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Back from Canada. It was a fun trip, but it involved a lot of driving - a little over 550 miles in five days - and I'm rather tired and don't really want to drive for a while. This afternoon I drove Mom to IKEA so she could check it out (Dad didn't want to go and stayed home reading), and just the drive down really tired me out and gave me a headache. I think the driving was so tiresome because there was a lot of long-distance driving, a lot of driving in hilly/mountainous terrain, and a lot of staring past oncoming headlights on the way home last night.

Anyhow, we did have a good time. Vancouver's a really pretty city and seems like quite a cool place. We went up to Whistler, which also seems like a very cool place to vacation. The ferry to Victoria (well, Nanaimo) was fine and I didn't feel ill at all. I got to spend some time with my good college friend T. Davis, who has been known to comment here once or twice. Victoria's also a very pretty city, though I think I wouldn't want to live there, just visit, whereas I would consider living in Vancouver. The ferry ride from Victoria over to Port Angeles wasn't so nice, the ferry was smaller and the straits were rougher, and it made me feel ill. Fortunately that was only for the latter half of the trip, and I recovered quickly. The ferry ride from Bainbridge back to Seattle was the best, as it was very smooth, very quick, and the approach to Seattle at night is quite cool. However, the drive along the peninsula from Port Angeles to Bainbridge isn't so great, at least at night.

Mom and Dad leave tomorrow night, and then I have a bunch of things to do over the next three weeks before my sister and her girlfriend show up for their 12-day visit.

Just as a footnote, one good thing about the trip to IKEA was that it reminded me of the loft bed option as a way of maximizing space in a condo unit, if the ceilings are high enough. That would make a smaller unit more feasible for me. I think I've been getting hung up on working with my existing furniture - which makes some sense, as I won't be able to spend a lot on new furniture - and I have to remember that I do have options like that. (Yes, I know there are drawbacks to loft beds, such as climbing in and out getting tiresome, but as a solution to the space problem, it's a good one.)

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mrcl
Jul. 24th, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC)
Dramamine?
Have you considered using Dramamine for motion sickness? I get motion sickness very easily, and that stuff really works...

Anyway, thanks for the details about your trip to Vancouver - it sounds like a great place =)

-Marcel
(Anonymous)
Jul. 24th, 2005 10:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Dramamine?
Glad to have you back!
As a person who is increasingly prone to motion sickness, I have a few tips depending upon how long you're gone, what kind of motion (forward or side to side), etc. Dramamine is great in that it knocks you out. DON'T MAKE ANY PLANS. Bonine is good, too-- similar to Dramamine, but without the drowsiness. So far, though, the Hyland's homeopathic tablets are my favorite:
http://www.myhealthcare21.com/HY471/Motion-Sickness.html

Hot ginger tea is good, and ginger ale is also good (though the sugar can contribute to the queasiness).

This is probably waaaay more than you wanted to know about motion sickness remedies (and you didn't even ask!), but my heart, er, stomach goes out to anyone who's ever suffered from it.

--Alkelda the Gleeful

philaros
Jul. 26th, 2005 07:44 am (UTC)
Re: Dramamine?
I'm a little embarrassed that you're thanking me for the Vancouver trip details, because I don't feel I really said much about it. I'm hoping to have time to write more later this week.

As for Dramamine, I didn't get around to buying the non-drowsy kind before I left, and didn't want to take the regular kind and then attempt to drive. Also I was hoping it wouldn't be that bad: I've discovered that I don't really need Dramamine when I fly cross-country on large jets, only the smaller shuttle ones make me ill, and I thought perhaps the ferries would be large enough that the motion wouldn't be too bad. I did notice the movement on the first, largest ferry, but I could still read my book and not feel ill. I think the second one was just in rougher, more exposed seas, and also may have been travelling fast to make up for leaving late.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 25th, 2005 07:57 pm (UTC)
don't want to log in...
Canada!!! Awesome Man! I'm so pleased you went... and hope there are photos coming to a web site near you. I was supposed to go to whistler back in the day, when I had money, and I high paying job. : )

well sorry about the driving...

I'll post myself later... I've switched tasks at work, and I'm trying to get into this mode of thinking... and then I'll really post.

-j
philaros
Jul. 26th, 2005 07:46 am (UTC)
Re: don't want to log in...
Well, Mom took a bunch of photos, but she hasn't got her scanner working with her new Mac Mini, so I don't know how soon I might see those. I don't have a camera myself, and probably won't until I get a new cell phone at some point in the indefinite future.
parkbenchzine
Jul. 26th, 2005 12:21 am (UTC)
loft bed...
uhm... 'activities' made a bit more interesting as well, I would think...

think ahead... you gotta find one of those bed that folds up intoa wall or something... they still have those right?? : ) they rule!
philaros
Jul. 26th, 2005 07:51 am (UTC)
Re: loft bed...
Yes yes, I'm well aware that loft beds are less than ideal for a variety of reasons. However, if I find a cool place at a good price in the right area, and the only drawback is it's just a little smaller than I'd like, the loft bed option could be the right thing to do.

As for the Murphy beds that fold up into the wall, yes, we did look at a new condo that came with a Murphy bed, and I immediately said no. It's a far worse idea than having a loft bed.
parkbenchzine
Jul. 26th, 2005 10:39 am (UTC)
Re: loft bed...
origin of the name murphy bed? any idea... I just think its odd...

I just keep thinking about sq footage, when I was looking for apartments in LA. I was looking at nothing less than 700 sq ft, and I thought those were small. to hear 440 makes me wanna freak out. as my great grandfather used to say, you can't change your mind in something that small. : )

I know, its whats in the budget, and I totally understand. its just... small, small small, king of it all
philaros
Jul. 26th, 2005 09:39 pm (UTC)
Re: loft bed...
Heh, nice Mistle Thrush quote.

Don't get me wrong, I still feel that anything under 500 square feet is going to be too small, and at 440, even a loft bed probably won't make enough of a difference. That said, I looked at some places that were just a little over 500 and a loft bed would make a difference.

I'd say that my current place, at 725 sq.ft., is not small, it's just about right. Anything over, say, 750 is going to feel big; and even places around 700 with a different layout than mine will feel big.
philaros
Jul. 26th, 2005 09:40 pm (UTC)
Re: loft bed...
parkbenchzine
Jul. 27th, 2005 04:03 pm (UTC)
Re: loft bed...
ah well... I wouldn't have known to search on that...

I really had no idea what they were called, I'll go read the origin and prepare for sparring in the future,,,
philaros
Jul. 27th, 2005 07:50 pm (UTC)
Re: loft bed...
Dude, it's all about Wikipedia.
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