Thursday, July 31, 2014

At 2:01 Tuesday I was...

Getting pampered and primped like a prize pony. I was at a local luxury spa thanks to a super generous gift from my preschool kids last year. I felt pretty guilty at one point realizing that I have very little stress in my life yet I could still spend 8 hours (yes, you read that right) at this spa... (obviously most of these photos aren't mine)

Look at this place! Restaurants, wet and dry saunas, pools of every temperature...

This water is so salty you float without trying. It's so dark and soothing I fell asleep for 20 minutes and only woke up when I floated into someone else!

There are wood burning stoves all over the outside so it smells like campfires. Le sigh...

I got a massage and a facial

Feeling like a chocolate marshmallow after the dry sauna... It was at 203F... about the same temperature I use in the oven to keep my pancakes warm

So anyway, that's the reason I didn't post on Tuesday. When I got home I was a complete mushbag. I don't even know how I was able to drive. Funny story... I wanted to tip my masseur and they give you these little envelopes where you are supposed to stuff the cash inside. I must have spent 5 minutes trying to get to money in the envelope before I just threw the cash and the envelope at the cashier and practically dribbled "Ca c'est pour Maxime" before lurching my way to the car.

Best. Day. Ever.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Crying at the park

I went for my usual run this morning and I stopped like I always do to hang out with the heron that's always fishing there. Thirty minutes after sitting on my rock, a lady came by on a bike. She stopped and she started making small talk.

Her: Beautiful creature, huh?
Me: Definitely. I've been here half an hour just watching it.
Her: And it hasn't flown away? That's pretty special. Have you lost anyone lately? It could be their spirit saying hello to you.
Me (thinking where the hell did that come from?): Um. No...
Her: Well have a lovely day!
And she biked off.

Of course, what do I do? I start thinking of the people I've lost which leads to my mother, the only significant one and I start crying. In the park. Like an idiot. In front of the bird.


So how was your morning?


I took these Friday morning... not bad, right?

She let me get really close

Does anyone have a nicer place to run than I do? I'm so close to this park, If I screamed, my kids at home would hear me. Not that I do much park screaming...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The irresistable pull of TBT

Ever the follower, I have finally succumbed to the ubiquitous "Throw Back Thursday".

"But ma, everyone is doing it!" 

Here is an adorable photo of my brother Mike and me at Beaver Lake in Montreal. Check out my sweet sweet afro puffs.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

At 2:01 yesterday I...

was at the movies (again) with Audrey. We finally went to see Maleficent. Why didn't I see that earlier? It was so much better than I expected.

I was one of *those* people at 2:01 when my phone went off. I really though "airplane mode" meant no noises but apparently it's no NOTIFICATIONS. Alarms still go off. Heh.

Later we went to see Justin Timberlake but that wasn't at 2:01. It was, however fucking amazing (pardon my French). Here's a pic...


Monday, July 21, 2014

Best. twitter. Ever.

So I was scanning through Audrey's twitter feed (like you do) and I happened upon this:

"I spend more time with my mom than with my friends, but im not complaining I love my mom, she's fun :)"

Well colour me surprised. We had just spent the day together, walking around downtown and pretending we were tourists. We ate ice cream and cupcakes and tried on shoes. What's not to like about that kind of day? But I really was surprised at the post. She never said much about it even though I know we both had fun. I love that she posted this to her friends although a thank-you wouldn't have gone amiss. I consider this it in spades. In fact, I may print and frame it.

kxx (Best mother ever)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

At 2:01 today I...

It's okay to take a still photo inside the theatre, right?

Was just about to leave the movies with Audrey. We were seeing Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. It was so good! I don't think we've seen a shitty movie yet this summer. And we want to keep our streak which is why we aren't planning to see the new Transformers movie...


Monday, July 14, 2014

What a busy weekend!


Scott and I went to Montreal to see Cirque De Soleil. Before that, though he had a meeting in town and I went with him so I could play tourist. I had no idea that a parade would break out. I've lived in Ottawa over 20 years and never saw the changing of the guards except by accident. Today was no exception.

They close the road to traffic every single weekday in the summer for this. In busy downtown. So cool!

Later was the trip to Montreal. While the show was beyond amazing, our "hotel" room was one step up from a European prison cell. Scott, being the ultimate gentleman that he is (because I made the reservation) kept going on about the view, the quiet, the location and the clean sheets but I couldn't get past the bathroom fan that sounded like a jet engine, the tv that didn't work, the lack of a radio, the lack of a closet, the one small lamp for lighting, the truly abysmal green streaky paint in the bathroom (I swear it looked like someone had smeared their poop on the walls. Seriously.) Oh I forgot to mention the humongous spiderweb behind the bathroom door. I didn't look too close but at least it seemed to be uninhabited. And the toilet that only worked half the time.

See? We had to mess with it every time we flushed.

So. Freaking. Small. Look at the edge of the bedspread...

then attach it to this picture to get the "scope" of it. I'm standing in the doorway.

Thank goodness we didn't stay in that gross room too long. Like I said, the show was fantastic... so much to see. I thought Scott would think it was too "frou-frou" but he enjoyed it on another level. He loved the engineering of it and how they moved trapezes and trampolines in and out of their places while keeping the theme. Pretty incredible. Naturally I liked the shirtless guys.

Pre show...


We went to visit my aunt in her new "old folks" home. She's pretty lonely so every time we find ourselves in Montreal we go see her. She's going to be 82 in September. Looka dat face...

This was at McDonalds of all places. She was jonesing for a Big Mac


Blissfully nothing but a dragonboat practice.


My second crown appointment at the dentist. I hate the dentist but I love laughing gas. I felt nothing as they ground my tooth down to a nub then glued a shiny new porcelain tooth in its place. She told me that my teeth were so white that they had to use the second whitest one they had. I'm so glad it's all over. I hate the dentist but you can't really tell from this photo...

They shouldn't have left me alone. Did I mention I like gaughing las?

So that was my weekend. How was yours?

PS: Saw this plaque on a door as we were leaving the "hotel" and it made me laugh...

"On this site in 1897 nothing happened"