Catch Up

It has been a very busy start to the year, mostly with work, which had me coming home exhausted and not very motivated to do much. But things are calming down there. I have a new co-manager who has really taken a load off my plate and I finally get to spend time with my employees and get caught up.  This results in less stress and more time to do things outside of work.  And thank goodness, because this summer is going to be a doozy of activity and fun.

It all starts in a couple weeks as we get to see our favourite musical comedians (not a big category, I know).  Heck, they are probably my favourite comedians, Flight of the Conchord.  They’ve both been busy working other projects for the past several years, but have come back together to tour with some new material and old classics.  I’m so excited!  If you want a little taste of them, watch this and if it doesn’t make you laugh, I don’t know you. 

The day after the concert we are heading out to Ontario, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island to visit family and take a mini vacation on our own.  It’s part of our Year of Family.  We were already in Calgary on the Easter long weekend visiting Dave’s brother and sister-in-law, we just had Dave’s mom and step-dad visiting here and we will hit up my family in Ontario and Dave’s sister and family in New Brunswick.

We’ll get away by ourselves in PEI for 3 days and have some fun things planned for there as well. PEI will be a first for both of us and hopefully we will find some relaxation on the trip. I’m looking forward to biking on the Confederation Trail and eating some shellfish. It will be the first time Dave and I have vacationed by ourselves in two years and I’m pretty excited about that, even if it is just a couple days.

I’ve also been on a kick this year to ‘read down’ my library wish list.  The Vancouver Public Library allows you to save books to read later on their website and app.  I’ve saved books for years, but haven’t ventured back to the start and ticked many off.  So this year, I started at the oldest book on my list and told myself, I either read it or remove it.  Its been good and I’m currently working through 2013, the year I quite obviously started cooking more, because I have so many cooking books on the list that year.  It’s been great though and I’ve read some good books including Gabrielle Hamilton’s autobiography Blood, Bones, & Butter, Vivian Swift’s Le Road Trip and, finally(!) Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale after putting it off for about a decade.  Next I’m working on Edward Rutherfurd’s epic London.  I’m expecting this to take a couple months and hope it will make good vacation reading.

There will be more about the summer I’m sure and hopefully some photos from all the places we go.  Canada, you’re so beautiful…you could be a part time model.

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Surprise Visit Home

While in Toronto for work last week, I got to pop down the 401 to surprise my family for Thanksgiving.  Mom was shocked for days!

My brother’s family went camping, so I only got to see them for an hour or so, but it was enough to realize they are getting too big!  Abby is almost as tall as me and the socks I’m knitting her are the same size as my feet.  When did that happen?

My first night home, we got Canadian Chinese from The Lucky Kitchen.  One of my favourite takeouts in the area and it had been years since I’d had it.  You can’t find this quality in Vancouver.  Wink, wink. Hmmm chicken balls and lemon chicken.  

The last night I was in town I went to my sisters and had a good old pillow fight with the kids.  They caught me in a pileup and nearly suffocated me as well.  Think I’m getting too old for this or they are getting to big.  

Alas, I did get some of my favourite foods, including raspberry pie and a turkey dinner at Parks Blueberries.  I thought it would be my only Thanksgiving meal because my family was gathering on Monday when I was flying back to VanCity, but I got a last minute invite to my Aunt’s house and had a great homemade meal there too and caught up with lots of cousins.

This trip makes me look forward to going home at Christmas.  Thanks for all the last minute visiting Ontario folks, including Grandma, Aunt Chris and Sheens.