Sunday, February 26, 2006 ______________________________________________________________________________

Hedonism 

Regrettably not the type of hedonism that Jerry Springer has pay-per-view specials on, but pretty hedonistic nonetheless.

I've had two vacations in as many weekends. Perhaps I shouldn't use the word "vacation". I should say "weekend getaway" instead, just because the word "vacation" calls to mind sipping brightly coloured drinks with little wooden umbrellas and maraschino cherries and a slice of tropical fruit as a garnish on a beach in a sling chair underneath some palms watching the tide come in/out over fine white sand while looking over at your lover to determine whether he/she needs to reapply his/her sunscreen and to admire their fine physical form before turning your mind to other important matters like which local restaurant to try for dinner that night. *ahem*

Well, last weekend we went to Victoria and stayed at the best B&B you will ever be able to find anywhere. All meals are included upon request, the hosts are knowledgable about the local attractions that best suit your tastes, the bed is soft and clean and you don't pay a single red cent. You will never find this B&B in any travel guide to Victoria because unfortunately, this place caters only to a select, elite few and not to the general public. (Jim: shuddup Joie. Joie: ah shuddup yourself.)

Jim: We stayed at Colin & Roslind's - my grand uncle and aunt's place.

Joie: Well, it's still the best damn B&B in Victoria.

Jim: True dat.

So anyway, while we were there we made the requisite walk around the downtown core, vists to Spinnaker's Pub and the Bug Zoo (where I help a praying mantis and a giant millepede for the first time - I'm still upset from the experiences. I don't think I was ready for those bugs just yet). We also went to see an exhibit at the Royal BC Museum featuring the photography of Linda McCartney. I was there mostly for the Beatles stuff although there were photographs of just about every other major music icon of the times. It was an amazing exhibit and it's going to be there until the first week of March. Go see it before it leaves again.

This weekend, we went stateside and stayed at Jim's mom and her husband's place (which I have described before in this post). Jim was registered in his first race - the Smelt Run in La Conner Washington. He placed first in his category (age(19-24) and gender). (Jim: shuddup Joie. Joie: Whaaaat...)

Jim: There was one other person in my category.

Joie: And you beat him. That means you finished first in your category in your first race. Pretty impressive if you ask me.

Jim: The one other person in my category was mentally handicapped.

Joie: Yes....but you still beat him....

To be fair though, Jim's knee was busted (while training for the run) and so he had to walk most of the way to try and avoid making the injury worse. Considering the injury, his time was not bad, although he didn't place as high as he potentially could've given his usual time and the times of the people who completed the race ahead of him.

So that's what I've been up to. But if anyone asks, say I was studying hard. I mean let's face it, I had a final last Tuesday so if my grandparents hear that instead of studying, I was looking at pictures of John and Yoko's bed-in for peace, well, let's just say that they wouldn't be too happy. Speaking of that final, I started studying for it less than 12 hours before I had to write it. I started panicking soon after. It wasn't an entirely unproductive night, though. I figured out how to make another kind of crochet flower and made one for Lise. At any rate, I got 91.5/104 for the final, giving me an overall grade of 92% in the course. So there. Still though, don't tell anyone I didn't study over the weekend.


posted by Joie! at 1:35 PM

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