|Can i GET anymore tanned? Time to leave Florida (sigh)...|
Once more ensconced in the bosom of our respective families here in Toronto, Canada, (it being nearly two years since we were last here), it has dawned on me that I have yet to make good on my promise of a proper 'catch up' on my blog. We arrived here a week ago and (as it always does when one is enjoying oneself) the time has literally flown by in a flurry of dinners, drives, visits, wine...you name it.
|Looking like butter wouldn't melt (all three of them). Ha.|
Rather, I allowed a tiny piece of roasted bird flesh (turkey) to pass my vegetarian lips on Easter. I have been a fairly hardcore vegetarian for about fifteen years or so, and only in the past few years have i deemed fish (of the battered and fried variety mostly - and usually after one too many glasses of ice cold sauvignon blanc it must be said) mildly acceptable. But this was the first time I ventured out of Pescatarian waters and hence, a bit of a milestone.
Did I like it? No. Despite my father being one of the best cooks in the world, the texture of the meat was off-putting. But was I proud of myself for overcoming years of revulsion and doing it? Yep. Still, Nando's and Swiss Chalet have nothing to worry about for the time being. I'm still a 'Veggie'. You shan't find me lurking in butcher's shops anytime soon, haggling for the best cuts of beef or anything.
|My two favourite men (three if you include Bacon)|
I can't say I wasn't shocked. We have always argued vehemently on this subject. Having personally been to Disney World something like seventeen times growing up (spoiled? moi?) there was no way I was going to deprive the monsters of at least one chance to experience the 'Magic Kingdom'...even if it is an over-hyped, over-priced temple to fluff and western materialism.
However the husband has bad memories of his visit(s) there, citing the rate at which his father's wallet was emptied (as overpriced food and tat was purchased), as being one of the main reasons. Fair enough I suppose, but when the husband embarks each year to Glastonbury for the world's biggest music festival, he probably spends the same amount as a family of four would fork over for the privilege of riding Pirates of the Caribbean umpteen times. So....
So we went. My father declined the offer to accompany us, and thus just the four of us took off one morning for the short hour and a half ride to Disney. I don't know what I expected, but certainly more than the happy yet blase reaction which followed the handing over of the $332 U.S. dollars entry fee (gulp) upon arrival. The husband and I caught ourselves chattering away like inane idiots, "Look you guys, there's Goofy! Wow - is that Dumbo?! Who wants to go into the Haunted Mansion? Isn't it scaaaary looking?!" etc.
|"Come on kids...smile damn it! Each minute here is costing us around £1.17"|
|In retrospect, perhaps the Pirates of the Caribbean swords were misjudged...|
|We've been there, done it, bought the t-shirt...now let's get the heck. out.|
|I still say using old plastic Walmart bags would have 'built character'...|
|Why Egg's Easter Dinner was ruined...|
|A small sampling of the Easter goodies on offer for the monsters...|
|Despite the carnage to his condo...Grandpa adores his little home wreckers|
|This could win a really bad photo competition...non?|
|Possible career opportunity for me in London should we run into financial difficulties?...|
To his credit, despite an hour or so of sobbing, Egg has held up pretty well (though two nights ago at bedtime, big crocodile tears slipped out as he beseeched me to please get Bacon back for him). Given that the husband somehow also managed to leave our only (shared I might add) Apple Mac power supply back there in Florida as well, there is even more of a likelihood that we will somehow figure out a way to remedy this disastrous situation.
And so life goes on. The husband and I, although we are enjoying this last brief(ish) stop here in Canada before we head back to 'real life' and all that goes with it back in London, England, are aware that the real challenges lie ahead.
What will become of us? Will we fit back into our lives, or find that WE are now a different shape and can no longer go back to how things were before we got the chance to see how many different versions of our lives can be had with just a little imagination and a lot of courage?
Hmm...should be interesting.
|With stupid head gear and killer tans, we're ready to take on the future. sorta.|