Even though I'm not in school anymore, it still feels like summer is over after Labour Day. It doesn't help that it is a pretty gross day in these parts. To help me forget about the drizzle outside, I'm going to remember all of the awesome and not so awesome things that happened over the last long weekend of the summer.
After work, Har and I headed up to my family's summer home in Summerland. It's about a four hour drive from the city. As expected, the roads were fairly busy with everyone trying to squeeze in one last vacation. We definitely made the right decision. Even though the weather in Summerland wasn't amazing, it was a million times better than the rainy mess that we left at home.
My parents went out for dinner and left the front door unlocked for us. We quickly settled in and decided to watch a bit of Once Upon A Time while we waited for everyone to come back. When we first started watching the show we heard a noise coming from the front yard. It freaked Har out. I wasn't too worried. There are always strange noises outside. But I ran around the house making sure all of the doors and windows were locked anyway.
About ten minutes later there was a knock on the door. I jumped up and opened the front door. No one there. I checked the back door. No one there either. But then I looked a bit harder and I could see someone standing in the shadows. At first I thought it might have been my cousin, but this person was a bit bigger than him. A million people ran through my head. It's not uncommon for friends and family to randomly show up... Especially on a Friday night.
It turned out that it was a stranger. Some guy who was driving around and was just checking out the scenery. He told me that he had been watching us for a while. He thought we had seen him. The noise in the front yard was him. He kept going on and on about how beautiful the scenery was and he just wanted to check it out with his girlfriend.
He gave me the heebeejeebees. I just wanted him to leave. I didn't know what to say when he asked if he could hang out in the yard and enjoy the scenery. What the actual F? I told him there was a beach a few blocks away that he should go to. He didn't take the hint. And I just left it.
But I was creeped out. The house can be kind of scary on a good day. My mom always tells me how afraid she is to be alone in the house at night. It's the big open windows. You just feel so vulnerable. I always tell myself that it's no big deal because there isn't actually anyone outside lurking around... except this time there was.
After the encounter I decided to turn off all of the lights: inside and out. I didn't want these people to have the opportunity to watch us anymore. I wanted to be able to watch them. If they were on our property, I wanted to know about it.
They didn't leave. As we watched our show, I could see flashlights in the distance. I could have sworn that there were three flashlights.
At about midnight we decided to call it a night. On our way to bed, Har noticed some flashing lights outside. We went to investigate. There was a tow truck and two police cars. We walked around the yard and could see our "friends" from earlier hiding behind the fence.
It turns out the vehicle they were driving was stolen. The police were just doing a routine drive around the neighbourhood and noticed it. They arrested the couple and searched their belongings. Drugs and alcohol in pretty much every bag. As well as a giant knife.
I'm just so thankful that we didn't arrive home a half an hour later. Since the front door was unlocked, they could have been inside when we arrived. They were probably going to try to rob the house.
My mom was so upset that I didn't call the police right away. In retrospect, I probably should have. I guess I am just too trusting and don't ever want to start anything. I was more afraid of asking the guy to leave. He didn't seem like the type that would take kindly to me telling him to GTFO.
We have had a lot of problems with trespassers and vandals, but this couple definitely take the cake for scariest incident.
After the drama of the night before, we just wanted to have a chill day. As is our usual routine, we headed to the Farmer's Market for breakfast. We found our favourite food cart that serves amazing waffles with syrup infused into each bite. There was a whole block of the market devoted to wine tastings. Some of them were great, others not so much. But there were so many to choose from. It was like going on a mini wine tour without having to worry about who would be driving.
Andrea and I hit up our favourite store, Something Pretty. Last time we were up, we both bought the same dress because we liked it so much. This time I walked away with kimono and a toque. I went there specifically looking for a kimono. I have wanted one all summer and now I finally have one. This nice thing about the kimono that I bought is that it could be wearable in the fall with a completely different look. It's always so nice to walk into an independent clothing store that has a plus size section. Sure, it is a small one, but it is better than nothing.
After the market, we went back to my place and just chilled. We ate the ridiculously good hummus that we bought at the market, played a martini card game, and did a bit of paddle boarding. We also did some yoga on the dock. It was fun to take what I have learned from my various yoga classes throughout the years and teach it to my friends.
|Mini Dessert Burgers|
We made some delicious food for dinner. My aunt, uncle, and cousins came over for dinner, but they didn't arrive until quite late, so we were eating in the dark. My aunt brought these mini hamburger cookies that were so cute and delicate.
More paddle boarding. More floating. More chilling.
For lunch, we headed into town and found a cute little Mexican Restaurant by the water. It was delicious. But Mexican food usually is.
|Attack Mode with Bumper Boats|
|The Mini Golf Course|
|The Final Mini Golf Hole|
|My First Screamer!|
cream together. It was amazing and delicious, but a little bit too gigantic. Like the deep fried Mars Bar from the other day, it will probably be just a once in a lifetime event.
I'm pretty sure that I was still intoxicated from the night before. It's a good thing I wasn't the one driving on the way home.
I did lose my beloved e-book reader. It was accidentally pushed into the water. I'm still holding out hope that it can be salvaged. It's currently sitting in a ziplock bag full of rice.
We cleaned, relaxed and then headed home.