Aug 3 2007

Day five of Alaska Excursion Extraordinaire

Today was much nicer of a day. Although Marcus was up by 4:40, we had breakfast, and then were able to nap again for an hour. Later on in the morning we went to Skagway, which is a much nicer town than Juneau. It’s been restored a lot better and is more attractive to touristy people such as myself. A lot of cute little shops. Karla found a kids store with some very cute Moose attire for marcus (rubber boots and a raincoat–which obviously wont fit him till he’s like, two, but still sooo cute) Later on I was able to find a place with cheap internet and I did a little bit of facebooking and stuff, while Kevin and Karla wandered around town. After that we had lunch and then headed off for our train ride. It was 3.5 hours long, and Marcus slept for about two of those hours. On the way back he was fairly lively, but luckily the people around us were grandparents and liked him a lot (they even took pictures!) The train ride was neat. Lots of history stuff. After that we played with marcus on the boat, and then had supper at a nice healthy place on the boat. While we were eating two big whales came up beside the boat and did a little show for us. Then marcus decided the day was over, and thus, so was mine.
That was it for day five!
PS: tomorrow there is a chocolate buffet! JOY!

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Aug 3 2007

Day four of Alaska Excursion Extraordinaire

(continuation from Day 3) Last night I was supposed to order room service while Kevin & Karla had supper. It was most frustrating. First off, the initial ordering was dumb. I couldn’t get anyone in room service to answer. Then when they finally did, I got someone who didn’t understand very much english. I tried ordering wine, and he got confused. He ended up bringing my food with the wrong dessert. It was alright, but still wrong. Then he didn’t bring my wine, but just a wine list (because he didn’t know what a shiraz was) So I ordered a glass of 2002 australian shiraz, and ended up with a whole $50 bottle of wine. Grrr… I had two glasses, and then left a note for Kevin and Karla to finish it off when they got back.
Today I was in Juneau and it was fairly miserable. It was cold and raining to start. And I was alone with Marcus, as Kevin and Karla were on a hike. So the boat dropped us off at 7:00AM, which, in case you are crazy, is way too early to be dropped off. Especially if you have a baby, and nothing is open, and it’s raining, and all there is to do is walk around an unopened town in the rain. Urg. So I found a couple jewelry (surprise surprise) store that were open (at 7AM?!) and I went to them to be warm. Then I walked all the way to the state capital building (up hill with a stroller…) and of course, it was closed. So I went back down, and a couple more things were opened. This repeated till I found a coffee shop that was opened, and I fed Marcus. After that I found a place that wasn’t ridiculously expensive for internet and did a little internetting–while Marcus wreaked havoc about the shop. So I left (I think some people were very mad at me) and walked around in the rain some more. At this time more stores were open, but seriously, how many diamond and fur places can one go to in one day?! Later I went to the library, but at this point Marcus was being “Devil Child” (as Kevin likes to call it) and I decided it was best to go back to the ship. I was supposed to meet Matt’s sister at 12:30, but it was 11:30, and if I didn’t let the little child free from his stroller, hell would break loose. When I got back to the ship I met Kevin and Karla again, and we had a reasonable evening looking at icebergs and whatnot (and I had grilled Mahi Mahi with coconut curry sauce for supper…mmm)
Thats it!

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Jul 31 2007

Day Three of Alaska Excursion Extraordinaire

Today we went into Ketchikan, which is an interesting little town. Upon first looking at it, you think…hmm, this is a wet muddy town. But it’s not so bad. A lot of nice little houses, and a couple of cute little shops. There’s quite a bit of fur shops, ivory shops and jewelry stores. And alaska tourist shops. I felt bad for all the huskies that the local people had on display. I guess they think that’s what people expect of Alaska. There was one that had money shoved in his collar. Poor things…Anyway, afterwards I had a very lovely massage and facial…now I feel all oily. Thats pretty much all for today.
Later!

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Jul 31 2007

Day One & Two of Alaska Excursion Extraordinaire

Sunday was mostly a day of figuring out the ship and the schedule and whatnot. Because this is “freestyle” cruising, it makes it much easier when you have a small baby aboard and you need to do things on his schedule. Marcus went to bed at 8:30, and I read Wuthering Heights while Kevin and Karla went out for a late supper.
Monday has included a yoga class with Karla in the morning, feeding Marcus a too sugary muffin for breakfast (that wasn’t me though…but I did watch…) trying to get marcus to sleep, but instead watching him squirm around the room grumpily. Then, after him not sleeping, I took him around the boat for a while in the stroller, then we had some lunch, and then put him to sleep. While he was sleeping I was able to slip away and take advantage (or be taken advantage of…I’m not sure) of the ridiculously expensive internet service they have aboard (service? I’m not so sure…more like a disservice at $.75 a minute.) Tonight we will have tepanyaki It will be exciting. No pictures yet, as we haven’t gone off the boat.
Until next time!

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Jun 22 2007

Victoria, afternoon tea, and The Little Mermaid

So this past weekend Dave and I went to Victoria for the weekend to celebrate our 2nd anniversary. It’s pretty crazy that it’s been two years already. It was a pretty sweet trip. We went to the Titanic exhibit, Craigderoch Castle, and then had afternoon tea at the Empress. That was quite lovely.

I also found two vintage shops which were very exciting; one was called “Patch” and the other was “Flavor” I wish they weren’t so far away, because I pretty much decided that all my clothes have to come from there. Oh well…I guess I’ll just have to search a little closer to home for exciting clothes…

It was good times though. We stayed at the Strathcona Hotel, which is a major party hotel, but it was cheap. On Saturday night we were awoken at about 1:30am by a swarm of drunk girls in the hallway banging on some guys door. Apparently he had gone in there with a girl that they thought was ugly, so by banging on the door and screaming, they thought that it would fix the situation. Oh, drunk people are funny.

Since the weekend though, we’ve decided that we are going to start a tradition of having afternoon tea when we come home from work. I like the idea a lot. So we’ve been coming home, having tea and scones, and then a very light supper late. It’s amazing. Anyone who doesn’t have afternoon tea, should.

I also bought “The Little Mermaid” album from iTunes the other day. Oh, what happy memories it brings back.

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