My Recent Unknown Adventures

It was my birthday recently, so my wife prepared a big surprise weekend for me.

She set up a sleep-over at my mom’s house for our kids, told me to grab my suit, and we hopped in the car this past Friday night.

After dropping off the kids, we drove off to Brampton to attend a church function, which was quite peaceful and vivifying. 🙂

It was fun because all the way through our outing, she was telling me, “Ok, now go here; turn there, etc.”

So, next we went to The Keg for a late dinner.  Do you know The Keg?  It’s famously known as being a great steak house.  I’d been there several time during work meals, but my wife had never been there (plus, we had a $25 gift card for it).

Man, oh, man!  I was SO happy with my order!  For an appetizer, we’d ordered a platter of mushrooms, sweet potato fries, and asparagus in butter.   My goodness, I felt like crying because it was SO good…especially when you mix all 3 items together.  I still want to cry just thinking about it; it was delicious!

For the main course, I got Cajun chicken with mashed potatoes.  Again, it was amazing.

So then my wife began again with the “Go here, turn there” and we ended up at the Sheraton Hotel by the Toronto airport.  She got a good price for it on  So we had a nice stay in a 4-star hotel for probably half price. 🙂

In the morning, we took our time getting up.  We left around 10:15am and again she told me where to go.  This time, we ended up at the AMC Theater and watched “Inception”.  Of course, it was very entertaining.  We saw “Salt” last week and I liked Inception better.

For lunch she directed us to our favorite Indian buffet restaurant on Bovaird.  Nice!

Next, we started driving north out of Brampton and turned down some country road; eventually we ended up at a place I was only semi-aware about…a place called “The Badlands“.  It’s a big deposit of minerals that looks like red rocks of the deserts in Utah/Arizona.  Here’s a pic:

Weird, huh?

Next, for fun, I took HER somewhere close by that I love; I took her to a winding road called “Forks of the Credit Road”.  After that, we went home.

Nice Friday/Saturday, wasn’t it?  Also, kudos to my wife for planning such a tricky and fun and romantic way to celebrate a birthday!


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    • sally
    • August 8, 2010

    Hi Shawn,

    Belated Happy Birthday!

    Wow! Congratulations to your wife for successfully preparing that Big Birthday surprise for you. Amazing! I felt your emotions and i am so GLAD you have a wonderful and fun weekend with your wife. (who say’s you don’t like surprises? -:) lol

    Thanks for sharing it with us Shawn, you give me a nice idea, maybe one day i will do the same surprise for my boyfriend too ( once i got one! lol

    God Bless you and your family

    1. Reply

      Thanks, Sally. Glad you liked it. I hope you get to use some of these ideas soon!

    • Lee
    • August 9, 2010

    Hello Shawn,

    Thank you for sharing your surprise birthday week-end. It sounds like you had a perfect birthday and the most beautiful thing was that it was shared with the person you love, your wonderful wife. She gave you her gift of love in the most amazing way. You are very blessed.

    Each gift was a treasure
    so precious to receive.
    Given with love this keepsake,
    stored in lasting memory,
    a true blessing indeed.

    Happy Birthday Shawn!

    Take care, always.

    1. Reply

      THanks, Lee. Yes, I’m pretty lucky to have a wife that planned out such a fun adventure; each step was a surprise!

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