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GETTING ON TRACK

I can’t believe how fast time has flown by.  The summer is almost over and fall weather will be setting in soon…hopefully not too soon even though I love the fall.

I know the summer is coming to a close when the CNE is on.  And, like last year I’ll be going again this year.  If it weren’t for my nephews, I don’t think I would be going at all.  But, I know I’ll have fun….eating my way around the Ex, buying useless things (hopefully not too many of them this year).  And, losing to all the games along the way.  My favourite game at the Ex is the Fishing Game where you have this fishing rod with a magnet at the end and you put it into the water attempting to gather as many chips as possible that will reveal the prize you get.  My other favourite game is hitting the gophers back into their hole…great way to take out your aggression, beating the crap out of gopher heads.  Ahhhh…good times.

The past few months have been a roller coaster for me.  I’m only now getting more focused on where I need to be.  My condo should be ready to be put on the market in a few months.  I still have some work I need to do, i.e. cleaning, and the garbage strike of 6 weeks was no help.  Moving is stressful, for me at least.  And, this time I refuse to be rushed – the last time I moved, across the country, it was not pretty.  And, I only had 2 months to get it together – meaning, sell my place, pack everything and move.  Its not something I want to repeat.

Anyways, I’m looking forward to the weekend and enjoying some time with my nephews.  Even though most of the summer has been crazy, I’m starting to feel more focused and determined.

A DAY AT THE EX

My favourite purchase at the Ex….well, it was practically my only purchase other than an olive tapenade.  And, I actually didn’t buy this bag, my brother bought it for me.  Its from a Fair Trade vendor at the Ex.  They had all these interesting bags there but I liked this one the best because, well, cause it says “S.N.U.B.” on it.  I saw a few other bags that I liked at other stalls, but they were so overpriced.  I was not willing to pay $60 on a bag that was just fabric.  So, why not a bag that’s good for the environment and has a catchy phrase and is only $4.99?

The Ex was a bit nicer this year than last year.  There seemed to be more rides this year.  Last year it was all about the vendors and buying stuff.  It was much better this year around.  The weather was fabulous too.  It wasn’t too hot and it wasn’t too cool.  Just about right and it was sunny, which was nice for a change.  We’ve had so much rain recently it’s been crazy.

I tried not to eat my way around the Ex, but it was hard.  I started off with some Tiny Tom donuts, seriously, I’ve blogged about this before, but you cannot go to the Ex without having these damn donuts.  Its not a visit unless you partake in some.  Then we went to lunch and I wasn’t too bad, but I had an ice cream cone afterwards.  I love soft serve ice cream.  I love ice cream, period.  Anyways, other than that I didn’t have any other bad snacks, so not too bad considering last year I almost ate my way around the Ex.

My favourite game at the Ex is the fishing game, where you have this rod and a magnet at the end of the rod.  Your mission is to catch the fish with your magnet and when you do you get a prize.  I like the games where you always get a prize.  I think I spent about $40 on the boys doing those various types of games, but it was just so nice to see a big, happy, excited smile on their faces when they won stuff.

I may be too old to go on the rides, but I’m never too old to go to the Ex.  Always brings back great memories.  😛