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A hiking we will go!

Not much going on right now, just the same ol’ same ol’. We have had some great hiking days and some time at the cottage, but we are really looking forward to next month when the camping craze will begin.

We has a GREAT time hiking at Charleston Lake Provincial Park a few weeks ago and scouted out the yurts and the camp sites… and of course went right home and booked a few nights. We now have 2 camping trips planned for June. YAY!!!!

Anyways, here are a few pictures from our hike:

We have had a very wet Spring. All the lakes are high and there is running water everywhere.


All this rain means lots of beautiful green things are sprouting up.


Phill loves raptors. He was very excited to find this hawk feather on our hike. We also saw 3 Golden Eagles hunting low on some updrafts that day. Very cool.


There are a lot of really amazing geological formations in this park.


The beavers must have gone for a coffee break : )


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The Little Things: Summer To-Do List

Trillium, Ontario's provincial flower, are currently blanketing the forest floors. Reason enough, to get out and hike! I took this last week at Lemoine Point Conservation Area. Click to see better detail : )

I am so excited about our growing, Summer to-Do List! Phill and I both love the outdoors, hiking, camping and nature. Now that we are living back in Kingston, we have an ever growing list of things we want to do in and around the area. I grew up here, and there are lots of places I want to re-visit with my husband, as well as lots of things I never did. Sometimes when you are from a place, you see less of it then you mean to. Here is our list as it stands right now:

  • Camping, camping, camping!!! (always the top item on our list.)
  • Yurt camping at Charleston Lake Provincial Park. (We are going to check the yurts out this week when we are hiking at the park.)
  • Spelunking at the Warsaw Caves. (I did this in Grade 8 and have always wanted to go back.)
  • Day trip to Sandbanks Provincial Park  (beach and swimming on a  hot day.)
  • Upper Canada Village. (We will be there on June 10th, Phill’s birthday, for the Medieval Festival.)
  • Boldt Castle (one of my most favourite places on earth. We took Phill’s parents here last year two years ago,wow, but we have never been there just the two of us. Romantic picnic day?)
  • Phill would like to take a kayaking course. (I’d love to do this with him but I have a fear of small boats.)
  • Hiking, hiking, hiking (We started our hiking for the year in February, but we are up for plenty more. There are so many great trails in our area.)
  • Cycling (I admit it is my fault we don’t do this as much as we could. I am a wimp when it comes the bike riding.)

We have our weeks filling up already. I am looking so forward to it. Something else I also love about our list is that we have a strict rain or shine policy about it. For instance we are going to Charleston Lake on Tuesday to hike and check out the yurts, and there is a rainfall warning. Wellies and ponchos it is! (Often we like doing things even better when it rains because there are less people around!) Expect lots of pictures of our summer adventures as the weeks go on : )

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Oh, life.

General update of the happenings that make up my life.

First off, I am back to work. This both simplifies and complicates things… but we are not going to get into that.

Secondly, I have decided to go back to school. I want to shift my role in my job into something more training and developement based and I am going to be doing some upgradeing to help that along. I am both excited and nervous about this.

Now that the mundane and genereally uninteresting update is done, now we can talk about fun stuff!!!

I completed my 40-Day Yoga challenge on April 22nd. My final tally was 35/40 days completed. I am really happy with that result. It was hard, but I really stuck to it and as a suprise, Phill bought me another unlimited pass for doing so well on my challenge. (Love that guy!) I am averaging 5 classes per week and am still loving it.

Our hotel rooms for Rhinebeck are booked! I am crazy excited about it already and jsut can’t freaking wait to go to the festival! We already have 2 camping trips set up for June and July and we are hoping to sneek away sometime this month as well.

We had our first mini-vacation of the year last weekend, UFC 129 in Toronto.

We had a great time and it was really cool to be a part of the first ever UFC held in Ontario and be a part of the largest UFC ever to date.

The entire fight card was great. We saw some amazing knockouts. And even though GSP is my favourite, I have to say that the Hominick/Aldo fight was my fight of the ngiht. I have to give it up to Mark Hominick, the guy is a warrior. He didn’t win, but damn did he ever not give up.

Mark's poor, poor face and head.

And as far as the George St. Pierre and Jake Sheilds fight went it was a good fight that ended the way everyone thoguht it would : ) And wow, the fan support for GSP was so amazing. Defening even. I am not very expereinced in how sporting events generally work, I only like MMA and wrestling mainly, but I would say that not much could match the hometown/country pride heard at Rogers Center that night.

We will definetly be attending any UFC that comes to Ontario from now on.

On our way home on Sunday we met up with Matt and Lara and spent the day at the Toronto Zoo, which is one of our favourite places, ever.  It was a very rainy day, but we had a great time and the Red Panda even made an appearance for us.

He is usually hiding in the trees whenever we are at the zoo.

We ended the day with some awesome Korean BBQ and then made the drive home. (We were sooo exhausted by the time we got there.)

And in knitting news, I have completed my first ever sock!

It was not as scary as I though and I am hoping to get the second one done soon.

I am going to end this blog off with a picture that makes me very happy. Sneed, Toki and Hoss are all doing great and are such great brothers. I am so very glad that we got the babies. They are bringing us so much joy and entertainment. Sneed even loves them. They are growing like monsters and I am pretty sure that we are going to have the biggest cats anyone has ever seen.

Our sweet boys.

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Home again, Home again

Well, its been 27 days since our big life altering move to Kingston. The move went very smoothly, in no small part to Matt, Lara, Kye, Amanda, Dennis and Kyn, who very generously helped us pack our U-Haul. They are all extra-special good friends since we never asked any of them to help, they all offered. Can you believe that? Once we got to Kingston my Mum, Step-father and Aunt helped us with the unloading and that also went pretty quickly. Our new apartment is on the ground floor, thank Gawd, and that really helped things more faster. I am really enjoying being able to use our big red couch again. It was previously stranded on our sunporch due to being too wide for the living room door in our old place. When we moved we also tossed out our old, evil bed and have since bought a new, amazing one. (This is something we have been waiting years to be able to do.) Isn’t it pretty?

This is the world's most comfortable bed. I swear it.

We really like out new apartment. The building staff are really helpful and friendly. We finally have an air conditioner in the main living area (our old place only had giant windows or windows that didn’t open in the living room.) The space is of course smaller then we are used to but we are fine with it and most of our stuff is staying in boxes in the spare bedroom until we get a house. Another thing we love is the location. Two of my Aunt’s live across the street from us and it has been really nice being so close to them. We visit a lot and Phill has really been enjoying having a dog around to play with. (Chevy, their dog, also loves Phill so its win-win.)  Living in Kingston is still a bit weird. I sort of worry about bumping into people that I don’t really want to see. But I am sure that will dissipate once we are me settled and I am working and stuff.

Since moving we have been pretty busy. We went camping. Which was both great and horrible. The first night was awful. Drunk, crazy hicks drinking and driving and screaming and smashing and being general idiots really ruined it for us. BUT after I bitched out the park manager for the negligent lack of park warden supervision in the camp ground we got to move to a different site and got our money back for the first night. The second night was wonderful and very relaxing. Phill even got some fishing in.

He didn't catch anything, but he smiled the whole time.

We rounded out that weekend by spending the evening at the cottage with Matt and Lara and Gui and having some BBQ. It was altogether a great weekend.

On the job front it has been slim pickings for me. But I am not surprised. August is not the best hiring month for my field and this is a smaller job market then I am used to. However, there is a job that I want sooooo bad. It is practically my dream job. It’s what I want to do and be. And I am nervous as Hell about applying for it. I have been literally studying since I came across it. The application date is August 27th, so I have plenty of time to prepare but still… a job I am actually excited about? Seriously? Grrrr, pressure. (Yeah, I am not saying what it is, I don’t want to jinx it. Pfffftt.)

Phill is stag… stage… st-ah-jing, no idea how to spell that, at a place called Olivea this week. I will find out tonight when he comes home whether he took the job or not. He likes the place and actually would be working with an old friend of mine. You seriously can’t go anywhere in this city without running into someone you know… or that your wife knows, apparently.

I have been knitting a lot. As promised I started my first sweater as soon as we were settled. I am very proud of it so far. It actually looks like a sweater! I am far less intimidated about it then I was previously and I can’t wait to make more… next time though, I will make something that is NOT made out of lace yarn. Wow. It’s really slow goings sometimes. But I am hoping to finish the body this week and start on the arms on the weekend. In other knitting news I have been going to a new Stitch & Bitch here in Kingston that meets on Monday evenings, 6pm-8pm at the Indigo downtown. I am really liking it a lot. Its a great atmosphere and there is always a lot of sitting room. The ladies in the group have all been very nice and also there are many different types of crafters in the group so its fun to hear about what everyone is doing. (I still miss you WEWs : ( you are not forgotten.)

This was the first time that I tried it on for size.

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love yarn and even more then that how much I love a “yarn score’. Which is of course finding yarn you like for really, really cheap. I hit a huge yarn score the other day at Salvation Army. Briggs Little 100% wool for $1.00 per skein x3! So that’s over 800 yards (more then enough to make a sweater) for $3.00. Total yarn score.

True colour is a bit more purple. Colourway is called "Grape".

Well, I think I am pretty much up to date now. I’m off to get some knitting done on my cardi and watch a movie. (I know I will miss the time once I start working again, so I have to make every second count : )

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