Oakville Jazz

I finally had a nice relaxing weekend. I have discovered that I have always confused relaxation with boredom and tiredness. On Saturday night I slept for over 12 hours. I thought I must have been REALLY tired, when in fact, I was just relaxed. Most weekends I wake up at 8:30am and jump out of bed because my mind if filled with things that I have to do around the house, things to buy, and things I need to remember to do at work on Monday. For the last week I have been practising at focusing my thoughts and organizing myself. This weekend I did not let myself think about work, nor did I worry about what needed to be done around the house or bought. Wow it felt GREAT! On Saturday, after my first of two sleep-ins, I got up, sat around in my pjs for a while and then Ray and I went into Oakville. The Oakville Jazz Festival was on in the evenings this weekend so we decided to head into town early in the day and enjoy some of the parks along the waterfront. It was a gorgeous day and we had a wonderful time despite the INSANE number of weddings taking place. Mental note: Going to a park on the lake at 3:00pm on a Saturday in the middle of August...not such a good idea. I just wonder how many people will forever remember me walking down the pathway as they look at pictures of their most important day.

Anyway, regardless of the total chaos at the park, we did spend some time walking around the lakeshore and downtown. It was very nice. Later in the evening we joined the rest of the crowd on Lakeshore Blvd, which they had closed down for the event. We grabbed a beer from in front of a small restaurant and sat at a little table on the street. We enjoyed the sun and the breeze and watched the people go by. After our drink we walked up to another restaurant and grabbed a veal on a bun. Yummy.

The music was fanatastic. They had 6 stages set up along Lakeshore and you could just walk around and listen to whatever type of jazz you liked. There was Swing, Dixieland Jazz, more contemporary jazz, and they even had bands from Cuba and South America. Overall it was very well done and worth going back to see again next year.