Sometimes the funnest part of a trip or an activity is the anticipation leading up to it. Take for instance my upcoming trip to Walt Disney World. Though my wife and I are unquestionably excited for the trip and know that we will be spending 8 days of pure fun and excitement, all of the time and energy we’ve put into prepping this trip for my 40th birthday has been just as much fun. Continue reading “In Anticipation…”
I mentioned in my last post that my darling wife, Isabelle, had surprised me with an early birthday present in the form of passes to the Quebec City Summer Festival (Festival d’été du Québec). She booked a hotel room for us for the nights of July 9 & 10, as the Foo Fighters were headlining the festival on the 10th. Another check off of my list… see the Foo Fighters in concert. Continue reading “Summer of Chris”
As I’ve written previously, this summer marks my 40th birthday. A few years back, I discovered that I shared birthdays with James Corden, host of The Late, Late Show on CBS. Not only were we both born on August 22, but we were both born on August 22, 1978. Yes, James Corden and Chris Budd are in fact Birthday Twins! (I still maintain that’s a thing…)
The weekend of May 4-6th was a beautiful gift for me. Earlier this year, my wife registered for an online training program called Académie Zérolimite. As part of the program, there was a 3-day live event in Quebec City, to which she also had a free ticket to bring a guest along with her. Thankfully, I was the chosen one! 🙂
After leaving Bartlesville, OK, we began our journey back to the homestead. The drive home is always bittersweet – you’re sad to see your trip coming to an end, but happy to be heading back to the comforts of home. Day one of the return trip saw us do the only backtracking of the entire trip. We followed the same route from Bartlesville until close to St. Louis, where we bypassed the city and headed towards Louisville, KY The rest of the entire trip found us following entirely different routes, which was very nice.
The most striking memory that I have of this day was somewhere on the road that morning. I can’t recall if we were still in Oklahoma or had crossed into Missouri, but we came to an overpass with a person standing on it. As we approached, I realized it wasn’t someone walking across, but just standing there. The closer we got, the clearer the image – a large, bushy-bearded middle-aged man dressed in what you’d expect someone like that to be wearing (just use your imagination… you’re probably right). And in his hand was a large confederate flag. He was just standing there holding the flag over the highway beneath him. Very odd. Very southern.
As much fun as we had during the drive to Oklahoma, the next morning was the highlight of our entire trip. Today was the culmination of 30+ hours of driving; we had reached our ultimate goal – The Pioneer Woman Mercantile. Continue reading “Road Trip Diary Part 2: The Pioneer Woman Experience”
For our summer vacation, my wife and I opted to take a road trip. The end-point of our drive would be Bartlesville, Oklahoma, but more on that later. It worked out to be a 67 hour drive, round-trip. We left on August 13th and headed first to Gatineau, QC. This was the longest day of the entire 11 day trip, with about 11 hours of driving scheduled to get us to Gatineau. We were okay with that as we would be spending two days at our first destination. Continue reading “Road Trip Diary Part 1: New Brunswick to Oklahoma”
Later this summer, my wife and I will be embarking on a glorious road trip. We had been debating what to do for my vacation this summer. We tossed around a few ideas, but nothing seemed to be sticking. One idea that we had floated around was to drive to Pawhuska, OK. This one kept coming back up, even though we kept on dismissing it initially. No matter what else we considered this one kept coming back into our mind, so we decided to look into it.
“Now why Pawhuska, OK?” you might ask. Or maybe more likely you’re saying “where?” Continue reading “Road Trip!”
It’s been a good summer thus far, despite the fact that my wife had her gallbladder removed following a second visit to the ER in two weeks. While she’s doing phenomenally well, and is recovering nicely, it forced us to be a little low key for a few weeks. When I wasn’t working, we spent our nights and weekends bingeing Netflix series. Even now, two weeks out of the surgery, she’s getting out of the house a bit more, but we’re still keeping things quiet. And I must say that I’ve enjoyed the summer because of it. It’s allowing us to enjoy the little things. As much as we used to sit and binge TV shows periodically, I truly enjoyed the experience this time. Even our outings are small scale, but fun. This past weekend, we opted to do a stay-cation.
Although this was our third trip to Disney World for my birthday, this was the first year where our dates worked out so that Isabelle would celebrate hers as well. Isabelle and I are born 5 days apart (well, 1 year and 5 days). I’m the 22nd of August, she’s the 27th. As a teacher, and due to her return to work at the end of August, we haven’t been able to arrange the trips to allow her to experience the joys of a Disney World birthday. This year; however, the calendar worked with us. She only had to go back to school on the 29th, so we were able to shift the dates a bit to get both of our birthdays in. Continue reading “Day 7 – Happy Birthday Isabelle! (aka The End)”