Today’s Travel

Headin’ up north today to spend the weekend w/ this man-friend and those mountains.

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March Madness, The Man-Friend, & “THE BET”


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It’s March Madness and I’m pumped! I love this time of year in sports. Football is over! Spring is coming! And basketball is awesome. Last year, my man-friend and I made a wager on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament… [Read more…]

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here’s wishing a wonderful day of love to everybody out there.
Whether you’re spending it with a friend, a partner, a family member, a pet, your child, or yourself,
I hope it’s a great day!
Although we weren’t together for V-Day last year or this year,
hopefully my man-friend and I can be in 2015.

#makingoutathistoricallandmarks [Read more…]

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Canada: Ski Trip!

My man-friend and I try to make it a point to see each other once a month… Long distance relationship, ya know? Since he’s lucky enough to live near some amazing skiing, and since my Sipinski* buds and I try to plan a ski trip every year, we decided this year’s destination would be Canada. Two birds. One stone. We had a blast skiing, they got to view some sweet Canadian scenery, and we all got to watch the start of the Winter Olympics.  Here are some photos:

Left to Right:
Abby, Uncle Doug, Mariah, Eric, Me, Man-Friend, and T & R
(Side note: my Man-Friend has 2 awesome little boys).  [Read more…]

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Things That Are My Jam Right Now

My BFF, Amanda.
This past year was the first in about 10 years that we’ve lived in the same city.
We get to hang on a weekly basis and it’s awesome.

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Cultural Differences… Kentucky vs. Canada

If you are new here, I am from Kentucky. My man-friend is from Canada. Other than the accents and the weather, I didn’t think there was that much different between the two countries… The more I visit though, the more I see.
I will highlight a few:
Donuts
In the South: Krispy Kreme
In the North (east): Dunkin Donuts
In Canada: Tim Hortons
Recreation
Kentucky: ATVs (4 wheelers)
Canada: Snow mobiles
Dollars
USA: Dollar
Canada: Loonie
It’s still a dollar, but they call it a Loonie because of the Loon featured on one side.
It’s really weird the first time you hear somebody say they need a loonie or two…

Car Heating
Kentucky: You start your car 5 minutes before you leave.
Canada: You plug your ish in when you park it.

These posts are all over the place. They heat up the engine block as I understand it.
I just thought there were a ton of electric cars in Canada…

Snow Days 
Kentucky: 1-3 Inches of snow needed to call a snow day.
(and all the bread/milk disappears from the grocery shelves)
Canada: They don’t have snow days.

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Metric System
USA: Pounds, Inches, Miles, Fahrenheit
Canada (and the rest of the world): Kilograms, Centimeters, Kilometers, Celsius

I’m getting better at conversions…

Gas
USA: price per gallon
Canada: I still don’t know what this means
…or how much I’m going to pay for a tank of gas:

 

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My Big, Fat Canadian Holiday

My man-friend is a Canuck and lives in Alberta, Canada. (That’s the province north of Montana for all those that had no clue where Alberta was and that it was actually a province. I’ll admit that I didn’t really pay much attention to Canadian geography until we started dating… It’s sad, but true.) I’ve been up to visit a few times now, but this particular trip was the most “Canadian” of them all. Here’s what we did:

Monday: Skate Skiing

OK, so cross-country skiing is very linear. Skate skiing is very ridiculous. When you see people do it, it looks really easy. Rhythmic. Fluid. It’s kind of like ice skating (gliding side to side with your feet) while pushing yourself with poles in your hands. Skate skiing on a level area is one thing. Skate skiing uphill is impossible… for beginners anyway. We did this for a while, then I was ready to be done. Skate skiing will be way more fun when I can actually do it and travel forward, not just flail around trying to remain upright.

Me coming back downhill… thankfully.

Tuesday: Cruising Banff and Climbing – things I’m considerably better at…

OK, the climbing is not so Canadian, but this climbing gym with 5.14 routes
speaks to the level of climbers and athletes in this area. #damngina
*somebody that can climb 5.14 is somebody that basically climb the wall in the room you’re sitting in. it’s no joke.

Wednesday: Skiing and Hockey

I watched. They played.

Thursday: Ice Skating Lesson

Note the hockey pants I’m sporting…
So HUGE, but so padded. They were glorious.

Friday: More ice skating

Don’t act like you’re not impressed.

Saturday: More skiing.

Words like “toque” and “balaclava” are normal… and necessary.
Sunday: Back to the airport. In this weather:
That’s really effing cold -22 degrees Fahrenheit.

Any Canadians reading this blog?
You impress me.

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Live Tweeting A Canadian Neighborhood Hockey Game…

I’m in Canada for the week visiting my man-friend before our new year travel schedules start getting crazy. It’s been a very Canadian trip so far… but one of the things that was truly local was the New Year’s Day neighborhood hockey game. A few of my man-friend’s buddies organized a game and people just kept showing up with their hockey sticks and skates (like it’s a normal thing) and joined in the game. Even though it killed me to just sit and watch, and not participate – I didn’t have skates and hadn’t ice skated in about 15 years – I opted to take photos (instead of breaking my face open on the ice).  Naturally, a live-tweet began:
 
Apparently, this is how you choose teams:
everybody throws their stick into a pile, somebody goes in
and chucks the sticks left and right forming two piles.
You go where your stick goes.
The puck was flying around like crazy and I was sitting about 10 feet away
with no protection. I kinda wanted to borrow one kid’s face mask…
 
I brought my new mittens. They were well received.
These people have been skating since they came out of the womb.
It was incredible. I was grateful that I decided to stay out of the way.
The good news is, we went yesterday morning so I could learn to skate
and now I can… not much different than roller skating,
just a heck of a lot slippery-er and hurts more when you fall.
 I’m ready for the next game!
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The man-friend…

I’ve been a not-so-consistent blogger these past two months. 
I’m sorry. Life’s been busy. 
BUT here’s a photo of me and my man-friend: 

I hope that makes up for my absence. : ) 
Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! 
*This is my first blog post from the blogger app on my phone. Forgive the format if it looks janky!
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Like a Kid on Christmas Eve…

Y’all don’t even know how excited I am tonight… 
1. My man-friend comes to visit tomorrow
This will be his first visit to Kentucky and
will be meeting everyone
2. It’s snowing right now. 
3. Thanksgiving is this week!
3b. That means I can start listening to Christmas 
music on Thursday night!! 
3c. And we’ll start decorating this weekend!!!
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