I arrived in good time on Friday evening (no train delays hurrah!) and hung out with my parents. I needed to run some errands at Shopper's, so I made a run there and splurged on some books. I got a fast read for myself - "The Girl's Guide to Homelessness" by Brianna Karp, and a book for my dad - "Life" by Keith Richards. Buying my dad a book at the beginning of a visit was a bad idea; I kept making fun of him for always having his nose stuck in it and joked "well, this was worth the train ride!" whenever he was ignoring me for Keith.
I slept in on Saturday morning and waited for my friend Teresa (Go9) to pick me up to go to Sandee's (Go9) baby shower. At one point, my mom saw a car parked on the road outside my house and told me that my ride was here. I thought it was strange that it was a car; I was pretty sure that Teresa was driving a van these days. However, I could see a carseat in the back so I thought maybe it was her. I couldn't made out the driver. Anyway, I got really close to the car before I realized it was not her. The driver was so absorbed on whatever was on her Blackberry that she didn't notice a complete stranger almost opened the door and got into her car...
A few minutes later Teresa arrived in her van (I was right). Since she was driving, I was in charge of directions. I had it all mapped out on my phone, and told Teresa what direction to take. "Don't you take highway 19?" Teresa asked. "Ummm, I think that's what her aunt said, but the phone says to take this street. However, there's a lot of turning in these directions, so maybe it works out the same?"
Anyway, so we took highway 19 and drove for awhile. We were chatting and catching up so we weren't really paying attention to where we were going. I asked Teresa if she'd ever been to Ingersoll, and she said "yah, for a drama festival in high school once." I think this made me pay less attention to the fact we were going in the complete opposite direction of where we were supposed to be going.
I'm not sure when we figured it out, but it turned out that Teresa was calling the town Listowel, "Ingersoll", so we were going the right direction in her mind, but not in reality. Now, someone could have been paying attention to the GPS on her phone, but she was too busy chatting.
So, we ended up having to turn around and backtrack completely. However, the extra part of the trip gave us time to reminisce about other times we'd gotten lost together. Moral of the story though - always trust the phone.
We made it to the shower late, but it was really nice to have time to visit with Sandee and her husband Jason, both of whom I hadn't seen in forever. And their little baby girl is super cute too! I had a good time, and before we knew it, Teresa and I were back in the car, but we made it back to St. Ratford with no major detours.
The rest of Saturday was pretty lazy. I spent a lot of time reading my book. In fact, I stayed up quite late finishing it. It was an all right read, but I liked the fact that it was based up on the story of a blogger, and I like reading stuff about bloggers, obviously. It was a pretty fast read, which was what I needed. I haven't finished a book in a long time.
I also stayed up late watching the movie "The Machinist" with my mom. It's the one that Christian Bale lost all that weight for. It was okay; it's one of those twisted mystery type movies that leaves you saying "WTF" a lot, but at least it made sense in the end.
On Sunday, I went to the gym and also hit the pitiful Stratford mall for some shopping. Prom is this Friday, and I felt like I needed a new dressy outfit, instead of recycling something I'd worn before. Luckily, the mall had a Le Chateau, which I find is pretty good option for nice clothes. I got a pretty new black skirt (with a white and red design) and red top, and also a new pair of open-toe black wedges. I will definitely need to get a pedicure (red!) before prom, that's for sure.
The rest of the evening I spent chilling with my 'rents and then it was time to catch the late train. It was nice be able to spend my whole weekend, more or less, in Stratford, but the late train kills me. It is supposed to leave Stratford at 9 pm, and get to Toronto at about 11 pm. However, last night it got to Stratford more than half an hour late, and kept losing time along the way. I didn't get back home 'til 12:30 pm which made for a rough morning today.
All in all I had a good weekend though. I was happy to get a lot of rest. I'm still not 100% after that blasted cold I got last weekend, but I'm getting close to it. Also, it was nice spending a lot of time with my family, and getting to see some friends too. And, it was great actually reading a whole book in a weekend. That's such a treat.
Oh! And there are some changes in Stratford: my usual wifi coffee shop, which was a huge hangout for me and friends in our late teens and early twenties, has closed! I'm shocked. It seemed to always be busy! I feel it's a bit of history gone down.
Also, Stratford has been resisting getting a Walmart for years and years and years, but it seems like one is going to go in, but it will be a smaller one. Sigh. I liked being from a Walmart-less town.
This week's going to be a busy one for me, but I am committed to some pampering. As I said, it's prom on Friday and I must get my hair cut and my nails done before that! Now that I have a new outfit and shoes, I must complete the look.
Hope you all have great weeks!