The Annual M Event

We went on mini vacation to the M family reunion this weekend. I do better with it every year.

I think I am getting used to bigger family. I also think I am learning my limits and not pushing myself to do everything with everyone.

I stayed at the cabin by myself after dropping Patrick off to meet his family for the second drive in movie. I found a hatchet in the cabin. I didn’t know whether to be comforted I had a weapon or terrified who left it there.

Saturday was a beach day. I hit the beach for a run first thing, then spent the day there with everyone reading and swimming and capturing marine life.

We played mini golf that night. I beat Patrick and tied for third. It was thrilling.

Sunday was a day for leisurely travel. Spent time relaxing in the morning. We even stopped at a wildlife park!

Good trip. Despite the sunburn that I got even though I applied my SPF 30 every 2 or 3 hours.

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First intent to swim beach of the year!

We had our first beach with intent to swim adventure this weekend.

I specify because I like just going on field trips to walk around the beach or explore areas near beaches all the time.

It was still pretty post-tropical stormy, but it was hot out, so we figured the waves would be epic and the beach might not be crowded.

Problem was, we failed to factor in that ocean windy is different even compared to the harbour windy we live every day.

We also forgot that it is still really early in beach season in these parts and that tropical storm/hurricane just passing through would mean cold water.

We got to the beach and the sign read that the air temperature was 16 and the water temperature was 13.  

But, I am stubborn and Patrick is insistent.  We drove an hour.  I put on my bathing suit already.  We are going swimming!

Child and D dug a giant hole in the beach.  They weren’t as hearty stupid as we were.

You kind of felt this searing pain followed by numbness as you entered the water.  It was the kind of cold that made you think you might actually have a heart attack and die.  It was the kind of cold that numbed my still sore-ish toe enough that I couldn’t feel it even when I knew I landed on it wrong jumping in a wave.

The waves were awesome, though.  And there were no jellyfish (probably because the rough waters were murdering them all offshore.  

We might have only stayed in for under 20 minutes.  We might have had to change right after to try to get warm.  But we swam.  And that was awesome (so was Child and D’s hole.  It was as long as Child’s leg.).  Other bonus was that I didn’t get much of a sunburn because I didn’t stay in the water longer than the lifespan of my SPF fifty million and two.  Last bonus was that I got to read some of my current fun book.

I love the beach.  And I love summer weekends where I don’t work (even if I had to spend the rest of my night on clinic prep and reading).

Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning

I am a morning person.  Not an early morning person, but a morning person.  I am more awake, more productive and more happy in the morning than I am during the day.  That being said, I also require a good 6-10 hours of sleep to be a happy girl (8 is perfect), so I still struggle to wake up exceedingly early all the while being plagued by ridiculous migraines if I linger in bed too late into the morning.

This week’s photo challenge with the Daily Post is up my alley… It is called “Good Morning!” and asks for a photo that says good morning.  There are so many options for this.  My first instinct was coffee, but really there are other things to mornings (gasp!).

When we were away this summer with Patrick’s family, I had just started kind of running.  I decided to go for a morning run on the beach to get away and have some alone time.  It was delightful, even if running on sand, I discovered, was much more difficult than the whole treadmill thing.  I liked semi-deserted beach in the morning.  Just me and a few other walkers/runners.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual Point of View

This week’s photo challenge with the Daily Post is called “An Unusual Point of View.”  It asks us to take a picture in a way we wouldn’t normally, by focusing on something different, using a new angle or framing the shot with something else.

My photo of choice is from our adventures in PEI.  The Child and I rode the ferris wheel while our husbands mini-golfed and L&C canoodled on a bench below.  It was a great time and now looking at the picture, I miss summer already.   I picked the shot because normally I would be inclined to just take a picture of the scenery from the top, but instead, I included the car in front of us.  IMG_0823

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

I am back at last!

Not only had I been basically banned from the computer (and almost all things fun) due to a concussion, but then, we went away for the weekend despite my still somewhat concussed head.  That part was pretty much all things fun!

This week’s photo challenge from the Daily Post fits well with some of the photos I took of the beautiful landscape near the cabins where we spent the weekend with my three best friends and their husbands (and my ever watchful husband, of course).  In this challenge, we were asked to basically post one shot, but taken in two ways.

These were taken at a field we drove by.  Can you spot the creeper in the second shot?

 

 

Flashes of vacation

Today was back to work day after a lovely week off the grid…

Okay, not off the grid.  But, it was a relaxing time spent not studying or working.

I accomplished a lot.

I got to go ride on a boat with 20 of Patrick’s “closest relatives.”  It was pleasantly rough (for me… not for the poor barfing kid).IMG_0709

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I caught a fish (mackrel to be exact).  I posed for a picture with the fish.  Said fish sought its vengeance (or realized it was oxygen deprived) and leapt from my hand in mid photo.  IMG_0722

I spent a lot of time on the beach doing things like swimming, hunting for crabs and running away from baby jellyfish (they may be cute and tiny, but  I don’t want to toy with their ability to sting).

Patrick with his crab find!  Unfortunately, it was dead and he was hoping for a live one.

Patrick with his crab find! Unfortunately, it was dead and he was hoping for a live one.

I spent even more time on the beach getting a sunburn and the best tan I have had in ages (I can almost sense my impending skin cancer).  All this despite repeatedly applying SPF 30.  Repeatedly.IMG_3972

I received 20 mosquito bites.  10 of them were on my hands.  My gratitude for AfterBite (which was already vast) increased.  Sadly, I didn’t catch a picture of them.

We shared a chalet for 8 with 12 people including ourselves.

I decided to try running outside on my own as a result of this.

Beautiful morning for a run... Except for the scorching heat and tripping over dry sand or inadvertantly running into waves.

Beautiful morning for a run… Except for the scorching heat and tripping over dry sand or inadvertantly running into waves.

I nearly died on my first day of trying to run outside in the scorching sun and sand… I brought Patrick for beach walks the other days.IMG_3989

We barely ate a meal on time.  We went to bed late.  This threw me off… But when your view looks like this…IMG_3961

Who cares?

Okay, I still cared a bunch.  But, I was by far one of the few who took notice of the timing issues.

We went to a drive-in and saw Despicable Me 2.  I was more excited than some of the kids.  Then I noticed that something was off with the drive-in theme… Can you spot the not in this photo?IMG_3955

I read 3 books.  They were all excellent.  I realized how epically Patrick and I are bookworms relative to most other people.  I decided that was okay.

One of my choice reading spots... Until the sunburn started to fire up.

One of my choice reading spots… Until the sunburn started to fire up.

We drove over 1,000km.  I sang for most of them.

We visited our hometown and friends and families.  There, I got to go Dollar Store shopping with my lovely friend, V.  I bought Jeter a new feather.

Downtown home where we went for "beaver bites" with our lovelies.

Downtown home where we went for “beaver bites” with our lovelies.

When we got home last night, all I wanted to do was sleep.  All Jeter wanted to do was play with his feather.  guess who got their way.

Thank goodness it is a short work week.  And we have visitors from home!

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

This week’s Photo Challenge with the Daily Post fits well with my adventures on M family vacation last night. It is called “the golden hour”.

I first learned of the golden hour last year when the ice bergs were in town and one of our friends suggested we go see them am hour before sunset because they will look super pretty and make great photographs. She was right

Last night, there were no ice bergs, but we did see lots of the last hour of the day while on our way back to shore from deep sea fishing. It was a gorgeous night and I was content that I caught one fish and the bottom of the ocean (whoops).

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Yay Vacation!

I have a mountain of books, a bag packed, lots of sunscreen, bug spray and no work for one full week.

Posting will be sporadic at best.

My last day pre-vacation of work was suboptimal… I had someone die, someone else crash and wind up in ICU and found a wailing, sobbing spouse in the hallway.

Quote of the day, “He is happy.  I mean, he isn’t thrilled that his spleen blew up or that the slew of medications haven’t worked and that we still don’t have a good grasp of what is going on.  But, other than that, he is content.”

On the bright side, Patrick made me chicken parmesan to start off vacation.  And, well, it is vacation!