March arrived. Drex came back! And we had the whole week off to hang around together. First off, we had to thank two amazing ladies who helped me hold down the fort this past month. We had lunch at my new favorite Montreal restaurant Burger Royal. Dangerously located right around the corner! Dr. Pepper barbecue sauce! Fudge and brownie milkshakes! Atomic fries! Warm skillet cookies with scoops of Oreo ice cream on top!
And then home for some hangout time with the best women. Baking, knitting, talking, discussing, debating, playing games, making plans to run some races together. Because winter is for the spirit, but summer is for the body! And here we are at the pivot of spring!
Last year, Leena received e-tickets for her birthday to visit the Biodome, Insectarium, and Botanical Gardens. On the day they were going to expire, we finally went! It was awesome! Drex masterfully French braided hair. He gets phenomenal mega points for Leena’s.
The tropical forest was a bit toasty in my down jacket, but Jubble McJubble was asleep, so I sweat it out until we got to the penguins in the subpolar dome. Most memorable: in the Laurentian zone, we saw battling raccoons. They were not behind any sort of enclosure. I imagined one of these things landing on some gawker’s head (like mine). But I couldn’t look away.
We paid another visit to Clip n Climb in Laval. The girls are amazing climbers! With Achilles tendonopathy (poor Drex) and a baby in the mix, the grown-ups saved our climbing for another day.
We also began our Annual Family Barefoot Snow Walk Challenge! Made it about a yard between two towels before our feet started to burn. It was (yeah, surprise, surprise) SUPER DUPER COLD! All participants got hot chocolate.
We’ve really been into card games lately. Before going to a Piano Guys concert (which was SUPER DUPER COOL!), Leena and Sonya played a mod version of War. After the concert, Derek and I stayed awake until the early morning hours playing Nertz. He defeated me soundly. My reflexes are slow!
Leena took this amazing picture of me with my Adventure Buddy. This is what I’d like to think I look like on an everyday basis during mat leave.
Oh don’t you dare look back
Just keep your eyes on me.”
I said, “You’re holding back,”
She said, “Shut up and dance with me!”
— lyrics to Shut Up and Dance With Me by Walk the Moon