We went out for drinks at O’Shea’s Irish Pub with Pat Lorje and her husband Tom. It’s always a fun time. For those of you who wonder what gets talked about, it’s a bunch of “Donald Trump did what? I stop paying attention to CNN for and hour and he did what?” I don’t know who the cooks are at O’Shea’s but they were only going through the motions Friday night. Maybe I am asking too much but I want good food at a local pub and O’Shea’s has never seemed to understand that.
Then on Sunday we got up early and drove to Prince Albert National Park and the village of Waskesiu with Oliver. We did some shopping, went for a bit of a swim in the lake, had pizza at Pete’s Terrance and then drove out to the Narrows Campground. We are planning to spend Thanksgiving Weekend out there this year. We have been to Paighton Beach (see last Thanksgiving’s post) but had never been to the campground. We check out some spots and then drove back into town where we got Oliver an ice cream cone the size of his head.
We got back into the city in time to head back to O’Shea’s for a drink with some friends.
For Thanksgiving, we will bring up Mark and Oliver’s three season tent and also bring up a summer four person tent. We will have lots of blankets, our warm sleeping bags, and stuff for warm food. With warm clothes, hot chocolate, and a dog to cuddle with, we will be fine for two nights. Now to train Marley to cuddle with me rather than Jordon when she is cold. The entire park is so quiet that time of year and I am really looking forward to spending that time together.
So today was supposed to be a fun trip up to Waskesiu and Prince Albert National Park. Mark had to work and so it was just going to be Oliver, Jordon and I. We got to just past Rosthern and Jordon goes, “Umm, did you grab the Parks Canada pass?” Doh! No I had forgotten. I did grab my camera strap though. I’m not saying forgetting the Parks Canada pass was my fault but I am the one that has a special spot for it in a special envelope and always says, “I’m responsible for the Park pass.” So let’s blame Jordon for this one.
So we turned around and headed back and then debated do we wait until Mark is done at 3:30 p.m. and then go for dinner or go next Sunday. Since the Angry Taco is now closed and for sale, we just decided to get up early next Sunday and then the four of us go then. Also, after reading several reviews that say that the Angry Taco is a horrible place to eat, I am starting to think I idealized in my memories how good it was.
For those of you who don’t know, Jordon and I vacationed in Waskesiu a year after I we were married. This is when Jordon told me the big lie. He told me that Lake Waskesiu is warm like a tropical lake and to jump right in. It’s not. It is a northern lake that is deep and cold and did I mention it is cold. I almost killed him.
Last Thanksgiving when we had an amazing picnic on a secluded beach in Waskesiu, we all waded into the water. It was beyond cold and brought back all sorts of cold memories. Hopefully it is nice next weekend and if it is, I’ll brave it.
Also Jordon one time told Mark that he had an older brother Dad who was eaten by the Loch Ness Monster’s Canadian cousin, “Lockie” while on the breakwater at Waskesiu. Mark didn’t buy it but when he came home and asked his Uncle Lee if had an older brother who had been eaten by a monster and Lee said, “Dan. We miss him a lot.” So Dan is kind of like Kenny from South Park. He has died a lot of different ways on a lot of family trips. The guys are so weird.
So with some suddenly free time, we came home and finalized our Christmas gifts. The bad news is with Mark reading this blog daily (Hi Mark!) and Oliver being able to read, I can’t blog about what I am going to get them. Well bad for Mark and Oliver that is.
After experiencing a corrupt database and backup, Jordon lost almost 300 posts and over 1000 photos that made up Bridge City. Since losing it last week, he has redesigned the site and posted almost 100 archival posts and several new ones as well.
There is a long way to go but it’s a great start and I like the new layout. Check it out if you have time.
and then driving to Regina where Jordon will get out, get into a 2016 Ford Flex and then drive to Ogema where he will ride on the Southern Prairie Railway train with author Robin Esrock and some other fun bloggers and writers.
I will check into the Regina Ramada with Mark and Oliver and then we are going to walk from the hotel to Wascana Lake which we will circumvent and then head back to the hotel for an afternoon swim before taking in supper in downtown Regina.
Later that night, we will head to Chapters where we will take in the book signing. Should be a fun day.
Jordon and I have gone a couple of times and I have come to really enjoy it.
It’s a large buffet restaurant which is similar in concept to Smiley’s but on a smaller scale. Maybe it’s smaller size is the reason but the food is noticeably better than other buffet’s in town.
There is a salad station that includes fresh & crisp garden salad, potato salad, fruit salad, coleslaw and assorted raw vegetables.
There is a wide variety of hot food.
Pad Thai noodles
Fried soba noodles
Deep fried rice
Sweet n’ sour pork
The food is fresh and restocked at quick intervals which means it is always hot. We tend to stop by during the lunch time when it is packed. Our experience is that they have brought their “A” game and run a smooth operation with lots of fresh food coming out when it is needed.
During different days of the week there is turkey, prime rib, and roast beef which is a nice break from the regular fare but to be honest, I haven’t tired of the regular fare yet.
If you want dessert, they have a pretty good dessert table set up with pies, squares, and other sweets.
If you are looking for a good Asian buffet place, The Best Asian Buffet may be the best place in town.
Jordon snapped this photo of me on CFCR’s Civically Speaking. Lenore Swystun often has Jordon and Hilary on the air to discuss local and provincial politics. I was just following Jordon to the studio when Lenore invited me in to watch and then she asked me a coupe of questions and I muddled through. So this is how one becomes a political pundit…
No matter, the boys like the movie despite the fact that almost no other reviewers did. While it wasn’t the Scotiabank Theatre, I would be somewhat concerned if I was DC that the theatre was in no way full on opening night for the guys.
I worked Good Friday so we waited until I was off work and then went to the show. Jordon, Mark, Oliver and I all had our cameras. All of the photos were uploaded to Flickr albums. Click on the links to see Jordon’s, Mark’s, and my shots of the show .
Saturday Jordon had to work. We were given two tickets for the Saskatchewan Rush lacrosse game against the Toronto Rock. While Jordon’s right food has caused him all of the problems, he badly burnt his left ankle last fall. It was in horrible pain on Saturday night so Oliver and Mark went and saw the Rush beat the Toronto Rock at SaskTel Centre. Of course they loved it as the Rush put on a really good show and the energy of 13,000 fans is contagious.
We got up early today and the boys found all sorts of chocolates and treats. The Easter Bunny somehow snuck in without waking Marley up and left some chocolate eggs and a few gifts for the boys. Mark found a Eureka Scenic Pass 2 person tent while Oliver found a skateboard and a stainless steel beer stein that was left for him.
Oliver isn’t drinking yet but the beer stein will go with the camping stuff and be used as a drinking mug while camping. Mark’s tent is a three season tent which means if we experience some bad weather in Banff or Prince Albert National Park, him and Oliver will be okay. The vestibule will be able to hold some of the gear outside of the tent and give them some more room to maneuver.
It’s a two person tent but has two entrances and two vestibules. For being a small tent, it is quite roomy.
We had a nice brunch and then went for a long walk through the University of Saskatchewan. For dinner tonight we are having some turkey and ham before chilling out as a family.