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December 28, 2008

The Christmas Entry

This was the first time in three years that I've been able to spend Christmas with family and old friends. Not that the last couple of Christmases weren't amazing (see here and here), but it was pretty great to be on familiar turf again.

The first of the Xmas gatherings was at my Dad's. I don't have many photos because I was using his camera for most of the day. Hopefully I'll get the pictures from him and add them another day.

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(Me and my sisters)

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(Jennifer and Murray playing with the new Wii)

Toronto: all lit up pretty for the holidays!

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Renate invited Sue-Li, myself and a dozen other friends over for a vegan feast on Christmas Day. The food was divine.
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On Boxing Day, (up at Lake Clear) Cory set off fireworks that had children coming from far and wide to watch.

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(Mom and Auntie Connie)

The Auntie's taking turns playing with Beth...

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(Beth and Auntie Mary)

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(Beth and Auntie Connie)

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(Beth and Auntie Ruth)

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Cory and the kids on the Lake. I got out a little later, but it was way too wet and icy out there to bring the camera. At least not when you're as clumsy as me.

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December 27, 2008

A tourist in her own country (aka - A trip to Niagara Falls)

As I mentioned in my previous entry, Sue-Li has been visiting me off and on since September, but we haven't been able to do any touristy things outside of my city, so as soon as I finished my last exam we hopped onto a bus and went to Niagara Falls for a snowy overnight trip to experience one of the cheesiest natural wonders of the world.

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Our heart-shaped jacuzzi. One of the many highlights of a trip to the Falls that should not be missed. Later that night I put 5 free packets of shampoo left by the hotel and then turned on the jacuzzi. The bubbles went up so high that Sue-Li started to disappear!
It was great.

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(Gotta love it when the towels are folded into the shape of swans.)

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(The inside of the casino where I won $25!)

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See Sue-Li's photos of this event here.

December 23, 2008

And just when you thought you'd never hear from this blog again....

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(Hi! Remember me?)

Yes! The blog is still alive and kicking. (Well, maybe not kicking.) Its even got a smashing new outfit, and I'd like it to have a new name... but I haven't thought of a new name yet. Any ideas out there?

I know you haven't heard from this blog in ages and ages... and really... I have no good excuse. I just never really found the time. Now that I'm firmly back on Canadian soil, I can't really promise to become a diligent blogger again, but I do like the idea of of blogging in earnest once more. And after all, it is the thought that counts, right?

This last couple of months of my travels were non-stop busy; from working almost ever single day in July, to my Eurorail European non-stop extravaganza in August, and then tossing myself head long into full-time University in September, I've never seemed to find a minute to sit down and update the blog. I had this idea that when I moved back to Canada I'd have loads of time to share stories and update, but of course, that never seemed to be the case. So now its winter break and a perfect time to finally try and update this blog at least a little and share some photos.

As always I'm stuck with the idea of where I should begin. Perhaps the best place to begins is with with the sort of present and some pictures of my life back at home.

... starting with the flight home ...

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(The flight into Toronto. September 9th)

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(Toronto Skyline from the Docks)

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(Habourfront)

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(Toronto Skyline from the Panorama Lounge. Don't go on the weekends. They charge you $5)

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(Nuit Blanche)

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(some photos from the Chinese Lantern Festival at Ontario Place)

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(pretty cool, but not quite as cool as this.)

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This next set are from a trip up to Lake Clear on Thanksgiving. I'd really missed the Canadian autumn colours, especially the colours around the lake.

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(Bethie and I on the drive back to Toronto)

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(sunset from the streetcar)

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Of course, there has been the odd night out on the town...

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(Halloween with Charlie)

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(Out dancing with Sue-Li... who for those of you who don't know... has been visiting me off and on since I got home.)

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(The Stars)

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(and just to show that it hasn't all been good times and sight-seeing... here's a piece of a project I did for my architecture class)

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... more to come ...