snapshots of an idle mind

September 12, 2006

feeling twelve

Filed under: Uncategorized — sassinak @ 12:26 pm

man there is something happening with the drivers in toronto that is just getting out of fucking hand. people seem to think that anywhere they are going is far more important than any kind of rules of the road or traffic laws or even lights.

so the light is red, i’m going to turn anyway since i’m in a desperate rush. who cares about all those people who have a green light that are going the other way, let them honk, it’s all about me!

god i literally lose it after five minutes in my car these days.

so last weekend, y’all may have noticed that i wasn’t here… well that’s because i was at a cottage that a lovely lady (in fact she’s been in the blog before as svdw) who happens to be the other drummer in my band has a family share of.

she invited us up and the way she talked implied that this was a small cottage with limited amenities.

well, she couldn’t have misled us more. i had my own room with a queen size bed and othercat had a double and we practically had our own wing! and this cottage sits on a little arm of georgian bay so the water is calmer and you’re slightly more sheltered from the breeze.

we get there late on friday night and they had been there for maybe ten minutes when we arrived (her father lives there but he was already asleep) so the four of us (her boyfriend was up as well) gathered on the dock and drank little shots of irish whisky and glayva and brandy while enjoying the beautiful weather.

the water was so calm and the sky was covered in a perfect layer of clouds that somehow lit the night and we just sat out there for at least an hour or two and just enjoyed the nature.

saturday we wake up and get fed organic blueberry and peach pancakes and then we go wandering in the woods to see svdw’s favourite swamp and we have a little snack there adn then wander off to the end of the ‘point’ that their cottage shares with about a hundred others. large point, still relatively large lots and isolated cottages. all the cottages are on the water and there’s no one ‘across the road.’

anyway at the end are all these rocks and this lovely sand and othercat gets inspired to go skinny dipping. off come his clothes down to his tighty whities and svdw and her man m and i just watch the show.

and what a show.

he walked

and he walked

and he walked some more

and still? he was only ankle deep! oh my word watching this man in his tighty whities walking endlessly in this lake that seemed so huge and deep and just getting his ankles wet? it was enough to have us crying tears of laughter.

eventually he managed to get his knees wet but by then he was walking in the rhubarb so he gave up.

never fear, upon our return to the cottage we had a nice drink and then off the dock we went in to the nice deep channel. i think i might have been in there for like half an hour and it was COLD but it was also the ‘last swim of the year’ AND it was in georgian bay which is cambrian shield and that water feels like home to me.

makes it hard to exit the lake.

anyway another gourmet dinner followed by a jam session with some drums and othercat’s sax and some wandering under the light of the full moon and enjoying the road and off i went to bed. turns out that they had a fire but i wanted to curl up in bed more than i wanted to hang with a fire.

anyway sunday… GOURMET OMELETTES! i know, where do i get so lucky?

anyway my knee was collapsing so M did some acupuncture on my knee (othercat has pics but i don’t have them yet) and then svdw’s brother showed up and offered boat rides. everyone but me jumped up with joy and i sort of went ‘but i’m sunbathing’ … and he said ‘better grab a jacket’ and that was it, i was decided, i wasn’t going ANYWHERE.

the sun felt like food and i couldn’t bear to put on any clothing.

so, i say half heartedly ‘now if you were offering water skiing…’ and he says ‘sure i’ll take you for a ski’ and i faint.

seriously, i’ve been wanting to water ski again for TWENTY TWO years. i was very good at it as a child but that was when i was thirteen, it’s been a loooooong time.

anyway so they leave me to sunbathe on the dock and off they go for their ride. an hour later? back they come and off i go.

first? i got up on the FIRST try. off a dock no less. i was pretty proud. anyway oh man you guys picture this.

thirty five year old woman
two water skis
very awkward stance
wavering every time she cuts over or through the wake
shrieking with glee (the ENTIRE TIME)
smile fourteen miles wide on her face

oh yeah. it was fucking awesome.

anyway after a bit (like five minutes or something) i fall and then get back up and ski for a while longer and then? oh yeah baby he drives close in to shore by the dock and i know i have two choices… quit or drop a ski. and i’m TIRED y’all….

i didn’t know how hard fucking water skiing was since when i was thirteen i was made of rubber bands and this stuff was easy!

so i drop a ski. i’m like ‘hey wtf if i fall i fall’

and i fell, but not before i did two or three turns on a slalom ski!!!!

and then j (boat man) makes me get up on one ski. a thing i’m not even sure i accomplished as a wondrously fit, healthy and strong twelve year old.

and the first time? i totally fuck it up but the second? I DID IT!

i was in shock, i got out of the water on one ski and i was SO proud… and then, thirty seconds later? oh yeah baby… face plant.

and that was it… i was so tired that i could hardly get into the boat… i was so tired that when i ran off the dock and into the lake a few minutes later? my leg buckled as i ran.

i was so tired i had to sun bathe for an hour before i could walk to the house.

man such magic.

and then? oh yeah MORE gourmet food!




  1. That all sounds so wonderful except for the water skiing.
    I am too afraid of hurting myself to try anything so courageous!

    The blueberry and peach pancakes sound delish as does othercat in his tightie whites!

    Comment by Madame X — September 12, 2006 @ 2:16 pm | Reply

  2. Wow… sounds great. I’ve got to get one more swim in my lake too. While the dock is still in the water. The neighbours have already all pulled theirs out of the water. So sad. But then again, pumpkins are coming, right???

    Comment by Sweet Li'l Gal — September 12, 2006 @ 3:53 pm | Reply

  3. The pix are up. I’m not ashamed to show my arse on the internet. Come and feast your eyes. Click here

    Comment by othercat — September 12, 2006 @ 8:14 pm | Reply

  4. This sounds like a really nice time you had! glad to hear you are having fun as summer closes :)

    Comment by HuneeB — September 12, 2006 @ 8:22 pm | Reply

  5. You always have such lovely weekend stories! I’ve never water skied but I have gone tubing and MAN that was fun, even if it did hur my butt and give me the wedgiest wedge that ever there was!

    Comment by JMai — September 12, 2006 @ 8:43 pm | Reply

  6. there’s so much glee in this post, i can’t help but smile!

    glad you had such a great time.

    Comment by terry, queen dork — September 12, 2006 @ 9:06 pm | Reply

  7. I forgot to mention that I love the title of this post :)

    Comment by HuneeB — September 13, 2006 @ 2:49 am | Reply

  8. nothing like feeling like a kid again … oh, and gourmet food to boot!!

    Comment by DZER — September 13, 2006 @ 5:17 am | Reply

  9. I really love the stories about your weekend getaways……it’s the best

    Comment by Kristen — September 13, 2006 @ 6:47 am | Reply

  10. I knew I had a reason to hate your guts.

    Comment by Hubris Humility — September 13, 2006 @ 7:38 am | Reply

  11. OMG I so totally feel you on the whole thing about the drivers. Every single day I see people blow past red lights without even thinking about it twice and I’m all like…”whatever hapened to traffic rules?” But you are right, people care more about where they are going and getting there on time. Of course we have a huge amount of accidents and fatalities. But people never think it will be them, you know? Until it is and they have killed someone and then they wished they had not crossed the red light because all of a sudden, getting to work on time and avoiding the anger of the boss seems like such a trivial thing when compared to the fact that they have just killed another human being.

    Anyway…lovely about the cottage. As I said, I am a city gal…but a weekend to a week off in the country is not a bad deal at all, especially when you have such nice accommodations and food. And fun stuff to do!


    Comment by Natalia — September 13, 2006 @ 9:55 am | Reply

  12. i am totally lusting after your weekend.

    Comment by kat — September 13, 2006 @ 3:11 pm | Reply

  13. Glad to hear you are enjoying life.

    Comment by Casually Me — September 13, 2006 @ 4:08 pm | Reply

  14. madame: it was awesome. and dude? i’m still sore and it was worth every second.

    and yeah, it was awesome.

    sweetgal: if i had a lake? i would buy a wetsuit and swim in october. well i like to say that.

    othercat: nice ass

    hunee: it was stellar

    jmai: oh i’ve never been tubing but that sounds awesome.

    i don’t get many real weekends off, so when i get them i take them.

    terry: excellent!


    Comment by sassinak — September 14, 2006 @ 1:06 am | Reply

  15. hunee: me too :)

    dzer: dude i went WATERSKIING!!!!

    kj: wow i didn’t realise y’all enjoyed them so much… i’ll tell more tales like this.

    hubris: one word:

    or three:
    eleven days off

    harrumph, i didn’t hate you for that it’s hardly fair to hate me for practising a sport that i love now is it?

    natalia: dude i do not know what is up. someone sideswiped my car the other day and the passenger mirror is broken and the door is all scraped.

    yes, i’m pissed. people keep trying to kill me or something.

    the cottage was excellent and the company was better… though i was having a not talking sort of weekend.

    kat: dude, i am too and i had it !!

    cas: i try to do that, life’s too short not to you know?

    Comment by sassinak — September 14, 2006 @ 1:09 am | Reply

  16. Great post about the cottage. I feel like I was there with you.

    Comment by clarity — September 14, 2006 @ 3:22 am | Reply

  17. Bummer about your car!

    Not like I have any right to say anything (Like AT ALL) but I miss your regularness…but if that means that you are away having fun by all means be irregular…lol that sounds funny! :) Hope life is treating you well! I’ll send you that book we talked about soon…

    Comment by HuneeB — September 14, 2006 @ 11:43 pm | Reply

  18. suddenly my protien shake doesn’t seem as appealing.

    god i’d kill for a gourmet omlette!

    i hate water skiing. i’m all over extreme sports and beating the shit out of myself, but for some reason water skiing and i just never meshed. same with wake boarding. gto figures.

    Comment by da buttah — September 15, 2006 @ 12:18 am | Reply

  19. Man, I’d love to be there with you…even in thought, it would feel great to be there with you. I want to get away!!

    Comment by kathi — September 15, 2006 @ 12:20 am | Reply

  20. OH YEAH!? WELL… hrm. *sulks & kicks pebbles* fine.

    Comment by Hubris Humility — September 15, 2006 @ 12:24 am | Reply

  21. clarity: excellent

    hunee: yeah i’m tired of it getting broken simply from parking in the wrong place. no one ever leaves a note.

    dude i miss my regularness.

    elle: protein shakes are not food replacements. eat!

    so have one? i know you can cook you’ve admitted it before… or oven bake it for less frying fat.

    hey i don’t ever want to bungee jump… no appeal whatsoever… so you know, it’s all good.

    kathi: well, um… pack a tent and the boys and go?

    hubris: *chuckles*

    Comment by sassinak — September 15, 2006 @ 1:02 am | Reply

  22. Your story warmed my heart. Sounds like you all had a fantastic time!

    Have a great weekend :)

    Comment by RobynB — September 15, 2006 @ 8:30 am | Reply

  23. I laughed all over again remembering othercat walking on the water in his “tightie whities”. I checked out his pictures, too. Thanks for your wonderful descriptions of our weekend at the cottage.

    Comment by synchofusion — September 19, 2006 @ 2:28 pm | Reply

  24. robyn: thanks babe, it was freaking awesome.

    i did thanks :)

    synchofusion: hey you made it home!

    oh man, othercat as jesus, we should paint it or something! and you’re welcome but i don’t feel i did that awesome weekend justice :)

    Comment by sassinak — September 19, 2006 @ 11:51 pm | Reply

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