Happiness Is…

Can I be honest with you?

Of course I can, this is my blog and I’m always honest with you. Why should that change now?

I hate these “happiness is” posts, for no other reason than I just think they’re cheesy, even if they do express all the good stuff (as they should!). I can’t help it, cliches annoy me… however tonight I’m going to write a “happiness is” post anyway, because it’s called for.

Happiness is…

1) (Let’s get this one out of the way first.) A conservative majority government in Canada. FUCK. YES. I’m so happy about this- I can’t even tell you. I knew the PC would get at least another (sigh) minority, but while I hoped for a majority, I was skeptical. Today, Canada voted right (pun intended!). Way to go! For those of you who wonder “OMG HOW could she be a conservative?!!”, let me give you a few brief reasons…

a) I live in Alberta- a conservative province whose entire economy is reliant on our energy industry which would falter under a high-tax left leaning government. Say what you will about “big oil”, but you need it too.

b) I work in said energy industry, and I like my paycheque. I work my ass off for it, and I don’t believe in handing out free rides to people who abuse the system, leaving funds unavailable for those who really need it.

c) I’ve lost a family member to violence and therefore I’ve seen first hand what this does not only to families but to communities. It’s unacceptable and Canada needs to toughen up and quit being known as the nice guy. (Sorry CH- we’re going to have to agree to disagree on this one! *breathe*)

2) I just spent 2.5 weeks on vacation.

3) I got to go to wine country.

4) I got to spend time with my BFF.

5) I got to meet Inris and TBHHH (more on this coming!)

6) I get to sleep in my own bed tonight.

7) I’m drinking Okanagan wine as I type this.

Life is good.

Adventures of Spontaneous Sarah!

What an exciting weekend I had in the Vancouver area! I have to say, I’m very proud of myself for having the courage to drive all the way out there on my own- but it turned out to be no big deal (even the snow-capped mountain in the dark was no obstacle for Spontaneous Sarah!). I had a blast, and my hosts were the best! (Thanks Christy and Ryan, you guys rock!!)

We spent our Saturday being tourists. We ventured up to North Vancouver to check out the English Properties (multi million dollar homes) which were absolutely insane. We wandered out onto the beach and we took a drive through Stanley Park. We got pictures of the Olympic rings and a lot of other really cool things.

M caught the first ferry to the main land on Sunday morning and we headed straight to Schanks (sports bar) in New Westminster. Luckily we got there when we did (8:30 am) because there was already people lined up outside and by the time they started letting us in at 10:00 the line up reached all the way around the building (pictures don’t do it justice). We were the first to be let in so we had an awesome table in front of the big screen- it was like we were at the game. The bar was crazy but everyone remained really friendly and in good spirits- and how about that game!! Christy kept telling me how nervous she was and I kept shushing her, telling her that they’d come out guns a’ blazing- and they DID! My heart sunk a little when the USA tied it up in the last 30 seconds- but when Sidney Crosby (assisted by my home boy Jerome Iginla) scored the overtime goal to take the win- I jumped right up out of my seat! We screamed, we laughed, we cried, and then my favorite part- we sang the national anthem. What a proud moment for hockey loving Canadians. I won’t ever forget it.

All in all, Vancouver 2010 was a great trip. I left home questioning my sanity, but I returned with a smile on my face. I love my life.

A Hockey Prayer

Our Father, who art in Canada Hockey Place, hockey be thy name. Thy will be done, gold to be won, on ice as well as in the stands.

Give us this day our hockey sticks and forgive us our penalties, as we forgive those who cross-check against us.

Lead us not into elimination but deliver us to victory.

In the name of the fans, Canada, and the holy puck.