Happy New Year!!! And Merry Christmas since I haven’t posted in 2 weeks!! Haven’t been in front of a computer in almost 2 weeks and it has been BLISSFUL.
Celebrated a nice quiet Christmas morning with my parents – we were at their house, but I cooked the Christmas lunch. Then, in the evening, we went over to old family friends for dinner…and feasted like kings.
Or maybe cavemen…lolThen I basically spent the next 2 days with BSM…Abby has really taken to him…this was at his house when he left, for 3 seconds, to get something from his car…she was quite concerned!
I was planning on having a very relaxing Monday, December 28th, and then, the following day, heading down to southern Ontario to spend the rest of the week with my brother and his family. I got up, made myself some hot chocolate, sat down on the couch, opened up the newspaper and the first article I read is this:
As I frantically started running around my house and throwing things in my car so that I could get on the road and make the 5 hour drive to my brother’s place before the storm (which was freezing rain for them) hit there!
And while it was NOT the relaxing day I had planned, it was by far the right thing to do. The weather turned VERY sour just as I arrived at my destination and very soon after, and for the next 24 hours, Armageddon struck Ottawa.
Abby and I spent the rest of the week at my brother’s house with his wife, son (Jackson – age 4) and daughter (Jillian – age 8 months). And, as per usual, Jackson and I fought off bad guys
And played our “selfie-game”…endlessly
We relaxed at their place, watched movies, played with the kids…got Jackson’s hair cut
We went to the local Mennonite market which I LOVE – although I learned I like it better in the summer! lol
And I convinced them (it took 0.3 seconds) to go to McDonald’s for lunch on one of the days (it’s not really a secret why I’m the favorite aunt, right?!)
Meanwhile, this was happening at home in Ottawa:
The other exciting part of my trip was meeting some tweeps!! Two mornings in a row I joined up with Terry and Michelle, who I have met through Twitter, and they took me around their city on 7 miles runs.
And then maybe the funniest tweep (almost) interaction was after shopping at Sobey’s with my brother and Jackson
I spent New Years Eve with my brother and his family and my goal, as it has been for the last few years, is to be asleep BEFORE midnight – I want to start off each new year off fresh! My brother made a lot of fun of me for this – suggesting I was old and lame. So, when at 9:23 I heard snoring on the couch next to me while we were watching a movie, I, being the mature older sister, took FULL advantage.
As for Abby, she did NOT handle this trip well. It was just too much change for her. While she is a cuddly dog, she is VERY independent but, for 5 days last week, she was STUCK TO ME LIKE GLUE.
When we got into the car to come home on January 1st, she immediately fell asleep and was like this for the ENTIRE ride home
2015 was quite a year for me – strong racing, excellent travels and meeting amazing people, ridiculous dating and lots of laughs. I wish for 2016 to be the same – minus the MDH’s of the world, please! 🙂