Let's Go To The Ex!

september

I wanna say "Happy September" to you all but I feel like that's maybe an oxymoron for some! Plus, it's the day after a long weekend so I'm sure some of us are feeling sorta sluggish this morning. But mostly I hope everyone had a nice long weekend and were able to enjoy some fun and relaxation time!

My weekend had a bit of both. Friday evening I had a nice early night and took advantage of the much needed downtime I craved. After running some errands on Saturday, I celebrated a friend's birthday in the evening with some drinks, friends and a few bars downtown. I'm happy we didn't get rained on and the weather held up! After some "recovery" time on Sunday and doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with a friend (lol), my last official day of Summer was indeed spent at the Ex!

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We went with intentions to meet up with our two other friends, Burke and Somya. But it was a bit chaotic for the CNE's last day and they had arrived much earlier than us that by the time they were ready to leave, we still wanted to stick around and see the lights at night (always my favourite part about the Ex!). So for the day, it was me, my friend Michelle and sister.

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We first went on over to the Farm Building since it was the closest one to the entrance. One of the first booths I saw was the one selling beeswax candles which I absolutely love:

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They smell pretty incredible! I still have some candles I bought from here a few years ago and haven't been able to part with them! They are especially perfect for the start of Fall coming up.

And then we scooped out the animals!

Lamas:

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Sheep:

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Horses:

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A cute calf :) :

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Pigs:

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And even a turkey:

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Michelle loved the scarecrows!

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They had some amazing butter sculptures too -- Emmett from the Lego Movie (the whole day, we couldn't stop singing "Everything Is Awesome"):

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And Gandalf from Lord of the Rings:

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We made our way into the Arts, Crafts and Hobbies building afterwards. When we first got inside, we were wondering what the "LEFT! LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT!" yelling was all about. Then we saw:

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I remember these guys from last year; it's like a little act they put on and the audience gets a kick out of it!

I always love the booths they have in this building. It's always reassuring coming back to the same ones they have every year, such as Retro Christmas:

Naturally, I love all their Beatles merch :)

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And all their I Love Lucy stuff:

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Then there was this booth I hadn't quite noticed before -- mesmerizing oriental-influenced lanterns:

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These things are always both fascinating -- and quite, frankly, a little bit creepy! Crystallizeit.com takes photos of anything you want and can put them on 2D, 3D or even coloured crystals. There were even bobble heads on display (which my sister insisted she wanted of herself so badly). The end result though makes pictures of your loved ones look almost ghostly:

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Michelle found this for me (close enough to my own name!):

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And would you believe there's a booth called "Krazy Kitty"?!:

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And then we finally headed back outside for some fresh air:

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And then I got myself one of these:

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We caught a bit of the Air Show from the Ex, too!:

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After sitting around and enjoying the sunshine for a bit, we headed into the Direct Energy Centre for some more shopping and sight-seeing.

We saw some amazing sand sculptures:

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The castle was definitely one of my favourites:

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And Star Wars!:

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A line of faux veggies that looked so real:

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Beautiful flowers:

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More merch from the Lego Movie (hence, our singing continued):

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I loved this -- Lord of the Rings meets the Beatles:

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Harry Potter and Ninja Turtles:

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A GIANT! Transformers!:

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And some more Harry Potter merch:

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Miche looking fab, posed in front of the military truck:

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We continued walking around some more, just going from booth to booth. Out of no where, all three of us seemed to get extremely tired at the exact same time and desperately wanted to rest for a bit! There was a middle area where people were just lounging around on Muskoka chairs and even just on the carpet. We took the carpet.

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For probably about 40 minutes, we rested there and relaxed before making our way to grab some dinner, lol.

On the way to the food court, we passed by these unbelievable and nerve-wrecking tight-rope walkers!:

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I almost couldn't watch!! I was cringing so much!

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(Thankfully, it all ended good!)

We caught a fabulous performance by Marshall Dane and his band:

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The audience still wanted more even when their set was done, so he came on over and played some acoustic for us:

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At last, it was finally getting darker as the evening went on and all the beautiful lights came out. There's such an energy that goes on when this happens!:

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The Polar Express ride:

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And the Crazy Mouse, some of my favourites!:

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Just like when I was a little girl, it was a great way to end the Summer. Cheers to Summer 2014!

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