This past weekend was a much-needed pause; a chance to slow the pace, relax, and re-charge the batteries.
I started things off right Friday by leaving work a little early. When I got home, I prepped a few snacks, did some last-minute tidying up around the house, made a big bowl of "party punch" with a splash of rum, then settled back with an ice-cold glass to wait for my friends to arrive.
The ladies started rolling in shortly before 7 PM, and then the long weekend felt like it had officially begun! My dining room table was loaded down with a ton of yummy snack foods, and the girls also came with their drinks. We sat around the dining room table and spent the evening chatting, laughing, eating, and just un-winding. It was EXACTLY what I needed after a particularly draining week last week. I noticed at one point that someone had left the lights on over in the church basement next door, so I went over to shut them off, and while I was outside, all I could hear were the laughs and shouts coming from the open windows of my house. I was that neighbour. And it made me smile. I'm lucky to have such a great group of friends! I'm already thinking about when to plan the next "Girls Nite In".
After the girls had left and I had cleaned up the kitchen and dining room, I went upstairs to put on jammies, and discovered a MASSIVE spider. Oh, y'know, just hanging out on the carpet in the middle of the hallway. I have only seen a spider that size in my home once before, and Brenda was there to kill it for me. This time, it was 1 AM, and Brenda had left quite a while before, so I had to kill this sucker on my own. Still gives me the heebie-jeebies thinking about it, especially since it almost got away! The last time a spider that big was in my house, it was after the bridal shower I had for Lindsay four years ago... so apparently spiders like to attend parties at my house?! eeep! (there was no time to get a picture of it, so of course, no eveidence. But I needed a THICK wad of Kleenex to go at this sucker. he crunched.)
Saturday morning I slept in a bit, and when I rolled out of bed, I decided to take advantage of the beautiful morning and go for a walk outside with my camera. Got some nice early-morning shots around town, and down by the water... Of course, not uploaded yet! Sorry!
I went up to Mom's in the afternoon to sit outside and read, but the bugs were WHACKO. Black flies were feasting on me, and I don't react well to black fly bites. So I went in to watch the Jays game and nap for the afternoon. When I woke up, we went down to my sister's place for a barbeque and hung out with them. After supper, I came home and settled in on the couch to watch the movie Blended on Netflix... I'm a sucker for a good Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore movie, but I have to say, this one wasn't all that great. LOL The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates definitely trump this one, no matter how cute they are together! But aside from that, it was a perfectly relaxing, lazy day!
Sunday we went to church and out for brunch, as per usual, and then we all hung out at Mom's for the rest of the day. Mom dug out my cousin's old toy wrestling ring and wrestlers that hand been handed down to us years ago. She cleaned it all up, and Caden played with it all afternoon. We also watched the finals of World Hockey Championship.
On Friday evening, Sheena taught me how to do all those funny things on Snapchat - like become a dog, or have rainbows puking out of your mouth, and it made me ridiculously happy to play around with it. I was showing Caden and Danica how to do it on Sunday, and Danica thought it was a lot of fun to turn herself into Lindsay. LOL!
By evening, it was time to head to my friend Sharon's for her and husband's 10th anniversary party. A big group of friends gathered to enjoy a delicious meal prepared by Sharon, and then, once the sun went down and bugs weren't so bad, we moved outside to play Texas Horseshoes. I opted out of playing, insisting I need to be the photographer to document the event, but right near the end, Wayne talked me into playing a game with him, against Lolly and Sharon. I played the best game of Texas Horseshoes I have ever played in my LIFE. Everything was going in. It was dumbfounding. I think the game lasted about two minutes, and Wayne and I won 21-zip. It was kind of a May long weekend miracle.
Monday was yet another wonderfully lazy day. I did laundry, watched episodes of The Office and Bloodline on Netflix, and spent a lot of time out on my back deck reading. The black flies seemed to take a chill pill and I was able to sit out there and not get attacked for once. Mom and I had chip stand food for supper, and then went for ice cream afterwards too. The best way to end a perfect long weekend!!
And now, it is already Wednesday... I'm excited for this upcoming weekend too, as I will be walking on Saturday night with my Slipper Sisters (recently re-named the Sleezy Sisters, thanks for that Uncle Elson!) in the Relay for Life. So I'll be spending the day Saturday resting and napping to get ready, and then likely sleeping all day Sunday to catch up afterwards. We always have a lot of fun amidst the somber moments, so I'm very much looking forward to it. :)
Hope you're all having a great week!!