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.

Amen!

I Survived V-Day, Just Long Enough to Hear You Bash my Country

Good news bloggers: I made it through Valentine’s Day without getting insanely depressed and slitting my wrists. Whoo hoo! Actually, my weekend wasn’t half bad. I spent Friday in front of the TV with a glass (okay, two glasses) of wine, cheering on Team Canada during the opening ceremonies for the Olympics. On Saturday I got together with my friend EB for a little shopping. We checked out this great little store that my Twitter friend had recommended. I bought some great new glassware on sale (you should see the size of the wine glasses!). During our little visit, I made a point of telling EB that after all the things her friends have done for her in the last year, I would be really disappointed if she didn’t go to the coast with me over Easter to see M for her birthday. After all, M’s best friend just died. She needs us. I spent Saturday evening having dinner and watching funny YouTube commercials with the Italian and since he blew me off on Sunday when we were supposed to go for a drive out-of-town, I spent the day shopping for new curtains and lamps with my Mom instead. Yesterday was a long weekend for some provinces in Canada so I lounged around the house and did a little redecorating while my Mom hemmed my new curtains.  Nothing like putting your parents to good use.

I’m sure you’ve figured out by now (with my new blog header and all) that I’m a little bit excited for the Olympic Men’s Hockey. Tonight I’m skipping out of work a bit early to make it home for the start of our first game. Gooooo Canada!! I really hope we take Gold this year. Anything else just won’t be good enough when it comes to hockey. I honestly don’t even care about the rest.

Speaking of Olympics- what’s with the hate on for Canada right now? Accidents happen people. They happen here, they happen there. We do our best to be cautious and proactive but shit still happens, and it’s always going to- that’s just a fact of life. Have we become so irrational that we’ve forgotten that? I’m growing so sick of hearing people bash Canada this week. Seriously, shut the fuck up.