It’s raining buckets today so I will not be leaving the house until I am forced to. I am feeling worn out so I am revitalizing myself with some self care. This means I am focusing on all my hobbies today! This includes photography, knitting, piano playing, sketching, singing, and watching some episodes of my favorite shows. I already feel loads better. (Not to mention last night I started knitting a quilt and watched one of my favorite movies with my mom.) Happy International Women’s Day & happy weekend!
My trip to Thailand was cancelled due to silly rules (Monday was horrible and I care not to talk about it) so now I am bumming around until I (hopefully) go to Hawaii on Monday! William and I decided to take a spontaneous day trip to Seattle. We first went to the outlet mall for good deals on clothes and then we checked out the space needle (from outside only). Since it was actually nice out, we walked from there to the aquarium but I said it was too expensive to see fishies so instead we went to Pike Place Market and stuck our gum on the gum wall. After some food, we walked around some more and ended up at Starbucks (for WiFi!) & an Irish pub. We were going to go to an electronic show but since we had a long day, we decided to drive home instead. Seattle is pretty cool and I think I’d rather live there than Vancouver!
I finally have some time to myself. I am slowly adjusting back to Vancouver life and have been catching up with many of my amigos. I’ve barely had time to think about my upcoming trip to Thailand this Monday!
Among the other random artsy things I’ve been doing today, I decided to also include a photo shoot of my lovely dog. This morning, I saw my 12 year old miniature schnauzer basking in the sun on the living room floor so I had to capture his sleepiness. I’ve had Pepper for 12 years! He’s still like a puppy. :)
I miss Edmonton so much, this is what happened! Thanks God!
Before I left Wellspring, the ladies taught me one last thing: How to make jailhouse burritos! Jailhouse burritos are what people make in jail when there are limited resources available. When you only have a couple bucks and the snacks available in the canteen, you start to get creative. It’s called a ‘burrito’ because it can be in the shape of a burrito. No, there are no wraps or beans or rice or any fillings! Although it looks quite unappetizing, it’s not too bad and tastes exactly like what it is. Here’s how you make a basic jailhouse burrito (p.s. this recipe is for about 6-8 people):
5-6 bags of Mr. Noodles
1 big bag of cheetos
1 big bag of zesty nachos
Optional but recommended: Cheese whiz
1. Assemble all of your dry ingredients and crush them up really well inside the bag. Try not to rip the bag.
2. Mix all of the ingredients together in one of the chip bags.
3. In a plastic bag, combine all the dry ingredients with hot water, just enough to make it like a wet dough.
4. Wrap it in newspaper and let it ‘cook’ for 10 minutes.
5. Apply cheese whiz liberally.
6. Consume and enjoy!
Sure, it’s gross but i’d love it if i was stuck in jail too. :) Thanks ladies at Wellspring for teaching me about jail life.
Today is my last full day in Edmonton! :(
The last 10 days of my time here has been completely expected. I feel like I made more memories during these days than my entire year here. This whole week has been filled with great things including my first time seeing the aurora borealis, having a silly string battle at work, learning how to make jailhouse burritos (I will post about this soon!), reading and crying over beautiful hand written letters, doing hot yoga for the first time in over 2 years, & of course spending quality time with my amazing amigos.
Words cannot express how grateful I am. The people I’ve met here give me hope for humanity. Thank you EVERYONE at Wellspring & every single person I met in this beautiful city.
I think the photos posted here show how much fun I had in Jasper. :) Thank you, LEIA, for taking these fun pictures! I’ll never forget the spontaneous dance-off, skating on a lake with David, nearly falling off the bench in front of Bear Paw’s Cafe, and of course always smiling and laughing with these wonderful travellers.
I had the most unexpectedly amazing trip to Jasper National Park with the best travel friends I could ask for. Leia, Emily, David, Steven, and I had a fantastic adventure that I will never forget. Among the many activities we did, the Maligne Ice Canyon walk was definitely one of the most exciting things we have ever experienced. Walking through a frozen waterfall is something that is not easily described in words. I have found a new love for ice and snow! Though the trip was only a couple days long, I feel like we did a lot and I definitely experienced and learned a lot of new things. I’ll end up writing a book if I talked about them all so here’s a short list!
10 Things Yumi did in Jasper:
1. Sing along to bad mainstream music in Steven’s car. :)
2. Explored the Maligne Ice Canyon walk.
3. Learned how to play Hearts. (Appropriate for Valentine’s Day?)
4. Learned how to recite the Liturgy of the Hour with David.
5. Read another children’s book to Steven. (The book ‘Danny & the Dinosaur’ brought back good memories of my time in Chile so I had to read it out loud to someone).
6. Stared at God’s beautiful mountains at Athabasca Falls.
7. Devoured the famous raspberry-white chocolate scones at the Bear’s Paw Bakery.
8. Frolicked and flailed on a frozen lake behind Jasper Lodge.
9. Made a campfire outside in the snow.
10. Ice skated on an actual lake at Pyramid Lake. (Definitely different from skating on an indoor ice rink).
I am going to miss my best travel buddies. Oh well, until the next adventure!
Maligne Ice Canyon, Jasper National Park, Alberta
Some images from Pyramid Lake, Athabasca Falls, and the Maligne Ice Canyon!
Words are powerful! I loved this wall at the Tiramisu restaurant and thank you Katie for this wonderful card. (I love her printing!).