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fall-pics-2006-36sm.jpgThe weekend was beautiful.  It seriously couldn't have been better for a long weekend in October.  And to celebrate, Dan and I filled it with just the right amount of busy and relax.  It involved 3 sleep-ins (7 o'clock is a sleep-in for us and I actually made it to 8 o'clock on Sunday), 2 family visits, 1 new house visit, 1 painted room and 1 set-up of a now fully decked out crib.  Dan's aunt, uncle and cousins came by on Saturday, with their pooch, to play for a few hours on Saturday afternoon.  We took advantage of the sunshine to go walking at a nearby trail with the dogs in tow, or should I say, us in tow.  They went berzerk in the woods...which also meant Humphrey spent the rest of Saturday in dreamland.  Excellent.  The walk was perfect.  We stopped to take a few pictures, do lots of chatting and catching up and then headed back home.  It was lovely to get to spend so much time outside in October and not be forced to bundle up yet. Saturday evening consisted of a visit to the Woodingtons new house (so beautiful - I don't think I could even narrow down my favourite part), more picture-taking and dinner at a Westboro Thai restaurant (delish).  If I could remember the name, I'd tell you.  I can't.  Siam something?  One of those places that looks crap-tastic on the outside, but stunning on the inside.  A hidden gem. Sunday was all about food.  My dad and brother joined Dan and I for the feast described in the last post.  We spent most of the day preparing, sneaking bites of, and enjoying the endless deliciousness.  The only addition was this sweet and sour crunchy cabbage salad that one of his aunts is famous for.  It was easily my third favourite dish at the table.  Or fourth.  Quite frankly, the only disaster was the gravy, but if you closed your eyes hard enough, you'd never know how repulsive it looked.  fall-pics-2006-40sm.jpgMonday was sans visit, very quiet and very productive.  After a long walk and photo-taking session down a previously undiscovered local trail (well, undiscovered by us, apparently everyone else and their brother knew about it...much to Humphrey's chagrin) we used the rest of the afternoon to finish painting the baby's room (me), set up the crib (Dan), test out the cutest baby bed linens ever in the crib (me - I couldn't resist), play video games (Dan), and watch Shopgirl (not bad at all). I love long weekends.  We should definitely have them more often.  
October 10, 2006 - 7:51 am

Kris - I love long weekends too. Ours sounded a lot like yours, minus the new house visit (congrats M & S!) and minus the cooking ourselves.

I caved and blog-lifed your Flickr badge idea for my blog too because I realized how long it was going to take to upload all the shots from the boat cruise and I hate waiting.

October 10, 2006 - 7:58 am

shannen - No blog-lift at all. Everyone should use Flickr. I may even give it a OAFe later this week.

October 10, 2006 - 8:12 am

Gary - The Nichols weekend was similar except for:

-No invite to the Woodington’s (you can rot in hell Woods!!)
-a walk in Gatineau on Monday instead of Barrhaven. I think the entire city was there.
-a miserable cold for me. That’s the worst. A beautiful long weekend and I’m sick for all of it but I’m healthy enough to work on Friday and Tuesday.

FYI, for anyone who thinks I may really be mad at Woods, I know that Mark knew that my parents were in town and we would turn down the invite anyway. And we were at a wedding. And I was sick.

October 10, 2006 - 10:29 am

Mark - Garold: you know what I’m thankful for? Denver scoring 13 points. shazam!

Shan: it was the Siam Bistro. so awesome.

October 10, 2006 - 1:36 pm

dan - Note to self: before setting up the crib in the living room, at least eyeball the doorway to ensure that said crib will be able to leave the living room in its constructed state.

I now have a deadline of mid-January to disassemble the crib and get it out of the living room and into the nursery …

October 10, 2006 - 2:09 pm

shannen - I chose to omit your faux pas to save you the embarrassment, but since you brought it up………Yes, we have a fully set-up crib with linens and all in our tv room. It looks lovely, it’s just that it’s in the wrong room.

Way to go, Fullerton.

P.S. I’m taking bets for how long it ends up staying there.

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