TGIF: Oh, Hello Summer Weather

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Well, if this past week is any indication of what the next year is going to be like, I have to say… 29 looks goooood! No, but in all seriousness, I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday/week.

It started with our girls’ weekend in Whistler. We left on Saturday morning and got to Cheakamus Lake (just 8km south of Whistler Village) around 11:30 a.m. The road to where our hike started was something more fit for a 4×4, not my little Bandit, but he made his way there and back (with a few bumps along the way!). We hiked 14km (25,000 steps for my Fitbit friends!) of this trail, saw the most beautiful turquoise water I’d ever seen and were back at my car around 2:30 p.m. From there, we went up to Whistler Village, checked into our hotel, walked around the village and went out for dinner. After that, we spent an hour or two in our hotel’s rooftop hot tub. By 11:00 p.m., I was so relaxed that I had to crawl into (our King size) bed. I slept for 8 hours and woke up remembering why sober birthdays are now the best: no hangovers! We went out for breakfast that morning, but it started pouring down with rain around 11 a.m., so we left shortly after that. Even though it was a quick trip, I had so much fun and am so grateful my girlfriends made the trip over from Victoria. <3

The rest of the week was just nice and relaxing. I worked out three mornings and nearly finished a huge work project that’s been ongoing since April, but then spent all my evenings on my deck or out walking around Port Moody with friends. It was hot again all week – between 28-32°C (82-90°F) every day – but it wasn’t as gross/sticky as it was last week. And with summer weather comes more walks along the water, BBQs, ice cream and lake days. Bring it on!

The low of my week was just that my lower back hurt a little more than usual, so I had to ice it every day. My appointment with the sports medicine doctor I’ve been waiting to see for two months is next week. I really hope he has some new insight/ideas, as he’s likely my last shot at nixing this residual pain.

The high of my week was hanging out with Daisy on Wednesday night! I made black bean quesadillas and homemade guacamole for dinner, she brought cheesecake and we celebrated my birthday/her new job/her upcoming wedding. Congrats again, Daisy!

A blog post I loved was The American Dream Does Not Cost $130,000/year. It’s a smart and thoughtful rebuttal to a story that was published in USA Today, and discusses how numbers can breed discontent.

The best money I spent was $5.35 on two scoops (Chai Spice + Salted Caramel) of Rocky Point Ice Cream last night. This adventure also included a 5K walk with a friend and her pup. <3

My plans this weekend include decluttering tonight, going for a long walk with a friend tomorrow and going for another long walk with my friend Kasey on Sunday. It’s supposed to be 32-34°C in Vancouver all weekend, friends, so make sure you slather on some sunscreen and stay hydrated!

How was your week? What are you up to this weekend?