Monthly Archives: July 2016

152 – Pokemon Going

When Pokemon Go was released, I was indifferent. I was never into Pokemon as a kid so it didn’t personally excite me, but I could see why others were getting their knickers in a knot. As the first few days of the app passed, I kept reading more and more about how people were making new friends, getting active, and learning more as they explored their cities. By the time the app was ready for Canada, I had changed my tune and I was ready to play.

It has been, in a word, amazing. I’m walking several kilometers every single day, and when I miss it I feel sad. The Pokemon and items I collect on my walk are merely a perk, I’m discovering, as I really enjoy being outside most of all. I’ve lost 3 pounds this week, I’m getting a healthy glow from the sunshine, my skin feels great, and I’m inspired to eat better. The game is really fun too though, and I’m loving spending time with my family and friends as we capture little monsters through the city.

Here are some photos I’ve taken on our Pokemon adventures.

We’ve been exploring a few parts of the city that I was previously unaware of. Everywhere we go, we find fellow Pokemon trainers. The other night I was out with my siblings and a couple other guys in a very quiet park in town, and a group of 23 other people joined us! Last night we went to the river and the Pokemon trainers were EVERYWHERE. I have never seen the park that crowded before when there wasn’t an event going on. We were a group of 6, but there were larger packs roaming around as well. It was so much fun.

In conclusion: Pokemon Go is amazing, if you’re not being a butt head about it. Watch where you’re going, be aware of your surroundings, and respect private property. 9/10 you can collect what you need without trespassing, and that 10th time it is not the end of the world to not collect something.

PS: My husband is the best. I woke up this morning to him standing next to my side of the bed with a tea from Tim Horton’s. He also got me a butter croissant. My mood is stellar now because of that guy!

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151 – The Weekend

 

It was a busy weekend! Here’s what we did…

It began on Thursday, really. My best bud Erin picked me up bright and early so we could pick up the flowers for her wedding. She is an amazing florist and the bouquets were STUNNING. I helped her with flowers for a few hours before heading home to prepare for the bachelorette party that night. We rented a stretch SUV limo which was the bomb diggity and the party was so fun. It was my first time at a party like that so, it was a pretty cool experience.

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Friday, we finished up flowers, decorated the church (I had to stay home with Ginny and couldn’t help til later), and then rehearsed! It was the fastest rehearsal I’ve attended, but wedding’s aren’t exactly complicated. That night I climbed into bed exhausted, but didn’t fall asleep for hours and then kept waking up all night before finally waking for realsies just before 7.

flowers.pngOn Saturday, my best friend got married and that has filled me with so much joy. Any time a friend gets hitched it makes me happy, but when it’s your bestie, the happiness is certainly multiplied. I was caught off guard by just how over-the-top elated I was (and am) for her. Her wedding was beautiful – charming decor, lovely music, fun people. And I was even able to make my speech without falling over or crying TOO much. That was a biggie for me. I’ve never spoken in front of so many people before. But I was determined to do it for my friend. It was such a wonderful, fun, amazing day, and Bryan and I finished it off by eating cheeseburgers in bed before falling dead asleep until 9:30 the next morning.

 

The Sunday after the wedding was a tough day. Coming down off the high of the wedding was interesting, and I had almost no downtime because we had to throw together a very rushed birthday party for Ginny. I feel awful that we didn’t do a proper party for her this year. It was so half-hearted, I felt sick, I felt cranky, and she was extra toddlery in her behaviour. However! The thing to remember with kids is: they don’t care. As long as you love them and show them that love, it is very simple to make them happy.

So in the end it was a family party. Both sets of grandparents, 2 uncles, 1 aunt, and 1 unky. We had dinner at Red Lobster, which Ginny is crazy about – and she ordered Kraft Dinner…weird kid. Then we all went back to the apartment where we had some balloons and cake (Frozen themed) and presents. Ginny was overjoyed. She had so much fun! My stress over the lack of real party was dumb. I should have just let things happen and be content. It was definitely weird though, not having certain people at the party.

I can’t believe she’ll be 4 tomorrow. Where the heck has the time gone?! I know everyone always says that but it’s just so weird.