Tah-dah! In one title, the sum total of why there were no posts last weekend: I was up north!
Because my family (and home town for that matter) are so far north, it doesn’t make for great driving conditions throughout the winter season. There are several “extra” worries beyond just icy road conditions. White-outs along the Barrie corridor and winter storms on the northern end are always a reality (not fun) — both of which could prevent me from reporting to work on time (beyond problematic). There’s also the issue of where to park, thanks to massive snow banks and the general havoc caused by municipal street and sidewalk plows dumping heavy, wet snow back into my parents’ driveway several times daily. And finally, there’s the small-but-important fact that I bought my car from a dealership in the south. This means it did not come equipped with a block heater. That’s considered an “extra” down here. (Context for readers who don’t come from the land of crazy winters: it gets so cold in northern climates that vehicles up there are commonly sold with block heaters — which you plug into an electrical source to keep the engine warm enough to actually start on-demand throughout the worst months of the year.)
Anyway, for all those reasons and more, my last trip home each year is in October for our big (Canadian) Thanksgiving meal, and then I don’t return again until April — when we celebrate “Eastermas.” (It’s our very own family holiday as created by my brother: essentially a mash-up of Christmas and Easter. Feel free to celebrate it with us each year, on the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday!) We cook a big turkey or ham, partake of my brother’s latest vintages and brews (he likes to make his own), lavish attention on Julie (who loves exploring my parents’ house), open presents, and generally hang out as a family.
True, I could have pre-written and scheduled posts to go up while I was away, but where’s the fun in that?! Sometimes it’s nice to just get in the car and go. (It feels all “teenagery” and irresponsible and stuff.) Add in some yummy snacks and an awesome playlist? Thoughts of blogging, along with the big city and all of its chaos, gradually melt away.