TGIF: Happy August Long Weekend!

August 1, 2014


So, just two weeks ago, I mentioned I was finally enjoying my “first” summer in Vancouver… and now I’m realizing that this long weekend is actually the last weekend I’ll be here until late September – no joke! I’ll talk more about where I’m going next week, and I’m excited about it all. I’m just having one of those moments where you realize you only have 7 days left to get in more hikes, more visits with friends and, yes, more Rocky Point Ice Cream! I guess the consolation prize is that we don’t really experience cold weather here, so I can do all those things in the fall too. <3

Not much to report this week. I started it by dealing with the tail end of a random flu-type bug I picked up on the weekend. But then I finished a huge project at work that’s been ongoing since April, so that felt great. I also got a little writing done, did an interview with Mint (will post a link when it’s live) and had two girlfriends from Victoria come stay with me on Wednesday night. And now, the long weekend is here! I filled it with all kinds of fun plans, knowing I have a lot of work to do next week and will then be gone for most of August and September…

I’ve decided to stop mentioning the low of my week as I truly do not have much to complain about these days. I could say my back hurt or I found out I have to wait until September to get the results of my bone scan, but those are trivial in the grand scheme of things. Life is good. I am happy. That is all.

The high of my week was receiving a letter in the mail from Royal Roads University saying that I’d been nominated for an alumni award! My dear friend Ken submitted the nomination application, which included letters of reference from both my boss and Gail. I seriously want to frame it.

An article I loved was When It’s Cool to Have Nothing over at The New York Times. Personally, I see minimalism as sort of a stand against consumerism and a search for simpler living, but the article (and Jezebel’s article linked in it) makes some good points. Give it a read.

The best money I spent was $180.83 on my passport renewal + new pictures for it. Worth every penny. I was also gifted a copy of David Cain’s new book, You Are Here: A Modern Person’s Guide to Living in the Present, which I started reading last night and am loving so far.

My plans this weekend include going to see The Minimalists Everything That Remains Tour at the Vancouver Public Library with my friend Kasey tonight (free), hanging out with a girlfriend and her two kids tomorrow (free), going to Food Cart Fest downtown with a couple friends on Sunday (~$15), and having brunch and dinner with friends on Monday (~$40)! Long weekends were meant to be enjoyed, and I want to soak up every last minute in Vancouver that I can – especially with this beautiful weather!

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

  • Jordann August 1, 2014 at 5:05 am

    It sounds like you have a great weekend planned. I’m taking some much needed down time. Plans this weekend include a run, a long bike ride, going to the market and a niece’s birth day party. Perfectly low key.

    • Cait Flanders August 1, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      Sounds like a really nice weekend. I just added an early morning hike (prob 2.5 hours) tomorrow to my plans, which will round out some of the eating I’m doing this weekend. :)

  • Will L August 1, 2014 at 5:38 am

    Are you going to do a review of the book once finished? I love these types of reads and haven’t read that one!

    Also, the ice cream looks so delicious. It’s breakfast right now but I still wants it!!!

    • Cait Flanders August 1, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      Oh, I will absolutely review David’s book. Actually, it’s already inspired a few post ideas, so I’m sure I’ll be referencing it more than once!

  • Kate@GoodnightDebt August 1, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Frame it! That’s a great honor! Fingers crossed you win!
    Most of my week was spent on my first business trip to my favorite city. It was exciting to make strides professionally in a city that refreshes my soul. This weekend I’m cleaning/organizing/purging my apartment (inspired by you!) and headed to the horse track tonight! Busy Busy!

    • Cait Flanders August 1, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      Thanks, Kate! Yes, sounds like a busy weekend, but productive which is great!

  • Addison @ Cashville Skyline August 1, 2014 at 8:16 am

    That’s nice to hear that things are going so well for you! Congratulations on the alumni award nomination. I agree that weekends are meant to be enjoyed. I’ve spent so many weekends working over the past few years that I’ve missed some important hanging with friends time – no more! :)

    • Cait Flanders August 1, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      Glad to hear it, Addison. :)

  • Money Pincher August 1, 2014 at 8:45 am

    It’s really nice here in Vancouver eh? I am heading up to Manning Park this weekend! There is thundershowers forecast for this weekend up there :( Hope the weather will work out though!

    Looking at your ice-cream cone reminds of Earnst Ice-cream on Fraser. If you have a chance, you gotta go there and try their ice-cream (Whisky Hazelnut and London Fog is my absolute favourite!)

    • Cait Flanders August 1, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      Ooo, thanks for the reco! I may not be able to go there until the fall, but will definitely keep it in mind!

  • Nadia August 1, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Way to go Cait! That one heck of an honor!

    My weekend went from having Sunday and Monday off to having to work on Sunday. I’m glad for the extra hours but not impressed for the short notice. But that’s a long story and I’m not going to whine about it.

    Best money I spent was on getting more of my sea salt scrub. It’s my last indulgence. I’m going to try for a no spend August (aside from my $50 per paycheque). Coming out of my most recent $50 will be more deodorant and getting some shorts dry cleaned.

    • Cait Flanders August 1, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever had anything dry cleaned before, haha. Is that weird!?

      Sorry about the short notice on having to work! That sucks. :(

  • Cari August 1, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Sounds like a good week! You certainly live in a beautiful area. I’ve never been to Canada (and I live close!) but I hope to someday!

    After some painful dental work this morning, I start a nine day vacation tomorrow and can’t wait!!! I just want to relax, regroup and recharge.

    • Cait Flanders August 1, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      Ahhh, sounds amazing, Cari! I have 6 days off (over a weekend) later in August and am so looking forward to it.

  • Tonya@Budget and the Beach August 1, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Can’t wait to hear about your travel plans! After this past weekend going to Long Beach, I realize more and more that traveling for work would be a nightmare for me. I got a cold I’m assuming because I was run down, although in a fun way, you know? I don’t think my body is equipped for that. lol! Congrats on the nomination, and that book you’re reading sounds really interesting…something I’d like to check out!

    • Cait Flanders August 1, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      Yea, I’ve gotten sick a few times after travelling for work, but I usually blame recycled air on planes! The good thing is most of my upcoming trips AREN’T for work… almost all play. :)

      I’m only 20 pages into the book but I think you’d LOVE it, Tonya. I can’t wait to get home later and read more.

  • kelly August 1, 2014 at 10:38 am

    sounds like a great weekend. I have several books myself that I keep thinking one day Ill sit down and read and I have decided its now or never so I’ve started one fun book last night..City of Lost Souls, by Cassandra Clare..its actually part of the series I had bought my daughter..and looked interesting.
    Also we have all the fun stuff dr visits…dentist eye dr before school starts…NEXT WEEK…so it should be a fun filled accomplished weekend

    • Cait Flanders August 1, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      Aww. Yes, always good to take care of stuff like that before school starts! Hope you enjoy the book this weekend, Kelly. :)

  • J. Money August 1, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I want to go with you tonight!!! So cool!!!!

    • Cait Flanders August 1, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      I can’t lie, it was pretty cool!

  • Rob August 1, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Congratulations Cait on your alumni award nomination. You certainly deserve it!

    My week’s been busy (following the way of previous weeks) – well into my summer project of painting all the rooms in our house. A slow process but slow and steady progress.

    This weekend I’m taking a break and have been “volunteered” to drive over to our daughter’s house to mind her kids while she and her hubby participate in a weekend golf tournament. Hopefully the weather cooperates and they do well.

    Enjoy your long weekend with friends.

    • Cait Flanders August 1, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      Thanks, Rob! Sounds like you’ll have a nice time with your grandkids. Do you think you’ll finish painting every room this summer?

      • Rob August 2, 2014 at 3:17 am

        Well Cait, at the schedule that I’ve set for myself, I figure that I should wrap things up by early next month.

  • Kassandra August 1, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Oh wow congrats on the alumni nomination! Nice to hear that life is going well for you :)
    The DH and I were debating on what to do this week-end since we’re both home. This rarely happens during the summer months. We thought about driving to Boston but all the good AirBnB’s are booked solid through September.

    If the weather cooperates, we may either visit Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty or the 9/11 Memorial.

    Your weekend sounds like fun so enjoy!

    • Cait Flanders August 1, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      Thanks, Kassandra! Hope you enjoy your weekend too :)

  • Eva August 3, 2014 at 9:13 am

    I’m so impressed with your decluttering project and I enjoyed reading about your progress! You’ve actually inspired me to declutter a little myself. I mean, I went through a similar process last year where I got rid of soooo many things! But things started to pile up again so last weekend I got rid of more stuff and it feels so great! I’ve decided that if a new item enters my house one of the old things should go, this is the only way to keep the balance!

    Anyway, your weekend plans sound great! Enjoy it and I can’t wait to read about your travel plans for the upcoming months! :P

  • Lisa E. @ Lisa vs. the Loans August 7, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I would love to see the Minimalist’s show! Have fun!