As previously mentioned, Chloe, Neve and I went
of the Woods on Wednesday to visit friends from Wednesday to
Thursday. Their cottage is on an island
so it was pretty fun taking a boat from the mainland. Neve didn’t think so initially; there was a
very strong wind, so the waves were huge and the boat was rocking vigourously
where it was docked. We were all getting
into the boat when Neve suddenly leaped out and ran up the stairs leading down
to the dock. My poor friend had partially
untied the boat already so she had to hold the rope with all her might while I
tried to convince Neve to get back in.
It turns out that she wasn’t scared of the boat capsizing, but that she
might get boat-sick and throw up. No one
likes throwing up, but she has an intense, passionate phobia of it. Finally she relented and after 10 seconds on
the boat, her fears dissipated.
We had an awesome time at the cottage, doing all the usual lake things like swimming and eating. I would weigh 500 lbs if I spent the whole summer at the lake. My neighbour Karen was spending the week at her cottage nearby, so she boated over for cocktail hour on Wednesday and we boated over to visit her the next day. It was so beautiful out there and even though it was only one night, I felt like I had a real holiday. I fell asleep listening to the waves lapping up on shore outside my window and woke up to a beautiful view of the cove. It was hard to go home, so we dragged it out as long as we could and got stuck in a torrential downpour on the way home, but it was Worth It.
I usually work on Thursdays, but all staff was requested to be at an all-day meeting on Friday, so I rearranged my schedule. There was some secrecy about the day, so while some people were optimistically curious, I was expecting a strategic planning session for the upcoming fiscal year. Not so. There were fresh croissants and pastries, a fruit tray and mimosas waiting for us in the lobby when we got to work. Then Dave (the big boss) announced that there were limos waiting outside to take us to
mall. The sceptic in me was still thinking it was
some kind of team-building scavenger hunt, until he started passing out gift
cards for each person to spend. I felt
like we were on Oprah: we each got a $400 gift card that we were instructed to
spend on ourselves, and then meet at Earl’s for a late lunch. When we got to the mall, customer service
presented us all with shopping bags with a couple of goodies inside and an iced
tea from David’s to sip on as we shopped.
And shop we did. I bought jeans,
two pairs of shoes, a skirt and some makeup.
I couldn’t decide what to spend the rest on, so I’ve got another shopping
trip in my future. It was such a
fantastic day; it was great fun talking about our purchases and seeing who
bought what. A couple of people bought
iPads (topped up with their own money), someone bought a small flat screen TV,
and one guy bought a wedding ring to finally replace the one he lost years ago. I’ve discovered that saying about money not
buying happiness is wrong. Some rich
person probably just made it up to make the rest of us feel better. I feel pretty happy when I'm wearing my new shoes. Polo
The limos had us back at the office around 3:00, and then we all went home to get ready for the evening festivities. Lovey’s catered a BBQ at Dave’s house followed by a campfire complete with smores and the most amazing fireworks I’ve ever seen in a private setting. The kids each got a Best Buy gift certificate as a parting gift, so everyone was pretty happy. Let’s just say there was no perusing the Careers section in the Free Press this weekend.
Right after the party, we headed to my parents’ house for the weekend. I am going to leave you all hanging in suspense and save that for another day.