Monday, August 23, 2010

blog name change...

So friends - I want everyone to help me in mourning the loss of my canon... it died - it was an ugly death.

I haven't written in a few days because Andy and I have been in the states - Seattle - walking around downtown and checking things out and without photos I didn't really have much to share - sure - there have been some funny stories... but I was at a bit of a loss without my canon... boohoo... I know - suck it up... so I will... and did...


This is from downtown seattle and this guy with giant hair was given-er down the middle of the street - he looked like he was enjoying life...

We went to Pike's ... of course... they have the best piroshky - and beautiful flowers

We went to 'icon restaurant' two nights ago - I could write a blog post just about that experience... let's just say that it was NOT what I expected, my dinner sucked, Andy's didn't - and I met the new generation of dating... these two little love birds sat next to us and played games until dinner arrived - the waiter actually approached the table and said... 'dinner's ready' just like your mom would do... very fun.

Space Needle - $18 to go to the top... meh... it was ok - it didn't bug me at all to go to the top.. again without a camera you kind of hang out and just look around.. all good... all good...

View from hotel room - was able to take this with photobooth.

More about the trip and days ahead when I get back to Canada - xxoo :)

9 comments:

M said...

Tragic! What happened to your camera??

M said...

Oh and I really like your drawings :) super cute!

april said...

thanks, mel :)

The camera - well we were at a market getting stuff for lunch and I needed hands to hold bags and kids hands and all that stuff... I also had a backpack on. We were walking back and I guess that no one noticed that the bag zipper was opening and opening and opening... all the while I was completely unaware... so we opened the door to go - I did - and when I turned my beautiful camera fell to the concrete - and broke - not smashed - but it broke and as soon as it hit I knew... and I nearly started crying on the spot - I'm a little overly attached to it... in any case my autopilot switched on and a few people tried to pick it up for me and I grabbed it out of their hands like a little kid and then just went in the building... I took it in the bathroom and just stood there looking at it - not daring to turn it on - that would make it true... true that it was broken... so it turns out that I'm doubly unlucky as when I stopped and dropped the remainder of the backpack to pick up my poor camera my other lens hit the ground too... so my big lens (75-300) cracked - small - liveable - auto feature still works... my 18-55 is busted to shit and is not fixable - the auto features are jammed and a piece is broken on the inside - manual doesn't work - *deep sigh* and the body... ah... well there I sat in the bathroom and flick... flick.. hello canon - hello and a light... so the body is working but I'm scared that something on the inside might be a little off since it didn't just turn over and purr... *deep long sigh*
such is life though...

Jen said...

I love the drawings. They're wonderful!



Hmmmm, was just thinking about how I could never pass off drawings...especially of our current trip, and the word verification says "falied." I would have failed so poorly, they wouldn't even spell it correctly!

Many hugs in this time of loss.

april said...

Jen - where did you go for holidays?

M said...

I'm so sorry about your camera, that is so sad. I know what ou need now though... a new camera :)

Love you!!!

Jen said...

Oh! I took the family to Disneyland for 10 nights. 6 days in the parks, 1 at Sea World (good animals, nice pools, like how the Vancouver Aquarium treats its animals in shows MUCH better) and two days around the hotel relaxing. Definitely needed to take a break after the first two days of walking around.

Found out my placement for the year while I was there. Only a half year's work (including a half block that isn't in my categories of teaching) and then they'll see what they can do for me for second semester. HOWEVER, I found out today by being sent an e-mail for the start of the year that someone who finished her practicum last Christmas is also placed there. But they had nothing for me? I need to talk to her to find out what she was offered and when so I need to find out if I need to go union on some people.

Sorry, this was the first place I was typing after reading it. :)

The kids had fun. We had fun. We're all a little tired, but it was good.

Jen.

april said...

Disneyland - great... there has been lots of talk at our house about going there - I've been against because I don't think the guys will get as much out of it - so I'd love to hear your reviews on going with your kids being nearly the same age :)

That isn't great news about your job... darned school district... hope it works out and that they get you a better schedule.

Jen said...

Honestly, if we hadn't been able to stop for a day after every two days in the park, we'd have all been miserable. As it was, we got to enjoy everything, get a ton of autographs (which you can't do if you're only there for a couple of days), and the kids really enjoyed it. Quentin was old enough and tall enough to go on most rides, and did, but was also able to say no to what he didn't want, and to not go back on some. Jade was good, but she realized that she doesn't like going down hills fast on rides, so avoided those. But she wanted to go on the Matterhorn a second time because she liked the crystals...

It's getting a little dated. One singalong that happened (while waiting for a light show) ended with the old song from the Mickey Mouse Club. Kids don't know it anymore. I don't know the last time it aired, because it's not on the current Clubhouse show. My kids didn't know a fair number of the movies, but that didn't mean they weren't excited to have met the characters (Meeko and Mulan for instance), and only knew the standards because I had them watch Clubhouse in the two weeks before we went.

If they like rides (have they been to Playland or a WestCoast Amusements?), and you can share your enthusiasm, I think they'd do just fine. Ours did. I don't think we'll go again for another five years or so, but that's mostly a price thing. Of course, if they're not totally into Disney, a Six Flags would be cheaper, or even Playland. Quentin was really almost as excited to go to the Lego store.

It was mostly about getting away from everyone and everything and spending time together, and we did that well.

:)

Enough ramblings? I think so. I'm off to bed.

Oh, and apparently that young'un took the Math/Dance placement that I turned down. She's young, she can do dance. Not so me anymore.

Jen.