Hi friends!*insert waving emoji here* Lately, I’ve been tending to think in emoji. Like if I was texting you all right now, what emoji would I use? Anybody else have that problem? Please tell me yes so I don’t feel like I’m crazy, ha! Maybe that’s a sign I should start using my phone less…or perhaps just the emojis! Wowza, it’s been a busy few weeks. I can’t believe it’s already the second week into July! I used to think summer flew by fast when I was in school, those few short months never seeming to last as long as they should. It seems like time has sped up since then! I don’t know about ya’ll but I’ve had so many events and things going on this summer not to mention traveling home to visit my boyfriend/family/friends! It seemed like just yesterday was cold, dark winter where I was endlessly dreaming of the warm summer months. Now, POOF, they’re finally here and almost half way over! Oh, and we’re only 24 weeks away from Christmas. You’re welcome.
Now I promise I’m not here to make you depressed about cold weather and Christmas fast approaching, I’m here to update you on my life and what I’ve been doing this past week! I’m sure many of you celebrated the 4th of July in true American fashion; at a BBQ, perhaps some alcohol, grilling, swimming and fireworks meanwhile being bedazzled in everything red, white and blue. Or perhaps wearing one of these killer tshirts. I, however, did not join in on these festivities this year. My boyfriend and I had the opportunity to visit his family’s cabin in Ontario, Canada and we seized the chance to unplug and relax. We had been trying to plan a weekend to go sometime this summer but either it was booked by other family members or we just didn’t have the time. After a last minute change, the cabin was open and I didn’t have to think two seconds before I responded that yes, we should definitely go. Call it un-American but I don’t regret it for a second! I left Cincinnati Wednesday after work, got to Cleveland by 6PM and we were on our way! The drive was long and I was definitely cranky from lack of sleep but waking up in Canada Thursday morning was well worth it! The goal of the trip? Unplug and relax!
When we got there Wednesday night (around 1AM) and stepped out onto the dock, all I kept thinking was holy crap, it’s so quiet here. No traffic noises, no music, no loud neighbors, just the buzzing in my own ears. Since there is no cell service nor did either of us want to pay any excessive charges, we both turned our phones off for the trip as well. As much as I love chatting with friends daily and flipping through social media, it was so nice to not be attached to my phone. So unattached, that I forgot to take a million photos like I had wanted to. There’s always next time though. The cabin is about a 30-40 minute drive to town and literally located back in the woods. Had I been driving, I would have been lost! Since it’s a hike to get into town, we made sure to get everything we needed Thursday. He brought some ground venison and Lake Erie walleye so we picked up some veggies, fruit, banana boat provisions and a few things from the local farmers market and continued our adventure. I kept hearing rave reviews about a local bakery that Z promised would be amazing so needless to say, we picked that up too.
This definitely isn’t Paleo! Did I care? No — it’s important to enjoy your surroundings and indulge every once in a while (obviously, if it doesn’t make you sick). Everything we tried was seriously amazing and I would eat again in a heartbeat. Just not as an everyday indulgence. Although I did joke that we should move here and I work there.
Next, we checked out the Muskoka fire tower. While it was a bit chilly, and a little scary to walk up, the view was amazing. Again, I wish I had taken more pictures!
Since we live in different cities, we don’t normally get this much uninterrupted time together. This trip was the perfect escape that both of us needed. We laid out in the sun, took walks through the woods (got a zillion bug bites..), read books, kayaked, swam in the lake (well he swam, I jumped in, once), played countless games of yahtzee, gin and Scattergories, and he taught me how to fish! For not fishing since I was a little kid, I’d say I did pretty well. *insert sunglasses smiley emoji here*
Sunday morning we got up early and reluctantly packed our stuff. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t tearing up as we stood on the dock for the final time. It was definitely one of the best vacations I’ve had in a long time and one of the first chances I’ve had to completely unplug and relax in a while. Sadly, Monday morning reality hit me like a ton of bricks. I had decided to drive straight to work from Cleveland, which meant leaving at 4am. This meant, going to the gym right after work, coaching after my workout and not getting home until around 8:45PM. Needless to say, it was a long day! But like I said earlier, I don’t regret this trip for a second! Hope you all had a lovely 4th of July and an easy week back from the long weekend!