Hey all, Happy Labour Day. I have to work (womp womp) but, I thought it’d be fun to take a break and try a life lately post – a whole lot of pics which I’ve mostly kept on my phone and off Instagram – until now. The last few weeks have been busy…
Back to school shopping – he’s mostly okay with grade two. Lunch date at the Heartwood with my sister and niece. Their veggie burger is pretty amazing. Edith is now + 6 weeks old and 6 x more adorable! I still won’t eat alpha sprouts (salmonella poisoning once) so they only stayed for the photo. Summer soccer is a wrap. David’s fourth season at Halifax City Soccer Club. Finally tried the ‘Montreal-style’ bagels at East Coast Bakery. Yum. It was National Dog Day and Henry and I celebrated by lying on the grass together. Long run, and for 27 km I thought about this: David’s last day at Mic Mac Aquatic Club. Not a bad place to spend summer. To celebrate the end of summer camp, we went to our friend’s house for a BBQ – I made a pie. Neighbour’s who make blueberry jam are good neighbours to have! David decided to have a lemonade stand. He sold 25 glasses at $0.25/each and came home with $16 dollars. Apparently tips are good in the lemonade business. We went to Pete’s Dragon. I teared up many times behind my 3D glasses. I made beets and now salads are way better these days. David, Henry and I took Mike and Amanda to Duncan’s Cove. It’s crazy-beautiful and very close to the city! When you have to do a little work on weekends… this is how you do it. I tried to play hooky twice – ended up working both days but still squeezed in a lot of fun. David and I had all-day breakfast at Baba Ghanouj Cafe and candy from the Freak Lunchbox. (psst. my eggs are on top of eggplant and that’s pickled turnip on the side!) Then the next day we biked to the ferry – and rode the boat over to Dartmouth for a date with Sarah and Libby at the Canadian Sprint Canoe/Kayak Championships. Libby and David ran away with our phones and I found these pics later that day. August is over and work is busy! Halfway through marathon training and trying to check a few more things off my 100 Days of Summer list! If you love poached eggs as much as David and I do, learning new tricks to make them even better brings such joy (boil the egg for a minute then crack into a bowl then slide into the boiling water!) I had a BAD long run so I needed this one to be good. I found 25 km of Heaven in Pugwash and ran happy the whole way. Phew. A field of sunflowers!
And the most camera-happy cows! Sometimes when you create a route online with MapMyRun.com, what looks like a road may not actually be a road (this was the better end of the 4-km trail) My mom, G’love her, puts up with all my crazy running and follows behind on a bike regardless of the conditions.
I was born right here: Pugwash has one of the best Saturday Farmer’s Markets. Edie looking very adorable in David’s old Oeuf chair When camping got cancelled in August, I was determined to still sleep in a tent and eat camp-stove Kraft Dinner so we did it in my parent’s yard. So, I totally jumped on the cider train this summer. My current favourite: Maureen (my aunt) and Mark’s garlic! If you want some, it’s for sale – let me know! On our drive back to the city we stopped at a sheep farm but one of us had to wait by the car… I was happy to hang out with him. That’s a wrap. I hope you’re enjoying the last bit of summer. It’s not over… just a wee bit cooler at nights.
I may try this again… let me know what you think.
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We are looking at doing almost the same thing as last year… because why rock the boat when it was smooth sailing?
There are 9 weeks to cover. NINE WEEKS! Why am I not a teacher?!? Why did I grow up?
Weeks 1 / 2 / 5 / 6 / 8 : Micmac Aquatic Club Camp: I am from Waverley. Meaning, once a Cheema girl, always a Cheema girl but the club is a bit out of the way so last year, we discovered the day camp at Micmac Aquatic Club where you drop your child off in the morning and they get to swim, kayak, war canoe and play all day (supervised)! That’s how I spent every summer as a child (minus the supervised part) and I was convinced it was the best plan for my child. Obviously, he loved it. Bonus, it is an easy drop off location for Mike on his way to work and quite possibly one of my favourite places to run in the city.
Weeks 3 / 4 : Canada Games Centre Swim Program Camp: Winter, Spring and Fall we sign David up for 9-week swim lessons but in the Summer we can cram a session into a 2-week camp. The camp costs more than 2 weeks at Micmac but you get a full lesson out of the deal. Unfortunately it means I have to drive him there… and as a work-at-homer, I do not like driving during rush hour… even when it is against traffic.
Week 7 : Nana and David in Pugwash: My mom has graciously offered to take David for a week. Pugwash is paradise in the Summer and she has a few fun plans up her sleeve including the beach, the river, camping and a trip to the Fundy Geological Museum!
Week 9 : …TBD… Years ago (we’re talking 2000-2001), Mike and I hiked Cape Chignecto twice. The first time we went in and out of Refugee Cove… which is no joke (especially when you neglect to bring a stove and end up surviving off a few cinnamon buns and cold oatmeal)! The following year, we invested in a stove and hiked the loop in three days (two nights). At the time, the last section of the trail was not complete so we did about 40 out of the full 50 km loop – and even had a moose visit our tent! It has always been our plan to go back and complete it. Is 2016 the year? Can a 7-year-old handle it? We never take time off in the summer – mostly because I get extra hours covering other people’s holidays – but I’d like to try a family back country hike. As much as I love making memories with friends, Mike and I are not car campers – our gear is not for car camping and we’d like to give this a try. David may hate us. We may not make it. It may be the worst idea ever but at least we will be outside!What about you – What are your Summer plans? Have you hiked Cape Chignecto? How many nights? Where did you camp? Can a 7-year-old handle it?
Here we were… way be then. Babies.
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Guys, I have been dreading this post. So much so that I even extended Summer by one month… Unfortunately, Mother Nature will not cooperate much longer and now I must submit my final report on the 500 100 Days of Summer Must-Do List.
Here is when it all started. Here is the halftime recap.
have David plan a prefect pre-first-day-of-big-school / end-of-summer-day (we rode the ferry and had a dinner date on the waterfront)
I missed 18 out of 100 (not bad, right?) … Sure, there are things I wish I did but summer was still awesome! I spent time with family and friends and discovered new places. I wore flip flops daily and enjoyed being outside as much as possible. I did not:
swim in a lake (biggest regret of the summer)
go in a sail boat (however mike showed me 5,877 sailboats on Kijiji we should of purchased)
hike Cape Split(in my defence, it was closed half of the summer)
go strawberry picking (I like the idea of it, more than actually doing it)
watch an outdoor movie (regretting this one)
accidentally get a sun burn (patting my back for failing this one)
play corn hole (sorry Ava, we still owe you a cornhole table… bad friends)
leave the province (why leave when you live in Canada’s Ocean Playground?)
night swim (I sang the song, does that count?)
make smores and eat them (smore what? … You’re killing me, Smalls!)
paint the foundation of the house (opps…)
go to Cyclone 5 times in one week (I blame Marathon training for this fail)
Anyway, with such a short summer, it is crucial to squeeze as much awesomeness in as possible so I decided to make a list. Living in Nova Scotia during the summer months is like living in an ocean playground (oh wait, Nova Scotia IS Canada’s Ocean Playground!) … It is dreamy and it almost makes up for the rest of the year. So, in no particular order, here are 100 things I hope to do / eat / see this summer*. I have already done a few, and will check back in at the end of the season and see how well I did.