casual fridays.

happy birthday, katey! who knew meeting a gal from woodstock in grad school would lead to so much laughter, so many great adventures and me moving across the country? we’re celebrating tonight – along with the first day of stampede – at the cowboy’s tent. yaaaaahoooo! and in good stampede fashion, we’ll be drinking gin in the afternoon to get ready for the madness. while i’m not much of a stampede or country music person (or drinker), i am a birthday person and will always happily celebrate katey.

saying that, i’m actually headed to the grounds at least two more times over the week. monday, irene and i will be testing out some midway food, and ange and i are going to the chuckwagon finals on sunday. yahoo, all over the place! and while my cowboy boots kill my feet – i went for beauty instead of function when purchasing them, stupidly – i’m more concerned about what to wear in the 32-degree heat. i’m not really a daisy dukes and crop top kinda gal, but that’s all the weather is calling for.

i then get to wake up way too early on saturday after my gin-soaked evening to head to the mountains, but to hike i’d happily not sleep. it’s been too long since i’ve been in the rockies and can’t wait to get on the trail with erin and her mum. we have 16km planned, and it’s going to be a scorcher!

on sunday i plan on doing absolutely nothing. besides all the excitement of today and tomorrow, i’m also running on zero sleep for no other reason than my body hates me. think happy sleepy thoughts for me!

what are you up to for the weekend? any locals stampeding?

casual fridays.

as much as i love routine, it can put me in a sour mood if i don’t get a break every so often. doing the same thing day in and day out is very taxing on my energy and excitement for life. it’s definitely where i found myself just a few weeks ago. it was nice knowing i had a week off and lots of sister time.

i miss toronto in the most visceral way most days, but it’s even stronger after a great visit. usually when i head home it’s a whirlwind of commuting between family and friends in multiple different cities in southwestern ontario. this time i drastically reduced the number of visits i was going to entertain and greatly benefited from it. i had a good amount (there is never enough) of sister time and got to spend a few hours with grandma. she even waited a whole five minutes before she grilled me on when i was moving home, and why i wasn’t married.

not only did i get more quality time with the incredible people in my life, i also got free hours to wander aimlessly in the city i love. i visited new spots and some of my old favourites, with my camera and a latte in hand. playing tourist in your own city is always fun. next time i’ll jump on a double decker red bus for a proper tour, and then go up the CN tower. it’s something i should probably do in calgary, too. might help me appreciate the city more. i have some ideas but “what to do in calgary” articles often include leaving calgary and going to the mountains, which doesn’t say much for the city.

i’m back now with a new appreciation for lots of things, and a very strong desire to wander in the sunshine and enjoy some mountain life. i’m only kicking around calgary for two weeks before i jet off again to meet sister in boston. sadly, after that, i don’t have any set plans yet for my next far-off adventure…but the strong potential of vegas in september for Katey’s bachelorette.

this weekend calls for laundry, grocery shopping, and a little fun – can’t go cold turkey on that.

what’s up for your weekend?

casual fridays.

i’m home.

a lot of things make me happy, but near the top of the list is getting to spend time with sister. her new home is so beautiful, not like anyone doubted it. i’ll take some pretty pictures of it while i’m here. keep an eye on her blog to see the finished product and read about her inspiration for the spaces.

the madness that goes hand-in-hand with any visit home started this morning. after brunch and home goods shopping with mum, sister and i decided to go on a little adventure – it’s what we do. neither of us had been to the waterfalls in hamilton, and after suggesting to erin that she check them out on her visit we thought it might be a good idea to see a few of them for ourselves. we settled on two of the tallest waterfalls in the area. sadly, they left much to be desired. in order to get our money’s worth (parking was $10), we decided to explore more of the trails along the gorge. it was pretty with lush green trees and the faint smell of citronella and citrus. overall underwhelming, but at least we can say we’ve done (some of) it.

the rest of my trip is packed with visits: dad, girlfriends, grandma. i’ll also have some serious alone time with my city; it’s been a while since i’ve had time to do nothing and anything in toronto.

may long has always felt like the unofficial start of summer, and it definitely kicks of fireworks season. i often wander to the bow river to watch the canada day fireworks in calgary, but there doesn’t seem to be much of a to-do about victoria day there. it’s always been a thing in toronto and i’m looking forward to watching them on monday night.

what are you doing this (long) weekend?