Niagara Falls is the love capital of the world

June 25th was Richard’s (yes I’ve decided to use his first name) birthday.  He is 33 years young and has NEVER celebrated a birthday!  I was shocked, what is up with people I date not celebrating their birthdays.  Well I do celebrate birthdays.  I love birthdays.  I wanted to make his first birthday weekend, one he would never forget!  I think I was successful.

We were supposed to start off at Marine Land, but unfortunately the weather looked iffy so we decided not to take the risk.  We checked in (early with no early charge) and decided to walk down to the falls.  Richard has never seen the actual falls!  ARE YOU KIDDING ME!  I was so excited to be the one to take him there.  The falls are magical.  They are simple and common place if you have seen them hundreds of times I am sure, but for me…I love them and they capture me every time and I could tell they captured him too.

After seeing the falls we walked up Clifton Hill and hit up the Guinness World Records location and the Ripley’s Believe it or Not bldg and also saw a couple of the 4D movie things they have.  We had so much fun, walking, talking, enjoying each others company.  However we then went and had a nap – no really we napped.  Listen people you all know I nap all the time.  I love my sleep and after walking up and down the “hill”, a nap was needed – HEY he napped too don’t yell at me!

Thankfully I set my alarm, cause we had dinner reservations at the Keg.  We got showered, dressed and down to the Keg in no time.  This was Richards first time at the Keg, so I was praying he enjoyed it.  It’s the Keg, who doesn’t like the Keg???  He loved it.  He had steak, wine, goat cheese appetizer – I had the same thing as per usual  – see my post from fathers day – and we really had a spectacular view.  The Keg Fallsview is wonderful, the staff are great, food yummy and the view – you can’t beat it!

It kinda went downhill for a minute after dinner.  I was in 4 inch heels and while we took a cab there, we decided to walk back.  Well, we zigged when we should have zagged and got lost for a few minutes.  By the time we made it back to the hotel, we had been walking for over 20 minutes and my feet were blistered, and SORE!  I thought I was going to cry, but thankfully we stayed in the hotel and my feet relaxed…

Sunday we went back down to the falls, checked out the Wax Museum – which has changed quite a bit in the 6 years it’s been since I was there – and finally drove home.  It was a beautiful weekend of me and my hunny.  It was great, I love hanging out with Richard and getting to know him even better.  Every day our relationship grows and I can’t wait to see what happens in the future.

What we are really cool!!

XOXO Nikilee

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How to save a life…

Today is CPR training day at work!  I snuck my way into the training (which is a good thing because i was just accepted onto the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee).  I get to wear jogging pants to work!!  Those of you who know me knows that that statement alone makes this a GREAT day.

I live in jogging pants, I love them, they are sooo comfy.  Jogging pants, flip flops and a tank top are my staple outfit!  Now as a professional case worker I never get to wear my staple to work, but today, I do! 

I have taken some CPR before, but never for any good reason.  Now I can use it and be certified and be a fully certified member of the JOHS.  It’s two long days of training, but I will be in my Gap joggers so it will be a great two days!

Have a great Thursday everyone!

XOXO Nikilee

Summer is officially here

So with this being the first full day of summer, I figured I would start thinking of things I want to do/see in the next 2.5 months.

1. Blue Jays games – I know they are not a good team and that they barely bring in 5-10 thousand people, but I love baseball and I want to see as many games as possible.  BTW: great gift for me for Christmas/birthday would be a 20 game flex pack!  LOL

2. Niagara Falls, yes I am going there this weekend to celebrate R’s b-day, but I’d like to do a girls day trip up there for shopping as well

3. Watching my baby boy J play t-ball.  I haven’t been yet and I feel so guilty as a Tita!

4. Take my nieces R and K to the zoo when their mom goes away in August

5. Watch a bunch of movies, because there are some good comedies coming out soon – e.g. Bad Teacher with JT and Cameron Diaz.

6. Take a ride on the Hippo tour bus

7. Walk down by the beaches, window shop, enjoy the summer air

8. RIBFEST! YUMM

9. CNE with R as he has never been – really!

10. Get as much sun and exercise as possible! 

These are my summer plans so far, I reserve the right to add, delete or alter the list at my own will!

Any other ideas for me…send them along!

XOXO Nikilee

Happy One Month Anniversary R

So one month ago today I went to a dinner and a movie date, never thinking in my wildest imagination that that date would lead to a whirl wind romance.  I mean I had only been officially single since October!  However that is exactly what happened.

Approx 2 weeks before this date a friend called me and said “I’ve been talking to my friend R about you, here talk to him”.  I was LIVID.  I hate being put on the spot, it’s so awkward and uncomfortable, plus I was babysitting my nieces and was a bit busy to be talking to some random stranger I don’t know.  However, he seemed polite, friendly and he asked if this friend could give him my number.  I said sure, really just to get off the phone. 

Well the next day I had a text, and the next and the next and finally he asked if he could call me.  We talked and texted every day for the two weeks that followed until our date.  We have talked every day since as well. 

Here are the reasons I am crazy about R:

1. he brought me flowers on our first date and a dozen red roses the next two Friday’s as well

2. he tells me every single day how he feels about me and how beautiful I am

3. he wanted to meet my family and my family is very important to me

4. he goes to Church and he loves God

5. he wants to hear my voice first thing in the morning and the last thing before he goes to bed, it makes me feel special

6. everything we talk about, everything we do, makes him happy

There are sooooo many other reasons, but this is a good start!  R, happy anniversary – thank you for becoming such an important part of my world and for allowing me into yours

XOXO Nikilee

A weekend high!

On Friday my brother, sister-in-law and I took my dad to the Keg for dinner to celebrate Fathers Day!  Let me start by saying that I love the Keg!  I love it, the atmosphere, the wine, the staff, the food, the wine – oops I said that already right??  It is one of my absolute favourite places to go (I am taking R there next weekend for his b-day in Niagara Falls). 

My dad never gets to go out.  Due to health problems he never eats out – he always orders in – and the Keg is one of his favourite places too so it was nice for the four of us to enjoy this together.  Here is what I ordered:

A Keg size glass of Zinfendel – yummmm.  Baked garlic shrimp for an appetizer – so good with the bread sticks they give you to soak up the butter. Prime rib and lobster tail for my entrée – really I know the lobster tail is so expensive and small, but it’s so goooooood!  Garlic Mashed potatoes were my side dish and while I never eat them all – really after all that other food – they are worth the few bites I do take.

So I was stuffed, I mean I could barely move, please Keg staff, roll me out of your restaurant or I’m staying for a few extra hours!  However I had a night of dancing ahead of me!

I took a nap after dinner – remember I was stuffed!  Then got dressed, picked up my sister-in-law and headed to Pickering to dance it up at the Jukebox!  I went with staff from my old office which includes three of my favourite ladies!  Now while I did not get to hang out with RW much, the other two girls just made me smile and laugh the whole night.  Me and T danced and danced and while I don’t consider myself a good dancer by any means, I had a blast!  I cannot wait for M’s wedding so we can do it all again!

Saturday I took my boy to the TFC (Toronto Football Club) game at BMO stadium.  Now I used to work at BMO as a ticket agent and I never saw a game – I never cared for soccer and I couldn’t have cared less to watch one.  However R loves soccer – he’s from Uganda, it’s their sport of choice.  So I sucked it up and went.  I LOVED IT!  The crowed is crazy, spending time with my hunny and watching him get so into this sport was just amazing and I was so happy!  We had so much fun.

Sunday as usual we had church!  Tony Fernandez, ex-Blue Jay player from the winning 1993 World Series Champions, was the guest pastor and I was a little bit star struck!  I mean, I love baseball and he’s an ex-Toronto Blue Jay!  His sermon was awesome!  I was super excited.  R had no idea who he was, but he enjoyed the sermon as well.  I spent the rest of the day studying for my upcoming ASL written test on Deaf culture.  I also spent the rest of the night with my dad.  I mean it was Fathers Day after all!! 

This is why I love my dad:

1. when my parents separated in 1994, my dad took full responsiblity to raise me (and my brother though he was old enough to raise himself at that point)

2. he was strict and we butted heads (we still do) but I have turned into a pretty great woman if I do say so myself and that has to be because of him

3. when things went down with my ex, he allowed me to come home and gave me my space to mourn the loss of that relationship and supported me when I needed him to

4. he always gives his opinion on everything and anything – even when it is NOT wanted – but I do the same so how can I blame him!?

My dad is an amazing man, who I admire and have so much love and respect for.  He loves his children and grandchildren and though he drives us all bananas we can’t help but be grateful for him (especially now that we are older) because we know it comes from a place of love.

Happy belated fathers day to all the fathers – I can only hope you all live up to my fathers amazing example.

XOXO Nikilee

Air Miles – OMG

So I have an Air Miles card and I swipe it every time I go to Metro for groceries, the liquor store and of course when I get gas from Shell.  However, I have never, ever, looked up my points.  I decided tonight – what the heck, let’s check it out.   I had only 1251 points!  I have been collecting for over 10 years and I only have 1251 points!  I was pissed!!!!!

Until I went and looked at what I could redeem.  I saw The Keg gift certificates.  I could redeem 875 points for a $100.00 gift card!!!  WHAT!  AWESOME!  I immediately traded in my points and a $100.00 gift card is on its way!

Then I had about 300 + points left so I kept shopping!  I bought a $25.00 gift card to Chapters/Indigo for 220 points!  This place is awesome!  I could totally get birthday presents from here and I have to pay nothing!  WOOT WOOT

Now don’t get me wrong, I am well aware, I spend a fortune at Shell, Metro and the LCBO in order to collect these points, but I shop here anyway so I am not spending anything I wouldn’t anyway!  I usually go to ESSO to get my gas cause it’s more convienient, but really – for AM points, I will cross the street and get the gas at Shell!  I just got $125.00 worth of gift certificates for doing nothing out of the ordinary.  Even if I can only do this every 5-10 years, its a cool option I never explored before!  YAY ME!

XOXO Nikilee

Facebook – A.K.A bookaface!

So I have been an active Facebook user since 2006 and by active I mean ACTIVE.  I check it numerous times a day, updating my status and creeping others pictures.  It’s immature at best and pathetic at worst I am sure, but I have friends on there that I don’t normally get to see or communicate with either because of distance or because of our busy lifestyles.

When I was with my ex, he and his friends would trash Facebook and my activity on it.  They didn’t like that I posted my pics of them on it and that I posted my personal information on the site when at times this info included them.   After enough trash talking, I removed many of my pics and deleted friends I hadn’t talked to even though I wanted to be able to have contact with them.  I love the odd comments and seeing how they are doing.  Now yes, there were people I deleted that I did not want to communicate with, people who I didn’t like let alone respect or care for.  But I removed about 20-30 people I did.

I decided last night to go back into Facebook and re-add those people and I am grateful most of them have accepted me back as friends.  Now this isn’t just because my new boyfriend R is on Facebook and has no problem with announcing  our relationship status or what we are doing, but because I  have changed a lot in the last few months and part of this has been an increase in my self confidence, self-respect and huge desire to never let someone influence my choices again.

I love being social and having friends and keeping in touch with people so why did I delete these people?  Because other people made me feel like I should??  How lame.  I would freak if my daughter ever let a boy (or girl) influence them to do something they didn’t want to do so why do I accept less from myself?

I don’t – not now at least…and I am so grateful to have a boyfriend who  accepts me as I am and to have Facebook friends that have accepted me back.  You all are great and I look forward to hearing from each and everyone of you.

XOXO Nikilee