Ocean Room: Complete

This, along with the new fuse box and the stairs, was on my to-do list to complete in the first week of maternity leave. Since I last posted about the ocean room, we’d been adding things bit by bit: a mattress, bedding, a dresser … more onesies than any one baby really needs … you name it. But it was missing the final touches, and most of those were either hand-made by us or by one of our many talented and delightful friends and family members.

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I went a bit overboard with the Silhouette Cameo to print these out in white adhesive vinyl.

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This amazing crocheted jellyfish mobile was a gift from the highly talented Fussellette.

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She also MADE (MADE!) this amazing ocean-themed blanket. I still can’t even deal with how amazing it is.

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These jellyfish crib sheets were whipped up by Cait’s ever-talented mom.

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Rusty made sure that baby wouldn’t miss out on a very first baseball glove, and it gets pride of place on an octopus hook.

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Even Trav contributed a wee piece of art.

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Mrs. Nice found the inspiration for this on Pinterest, and made it for us MONTHS ago. I’m so glad we could finally put it up.

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Even the Pie’s favourite animal the anglerfish gets a spot in the baby’s room. Guarding the deep sea vents. Get it? VENTS.

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Even this rocking chair is handmade, by either my great-great grandfather or my great-great uncle.

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You like the ship? Again, I went crazy with the Silhouette. The knobs on the dresser are supposed to look like the sorts of things you pick up on the beach – most of them are from Lee Valley, actually, and others my mother has given me over the years.

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Everything else was kind of stuff we already had from our oceanic travels.

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So it really wasn’t hard to stick with a theme.

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Now we just need a baby to come and live here (and you never know: by the time you read this, there might be one!).

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Postprandial Stroll: Pounding the Pavement in Salt Lake City

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The Minion and I had a total blast in Salt Lake City. Not only were our clients complete dolls and ideal business-folk who made our work easier and told us the best places to check out on the tourist side, but this old town appealed to our mutual delight in architectural weirdness and we spent much of our time wandering the perfectly straight, majorly wide avenues, snapping pictures of all of the fantastic buildings that we found. This is the state legislature.

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Former city hall.

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A GIANT CHURCH. Well, the corporate office for the Church that seems to own most of the city.

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The former Hotel Utah, which is incredible inside and out.

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The Public Library, which reminds me of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in its construction.

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You can go up on the roof and see the mountains.

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“New” City Hall.

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The old Union Pacific Railway station, which is now part of the Gateway Mall.

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And let’s not forget the Tabernacle, inside and out.

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And the Mormon Temple itself, the highlight of the city.

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Which also looks spectacular at night.

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And stuff doesn’t need to be old in the city to look nice. All the malls for example have water features in them. This is in the City Creek Mall after dark. It’s a great place to walk around and see pretty things!

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Sweet Endings

We ended up finishing our work with our smart-as-whips clients a day ahead of schedule, so the Minion and I celebrated with dinner at the Green Valley Grill. We’d had a take-out lunch from there on Monday and thoroughly enjoyed it and wanted to taste their dinner menu before we left. For dessert I picked this chocolate cheesecake, which came with a house-made banana salted caramel ice cream. I picked it because of the Pie’s Banana Rule (“everything is better with a banana”), and I was not disappointed.

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Also, anyone know what kind of trees these are? They were at the GVG and I’ve been seeing them in various places around town.

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I’d assume that they were fake trees but they seem to be growing out of the soil so I’m confused …

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Uber Fun

After having some truly awful experiences with cabs and cab drivers in this city, the Minion and I took the advice of our clients and tried Uber for the first time. And now it’s our favourite thing! In Greensboro at least, all of our drivers were retired gentlemen with some great stories and some lovely and clean cars who told us all sorts of things about the town, including the fact that it plays host to EIGHT colleges. That’s nuts. What’s also nuts is that most of the state has been under tornado warnings for the past couple days, but yesterday afternoon, after a giant but brief thunderstorm with pouring rain, the sun came out!

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After we’d finished off our work for today we headed out as soon as we could to try to absorb some vitamin D after four days of miserable rain. While we waited for our third Uber of the day we admired the ornamental kale that appears to be growing outside most hotels in this town.

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And we finally headed downtown! Despite there being no tornadoes nearby it was still plenty windy and the downtown area is full of tall buildings that create some hefty wind tunnels. They did have some pretty architecture though:

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And a Woolworth’s, like when I was a kid!

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And some weird stuff!

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And some railroad tracks!

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And some other stuff I didn’t put in here but you can see in my Flickr pics if you select from the menu at the left.

Finding Some Charm

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Still poking around in suburbia, but we’re starting to take some enjoyment out of the little things we are seeing. For instance, this gorgeous old cab out in front of a trendy hotel in our ‘hood.

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That and the already-blooming magnolia tree. I want a magnolia tree. It would never survive an Ottawa winter.

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Dinner at Ruby Tuesday, which wasn’t much to write home about, but I did have this drink: apple fizz. With a bit of moderation on my part I’d make it at home. It’s basically a bit of apple cider, some Sprite, and some apple pieces. It could be quite refreshing, with some tweaks!

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Livin’ in America

Greensboro feels like a very American place to be. Everyone seems to drive enormous cars. Don’t see a lot of pedestrians – and in fact there aren’t that many sidewalks.

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We ate at an Applebee’s in the pouring rain. Been craving some sweets so I had the Salted Caramel Shorty Shake, a truly delightful wee concoction.

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And then a banana pudding/banana cheesecake thing. With Cracker Jack. It was good but I’m not sure I’d eat it again.

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Tomorrow we’re going to try to venture to downtown Greensboro to see if there’s things to be seen aside from suburban America. Hopefully it won’t disappoint!

In Transit

Spent a good chunk of Sunday traveling from Ottawa to Greensboro, North Carolina, via the Dulles Airport in Washington DC. First thing we saw when coming out of our gate in Dulles was this, in case we were uncertain as to what country we were in:

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Then we were crammed aboard this wee puddle-jumper. The Minion was NOT amused at the size of the plane. I told her to get used to it because we always end up in strange small towns …

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