Happy new year! I hope everyone’s 2018 got off to a great start. I spent New Year’s Eve with my boyfriend. Before I get too far into that I’ll start back on Friday.


Rocky Ridge YMCA Tour

Friday was another cold day – last week we had really cold weather here in Calgary, so much so that there was a weather advisory – so I didn’t end up doing much. It’s really hard to talk yourself into going outside with it’s -40 outside with the windchill. The roads weren’t in great shape either thanks to a bunch of snow, so they were another reason to stay close to home.

I did venture out with my dad to take a tour of the new YMCA that opens in a few weeks near me. This facility has been a long time coming and I’m so excited to start working out here! While we weren’t able to actually go into the gym (we were only able to check it out from above), it still looks like it’s going to be great. I was a little disappointed we weren’t able to check out the change rooms either. Oh well, I’ll be able to get a look at them soon.

I currently workout at a YMCA, so I’ll have access to this new one when it opens. There’s a lot more cardio equipment and benches than at the one I currently go to, so I’m super excited about that.

Tim Horton's Hot Chocolate

On the way home my dad and I stopped at Tim Horton’s to get some hot chocolate and coffee to warm up.


I had originally had a book club night planned for Saturday, but unfortunately it had to be moved to mid January instead. As a result I didn’t have anything else going on because I thought I was going to be out already. It was actually kind of nice to have some extra time to catch up on some stuff around the house and on the blog. I got some laundry done that I was putting off as well as getting a couple blog posts started.


For New Year’s Eve I went over to my boyfriend’s place. He lives downtown with a great view of the fireworks that go off at city hall. He’d bought some meat, cheese, and olives that we put together for a charcuterie board. I didn’t take any photos of the food, but it was a great combination. We snacked on that throughout the night. For dinner we made pizza, which also turned out pretty good. We stayed in and watched some hockey and Netflix before the fireworks started at midnight. I’m very glad that we were able to see the fireworks while still being warm and cozy inside.

Black Cherry Cider

We also drank some delicious beers and ciders. This one was definitely my favorite from New Year’s Eve. My boyfriend brought it back for me when he went home for Christmas, thinking that I’d like it. We also split a cranberry sour that was also pretty tasty.


I stayed the night and since I had splurged and parked my car in a heated parkade instead of the street like I usually do, it was so nice to get into a nice warm car and not have to worry about cleaning off snow and scraping frost off the windows.

Our family usually has a big dinner on New Year’s Day, and this year was no different. We had ham, scalloped potatoes, broccoli, and sour dough bread. It was all delicious and thankfully there’s lots of leftovers for this week.

Did you do anything fun for New Year’s Eve? Tell me about it in the comments. 

New Year’s Eve Weekend Recap