Blog Love – Countdown to Vancouver

| May 2, 2014 | 24 Comments

countdown-to-vancouver

The countdown to Vancouver has begun! I can’t believe that in just two short weeks my HB and I will be flying home after a year away. I am beyond excited, but I know once we get there it will be go, go, go! We’re only there for 8 days (not including the night we get in and the day we leave). That’s really not a lot of time, especially when we have so many people we want to visit. So far we’ve been pretty good at booking people in and making sure we don’t miss anyone, but it’s definitely going to be a hectic trip that’s for sure.

On top of all that, we’ve been trying to organize our one year wedding anniversary as well (which just so happens to land on Mother’s Day this year). Since my HB and I aren’t really gift people, we’ve decided that every anniversary we’re going to try out a new experience together instead. We were toying with the idea of rock-climbing, but instead we decided to go dine in the dark! I know what you’re thinking. Dining in the dark doesn’t exactly exude romance. True, but we’re pretty a pretty quirky couple, we love to eat, and it’s not just dining in the dark but all the waiters are blind too! Doesn’t that sound amazing? Speaking about eating, since we never got a chance to eat a slice of our wedding cake or remember to save the top tier (biggest regret of my life, that cake was amazing!), we’re also going to get a cake from our favourite local bakery to pig out on. We may even do the whole cake cutting ceremony again just for kicks.

This week was a pretty special week for me. My favourite personal finance columnist Rob Carrick mentioned my The Most Cheapskate Things I’ve Ever Done in his weekly round-up in The Globe and Mail. Thanks a ton Rob! There were also some other great blog posts floating around the blogosphere, and here are my top picks of the week:

Passive Income After Retirement by Budgets Are Sexy

Can Lending Money Ruin Friendships? by Canadian Budget Binder

We’re Halfway There by Dear Debt

Should Adults Ask Their Parents for Money? by Tahnya Kristina 

Have a great weekend everyone!

(Image: Kenny Louie)

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  1. I think an experience / travel and food are perfect gifts :) I can’t wait for you to go back and visit Vancouver. I know how much you miss everyone..

  2. I’ve never heard of dining in the dark. But for our anniversary last year, I got me and the boyfriend a ticket to “sleep no more” which is like theatre in the dark (if that makes any sense).
    Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life recently posted…Budget Travel: 4 Days in AmsterdamMy Profile

  3. Kassandra says:

    Thanks so much for including my post this week! A couple of years ago I did try out a dine in the dark restaurant in Montreal with some friends. For me it was really unsettling but we still managed to have fun. DH wants to try it one day too. That’s really nice you’ll be home-bound to Vancouver soon; one of my favourite cities! I can’t wait to return to Montreal!

  4. You’re going to have so much fun in Vancouver! It’s so busy when I go home to visit friends and family, it’s always a whirlwind, but so much fun and I always feels refreshed and ‘centered’ again. Your anniversary date idea sounds so cool, I’m sure it’ll be a fun experience!
    J @BoyfriendsABanker recently posted…May BudgetMy Profile

  5. Shanondoah says:

    I think experiences are great gifts. I went to O’Noir a couple years ago for a friends birthday. We had a really good time, really an interesting experience. Except we kept getting in trouble for “talking loudly” – I think it was hard to speak to someone without knowing where they are… maybe that sounds crazy but it felt true that night! Have a great time!
    Shanondoah recently posted…thirsty thursday: blood orange sangriaMy Profile

  6. Now that sounds like fun. See we don’t always have to follow the norm. I think the eating in the dark would be fun and unique at that. Well done getting mentioned by Rob. Let us know how that dinner goes and your visit home. Have fun and Happy Anniversary!
    Canadianbudgetbinder recently posted…What would you do if you were to find lost money?: PF weekly grab a brew #70My Profile

  7. J. Money says:

    Congrats on getting in the Globe and Mail! And for picking out awesome articles for your own roundup ;)
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  8. I don’t want to be one of those people who begs you to see them when you’re in town… but let’s please at least have a coffee. I’ll drive to wherever you are :)
    Cait Flanders recently posted…TGIF: Taking a Time OutMy Profile

  9. Rob says:

    Enjoy your trip to Vancouver, Jess. Hope you and HB have a great visit! And, no, this isn’t Rob Carrick. I’m the more handsome older retired Toronto Rob! :-)

  10. NZ Muse says:

    If we had dining in the dark here I would totally do it! Depending on price of course. It sounds really fun, I remember first hearing about the concept a couple years ago and thinking HOW COOL.
    NZ Muse recently posted…Planning a budget trip to Cairns/Port Douglas? Herewith, my recommendationsMy Profile

  11. I’ve heard of dining in the dark but I had no idea waiters were too! That would be hilarious! Have fun with your time in Vancouver! I’m sure you are beyond excited to get “home.”
    Tonya@Budget and the Beach recently posted…Are You Stressed? Read This!My Profile

  12. Thanks so much Jessica for sharing my post!

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