Friday, June 14, 2024

Friday Favourites

It was my birthday last weekend and I got a few lovely gifts, I also picked up a few things on my trip to Newfoundland.  My mom had sent me money for my birthday so I can say some of those things are from her. 
I love a cozy sweatshirt. And I was happy I got a bright colour instead of my usual black!

I could not resist this whale mug.  Isn't it cute?!  I got it at this store.

I also cannot resist a nice soap,

I had to get my Sephora birthday gift of course so I ordered the body lotion I already had in my cart and added a tinted moisturizer that my friend told me she likes.   The minis on the left were my birthday gift.

I got lots of nice flowers too. 

My mom sent these fun outdoor pillows and napkins.  I love an Aperol Spritz!

Dave did a good job picking out this tank top and these shorts.   I also got some Athleta yoga pants and Aritzia hoodie but I haven't worn them yet. 

My favourite cake from Bake Sale :)

And of course my birthday drink from Starbucks.  We got this on our way to watch Q's t-ball game on Sunday but it starting pouring when we got out of the subway so E and I were taking shelter.

E and his friend played catch one night after supper and I see they borrowed my phone.

It was chilly at Q's soccer game on Monday night, I wish I'd brought a blanket!

Ontario strawberries are out! They are so pretty and tasty. 

We have a t-ball tournament this weekend and of course it's Father's Day on Sunday so we will be busy. 

Linking up with Andrea and Erika.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Let's Look - Summer Schedule

Linking up with Let's Look today.  This month we are talking about our summer schedule.  We haven't quite entered summer yet, since our school year goes to the end of June, but we are getting there!

Even with the kids out of school, since Dave and I still have our full time jobs, and the kids do camps, there aren't a whole lot of changes to our schedule in the summer.  There are a couple of changes:

- The kids go to overnight camp at the start of the summer so that definitely changes our schedule.  No evening sports, no need to pick anyone up, and more flexibility for dinner time.  We like to use this time to go out for supper, golf, or hit up a Blue Jays game. 

- When they are back, Q goes to day camp each week.  E doesn't go to camp every week, but he will have a couple of golf camps.  Camps usually start at 9:00, which is the same time that school starts.  The kids will be able to get up at about the same time they get up during the school year.

- Camp ends at 4:00, which is earlier than we usually pick up Q from school, so that means leaving work a bit earlier than normal.  Traffic around this time of day is always crazy, so it means we need to leave in plenty of time for pick up.

- Our summer sports have already started so that all stays the same - most things start at 6:00 on weekdays and then various times throughout the weekend.   That means we don't eat a lot of our usual meals. We make quick pasta for the kids, protein shakes for us, something on the BBQ or take out.  

- For me, I will bike to work in the summer when I'm going into the office, and when I work from home I tend to spend the morning working outside in the backyard.  

- Dave fits in golf whenever he can.

- We visit the farmer's market on Wednesdays whenever we can 

Linking up with Shay and Erika.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Newfoundland Recap

 I had a little weekend trip to St. John's, Newfoundland.  When I was coming down the escalator, there was a kid holding a sign that said "Welcome to the Rock" and there was an ad for the musical Come From Away, so then I was singing that song for the rest of the trip. 

After getting the rental car (a Dodge Ram 1500) and checking into the hotel, we went to the grocery store and liquor store to buy a few things for the room.  I always love a craft beer. 

Check out this one!

I was tagging along with my friend Cindy, who was there on a conference.  I got to attend the social events, like this dinner at Saltwater.  I had the best lobster rolls.

On Friday morning we went for a walk, St. John's is full of hills!  We went shopping at The Salt Shop and then down to Water Street. 

Cindy had sessions all afternoon so I set out to Signal Hill.  I decided to drive to the top and then hike down (which meant I also had to hike back up!).  St. John's is known for its fog, rain, and drizzle, and it's not unusual to get to the top of Signal Hill and not be able to see anything.  I lucked out though and it was clear, and even brightened up more as I hiked.  I was happy to have my sweatshirt, as it was quite windy up there.  I'm also glad I have hiking shoes. 

I could not stop taking photos, it was so pretty up there.  I went out towards the Ladies' Lookout Trail, and then down to the North Head Trail.

Looking towards the city, to the left. 

This was the best part, right on the edge, I was definitely holding onto that chain!

Looking down from that part of the trail. 

The trail comes right out onto residential streets. 

I stopped in for lunch at The Salt House and did a little shopping before going back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. 

We went to O'Reilly's on George Street for some pre-dinner drinks and appetizers.  It felt like we were in Ireland, it was the same vibe there as it is in the Temple Bar area.

And then we went for dinner at The St. John's Fish Exchange.  This was a great spot.  We were kind of full from the pre-dinner drinks, but I had the best bowl of mussels for my dinner and it was so good.

Views from our table.

We went back to O'Reilly's to hear some live music and have a couple more drinks, but I called it a night around 10:30. 

Cindy had more of her conference on Saturday so I made plans for a boat tour and another hike. There are a couple of different options, I chose O'Brien's Boat Tours out of Bay Bulls.  I walked around the harbour after I got there. This large red ship was there and I looked up what it was, apparently it's for specialized construction so I guess for an oil rig or something. 

This was our tour boat.  Seats up top and below.

I sat up top.

This was our first destination, Gull Rock. 

You won't really be able to tell, but there were more birds on this rock than I have ever seen.  Puffins, gulls, murres, and other relations. 

The puffins live in little holes in the greenery.   Their eggs are safe as the only predators are other birds and they can't fit into the holes.  

There was apparently a couple of whales too, but I didn't really see them, just one air spout. It's not really the time for them yet, there will be more in a couple of weeks when the capelin (little fish) are back.

And it turned into another beautiful day!

After the boat, I had lunch at The Stone Ducky and then drove to Cape Spear.  This is the Eastern most part of North America (if you don't count Greenland which is technically part of the continent).

During World War II there were guns aimed out at the ocean to protect the continent from UBoats.  The battery tunnels are still there. 

We had plans to visit Conception Bay and Quidi Vidi the next day but something unexpected came up and we needed to rebook our flights home early.  So that just means I’ll have to head back to St. John’s sometime again soon.