Sunday, February 17, 2008

This weekend we had the pleasure of the WEB household (minus four legged child) as houseguests. We met Newly Canadian Doug and Dixon at a restaurant for dinner. It was really great to get together with part of the blogging family. Pictures above of the dining group. We had a cake for the guys when they arrived and some champagne.

Doug and Dixon presented them with a picture of the flag of BC and a caption “Welcome to Canada”. They guys decided to stay in our flamingo themed room (yes, we really have a room with 50’s kitsch flamingo stuff). Abbey fell madly in love with both of the guys and she has been threatening to run away from home since they left this afternoon.

It’s hard to believe, but in less than a month we will be celebrating 1 year in Canada. When we think of how much we have accomplished and how much has changed, it really is amazing. As I drive to work, walk to my vehicle or just look out the windows I think of all those things Canadian I would like to comment about and by the time I get to the computer I have forgotten about them.. I still don’t pronounce everything correctly Canadian (which some friends find amusing) but I did notice in conversation recently that I referred to tennis shoes as runners and was surprised when the person I was talking to was not familiar with the expression. I also made a credit card order over the phone as gave the phone operator my expiry date. I don’t think I can ever go back to writing a check, it’s now a cheque and we go to the theatre in the centre of town. Spell check still tells me that cheque is not spelled correctly. I don’t even notice the use of the word eh, as it is normal conversation. Life is a process (pronounced prohcess not prahcess) and vegetables in the market are produce (pronounced prahduce not prohduce). Inter-office envelopes are never called thousand milers here. My co-workers enjoyed making fun of that expression. I look forward to the rain as long as it’s not late at night and sure to turn to ice. The snow was not that bad this year here on the Island, although the Prairies were hammered. Shiraz wine is not pronounced Shirahz it is pronounced Shiraz as in raspberries (yes, like it is spelled). We don’t have a coffee break in the mornings at work, we go for tea.

They have returned the picture of the Queen to hang on the walls aboard BC Ferries as its removal caused much local uproar.

You can feel Spring in the air and see the light stay longer everyday. I can’t wait to put in my tomato plants and shop at the farmer’s markets on Saturdays.

I got my time off that I requested from work. So we have Seattle in March, Las Vegas in May and the Okanagan in August.

We have got a little dog at the vet today so I must sign off to check on her status. WEB will let you know, when we know anything.

1 comment:

Vancouver Isle Doug said...

OMG! There we are, plastered all over the front page! But what fun we had. Thanks for sharing the quick synopsis of your first year in your new country. We are a bit over 1/3 into our first year but maybe I'll start jotting things down so I remember what happened during our first year. And isn't it great to see flower buds in February?? YIPPEE!