Saturday, 17 January 2009

*le sigh*

This was the first of two posts that convinced me to start Life is Peachy. I've included the comments because they were part of that reason. If you are an author of a comment and would like me to delete one or all of your comments, please let me know.



one of my friends from high school posted some photos on facebook and even though I probably shouldn't... you can't tell who anyone is anyways...



le sigh...

la nostalgie...

31 comments:

Lauren said...

That is adorable. I wish I had a picture like that from my own childhood :)


mer said...

hey lauren, can i ask your opinion on something ? (it's quick)


Lauren said...

sure thing! you can shoot me an email if you want or ask me on here - whichever works best for you!


mer said...

i just sent it as a facebook message :)


Ali said...

:)

I wish I had a pond that froze solid enough to skate on -- frustrating weather...

Such a great picture -- and I'm sure it's an even greater memory!


mer said...

sadly, not one of mine, just reminded me of all the ones i have no photographic evidence of...


Susan said...

I can't comprehend weather cold enough that a pond would freeze solid enough you could skate on it. See what happens when you grow up in Texas? Beautiful pic, tho. Nostalgia is a wonderful thing :)


JerseyLove said...

Ahh, that's so cool! --part of the reason why I wish I was Canadian. ...I can't believe I've admitted to that.


KD said...

That picture really makes me wish I were Canadian. Just to be born into hockey and have the opportunity to play shinny all winter long....priceless.


Stephanie B. said...

Mer, I was doing a quick email and Penguins blog check just before I headed out earlier today and I checked your blog just in case you had posted something (I wasn't expecting more of the story, just anything in general) and when I saw this post I laughed out loud a little bit because I was heading out to play hockey on my friends' pond!! I'm dead serious!! And, yes, there was Tim Horton's hot chocolate and timbits involved!!
And it was VERY lovely, it's been VERY cold here lately so the pond was just beautiful for skating!
And to top if all off, I was playing with an SC87 stick!!!
*sigh* And then we went into the house and watch The Mighty Ducks movie. hehehe! A very Canadian day I would say!!


mer said...

stephanie b. - I am literally ACHING with jealousy right now. I'm breaking in a brand new pair of Tacks right now so I only last a few minutes before needing to go loosen them up... and wanting to CRY.

(I only realized after the first, excruciatingly painful skate in them that I've never had to break skates in before because I always used my brother's old skates or bought them second hand.)

I need to move north or east... I'm not sure I can stand much more of this winter=rain business... anyone have a cute, single cousin in the prairies I can marry?


Stephanie B. said...

Come on, Mer, in all fairness, you live by the ocean!! That makes ME ache with jealousy!! (I'm pretty sure I've said before that I live in Eastern Ontario).
I went to Maine this summer and fell in LOVE with the culture out there!! I know your Western culture is probably substantially different, but still, I love the ocean! (btw- my FEET were aching with COLDNESS by the time we were finished today)!!
I would love to visit Vancouver, I hear it's beautiful. I have an Uncle out there, but he's 45 and never been married - kind of a playboy, so not really someone I could stay with!! hahaha!
Will you still be living there for the Olympics?!?! Now THAT makes us all jealous!!
Any plans in the future to move back to a colder climate?


Ali said...

@stephanie b. --

Oh my word... aching with jealousy doesn't begin to express how I feel -- I brought my ice skates to college (in the Southern US) and have yet to find a place to use them (it makes me sad everyday to see them sitting in the corner) -- I think there is one ice rink around here, let alone ponds that are frozen... and to top it off you watched Mighty Ducks??? Wow... aching doesn't do my feelings justice...

Think -- today it was about 35-37 degrees Fahrenheit (sorry -- I'm not great at conversions...) and kind of rain/snowing... everyone is complaining about it being freezing outside and the bad weather -- honestly, we called to order pizza and they wouldn't deliver because of the dangerous "snow." I love the people here, but the winter weather, or lack there of, is killing me... Someday I'm going to move to Canada where the winter is just that, winter.

Mer -- You've got to be staying in Vancouver for the Olympics... I can't even imagine how awesome that would be!! :)


mer said...

hehe, Ali, I'm staying for the Olympics. You've got to be nuts to think I'd move BEFORE a few hundred of the world's best hockey players descend on the place I (currently) call home for two weeks. I do, however, reserve the right to become a TOTAL stalker in my quest to get ALL of Team Canada to sign my jersey (and to get Heatley to sign my Sens jersey, I mean it's got his name on it and all...)

As for Vancouver - Everyone, COME VISIT!!! Seriously! It's the most awesome city and there is so much to do no matter what the season. I LOVE playing tour guide because it gives me an excuse to do all the fun stuff here! (hell, stephanie, you could even stay with me if you wanted, I love visitors!)

Vancouver is not, however, my hometown. I was born in Ottawa and lived there for 20 years; it's hard to get the expectation of frozen ponds, frost-bitten toes, and 80-degree(CELCIUS)-temperature-
spread out of my system.

I may even head back east on March 1st, 2010 -stay for the party then get out- ... then again I may also move to Denmark on a whim and never come back, you never know ;)


Clare said...

I will never forget the one day, I was about 11 and I was visiting a friend in Canada, north of Toronto and we were driving somewhere and I saw this group of people playing pond hockey and from then on I wanted to try it. (My fear of falling in and the fact that I don't live near any ponds is what has stopped me.)

If there is one regret I have in life, it is that I didn't skate more. I knew I couldn't play hockey but I wish that I had been out on ice more and played just pick-up hockey with my friends. I remember from ages 5-10 every Saturday during the winter my father would call me at home and ask me if I wanted to go skating and I would say no, (I had perfectly good reasons to say no and if he called right now I would still probably say no for those very same reasons.) He always wanted me to play hockey even though he knew why I couldn't. I played a game of pick-up hockey with my friends this September and had so much fun.


Ali said...

@Mer -- Oh, by all means, please do become a stalker of Team Canada in 2010. :) And definately get them all to sign your jersey. I'm already saying that I'm willing to move to Chicago if they get the bid for the 2012 Olympics -- even though they are the Summer Olympics... :)

I found out that the ice rink around here has an open skate today and I'm trying to get someone to take me -- this is frustrating... ugh.


Susan said...

What are timbits? I feel deprived, since I've never even see a Tim Horton's :)


mer said...

@ali - I believe London has the 2012 games and the 2014 ones are in Sochi, RUSSIA!!! - fun fact? Sochi is the southern most city (geographically) ever to win a bid for the winter games! it's also on the Black Sea.

@susan - email me your address and I'll express post you some :P


Ali said...

@mer -- I can't believe I wrote 2012... that's actually really embarrassing me to the point I want to erase that comment...

I know that London has 2012, and Sochi has 2014... Chicago is bidding for 2016...

Wow -- I guess that's what happens when you get up late and are trying to write a comment while listening to your friends talk about their exciting nights... haha... I feel like such an idiot.

ugh.


mer said...

@ ali - hehe, i figured that's what you meant. A friend of mine who did his PhD in chicago mentioned that he's kind of hoping Chicago gets the bid.

It would be cool if they did but I don't think they will since the games have been in North America in 1996, 2002, 2010 and in Europe in 1992, 1994, 2004, 2006, 2012 and 2014.

I think it's time the games went to a non-G8 country... (because seriously, the only countries outside NA and Europe who've held games in the last 20 years are Japan, Australia and China). Personally, I think it would be freaking cool if the 2016 games were in Rio de Janeiro... because who knows how to throw a bigger party than Rio? Can you imagine what the opening ceremonies would be like?!? No offence to Chicago, but NO ONE in North America can party like Brazil!!!


Susan said...

Somehow, I don't think Timbits would travel well :)
I'll trade you some Timbits for some Indian fry bread (although I'd bet you can find fry bread up there, too).


Stephanie B. said...

Moving from Ottawa to Vancouver (for school right?) was a very brave move on your behalf!! I'm pretty sure I knew you lived in Ottawa, and went to French Immersion, right?!? I only remember because I did too! I love Ottawa! I have an Aunt that lives in Carlton Place, so I get to visit the big city from time to time. It really is beautiful!

Susan - timbits are like donut holes, but they are not the holes of donuts. They just look like they could be. They come in pretty much any flavour you can get a donut in at Tim Horton's. They are always a big deal for kids!!
And us Canadians find it hard to believe that people go the whole year without seeing snow!

And KD, I love being Canadian (among other things) because of what you talk about. I don't think people who live south actually realize what a HUGE deal hockey is here! Even if someone doesn't watch hockey, they still know something about it, or their boyfriend or dad plays recreational hockey! We really are born with hockey. Every restaurant every Saturday night is showing Hockey Night in Canada!!
It's also a great way to help pass the long, cold winter.


mer said...

stephanie b. - not an act of bravery, an act of desperation: I was living in Toronto. Read into that what you will.


Stephanie B. said...

You either love Toronto or hate Toronto.
Plus, the Leafs would be your home team! Ouch!!
I live in the Niagara Region and definitely feel like it's a black hole and really need to get out of here!! Plus, recently I pretty much lost my best friend to a un-employed, car-less, much younger boy. And the whole situation has created much more teenage drama than I'm willing to deal with. I thought we left high school behind when we graduated, but obviously not.
I'm sorry, it helps me to talk about it!! :)


Ali said...

@stephanie b. -- What you said earlier about Canada and hockey is so awesome. If I absolutely get torn away from my television during a Pens game I ask places to turn it on -- some will, so won't (and that's in PA, I shouldn't even start rambling about hockey in KY)...

When I was in Toronto last summer I wore my Pens shirt on the day we were visiting the Hall of Fame -- having people come up to me on the street and be able to talk about hockey with me... awesome...

It's hard to love something and be in a place that barely appreciates it...


mer said...

No worries :) - try living in university dorms at 22... to top it off, I never tolerated that drama in high school (funny how the kids with REAL problems are never the drama queens)

If you want out, get out. The whole of south-western ontario kind of scares me now, it's very grey, very bleak. The first thing coherent thing I thought about Vancouver as a city when I first arrived to this rain-forest was "Hmm, there are a lot more conifers here than in Ontario..." No joke. That's how much I need the green. I'd never been west of Winnipeg before I got on the plane to move here; I've never doubted that it's the best decision I EVER made.


mer said...

plus, when it's sunny like it's been this week, it's heaven on earth - minus pond hockey. but that would be cosmically unfair to everyone else in existence so I guess we have to give up something ;)


KD said...

@ Stephanie B.
I'm throughly jealous that you were playing shinny! Ahhhh!
I never knew how to skate, so I decided to take lessons. I'm loving it! I'm breaking in my first pair of skates tomorrow night. I have no idea how to play hockey, but I would love to learn.

@ Mer
I just may have to come visit you! I've wanted to visit Vancouver for a very long time, and now that the Olympics are going to be there, my desire has quadrupled.


Susan said...

@ Stephanie B--Timbits=donut holes? Yummy! Maybe, someday, I'll get to go north and actually see a Tim Horton's :)


Susan said...

Oh, yeah, we consider ourselves lucky if we go an entire year without snow; no one here can drive in it. We get more ice and sleet than actual snow, though. We had a really bad ice storm Dec 07 and most people in Tulsa and surrounding were without power for 7-10 days. Yuck!


mer said...

@ susan - I live in VANCOUVER. No one here can drive in snow either. Seriously. And they don't have an excuse.

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