TGIF: Hello from Edmonton!

August 22, 2014


Hello, friends! I’m going to keep this post short and sweet, because it’s 11:30pm and I can barely keep my eyes open. As I think most of you know, Mom, Baby Bro and I drove from Vancouver to Edmonton this week. The drive is a little over 1,100 km (nearly 700 miles), which takes about 13 hours, because half of it is going through this little hilly area known as the Rocky Mountains! Even though I’m from BC, see mountains everywhere and have flown over the Rockies many times before, driving around them was an experience I’ll never forget. We often take these things for granted here, but I was seriously humbled by their size and beauty.

Anyway, we’ve just been hanging out in Edmonton since Wednesday evening – doing some last-minute shopping for Baby Bro, touring the university, etc. It’s nice to see where he’s going to live for the next 4-5 years… or, probably forever, since he’s studying petroleum engineering! I’m also extremely grateful I was able to take a few days off work for this trip, as it unfortunately began the day after receiving some sad news. If I wasn’t here right now, I would probably be home alone still in a puddle of tears. Instead, I’m surrounded by family, which is all I could ask for. Baby Sis flew in and joined us yesterday, so we’re all here except for Dad… and it’s his birthday today! Happy Birthday, Dad! We miss you!

I have to add the low of my week back to this post, because I got the news that a friend of mine passed away on Monday night. He had one of the biggest smiles I’ve ever seen, the deepest laughs I’ve ever heard and a crazy sense of humour. If you see a star shine a little brighter this weekend, say hi to him up there.

The highs of my week were teaming up with Sarah on a new project, driving across BC and seeing just how beautiful our province really is, and finally watching my old pension get transferred into my RRSPs!

A blog post I loved was 12 Month Goals and Workaholism. I’m scared to track how many hours I work (including on this blog) each week, but I probably should…

The best money I spent was $30 at Rostizado last night. It just opened last week, so I met three friends from Royal Roads there for dinner. We split the bass ceviche (if you like citrus, you must eat this dish), I had a cemita for dinner and we split an order of churros for dessert. Everything was deeelicious!

My plans this weekend include having lunch with Mikhaila (and Lemons!) today, having coffee/macarons with Cassie tomorrow, hanging out with the family and then moving Baby Bro into his dorm on Sunday. Then we’re leaving first thing Monday morning, driving 13+ hours to my place, and crashing there for the night before I fly to Toronto on Tuesday morning. Good thing I can sleep on planes!

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

  • Rob August 22, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Ah yes, Edmonton! My sis and her family used to live there before moving to Calgary. Great part of the country but, based on her reports, I’ll pass on the cold winter months there! :-)

    Happy to see Cait that you and your family have been enjoying yourselves there. Getting your bro all set up for uni brings back memories for us when we helped our 2 kids move into residence on their first days of university – at Queens (Kingston) and McMaster (Hamilton). All I know is the time sure flew by quickly until they both finally finished and graduated.

    As for my week – what else but more inside house painting, lawn mowing and (oh yes) helping my neighbour buddy with additional painting over at our church – my way of increasing my odds of getting to heaven one day perhaps! :-)

    This weekend: grocery shopping (making my list now – anything ya need?) and going out with wifey and MIL to go play bingo (be still my heart!)

    • Cait Flanders August 22, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      Haha, yea I don’t plan on visiting Ben in the winter… he can come home for a little west coast rain/paradise!

      Sounds like a productive week! Hope you enjoy your weekend. And yes, I need some fruit, please! Travelling doesn’t include enough of that. ;)

  • Tonya@Budget and the Beach August 22, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Sorry about your bad news. :( What University is your baby bro going to? I’ve been following your pics on FB all week and it they are stunning. Made me miss the mountains and the clean, fresh air. OK we have one of those things. :) But the Rockies are totally different. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

    • Cait Flanders August 22, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      Thanks, Tonya. He’s going to the University of Alberta. There are no mountains around here (just en route). Come visit me in Vancouver sometime. :)

  • Will - First Quarter Finance August 22, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Oh, what’s your trick to sleeping on planes??

    • Cait Flanders August 22, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      I don’t really have one… I just close my eyes! It’s magic. :P

  • Alysha August 22, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Happy to see that you’re enjoying your time in my fair city (sorry for the chilly weather)! Jealous that you’ve only been here for a couple of days and have beaten me to Rostizado, I’ve heard so many great things about it and I can’t wait to go there myself!

    Be sure to check out the Fringe Festival while you’re in town – it’s one of the best in the world!

    Have a super fun time here in Edmonton!

    • Cait Flanders August 22, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      I’m actually totally ok w/ the cold weather! It’s a nice change from the hot weather we’ve had in Vancouver all summer. (I know I shouldn’t complain, but I’m ready for fall.)

      Go to Rostizado ASAP! I also went to Tres Carnales tonight… deeelish.

  • Trista August 22, 2014 at 7:54 am

    I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your friend.

    It must have been awesome to drive through the Rocky Mountains. Last year I got to drive through the mountain range on the west coast of NL for the first time as a child. It was pretty cool.

    This weekend I’m working my part time job and catching up on some cleaning. A friend is coming over for a movie tonight. I’m also hope my full time job will approve some overtime as I’m completely swamped. I’ve been doing all the work from my old job and my new job (14 hours of work and 7 hour days. There’s a huge back log that needs to be cleared). There’s just not enough hours in the day and I have vacation very soon. Only 9 working days left. My old boss has been very hard to get a hold of through this whole process. I’m starting to feel very disrespected. But there’s not much I can really do about it.

    • Cait Flanders August 22, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      Thanks, Trista. I hope you have a good weekend / better week next week!

  • Leanne August 22, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Sorry to hear about your friend Cait. Enjoy the time with your family xx

    • Cait Flanders August 22, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      Thanks, Leanne. xo

  • Nadia August 22, 2014 at 8:18 am

    *hugs for your loss* Glad you’re enjoying E-town! I love it here despite the crazy weather. Next time you’re here I’d love to take you for coffee or tea!

    This week has been all over the place. Got a raise and benefits which is good. I’ll need it to pay for my glasses ($833). I was expecting it to only be about $600 but because I needed special lenses it was more. I looked into trying Clearly Contacts but they can’t do the lenses I need. Hoping my benefits cover some of my glasses. I haven’t gotten all of the info yet.

    • Cait Flanders August 22, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      Thanks, Nadia! And yes, I’d love that too! I also hope your benefits cover at least a portion of your new glasses… that’d be nice, eh? Hope you have a good weekend.

  • Dayle August 22, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Hello Cait… very sorry about the loss of your friend, may he rest in peace.

    This week was pretty good, short work week… I was off Monday, and then Wednesday won tickets for the Zac Brown Band concert last night. I knew it would be late so I took today off as well. I also won tickets for the ex earlier this week which is awesome because we are going on the long wknd so they will come in handy and save us some cash!

    Got some kinda good/bad news recently too. Bf is going on a 4 month training program at work… big raise for him at the end and a job he really wanted… BUT – it starts next Tuesday, so this girl is going to Boston solo :( ….There’s no other way. Price is too outrageous to transfer his flight to someone else, so I’m just going to make the best of it. To be honest I am encouraged by your solo trip to San Fran… so I am looking forward to it!

    This weekend bf is on nights… his last nights until 2015 due to the training. He’ll be working M-F days and having every weekend off. I think it will be a nice change for us both. So this weekend I’m cleaning my house today. It needs to be done so badly! Tomorrow I’m doing a “run or dye” 5K race with my sister, working Sunday morning, and getting myself to the gym (I’ve been slacking) and maybe cooking up a big batch of pasta sauce to freeze.

    Have a safe trip back home and to TO! See you soon!!

    • Cait Flanders August 22, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks, Dayle.

      Bummer about the four-month training program, but solo travel is sooo liberating. You can do whatever you want, whenever you want. I think you’ll have an amazing time!

      Enjoy the 5K! See you soon, friend. :)

  • Donna August 24, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Welcome to Edmonton, Cait. My husband and I both graduated from U of A many years ago. Currently, 3 of our 6 children attend there. Awesome university!

    • Cait Flanders August 25, 2014 at 10:39 pm

      Wow, that’s awesome, Donna! My brother is the first in our family to go, but if he ever has smart kids, I guess there’s always a chance more Flanders could end up there one day. ;)

  • Savannah August 25, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Cait! Rostizado sounds delish! Tres Carnales is the original and it’s amazing!
    Hope you were going to Duchess for macarons.

    • Cait Flanders August 25, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      It was delicious! As was Tres, which we went to on Friday night! And YES, I went to Duchess! Sounds like I went to all the right restaurants this trip. :)