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wow, it didn’t rain ALL day

And yet, we started our day out late because we were exhausted and we thought it was raining – the Weather Network said it was! Imagine our surprise when we walked out the door and… it wasn’t. What to do today? What to do? We were up early, actually, and I had a rare craving for hotcakes & sausage at McDonald’s so Shawn went out and.. phoned me. It’s closed for renovations. Oops. So he thought he would stop at Wendy’s, maybe they had breakfast? Nope. They only open at 10AM. Ok, then.

I ended up eating two Tim Horton’s donuts and had some tea. Heh. Healthy!

Then we both read as I had the Weather Network on low. I am strangely soothed by their music. I think I’m getting too attached to this station. We need a working remote. Or a TV guide or something. And I read and I checked email and I read and Shawn read and slept and read and slept. Then I suggested we go see some Duck conservation thing, so we though, ok, we could do that. It was indoors and not too far. So I showered, then Shawn showered and I looked up the place in the Visitor’s guide and discovered it was right by the trail we were on last night and it was just a HOUSE and we walked by it twice last night and didn’t think twice about it. So to hell with that. Then I suggested Kings Landing. It’s about 30 mins West of Fredericton and we had passed the exit on the way here. A little after 12:30 we were on our way – via 2 stops.

We needed gas and I needed to buy batteries. I would totally charge the ones I have with me if we had more than TWO electrical outlets in this room! Seriously! One is on a power cord, but I have no place to plug in my charger. It doesn’t fit. You can’t even use the plug in the bathroom if the light is off. Argh! So more batteries I bought.

We got there at almost 2PM and didn’t realize that the place was so huge and there was no way we would be able to see it all before it closed at 5:00. Plus, we needed to eat. And we did – and well! Here:

Fitting, huh? Who knew my darling hubbyHead had his own Inn! With REALLY great Atlantic salmon chowder. OH YUM!

So we had a great time and the sun even came out for a tiny little fraction of a second. It was overcast and looked like it was going to rain most of today, but it wasn’t too warm and it was perfect to walk around in. We’re going back tomorrow morning so we can see the rest of the place. As it was, it took us almost an HOUR to visit the first three buildings. Then it was 3:00! We needed to eat and there would be no way to see the rest in under an hour.

Click here for a map – we saw most of the upper right part of the map and just a fraction of the rest.

We even took a horse and cart back to the front of the settlement from somewhere in the lower left of the map. Yay! Horses and cart!

I know we’ve been to Upper Canada Village, but this place is so much better. The people are all so friendly (which is why it took us an hour to get through three houses!) and it’s just so much nicer. You can see more and touch more and learn more. I want to work in a place like this so bad. Although I don’t think I would do well with the heat and the clothing I would have to wear.

I know we didn’t see everything today, but I think it’s safe to say that THIS is the strangest thing in the entire settlement –

Yes, you are looking at parrots in a jar. Apparently this was common in the Victorian era. Nature brought inside. Taxidermy. And I’m acquainted with taxidermy, but this is the first time we’ve ever seen parrots as the subject, let alone squished into a jar. Hmm. Our reaction amused the ladies who were working in the kitchen and heard us talking about it.

Also, I learned I suck at rug hooking and I shall not apply for that job if I ever work here.

So we go back tomorrow (weather permitting, I suppose) and then we check out the Block Party! in downtown Fredericton and then fireworks (weather permitting!). It should hopefully be a fun-filled Canada Day!

UPDATE: You can see photos, including the rest of our Kings Landing trip today HERE.

Courtney Crumrin Vol. 4: Courtney Crumrin’s Monstrous Holiday

Courtney Crumrin’s Monstrous Holiday
by Ted Naifeh

Imagine my delight when I found this last volume in the comic book store in downtown Fredericton, NB this week! We probably would have gone into the store anyhow, but we ducked in when we did due to a starting rainstorm. We wandered around and I wasn’t actively looking for anything so I was excited when I saw this book on the shelf!

Unlike the first three volumes, which seem to have 4 or 5 “chapters” in them (individual comics, I believe) Volume 4 has two different stories in it. One about werewolves and one about vampires. It was different from the other volumes, and although I still enjoyed Courtney and the writing, I found the flow of the story to be… odd. I like reading about Courtney’s life in her Uncle’s house and with the kids at school. In these two stories she’s traveling in Europe with her Uncle.

It was a different feel for Volume 4 than the first three. I am curious if there will be more volumes and as to what sort of mischief Courtney will get herself into in the next chapter!

Books in the Courtney Crumrin series:

Volume 1: Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things
Volume 2: Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics
Volume 3: Courtney Crumrin in the Twilight Kingdom
Volume 4: Courtney Crumrin’s Mysterious Holiday

Possible book give away (The Devouring)

“When dark creeps in and eats the light,
Bury your fears on Sorry Night.
For in the winter’s blackest hours,
Comes the feasting of the Vours,
No one can see it, the life they stole,
Your body’s here but not your soul…”

THE VOURS: Evil, demonic beings that inhabit human bodies on Sorry Night, the darkest hours of the winter solstice.

When Reggie reads about the Vours in a mysterious old journal, she assumes they are just the musings of an anonymous lunatic. But when her little brother, Henry, begins to act strangely, it’s clear that these creatures exist beyond a madwoman’s imagination, and Reggie finds out what happens when fears come to life.

To save the people she loves, Reggie must learn to survive in a world of nightmares. Can she devour her own fears before they devour her?

The Devouring is an engrossing tale of terror that will have you wondering: what if your worst fears became your living nightmare?

So, I am not liking this book. Call me a wuss, but it’s too creepy for me and honestly I just can’t get into the story. It’s currently on the shelf next to the bathtub at home and it’s in good condition because I always remove the book jacket when I read hard cover books.

Anyhow, I am tossing around the ideas of giving it away here on my blog – or putting it up on Bookmooch. If I were to give it away here, would any of you be interested? Leave me a comment if you would be and if I get enough interest, I’ll hold a contest (well, leave a comment, get an entry, etc) when I get back home from my vacation.

I am very sad that I am not enjoying the book. But it’s been 2 months now and I have gotten about half way through it. I just can’t read it.

I know many people have this book already, and I don’t know if many people even check my blog out regularly. But I thought I’d check here, first. So let me know if you would want the book and I’ll go from there!

found a used bookstore now i never need to come home

First, let me just say that I have never been so happy to have my dog poop than I have been tonight. I don’t think I would ever say something like that in my entire life, but here I am. Jinx, you see, is stubborn and difficult about certain things. He whines like a baby when he sees another dog, or a cat, or a person and even (so we found out tonight) a DUCK. He wants to see them and play with them and love them. He does other stuff too, but mostly, he refuses to potty while on leash. And you know what? This week is chalk full o’ leashy fun! So since Friday, Jinx refused to do anything. It’s very frustrating. He finally started to pee on Saturday evening. He’s even been lifting his leg on trees! My little boy is FINALLY figuring out he’s a BOY! It only took 4 years! I’m so proud. *wipes tear from eye*

But he wasn’t pooping. And you all don’t need to know this, or care, but damnit if we weren’t getting more and more frustrated and irritated with him. Anyhow, he finally went when we went for a walk this evening. It was like a party was happening on that walking trail, I tell you! Shawn and I made it seem like Jinx just won the lottery or something. Thankfully noone else was around because I felt like a dork.

Anyhow, it’s been raining up a storm. But the last couple of nights, things cleared up around 6-7pm and so we could walk. Last night we had a BBQ over at my cousin Sheryl’s house and it only rained once we were all inside eating at about 7:30. When we got back to the room to let the dogs out it let up a little and though it was rain and rain this morning, by supper it cleared and the sun even peaked through the clouds.

Sadly it’s been very overcast and the view from our side of the Saint John river (North side) to the South side has been foggy and hard to capture on camera. The few times I have tried to capture the sunset, it didn’t turn out like I was seeing it in real life.

Today we went into downtown Fredericton and had a late lunch at The Snooty Fox pub and I had the best fried clams. Yum! Shawn had an entire rack of ribs and the meat just fell off the bone. Even I sampled the meat and I don’t even like ribs and I thought it  was good. Shawn also had sweet potato fries with his meal. After, we wandered around and wanted to head to a used bookstore that my cousin mentioned. And…

Oh MY God. I died and went to used bookstore heaven! I loved it. It was crammed with books, I mean crammed, you couldn’t breath without tripping over a book. And it just went on and on and on and on. I loved it. I headed straight for the kids’ section. It was like I was 13 again and in the used bookstore in Plattsburgh. I was looking for specific books this time though and although I didn’t find them (of course I didn’t spend a long time there our parking meter was running out and there was just SO much to look at) I did find 9 books for $31. Not bad. I have to go back because now I need to hit the fiction section and find a couple of books I am looking for used for my collection.

It’s called the Owl’s Nest. And I loooooooove it. This is what I miss living where I do. I hate it there. Also, the library is, like, right here. I love it here. Oh, and apparently the book store is 2 storeys high. I didn’t even notice that. I was all about the back of the store (and it’s waaaaaaaaay back) and the kid books. Yum.

I still need to eat lobster and shrimp somewhere. And we still want to go somewhere, we just don’t want to do it in a rain storm.

Oh! Also? We saw Transformers 2 yesterday and it sucked big time. How disappointing.

Out of My Pocket #8 – The I’m-on-Vacation, Yo! Special Edition!

Due to my book buying addiction I started this  feature on my blog where I post about the book(s) I bought that week. Not something I plan on having every week – though it seems to be turning out that way.  So here’s what I bought this week!

Previous OoMP posts can be found here!

Leave it to me to discover a Chapigo on my third day here. I wasn’t going to  buy anything because I brought a bunch of books, but I haven’t been reading because I just can’t settle down enough to focus on the books. We did go to a lovely independent bookstore (which was one of the only things opened on Sunday in the area we were walking around) only it was my husband who bought something, not I. Except later that afternoon, right before going to the movies (Transformers 2 – and we disliked it muchly) there was a Chapigo right across from the ticket wicket! And I walked away with 3 new books and Shawn had another 2! How can you not when it was Buy 3! Get the 4th Free! And I had a 20% off coupon! And two of my three books were only $3.99!

The Good Girls’ Ghouls’ Guide to Getting Even
by Julie Kenner

Elizabeth Frasier’s ticked off. Her junior year of high school was going just fine. But thanks to a bunch of jerkwad vampire jocks, she ended up undead, and with a thirst that a thousand Diet Cokes couldn’t quench. Now she’s out for blood-and revenge. And she knows exactly what to do…Elizabeth’s read Salem’s Lot. Separate the good vamps from the bad and wipe out the crowd that did her in. On top of that, she’s got to figure out how to be mortal again-unless universities start accepting dead girls. (amazon.ca)

This was a whopping $3.99! And I saw it second. First one I saw was the second one (below) and do you think they had both these titles next to each other on the same table? No! They had two other books in-between them. One of my serious pet peeves about bookstores is when they put books in series out of order – or not even next to each other! ARGH! If it’s on the shelf I’ll rearrange them myself (habit I kept with me after working in a bookstore so long) but this was a display table, so  I left it. 🙂

Good Girls Ghouls Do
by Julie Kenner

As the vampire population at Waterloo High continues to grow, Beth Frasier realizes that she’s on the frontline of saving not only the school, but her hometown. And only one thing is for sure: She’s got to find the head vampire and kill him…quickly
Her only problem? With her classmates quickly turning over to the dark side, Beth doesn’t know who to trust or kill. (chapters.indigo.ca)

I don’t even know why this interested me so much. Both these books have covert art that I don’t generally like. But they are tiny books and I think I might spend today reading them – since it’s pouring out and we’re not looking forward to wandering around in the rain.

But my most exciting purchase (which I have been waiting for forever!) was this:

City of Souls: The Fourth Sign of the Zodiac
by Vicki Pettersson

In Sin City, a little girl suffers from a strange and terrible malady. If she dies, the Light will die along with her.

Warrior, avenger, Joanna Archer has survived countless otherworldly terrors—and has found her rightful place among the agents battling the all-pervasive evil of Shadow . . . even as she struggles against the darkness within herself.

A war is raging for Las Vegas—a city without a heart—one that catapults Joanna into a new world hidden from mortal sight. In this lethally seductive alternate dimension the lines blur between good and evil, love and hate, and here lies the last hope for the Light. But Joanna’s price of admission is a piece of her own soul—and the odds of her escaping are slim . . . to none.

Yay! I have been eagerly awaiting this book! I don’t really like the cover though. I can’t wait to start this one! If only we had better lighting in this motel room. Sigh.

Looks like we’re in for rain, rain and more rain this week. I am hoping that it’ll let up a little for Canada Day on July 1st. Even July 2nd would be nice without rain since it’s our 4th wedding anniversary and we want to go out and do stuff. It’s just not all that fun to Do Stuff in the pouring rain – especially if you want to bring your very furry dogs, too! We’ll see how the week pans out!