I’m sitting in the arrivals lounge in the international terminal at YVR (the Vancouver airport). My sister’s plane was delayed until 6:20 and I expect she’ll be through customs by about 7 or 7:30. This gives me a chance to catch up on some blogging that’s been pushed off for the past week.
My Mom had her pre-operation consultation this afternoon where she met the anesthesiologist and the other members of the team that would be assisting in the procedure tomorrow. She’s going to get a good nights sleep tonight and then arrive at the hospital bright and early at 5:45am. I’m thinking of going over to go in with her and my Aunt Barb, who graciously has come in from Mission to help out with everything. I’ll have to see how my sister feels though. She’s going to be dealing with a 12-hour time change and I expect she’ll be wiped out tomorrow morning. But we’ll see.
This week has mostly been spent hanging out with my Mom. We’ve been living like movie stars since we’ve been eating out nearly every night. Bridges on Granville Island was particularly good so we went back again last night.
Clint, my old friend from high school, came in from Calgary for a weekend of buffoonery two weeks ago. We spent plenty of time at the Alibi Room, a fantastic little hipster bar across the street from my place, and sampled many of the quality beers they had on tap. Saturday we helped Ben and Michael move in to their new place in the West End after they made the jump from Victoria so Ben can attend grad school. It’s going to be tonnes of fun with them in town and I’ve promised that I would show them the “infamous Black Frog” in Gastown. Seems they’ve been curious about all the goofy adventures that bar has been home to.
Sunday we chilled out and took a drive up the sea to sky highway so Clint could get some footage on his new hi def camera. He’s posted a short video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NcG2Q7Pl6g. Some cool footage, esp. since it was the peak of our heat wave. That evening we hit the Eatery (partly because of the girls who were rocking out in a van on Georgia Street that afternoon) for tasty sushi and Clint suggested I try saki since I’ve never had it before. Saki, especially warmed up, is delicious! It’s not the taste so much as the feeling of slipping into a hot tub as you drink it. Mellowed by the saki, we made our way to Third Beach to chill out and watch the sunset. I love having beaches like the ones we have in Vancouver! It’s a perfect way to wind down the weekend and prepare for the week ahead.