ccccToday’s my 26th birthday. It’s also the day I write my final bar admissions exam. It’s kinda a big day.

A year ago I was working part-time at a rec centre, washing sweaty towels and booking children’s birthday parties. I wasn’t sure I’d ever get a job as a public-sector criminal lawyer — my dream job, and the only law-job I was interested in (sometimes beggars are choosers). I had just spent 3 years in law school hating it and myself, and I was doubtful law would be in my future. I was still figuring out my illness, and how to take care of myself.

Over the year I got stronger. I read a lot about self-care and feminism and how to show up for yourself. I applied and got an interview for my dream job. I prepared for it like an Olympic event. When I found out I got it, I cried and promptly quit my part-time job at the rec centre. I started volunteering at a Women’s Centre and making art in my spare time. I watched a lot of documentaries and a lot of  law & order. I got hooked on yard sales and fell deeper in love. When my job finally started, it exceeded my expectations. The people, the law, the courtroom – I had found my place.

The 180 of the past year didn’t happen in a nice linear way. It was kind of like Snakes and Ladders. Some days I climbed up, other days I slithered down. I’m not sure why I kept playing, but I’m glad I did. Kids parties are the worst.


For Her

Hey Mom,
You are a strong, beautiful, and kind woman who is always trying to be better for her family and herself. You are there for me, have always been there for me, and I want you to know I am here for you too. Today is meant for mothers, but I will be celebrating too – because you might have got me, but I got you!

Happy Mother’s Day!
You know I’m not one for buying cards, so this year we did something a little different. Not pictured here is the mud we had to walk through and the wind that nearly blew our signs away. If it’s the thought that counts, I hope it shows. Have a great Mother’s Day, Mom! I’ll call ya soon, but until then, I love you!

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IMG_9566You know what’s fun? Defying gravity.
Just kidding. There is no levitation going on in the above images, just some trick photography. Anybody with a camera, chair, and photoshop skills can achieve the same look. Don’t believe me? Check out this tutorial or this one. Actually, for the last photo you’ll also need some core strength. My abs were pretty sore after that one. The lengths I go to for a cool a picture! Who am I kidding? It was totally worth it.


Made at home: Tortilla (Spanish Omelette)

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The bar and bean eat guacamole and salsa at every opportunity, so when the latest Kinfolk magazine featured a recipe for tortilla we were a little excited. While not specifically a breakfast dish, and while this recipe made no mention of the green or red, we knew we had stumbled upon a potentially killer morning meal. We began by frying a sliced half onion and a thinly sliced potato until crispy and tender, respectively. Setting that aside, we used the same pan to fry four beaten eggs until a little cooked on bottom. We scattered the potato and onion over our frying eggs, and, veering off the beaten path (aka the recipe), we added a healthy handful of Balderson cheddar. Fold all that in half and continue cooking until browned on each side and you have yourself a delicious tortilla. If you’re us, you’ll serve your tortilla with guacamole, salsa, and Greek yogurt or sour cream. Otherwise, we hear tortillas are great as a take-away lunch. Just think of the possibilities!


Class Historian

firstsquare2topMy career history has been anything but linear. I’ve flipped, I’ve flopped, I’ve changed my mind more times than I can count. I used to feel really guilty and embarrassed about this. I feared other people thought I was flighty, all-over-the-place, a mess. However, the more I read and the more people I meet, the more I realize it’s quite common to change your career path. I bet if I surveyed all of the people in my graduating class, the majority would reveal that their career history has been as disorderly as mine. It’s normal not to be what you wanted to be at age 8, 16, 24, 32 etc. It’s okay, even healthy, to change your mind. When we think about careers, we often think in permanent terms: “what do I want to do for the rest of my life?” What if we changed this question to appreciate the fact that people change, and that’s okay? What if instead we asked: “what do I want to do right now?” and when the answer changed, what if we didn’t feel bad about it? Just a thought.

Wears: Head scarf, coat, and oxfords (all thrifted), black denim (Yoga Jeans), socks (Target).
Listens: Broncho – Class Historian (



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I haven’t studied architecture in the classroom for a few months now, but I have made an effort to continue my learning; I’ve been reading architectural texts, practicing my sketching skills, and working on hypotheticals. In January I was lucky enough to learn of a competition based out of Canada exploring light and the built environment. The theme this year was Interface, where the built and unbuilt environments meet. Living on the coast, I gravitated toward the ultimate interface between land, which is built-on and pretty much under control, and the untamable ocean. I designed a system of lights and gathering points for the trails at Signal Hill, which I’ve nearly fallen from on more than one occasion. The jury deliberated recently and, while I did not place, I did learn a lot from the experience – and I have some new portfolio pages to boot!


Restored Vintage Mirror


Our latest vintage restoration is “The Fifty Pound Mirror,” and trust me, the name is accurate. We found this baby at Habitat for Humanity’s Restore for a whopping $15. Its original condition was pretty rough – grungy, badly spray-painted, with a strange dirty shoestring tied on the back – but we saw the potential. We opened the mirror up and soon figured out why it was so heavy; it has an outer and inner frame, one metal and the other hardwood, as well as two thick panes of mirrored glass. Using steel wool we gently scraped off the paint around the outer frame to reveal beautiful, shiny chrome. After dissembling and cleaning it up a bit, we got to painting. We used black paint (actually, it was some leftover chalkboard paint we had lying around!) to paint the circle cut-out insert. Finally, we put it all back together and glued it securely in place. The total cost of this project was less that $20. It is a great addition to our bedroom, and fits really well above our shared dresser. It required a little bit of elbow grease, but it was totally worth it. On a related note, if anyone is looking for a couple to revamp their home decor on the cheap, you know where to send ‘em.