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Life Lately (according to Instagram): Part II

I am back from vacation and feeling a bit of that post holiday letdown. Luckily I don’t go back to work until Saturday, so that’s something. This is my second and last set of vacation photos and, I will warn you, there’s food. But I write a blog about books and food, so what do you expect? This particular set features the rest of my stay in Vancouver, BC and one more day in Seattle.

A few interesting facts:

Books seen on the plane:
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
The Maxims of Manhood by Jeff Wilser
Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris
The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

Hours traveled on airplane (and I swear I didn’t even whimper in fear once): 8
Countries visited: 1
Book stores: 3
Books purchased: 4
Days traveled: 9
Beaches: 4

Also, I am strangely fascinated (and delighted) by food trucks.

1. Cleveland Dam (or should I call it Lake Okobogee? (X-Files Season 1 for non-fans)), Vancouver, BC
2. Lion’s Gate Bridge, Vancouver, BC
3. Granville Island Public Market (fabulous Maple Cream Beer available from Granville Island Brewery), Vancouver, BC
4. Vancouver Public Library
5. Grilled Cheese from Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck, Vancouver, BC
6. Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge (that’s me for perspective), Vancouver, BC
7. Vancouver Skyline from Stanley Park (lovely weather, no?), Vancouver, BC
8. North Beach, Seattle
9. Beside North Beach, Seattle (if you live in someplace that’s never green, trees become fascinating and beautiful and I needed a 15th picture)
10. Beecher’s Vegetable Mac & Cheese, Pike’s Place Market, Seattle
11. Gumbo and Po’ Boy from Where Ya At Matt? Food Truck (bringing soul food to Seattle), Bellevue WA
12. Jive Time Records, Seattle (Rolling Stone and I actually agree on something, Jive Time is great)
13. The Modern Lovers. Front and Center. As it should be.
14. Fremont Ave Troll, Seattle
15. Fremont Avenue Bridge. Welcome to the center of the universe, set your watch ahead 5 minutes.

Once again, thank you for humoring me and my iPhone photos (they’re not THAT bad, but they’re not that good either). Thoughts? Comments? Insights? What exactly do you say to someone’s vacation post aside from I hate you…?

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  • J. E. Lattimer

    Very nice- I am long overdue for a vacation! Have a great weekend, take care!

    • Rory

      This was half obligation, half vacation – ultimately a nice mix. Hope you get one soon!

  • booksaremyfavouriteandbest

    Geez that grilled cheese looks good…

    • Rory

      If grilled cheese (this one was havarti on sourdough) could be said to be divine, then this one was.

  • Bonnie (@missbonnie13)

    That is one tasty looking grilled cheese, holy moly.
    That shot of the Vancouver Skyline is gorgeous! I’d love to visit someday!

    • Rory

      It was so, so good. Possibly my favorite food I had the whole trip. And Vancouver is lovely (and expensive), I flew into Seattle and drove up, which is what I’d recommend doing (vs. flying into BC).

      Crazy, but true: the bridge I drove over Wednesday night collapsed into the Skagit River Thursday afternoon.

  • Lori

    Trying to think where I could find a grilled havarti sandwich for lunch today. Wish I could make it up north and back in an hour. That bridge collapsing is my worst fear and why I hate driving over them. I’m curious as to what books you purchased? Glad you enjoyed your vacation 🙂

    • Rory

      I briefly lived in Jamestown, Rhode Island when I was younger. It is actually an island and was only accessible by a rickety old bridge. I was terrified of crossing it, a daily necessity. I’m better than I used to be, but I don’t still don’t love crossing bridges.

      I purchased:
      Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
      Blockade Billy by Stephen King (which I actually purchased for the bonus short story in the back – Morality)
      Thinner by Richard Bachman
      The Terror by Dan Simmons

      It was a used book sale, how could I pass that up… 🙂

  • http://goodreads/ Julie Merilatt

    That is such a great idea, taking note of what people are reading on the plane/ waiting at the airport.

    And that’s such a super cute picture of you…

    • Rory

      It can be hard to do without being too intrusive. I try to casually spy on their reading choices without looking like a deranged moron.

      And thank you! I’m not particularly fond of the way I look, so it’s somewhat gratifying when there is a picture that doesn’t make me cringe and that I don’t look incredibly awkward in. Though my baby fat on my face does keep me looking young 🙂

  • Heather

    Your photos are fantastic.

    I travelled to Washington the summer after 9th grade (to visit with my uncle who lives in Olympia), and I loved it. We did a little Seattle sight-seeing, but mostly stayed around Olympia. We drove around Pugent Sound, and I couldn’t believe the size of the trees. I grew up in the country so it’s not like I hadn’t been surrounded by trees my whole life, but the trees in Washington are HUMUNGOUS. It is just a gorgeous area.

    • Rory

      Thank you! I live in the Midwest right now and everything is brown for about 90% of the year so seeing the Pacific Northwest was fascinating and gorgeous to me. Because it rains about twice a year where I am, I was even excited when it started raining and was cloudy.

      I actually took quite a few pictures of impressive trees, but I restrained myself from sharing more than one.

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