Road Trippin': Winter Edition

January 14, 2019

Winter is about to hit us with all its got once again. And amidst the semi-consistent sniffling, occasionally having to do that erratic dance as you struggle not to fall over after slipping on some ice, and oh, of course, the cold, the fun of winter can lose its shine really quickly. But when the going gets tough, there's nothing like a road trip to liven the spirits. Because as I have (and most certainly will continue to) mentioned before, I love road trips. As much as I love leg room, I like pit stops for roadside burgers or coffee, and seeing the countryside a lot more. As a kid I coveted the rare times when I could eat whatever junk food I wanted and was privy to a smorgasbord of fast food delicatessen and Shaggy's "Hotshot" CD or James Brown's Greatest Hits on repeat. As I grew older and the backseat was now occupied by a second passenger, my backseat fortress's size (not to mention the amount of leg room) decreased, but the love for it never faltered. As a result, my dream car is a VW Comby, preferably equipped with a very long and embarrassing horn and lots of space for friends and leg room galore.

However, I am not fond of winter. Last, last winter was like an itch you couldn't scratch. No, it was more like a leak in a boat. Just when you think it is clogged it spreads, spills, and swallows you whole. But not without leaving behind a runny nose, red fingertips, and frozen lips and ears and nose and toes. However, there is something about whizzing through a curtain of falling snow that is simultaneously frightening and exhilarating at the same time. Suddenly, a curtain of semi-opaque white particles appears and as you pass through it, it feels like you are the miniature figures in a giant snowglobe. Except that the snowglobe has fallen off the shelf and the snow is coming from all angles before it settles after being caught by a pair of experienced hands (with excellent reflexes).

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Road Trippin': Winter Edition

08/18: Beats and Bites

September 21, 2018
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The mood for August was definitely nostalgia. August is always bittersweet. It's like 31 days of Sundays. You know you have free time and want to live in the present, but you still have to spend some of it doing your homework and looking to the future. (Not to mention the constant back-to-school reminders). But I digress.

Exploring Athens' Allou Fun Park

August 22, 2018

Did we go halfway around the world just to go to an amusement park? Yes, yes we did. Our trip abroad meant that we had missed the CNE back home in Toronto, so visiting Allou Fun Park in Athens provided a welcoming sense of familiarity in an unfamiliar place. 

Amusement parks always offer up a brew of mixed emotions. I am constantly excited about going on them, and just as soon as we near the first mountain peak of the rollercoaster, I am completely overcome with feelings of regret...which disappear just as quickly as we speed, twist and twirl along the track.

I have been going semi-consistently to amusement parks since I was a little girl. Traditional school may be out for the summer, but I assure you that my many visits throughout the summer have provided me with numerous life lessons. Observe this year's curriculum, shall we?

Don't drink one of those oversized cup's worth of lemonade before going on a ride that loops around and around. The chemical reactions vary per individual, but the majority are catastrophic. 

Social studies
Wait your turn. Try not to be mad about the kids with the fast pass. Or the kid who is screaming. Or the kid that was actually holding the line for 6 other kids. 

  • Running (to and from rides)
  • Climbing (in and out of rides)
  • Swimming (through the crowd and if you're lucky, the water park)
  • Some rides have fun little jingles that go along with them ("It's a small world after all" anybody?)
  • Some may call the sounds of screams and metal machinery musical…that is if you're into some heavy metal.

You get the point.

Allou is less about the screams and more about the "fun" (hence the name I suppose). And when the sun goes down, and the lights go on, the fun just keeps on rolling, and we enjoyed many of the sights and sounds that make summer really feel like summer. Oh! And lots of candy.

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07/18:Beats and Bites

August 13, 2018
The mood for July was slow and steady. No muss, no fuss. With summer school finished I wanted to do absolutely nothing. And nothing is what I did. Well, almost nothing. Actually, I did a lot of little somethings that made the month fly by in a wink. It is crazy how quickly the end of the month sneaks up on you. 

As I crossed off the days on my calendar, I couldn't help but wonder where all the time had gone. I would think:

"Where did that tan come from ?" True, we did go on a super long hike through the woods last weekend.

"Why is there so much sand in my backpack?" Oh yes, I forgot to shake it out after going to the beach yesterday. 

"Why don't we have any pastries?" Oh. Um...I haven't made any yet. 

This is where Streudel comes in my friends.

For the Not So Hopeless Romantic: To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

August 06, 2018

I'm typically not one for romance novels. At least not ones that don't involve some sort of adventure or fantastical element, and most certainly not one centred around high school. But this book has been on my radar for years and with the arrival of the theatrical adaptation this August, I knew that I just had to read it before it was released.

To my surprise, one sleepless night, I poured through half of the book and became completely immersed in the heart-racing drama, budding romance, friendship blunders, underlying suspense, and the all too familiar sister squabbles that make this story a super great read. I have not related to a character so much before, nor have I ever felt such pure levels of stress, second-hand embarrassment (I was cringing and reading in between my fingers for a good chunk of the novel and smiling goofily for the rest of it) and pride for one.

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