Category Archives: Friends

Happy Halloween

This past weekend I had a blast in London, Ontario.  Every year my friend Jen throws a fantastic Halloween party the Saturday before Halloween.  This was the third year I was able to go…and was excited to visit Jen, her husband and girls! halloween-fun_0001

This year I decided to go as a Wind-Up Doll…I must admit I LOVE this costume.

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Jen wore these creepy contacts as part of her costume… halloween-fun_0010

Thanks for hosting a great party Jen…you are a fantastic friend!
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On the left there is: Barrel, Lock, Ghost vampire Elsa, Anna and on the right there is: a Wind-Up Doll…

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…just hanging out on the driveway! Such awesome weather for the party… halloween-fun_0013 halloween-fun_0015

…had to take some time to do some selfies with the costume!

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…had to sort out my camera’s flash and settings! (Apparently I had it all messed up—but eventually it was sorted so Jen took this photo of me…) halloween-fun_0014

And then Julie grabbed my camera to snap us taking a selfie… (iphone photo in top right corner)…thanks Julie! 🙂 halloween-fun_0009

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…there were so many cute kids at the party!
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There were kid games… like bobbing apples and eating donuts off a string…and there were some adult games too like shots of tequila! halloween-fun_0006

…first time putting on flash lashes, nailed it! Loved my take-a-way chip bag monster…
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Tonight I had to teach…because of the way the weeks worked it was a midterm…so I brought a wee bit of halloween magic… ie) candy for my students!

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Happy Thanksgiving

Just wishing my my Canadian family and friends a Happy Thanksgiving! Turkeys... Sitting with the Turkeys

“Gratitude can transform
common days into thanksgivings,
turn routine jobs into joy,
and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
William Arthur Ward

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Hope your turkey hunting was as successful as mine! I’m thankful for a job I love and for family and friends that support me no matter what. Feel free to leave me a message in the comments… What are you Thankful right now?

Side Note: The photos in this post are some of my favourite shots my friend Ryan Bealer snapped of me the fall of 2010.  We were in Birds Hill Park just outside of Winnipeg, Manitoba.  We were out taking photos on our weekly photo night…and happened upon this wild ‘flock’ of turkeys…the rest is history! They might be oldies but they are goodies…. 

Adele

Last December I was able to get 4 tickets to go to see Adele on her 25 Tour…when she came to Toronto for 4 shows on October 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th!  I must admit the last year it was the LONGEST wait until this week arrived… and finally the time was here it was time to go see Adele Live in concert.

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So Party of 4…who came? Well the first choice was easy–as part of my Mum’s 60th Birthday celebration this year…I decided her big gift would be to see Adele live. The second choice was my friend Josefina….it was actually her birthday this past week as well…so for her birthday gift  she joined the party!  And last but not least I invited Sole (Josefina’s sister-in-law) and that  finished off our party of 4.  adele_0003

…just waiting for Adele to start.  Even though we were up high..in section 324….we had the BEST view of the stages and could enjoy the whole concert without people obstructing our view by standing in front of us! adele_0002The concert was everything I thought it would be and so much more.  Adele is so down-to-earth and her monologues and stories between her songs were amazing! Even though she’s a super star…she’s just so real and down to earth. (At one point told us all that the only reason she works out is to eat junk! Honestly, she’s so right…part of the only reason I work out.) It was so cool to hear Adele explain what she was thinking about when she wrote certain songs and the inspiration behind them. Everything from the stage design…and all the details large and small of the concert made it feel like it was held in a small venue, not a huge one like the ACC.

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She even made it rain in the ACC… when she set fire to the rain.  adele_0005

I did take a few video clips throughout the evening…but I have a few problems with sharing them.  One: I don’t know how to edit them…I wanted to string a bunch of the short clips into one video.  Two: I didn’t realize at the time of the concert that me singing would be so clear…LOL no one needs to hear my voice along with ADELE… so I suppose the videos will remain in the vault for now.  I really do need to figure out how to edit clips though…might have to ask a friend that has seemed to mastered sharing short video clips via their blog. Yahoo, for learning new technology right? adele_0006

The encore and last song of the evening was Rolling in the Deep…. where Adele encouraged us all to get on our feet and dance! So of course we did…Later via social media I found out that all of the confetti…had Adele lyrics printed on it!

It was such a fabulous concert,  the kind of night that you were totally in the moment… and the two hour seemed like two minutes.  Don’t worry though I enjoyed every minute of the two hours as Adele shared her stories and songs with us. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to go to the concert and I could have picked three better people to share the experience with me.

October Walks

This past weekend I went away to a Fall Retreat.  During Saturday afternoon there was some free time…before the scheduled ‘tea party’…I went off with two friends for a walk along the trails on the property. weekend-hike_0010

…the first time I came to Fair Havens I was in high school, and came with my youth group for a winter retreat in the winter! weekend-hike_0002

It was so much fun to walk and talk…and take some time to take photos…stopping along the trail.  weekend-hike_0001

It’s funny how a short walk…with my camera and me taking photos can make me feel so alive.  I really need to start adding this back into my life on a more regular basis. weekend-hike_0003

Always need to find me a RED maple leaf…Canadian at heart over here!

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We interrupted our hike and conversations…for a ‘selfie’ moment!

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“The true charm of pedestrianism does not lie in the walking, or in the scenery, but in the talking. The walking is good to time the movement of the tongue by, and to keep the blood and the brain stirred up and active; the scenery and the woodsy smells are good to bear in upon a man an unconscious and unobtrusive charm and solace to eye and soul and sense; but the supreme pleasure comes from the talk.” ~Mark Twain

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The colours and textures of the forest floor were so gorgeous… weekend-hike_0006

Just a wee bit of fungus on that tree stump….
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As we wandered past the camping spots and trailers that are on the property…we passed one trailer that had so MANY rocks…ALL over the picnic table…and lined up in plastic boxes all over the deck.  They had such an awesome rock collection—and I only snapped a few photos of it! weekend-hike_0008

It felt so good to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air…October is an awesome month because fall has arrived.

Ottawa’s Army Run

I just got back from a fantastic weekend in Ottawa. Jeka and I became friends through our blogs…and shared experiences of living in Nunavut. She lived in Kimmirut while I was living in Pangnirtung. She even did a guest post here on Sarah on the Road a few years ago.    We talked online often over the two years we lived in Nunavut and I got to ‘meet’ her in person the day she was flying south…in the Iqaluit airport.  I was so excited to see her again this weekend and hang out in person…where we didn’t have to use technology to talk.  army-run-ottawa_0016

Two years ago, she posted on Facebook all about doing the Army Run in Ottawa.   I was still in Nunavut–enjoying life and flying everywhere for business…but thought to myself, I wish I could do that…it looked really fun! Well fast forward 2 years…it was my turn! 

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Friday night we had an awesome girls night- (Chris was working a night shift…so it was just us girls!)… Dinner and a movie–we saw Bridget Jones Baby…it was so good, so many funny lines go see it!

After sleeping in a wee bit on Saturday we headed down to the city hall to pick up our race bibs and shirts.

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We checked out the Expo booths.. saw Vimy–the Invictus Games mascot! The next Invicutus Games will be held in Toronto September 2017.  army-run-ottawa_0001

We headed outside to check out the live music…and it started to pour! We didn’t let that stop us from having some fun….and have a little dancing in the rain. armyrun 18

Then we realized we might have to run in this weather the next day! army-run-ottawa_0015

…but we realized we wouldn’t melt…and once you are wet, you are wet! So might as well dance or even run in the rain!?

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My new running shirt… all shinny and pretty…ready for the morning! (I didn’t end up running in this though because with the long sleeves I would have melted.)

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After listening to the POURING rain, hearing the thunder…and dreading that it would continue until the morning…. I woke up to no rain! Which was the best gift of the day… army-run-ottawa_0009

…while waiting for the start what else does one do but take a few selfies! army-run-ottawa_0008 Lots of excitement from the start line… we were in the Red Coral and were the last to be let out onto the course! There were so many people on the sidelines cheering us along.  My race last fall that I ran on the Downsview Race Track-–which didn’t have the same feeling along the course…so that was a first for me… and a welcome surprise.

I was never more happy to cross the finish line… I was even happier to have finished it the fastest I have all summer during any of my practice runs. I really need to train a wee bit more consistently…now that Fall has brought some cooler temps!

army-run-ottawa_0004Check out the cool ‘dog-tag’ medal….I can totally see how this running/racing thing gets into your blood. I’ve already tentatively talked with a friend about signing up for another 2 races this fall….and am already registered for the Resolution Run on December 31st which I’ll do with my friend Michelle! army-run-ottawa_0007

We went at our own pace for the 5km…so I was excited when I found my friends at the finish line so quickly! Well done for doing it even though you weren’t feeling 100%!

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This race was so much fun! Can’t wait to do the next year with you Jeka and Chris… it was such a fun weekend.  Now that we are living a road trip away—we totally need to meet up again…let me know if you want to come my way to explore Toronto!
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After the race we went down to the Market to have brunch…  Then we went next door to The Cupcake Lounge and then I picked up a Red Velvet Cupcake (which I think I’m going to eat tomorrow for breakfast!).  The perfect end to a fabulous weekend! Thanks so much for hosting me this weekend Jeka it was fantastic. army-run-ottawa_0010

Coming home was another story…had an extra 2 + hours added to my trip because of an accident.  It seemed like I just got onto the 401… and all the traffic stopped around 2:30pm. There was a really bad accident... and for the first time ever—I was standing on the side of the highway…and joined everyone  as they got out of their cars, and tried to see what was going on. We watched the fire trucks, ambulances and police cars arrive on scene…and eventually the other side of the highway traffic stopped as well. After waiting about 45mins… the police came back to the front of the cars and started turning them around… so we could back track on the highway and get to a spot where we could cross to the other side.

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This just reminded me about how you need to live for each moment…because you never know what is going to happen next. You need to live life today, because  yesterday is gone and tomorrow is never promised.

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