vacation

Clean Getaway

Derek and I have been looking around to invest in a vacation retreat. Something modest to match our budget. A little place near water we can spruce up and customize. Our summer home when we’re ready to become snowbirds. We’re looking everywhere – from other provinces to other countries. Nothing is off the table. If you’ve explored the cottage areas of Ontario and you don’t have a million dollars to spend, you know how difficult it is to find something affordable close to home. …

Family Matters

The idea was to create a bunch of little events throughout the year because it’s a milestone birthday-year for Derek. It began with the trip to Iceland. And I haven’t thought of how it will end, yet. (I’m open to ideas!) But here in the middle, his daughter was going to come from Nova Scotia for a surprise visit.  …

A Frickin’ Lion Safari

It was purely coincidental that I had just been to see some majestic lions and other beautiful African creatures when Cecil the lion was brutally killed by the most hated dentist in the world. I joined my Little Sister Tabitha, her partner Nick and their son – my grandson – Ryker, on a beautiful sunny day at African Lion Safari.  …

A Little Getaway

I had a great week off. I went to Paris…Ontario… and met my oldest (as in goes the furthest back in time) friend for lunch. I did what I wanted when I wanted and even snagged a couple of easy-peasy voice jobs that didn’t even feel like work.  And a trip north to Kearney turned into a retirement party for a friend of 25 years who was just let go from her radio job. It’s not always a bad thing. She’s so happy it actually makes me a little bit envious!   …

Brandt’s Randt – Vacation Envy

From a colleague’s complaints about having to pack to an acquaintance’s whines about missing one afternoon of sunshine out of seven, I’ve had it with vacationers who have negative stories to tell about getting away from this horrible winter.  Please tell me you had a great time, show me photos, give me highlights but don’t you dare bitch about it! …

Brandt’s Randt – Go Ahead, Take a Winter Getaway, But…

This week’s randt appears to have touched a lot of nerves.  Thanks to Facebook, it’s now possible to make all of your friends feel bad at once because they can’t get away to sun and surf during the deep, dark days of winter!  But it’s the way those photos and status updates are presented that determines what the response will be. …