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My Trip So Far – A Quick Summary

Hey, remember when I said that I was planning to do a much better job of blogging this trip than I did of blogging my last trip. Apparently, I was full of crap. So, let’s see if I can do a quick summary of all the awesome things I’ve been doing instead of blogging. Let’s begin at the beginning.

When I left Vancouver on Tuesday night, I was sad that I was going to miss being in the city for game 7 of the Stanley Cup. As it turned out, the thing I’m actually sad about (well, in addition to the Canucks not winning) is that a bunch of punks decided to act like complete assholes, burning up cars and looting stores and wrecking my city’s reputation to boot. On a more happy note, many of those jerks were stupid enough to commit their crimes on camera, so they are getting nailed for it, as they should. They don’t represent my city or my team. The real fans and the real Vancouverites are the ones who were out the next day cleaning up the mess left behind by the jerks.

Anyway. Bygones.

Wednesday, before the unpleasantness that was Game 7, Sarah and I had a lovely time at the National Art Gallery. The NAG will get its own blog posting, because this is just quick summary posting of my adventures so far, but suffice it to say that with Sarah’s assistance, I made it both into and out of the NAG without having to see the massive spider outside. It was not an easy feat, but I accomplished it.

Thursday I got up much later than I’d been hoping to, mostly due to having stayed up late watching coverage of the riot, but also because I’d only slept for about 3 hours on my red-eye flight from Vancouver on Tuesday night. Regardless, we still had enough time to enjoy the day. We got to tour the Royal Canadian Mint – which was my first choice for things that I wanted to check out that I hadn’t yet seen1. The Mint is totally getting its own blog posting as well, because it’s freaking cool and I learn many interesting things that I’m sure you are all dying to know. Suffice it to say that I picked up a gold bar that was worth more than half a million dollars2! On the way back to Sarah’s we stopped by 24 Sussex Drive for some photo opps.


While we were there, Prime Minister Harper got a Coca-Cola delivery:


You know who else gets Coke deliveries to their house? Totally normal people.

Thursday night Sarah made us some kick ass eggplant parmesan – her Nonna’s recipe – and we drank some lovely Stoneleigh wine. We also watched “Too Big To Fail,” which was rather mind-blowing. If you haven’t watched it, I suggest you do!


Sarah and Baby V

For Friday morning, we’d thought about fitting in one more tourist-y thing before we headed out to drop me off at my family reunion, but decided it would be a much better plan to just relax around Sarah’s place – definitely a good call on our part3. Then it was off to pick up Sarah’s Nonna in Kingston, with a quick stop at Canadian Tire so I could pick up a Father’s Day gift for my Dad, and then off to drop me off in Gananoque for my family reunion.

Worton Family Reunion 2011

The family reunion will require a blog posting of its own, but definitely the most exciting thing about it was that it was where I *finally* got to meet my nephew in person! He’s the cutest little baby boy I’ve ever met! Here’s a picture of me, my nephew, and my niece4 :

Day 362

Now I’m in Toronto at my sister’s place. It’s getting rather late, so I think I’ll hit the hay. Tomorrow, I have to finish up my guest lecture for Dr. Dan’s class, make something for my parents’ upcoming 40th anniversary (!) and make a “chicken” pot pie5, because I’ve been telling Nancy & Jeff how freaking delicious it is and now I have to prove it!

  1. There are sooo many cool things to see and do in Ottawa, what with it being the capital and all, so despite having been there a few times, there’s still so many things I have yet to see. On my last trip we did the Diefenbunker – have I mentioned how much I loved the freaking Diefenbunker? []
  2. But which is not, however, the most expensive thing I’ve ever touched! You’ll have to wait for my Mint blog posting to find out what is! []
  3. Plus, I know I’ll be back to visit again, so I’ll get around to visiting all the sites I want to visit eventually!! []
  4. Who just so happens to be the cutest little girl ever! []
  5. Note: Does not actually contain any pot []


T-minus 3.25 hours ’til vacation time

Tonight, I hop on a 737 at 11 pm and will be whisked 4,000 km to the east, arriving in Ottawa at 8 am tomorrow. I originally planned to take this trip almost a year ago when my Granny’s side of the family announced plans to have a family reunion in Eastern Ontario. A few months later, my sister announced she would have a new baby by that time, so the trip became a family reunion/meet my new nephew trip. And, since I’m all about efficiency, why not throw a side-trip to Ottawa to visit Sarah & Dave, and a guest lecture in Dr. Dan’s course at U of Guelph in for good measure?

Thus, my schedule looks something like this:

  • June 14 – red-eye flight to Ottawa1.
  • June 15-17 – gallivanting in Ottawa
  • June 17 -19 – meeting up with the fam in Gananoque for the family reunion
  • June 20 – Toronto
  • June 21 – giving a guest lecture in Dr. Dan’s class at U of G2
  • June 22-24 – more Toronto3
  • June 24 – fly home.

Then, of course, since I’m insane, I’m running a half marathon on June 26 at 7 am.  Just writing this all out makes me so tired that I want to cry.

Other random thoughts:

  • I started packing on Saturday, a full three days before I would usually start packing4. I had to do this because I was out all day on Sunday, worked and then went out to watch the Canucks game last night, and am working5 today and then off for a massage and chiro appointment and then its pretty much off to the airport. The reason I don’t usually pack in advance is because once I have that suitcase open, I keep throwing more and more things in it – so this has given me 3 extra days to think “Oh yeah, but what if I want to wear *this* shirt? Oh, and I totally need *this* pair of shoes!” and now my suitcase weighs one billion pounds.
  • I realized last night that I had packed neither my bathing suit nor my PJs. Glad I realized this last night and not once I’d left!
  • My vacation officially starts at 4:15 pm, the end of my workday. By 4:45 pm, I’ll be on the massage table. I think this is a highly civilized way to start one’s vacation.
  • Also, can someone please remind me to use my vacation time next year to travel to somewhere awesome? I mean, I’m using my vacation this year for some awesome things – I do like seeing my Ontario peeps, my 10-day long hockey game is going to be epic!, and a road trip down the coast with my sister and her munchkins6 will rock – but I still haven’t been anywhere terribly exciting since my trip to the Dominican a year and a half ago! Eek! Can I declare now that 2012 will be the year of international travel?
  • How the hell is it June already? Where did the first half of the year go?
  • Here’s hoping I do a better job of blogging this trip to Ontario than I did my last trip to Ontario!
  1. I *so* love taking red-eye flights out east. I totally begrudge losing a day (with the combination of the flight time and the time zone difference) to travel and since I’m tiny enough and sleep-deprived enough, I can usually sleep through the whole flight, meaning that my time is no more lost than it is if I am asleep in my bed. Less comfortable, to be sure – but not wasted. []
  2. And, since I haven’t been back to U of G – my alma mater #2 of 3 – since I finished my M.Sc. in 2000, there will definitely be gallivanting, cavorting, and, undoubtedly, shenanigans around campus. []
  3. Including seeing Kalev on June 22 and celebrating my dad’s belated birthday on June 23 []
  4. Yes, I usually pack the day of, unless it’s a morning flight – then I pack the night before []
  5. Note: I’m actually writing this on Monday night after getting back from the game. I’m just scheduling it to post Tuesday afternoon. But I’m writing it in present tense so it *looks* like I’m writing it today. Because I’m cool like that. []
  6. Which is what I’m planning to use some of my vacay time in early August for []