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Just in case you thought I was kidding about New Kids on the Block reuniting, here they are from their stint on the Today Show today – Joey, Jordan, Donnie, Danny and Jon – in all their post-adolescent, mid-life-crisis glory.
Still no word on whether the New Kids are coming to Vancouver… but I’m holding my breath.
I’m trying to keep my mind off the wedding since things aren’t going quite as smoothly as I had hoped. <sigh>
So instead, I’m trying to think of all the things I’m grateful for lately. One of them is my weekend away in Whistler weekend before last.
When most people think of Whistler, they think of pristine mountains, the exhilarating feeling of being at the very top of the run, the swoosh-swoosh of their skies as they cut through the crisp white hill.
Until that weekend, for me Whistler meant a change of scenery, a relaxing getaway hanging out at coffee shops, strolling through the village and shopping, and watching the truly cool people who have the authentic-looking lift passes dangling from their zippers.
But now I TOO HAVE SEEN THE VIEW FROM THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN.
What’s more, I have lived to tell about it!
As many of you know, me and skiing go together like a paper cut and lemon juice. I made a feeble attempt at it last year to disastrous, whiplashy results.
But this time, I had help…
The highlight of my lovely weekend had to do with snow… a tall order considering I had so much fun already hanging out in Whistler village with my homie Azi (lattes and shopping and martinis, oh my!). Oh and did I mention that I spent a considerable amount of time getting pruney in the hot tub on the balcony of our kick-a$$ suite at the Sundial boutique hotel? Um, yeah. So that should give you an idea of exactly how much fun we had…
… riding the Sno-Limo!
That’s right, people. LIMO. Cause even when I’m making a fool of myself, I do it in style.
So what’s Sno-Limo? Basically it’s a tour you can rent where they strap you into a chair on skis and a hot Danish guy (in my case, anyways) steers you down Whistler mountain, pausing here and there to allow you to soak in the majestic beauty you’d have never otherwise been able to see. Yes yes, it’s true… I also got the feeling that the majority of their customers were old people and those who did not have the use of their legs. But Azi and I consider ourselves part of that latter category… and our hilarious guides were clearly thrilled to tease us about our youthful non-skiing status the whole way down.
But it was phenomenal.
It almost made me want to ski!! Almost. ‘Cause how do you go from sitting like a sultan, all cosy and warm and being chauffeured around the mountain, to getting all sweaty and tired doing it yourself on your own two feet??
Here’s just a taste of it for you. (I hope you appreciate it… my hand almost froze off holding that dang camera. It’s cooooold up there!!)
Sno-Limo offers tours at Whistler, Big White, Sun Peaks and Grouse Mountain, BC for about $90 per person for an hour. Call 1-888-568-5466 or visit www.sno-limo.com.
Since Rob and I are going to Calgary tomorrow to spend some time with my family, we did our big Fink Family Christmas dinner last night. In addition to the usual Finks, we also had Bella (Kit’s mother from Ontario), Nadhla (Yaseen’s mom) and Peter and Sarah (Rob’s cousins) along with 4 year old Isaac.
Gabriel got it just right when, in the middle of all the hustle and bustle, he beamed and looked at us and burst out, “We’re having a grrrrrreat time!”. Indeed we were.
Of course, the big highlights of the night centered around the kids. It was hilarious to see Gabe’s face when he unveiled the awesome rocking horse from Bubby & Sporto – that alone was pretty amazing to him but when the horse started to neigh and wag its tail, he didn’t know what to think of it.
The other hit of the night was definitely the keyboard, which was Uncle Robbie’s idea. We knew Mr. G loved playing with his ‘big brown guitar’ just like Raffi and the Wiggles and figured a keyboard would be either a really big hit or a really big failure. Luckily, it was the former. And not only did it have all these funky pre-programmed songs, it had a microphone… and we discovered Gabe just might be a budding talk show host.
Here’s a video of the little man and his “pie-ano” (that’s what it’s called in Gabe-Land).