October According to my iPhone (in Vancouver, BC + Kelowna, BC + Portland, ME)

Rather than write you pages and pages about what we’ve been up to, I thought I’d let my iPhone snaps do the story-telling…

We moved to our ‘winter slip’. This means we’re tucked in closer to land (where it’s a little more protected). It also means we’re closer to the parking lot, the bathrooms, and the Starbucks across the street. These are all critical points for anyone contemplating a winter aboard in Maine 😉

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One interesting aspect of our new slip is the depth. We sort of wallow in the mud during the super low-lows… but this seems to reduce the motion on the boat, so maybe we just call it a win?

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Our new slip also means I can get a picture of my car and Brio in the same sunset. That’s a definite plus.

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Jon and I had a quick visit to Vancouver for Canadian Thanksgiving. We’re trying to make this a two-turkey year 🙂

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Vancouver blessed us with some fantastic weather…

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And we had a great time catching up with old friends (who have amazing balcony views)

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The other big highlight of this visit was not one I’d have predicted a few years ago… Dad and I ran a half-marathon.

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For anyone who isn’t aware, I was *LITERALLY* the kid that hid in the forest on “run days” in gym class, so this was a pretty big deal. With the finish line in sight, I sprinted the last bit… and then just about passed out on the guy giving out medals 😉 Crossing that finish line was one of the best feelings I’ve ever experienced though…

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My favourite part of visiting Vancouver is always getting to spend time with my sister.

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She’s a professional athlete and a pretty kick-ass gal. Watching her play rugby (with her ENTIRELY male team) is an incredible treat.

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Not that we get along very well…

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At all…

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Then it was back to Maine, where we had a weekend of chilly weather (including our first nights below freezing!) before the weather gods decided maybe it wasn’t time to be winter yet. We’ve been blessed with unseasonably warm 60-70 degree blue-sky days!

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I’d be okay with a winter of this…

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In metalsmithing news, I SOLD MY FIRST PIECES OF JEWELRY. They were a part of a fundraiser at a local art college, and I was really nervous that nobody would be interested (“who am I to call myself an artist?!”). So this was seriously exciting and I may or may not have cried little tears of joy when I found out they’d sold…

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Here’s what I’m working on now: a *gorgeous* green amethyst set in sterling silver… this one might not be for sale 😉

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And last but not least, we had an awesome Halloween complete with boat-themed pumpkins 😀

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And that’s it! October according to my iPhone 🙂


PS: I read an article the other day that said we don’t think it’s strange to have our phones always within reach because we consider them to be a natural extension of our bodies. Phone on the table? No different than elbows. This is bothersome, maybe mostly because it seems to ring quite true…


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