End of Exams, Camping, and Reuniting with Friends

Hi guys! Guess what?! My study days are OVER! Yay yay yay yay yay! I can finally put away my books as I have passed both my Series 7 and Series 63 exams! (With flying colours I might add.) I wrote my final exam this morning and now I'm kick-starting my freedom with a day of relaxation and catch-up activities around the house. First things first: updating my blog. I explicitly told myself that I wasn't allowed to share the details of my weekend until today. Allow me to recap... I went camping on Saturday! Full disclosure, this was not "camping" in the traditional sense. There was running water, potential for electricity, and our cars were parked within footsteps. Technically we partied in the somewhat wilderness, crashed in tents for one night and then packed up bright and early in the morning. The setting was perfect for our objectives, but it didn't feel like the real deal. This weekend made me curious to embark on a live-out-of-a-backpack-conquer the mountain-make your own shelter-be one-with-the-trees kind of adventure without all the amenities. Nature doesn't care if you are dirty or if you choose to sing out loud. It's not like I'd choose a rugged vacation over an all-inclusive Mediterranean cruise, but it'd be fun to try "roughing it" just once in my lifetime--preferably while I'm young and energetic. I have to be careful what I wish for though--I feel like my boyfriend would whisk me away on unmarked island canoe trip in a heartbeat. He wouldn't let me pack anything but a toothbrush, a bathing suit and a camera. Oh, and floss. Make-up would not be an option. I would either be very, very cross or become a huge no-deoderant-wearing hippie by the end of the trip. Who knows? I'm all about testing the extremes here. All-in-all it was nice to get away for the weekend and take a break from the study grind. Even nicer was the fact that we snuck in a short visit with my parents and brothers. We measured the pros and cons of taking Tundra camping with us, but the thought of sleeping next to a 100 pound dog on a two-person air mattress made the decision pretty easy. He had no complaints about spending the weekend with his home dog, Bandit. I only took a few pictures from the trip and I do believe I am posting the majority of them. I wish I could have gotten more pictures with everyone, but my phone died halfway through the evening. I admit it; this post is super loquacious, but I hope you enjoy my long and convoluted rantings. (They are much like the exam questions I worked through today.) Oh! We also returned my old Dodge Caravan to my parent's house this weekend. The symbolism was almost too much as I literally guided it home, following closely behind it up the highway in my new and improved van. The end of an era. Bye bye Leonidis... your one-sided pinstripes, lack of air conditioning and broken right door will be missed. I will laugh/be oddly comforted if they keep it for my little brother. I swear that thing has another 100K in it...

Byebye van

My friends, Atheana and Justin, just welcomed the CUTEST little puppy to their household. Kelowna is a Golden Doodle and is the sweetest, most curious, bitey little thing. Just look at that face!

Kelowna cutie

She's curious about beer & Cheetos. Rightfully so.

Beer and Cheetos

Everybody needs a picture with a puppy. It's a rule of puppy ownership. You must lend out your puppy for hugs and photo-ops. Charlie complied.

Charlie and Kelowna

Me too.

Kelowna

The boys set up our tent. We had the coolest one by far! Atheana, Justin, Charlie, and Richard slept in the trailer, which was equally as cool if not more so, but not as colourful.

Tent

Couple of campers.

Couple of campers

My girls: Atheana & Charlie. I'm smiling way too hard. The Palm Bays may have had something to do with this... Girls of Summer

Me & my love. Is it just me or are we starting to look more alike with time? Haha. Me & Roger

iPhones really need to have a self-timer feature. There's probably an app for that and if so, someone please be a Craig David and fill me in!!

Picnic Table Shot

 We almost had a full high school reunion... missing Naaz & Christine! There's always a next time--hopefully in the very near future!! 🙂Me taking the picture

And then we met up with Jenn on the second campsite for some games that involved cups, beer, and spilling beer from cups. My friends are so pretty!Camping

Roger playing some drinking game that ended with a conspicuous blueberry beer spot on white polka dot fabric.  Slap cup

My friend, Jess, serenading us by the fire. She's a rockstar.

Guitar

And cut to sleepy Tunders on the way home. He really likes the new van. Backseat sleeper

Even though my weekend getaway doesn't count as a real camping trip, it was fun to get together with good friends and mingle with classmates that I haven't spoken to in years. It's awesome to reconnect and see where everyone is at in life, especially when that reconnection involves marshmallows, beer, and campfire songs.

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