Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Thanksgiving and Octoberfest

I think Fall is my favorite season up here so far. This past weekend was near perfect! A three day weekend for Thanksgiving and it could not have been more perfect, in many ways.

Our weekend really started Thursday night. We finally went to dinner with another couple from Houston. They moved up here one year before we did and it was so nice to find out that many of the things we struggle with are the same things they are dealing with. Glad to know we are not alone. It is a challenge to live with one foot in one country and the other foot in another country. Especially with college students in the states. Things like health insurance, car insurance, licenses, dentists, mailing addresses to name a few always pose questions and no real answers. It was reassuring to find out that they were handling these issues very similar to the way we are, and still not completely satisfied with the situations yet. Live and learn. Anyway, dinner was lovely as was the company.

Friday I had another small world situation. I had washed the comforter on my bed and decided to take it to the Laundromat to dry it in one of the huge dryers. I was walking down Lakeshore drive to the laundry carrying my wet comforter when who should I run into but Linda and Hugh, walking my way. It was too funny and then we ended up going to dinner that night with them. Did I say how beautiful the weather was for the weekend? No? Well, it was the quintessential fall day, clear skies, orange and red leaves everywhere and temps in the high 60's and low 70's! Absolutely perfect.

Saturday was spent in the yard mowing (the grass seems to grow at warp speed in the fall) , raking and general yard cleaning. TJ and I took a long bike ride and then we grilled steaks for dinner. OH, and watched college football. Bummer, LSU and Notre Dame lost. Friends came over to help us drown our sorrows during the LSU game too.

Sunday we celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving at my cousin's house. Full dinner with turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings. We have much to be thankful for, the welcoming cousins, the perfect weekend and good health (finally).

Monday was the holiday and we decide to drive up to Kitchener for Oktoberfest. TJ decided to ride his bike up there, a mere 3 hour ride, uphill all the way. I drove up and met him and went to our friends house in Kitchener. We headed to the Oktoberfest and managed to put away 3 pitchers of beer and some brats and schnitzel. Lots of music and dancing in the tent too. I think it was just what TJ was hoping for. I think this Oktoberfest is one of the biggest outside of Munich. It was great fun. The drive home was quiet, TJ was recovering from the long ride and carbo loading after the ride.

Back to life today. I guess Christmas will be here before I know it so I really need to get cracking on the home organizing and decorating. Fun!

Here are some pics from the weekend. Enjoy!

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