July first is Canada Day, and with a bonus-Monday burning through my precious holiday time, I’ve made of it a four-day, super-long, epic-fun weekend, bound to be worthy of some live-blogging goodness to keep track of it all. Here goes…
02014-Jun-27 – 16:08 – North Saskatchewan River, Leaving Downtown
The long weekend begins! Four full days off and…
… I guess that’s what this post is about. How to spend a mini holiday in the first few days of summer. Food, fun, and probably some running. Oh and speaking of running, hi there, High Level Bridge. I’ll see you again on Tuesday when I run under you at 730 in the morning. You’ve got a busy weekend planned too, eh, what with all your new LEDs and big Canada Day debut light show? Too bad it’s so late… but I suppose one never knows what will happen on a super-long weekend. Stay tuned!
02014-Jun-27 – 20:49 – Home
As a kind of quasi-celebration of Claire’s great report card, we went out for dinner and let her pick the restaurant. She chose Delux Burger… mostly because they give you a little thing of cotton candy at the end of your meal and not necessarily for the hamburgers. The rest of the evening was pretty low key; A walk in the park, some quiet time on the couch, and then we looked up some funny videos on Youtube before Claire went off to bed (although, I did let her stay up an extra hour! #coolDad right?)
02014-Jun-27 – 21:58 – Sharing Some Dinner Photos
02014-Jun-28 – 08:07 – Breakfast
Yes, we made red pancakes in anticipation of Canada Day… all Claire’s idea.
02014-Jun-28 – 09:10 – Hanging Out After Breakfast
We made some time to build some LEGO after breakfast. Another Mixel joined our growing collection.
02014-Jun-28 – 11:55 – Watching it Rain
Now, the inevitable long, dark teatime of anticipation and potential buyer’s remorse while I wait for my battery to charge after lurking for an hour at the mall and spending some serious money on a new camera. Yeah, it’s bought. Oh… yeah. But I need to wait… wait… wait. Time to read some manuals, I guess. Ka-ching! Oh, and I bought Claire a mood-necklace from Claire’s… partly because she got good grades on her report card (so that’s settled,) partly because she was well-behaved while I was camera shopping, and partly because I haven’t paid her allowance in three weeks (so that’s settled, too.) I’m such a sucker.
02014-Jun-28 – 21:16 – Hanging Out on the Couch
After my camera battery charged, I spent the better part of the afternoon trying out some of the new features and snapping on some of my old lenses. It was a fairly quiet day: things will get busier, tho. A long walk over to the park (Claire rode her scooter) and some chatting with the neighbors, and Saturday is pretty much over. Time to relax, I guess.
02014-Jun-28 – 21:18 – Still on the couch.
A couple more photos…
02014-Jun-29 – 06:33 – Front Step
Woke up to rain. Looks like this morning’s run will be interesting!
02014-Jun-29 – 07:42 – Ready to Run
02014-Jun-29 – 07:47 – From Nowhere
02014-Jun-29 – 08:13 – 3.5 k
02014-Jun-29 – 8:58 – Balls Selfie
02014-Jun-29 – 09:24 – Killer Stairs @ 13k
02014-Jun-29 – 12:01 – Lunch
Looks like Claire is getting a cheese quesadilla for lunch! I still don’t have much of an appetite yet after our 16 k run this morning.
02014-Jun-29 – 14:42 – Leaving the Running Room
Finally went to pick up my race package for the run on Monday. The shirt is very yellow. I need to do a load of running gear laundry anyhow, so I’m thinking I’ll give it a wash and wear it for race day. #gottafitin Also, did some backroom shopping while we were there and I nabbed two pairs of my favorite shoes for half price. Awesomesauce!
02014-Jun-29 – 17:38 – Sherwood Park
Somehow we wound up at a family birthday party in Sherwood Park. Cake!
02014-Jun-29 – 22:31 – Back at Home for Bedtime
Claire has been obsessed with me reading her bedtime stories “funny” as of late. Essentially that means a certain level of improv-embellishing of a picture book with characters who fart or misbehave as accomplished with impromptu word substitution. I oblige, as I did again tonight, but my improv comedy chops are only so good and my material is starting to get a little derivative and repetitive. I’m kinda hoping she gets bored and we go back to regular old reading for a while. For now, though, another day over and the long weekend half gone. *sigh*
02014-Jun-30 – 07:56 – Tim Hortons
The day starts with a hearty breakfast out with Claire.
02014-Jun-30 – 10:27 – Terwillegar Park
Hanging out at the dog park.
02014-Jun-30 – 11:58 – Back at the Spray Park
02014-Jun-30 – 16:55 – Home
We’ve had yet another mixed afternoon. After hanging out with AF at the spray park, we did some grocery shopping and had a few minutes of down-time when we finally got home.
Claire’s friend came over a bit later for a play date and after some “camping” in the backyard, they are chilling and watching some tv. I should really kick them back outside but the wind has picked up and it looks like it might actually rain!
02014-Jun-30 – 17:49 – Backyard
Figures. I start to barbecue and it pours rain!
02014-Jun-30 – 20:24 – The Couch… with the dog.
The day couldn’t go out quietly, either, could it? I guess someone had a little too much fun today, and capped off her epic fun day with dad with an epic meltdown before bed. *sigh* Doors were slammed, bedtime stories were denied, and bargaining was ignored… At least the dog was behaving herself. But alas, I guess I’d better chill out for a while and hydrate up for the race in the morning. Fifteen klicks? Nothing to it, right?
02014-Jul-01 – 05:48 – Early
Breakfast of champions.
02014-Jul-01 – 06:46 – The Leg
Any panic I may have had about being late for the start line was obviously overstated.
02014-Jul-01 – 07:00 – Start Line
02014-Jul-01 – 07:26 – Start
02014-Jul-01 – 09:14 – Finish Line
02014-Jul-01 – 09:25 – Pancake Breakfast
02014-Jul-01 – 10:27 – From Nowhere
I just wanted to show Claire the front of the legislature building, but so many kids in the fountain meant monkey see monkey do…
02014-Jul-01 – 15:47 – Somewhere in Mill Woods
Karin and Claire are dancing at the Mill Woods Canada Day celebration, so after a mostly quiet afternoon I find myself sitting in front of the stage waiting for their performance slot so that I can play photographer. It’s warm and sunny; 28 C. I need something cool to drink, and some shade to sit in.
02014-Jul-01 – 18:04 – Supper
We were to tired and to lazy to cook, so we stopped for pizza.
02014-Jul-02 – 07:41 – Back on the Train
Back to work. Signing off…