This is the last morning that I will wake up in Canada. It is the last time I will sign online only to be kicked off a few minutes later for the next hour. It is the last time I will go to a train car to look at candy. It is the last time I will play with Winston. It is the last time I will get a blood nose and a blood foot both within a ten-hour period. It is the last time I will spend a vacation in the rain. It is the last time I will do any of these things…until I come back – hopefully next time without the blood.
Canada has been a grand adventure. When I came in 2006 I had to brave a blizzard. This time I had to brave a monsoon. Last time my car broke down. This time (knock on wood) the car survived. Everything looked to same both times, but nothing felt the same. There is a difference in the ages of 19 and 23. I have done a lot in that time. I’ve grown into what I believe is a better person. But I still have some work to do, starting with this post.
I didn’t wake up until eleven on Friday, and that has not happened in a long time. Granted we went to be around 3:30, but it was still quite the sensation. Once Adam woke up, we made lunch (grilled cheese sandwiches & bacon). I can always appreciate the simplicity of a grilled cheese sandwich, and the bacon was a nice touch. We then carried on towards Winnipeg after getting ready. Due to the rain, there weren’t many options for outdoor activity. He drove me through downtown to show me his school and other various points of interest. But then it was off to a place I couldn’t help but fall in love with – Chapters!
I surprised myself by not buying any books. I was quite honestly overwhelmed by how awesome this store was. I almost purchased a Potter and McEwan book just because of the cover art, but I held back and carried on my way. But then I found what I was looking for on this trip to purchase – a tote bag! I couldn’t help myself.
Adam said it’s a very “me” tote, and I agree. I’m growing apart from purses, plus this could be used as a school bag. It was only $15, a pretty standard price. I didn’t spend a lot of money on this trip either, so I felt that I could justify the cost. After watching and becoming obsessed with The Big Bang Theory here, Adam and I have concluded that my purse is the Doppler Effect. You might have to watch the show to get it, or maybe you get it anyways. At any rate, it’s a great tote.
Evening came quickly for us on Friday, so the next stop was the movies. We went to Inception, something we’d both been wanting to see for a while. I’m going to give my rating as being top marks, whether that’s four of five stars I can’t remember – but just know I loved it. I’m not going to give anything away, so don’t worry about reading on or not. I will just say that the action sequences and the dream sequences were well-played. I don’t think you could have picked a better cast for this one either. Ellen Page took some getting used to considering the other movies she’s been in, but she came through in the end. And Marion Cotillard being in the film was a perfect way to add intrigue for Leo’s character. I could go on and on about each actor, but know that each actor had a great role in the film. I will admit that the ending left me curious, but that is a trend lately with these types of films.
Adam and I concluded out movie with a late dinner at Kelsey’s, the place Adam works. I had potato skins and Adam had ribs, and we shared popcorn shrimp. The food was great, as it always is in another country. I learned while eating that I say the word “tomorrow” funny – I apparently emphasize it as “tomarrow” while their version sounds right but with a British accent. I don’t understand it, though I naturally prefer their version. Oh well, I can’t change the Dark Lord’s mind. (Thank you, Severus Snape, for that quote.)
There was a man at the table behind us who was being completely obnoxious the entire time. He literally could not stop talking. Someone would get a word in and then he’d have the emphasize how it had something to do with him because when he was growing up his dad said this and it made him think of that one time……you get the idea. I started to write down some of the things he was saying, because I feel you need to keep record of these types of people sometimes. At one point he said, “I’ve been drunk six times, but I’m not really a drinker.” First of all, I’m glad you were counting your escapades, sir. Second of all, you aren’t very old, so being drunk six times certainly makes you something. He also went on and on about his ex and how she was sick of time but it wasn’t really his fault. I didn’t care about that part as much as him not being a drinker, so I went back to my skins at that point. He also said he wasn’t a smoker, and then proceeded to name everyone in his family who was a smoker and they were the reason why he wasn’t one. I feel a bit cruel relaying this to all of you, but it was one of those things that bothers and fascinates me enough to share with the world.
Carrying on, our final stop in the city was at Blockbuster to rent Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Watching this movie is a tradition for us that started back at college when we had the apartment together. I naturally was already obsessed with it, but then I had to drag poor Adam into my madness. He ended up loving it, and now we watch is every time we get together. But by the time we got back to the house and started watching it I was getting quite tired. We stopped the movie a little over halfway in to finish on Saturday.
At present, I need to start getting packed up and ready to head home. I’ll write about Saturday’s adventures when I get home this evening, or at least that’s the plan. Maybe I can squeeze another grilled cheese in before departing. I don’t know how they do it, but whatever bread they have makes it all taste so much better.