Saturday, August 25, 2007

Moving, Part I

I don't mean to rant, but have you ever noticed that when you move, 80% of your stuff takes 20% of the time to pack and put somewhere, and vice versa? We're at the last 20%, all the little stuff that doesn't fit anywhere but still needs to go, all the knick-knacky things, the unwieldy kitchen appliances that don't quite go in a box, the cleaning supplies that take up so much room, the cords, the spice racks, the tea bags, the bamboozles and wuzzles! Wait, no, that's Dr. Seuss.

Right now I'm sitting on my mattress with my keyboard in my lap while DH vacuums our now-empty bedroom. I admit I've taken an escape route, refusing for fifteen minutes to figure out how best to pack a large muffin tin, myriad pieces of Tupperware, and breakable glasses into a box. Very, very soon this will involve me simply putting a box together and throwing stuff in willy-nilly, just to GET IT DONE. I'm very, very excited that we're moving to our first house, and I'll laugh all about it in a week, but currently I am sticky and unwashed and I want the maid to come take care of all this and I gave her the weekend off, that sneaky little minx. She took the jet to the Hamptons.

Thus as of Monday I will not have Internet until we set it up at the new place or unless I go to school, not too far away, but still not as convenient as right at home. Oh, and I may be getting a new desk, new to me but an antique, which explains why I even mention it. It's not like, whee, new desk! Yeah! This one came from some sort of university and has wrought-iron sides, a little shelf, and it opens up like those desks you had in grade school (but it's wooden, not whatever they were made of. Stone, it felt like, when you inevitably slammed your finger with the top of it). So, yes, pictures. Aaand, hopefully I will have pictures of my tomatoes, which I take absurd pride in. I hope I can move them to the new place! Any suggestions on transportation?

OK, folks, I better get back to the grind--have a great weekend!

Coming attraction: I read the most interesting article about a professor who made his students go technology free (radio, cell phone, TV, etc.) for 24 hours and then had them write about it. Ponder that, my dears.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Back to Reality

Yes, it's been a while, but I believe I mentioned I went on my honeymoon, finally. Ten glorious days of nobody calling, no responsibilities, great food, and utter relaxation. How much better does it get?

To give the Reader's Digest version, we flew out of Toronto in order to avoid an international flight. DH does not have a passport and we figured we'd rather do it that way than pay $400 to get one expedited. According to the website, it currently takes 10-12 weeks to get a passport for regular paying folks. I will not go into a diatribe here about the governmental snarl we as a country created, but I'm sure some of you have an idea of what I might rant about. Anyway, after a remarkably uneventful flight to Victoria, BC (on which we had the rare pleasure of watching Blades of Glory) we spent two beautiful days there exploring, eating delicious fresh fish, and drinking some of the many microbrews each restaurant had to offer. We also did the posh stage of our trip, staying in the sumptuous Fairmont Empress Hotel, right on the harbor:So beautiful! We spent our time walking around town (or taking the harbor ferries and almost getting run over by a seaplane, once, as pictured below) and taking everything in.
On our first full day, a Sunday, we woke to find ourselves smack in the middle of Deuce Day, an antique car show that primarily showcases "The Deuce", a hotrod built in 1932. Just tons of beautiful antique cars perfectly restored, primarily from that year and a few others.
One of our favorites included the woody driven by the warden of Alcatraz. Just gorgeous stuff; I'm not an old car fan, but these amazed us.

We also (and I just have to throw in a few great pictures) went to the Legislative Building, basically the capital building of the province, Victoria being the capital of British Columbia. I could not believe a 25 year-old novice architect built this place. Here are just a few shots; DH took the terrific one of the ceiling of the place.
That last one is Queen Victoria's window they put up for her inauguration. After a glorious two days in Canada, we took the ferry to Lopez Island, where our friend M.'s parents let us use their house for the rest of the week. Lopez is one of the smaller San Juan Islands, less commercial than the other main ones, so the rest of the week had us wandering the rocky beaches and one Shark Reef Sanctuary (no sharks, but tons of harbor seals), kayaking, catching an 11lb. salmon that we ate for the next two days, and generally having the most relaxing honeymoon possible, with the exception of climbing to the top of Mt. Constitution at the end of the week. I found it hard to return, although now I'm hot in the middle of packing to move into our new house! And now I'll leave you with a few mountain pictures and one of the great sunset shots I got on our first night there.