Happy Friday! This past week we’ve been house-sitting for my parents while they’ve been out of the country. They couldn’t take the family dog, Shadow, with them so we came and stayed with her. Whiskey was quite happy to have a friend to hang out with for the week while Garrett and I were happy to have more space to spread out in.
We’ve both been feeling a little cramped in our small apartment this summer and having a week where we could stretch out, open the windows and enjoy the great outdoors was awesome. For this week’s Friday Favourites, I’m sharing some of the reasons why it was so great and how it was almost a mini-vacation (even though we had to work during the daytime).
1. Raiding the Pantry
One of the best things about visiting your parents’ houses is finding all the different foods that they have. Different drinks, salad dressings, crackers, veggies and of course…junk food. I’m pretty sure that the first thing Garrett did was check to see what flavour of chips my mom had in the cupboard.
2. Enjoying Different Recreation
When we’re at home, we tend to do the same things – walks, going to the gym, yoga, watching movies, etc. Being at my parents’ house left us with many more options on how to spend our free time after work.
3. A Change of Scenery
Whiskey was stoked to have a change of scenery too. He spent his days barking at squirrels with Shadow, and his evenings exploring the back garden looking for bugs. His favourite night was when our friends came over for dinner with their daughter, who just wanted to give the dogs treats and chase them around in the backyard. I’m sure that Shadow loved to have his company during the day too.
4. Going Through your Childhood Memories
While I was there, I decided to go through a couple of old boxes in the closet and clear out some things that I’ve been storing at my parents’ place. I came across some great memories of my childhood like my old Jenny’s Dollhouse (which is now going for $70 on eBay as a “vintage toy” – ha!) and I dug up some photos too.
5. Luxuries You Don’t Have at Home
For the past 10 years, I’ve lived in dorms, houses and apartments that were pretty bare in the appliance department, so I always get geeky and excited when I realized that I’m going to have a dishwasher (seriously amazing…especially when I’m making lots of recipes for the blog) and a washer/dryer in the house. No more schlepping my stuff outside and then downstairs into the creepy apartment basement to do laundry.
We had a great week there, but of course we’re happy to go home too. I’m looking forward to putting everything away, tidying up the apartment this weekend and then starting fresh on Monday. It was a nice break from our usual routine.
Hope you have a great weekend!