Although life in Edmonton feels very uncertain at the moment, I had the chance to escape with
a few girlfriends this past weekend.
Two-and-a-half hours away, 30 minutes west of Red Deer, Ashley’s family has
a beautiful cabin in a secluded area called James River Bridge.
After work, I drove to meet my friends, and immediately after I arrived I felt as though a weight was being lifted. I know, so cliche, but seriously! Away from work, my apartment worries and life in general, I felt as though I could really relax, and think.
The first night we curled up and watched Legend (a horrible movie with a very young Tom Cruise) and some JP3! The fire was lit and we all snuggled up on the couches, under worn-blankets and snacked on chips and dip and chocolates. It felt so good to have a girls weekend.
The second day my girlfriends took this city-slicker on an adventure: Snow Shoeing.
I know, it sounds archaic. Barley (Caitlin’s puppy) came along with the 4 of us as we trekked around our secluded spot.
Thankfully we didn’t see any wildlife — a few questionable footprints, but I think the girls were just trying to scare me when they said they looked “big and bear like”.
My thoughts on snow shoeing? Um, fun…as long as your snow-shoe stays on. Unfortunately mine kept slipping off, which became very frustrating and put a bit of a damper on the experience.
After our adventure, we ate some delicious tuna melts (YUM!) and soup, then we each found a spot on the couch and opened up our books. Well, most of us did. Ashley, very discretely, curled up under her blanket sans a book and went right to sleep.
It wasn’t too long until we all were sleeping–including Barley who was a bit tuckered-out after our 2 hour jaunt.
It was exactly what we needed. No internet, no television, no distractions. Just the wilderness, a good book, and a hot-fire to warm us up.
Things got crazy the second night: we played 5 Crowns (a card game), drank a glass of wine (whoa!), and indulged on tofu and quinoa. Then we got comfortable by the fire, and watched the last two Harry Potter movies. Told you we got crazy!
I really didn’t want to leave.
It was an amazing weekend, and it gave me a lot of time to ponder “life”. More on that next post!
Side note: I’m currently watching P.S. I love you with Ashley, and I’m getting really excited for Ireland (and the possibility of meeting my own Irish hunk).