Howdy, Calgary

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Hey hey, foodies! I feel like every time I catch you up, I’m apologizing for disappearing. Here’s to (hopefully) keeping on track with my posts from now on!

To catch you up: I’m in Calgary! and I have been since Canada Day (July 1st).

Why? Among wanting to visit friends and family I don’t get to see very often, I wanted to volunteer in the Depression Lab in the Psychology Department at the University of Calgary. Though I can’t share with you about the research until it’s actually completed (in May 2014), I will tell you that I am enjoying it immensely. The graduate student I am assisting is awesome, I’m psyched about the research for her Master’s thesis, and it’s neat to get a peek into what grad school will be like. I’m so thankful that I have this opportunity.

On my way to Alberta (yep, I drove!), I stopped at my Auntie & Uncle’s home in the Shuswap. I got all kinds of animal snuggles and yummy food.

Gulliver! One of the three dogs. I kinda wanted to steal him.

Oh, those stuffed peppers <3 This whole meal was amazing, complete with obligatory red wine.

I even met a cuddly turkey named Tommy. Who knew turkeys were cuddly?

My cousin made these grain-free pancakes for breakfast in the morning, too. Mercy! Two eggs, one banana, cinnamon, vanilla, flaxseed, hempseed. Seriously, no flour! So good.

Onto Calgary: I am having no shortage of fun here. First, I have been staying with a good friend that I actually have not seen since our prom in 2005. Meet Elysia:

Elysia is a sweetheart. Our daily girl talk, movie nights, and dinner making has been a blast. She lives with her fiance, Scott, not far from the university, and they are generously letting me stay with them for the summer.

I got her hooked on zucchini noodles, too.

And we made this amazing cauliflower Alfredo! My photo does not do it justice (I really need to stop with the iPhone photos), but you need to go make this tonight.

I also surprised her with this one pot pasta for dinner last night. NOM! So amazing. I stirred the parmesan right in and it tastes so creamy. Another new favourite!

We even went Stampeding together. Yeehaw!

But damn, mosquitoes like we don’t get on the West Coast! I looked like a had a skin disease after this hike. haha.

And that’s about it! I will try to keep up with this over the summer, so that everyone knows what I’m up to. Also, I will get back in the habit of using my DSLR. It’s not as quick as using the iPhone, but damn the photos are way better.

Love you guys!