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Adjusting to Grey Vancouver

My eyes!  They burn!  Oh wait, I would be saying that if it was bright out.  Which MOST DEFINITELY IS NOT in Vancouver!!!!






Being born + raised in Southern California, I don’t know if I’ve adjusted yet to Vancouver’s greeeeey skies.  Greeeeeeeey.  Say it out loud like that, + that is how it makes you feeeeeeeeel.  Jeff says to me, “When are you going to get it through your head that you live in a rain forest now?”.  Whuzzat???  I’m sorry, but this ain’t me:Beth Davies














Art by Beth Davies.

Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had a couple sunny days this winter in Vancouver but generally the skies are a pretty blah color.Grey Vancouver

Grey Vancouver

I feel like my eyeballs have not yet adjusted to this weather.  Like you have to be born + raised in this weather + somehow your vision evolves to accommodate the dim vision of the world that it is presented with .  I feel like one of those deep sea underwater fish that live their entire lives in the murky dark!!!!Angler Fish










Yo, I got it!  I need to permanently affix a lantern to my head when I go out!  Genius.

My mom is all worried about my mental well being (we have cases of mental instability in my family on both the paternal AND maternal side – thus my mom has always been the “Mental Breakdown Watchdog” she takes a bite out of mental health!) + is afraid that I’m going to get Seasonal Affective Disorder – or SAD, y’all!!!  So for Christmas she bought me a sun lamp for bright light therapy!  The lamp is supposed to be used for a consecutive 20 minutes, while sitting 12 inches away from the light source.  Here I forced Jeff to demonstrate by holding a 12 inch ruler from the lamp.  Haha!Bright Light Therapy



















When it’s raining out, locals run around willy nilly without a care in the world!  No rain jackets, ballet flats with no socks +…………..Bike Shorts in Rain



















GOOD GOD!!!!  And you know what is even crazier???  That is not the first time I’ve seen an old dude wearing short shorts in the cold rain of Vancouver!!!!  LEGS OF STEEL, man!!!  I need to learn from this guy!!!  This pupil needs a sensei!!!

I miss the bright, azure skies associated with Santa Monica…Santa Monica

And the desert…Cabazon Dinosaurs


















My favorite place on the earth is Joshua Tree.  How I miss being there + enjoying it’s silence + unearthly landscape.Joshua Tree

And of course, who can forget the eerie blue vistas of yesterday’s amusement park, the Salton Sea.Salton Sea

For the most part I feel like I’ve adapted pretty well to Vancouver’s dreary weather, unlike what most of my Los Angeles acquaintances were led to believe.  But every once in a while there’ll be a soggy wet day in Vancouver that hits you like a ton of sopping wet, heavy sponges that are constantly pressing up all over you.  You like that analogy???  Booyah!!!!!!  Vancouverites, prove me wrong!  What is your take on living in Pacific Northwest weather???

18 Comments Post a comment
  1. Kenneth Kenny Nishino #

    Yo, Nan, I told u it rains most of the time , so
    make good use of da sun-lamp, enjoy ur desert
    plants, take a walk in da rain its all good, thank
    goodness 4 Meg’s, luv u miss u, love Dads

    January 24, 2013
  2. Get a pair of brightly coloured and shiny wellies and go singin’ in the rain! 🙂

    January 25, 2013
    • Haha!!! Everyone wears black in Vancouver + I told Jeff that from now on I’m only buying neon! I know, I should take inspiration from that little gleeful mouse!!! Thanks for the advice, Michelle!!!!

      January 25, 2013
      • Plus, you can visit Calgary whenever you like! It may be cold, but it is SUNNY! 🙂

        January 25, 2013
      • EXACTLY – yaaaay!!!! Blue skies in Calgary!!!!!!!!! I miss the prairies!!!!!

        January 25, 2013
      • I’ve got a south-facing guest room – you’re always welcome! 🙂

        January 25, 2013
      • You’re the best! THANKS MICHELLE!!!! You’re always welcome at our house as well – even though I just painted a really Debbie Downer picture of Vancouver!!!

        January 25, 2013
      • Well, I did live in Victoria for years, so I had an idea of what it was like. 🙂

        January 25, 2013
  3. Deb Fayle #

    I love Michelle’s comment! Fashionable clothing and attire definitely boosts one’s mood of how they feel day after day in the rain (me and the other moms at the kids school refer to our goretex as our “uniform”). My advice is to still go out and play no matter what … that means jogging, hiking, skiing etc. and don’t ever let the rain or grey keep you in doors all day. My dad told me recently that he loves January because its over the hump of rainy, grey days and its that much closer to longer days. Hmm … I think that’s a far stretch as it didn’t stop raining last year til July 1!!

    January 25, 2013
    • Awwwww, leave it to your dad to find the positive in things! Yikes! Not until July???? Yiiiiiikes. I know I just have to get myself a routine + just get out there!!! I’m such a spoiled Southern Californian!!!!

      January 25, 2013
  4. rocky nishino #

    Hi Shel,
    It was a great to have wonderful friends to make you cope with Vancouver weather.
    Please remember no matter where you live, you make it better, happy, blessed and sunny in your heart. You look the bright side inside of YOU not the out side of your window. You have so much to offer to the world. You are the best.
    Love you and miss you,

    January 25, 2013
  5. Haha! Welcome to Vancouver? XD I was born here, so I’m pretty used to the sad weather here, but when I moved to hong kong for a few years, coming back, the weather was really depressing. But Raincouver is something I can probably get used to. Just gotta stock up on more Waterproof gear 😛

    January 25, 2013
    • Raincouver! Haha! I’ve never heard that one before! That’s a good one! Yeah, I just gotta suck it up, because the rain ain’t goin’ nowhere!

      January 26, 2013
  6. Ha ha ha, I especially liked the murky fish comparison. I lived on the WET coast (Vancouver and the island) for about twenty years. It is depressing and even more so when the rain continues into summer. All of that rain and grey really made me appreciate the landscape when it was sunny, though. If you want to see an old growth rain-forest, go to Cathedral Grove on Vancouver Island. Seeing all of those tress made me less resentful of the rain. Southern California’s weather is awesome. I could see why you long for it.

    February 11, 2013
    • Thanks! Yes, I’ve been going hiking + trying to appreciate the Pacific Northwest-ness of it all! It’s just a completely different landscape – so I’m trying to embrace it’s moody beauty. It’s got it’s own romanticism about it! Cathedral Grove – I will definitely look into it! Thanks for stopping by!

      February 11, 2013
      • Its moody beauty…… perfect description!

        February 11, 2013

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