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Saying Goodbye to the East

My trip to New Brunswick went well. I love it out there. My best friend's family could possibly win an award for the nicest people ever - and man, the home-cooked garden (and barn) fresh meals every day certainly don't hurt. My own parents were a little absentee (one by choice, the other by necessity), so you can hardly blame me for living a little vicariously for a few weeks every summer.

We climbed the highest peak in the maritimes on a beautiful day. I played video games with my best friend and will continue to worry about him for a while yet, I think. I watched Coraline...not sure what all the hype was with that movie. We all jammed on guitar and piano and generally had a great time...and Canada remains beautiful. I'm looking forward to seeing the vast western portion of it starting next week.

As a sample road-trip with my sister, it went alright too. Apparently we really are like Dean and Sam - as I find myself doing most of the driving (it IS my car, and she's a far less confident driver than I am)...also, it seems more often than not it's her getting annoyed with me, rather than the other way around. Also, if there's no conversation, I really need to listen to music - and yeah, we don't always share the same musical tastes...though, they are pretty similar most of the time. I'm sure my sister is thankful that I don't inforce the "driver picks the music" rule.

I started making playlists for our cross country trip. So far I have one called "The Prairies" that currently has only Wide Mouth Mason on it, and one song by The Tragically Hip. So yeah...more work needed. And my apologies to any readers of this journal who are not Canadian and have no idea who WMM or The Hip are...(my apologies to those Canadians who have no idea who WMM are as well - thankfully all Canadians know the Hip, and can probably tell me the one song on the play list).

I have filled 7/8th of one suitcase and 3/4 of another - and so far all I have packed is artwork, my sheets, my avatar blanket (seriously, I made an Avatar: The Last Airbender blanket last summer), and a couple of skirts and some t-shirts. I have no idea how I'm going to fit everything I want to take into my car. It doesn't help that I'll have Susie's luggage too, and she always overpacks (she also always looks fabulous, and I'm pretty sure there's a correlation).

Mostly though, I will miss the French when I move west. It's funny, because my sister has even less French than I do - and generally seemed to have forgotten that there is a vast population in Eastern Canada that speaks French. With two close friends who are French-Canadian, I've gotten used to hearing it - to driving through Quebec to visit them. And I love listening to the particular Acadian accent my best friend's family has...I'm going to really miss being only a days drive from it. Dare I say it, I think I might even miss the Quebecois.



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Aug. 12th, 2009 11:43 am (UTC)
Aw, it sounds like you had an awesome time! And I would have enforced the driver picks the music rule. I always do! haha!
Aug. 12th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
Haha, maybe I will after a couple of days of being stuck in the car with her as we head west. I'm far too lenient with her...I think youngest siblings are partially magic, because even if you don't want to give in to their every wish, you still find yourself doing it. :-P
Aug. 12th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
You have no idea how much joy seeing that you love New Brunswick gave me. My family live in Woodstock and Fredricton! I love, love, love it there. Especially during Old Home Week. But I swear the best part of it is the food! Glad to hear the 'mini' road trip was fun! Hopefully the full one goes just as smoothly.

And as for the magic little sibling power? My sister posses it too, and it isn't fair. :(
Aug. 12th, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
Yay for people who love New Brunswick!! It is so wonderful, yet so often overlooked! I really am going to miss having New Brunswick only be a day's drive away. I have been traveling out there for a few weeks nearly every summer since 2004.

You know, I was the youngest sibling in my family for the first 6 years of my life. Yet, apparently my powers were stolen as soon as my little sister was born. Maybe it is like being a wizard, and you aren't trained to use it until you are 11... :-P
Aug. 13th, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)
I wish I could go to New Brunswick that often. I've been two times. But each time was about a month. I absolutely love it there. Seriously. Get me the heck out of Florida stat. I wish I lived with my Aunt on her farm in New Brunswick or my other Aunt who lives around Vancouver. F this endless summer deal that Florida has.

As for the little sibling powers? Psh, I never had them. Oldest child and all. My sister has a Doctorate in it. :)
Aug. 13th, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
Oh man, I went to Florida once at Christmas time. It was such a mind-trip. Everyone was singing christmas carols, and there were palm trees and I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt...and had absolutely no cravings for hot chocolate. I do not understand how people do without proper winters.
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