First off, THANKS so much to everyone who wrote comments and emailed about Gabe. That support means so much when we need to get through this crap life throws at us. Thank goodness for great friends as well - Jon, Laura and Heather dropped everything and stopped by the very next morning to keep me company and toast a beer to Gabe. (ex. for pregnant Heather of course), and that meant more than I can say.
And thank goodness for other distractions, such as... work and travel! I zipped out to Ottawa last Saturday as I had some work meetings in our lovely capital city. I had never been before, so on top of visiting museums (for work!), I got to play tourist with Jen! The highlight was getting a private tour of the House of Commons. Well, private with the rest of the museum crowd (30 or so of us). If I had a pen and paper I would have left a nice little note in Stephen Harper's desk in regards to Canada Student Loans! Other highlights were: the Cathouse at Parliament Hill, the 5 pubs on every street with a tasty variety of brewed beverages, the museums, and visiting Jen!
Ottawa, man it was hot there. Hottawa.
Look, it's SuperJen!
Oh, I also found my a replica of my tent in the Museum of Civilization!
Ex. this fictious person is wayyy more prepared than me. Lookit all that wood!!!! But my tent is bigger. So there.
Does this look familiar? Not to me really either until I thought about it - apparently I don't look too closely at the $20 bill...
The voyageurs! Unlike our museum, people can't CLIMB into this canoe!
Parliament Hill, from a distance.
Museum of Civilization
Stacie sits on the steps of Parliament and thinks, "god could it GET any HOTTER?!?!" and "um, is it happy hour yet?"
Ooh! This display was entitled "Sled Dog Shoes"!! Haha!
Jen and the huge ceiling. Oh, and the art.
Apparently, the high ceiling fascinated me. Let's see it from this angle!
ooooh, now that's some ceiling eh Jen?
How I envision porcupines these days... EVIL!
(ok, not really)
Quills put to good use - lovely quill baskets.
One more of my kooky friend:
Yes, yes, that is Jen riding the lion statue...
I'm now in cowtown for a bit of a holiday/more museums, so more to come!