TGIF: My First (Real) Summer in Vancouver

July 18, 2014


Last year, I created a bucket list of things I wanted to do during my first summer in Greater Vancouver. I wanted to hike the Chief (which I did), tackle the Grouse Grind, rent a bike and ride along the seawall, and more. Just a few weeks after I posted it, I was in a car accident that put a halt to my plans for the rest of the summer – and, really, most of the fall. I spent most of my time on the couch or in bed on painkillers and covered in ice packs, and usually only left to go to doctor’s appointments or maybe treat myself to an ice cream cone. So, in a way, this sort of feels like my first summer here.

Despite the heatwave, the last couple weeks have been really fun. My trip to Whistler was a great start to summer, but it’s only gotten better since then. This past week alone, I went on a couple short hikes that led to beautiful beaches and lookout points I hadn’t seen before, spent two afternoons lounging in the park with friends, watched an outdoor movie (Pretty in Pink!) in Stanley Park, had dinner on a patio and continued to eat too many ice cream cones. Sometimes this city drives me crazy, with its traffic and ridiculous cost of living… but I truly believe it’s one of the most beautiful places on Earth, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of this summer holds.

The low of my week was being stuck in another doctor’s office for a couple hours on Wednesday. He’s sending me for a bone scan on Monday morning, which sounds like it won’t be a big deal, but the idea of being injected with something sounds kind of gross. :S

The high of my week was having my friend Melissa from Toronto come and stay with me!

A blog post I loved was Debt Should Not Be Part of Your Budget. Jordann explains that debt shouldn’t be so normalized that it’s included in everyone’s budget breakdowns. Personally, I think this post is a great motivator to become debt-free.

The best money I spent was … I don’t know. I didn’t pay for anything other than groceries/ice cream/gas/parking this week! My budget is loving life, right now.

My plans this weekend include picking people up from the airport/ferry tonight, going for a hike with friends tomorrow (if the rain holds off) and just relaxing for the rest of the weekend.

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

Oh! And if you’re going to be in Vancouver next Thursday, there are still some free seats at my meet-up downtown. I’d love to see you all there!

  • Dayle July 18, 2014 at 4:05 am

    Morning! Can’t wait for your Toronto meet-up :)

    Sounds like a great week and upcoming weekend, Cait!

    I am up to my usual busy antics this weekend. Hair appt & gym tonight, working & gym tomorrow morning and Sunday morning. Baking some goodies for bf to take on his boy’s cottage trip he’s going to on Monday. I have a wedding reception party/bbq on Saturday night and going to the Jays game Sunday. I need to get some stuff done at home too… going to be busy!

    I have 9 days in a row to work (including today) and then I’m off on vacation until August 5th!

    Have a great weekend!

    • Cait Flanders July 18, 2014 at 7:07 am

      You’re baking stuff for the boys? Now that’s cute, Dayle. Aaand yes, that sounds like a crazy busy weekend! Do you sleep? ;)

  • L July 18, 2014 at 5:22 am

    I’m glad you will be able to take advantage of this summer :) My plans include a few BBQs and a practice triathalon, my first is in a few weeks! Have a great weekend!!

    • Cait Flanders July 18, 2014 at 7:07 am

      Ooo, good luck w/ the practice then!

  • Will July 18, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Glad you’ll actually have a summer this year!

    What’s the story behind the bear in the bike lane??

    • Cait Flanders July 18, 2014 at 7:09 am

      Isn’t that hilarious? It’s new and just down the street from my house; replaced the regular bike stencil for a bike lane, lol. So very Canadian. :)

  • Retired by 40 July 18, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Love your best money I spent section this Friday! Life is so good you didn’t need to buy anything to have fun – it was the experiences that were the best!

    • Cait Flanders July 18, 2014 at 7:09 am

      Nope! Well, ice cream helped… but that was last week’s, so I didn’t want to repeat that. :P

  • Nadia July 18, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Glad you’re enjoying your summer! I’m about to start enjoying mine a lot more as I leave for vacation tomorrow! (Off to the Okanagan!)

    The best money I spent was $45 on a new pillow. Which seems like a lot I know but not waking up with a sore neck is a pretty good trade off if you ask me!

    Which leads me to this…I know you’re trying not to buy stuff but are you still looking at getting a new mattress? I recall you saying that yours was really old and I’m wondering if that’s contributing to your lingering pain? Because if it’s not supporting your body properly while sleeping your body has to compensate for it. Just a thought. Have a great weekend!

    • Cait Flanders July 18, 2014 at 7:13 am

      Great question, Nadia! I was going to wait until I got to the furniture post but, yes, a new bed will be added to the approved shopping list. I’m not certain it’s hurting my back at night, but it’s certainly not helping it either.

      Enjoy your vacation!

  • Kayla @ Shoeaholicnomore July 18, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Sounds like a pretty fun and low-key week. Hope you have a great weekend Cait! I’m hoping to have a little down time this weekend to hopefully get rested up so I can get back to being super motivated next week. I’ve been feeling a bit lazy lately!

    • Cait Flanders July 18, 2014 at 10:48 am

      I’m honestly a little jealous of your downtime, Kayla. I need to catch up on sleep next week. Enjoy :)

  • Alicia July 18, 2014 at 8:05 am

    I’m envious of your meet ups! Wish I could attend… Maybe one of these times. Glad to hear you’re getting to enjoy the Vancouver area this summer after last years rough start.

    I am going to tackle the closet this weekend, I swear :)

    • Cait Flanders July 18, 2014 at 10:48 am

      Haha, I want to see a before/after pic!

  • Nicola July 18, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Hope you have a good weekend! We’re not doing very much; it’s nice to have a quiet weekend sometimes and catch up with jobs that need doing :)

    • Cait Flanders July 18, 2014 at 10:49 am

      Yes, I love those weekends. I think next weekend will be like that for me. Enjoy, Nicola!

  • AshleyD July 18, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    My week was mostly good, I went swimming once, ran the 10km loop at Elk/Beaver Lake Park and I am now on my way to Kelowna for a swim race.

    The only thing that was not good about this week was apartment hunting. The whole process is not easy or fun.

    However I am excited to say that today I made my very last vehicle loan payment. This is 3.5 years ahead of the loan repayment schedule as well as 5 months early from our financial goal of the year which was to pay off the vehicle by the end December. (20k paid off since Jan 1 on the car)
    New financial goal of the year is to pay off the boyfriends student loan (8k).

    I just had to add the last bit since I am excited about it.

    • Cait Flanders July 19, 2014 at 8:20 am

      That’s awesome, Ashley – congrats! Also, good luck w/ the apartment hunt. If I can help in any way, please let me know.

  • Heather :) :) :) July 18, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I’ll definitely check out JOrdann’s blog post. That sounds really interesting. It reminds me of this thing I saw on the Dave Ramsey website once…about how Americans have been sold the lie that debt is normal and necessary in order to have a good quality of life…or something like that…and it’s all a lie…Debt isn’t necessary…but it’s just more motivation for me to get out of debt so that I can have financial freedom and peace of mind :) :)

    I’m sorry about the car accident :( :( Hopefully you’ll recover completely :) :) :)

    Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather ;) :) :)

    • Cait Flanders July 19, 2014 at 8:31 am

      Debt is most certainly not necessary, Heather. Thanks for the reminder. Have a nice weekend!