Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Niagara Falls

So I spend last week working in Auburn, NY. I have never been to NY at all and thought it was a beautiful area. After work on Thursday and friend and I went shopping at some outlet malls in the area and then drove to Niagara Falls for the weekend. We stayed on the Canadian side. The falls were pretty fun to see and get wet in the mist. I could have done without the more touristy parts but overall all, I’m glad I went. Plus, Canada has the good kind of chocolate that you can get in Europe.
It was a fun mini vacation and I can cross Niagara Falls off my list.

American Falls

Part of Queen Victoria park, I think.

Horseshoe Falls

more Horseshoe Falls
 
Here I am in the lovely rain poncho they give you. Not the best place to take pictures but it was fun to do the ferry ride.

Maid of the Mist ferry

view at night
 
American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls at night
 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Ice cream and bubbles

It was a great weekend. I started out a bit restless on Friday night. After work, I sat down and finished my book and it was so good and kind of emotional at the end.  So then I was restless. I paced around doing little things like picking up some of my clutter, putting away laundry, etc. It’s funny how I am always kind of sad when I finish a really good book. It’s a kind of mourning for friends that you won’t see again.. at least not until a re-read. And I simply cannot start another book so soon after a good one like that.

Saturday, I played with the kids. I guess I was technically babysitting. I offered to take them to Dinosaur Park, but they didn’t want to so instead we played with my tinker toys and then went outside and played and blew bubbles.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE blowing bubbles. What is it about sitting on the grass in the sunshine watching bubbles float across the yard? It’s such a great, relaxing feeling.  And I don’t do it by myself (although I don’t know why not since I love it so much) so I always like to get the bubbles out when the kids come over.
After bubbles we went to Farr’s for ice cream.  It was a bit crowded in the little ice cream shop so we got our cones and went outside and sat on some steps near the parking and out of the sun.  The people who had been in line before us were getting into their van and the driver let out a huge burp. The kids are at that age where it was hilarious to them but I told them they couldn’t laugh out loud while all the van windows were down so we all sat there giggling quietly. Then we’d stop but once we caught each other’s eye we would start giggling again. You probably had to be there but we had the best time laughing and eating ice cream.  I love little moments like that.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Spring Fever

Oh man, I’m dying to go somewhere. I’m restless. I have a couple work trips coming up in the summer months so I will be going somewhere, even if it’s for work. Both times I’m going to stay the weekend to have a mini-vacation. And my family is going camping. But that doesn’t help me now.

It’s been a little cool lately but with the flowers and trees blooming and everything turning green, it finally feels like spring. I must have spring fever.  The cure for that is a day off in the sunshine and planting flowers in my planter boxes. One day soon I will that.  And maybe I’ll plan a little vacation. A foreign trip this year is not looking likely but since I did one in both 2011 and 2012 it would be ok to stay a little closer to home this year. I live in Utah. It’s not like there’s not a ton of things to do and see right here.