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01 Jul, 2008

It’s Canada Day

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

… and we have close to zero plans. The girls are at a day camp this week (this is their second day, and they are LOVING IT) and Mark and I are here at home, working. Bor-ing! Oh well. It brings the bacon, right?

We kind of messed up dinner plans too. Everything is closed and Mark forgot to marinate the flank steak last night. I should have planned something a little more special but totally dropped the ball on that one.

Tonight we may go to see the fireworks, but I’ve been feeling sickly of late, so I’m not sure whether I’ll be able to withstand the energy expenditure.

Our Canada Day so far? It kinda blows.

(Please tell me you’re having a better time where you are!)

9 Responses to "It’s Canada Day"

1 | a grrl with a blog

July 1st, 2008 at 12:07 pm


wish I could give you some better stuff, but as for me, I’m packing.

Mine blows more! You win!

2 | porter

July 1st, 2008 at 1:49 pm


Ours is pretty decent. Nothing too exciting but pretty nice and relaxing. We’ve hung out at home by the pool. I just came inside to check out what’s going on as far as fireworks and get some watermelon and cherries to snack on. Going to BBQ some beef tenderloin for dinner, with some roasted mini potatoes, a boston lettuce salad…we shall get some ice cream for dessert at the fireworks.
Hope you feel better….chat soon.

3 | Sharon

July 1st, 2008 at 3:49 pm


I watched the cermonies on t.v….cried when the snow birds went over. Laughed When Miranda called saying she seen then from a city bus window at Jacques Cartier Park. Smiled when she called again all excited when she seen Paul Brandt IN Person on the Hill, then I hear a deep voice saying (while she is talking to me) Mam can I check your bag…she hangs up. Calls back because her bag was checked by the cutest policeman. And says she is about to see Blue Rodeo. I’m thawing out steak and done the laundry and then we are heading up to Jacques Cartier Park to watch the fireworks and eat Icecream.
I love Canada Day.

SOrry yours blows but you know what…You can make up for it next year. Muah! Many hugs and Canadian kisses

4 | LO

July 1st, 2008 at 5:08 pm


Hey-it’s okay to have a low key Canada Day!
We did venture downtown early but only at the insistence of our very patriotic 8 year old. We lasted the usual just under 2 hours until the crowds just became too much and the drunks started staggering around. But we can check it off the list. Came back home and ran the sprinkler, cocktails and snacks on the porch and just getting ready for steak from the BBQ. Tonight will be a fire and s’mores and glow sticks and sparklers. Cross your fingers that we can talk the patriotic one out of insisting we go to the Kanata Fire Works!!!!!! April Wine is playing for crying out the door!!!!!!!
Hope you feel betta soon

5 | Alison in Ottawa

July 1st, 2008 at 5:30 pm


Well sounds similar to us… We had a nice steak defrosting and noticed when it warmed up it was hopelessly freexer burned… so we went off to Lonestar. We should have known, we fed the ducks at Mooney’s Bay this afternoon an entire freezer burned loaf of bread. I was gettting better at organizing things in the freezer for a while, but the lack of cooperation from my better half in labelling the ziplock bags as they go in makes it challenging. The rest of the day has been very low key… gardening… leaving stuff out on the front lawn for the “free garage sale” and hanging out with the 30 library books I got for the kids yesterday. So not exciting, nothing to tell people about in the office tomorrow. Oh well. It was mostly relaxing.

6 | andrea

July 2nd, 2008 at 7:06 am


Well, I have to say that we managed to turn our Canada Day around for ourselves at the last minute. We dragged our tired selves downtown at around 8:30 to watch the fireworks. This is an annual tradition in our family.

It was sooo worth it. Who wouldn’t enjoy standing around with a few thousand people watching a spectacular light show?

This, despite the smokers around us (including one CIGAR smoker, I mean c’mon!) and a beefy guy who was watching (or transmitting?) the whole thing on his cellphone … it was a great night for us all.

7 | smothermother

July 2nd, 2008 at 7:56 am


Ours was great. Sorry to hear that yours blew. Hope you are feeling better. Check out the pics from a lovely day at Grass Creek park just outside Gananoque.

8 | Miss Vicky

July 2nd, 2008 at 11:16 am


I’m glad you managed to salvage the situation.

9 | jennP

July 2nd, 2008 at 4:55 pm


i am on the Gatineau side and am AMAZED at how grocery stores NEVER shut down! they were open on Canada day but were limited to 4 staff. I think Christmas is the only day they actually close out here.

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