A Quick Few Days in Canada and Now Off to Separate Cities!

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we had a whirlwind of our 3 days in Toronto/Scarborough/Kitchener-Waterloo area in Ontario, Canada! we were essentially moving from place to place very quickly so we really didn’t get to play tourists. i suppose that will just mean we will have to go back! we did however spend an additional few more minutes at Niagara Falls and it was outstanding (and frigid):

niagara falls ice blockyes, that is a 4-inch (or 10.6 cm for the rest of the world on the metric system) layer of ICE. then we had some other tourist take our photo because we love photos together (if you couldn’t tell).

healthy relationship ryan avery and chelsea avery niagara fallswe really didn’t stay out there very long because we were being covered in droplets of ice. not for me. apparently my Colorado roots have left and i am such a wimp in the cold-it’s embarrassing. however, those same roots highly impressed my husband. our rental car didn’t come with an ice scraper so i used our hotel room key to scrape the windshield. he stared in disbelief and then said “wow. this is my favorite thing about you today!” it’s the little things, isn’t it.

my husband gave a great workshop in what i expect to be one of the most festive venues yet in the Scarborough Civic Center. that’s our nifty banner that we lug all over the place. it packs down in a hardshell case and weighs 42 pounds which means i have 8 pounds worth of excess clothing to shove in there when we fly. yay!

healthy relationship how to be a speaker avery tourlast night he spoke at the University of Waterloo and it was all snowy and festive out (but again…below freezing so i may have been a little cranky being out there to take photos).

healthy relationship blog ryan avery niagara fallsi will have you know that i’m standing in the middle of the street to take this photos-that’s how good of a life AND business partner i am.

this venue takes the cake for having the fanciest ‘green room’ where Ravery goes and gets in the zone before he speaks. there were mirror lights, a little TV in the corner where he could see and hear into the room where he was about to speak in so naturally we had to pretend we were movie stars.

healthy relationship blog chelsea averythat’s what movie stars would do, right? right.

it even had a bathroom and SHOWERS in it. so fancy! i contemplated taking a shower

just so i could say that i did. i refrained but mostly because i didn’t have any conditioner.

that’s what he looks like as he “brushin’ the dirt off his shoulders.” haaaaa!

healthy relationship blog ryan avery dressing room fancy canadawe had a snowy drive out of Canada and into Buffalo, NY, where we both sit now and wait for our flights. i actually just managed to get my flight changed to depart 5 hours earlier AND i’m on the same flight as Ravery! yay!

we land in Washington, DC and then he flies to Portland to give a keynote tomorrow and i fly to Colorado for some business and family time. so happy- although i am already feeling some separation anxiety but i know i know…”distance makes the heart grow fonder” but still.

good thing i’ll have this picture to look at for 4 days. ha!

ryan and chelsea averythe new wifestyle: no matter what you are doing, make sure that you are having FUN while doing it!

1) what’s the most time apart you and your significant other have spent apart? (ours is 7 months-do not make me do that again)
2) how well do you adapt to cold weather?
3) do you like flying? (i don’t love it the anticipating leading up to it but i love that it allows me to see the people i love!)


  1. Sarah Alvey

    December 11, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    1. The longest Jeff and I have been apart was 7 months when he was deployed to Afghanistan. We have other seperations that were 3 or 4 months but that was the longest.
    2. I thought I’d adapt well when we moved to Washington but apparently my time in CA made me a wimp when it comes to the cold because I am not adapting well at all.
    3. I don’t mind flying.. as long as its a smooth ride.

    • chelsea

      December 13, 2013 at 9:14 am

      thanks so much for your comment Sarah!! i cannot imagine how incredibly tough those 7 months were for you both-i would have been in a constant state of panic. thank him for his service for me (and for you too)!

      oh i bet living in California was delightfully warm so thanks for empathetic in the cold! hope you are doing well and love seeing pictures of your cute little one!

  2. Victor Gascon

    December 16, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Thanks for the great post! You brought back great memories of a February visit to Niagara Falls. It was cold, but much drier than what you and Ryan encountered.

    Merry Christmas and I hope you and Ryan have a wonderful holiday season!

    • chelsea

      December 18, 2013 at 9:21 am

      thanks for your comment Victor-so fun that you were there in february-jealous that you had drier weather 🙂 merry christmas to you as well and hope you have a great start to the new year!