My brother and my sister-in-law came down to visit last week. The weather was awesome the entire time, and we adventured all over downtown. I took them to see Craigdarroch Castle, the beautiful house that the Dunsmuir family built between 1887-1890. It’s had incarnations as a military college, a conservatory of music, as well as Victoria College, the starting point of UVIC. It’s now a museum, and the woodwork and interior is just amazing. I’d definitely recommend it to someone visiting the area. I might just go back in December to see how they decorate it :)
I also enlisted Chelsy to make my beef buns for dinner. They smell sooo good while they’re baking, and they taste pretty awesome too! I think they went over pretty well :)
Today’s plan is to throw some ingredients in the slow cooker and magically have chili at dinner. I’ll let you know how that goes, especially since the lid is AWOL. I think I can manage to rig something up with tin foil and a different lid. It may involve duct tape…
We only got to spend a short time downtown for Canada Day, but I’m really glad we went. This is one of my favourite days of the year. The time we celebrate our country and what it stands for. I’m proud to be Canadian.
I wish I’d been down there when the concerts started though – my inner child really wanted to see Fred Penner. At least the buskers were great. The band in the top picture played covers likeLittle Lion Man and Hey Jude. There’s also the Caped Piano Man that plays on Government St regularly. (He’s raising money to go to college). I think we saw a cello, a couple violins, and a guitar or two as well. There’s always music to be heard down there, and I love it.
There are so many new places to explore in this new city of ours. We are still roaming around finding many of them. I’ve already found new favourite stores for books*, comics**, yarn (And here, and here), and vintagey/secondhand clothing. And a place that makes a killer latte. I can’t wait to take my brother here to find another hat, and once the ladies come down for a visit, we will conquer all those little boutique stores.
I start actually working tomorrow (For money, even). Yesterday I helped clean the place, and filming starts tomorrow. Wahoo! Things to do and people to meet :) I’m just manning the craft services table, but I think it’ll be interesting to try something new. I’m told I’ll have lots of time to knit and read in-between snacks and meals, so maybe I”ll actually get some projects and books done. (I hope so, anyway)
I had a chance to visit with my friend Bailey when she came down with her high school friends for a ladies weekend. It was really nice to see her again and catch up. I have to wait a month and a half before Chelsy comes to visit :( BUT! At least Dad will be here mid July :D (YAY)
Anyway, I should go do something productive… Like watch a movie. heehee.
* As well as the huge Chapters about a block away from there
** And the two more comic shops right beside this one. Johnson Street Rocks.
We made the crazy move to Victoria. Moving day was sunny, and the ferry ride was beautiful. Tonight, after dropping Braden off to meet some family, we stopped and listened to a reggae band that was playing down off of Government St as part of Ska fest. I didn’t manage to catch their name, but it was definitely a good break from unpacking. We also spotted one of those neat vertical gardens. I’d love to try and make on of those. It’s a creative way to add green to a small space.
Things suck, I know. You aren’t where you thought you would be. You’re about to make a lot of mistakes, but really awesome things will come of it. You’ll meet some great people. Sure, you’re gonna go through some shit like Bell’s Palsy. And a car accident. And a Huge Fucking Breakdown. But you’ll be okay. One of those guys you met at that party? Turns out he rocks and will be the best partner in crime you could ask for. Just remember when things get really crappy and you’re not sure if you will get up in the morning, everything will be okay. The sun comes up (You end up seeing a lot of sun rises, btw. Totally awesome) and things go on. And even when it’s hard, it’s worth it.
To Future me…
Hey, you’re alive! Woo! Go you! I don’t want to know what happens yet, so I’m just going to say “You’re welcome” for everything I’m about to do ^.^