My going away party was a success and the last few weeks in Calgary flew by! I took in one last Stampeders game on Canada Day and partied my cowboy boots off during the first weekend of Stampede. YEHAW!!! Thanks to those who came out and partied with me :D
I left Calgary on the morning of Tuesday July 12 and stopped in Toronto for 2 days to see my sister Marian. We went to Canada's Wonderland on Wednesday and I had a blast! I love roller-coasters and the last time I was at Wonderland was 12 years ago. The crowds weren't too bad. Our average wait time for rides was 30 mins and I was able to hit up every ride I wanted at least once. About an hour before the park was closing we headed to Dragon Fire, a ride located in one of the park's corners. When we went on it earlier in the day we only waited 5 minutes. When we got to the ride this time there was no line-up! SCORE! After the ride was over there was still no line up so we got to ride the ride 6 times in a row!!
Marian and I in front of the Behemoth
On Thursday July 14 I was scheduled to depart Pearson International Airport at 4:35pm. Everything was on schedule and I boarded the plane at the usual time. Just as I was getting settled I heard a flight attendant announce that everyone was on board and we would be departing shortly. Two minutes later I hear the Captain voice and he informs us there's a mechanical malfunction with the landing gear and the airplane needs to be taken to the hanger for repairs so we have to unload. Off we get and I take a seat near the customer service agent so I can hear what's going on. Many of the passengers on my flight are in line at the counter trying to get on other flights. I consider this option but then hear that my bags won't go with me so I change my mind since Antigonish is 2 hrs from the airport. They reschedule our flight for 7:20pm. Great, 3 hours to kill. Then I look to my right and see a familiar face, Vanessa, someone I worked with at Dakota Bar and Grill on Stephen Ave in Calgary some 4 years ago! I walk up to her and say hi. We went to grab a bite and the 3 hours flew by. The flight didn't end up leaving until 8pm, landing in Halifax at 11pm, so I didn't get back to Antigonish until about 1:30am. My first stop was the Wheel for the best Pizza you can find and it sure hit the spot!
I've been here at home in Antigonish since then. The weather has not been the summer weather I'm used to. Friday felt like fall. It was about 12 degrees and rainy. I went for a walk on the beach with my mom and I had to wear a tank top, t-shirt, sweater and raincoat just to stay warm. Saturday was rainy but the skies cleared late in the afternoon. We had Melissa's Antigonish Stagette Saturday and it was a great success. Sunday we finally had beautiful weather. Sunny skies and temperatures in the high 20s. I spent the day at the beach - the perfect Sunday
I am starting to get excited and nervous for my big adventure, but for now I'm just trying to enjoy the time I have left with my family and friends.