Measuring summer by the cup

by DaniGirl on August 10, 2010 · 5 comments

in Away we go

I know summer isn’t really over yet, but I’m back at work now and my holidays are over. Even though it’s a little less than a month until the boys go back to school, Beloved’s holidays are also more or less over after next week. So, even though there is plenty left of the summer of ’10 to enjoy, I’m feeling retrospective about it already.

It has been, by just about any measure, an amazing summer for us. In the month of July alone, the boys swam in an ocean, a Great Lake, an inland freshwater lake, a river and a pool. How awesome is that? That alone has to qualify as some sort of excellence-in-vacationing milestone!

We did a *lot* of traveling this summer — the big trip out to Nova Scotia, a slightly less epic loop around Southern Ontario to visit two sides of the family, and lots of little day trips. Oh how I love a good road trip! And to their credit, the boys only twitch a little bit when they see me loading up the car again.

And so, if swimming in salt- and fresh-water bodies isn’t your idea of a good time, here’s another way to measure excellence in summer vacations: how many Tim Hortons did you visit? 🙂

In the great summer of 2010 road-trips, aside from my usual Barrhaven and west-Ottawa Tims locations, we bought coffees and mocha iced-capps in:

  • Drummondville, QC196b:365 Canadian icons
  • Grand Sault, NB
  • Moncton, NB
  • Halifax, NS
  • Lunenburg, NS
  • Bridgewater, NS
  • Saint John, NB
  • Bristol, NB
  • Lévis, QC
  • Morrisburg, ON
  • Trenton, ON
  • Georgetown, ON
  • Aberfoyle, ON
  • Clinton, ON
  • Angus, ON
  • Hunstville, ON
  • Renfrew, ON

Phew, that’s a lot of coffee! I wish I had some sort of passport so I could have collected stamps from all of them. What, too obsessive? I swear, I only used this map to roughly locate a few for our trip out east! (For the southern Ontario loop, I used an app for my iPhone. Um, yeah, maybe just a weensy bit addicted. But if you love Tims, it rocks!!)

So, apparently in addition to a lot of swimming, we drank a lot of coffee this summer. *blush*

How ’bout you? What’s your measure of a summer well spent?


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sue Fisher August 10, 2010 at 12:54 pm

I find it funny how the post is titled “Measuring Summer by the Cup” and one of the first things I noticed on your sidebar was an ad for a bra boutique. Ha!

2 Mr. G August 10, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Well… I guess I can say that I measure the summer by taking a look at how dirty my BBQ is by end of August, mid September.

The more grease around it, the better!

3 Zhu August 10, 2010 at 8:57 pm

I guess I measure summer by the number of pictures I take… and boy I took a lot in Europe! Winter and Fall are great times for a photographer too, but it’s less fun to hang out outside when your fingers are freezing.

4 Amber August 10, 2010 at 11:33 pm

My measure is berries picked and eaten. Right now it’s blackberries, wild, from the roadside. Yum!

And probably also bowls of ice cream consumed. I don’t dare measure that in actual numbers.

5 Paula August 13, 2010 at 9:02 am

I guess, here in the country I’d have to say I measure a summer well spent by the number of mosquito and deer fly bites I get…means the weather was hot and I was outside a lot. LOL
Hard to believe that it’s almost over for the kids. Sad to see all the Hallowe’en stuff on display in the stores. Guess that means in just a few weeks all the Christmas stuff will be out!

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