Oh Hi, Ohio!

Congratulations Liz and Trent!!!

We have just returned from an amazing weekend in Columbus Ohio, where we were lucky enough to celebrate the wedding of Jamie’s cousin, Liz and her new husband, Trent.

The wedding was gorgeous, the reception was very lively and went on into the wee hours of the morning and the entire weekend gave Jamie and I a chance to hang out with his family – something we don’t get to do very often and always ends up being super fun.

We didn’t get to see too much of Columbus, save for the Marriott where we stayed, the First Congregational Church where the ceremony took place and the beautiful Franklin Park Conservatory where the reception was held, but the church was beautiful, the Conservatory was a pretty cool, unique venue and the Marriott was…a Marriott.

Both drives, the one to Columbus and the one back, were harrowing journeys through pouring rain, and I’m happy to now be relaxing and watching football on my gigantic couch – I need all the rest I can get after all that dancing.

Ugly:

This concludes our 2012 wedding season and I’m kind of sad. I’ve been to more weddings this year than in my entire life and I’ve really had an awesome time at all of them…I’m going to miss them…

Awesome:

Loved celebrating something so personal and special with two lovely people and their lovely family.
Also – Looking forward to a fun girly Halloween hangout on Wednesday and a romantic getaway next weekend with Jamie for our 7th anniversary. Fun things!!!!

I Messed With Texas.

Yeeehaw! I’ve just returned from Dallas, Texas where I stayed for 6 days, working on a live event for Toyota.

We stayed in a boutique hotel called the Aloft which, for all it’s missed reservations and mixed up billings, was a pretty unique, interesting place. When we arrived we were told there was a big college football game happening the next day between University of Oklahoma and University of Texas. The first thing the hotel asked us was which colour wrist band we wanted – red or orange. At the time we had no idea what the colours meant, but before long it became obvious that some of us had sided with the home team and others had aligned themselves with the enemy. This was not lost on the people around us, and depending on which colour you chose, you would be met with varying social acceptance. When we walked around the downtown core that evening, the majority of people were dressed in either U of O colours or U of T colours so you could easily recognize your allies. This was a strange world of Texas football that I didn’t know I’d be witnessing, but am pretty happy I did. It’s something that I don’t think would ever happen in Toronto and it was fun being a part of it.

That first night, we had our first of several Tex Mex meals, complete with Margaritas so strong, when Daryl mentioned we were scared of them, the server responded with “This ain’t Chili’s”.

We didn’t have much time for sight seeing or walking around, as we were working all the time, but we did get to a Western store to buy souvenirs and fancy Western gear and we went to see the famous Grassy Knoll.

Overall, Dallas was good to us – the shows went really well, I saw a ton of people I love to work with and I had a lot of fun (and a lot of good food). I’m not sure I would go back for fun if given the chance. I hear a lot about Austin and I think I’d rather venture out in that direction, but I’m glad I got to experience a bit of Texas when the opportunity arose.

Ugly:

The feeling of guilt I have for taking amazing jump pictures at The Grassy Knoll…

Awesome:

Our amazing jump pictures.

Turkey Time!

So this post is pretty late considering I took all these photos at Thanksgiving, but better late than never! AMIRITE?

I don’t get to go home to Kingston very often, so when I do, I get very excited. My family and I have traditions that we do every year for every holiday, and Thanksgiving is no different. Some traditions have been going on for years, other have just recently been implemented. Regardless of what it is, if I decide I enjoy it and it happens on a holiday where I’m home every year, I immediately enforce it’s replication the following year.

Take our fall leaf tour for example! My dad has been going on fall leaf tours (driving around in a car looking at the pretty fall colours) since he was a kid, and he kept the tradition going by taking my mom and me on leaf tours too. The past few years, my dad and I have been going on our tours alone (partly because my mom wants to make the turkey soup instead and partly because she’s secretly bored of driving around for hours looking at trees. haha) So now it’s become a nice thing for my Dad and I to do together when I’m home and I look forward to it every year.

We also go to spooky Fort Fright at Fort Henry every year now and watching my mom get scared by the actors has been a tradition I very much anticipate.

We also have our favourite Thanksgiving foods that have become tradition over the years. Our family has a variety of food preferences so you will see three different style of cranberry sauce on our table (smooth and sugary, chunky and sugary and chunky no sugar), 3 different kinds of stuffing (regular, vegetarian and no bread) and a couple versions of gravy (one has no flour). Last year, our butcher gave me a free butter tart and now I’ve decreed it be tradition, so we went to get more this year.

And last but not least – movies. My Dad got A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving DVD for Christmas, so now we will watch that every year. And I always make it a point to watch my favourite Thanksgiving movies (see my blog post about them if you feel like it…) and favourite Thanksgiving TV episodes (like Friends and Gilmore Girls). There’s nothing nicer than snuggling with a warm apple cider, watching your favourite movies with the fall chill outside. I get all sappy just thinking about it.

Ugly:

How short my visits are! I love spending time with my fan and I wish I could do it more often.

Awesome:

Perfect weekend at home – everyone was in good spirits, got to see my grandma, grandpa, uncle and my uncle’s new lady friend and checked off all my annual traditions. Definite Turkey success.