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!