Monthly Archives: July 2010

A week in London…

>…Ontario that is!! Before I left Toronto I got my hair done… and my toes as well!!  I did manage to visit a few friends in and around the GTA (Greater Toronto Area)..but those are stories for another time!!!

Here’s my new ‘cleaned’ up hair’… complete with the magic of the straightening iron.. something I have still yet to master… perhaps one day!!

I stopped at Guelph and had some A&W… and was surprised that they gave my root beer in a glass mug, apparently I have never experienced this before… 
The first part of my trip I got to stay and reconnect with my friend Sarah… Sarah and I were roommates in our 2nd year of university September 1999 to April 2000…back in Apt 501 of the “Barbie Dream House”..(it’s a long story–so many stories from that year!!) Sarah was the one that taught me how to study… and I like to think that I was the one that taught Sarah how to have fun in everything you do… whether it be hanging Christmas Decorations, or just procrastinating on studying!! Where was I?  Well Sarah got engaged and then married Adam later that summer.. and transfered schools and moved to London… (that sort of ended the roommate thing for us!)… 
Sarah and Adam have an adorable 13 month old little girl… so our days were spent sharing stories and playing!! (and hanging out in the back yard…with our feet in the kiddie pool!)  It was so nice to catch up… and realize that sometimes distance might separate you… but that never stops a friendship!!  
Here’s Sarah and I… I personally think that Sarah looks AWESOME… (I look like the ‘tired’ new mom…)

Here’s Sar… doing the bubble thing for her little girl!! Thanks again Adam and Sarah for your hospitality.. .if you ever find yourself in Winnipeg… be sure to stop in and say HI!

This is the way I spent my time… toes in the kiddie pool… 

…I think there needs to be some explanation of this photo… I had just had dinner with my friend Sarah & Adam and Erin & Dan… apparently with all the visiting… I didn’t get a photo til we were walking out of that place… so I put the timer on my camera, set it on a pay phone in the front doors… lined us up… and then well waited for the flash! (it only took a few tries…) the first couple had some people walking through!!

This is Grimnak… He’s 7 months old.. and I fell in love!! He’s such a cute puppy… he belongs to Erin and Dan… I had to share a photo of him… 
I think if I was ever to get a dog… a Boston Terrier it would have to be…. (but those who REALLY know me… must realize that this will never happen… I just love hanging out with OTHER people’s dogs!)

On Saturday night… my friend Jen (who I met last year when I was living in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, she was researching for her Masters Thesis, but lives in London with her hubby)…So where was I? Yes, Jen came over to Erin’s place… we got ready and went out dancing…. it was good conversations.. good choices of beverages…great dancing.. despite the ‘hawt, sweaty mess I became on the dance floor!’

….and again another reminder of such amazing friends I have!!

Erin and I… we go way back to a summer camp that we both worked at as teenagers… We met Summer of 1998… but decided to hang out even more Summer of 1999!  We too were roommies the year I went to Fanshawe College and lived in London…I think one of the things we love is our ‘phone’ dates… apparently we both like to talk on the phone… this is a good thing!! Thanks Erin and Dan for letting me crash at your place… 🙂 
Erin and I after dancing (so much fun!!!)… decided to walk home from downtown London, all the way back to where she lives kind of close to Western University… (don’t worry it was a safe, and sober choice for both of us)… I had to snap an iPhone photo of us though…. (see below)
On our way home.. we encountered a raccoon..(i picked up a stick to protect us in case that guy decided to jump out of the bushes as we walked by–I seriously HATE raccoons!)  
We also had to stop for a skunk… this little guy decided to try to cross the road… we were WILLING it to NOT get run over.. as that would be VERY stinky for us… but he didn’t at the last minute darted back across our path and then up someone else’s front lawn….
Now we all know things comes in threes… the last little guy… a squirrel wasn’t so lucky… it was dead as a door knob… and also a bit crispy on the side of the road… 
I’ve even managed to cross a few more things off my “summer hit list” like: 
  • Dance like no one’s watching…
  • Cuddle some babies…
  • Road Trip…to London, Ontario…and visit some awesome peeps!
  • Laugh til my tummy hurts..
  • a few pedicures… and a hair cut by my hairdresser in Toronto!
Ahhhhh so good!!… and there’s still so much more to do! I’m off to Toronto for a few days.. then by Wednesday I’ll be back in Haliburton with limited internet access… and well days on the beach… surrounded by family!! (I CAN”T wait!!) 

You know it’s a good vacation….

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UPDATED: FYI—the drugs are antibotics…
(in case u were wondering…)

…when you end up on drugs!!!(do you think they could make pills any bigger than that?!)

I’ll post a longer update soon… my week in London, Ontario has been awesome!

>MMMMmmmmm

>Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream….

yup… another thing crossed of the list….
(although this might have to be crossed off a few more times… hehehe!)

MOOSE TRACKS®: Vanilla ice cream with chocolate peanut butter cups swirled with Moose Tracks® fudge.  (taken from the Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream site….) …this is SOOOOO DARN GOOD!!!!

A day at the Beach…

>hmmmm or can one really call it a beach.. if due to recent rain.. the water levels have come up.. and well swallowed up the beach? Remember when I was here in May… (HERE) and I was excited about the HUGE beach?! Well…. apparently right now.. it’s not the case! This didn’t ruin a GREAT day in the SUN and water!!

My mum,  older bro, sis-in-law and nephews were also at my Grandma’s…. and we had a blast.. in the water.. and in the boat…

Grandma’s cottage is the 2nd from the right…. (usually there’s a HUGE sand beach in front.. but again.. due to water height issues… it hasn’t happened yet!)

Looking out towards the ‘sand point’….
Playing in the water!!! 🙂
This is the place I’ve been going since I was a baby…
and where I spent my summers with my grandma and grandpa…at the cottage!
There was a ‘shark’ on the beach.. but Samuel said, “don’t worry Aunt Sarah he’s a FRIENDLY shark!”
My mum and grandma and me…. Three Generations of Bathing Beauties!!!
(I’m not sure the last time I’ve been ‘swimming’ with both of them at the same time….) 
It was fun to take these shots…. (I had to crouch down… so I wasn’t so tall!)
Samuel being a helper… to help Benjamin off the end of the dock…
he’s such a good BIG brother… so kind and helpful!!
I took some family portraits for Jamie and Dana… here’s one that I really liked!!!
Jamie and Dana…married 9 years this past June!! 🙂
Getting ready for a boat ride!!!
Benjamin didn’t stay awake long… and snuggled for a bit of a snooze with me!
After the boat ride… Grandma brought out some cheesies… and well who doesn’t love them!?
Samuel did…..
and so did Benjamin!!
It was perfect weather… and well perfect company today…
Can’t wait until I can go back and spend the day there again… tomorrow…

…driving and driving and driving and MORE driving!

>..I stayed at the BEST place in Wawa.  If you ever happen to be driving along Highway 17 and need a place to stay… STOP at the Northern Lights Motel & Breakfast!!  I was told about this place by a co-worker.. and if I needed a place to stop along the way, in Wawa.. to stay here.  I wasn’t disapointed!

The owners before getting into the motel buisness were comedy writers… the room was FILLED with ‘funny’ things… and posters/sticky notes… helpful hints… (quite fun!)… and there was EVEN a PIRATE DUCKY… (apparently they knew that I was a pirate and made sure I had that in my room!)
Here are some of the funny signs/extra helpful things… to make my stay more comfortable!!!

..Pirate Ducky.. complete with a ‘ducky’ nest!!! (that’s some mad skills!)

A little bit of ‘reading’ material on the back of the bathroom door…
(the sign at the top said, “Hey there you look bored…How about a little Wawa Trivia!?”
This was a sign on the chair… “If you would like your room filled with mosquitoes, Please use this chair to prop open your door!”  And nothings spells welcome like HI written with TOOTH PICKS!! 😉

Then the next morning, after a crazy sleep listening to ‘big trucks’ whizz by on the highway, and rain fall on the roof… I got up for my ‘free’ breakfast… and the options were ENDLESS… muffins, bagels, toast, cereal, oatmeal, hard boiled eggs, juice, milk, tea, coffee… fruit… SO GOOD!! 🙂

Plus the ‘breakfast’ room… was pretty snazzy as well!!… here are some of the photos of that!!

SEE all those “WONDERFUL” choices!?
It’s no wonder that this place won the Travelor’s Choice award for 2010!!
(if you want to stay.. you really should make a reservation!)
Milo and I both HIGHLY recommend it!!!
My first stop the day was just down the road… I had to go see the Goose…
(but also found this little gem.. sitting in front of the visitor centre!)
The rain had stopped…but there was tons of mist/fog on the lake… so I didn’t stop long… The last time I was in Wawa, looking at this goose… I thought it was the BIGGEST thing EVER…but well I suppose my 12 year old brain remembers things a bit differently than looking at it as a 30 year old gal!!! (it wasn’t so big!!) But still kind of cool to visit… apparently Wawa has a “goose retirement fund” going on… I think this is to ‘replace’ the current goose…But I’m not 100% sure!
I think the best part of my drive was from Wawa to the Sault Ste. Marie… the VIEWS rocked, and having mist and fog over the hills and trees… was awesome… I didn’t take many photos today.. partly because I just wanted to get to Haliburton…
(I was tired…and as much as I loved Milo.. I was SO READY to not be sitting in him!)
I did stop at “Katherine’s Cove”..partly because of the name of this place.. (being my mum’s name and all I thought I should stop and walked down to the water…
(I think on the way home… if it’s hot I’ll swim here!)
This family was from Quebec… (didn’t talk to them..but that was the only van in the parking lot.. with Quebec plates…so they must be from there!)
The path to the parking lot…
Back in the car… and apparently I had to PEE really badly again… so stopped at the “Pancake something Park”…. (the nice summer youth staff working let me quickly park and pee… without paying anything!!)  And this was the view of the lake from just outside the outhouse!
The rest of the day was pretty un-eventful… I stopped in Sault Ste. Marie, at a timmies for some chili lunch… and then again for some hot chocolate in Esponla… Talking to the young teenage boy at the counter.. he thought I was a ‘rock’ star for driving from Winnipeg all the way there.. in like 36hours.. because in his words… “dude, that’s a long, long, long, ways away…”  I just smiled and said, “uh huh… it sure is!”…
I was going to stop at the “big nickel” in Sudbury.. but well to be honest.. I didn’t know where it was.. and I think I by-passed the city on the highway.. and didn’t want to get off and ask for directions.. and well I really wanted to get OUT of the CAR and STOP driving… on the way back.. I will remedy this.. and there will be photos of the “big nickel”…
I was VERY excited when I saw this sign….
See that ‘haze’ in the photo… it was SO MUGGY/HUMID…
I had issues with my Milos’ windows for a part of the drive, you see…
Milo was all COOL like inside.. and well outside was so hot… my inside windows started having MAJOR condensation… SO I figured out the problem.. and well made it warmer inside the car.. to match the outside temps!!
Finally at 8:36pm I arrived at my mum’s house… and well was greeted by my mum.. and a SWARM of mozzies… 🙂
Stats on the Trip
Departure: Wawa, Ontario 9:03am (EST)
Arrival: Haliburton, Ontario 8:37pm(EST)
Total Hours on the Road: 11 hours 34mins
KMs: (today): 867.9km
KMs: (total) 2, 041.7km
Animals Spotted:
Mother duck and her babies
I was pretty excited to be at my mum’s… even though she doesn’t have internet AND my cell signal is spotty.. sometimes I get it and sometimes I don’t!!! (it’s nice to be out of range… sometimes.. that is!)
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