Monday
Apr142014

Spring has Sprung...

Hello again! I do hope you had a delightful weekend full of sunshine and good times. It seems that Spring has finally sprung in my part of the world. This weekend was by far the best weather I've had since moving to The Great White North. It was much too beautiful a day to stay inside, so I made certain to parade out and about in the sunshine hiking mountains, taking long walks with new friends, and swinging in the park with my roommates. After the lengthy, cold, and rainy winter, this weekend was a much needed burst of cheerfulness. If there are more days like these last few ahead then all is sure to be well in this new town. 

Brandon and I had a very Tom Petty-filled drive home from The Chief on Saturday. Dad just loves that greatest hits album. I thought I'd share the love with you too.

Mmm, my heart is smiling. Enjoy!

 

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Thursday
Apr032014

CBC Music Searchlight Contest...


 

Hello again! My oh my! It's so hard to believe that I've let such time pass without a blog entry. Hopefully soon I'll be able to give you a glimpse into the research that has been keeping me busy these past few weeks. For now, I wanted to share with you that I have entered the CBC's Searchlight Music Competition! It's a voting based contest, so this means I need your help! Follow the link below to listen to the song I've entered and to click the "VOTE" button. You can vote once each day! The polls close this Sunday so you have just a few more days to cast your votes. I always feel so awkward making such requests, but please do know that I sincerely appreciate all of your support!

As a token of my appreciation I've posted a little Ace of Base cover tune that I performed with my dear and talented friend Brandon Hoffman last month at The Railway Club. Again, you are so kind for voting!  I'm so very grateful!!

Here is the link to listen and vote: http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/Tanya-Gallagher

Happy weekend. Enjoy!

 

Sunday
Mar232014

To The Edge of Tofino...

It seems this last week has been full of many long hours of processing data and revising methods for water quality analyses. It's been a true learning experience and a great exercise in research persistence. That being said, my sincerest apologies for the sparse posts as of late. Once the Canadian fiscal year ends I do believe life will adjust back to normal.  

Prior to the whirlwind of analysis, I escaped to Tofino with my research colleagues for a bit of a lab retreat. The Botanical Garden House in Tofino is astonishingly beautiful. A mid-day trek through the rainforest ended with us being caught in a west coast storm that was gloriously dreary. To be surrounded by such knowledge ecologists in an old growth forest on the edge of the continent while standing in the pouring rain is an adventure like no other. I enjoyed every minute of it. Tofino, I'll be seeing you soon. 

I stumbled upon the band below just the other morning while working away on some statistics. Hurray for the Riff Raff, you're just the little slice of the Gulf Coast I've been craving. Mom, Dad, go ahead and hit the play button below, y'all are going to love this tune.

Hooray for the weekend. Enjoy!

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Monday
Mar172014

We the Irish...

St. Patrick's Day always finds me reminiscing of my time backpacking about the Emerald Isle in search of adventure. My brother and I stumbled upon the castle above while out surfing on the west coast of Ireland one afternoon. That country is simply magical. I'll return again someday. The Gallagher Clan awaits!

In honor of the Irish holiday I've posted a little tune by my favorite Irish songstress Miss Lisa Hannigan

May your heart be light and happy, may your smile be big and wide, and may your pockets always have a coin or two inside - Irish Proverb

 Happy St. Patrick's Day. Enjoy!

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Saturday
Mar152014

Some Seven Months...

It's hard to believe that it's been some 7 months since I crossed the border into Canada to start a new chapter of life. 7 months. To say it's been a completely seamless transition would be a lie. It's taken a bit of adjusting and figuring out my place in the city, however I'm finally beginning to feel at home in Vancouver. It's amazing the things you learn about yourself and others in only a few months time. Like the rain, it seems the music just pours itself out here. I'm excited to see what these next few years hold; my adventure has only just begun. Previews of the new tunes are on the way. I promise.

I was poaching eggs and slicing veggies the other morning when the song below popped into my head. Oh, Jon Foreman. March; the prelude to spring. And forward we go into the next season ahead.

Happy Weekend. Enjoy!

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