Saying farewell to summer.

As I stepped out of my house today in a dress and flip flops and I stopped completely in my tracks. The scent in the air was different. The temperature had dropped dramatically. It was official. Summer was overNo more chilled riesling on the patio or mango coconut drinks at Richmond Night Market. No more flirty dresses or shirts that I could pull off as dresses. Sigh. The time has come for me to put pants on.

Sad? Sure, but I had such a great summer and an even better start to the fall season that I can’t help but be ecstatic for the things to come! And I do apologize for the lack of posts this summer. You can blame it on the fact that 1) it was my first summer in a relationship again after four years, yippee!, 2) the files for all my pictures over the summer took so damn long to upload onto Flickr and 3) I never have access to my laptop anymore (time to go Mac?) aka I’m never at home. So… I give you yet another major catch up post WITH PICTURES, hooray! First, a few things that I wanted to write on but never got a chance:
Warrior Dash 2012
1) Warrior Dash! I SURVIVED (just like my t-shirt and medal say)! My time was 52:11:20 so I did achieve my goal of finishing under an hour, woot! The obstacles were a lot easier than I thought (think giant adult jungle gym) but the uphill killed me (why am I doing this again!?). But it was so disorganized, specifically the transportation, that I’m not sure if I would do this again. I’m thinking of perhaps doing Tough Mudder next year….but we’ll see.
Bianca and me at Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj
2) Nicki Minaj! I really meant to write a post on this. As a big Nicki fan, I was pretty disappointed in this show. As her first tour headlining, I was expecting her to perform a TON of her songs but no, what we got was her DJ playing a number of her songs while she changed her wardrobe. Good performance nonetheless.

3) ….there was something else but I seemed to have forgotten again. Oops.

And now pictures! How did I spend the latter end of my summer? By going to lots of wooded and watering areas in this beautiful province of British Columbia because I couldn’t get time off work and couldn’t afford a vacation! Hurrah! Places I went to? Davidson’s Pool in Maple Ridge,  my house in Harrison Hot Springs, and the Okanagan (Vernon, Lake Country, and Westbank).
Davidson's Pool in Maple Ridge
Karen, me, and Alaine
Harrison Lake
Sparkling Hill Resort
Sparkling Hill Resort
Predator Ridge
Sparkling Hill Resort
Gray Monk Winery
Lake Country
Quail's Gate
Sigh. Just looking at these photos makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! Oh summer, until next year. Bring on the fall.

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July happenings.

July 24th. Seriously? Where has this summer gone? This month has been especially busy for me, especially for cupcakes. Been MIA a ton but that’s a good thing, right? Some quick recaps (wish I had photos!!! iPhone pictures just do not cut it):

Harrison Hot Springs. Really wish I took pictures here. Took my boyfriend to my house up at Harrison for the first time. It was probably the hottest weekend ever and alas, I was working in the morning. Made it to Harrison by 5:00pm and showed him the actual hot springs — a caged pool, no joke. The Harrison Arts Festival was going on as well so there were tons of vendors along the esplanade. Water was at its highest I have ever seen in all my years there (really really wish I had took a picture of this… it was such a great sight). I sadly did not don my bathing at all because, well, I thought it’d be blazin’ hot the next day. Nope. Rain. Pouring rain. Rained so hard that we left after lunch. Le sigh. Hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze it in by the end of the summer.

Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival. After our disappointment, we headed straight to the Caribbean Festival in Maple Ridge. Even though it was chilly and wet, I was surprised at the volumes of people that were there. I seriously wasn’t aware that there was such a huge Black community in the Ridge. Odd. Listened to some reggae, nom’d on goat curry and other Caribbean-influenced eats, and danced the night away. So fun.

Snoop Dogg. I also went and saw Snoop Dogg at the Commodore last Friday. Random? Yes. Dude, tickets are $60 and he is a fucking classic – how could I not?! It was awesome. Besides seeing a whole ton of white trash and half of Surrey there, it was a short but fun concert to go to. Peaceful, even. Everyone was blazin’ and/or drinking while I spent the whole night dancing in my hot pink Snoop Dogg dress completely stick sober (I was sick, really sick). I really am regretting not running to the front when he was picking girls to go party with him after because the girls that were picked were so boring and not even hot. “Snoop, my girlfriend’s hotter than those girls!!” – my boyfriend. Aw.

Whistler. And despite my sickness, I trekked up to Whistler the next day for a quick weekend trip (thanks Aaron!). Went up to check out the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and wow, I haven’t heard them play in 11 years and it was simply breathtaking. Really appreciated the music. So talented. Also hit the club, the hot tub, and Cow’s — Whistler in a nutshell. The rain, yet again, ruined our plans to go horseback riding the next day so again, headed home early. Quick trip did its purpose though! Love Whistler.

And what’s next? Certainly no vacations for me. Studying will commence will begin soon and saving towards the big move is in the works. Definitely looking forward to Sparking Hill Resort in September though. Yes, the gorgeous Swarovski-encrusted resort in wine country. Can’t. Wait.