "real" life. However, I have a lot to be thankful for and a lot to look forward to including a my birthday, a weekend getaway, Ed Sheeran in concert, and the start of a new college life.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer In The City part 2

In the afternoon of my day in the city, Whit and I headed down to Pike Place Market. After we fought all the tourists for parking we headed to one of the local Starbucks for refreshments. We decided that if we waited to go into the famous, first Starbucks we would end up dying from standing in line so the one up the street was the perfect alternative. Then we decided to walk through the market...

The first time through (yes, we went through it multiple times!) we ended up just looking at what there was to offer and I focused on snapping a few shots. We tried to avoid the ultra crowded tourist attractions and instead we discovered some little treasures to visit on our way back through. We then proceeded down to the gum wall and spent some time in the lower parts of the market. There are so many hidden treasures in Pike Place and I always seem to find something new. We got some doughnuts from the best doughnut stand in the world, some awesome pastas that I can't wait to try and some gorgeous flowers. Not to mention a necklace, an awesome city scene screen printed tank top, and my biggest want on my list... a rag shirt!

As I edited these photos and reflected on today's adventure, I realized that it has been a while since I had a genuinely GREAT day. It was nice to be able to relax and not to have to worry about working, yet still be doing something productive and enjoyable. It is making me even more excited to snap some shots this coming week while I'm on vacation...

My brother thought my 'accidentally blurred photo'
looked cool so I included it...

The name of these made me laugh so hard!

I just love how colorful and alive the market is!
- Susie

Friday, July 11, 2014

Summer In The City part 1

Summer in the city is a bright and festive thing. I took a little adventure today to Gas Works Park in Seattle. I have been dreaming of visiting this photogenic hot spot for quite some time and today was finally the day. Not only is the left over machinery and architecture extremely intriguing, there is also a special feeling to the place due to it's age. Gas Works seems to be a haven in which all sorts of people can get away for the day to just enjoy the views, the sun, and the serenity that is not commonly found in the city.

Sleepless anyone?

- Susie

Thursday, June 26, 2014

University Orientation

Picture this... It's 4am. You have only slept for 3 hours. Your car is packed with the essentials: Water, BBQ crisps, Peachy-O's, and most importantly Red Bull.

That was me yesterday morning as I got up and headed over to Whit's. It was time to pick her up to go to orientation. Our college orientation check in was at eight am so we knew we had to hit the road nice and early. The sunrise was amazing as we started our journey!

Thankfully we had Ed Sheeran's new album to keep us in a good mood and after about an hour and a half of driving we made our coffee stop. A nice grande white chocolate mocha and a breakfast sandwich each and we were finally awake (a little scary to only now feel awake). We then continued on to our destination. When we arrived the excitement and the nerves kicked in.

We checked in and discover at some point we would be split into different groups. We started laughing when I explained to Whitney that I had a nightmare about that happening. Thank our rebel genes because we snuck Whitney into my group and no one even questioned it. Success!

We then reached the stressful part of the day. We had a meeting we had to attend that really freaked us out (mostly me. My type A personality tries really hard to be type B, but I just never seem to get there). The panic continued as we went on to meet with advisors and as we signed up for classes. I hadn't even began to think about what classes I was going to take and so I felt like I was rushing into deciding. Anyway, I got that all sorted and I am excited to take the classes I signed up for. All that was left to figure out was the Mathematics situation. I am 5 credits a.k.a one class away from receiving my DTA from community college. Without the DTA I have to take about nine extra general education classes when I get to Uni. I am so glad to say that I continued sorting things out today by going back to community college and fixing things on their end. All I have to do is take the equivalent math course while I'm at Uni and then inform the community college. Then they will give me my degree and the 9 extra Uni classes go away. Phew! It is such a relief to have things figured out...

Anyway, while we were at Uni, Whit and I spent some time just walking around. It felt good. It felt like it was my new home. Considering the last time I visited the school I wasn't going to be attending it, it was nice to see it again and get that feeling.

We then started our long journey home. We hit some traffic after a couple hours on the road so we knew it was time to find somewhere to eat. We chose The Cheesecake Factory and had a lovely meal that included Pizza and Pasta. We even stopped by the small Lush store and picked up a face mask each as well (after the day we had we needed it).
- Susie

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Captured Vintage

My Dad just recently came back from a trip to England, on which he had the chance to go visit his parents, my grandparents. While he was there, he was given an old camera that had been in the family for years. Apparently, it had been sitting and collecting dust and needed to be appreciated. I am so glad that they thought to give the camera to me because I am in love with it.

I learnt how to shoot film my junior year of high school as part of my schools photography program. Developing film is a magical experience. Not only do you shoot the photos, and then have no idea what they look like, you then have to try not to kill the film strips in the development process. I think film is so much more fun because things can go wrong at any point in the process. I  strongly believe that learning how to develop film, is crucial to having a proper understanding of the importance of f-stops and shutter speeds. It created an understanding that I don't feel I would have if I jumped straight to shooting on a DSLR.

From what I have read online the Zeiss Ikon Ikoflex camera I received is from the mid 1950's. I hope to put this gentleman to good use. I just need to figure out where to get the right film from and where to develop it since I am no longer in high school...

Isn't it awesome!
- Susie

Sunday, June 15, 2014

10 Days

It's been ten days since my previous post so I thought I would sit down and just get some thoughts out.

My days seem to mostly consist of work right now and napping in my free time but I do have some fun things to look forward to this summer:

1. The World Cup. If you weren't aware The World Cup started! Now, I like both American football and regular football, but there is something so special about so many countries coming together in one place and displaying such skill in FIFA. It is my favorite sports event. I love cheering for my teams and watching the excitement of it all. It will be interesting to see tomorrows line ups!

2. I have college orientation coming up. I have to be up really early in order to get over the mountains and checked in by 8am. It will be an exciting little adventure for Whit and I. I might even document it for a laugh.

3. Then before you know it, I will be off on holiday. I will be soaking up the sunshine and I will be having some relaxation time (which is really needed). The only downside is that my sister won't be coming with us this year.

4. I will be done with my teenage years!!!!! I will finally be twenty. I feel like its about time...

5. Leaving for school. I can't wait to go back to school. I never thought I would miss being in school but I have. Going to Uni this Fall will be a great fresh start and a step in the right direction for me. I feel like I have grown a lot over the past year and I can't wait to continue to grow and meet new people!

- Susie

Thursday, June 5, 2014


Yesterday, I was a little bit spontaneous...
I have been watching the Penny Board business grow as YouTubers such as Fun for Louis and Mr. Ben Brown take their boarding adventures to the net. As soon as I was introduced to these boards I thought they were the it thing. So much so, that back around the holiday season, Penny came out with new designs and I fell in love with one of them and even posted about it on my Twitter. (Just looked and I posted the pic on October 30, 2013).

Well, yesterday I was running a few errands and found myself taking a cheeky little trip to Quicksilver. Now, I LOVE this store. The guys in there are always chill and the Roxy clothing is my favorite. I picked out a shirt and as I was checking out I struck up a conversation about the Penny Boards with one of the guys. I made my shirt purchase and then I left. I then proceeded to walk around the shopping center for about another 20 minutes. I had a good think and then decided to just go for it!

I went back to the shop and the guy was still there and he let me walk behind the counter to take a good look at them. What he didn't know was that I knew exactly which one I wanted so it didn't take me long. I handed over the cash and I had done it. I had bought the board. Not to mention that he tried to get me to apply to work there... Apparently I'm cool!

So, when I got home I started skating in my street. What I haven't yet mentioned is the fact that I haven't skated since I was about ten. It is definitely an interesting experience. I like to think that it is in my blood though because my dad was a through and through skater boy. I will never forget my 40 something year old father teaching me and my childhood friend how to do tricks. Haha.

Today, my brother and I went to our local trail and just went for it. With my camera in my bag we skated for a good hour. I got some nice shots of the country side and some shots of my new Penny. The Penny fever is continuing to spread as now my brother is in love with the smooth ride too. I can't wait to cruise around my college campus on this baby!

- Susie