Sunday, August 09, 2009

making lemonade

What an interestingly spontaneous week.
First of all, big daddy had an entire week of work cancelled last minute.
Which usually is not something to be too happy about- but seeing as we didn't book any time off all summer and he's been swamped up until now, we were kind of relieved and a bit excited to be forced to take a week "off".
Ah the joys of being self employed.
Also with all the rain we seem to be having each weekend, a few days off mid week to enjoy some time on the water sounded ideal.
First stop Center Island.
Now that the strike is over Lulu couldn't wait to hit a few rides at the park.
But en route, big daddy aka the skipper-suspected some engine trouble.
Add in some super strong winds, large waves (one of which completely soaked me which has never happened before) and barely any other boats on the water, and I was one anxious momma.
A three hour tour.....
I had images of the professor & Maryanne flashing before my eyes.
Damn I should have packed those coconuts and my trusty tool box- come to think about it, I should have worn a sequined gown.
That Ginger really thought ahead.
Anyhow we decided to head to Ontario Place instead as we were closer, and just as we docked -the engine died.
So much for a brand new-hassle free boat.
Glad we got the extended 5 year warranty.

anyhoo- we decided to take Lulu on some rides at Ontario Place seeing as we were kind of stranded there- and the lovely staff at the marina didn't even charge us the $60 admission fee.
Plus they towed our boat for free to the nearest slip.
I have to say though that the park is pretty lame for 4 year olds-(and 38 year olds for that matter)
There were only a few rides that Lulu was tall enough to go on- which was a bit disappointing.
Then again it could have just been our state of mind- either way, after a few rides we cabbed it back to our marina and called it a day.

Unfortunately the boat is now out of the water and having an entire engine overhaul.
It could be a few weeks before it's back in the water.
In the meantime what do we do?
how do we salvage our "summer holiday"?
So we decide to call here and as luck should have it-we got the very last room that they had available.
Bonus it happens to be a lake front room with a spectacular view.
Things are looking up!
So we jump in the car and book it up north for a last minute get away.

And can I just say how happy I was to get away?
it was so great.
relaxing, fun and nice to just have a change of scenery.

I already mentioned fun right?

Oh and best of all is that I had a vacation from being the usual galley slave.
No cooking, no cleaning- I could get used to this.

Lunch- accompanied by a few very cold coronas.

Dinner- accompanied by a very delicious Merlot.

hmmm...I say screw the boat, let's just go to resorts every summer....

But seriously, sometimes things don't always work out the way you planned but like big daddy kept saying all weekend- when life gives you a lemon- you gotta make lemonade.
That we did.


kgirl said...

What fun! I was there for a girls' weekend before I got married - it was still called muskoka sands, and it was awesome.

amanda said...

What a great little get away! The food looked amazing... that's my favorite part about vacation ;)

Karen MEG said...

A little bit of the city, and a little bit of cottage country... sounds like a perfect summer getaway! There is definitely something to be said about resort vacationing... sigh.

Cute little dress on the girlie - we have the same one but for some reason G won't wear it. I wish it were bigger so I could get into it ;).

Mac and Cheese said...

Sounds perfect. We just got back from a week away with the two kids and the two dogs, and I don't think we're as well rested as you are. Colour me green.

b*babbler said...

That looks absolutely fantastic. Perhaps I'll have to talk Mr. B into a trip next summer.