6.16.2009

Super Fun Vaca -- Day 4

I’m in Vancouver.

The one in Canada. Not the one in Washington (which I didn’t even know existed until my bloggy bestie Cathy pointed it out to me).

And Super Fun Vaca Day 4 started out like stink on a skunk.

Sunday night, on the last leg of our day o’ plane, something happened inside my ear. And I’m thinking that my ear drum might possibly have burst. Again. My right ear is all kinds of messed up, and I have had the worst trouble with it in the last couple of years. And something about that flight into Canada didn’t sit well with the ole’ auditory system. And when my ears hurt, I turn into a whiney pile of mush. So, when we got to our hotel (finally), I took my meds and hit the sack.

And woke up Monday morning in mourning. Because I realized that MY SUPER FUN IN REAL LIFE MEETING wasn’t going to happen. You see, Gretchen and I had planned to have a date. Yes. I was to meet Mrs. Jewels In Her Crown Someday herself. We both were already bummed out about some mechanical issues she was having with her family’s vehicles, and then when my ear decided to have its own mechanical breakdown, the two of us decided that it probably just wasn’t in the Plan for us yesterday. We’re both mightily bummed out, but are trusting that perhaps it was just God’s protection at work. Because amazingly enough, I began feeling better yesterday evening and her cars are back in working order. We just weren’t meant to be out and about yesterday. Praise Jesus for protection, even when we don’t understand it and it seems unfair.

So, with my plans for Day 4 thrown out the window, I was left to bum around the hotel. I napped. I played around on the computer. And I took the longest shower of my life…..because I didn’t have to worry about the hot water heater running out of water and because I didn’t have a little person yelling, “MOM! He threw me off the couch!” mid-shampoo. Blissful heaven. In fact, the most fantastic thing about this whole vaca thing might just be the ability to take longer than 0.3 seconds to shave my legs.

I had some time to poke around the room, and look what it has!
Yes. A recycling bin. In the room. (Lisa, this is NOT the place for you!) What is so sad is that I’m not sure what I’m supposed to put in it. I’m assuming paper….but I just am so eco-friendly-ignorant. That’s how they grow us down South.

And there is also bamboo growing in our bathroom. Or “washroom” as you are supposed to say up here.I do have to say that Rosie is being very well-taken care of by the Canadians. They were so thoughtful and gave Rosie her own resting place in our hotel room.
And, look. They even named a restaurant after her. Bless her pink heart.

I met the husband for lunch at a swanky hotel restaurant. I didn’t have a camera to take a picture of my lunch, which I quickly reprimanded myself for. I ordered a Caesar salad, because it was really the only thing that I understood on the menu. But I had to ask them to hold the anchovies. Not sure why anyone would want small fish on a perfectly good salad, but whatev.

After lunch, the husband was back off to a meeting about something-or-other, and I decided that since I was dressed, I would go do a little window shopping. And there wasn’t a place that ended in “Mart” in the whole lineup. Swanky, people. We’re talking faincy.

Like Tiffany’s. But they weren’t serving breakfast. I checked. The security guard there is not friendly, by the way. So much for my Southern charm.

And Armani. The security guard there also didn’t find my incessant need to smile and greet everyone that I meet (my mama trained me well, thanky) amusing.

And then Louis Vuitton.

And Coach.

And a ton of other stores that I only have read about in magazines. I felt very cosmopolitan. Although I stuck out like a sore thumb. Because people up here don’t dress like we belles do.

I spotted a sign for Tim Horton’s….which I coincidentally had just watched a documentary on just the other day. Think Krispy Kreme or Dunkin’ Donuts…Maple Leaf style. So, I stopped in and picked up a little sumthin-sumthin.


It was yummy, but the fact that the girl who checked me out didn’t even make eye contact or say “thank you” bugged me just a smidge.

While I was bemoaning the lack of good stranger manners, but using mine (of course!), I was told that I “Talk Funny.” Thank you very much, Mr. Sorey, I will keep my “y’alls” and “atchas.”

Enough culture shock for one afternoon.


Back to the hotel to do a little bit of nothing. I had good plans to straighten up the disaster zone that is to be my home for the next few days, but instead had a great chat with Tiffani. She made me feel better by speaking of pork chops. I heart that girl.

Off to dinner with the husband. And Tim and Sandra. Tim and Kirk work together, and they travel together frequently. Sandra tags along on trips like I do, so we usually end up together on these kinds of trips.


Our hotel is right in the middle of downtown Vancouver, so we headed out walking.

I wore these shoes.

Big mistake. My feet hurt now.

We found a restaurant that looked cozy and quaint. It was very nice, but I didn’t really understand much of what was on the menu. And what I could understand it, I wasn’t sure why anyone would want that kind of combination of food going down the ole’ food pipe.

I recognized the word quesadilla. And the words that accompanied were spinach.tomatoes.peppers. So I felt relatively safe.


It was okay. I would have rather had Tiffani’s butter-slathered porkchops, but I dealt.

Kirk had some tuna dish, but, y'all....it was raw! It looked like they had just taken the tuna straight from the sea, chopped it up, and plopped it on the plate. And when I found out that there were fish eggs on the plate with the raw tuna, I about lost my roasted peppers.


Thank goodness for Key Lime Pie. And I ate every bite of that.


Here we are.
I think this picture was taken pre-fish eggs….which is why I still have color in my cheeks.

And this is Tim and Sandra.


After dinner, we walked some more.

And some more.

And some more.

And my feet are killing me this morning. So much for cute shoes. Hello, flip flops, for the rest of the week.

Stay tuned for Day 5 of Super Fun Vaca.


Super Fun Vaca Day 4. Over and out.

18 comments:

Mich said...

Feeling better?

I love and miss you bunches!

Cathy said...

I feel the need to point something out...
we're much friendlier down here in Or-ee-gon (like some people like to pronounce it, but in fact is not correct). Just sayin'.;)

Oh and I threw up a little in my mouth when you were talking about the tuna. Gulp...shoot. Just did it again.

Oh and the hubs is sporting a half grin. Tell him he can't fool me. Those dimples will give him away every time.

And if you ever do make it to Origun :) we'll hit all the hotspots like....Super WalMart, Target, Old Navy, Goodwill, Original Pancake house, and the like...

Kendra said...

Recycle bin: I do believe it's universal for the main recyclables: glass, plastic #1 & 2, paper, cardboard, aluminum.

Tuna up there is not out of the can, it's caught and served pretty darned fresh. But probably cooked. If not, your hubby ate sushi!

Anchovies are also in most Caesar dressings, so you probably still ate some! Be warned!

To sound Canadian: if you bump in to someone, just say "Sorey aboot that, eh?" Works like a charm.

And Wayne's favorite Canadian joke: How do you spell Canada? C-eh N- eh D -eh. If you don't get it, ask a Canadian.

Keep having fun!!!

Glo said...

Hey Amber! I'm sorry you didn't feel well because of your ear at first, but glad you are feeling better. That tuna dish thingy sounded pretty gross to me too. GAG!!! Does Kirk ever smile?!LOL Just askin'! By the way, is Sandra's last name Kirksey? She really looks familiar! Hope the rest of your trip is better.

Terry Lewallen said...

Vancouver!!! Got to cruise through there on our way to Whistler this past March. Very cool city...although we found it kind of interesting that most of the buildings looked somewhat the same and couldn't decide if we thought that was cool or kind of sterile and boring. Cool city, nonetheless. You are actually only a few hours away from my new home sweet home down here in Washington (very seldom do I get to say "down here" in Washington). How long do you get to stay? Way cool that you get to travel with Kirk. Wish I would've known you were doing day 4 mostly solo...I might couldn't arranged for my man to keep the boys and headed up to speak some southernese with ya.

mimi said...

I ordered tuna by mistake once. I was picturing a giant, cooked chunk of tuna. Surprisingly that sounded yummy to me...it arrived giant and raw. I made G eat it instead.

You are on a super fun vaca!And not too far from me ;)I'm an hour from Canada.

Jo said...

In spite of some of your setbacks, it looks like you're have a great time, exploring and shopping and eating. I'm just a wee bit envious that I'm not there, too.
After living in Olympia (while working in DuPont) and living in Salem for so long, I miss the good ol' Pacific NW. Right now, with all the storms a'brewing and tornado threats, I miss it even more!

I hope the rest of your trip is stupendous, and that you have a safe trip home.

Luvya!

p.s. Tell "Mr. Carries pink bags" that Aunt Jo says "HI".

Mandy said...

Yeah, Canada looks pretty, but I think I would probably starve to death . . .

Was what Kirk ate called Tuna TarTar?

Blech. I don't even liked cooked fish.

Gretchen said...

So soddy you didn't get a MIRL w/Jewels. I hear she's a gem. ;)

Gladdy mcglad you're feeling better. There are so many Canadians here that I forget to notice the accent anymore. Haven't beeeeeeen to Canada in probably 5 yrs, but I remember really enjoying our visit. Hugs!

Tiffani said...

The buttery were pork chops far outshined your plate, my dear...

Tim Horton's looked delish...though!

You are looking cute as ALWAYS and I LOVE the hot showers at hotels, too!

Can't wait for more details...

Stephanie @ My Answered Prayer said...

Glad you are feeling better and hope you made it through today all smiles...hehe! I miss you...I can't believe that it's another week and a half until we're in the same town.

lisa@littlesliceoflife said...

I likey the shoes!

I don't likey the recycle bin.

And I would make toothpicks outta that bamboo sprig.

Note to self: Canada can not do Tex-Mex and don't order tuna. Blech. I don't even like it cooked.

I'm so jealous about the shopping. I've been humming "Pretty Woman" all day.

Glad your ear is feeling better and glad that Rosie is having fun.

I miss you! Come home!

Jim said...

Amb,
The rascals gave us a RUN for the money at SDCity today! Key and I got splashed at the FIRE-IN-THE-HOLE, mom splashed with Key and Saw on the American Plunge, me with Key and Saw on the Lost River, and mom with Key on the Lost River. A splashing good "shew" rally matetee, 'twas! We got to see the magic show, they rode other rides "a gazilliaon" times, well, two each, at least! Tate road some, too! The hills were straight UP and DOWN! No slopes, no rest, no let-up. We were there from 10:30 to 6:45, then went down the "76" strip at 1 mph till we found the ARCHES and had a good repast, then came home with 2 OUT for the COUNT!

VACAs are NICE, aren't they?

We got pics to show!

Later,
Love you - be safe!
Jim-Dad

Carpoolqueen said...

Squash Blossom - no pointy pretty shoes when you walk in the city.

Ouch.

Though I do have a nice new pair of tennis shoes because I tried to do the same thing as you did when we visited Chicago.

Wes said...

The reason Kirk doesn't smile is because his picture has been taken...as you would say..eleventy thousand times!! Have fun and tell the Kirsey's hi.

Outta here is less than 2 minutes!

Wes

Jennifer said...

So sorry about your ear!! Ouch!!

Glad you're havin' a great time, but ready for ya to get back to the gym!!

Tuna story made me want to puke, but your quesadillas looked yummy!!

Enjoy your hot showers, bamboo, and great view!!

Love ya!!

Christi said...

Sorry about the sore feet...been there, done that...not fun!

Sounds like things can't be too bad though...a long, hot shower, swanky meals with your man and some fancy window shopping are rare treats!

Hope you enjoy the rest of your time away!

Elizabeth said...

You didn't bring any Tim Horton's back?!