Uh, sorry, I disappeared for a few weeks there. I was on holiday for the last two weeks of August and really ramped down my time on line. I think it's good to do that sometimes--disconnect and play. I wasn't completely off--I still read Twitter and I was never without internet--but I just scaled back. No checking work email, no looking at tweets throughout the day, no blogging or hanging out online...less of it all.
Now I'm back to work, the kids are back in school and the laziness of Summer is slowly ramping up to the busy times of Fall. Looking at the photos from my time off, I can say I'm not ready.
And, I miss attending TIFF. I think heading out for a crazy number of movies made a nice bridge into Fall. Next year I think I'll take a few days off and see some movies. I'm writing it down to remind myself!
So what did I do while I was away? Lots of reading, knitting, hanging out with the kids and a whole lot of unstructured time. We clean some rooms (big decluttering), I finally painted the basement stairs (I'm not even going to look in the archives to see when they were installed. It was at least 2 years ago that I primed them) and got to some neglected around the house stuff.
We also had a mini-family reunion at my cousin's pool (so much fun) and took it easy.
For example: Fan Expo
Emma is turning into quite the fan-girl so jumped at the chance to hang out with her fellow geeky nerds. We all really liked the Lego
We saw some stars: John Barrowman, Nanna Visitor, Levar Burton and Emma's current favs Spike and Drusilla from Buffy The Vampire Slayer (which she and I are watching for the first time right now)
Each kid got one treat. Xander scored an awesome square Minecraft Mug and Emma waited patiently in line to meet Juliet Landau (Drusilla). She was great (we all met her) and Emma was a bit overwhelmed:
She was better when we met Megan Fahlenbock, the voice of Gwen from Total Drama Island (a show we all LOVE). She was great to talk to (closer to my age than the characters she does voices for).
The whole day was busy but fun. We embrace our nerdiness.
Even though we're total city mice, we also took some time to play country mice too.
Off to the cottage.
There were frogs:
Fishing (we fish in a private lake that seems to be filled with fish--I love it because I always catch a bass with minimal effort)
Knitting--I finished my first ever pair of socks from my handspun. I had lots of yarn and I'm full of moxy so I went for knee socks.
(this is a truer photo of the colour)
I will definitely do knee socks and handspun socks again (I have some superwash on the wheel right now--but haven't spun since we started the kitchen reno).
Everyone had a fun holiday. We're still wishing it's summer, but also don't mind the coming of Autumn. I've already started a beautiful new Rhinebeck sweater!