I Tried Boating

“Sail away from the safe harbour” – Mark Twain

For the past few months Jamie has been obsessed with the thought of getting a boat. I never understood the whole ‘boating’ things. I own a pair a Toms and figured that was good enough.

The opportunity came for Jamie and his brother to purchase a boat and they jumped on it. They picked it up Monday, and Jamie has been smitten ever since.

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Last night I was invited to go, and I apprehensively did – I even bought a boating hat! As I mentioned on Instagram, it was the first time I was on a boat which didn’t serve dinner while touring the harbour at sunset. And you know what? It wasn’t THAT bad. I still don’t really understand the ‘obsession’, but I got a lot of sun and reading in and that was pretty cool.

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The boys had a wonderful time fishing, and they were kind enough to let me snap pictures quite often.

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Until next time…

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Somebody’s Son – Remembrance Day 2013

“In Flander’s Fields the poppies blow, between the crosses row on row. That mark our place….” – In Flander’s Fields by John McRae

“That’s somebody’s son, somebody’s husband, somebody’s everything. Out there someone’s coming undone. It made me wonder if anyone really wins, when every war has to be won, with somebody’s son” (Aaron Lines’ – Somebody’s Son)

Lest We Forget. 

photos from: Here, Here

Gobble Gobble! Turkey Day Weekend!

“Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.”  ~Robert Caspar Lintner

Wow. Thanksgiving weekend is finally over. I am officially all turkeyed out. I don’t want to think about turkey, or even consider eating a turkey sandwhich. After 3 turkey dinners I am done, done, DONE. 

Jamie and I lounged out for a few hours Saturday morning before the busyness of the weekend happened – and by lounging I mean, I sat on the couch all morning, watched YouTube, all while Jamie was at the gym. After a relaxing morning (for me), we hurried it up and got ready for a day at my house with my family. There was great people, food, wine, and conversation.

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It was a really long day but most definitely worth it!

The next morning started out really beautiful outside! I woke up unusually early which woke Jamie up as I am not really a quite person. It all worked out though as Jamie had to go into work to write an order and decided he would pick up a bunch of food and make brunch-giving for me and his roommates. I absolutely hate eggs – so instead he made me a delicious BLT (minus the lettuce – he forgot it! oops!).

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After brunch we were able to really relax (without Jamie going to the gym) for a few hours before we had to get ready to go to Jamie’s parents house for their dinner. Unfortunately the weather took a turn and decided to rain all day. On a positive note, I have been craving Jamie’s moms’ turnip all week, which means I was beyond excited to finally get it. It was as delicious as always.

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Today was actually Thanksgiving day, however we were lucky enough to not have a 4th dinner to attend. Yay for no more turkey! Instead Jamie and I went for a really wonderful hour long walk around one of our parks. It was absolutely beautiful. The weather was perfect, the trees were vibrant, and it was a stereotypical fall walk!

The park is basically a trail going around the lake. Luckily enough there were ducks swimming around. I was on my hands and knees crouching on a rock trying to get their attention. Of course they swam on over to me. We were laughing as there was one male and three females. My mom is obsessed with the show “sister wives” (yes, you CAN judge her), so our joke was that they were all sister wives.

It was a beautiful walk, and we are hoping to make a tradition of going on a nice fall walk every Thanksgiving Monday.

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Did you have a good weekend?
What did you do?
Can you ever get turkeyed out?

 

 

 

 

Grey’s and Donkey Loving

“I’ve decided that donkeys are universally cute… When you pet their noses, they blink their eyes and bashfully look away as if embarrassed. And when donkeys hee-haw, they have their mouths and lips curled up as if they are smiling.” –  Johnny Rico

Wow, I haven’t gone this long from blogging (or even signing in) ever. I have been suffering from really bad bloggers block, not to mention the real other reason – 12 days ago, I started watching Grey’s Antatomy on Netflix… I won’t say much more besides the fact I started season 7 today, and all my tweets in the past 12 days were consumed with Greys, and informing Taryn over at PeaceAndPizza what guest stars I recognize, I am sure she is about to block me… I am such a loser. Seriously though, that seems to be the majority of the conversations I have been having with friends lately…

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Yesterday though, I took a slight break to read up about my favourite animal. I have never been super open about this because people generally give strange looks when I bring it up.. So I am going to go public with this… Yes, my favourite animal is a donkey. Just thinking about them make me shriek with excitement. Have you seen that video of Kristen Bell with the sloth? That excitement she feels for sloths, is like me with donkeys… Like I said, I am such a loser.

Anyways, I was googling donkey images and then I thought to myself “hmmm, I wonder if there is a donkey sanctuary or donkey petting farm around me”….. well, one thing led to another, and I was pitching a day trip to Jamie.

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He agreed and I was just ecstatic. I AM GOING TO A DONKEY SANCTUARY. We just have to pick a date and we are gone. It is about 3 hours away so it will be a nice little day trip with a whole lot of donkey loving.

It gets better though, I started doing more research on this sanctuary.. I learned the best news of all. Jamie didn’t seem half as excited as I was, but I don’t think we share the same passion for donkeys.

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I am so pumped for all of this. It’s crazy that this sanctuary is so close to us. Apparently it is the donkey sanctuary of Canada, which makes it even crazier that it is so close. I am thrilled!!!!!

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What have you been up to??
Do you love donkeys? What is your favourite animal if it isn’t a donkey???

Grey’s and Donkey Loving

“I’ve decided that donkeys are universally cute… When you pet their noses, they blink their eyes and bashfully look away as if embarrassed. And when donkeys hee-haw, they have their mouths and lips curled up as if they are smiling.” –  Johnny Rico

Wow, I haven’t gone this long from blogging (or even signing in) ever. I have been suffering from really bad bloggers block, not to mention the real other reason – 12 days ago, I started watching Grey’s Antatomy on Netflix… I won’t say much more besides the fact I started season 7 today, and all my tweets in the past 12 days were consumed with Greys, and informing Taryn over at PeaceAndPizza what guest stars I recognize, I am sure she is about to block me… I am such a loser. Seriously though, that seems to be the majority of the conversations I have been having with friends lately…

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Yesterday though, I took a slight break to read up about my favourite animal. I have never been super open about this because people generally give strange looks when I bring it up.. So I am going to go public with this… Yes, my favourite animal is a donkey. Just thinking about them make me shriek with excitement. Have you seen that video of Kristen Bell with the sloth? That excitement she feels for sloths, is like me with donkeys… Like I said, I am such a loser.

Anyways, I was googling donkey images and then I thought to myself “hmmm, I wonder if there is a donkey sanctuary or donkey petting farm around me”….. well, one thing led to another, and I was pitching a day trip to Jamie.

donkey-text

 

He agreed and I was just ecstatic. I AM GOING TO A DONKEY SANCTUARY. We just have to pick a date and we are gone. It is about 3 hours away so it will be a nice little day trip with a whole lot of donkey loving.

It gets better though, I started doing more research on this sanctuary.. I learned the best news of all. Jamie didn’t seem half as excited as I was, but I don’t think we share the same passion for donkeys.

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I am so pumped for all of this. It’s crazy that this sanctuary is so close to us. Apparently it is the donkey sanctuary of Canada, which makes it even crazier that it is so close. I am thrilled!!!!!

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What have you been up to??
Do you love donkeys? What is your favourite animal if it isn’t a donkey???

A Quick Recap

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius

Hello, hello! Wow, I feel like I haven’t done this in forever. It is hard to find things to write about when I don’t do anything anymore.. I always thought I would have all this time to write while being done school. Good one. Too bad I have no inspiration or even good stories to tell.. Anyhow, moving on.

I really haven’t been doing too much at all this week, but I did manage to take some photos on what I HAVE been doing – which isn’t a lot.

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Reminisce. Earlier in the week, my mom informed my sister and me that she has these giant scrapbooks filled with out crap stuff from throughout the years. She pulled them out and we went through them. In mine I found a journal entry I wrote from 1999; I was 7. Things seemed a lot simpler back then. Best day of my life was when my sister was shipped to a birthday party, my dad bought a new car and I got “McDonllds”

Drink. I needed a change of scenery so I went to Starbucks for a few hours. I took my computer and people watched as I sipped my drink. It was an awesome time killer for a few hours. Then I was the only one left in there and it wasn’t as exciting not having anyone to watch.. Oh, in case you are wondering – Venti Passion Tea Lemonade, Classic with 6 pumps raspberry…. It tastes like summertime in my mouth. Fun fact, the second time Jamie and I hung out – does that classify as a date? –  that was the drink I ordered. We got to the car, drove about 3 minutes down the road and I was finished it. He offered to take me back to get a new one. Thats probably when I knew it was true love…. And no, I did not take him up on the offer..

Feel. The weather has been uber crappy this week. It has thunder stormed for 3 days. This morning around 6:30 it was even snowing a little bit, which is weird even for Canada. Its super cold today also, have my fuzzy pjs on, long sleeves and socks.

Play. We went to Jamie’s lacrosse game. My dad downloaded a fog horn app.. I am just going to leave it at that.

Indulge. Yeah, I had McDonllds and it was amazing.

Wear. Trying out an old favourite this week. OPI’s “La Paz-itively Hot” Its a matte colour but I put a high gloss top coat on top.

Read. “Bloom” – Kelle Hampton. Amazing book. It is about the first year of her daughters life while coming to terms with her Down Syndrome. Get it. Read it.

Eat. I ate breakfast a few times this week – HUGE news for me.

Smell. Bath and Body Works “Sun Tan”. Smells like summer. I love it.

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I have been listening to one song on REPEAT. I am in love with it. I am sure you have heard of it, or at least the story behind it. Zach Sobiech’s story was featured on SoulPancake on YouTube. He was diagnosed with cancer and he decided to not allow it to defy him but instead live his life to the fullest. He left the song “clouds” behind to his loved ones, as his final goodbye. He passed away this week. Last time I checked the song has over 5,000,000 views. You can hear the song here, or view his whole story here. If you download the song from iTunes the proceeds go to cancer research; the song is currently number 1!!

Zach’s biggest message was living like you will die tomorrow and to live to the fullest potential. So…..

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As Kelle Hampton beautifully added to her book.

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Calling All Americans, I Have Questions!!!!

“My upbringing in Canada made me the person I am. I will always be proud to be a Canadian.” – Jim Carrey

A few weeks ago I asked for help in finding a new show to Netflix.. I was suggested by a few people to try out “Friday Nights Lights”. I was somewhat skeptical as we all know I hate sports. Lets just say, I have been MIA, as I started it last Saturday (4 days ago), and I am currently on episode 9 of season 3!! I am absolutely in LOVE with it. However, it has led me to a bunch of questions regarding the US. Yes, I understand it is a show, which is an exaggeration, however a lot of my questions are due to the fact that it is such a different way of life than here in Canada…

PicMonkey Collage 1) What is a college interview? What is the point of a college interview? I cannot for the life of me wrap my head around this one. Here, you go online to the “application centre” check off the schools you want to apply to, pay your fee, submit your grade 12 (and maybe grade 11) transcript and then you wait. Within a few weeks you will receive a letter in the mail saying “hey, you’re in, pay these fees by this date, see you in september”. What is this interview for and why do you need one?

2) What is the deal with HIGH SCHOOL football? I don’t understand how intense it is. I get that I am watching a show which is based around high school football. BUT the town literally SHUTS DOWN friday nights for a HIGH SCHOOL football game. Our games would be in the afternoon, and (only speaking for the high school I went to) unless you were a parent of or dating a football player you didn’t really go. Maybe if your gym class watched for the period.. I just don’t understand what is so special about it. I don’t get it.

3) The HIGH SCHOOL football coach is a full time job? Ours was the guidance counsellor who volunteered his time after school.

4) “Let’s eat some barbeque”… Okay what? To me, a barbeque is a cooking device which cooks your meat over a grill powered by propane and fire. You do not eat a barbeque. You eat barbecued meat. Do you said “Let’s eat some skillet fry”? I don’t get it.

5) You have to purchase TICKETS to go and watch a HIGH SCHOOL football game? Why? It is hosted at the school which you fund through your taxes. Why do you need to buy a ticket to attend your childs game?

6) The radio station discusses every detail about the game, like they are on TSN. Again, I don’t understand it. Do they forget its a high school game? I mean, on our radio they will announce the final score, but not brainstorm possible ideas which the coach might use.

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So, to you American citizens, please explain this to me. I cannot comprehend it. Why???