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2019 – A look back

The last real update I posted was early July. This past summer was a good one. I was out and about almost every weekend and it was tiring and fun. I went to 2 different cottages and caught my first fish.


I have no idea what kind of fish it was. It was small and returned to the lake. I think I might be more of a pretend fisher, really only doing it to be out on the water.

Hung out with my friends and we went all over. I had a lot of day trips all over Ontario. Went to an alpaca farm. Went to 3 different outlet malls. Finally made it to St. Jacob’s Market. Spent an afternoon at the beaches. Took a drive to Tobermory, which is beyond beautiful. Took my kids to do the Whirlpool Jet Boat ride. Went to visit a friend in Ottawa. Visited my Aunt in MD. Saw Michelle Obama.

People, I was tired and my wallet was crying. I was trying to good, then my friend’s sister died and she requested my presence at the memorial. I booked the the tickets to Chicago and my friend booked everything else. In the spirit of generosity, I refused to take payment for her ticket. She is a student and has always been there for me, so I figured it was the least I could do. My bank account is not pleased with me.

Since I was already off the budget train, I bought myself a smart watch. I absolutely love my Samsung Galaxy watch. I appreciate the gentle nudges to move more than I thought. I installed a water reminder app which helps greatly. I am trying to get back to healthy in 2020.

Next time, we will talk about my goals for 2020. Until then, I hope life is treating you well.

Living it up

If the busyness of this summer doesn’t kill me I will be shocked.

Now that I have Saturdays free from work, I am making the most of it. Every Saturday from now until September has something booked or penciled in. And I am still socializing in the week.

Last Wednesday my new friend P sent me a Groupon for Lionel Ritchie tickets for the following evening. As a huge fan of both live events and Lionel, I could not say no. So after working Thursday I was fighting traffic to get to my local mall to meet my friend so we could travel down together.

Lionel was amazing. I had a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that he is 70 years old. He preformed for 1.5 hours and it was fantastic.

Last Saturday, had me trekking across the city to visit my oldest cousin. It was a long overdue visit. I brought my Mom along and it was very reminiscent of my childhood. Complete with 50+ minute time line to leave her house. My cousin’s husband had a stroke almost 2 years ago and I have been meaning to visit for at least the past year. It has been a rough road for her but she handles it with such grace.

This past Tuesday, I crossed off another to do item. I FINALLY saw “Come From Away” and it was everything I thought it would be.


With just chairs and tables and 12+ people, this cast told one of the greatest stories of the best of humanity. It was very moving. This play tells the story of what happened on 9/11 when 7,000 people were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, town of 9,000. I had heard many stories about the kindness and hospitality of my country folk to the East but this story brought it all home for me.

Today, I was supposed to have a spa day but instead I am going fishing and will be playing hooky tomorrow. Shhhhhhh, don’t tell my many bosses. 😉