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Mintara is doing 26 things including…

visit all the provinces in Canada

7 cheers


Mintara has written 6 entries about this goal

I found a map

that I can update whenever I visit a new province! I like the visual reminder of all the provinces I have been to :)

visited 6 provinces (46.1%)Create your own visited map of Canada

An Unexpected Trip to New Brunswick

Well, I can now add New Brunswick to my list of visited provinces. We were planning on going there in July for my bf’s sister’s wedding, but we ended up making an unexpected trip there last week because my bf’s grandfather passed away. And even though the trip was for a very sad reason, I did have a really good time.

My bf hasn’t been on speaking terms with his father for a few years (long story) so I was a bit nervous about how he would react to seeing him at the funeral. For the most part, it went over pretty well, although I did end up chastising his father for something he said to Matt just as we were leaving the funeral. I had to. ‘Cuz even though I knew he was hurt by what his father had said, I knew he wouldn’t say anything about it, so I did. NO ONE talks to my boyfriend like that, I don’t care if you’re his father, you have no right. And his father quickly backed down, so that was good. I don’t think he was expecting lil ol’ me to have quite the bite that I do. I have to admit that I was a bit worried that maybe I had stepped out of line, but when I told Matt’s mother what her ex had said & what I did about it, she told me that she was glad someone had been there to stand up for Matt. And his father was much better when we spoke with him again a few days later at the burial, so hopefully he learned something from the experience at the funeral.

Other than that one little event with his father, I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all of my bf’s family. They were all so warm & inviting & I loved hearing the stories they told me about Matt when he was younger. I got to meet his two half-sisters from his mom that I hadn’t met before & got to catch up with the one that used to live out here near us. I also got to meet his three half-sisters and one half-brother from his dad, so that was cool too. We didn’t get to see Sandy & Marley & the girls as they didn’t make the two hour drive to see us. Perhaps Sandy was too busy beating the crap out of Marley to be bothered with us. F—k that made me mad when Matt’s sister told us what Sandy had done two weeks earlier. And Marley’s an idiot for staying with him after that. But that’s another story. Needless to say, I really liked spending time with Matt’s family, but I’m still glad that we live way out west though ‘cuz I know that if we lived anywhere near his family, they would be showing up unannounced on our doorstep to hang out & chit chat. And that would totally drive me crazy!

The countryside out there was very pretty. The forest and the river reminded me of home, but the towns were different. The smaller towns were stretched out along the highway for miles and miles, but had no other streets. It was just one long row of homes & acreages & businesses and the towns flowed into one other so that except for the welcome sign, you’d never know you were entering a different town. Matt’s hometown is a bit larger so it actually looks like a town with lots of different streets & stuff. It was so cool seeing where he grew up & all the stories he would tell me as we were driving around out there. We didn’t get to do a lot of sightseeing, but I did get to snap a few pictures here & there when we were in Miramichi & Renous. I can’t wait to go back in July & see everything when it’s all green & pretty!

All in all, it was a really great time & I’m definitely excited to go back in July. Most of the issues that I was worried would crop up while we were out there this summer, weren’t really an issue during this trip, so that’s put my mind at ease for next time. Yay! July can’t come fast enough, LOL!

Plane Tickets, Part II

Woohoo!!! The price of the tickets went back down to the price they were at two weeks ago! Not the lowest price I’ve seen them at, but I don’t care & I bought them. Yayness!!! Matt & I are now the happy owners of plane tickets to Moncton, NB.

Plane Tickets

The price of the plane tickets went up. I’m not a happy person. We were having a difficult enough time coming up with the money for the tickets at the price they were before, let alone with yet another increase. I noticed that, this time, the price had increased only from Edmonton to Moncton, not from Moncton to Edmonton, so Matt & I made the decision to buy our return tickets now while they’re still at a relatively low price. Now we’re hoping one of the airlines will be having a sale at some point so that we can get our tickets a little bit cheaper (or at least at the price that they were a couple of days ago, better yet, the price they were two weeks ago.) I need to win the lottery.

Holy Hannah!

OMG! This trip to New Brunswick is going to cost us a fortune! The plane tickets have gone up $80 since last week :( I told Matt we really need to buy them now before they go up anymore. And the car rental will cost us at least another $600 plus gas money. And we don’t have any spending money saved up & he still needs to buy a suit for his sister’s wedding. And I had wanted to buy a new dress, but I think now that I’ll just wear an old one. I mean, it’s not like his family will have seen me in it anyway. And everyone reading this is probably thinking that’s not a lot of money, but when you’re already in debt up to your eyeballs, it is just not a good situation. I’ve already canceled our automatic monthly contributions to the “saving up for a house” bank account. We’re gonna need that money for our trip. And work is now sending Matt to the city for some specialty courses next week, so there goes any overtime pay. Ugh! I’m sure it will all work out in the end, but until then, I’m gonna be totally stressed out!

But just the provinces

...because there aren’t any roads into Nunavut so I don’t want to list “visit all the provinces and territories in Canada” as my goal ‘cuz I would likely never complete it. I would love to visit the Yukon Territory and the Northwest Territories as well though.

So far, I’ve been to British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. One of Matt’s sisters is getting married in July so we will be flying out east for that & so once that happens I will be able to add New Brunswick to the visited list. I also think it would be so interesting to go to Québec & see if my french classes in school taught me anything useful :)

Mintara has gotten 7 cheers on this goal.


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