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I’m Back (Again)!

August 12, 2014

Just got back from four days at a cottage up in the Haliburton Highlands, right near Algonquin. Our cottage was remote enough that we had no cell service but close enough to a small town that we could  rejoin civilization in about a ten minute drive.  It was perfect.  There’s nothing like being forced to unplug for a few days because no matter how often you say you won’t check your phone or the internet, you know you will given the opportunity.

So how did we fill our days without electronics? 

I woke up every morning, had en entire French press of coffee and read for an hour in blissful silence. After I was fully caffeinated (and then some) I’d throw on my running stuff and run beside the lake, up a few hills and into (and through) that small town and back again. There was a hike to High Falls in Algonquin, a whole lot of swimming, more reading, an agricultural fair on Saturday, bonfires and roasted marshmallows and many bbqs.  The girls ran pretty wild and it was great to be able to give them freedom to be more independent than they’re able to be in downtown Toronto.

We got back late Sunday evening and I was up and at work first thing Monday. Ian meanwhile has taken the girls and Riley camping for the next few days which means I have our new apartment all to myself. It’s definitely an adjustment be in such a big space after living in my little place for so long.  It feels kind of empty without anyone else there but I also loved the downtime last night. Binge watched a few episodes of Fringe and went to bed at 9:00 just so I could stretch out our king size bed all by myself.  After sharing a double with Ian and Riley at the cottage it felt downright luxurious to have that much space! The rest of my week is going to be spent having catch up dinners with some girlfriends and lounging on the back deck. I might even have a glass of wine. I KNOW!

I can’t believe we’re in the middle of August already! Fall is right around the corner and I’m nowhere close to ready for it.  How about you? How’s your summer going?

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