I did a Prime Rib roast on my BBQ…..it was really good! I should have taken a picture…ah well.
It’s lots of work preparing everything but it was fun. I was pretty organized, which helps a lot. Of course I have a ton of leftovers so will have to figure out what do with them all….I see some good soup using those bones in my future!
Overall a great evening and my brother came to my WordPress dilemma…..the simple click of a button and I was back in business. Thank you Steve!
Today is packing day….for me. My daughter and I are going on a mini vacation, which I’m really looking forward too. Since we were both on holidays at the same time, we had bigger plans…..like a road trip down to Utah (Bryce Canyon and all that….) or something exciting BUT her little kitty cost her a lot of money last month and that put the brakes on that idea.
My sons friend is getting married over in Victoria this weekend. No kids allowed at the wedding…..hmmm. Mom to the rescue! The two oldest grandkids will stay with their other Grandpa but they are taking the baby with them. Linds and I will babysit on Saturday night (rehearsal dinner) and then Sunday day/night (wedding at noon, dinner at 5). We thought we’d head over a couple days earlier and do some sightseeing…..it’s been years since I’ve been over there and it’s a great place to go, lots to see and do.
I’m taking my little iPad with me but not sure when I’ll get a chance to blog for the next couple of days.
We leave tomorrow morning. The ferry ride over is great since the route is through all the gulf islands….very scenic and with any luck at all we’ll get some free whale watching out of it too. The weather is supposed to be great, which is good. Our hotel is in central Victoria, so we’ll be able to do a lot of walking and touristy stuff. Some great museums and restaurants and of course the Empress Hotel http://www.fairmont.com/empress-victoria/hotelhistory/
Many, many years ago (35+) every year, Ken and I would go over to Victoria on Easter weekend. We usually went with our friend Brian and whoever his girlfriend was at that time. We’d have a great time….those were sporty car days. On a long weekend of course, before ferry reservations were possible, you’d wait forever in the ferry line ups so we’d play frizbee or throw footballs around at the side of the road with everyone else just hanging around. We never made hotel reservations back in those days and we’d just grab whatever we could when we finally made if over ….sometimes quite late and sometimes some pretty questionable hotels! But we’d have a great time…..we’d do all the touristy things over and over, have great dinners and then hit some of the night clubs and bars. Victoria used to be a pretty sleepy city, so your choices were pretty limited and also usually pretty crowded. At the end of the weekend, it was the same thing with the ferry line up to come home….more often than not, we’d catch the last ferry and not get home until well after midnight…….AND then go to work the next day!! Those were the days!
One year Ken I went over to the Island for our holidays in the summer. We spent a week touring all over the place and ended up in Victoria. It was our anniversary, 2nd or 3rd I think….we couldn’t afford to stay at the Empress Hotel, nor could we even afford to have dinner there, but we could afford to have a drink or two in the famous Bengal Lounge http://www.fairmont.com/empress-victoria/dining/thebengallounge/ What a treat that was. Maybe I’ll take Linds there for a drink!
We’ve been to Victoria with the kids too, but that was years ago, when they were quite young. There’s a super place called the Crystal Garden that was, at one time, a huge indoor swimming pool. It was converted to a garden and conservatory and now a convention centre. http://www.tanglewoodconservatories.com/heritage/crystal-garden.htm
So today will be spent packing up and cleaning up the kitty litter area so my neighbour, who so kindly volunteered to do the daily cat duties, won’t be totally disgusted when she gets here!