Sunday, December 4, 2016

FESTIVE FIFTEEN

Patricia and I, my regular roomie on this weekend.
Last weekend was our annual "Girls' Getaway Weekend" at the lovely Briars Resort. I have been organizing this annual weekend for 15 years, and it is always a lot of fun. We went up a little later in the year, this year, as I decided being able to partake in one of the Christmas Gala's would be a nice way to celebrate 15 years.

When I first started organizing these weekends it was for a women's social group I use to run. Many of my friends now are because of that club. I am grateful that even though the club is no longer around I am still able to carry on this annual tradition for/with my girlfriends.

Our first time attending a gala here.
The main lodge.
With 7 bedrooms and a large common area, First Tee Lodge is the perfect size for our group.
I put bows on all the bedroom doors in our lodge.
Welcome package for the girls.
Welcome letter.
First time having an Xmas tree in the lodge!
 Since we were going to be there for a festive gathering, I asked everyone to bring a gift for a gift exchange game after dinner on Friday night. It was a lot of fun, and every one went home with something nice.

Lots of decorations around the main lodge. 
Kristen waiting for some spa pampering. We all had treatments over the weekend.
Returning from a walk into the Village where we did a little shopping.

The famous "Sticky Toffee Pudding"......SO GOOD!
Andi and I with the other "frame". All attendees names are on it.
Susan is the only one that has attended all 15 years with me.
Group shot night of the Christmas Gala, we looked smashing!
 We're already booked for next year......





Wednesday, November 9, 2016

FANTASTIC BEASTS FOR LUNCH

Hmm....what's in that suitcase!?
Like most Harry Potter fans, I've been counting down the days until we once again get to enter J.K. Rowling's magical world of witches, wizards, and all sorts of magical creatures. Fantastic Beasts (and where to find them) hits the movie theatres on November 18th.

There has been lots of promotion going on for the movie in a few different cities, and today an event happened to be in mine. The event was taking place at Yonge/Dundas Square, which isn't too far from my place of work. The opportunity to walk through a much larger Newt's Scamander's magical creature filled suitcase presented itself. This one though held costumes, props, and some interactive activities.

The temptation was too much for me, and leaving the house this morning I grabbed my Gryffindor hoodie, knowing where I was going on my lunch break. Talking with other fans while waiting in line made the time pass quickly. Below are a few pics I took with my cell phone.





Oh look! I'm a magical creature!


It was a fun way to spend my lunch hour! I'm looking forward to the movie, and have tickets for opening night.

Monday, October 31, 2016

EAST COAST KITCHEN PARTY

Got the beer, waiting for the lobster! 
If my 47 year old self had of been able to go back in time to talk to my teenage rocker self and told her that the day would come that I would enjoy and appreciate "down home" fiddle music, I probably wouldn't of believed her. Turns out, I would of been telling my younger self the truth.

I saw an ad for an "East Coast Kitchen Party" taking place on Sunday, October 2nd at St. Jame's Gate, an Irish Pub not far from our home. Now, anyone who knows me, knows I do not go out on a work night, hell, I rarely go out at all anymore, but going out on a Sunday night is just unheard of in my world. Still, I couldn't get the outing out of my mind, and knowing Rob had no interest, I reached out to my girlfriends to see if anyone wanted to go with me. Lots of interest, but the date was only good for one other, a fellow "Bluenoser" .

The party was fabulous! The music of Sandy MacIntyre and Steeped in Tradition had our toes a tapping and hands clapping. My Mother would of been proud. I have never sang "Farewell to Nova Scotia" so loud.,  

Steeped in Tradition with Sandy MacIntyre.
The Pub was well decorated.
Dinner is served!
Before things get messy!
Andi and I had a grand time! We both look forward to attending next year, but we're going to book the next day off work, as neither of us wanted to leave the party, it's a Maritimer thing.