Summer of George

(I really hope you know which show that’s referencing)

This has been the best summer ever. I feel like I’ve been on vacation the whole time even though I’ve definitely been at work for most of it. I have an actual, visible tan for the first time ever.

Basically, I’m bragging and I want to share pictures with the whole wide world.

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I played golf for the first time in my life this year. I won’t say that I’m anything even approaching good, but it’s been really fun (and frustrating) learning a new sport. I had the chance to play in a charity tournament for the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame – a pretty cool experience. They paired your group of three with a member of the Hall.  My team was with a member of the 1992 Women’s Rowing team, who won Gold in Barcelona that year. There was a bunch of other famous Canadian athletes in attendance and overall, the day was really fun.
jasper in the mountainsI’ve managed to get some hiking in with my favourite furry companion as well. We did Grassi Lakes in Canmore, which is stunning, though not overly challenging. The next day we did Wasootch Ridge. I don’t recommend that one if you have a dog that needs to be leashed, which in theory all dogs are supposed to be in the mountains. I preferred the Grassi hike – the lakes are amazing and there’s a slightly more challenging option for those who don’t just want to walk up a slight incline. The one downside is that the day we did it, there was a ton of traffic on the trail. Jasper desperately wanted to go for a swim, but letting him off the leash was not happening. He was a sad puppy but took consolation in barking at the water for a few minutes instead.

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And, of course, no summer is complete without a trip back East. I was lucky and have a bunch of vacation that rolled over from last year, so I was able to spend 10 days at home this year. It was perfect. I completely lost track of what day of the week it was, slept a lot and spent all of my time visiting with my family.

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Jasper had it in his head that the upstairs bedroom was his, so any time I said we were going to bed, he would run in there and hop in. Strangely, we only slept in there one night, so I have no idea where he got that idea from. I guess he’s not used to houses with more than one option for him? He didn’t even care if someone else was in there, as you can clearly see. It’s a good thing his Uncle Cam loves him, because Jasper is a pillow-stealing bed hog. He especially loved shoving anyone other than me out of bed by stretching his legs out into their stomachs. It’s a very good thing that he’s cute because he doesn’t have great bedtime manners.

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We drove our asses back from Onterrible in one piece, although I think Jasper has seen enough of the car to last him a lifetime. I can’t say I’m pleased to be back here for the rest of our all-too-short summer, but Alberta isn’t so bad. I’ve had a fantastic time hanging out with friends and eating more meat than I knew was possible.  Thankfully, it isn’t my birthday yet (that’s next week), so it’s still summer until at least then. In theory.

 

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Well hello there!  Summer has been a tough one to drag myself away from, let me tell you.  It’s been a surprisingly glorious one around these parts and I’ve been trying to soak up every last ounce before the never-ending snow sets in again.

I have been doing a few things since we last chatted, but not many.  I’ve made it out of town a couple of times, which has been absolutely wonderful.  I don’t look like a naked mole rat any more, which, let me tell you, is nothing short of a miracle. I did a teeny bit of stampeding.  And I hung out with some gems.  So let’s let the pictures do the talking for now, yes?

July long weekend!

There is nothing better with which to celebrate the birth of your country than a margarita. Especially in the middle of the afternoon.

Oh, the cowboys. I love them so.

Honestly the best pizza I’ve ever made. Just let Lina’s make the dough… and the sauce… and I promise you can’t go wrong.

I always seem to be more excited than him. Unless there’s a motorcycle in view.

Some new fleurs for the deck. Despite my best efforts these are still alive! (Thank God for Boyfriend’s green thumb – the perfect antidote for my black one)

Lunchtime picnics in the park.

There’s no more houses next door. This definitely has not been the highlight of the summer, to say the least.

Canadian drinking team… why yes, that’s us!

Not nearly enough time spent with that gem, unfortunately. But she’s got mad style!

So, what have you been up to all summer?