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    Road Trip: Day 4


    2011 - 08.05

    I did not sleep well. The air conditioning died sometime in the evening and it was hovering around 25 degrees by three am, reaching 30 by nine or so. Maintenance came three times to check it, finally bringing a portable a/c unit around six this evening. It’s currently blowing cold air right at me…not sure how I won the “get-the-air-conditioner-at-your-bedside” lottery but I’m sure not complaining.

    Mom and Oma did a bunch of cooking this morning and I was sent to the blessedly air conditioned grocery store to pick up a few things, then came back to help out. After lunch, Mom and I went did some shopping, including picking me up a tank top since I was running out of shirts. *

    A couple of times today, Mom and I would be hanging out…one of us reading or knitting and the other texting or playing iPhone games in a perfect reverse of the standard stereotype. I suggested that she get a GameBoy to complete the switch. :) Hmmm…Christmas present??? ;)

    I had a really horrible headache today, probably heat related or dehydration. I’m trying to drink a bunch of water but I don’t really like water and it’s awfully dry here, which makes things harder. Yes, I’m a spoilt princess. :p

    There are something like 10 of my friends out here right now…most of them just visiting. Crazy! Tomorrow I’m going to try and contact them. I’ve been either too busy or feeling too lousy to hang out, so plans will be made tomorrow.

    It looks like we will be leaving here Tuesday or Wednesday, thus arriving home Thursday or Friday. We aren’t planning on doing the drive in one mad dash (and unlike the drive here, we mean it this time!!)

    * I’m really not sure how I managed this. I’m the Queen of Overpacking. My overpacking is the stuff of legends. Bards and minstrels sing of over flowing suitcases and heavily laden mules, and yet I always run out of shirts. Ooh. Or pants. Once I went to horse riding camp with 15 pairs of socks, one pair of shorts and one pair of jeans. Those jeans could stand up by themselves by the end of the week. I belatedly apologize to my bunkmates in Spider’s Web in 1994. Ahem.

    Road Trip: Day 3


    2011 - 08.04

    Today was pretty calm. I slept well even when other people were up (my bed is in the living room). Breakfast, then errands, lunch and a nap for everyone from age 31 to 91, grocery shopping, dinner and visiting with each other at home. Early bedtime for some, others were mostly just chillin’ and relaxing in the evening.

    There is a less-than-zero chance that I’ve finally recovered from two days of driving.

    Throughout the day I also started working on a crewel embroidery kit (you’ll have to look it up unless Dave links wikipedia or something…I haven’t figured out links on my mobile wordpress) and have a bunch of it done. I also managed to get bitten by a mosquito…through my jeans. Jerk. I also went to my favourite store, Dollar Giant!! I managed to leave after spending less than ten bucks…pretty much totally unheard of for me. Heh.

    Tomorrow I’ll be trying to make plans with people out here, doing a bunch of cooking with Mom, maybe going to W.E.M. (no sales tax…WHEEE!!)

    Road Trip-Day 2


    2011 - 08.03

    We got up around nine, had breakfast compliments of the hotel and headed to my aunt and uncle’s place. Like last time, we managed to intersect my cousin from Oklahoma and got to see all of the cousins from Edmonton. It was fun! Everyone is super nice and we had great conversations, spending more time than we meant to, haha. No problem. :) I also got to see/meet my second cousins once removed and hang out with them. One of them is the same age as my class, a crazy fun age, and it was nice to hang out with a nine year old when it wasn’t my job to be the disciplinarian.

    Lunch was eaten, pictures were taken, goodbyes were said and we were on the road by around 2 to visit my uncle’s amazing pet store. It’s the largest private pet store in Canada and it’s completely gorgeous. Pictures WILL be posted on Flickr when I get home, but there are some up under my other Alberta road trip from the old, smaller store.

    We left Calgary around 3, had dinner in Red Deer around 5 and got to Edmonton around 7. We unpacked, had second dinner, visited for a bit and now are unwinding, in bed by 9 pm local time. Phoooof! Worn out and thrilled to see Oma. :)

    Road Trip: Day 1


    2011 - 08.02

    Mom and I left around 930, pretty good since our goal was 900. We fueled up and headed for Hwy 1. I drove until we got to the defunct Coquihalla toll bridge, then Mom drove to Golden and I brought us into Calgary. We stopped for gas in Revelstoke, got Tim Horton Ice Capps in Kamloops and decided the lines were too long for Ice Caps in Revelstoke and Golden. Despite all the signs, we saw no deer, moose, elk or bears along the highway. Photos were taken, snack mix was eaten and we pulled into Calgary nearly 12 hours to the minute after leaving in the morning.

    Tomorrow is visiting with relatives and a drive up to Edmonton. :) Right now is sleepy time. I finally finished The Name of The Rose and am ready to sleep, despite the vast quantity of caffeine ingested during the drive.

    Here’s hoping I won’t see the lines on the road moving past when I close my eyes tonight. :)

    Road Trip: Day 0


    2011 - 08.01

    Day 0 starts off at around 1030 pm, arriving at my Mom and Dad’s place, the launching point for the first day. I’m not known for my punctuality, nor my ability to get up and be ready to face the day, so I figured it would be a good way to ensure an early start. Also, I live 20-45 minutes (traffic dependent) west of my parents…so I’ve already shaved off a chunk of travel time. Yay efficiency!

    So I’m now in my old, old upstairs bedroom (I moved into the basement suite when I was 16) because I didn’t want to brave the spiders for the night, even if it is ten degrees cooler down there. I’ve lost my nonchalant * attitude about them.

    The GAH list: I forgot my pajamas. I ALWAYS forget my pajamas! And I forgot the beads I was going to use to upgrade my Oma’s necklace I made her ages ago. And technically I didn’t forget my tatting stuff (lacemaking) because I could have sworn I hadn’t moved it home yet and thought it was still here. The books are here, so I might have to buy a shuttle and some thread in Edmonton. Woo! Craft store with no sales tax!!

    Speaking of no sales tax, I’m in the market for an e-book reader and want feedback on which to buy. I’m leaning toward the Kobo but only if I can read Kindle books on it. Maybe if I decide while I’m in Alberta, I’ll get one for that little bit cheaper.

    Signing off. Have a good night everyone!

    * nonchalant: adj. 1) calmness, coolness in the face of flippin’ enormous spiders. 2) The ability to kill spiders with only a small amount of screaming like a little girl. 3) The ability to call someone from across town to get the one on the ceiling. 4) The ability to sleep upstairs on the couch when it went under the bed and is completely unfindable.