I just returned back from a week long vacation in PEI. I went on a road trip with my sister and her two kids to PEI to visit her husbands family and saw some pretty exciting things. I spent the week sleep deprived and zombie like due to my nephew suffering from severe allergies and sleeping in our bed, too many people in one house with one bathroom being stuck sleeping on an older mattress but my goal was to always make the best of it!
As pretty as PEI is, the weather was on the chilly side. We brought our bikes down and my sister and I went for rides as often as possible. We took all the kids to see the ocean one day and toured a light house. That was pretty awesome as I’ve never been in a lighthouse before and always wanted to as my grandfather was a lighthouse keeper and my father grew up in one.
While we were in town I also got to see the Stanley Cup! Brad Richards brought the cup to a small town near by and we took a trip down to see the Stanley cup parade! As quick as it was it was super exciting! We got there two hours early and waited around for the cup to quickly parade past us! While we waited there was a guy with a jet pack on his back in the water flying around, it was pretty cool to see and then he totally wiped out and flopped like a fish in a random fishing boat that was docked near by. Finally I could hear the bag pipes play and I got all excited that the parade was coming! A fire truck rolled through, followed by the bag pipe band, and then a big fishing boat that was being towed! There is was… Shiny and tall with Brad Richards standing beside it waving to the crowds! A couple thousand people came out to support him and see the cup and with lots of cheering, he lifts it above his head and the crowd goes wild! It was exciting and emotional and I’m so happy I got to see it!
Just like that, it was all over and time to pile back into the car and head back home for a long needed nap! Over the next couple of days we spent time with family and took the kids to the movies as the weather wasn’t cooperating and you can only spend so much time in doors with the same people. Finally the trip was coming to and end and on our last night we were heading to the race track to see the horses race! The family had two of their horses racing that night, Luke’s Cowboy and Rosewood. We let the kids each bet in a horse and I’m happy to say Luke’s Cowboy came second and Rosewood placed 3rd!
Forgot to mention my most favourite part… The liquor store! My sister and I go to the liquor store to stock up on wine for the week and what do I notice.. A CLEARANCE section! Amazing! I’ve never laughed so hard, for those who know me, know how much I love my red wine! We don’t have clearance sections in the LCBO and our sales are $1 off so the clearance section made my day!
Finally it was time for the dreaded 16hr car ride home. We drove straight through on our way there but on the way home we decided to stop overnight in Quebec City. I found this cool Loct for rent for the evening and it was a full two bedroom apartment with laundry, kitchen and right in old Quebec! Wish we were staying there longer as it would have been more worth it. We didn’t get to torn too much of Quebec either as it was rainy and by this point we just wanted to go home. We still had another 8 hours in the car.
Finally I made it home safely on Friday evening to enjoy the long weekend with my well missed fiancé and kitties. Spent some time doing yard work around the house and catching up with friends and family. It was a great first ever summer vacation and I’m glad I did it!
Over the next couple weeks the Pan Am games are happening in Toronto and GTA. All I’ve been thinking about is how it’s such an inconvenience with the HOV lanes, crazy traffic and lack of parking options on city streets. Now I know why the people are never happen when a big event happens in their hometown. The people from that city are the ones who suffer and are disadvantaged during these times. I’ve been thinking all these negative things about the Pan Am games and had no desire to attend any events.
Then I thought about it more… When am I going to have an opportunity like this again? I don’t think I will and I would love to get out there and cheer on my country. There’s an event happening 20 mins from my house, which also happens to be my favorite sport… BASEBALL! So we bought some tickets which were super cheap and had an evening out cheering on Canada while they played our biggest rival USA.
The other thing I will say about the Pan Am games in that the advertising wasn’t very good. I posted this picture on my Facebook and someone else from my area asked where this was happening. They had no idea there were events out our way. I think Toronto failed on promoting the events which has in turn caused ticket sales to be super low. It’s unfortunate, but enough about the negatives!
Team Canada played amazing and was able to take home the win in extra innings! I’m glad I took them time to go cheer them on!
This past weekend my Fiance and I went to spend the night at his grandparents place. We’ve never been up to stay overnight before and it was a wonderful experience. I’m glad we made the time to do so as it’s so easy to always say ‘I’m busy’ or ‘I don’t have time.’
It was a very relaxing experience as we hung out pool side all afternoon enjoying the beautiful weather we were blessed with this past weekend and having a few cocktails. I took the time to really get to know them and ask those questions that I never asked with my own grandparents. I learned about their history and how they met. Things I never learned about my own grandparents who were married for over 50 years.
If there was one thing I could do over it would be to spend more time with my grandparents and really get to know them. I’ve always found as people get older, they love reminiscing about the past and can tell the same stories over and over again with joy. I’m almost 30 and it always feels so nostalgic to reminisce about my late teens/early 20’s. I’m glad I had the experiences I did, so that I do have stories to tell and I will always cherish my experiences good or bad as they’ve helped define me.
All through College I always looked forward to getting home so I could write my next blog about how my day went. I loved the anonymity of blogging and knowing that I could get everything off my chest without worrying about who was going to hear/read about it. Today I’m starting a new blog, in hopes to reconnect with that carefree person from the past and help in defining who I am in the future.
This year I am turning 30. It doesn’t feel real to me. I remember thinking about how 30 seemed old and it was such a scary number. Dirty 30’s. I look at myself now and I don’t feel old. I feel like I’m too young and still immature to be turning 30. I don’t feel like I have my life together enough for being a 30 year old but I’m not sure why those feelings exist.
I’ve been working at the same company for the past 9 years in a fairly successful position. I recently got engaged and we purchased our first home together. He also has a fairly successful job. Each day I sit here and think, what do I want to be when I grow up? I am grown up and I have no clues on where life is taking me next. I don’t know what I want to do. I randomly landed this job straight out of college and I sometimes feel like it’s time to move on to the next best thing, but I have no idea what that thing is.
I’m hoping by starting this blog, I will find some inspiration in my life for what I want in the future.
Today is the beginning of the rest of my life.