Life lately has been fairly non-exciting. Aside from work, a few social events and the holiday craziness, Evan and I have been laying low since about November. And I can’t lie, it’s been amazing. I’ve been loving this winter and it’s because I’ve barely done anything! Back in the summer when it was busy every weekend (with fun events!) I was fantasizing about a winter weekend at home with no plans, so I’ve been remembering that feeling and making sure to appreciate every minute of the low key life.
It’s only February and ALREADY every weekend this summer is almost booked (with fun events!) and I know that, once again, in a few months I’ll be looking forward to a winter weekend in with no plans, so I am making sure I don’t take it for granted.
Anyway, this weekend we actually had nice winter weather and I got out and did stuff. It was a long weekend here and we had some fun activities on the agenda. Which means…….I HAVE THINGS TO WRITE ABOUT!
On Saturday we celebrated my friend Sherrie’s birthday, so we kicked that off with some tubing action at Lakeridge, our friendly neighbourhood ski resort (where my friends and I learned to ski back when we were kids, oh the memories).
What a birthday babe. We did this four years ago for Sherrie’s birthday as well and had a total blast!
If you’re new to tubing (this was only my second time ever) you are pulled up to the top of the hill, and then you ride your tube down with up to six fellow tubers at a time. They’ve changed things up slightly with the tubing though–last time the lanes were bigger so you could go down in a circle up to a group of six, and this time the lanes were more narrow so while you could still go down in a group it was a single file one. I think the first method was slightly more fun because you could see everyone’s hilarious panicked faces and the fear in their eyes, but I will say that this way got people down the hill more quickly so the lineup moved faster. So that’s a win. You still move surprisingly fast down that hill and it still caught me off guard and I could do nothing but scream my face off the entire time. Intense.
We were there for a few hours and it was good times all around!
After the tubing party we headed to Sherrie’s, ordered pizza, made wings, ate all the trashy snacks, and hung out in our leisure attire. It was so wonderful. Much different than the tubing after-party last time, which included The Corral (a local country bar), but we are four years older and therefore wiser and no one wanted to pay for that decision for the next two days. We made the right choice I think.
It’s been a while since all of us were together with our men so it was nice to just hang out and catch up! There were nearly 20 of us so it felt like a legit house party! The DGAF version.
We played some games, as we always do. Evan’s mom got me Telestrations for Christmas (the dirty version) so I brought that along and it was HILARIOUS. Clearly.
It’s basically a cross between Pictionary and broken telephone and we were absolutely dying. So so funny. I highly recommend that game. Can’t wait to bust it out again.
It was a super fun night and we headed home on the early side. I was in bed by midnight as I had big plans the next day–my friend Joanna and I headed up to Blue Mountain Resort to go skiing!
Joanna’s a snowboarder so she’s way cool, but I don’t think I cramp her style too badly. I haven’t been skiing since Lake Tahoe last year with my pal and fellow blogger (she is much more regular than me) Cely! But skiing is basically just like riding a bike. After a few runs it came right back to me. I didn’t even fall! Things got a little hairy though when we went down a double black diamond hill that was basically all ice. I felt the wheels coming off the bus but I somehow managed to hold it together.
I love Blue Mountain. I haven’t been skiing there in about 10 years and they’ve added a few runs since the last time I’ve been. They’ve also added a BeaverTails at the top of the hill!
So, that’s a dream. I wasn’t quite ready for a BeaverTail at that moment since we were about to eat lunch (I ate an entire pizza, skiing makes me hangry) but you better believe I got one in the village before leaving.
Blue Mountain is not quite the same as skiing on an actual mountain and I can’t say that it compares to Lake Tahoe, but they do have some good runs and most are a decent length. Unlike Lakeridge (where we went tubing and where I grew up skiing) where you do a few turns and the hill is over.
It had snowed up there the day before so the snow was decent, the sun was mostly out, it was around 0 degrees so the perfect temperature, and the view was gorgeous.
So just an amazing day. You could see Blue Mountain Village below, the town of Collingwood, and then the lake for miles. Gorgeous.
It was also so nice to spend the entire day with Joanna! (she was one of my bridesmaids if you remember) We have not spent that long together one-on-one in yeeeeeears, so it was so nice to just chat it up all day.
Since it was Family Day weekend it was definitely busier than usual, but we didn’t really notice until about 4pm. Luckily we were on the hill by 10am and other than a break for lunch we were skiing for all that time, so by the time it got crazy busy we were pretty much done. We waited for at least half an hour for our last chair lift, did one last hurrah run, and that’s all she wrote. I snagged my BeaverTail on our way out…
I like just the plain cinnamon and sugar BeaverTail, the other ones are so sweet they hurt my teeth!
And then we were on our way back to the city. Blue Mountain is about an hour and 45 minutes from Toronto so every time I’ve gone in the past (skiing or not) I’ve stayed for a night, but I did not mind driving up for just the day. We saved money and I didn’t feel rushed at all. Totally doable day trip.
On Monday Evan and I went to Orangetheory (possibly a mistake, my legs were pretty dead and by yesterday they were just done) and then did the usual Sunday mix of errands, getting our shit together for the week, and leisuring. I have done ZERO winter activities this year so it felt really nice to pack them all into one weekend! And just in time–we’re leaving this Saturday to go to Mexico for a week, and then hopefully by the time we get back it’ll be spring! Doubtful, but a girl can dream.