New Year’s in Yosemite

To ring in the new year, we decided to carpe the diem as non-parents and rough it in snow-and-ice-covered Yosemite National Park for four days. We stayed in a [heated] tent cabin in Half Dome Village (formerly Curry Village), hiked and hiked and hiked, and spent our early evenings in the cozy lobby of the Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly…and probably always…the Ahwahnee).

It was a fantastic trip! We’re looking forward to returning this Spring with Sean’s cousin and his wife. I’ll be 31 weeks pregnant, but I’m still planning on hiking…and attempting to keep up!

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Five Years In

Five years ago yesterday, I attended my dear friend Alison’s wedding (Happy Anniversary!), where I danced all night with her cousin, Sean. Now on our fifth date-iversary, Sean and I are packing up our Soho apartment and preparing for our move back to the West Coast.

Instead of British Columbia, this time we’re relocating to my hometown of Pleasanton, California, where Sean’s office is opening up its American headquarters. And I get to be the Science Lab Teacher at an elementary school in the town of Danville, a few miles north! Meanwhile, Alison and her husband, Cameron, and their two adorable sons are moving from Brooklyn to Portland, Oregon. We’re feeling the typical mix of emotions people feel when moving — sadness, nostalgia, anxiety, excitement, and hope. We will miss having the other Bournes just an iconic bridge away, but we are excited to watch their happy family thrive in Portland, and it will be so convenient having them halfway in between our new home and Sean’s hometown of Vancouver, BC!

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Selfie cred: Alison // Location: Lincoln Center

 

Leaving New York is something I’ve thought about ever since we moved here, 18 months ago. We always knew this was temporary, so I believe we’ve done a really good job making it count! We have checked pretty much everything off our NYC bucket lists — broadway shows, museums, landmarks, sporting events, etc. The final two items we need to check off in the next month are:

  1. Going to the top of the Empire State Building
  2. Visiting Staten Island, the only borough we’ve never stepped foot in

Even with our checklist completed, we will be sad to leave this incredible city and the friends that we’ve made here. We’re thankful for planes, trains, automobiles, and the fact that our new place will have a spare room for our friends and family who span the entire globe.

Since it is our date-iversary, I’m reflecting on the past five years of my life with Sean:

6/26/2011: just getting to know each other during the post-wedding celebrations

6/26/2012: I had just moved to Thailand, and we went to Surat Thani with some friends. Here we are in the rainforest:

2012

6/26/2013
: Another Thai anniversary — heere we are eating mango and sticky rice on Sukhumvit 38:

2013
6/26/2014: In June 2014, we were getting ready to get married, visiting California’s wine country with Aunt Becky, pre-wedding-honeymooning in Zurich, and partying it up with Sean’s cousins in Barcelona

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Zurich

2014

Petaluma

6/26/2015: Last year we celebrated Pride in NYC after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage (love wins!)

2015
6/26/2016: Sean made us fish tacos, and our little apartment is in boxes. I’ll miss our cool brick wall.

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Yoga Work-Trade

I met my now good friend, Veronica, about four years ago in San Jose, California. She has an amazing yoga studio in the South First Street neighbourhood of a city that I was calling home for awhile. Downtown Yoga Shala is definitely a place to check out if you live in Silicon Valley or if you’re ever visiting that part of California.

I met Veronica after her studio manager at the time recruited me for work-trade. (Prajna Vieira, by the way, is an inspiring yogini and super talented kirtan singer. Check out her website!) Prajna knew that I was a student at San Jose State and that I lived close by, so she asked me to work at the front desk and help keep the studio tidy in exchange for free yoga. I can’t think of a better payment! I did work-trade for two years, and during that time I became part of a beautiful community of yoga instructors and practitioners. My own practice really took off, I learned a ton, and I had a blast.

Now I’m back in the work-trade field here in Vancouver! This week I’ll begin volunteering at a studio downtown. I’ll be doing laundry; washing, drying, and rolling up mats; sweeping; and generally helping keep this gorgeous studio sparkly.

This is really great timing because I’m about to begin yoga teacher training; I love how yoga is slowly taking over my life again! My mantra is: RUN*-YOGA-EAT-SLEEP-REPEAT! (With some quality husband time and reading and exploring BC mixed in.) Happiness!

*when my ankle is healed

California Fare

Aunt Becky asked me what I was really missing, and I replied, “Raspberries.” So she stocked her fridge with raspberries and blueberries, and I was in berry heaven this morning at breakfast!

My mom asked me the same question, and so I have unsweetened almond milk, fresh produce, hummus, chips and salsa, and my dad’s BBQ’d veggies kebabs to look forward to down in SoCal!

For lunch today, I had to go to Whole Foods. I got myself a lovely salad and a fun probiotic drink. I was flabbergasted by the prices — even more than I was when I lived in the Bay Area, since Thailand’s prices have completely spoiled me. I remember now why we call it “Whole Pay Check”. Now that I have no pay check, I think Whole Foods will need to remain a special, occasional treat!

And tonight, ladies and gentlemen, I got to partake in real Mexican food at Petaluma’s own Velasco’s North of the Border. More than anything else, I missed Mexican food while in Thailand. Becky and I shared chips, salsa, and guacamole, and I had a delicioso veggie burrito bowl. Craving satisfied!