After Christmas I had a week off by request. Jordan and I decided to drive down to New Brunswick to visit his parents and other relatives. We spent our New Year’s Eve day driving. We had a good time and relaxed quite a bit. Brought some movies with us so when we had nothing planned to do we watched “Happy Feet”, which was funny; “Ratatouille”, another one that had us laughing; and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”, a good action-packed one. The first day we arrived, his parents had arranged a family dinner. On Thursday and Friday we visited with a couple of Jordan’s friends. And then we left early morning on January 5th and arrived home by about ten that night. Good to be home again! I go back to work on Tuesday.
I haven’t been home very much since Jordan arrived back in town the night of May 28th. Besides working, we have spent a lot of time together. It’s amazing how much I missed him but now that he is home I feel like he had never left.
Yesterday we drove to Ottawa to visit some of my cousins. Keesje came with us. We left in the morning and I drove all the way there. It was a little nerve-wracking, especially when we went through towns, and even more so once we hit Nepean and had to find Delia’s apartment. Delia and Sinyoung’s baby daughter, Jeena, is getting so big. She’s adorable!
After a little visit there, all of us drove out to Sara & Greg’s. That was another half hour to forty-five minute drive east of Ottawa, but this time Jordan drove because we took the 401. We had a barbeque for Sara’s birthday, sat around and took pictures, ate, got attacked by bugs, etc. I didn’t bring my bikini, otherwise I would have gone swimming in the pool. Jordan happened to have swimming trunks in the truck so he jumped in for a bit!
Ooh, I bought a new camera: the Canon S3 IS that I have wanted since it came out!
Jordan has gone away again, this time to New Brunswick. He left this morning with another guy from work and they should be back Thursday at the latest. Then we have a nice little weekend planned. 🙂
Finally I have time to write about my trip out to New Brunswick with Jordan. I have been so busy since I got back on the 2nd that I haven’t had a moment to think! I have been working on this entry off and on for the past three days.
On December 26th, Boxing Day, I worked at the grocery store until 2 o’ clock. After getting my schedule from Value Village and bringing it to my boss at the grocery store, Jordan picked me up. The truck was already crammed with our stuff so we headed to the 401.
After about three hours of driving we reached Montreal, Quebec. Traffic was not that bad; only one hold-up when cars were slowing down on the highway to gape at an accident. (I don’t know why because there was one police car and one other vehicle, nothing interesting.) The weather was alright to begin with but the further into Quebec toward the U.S. border we got, the slippier the roads became.
We saw plenty of deer. At one point we had to stop because a little family was crossing the road. Good thing we waited for any stragglers, because another one came bounding across, losing its footing on the icy pavement, which was kinda funny. We also saw three huge moose after crossing the border into Woburn, Maine. Didn’t have any trouble at the border. Just like last time, we were the only vehicle there, but unlike last time they didn’t ask us stupid questions and search our vehicle for gifts.
Oh yes, no trip is complete without running out of gas on the highway. Just after Bangor, Maine the truck sputtered and we were out of gas. We knew we needed to fill up but Jordan was determined to reach a particular Irving gas station. So much for that idea! Lucky for us we stopped near a ramp, so we ran across the highway, down the on-ramp, crossed another road, and filled up a container with gas. It was freezing cold outside! Ran back to the truck and Jordan cut the bottom off a bottle of water to use as a siphon to get the gas in the tank.
We reached Hampton, New Brunswick around 3:30 a.m EST (4:30 a.m there). His mom fed us crackers and dip and then we went to bed. When we woke up later in the day, we had dinner and then his mother gave us our Christmas gifts. I got lots of neat little things, like candles, a photo album, chocolates, etc. That evening we were going to watch “Christmas With the Kranks” but the DVD was lost so instead Jordan picked out this really old movie called “So Dear To My Heart”.
On January 28th, we drove into Saint John to drop presents off at Ryan’s sister’s house. Then we went to visit Serena & Chris and his grandmother but neither of them were home. His friend Brad called and we ended up going out to his parents’ place to hang out. I was starving so Jordan and I went to a restaurant for food while Brad & Rachel test drove a truck. When we were done we rented “You, Me, and Dupree”, which was funny.
The next day I was up early but couldn’t get Jordan out of bed until 11:30 in the afternoon because he was such a sleepyhead. After lunch we drove into Saint John and met Jordan’s friend Nick at a Tim Horton’s. Had some hot chocolate and coffee. We couldn’t decide what to do for the longest time. Finally we went to the mall and Market Square to look around. There’s a huge aquatic centre there, too. Went home for 6:30 pm because Jordan’s mom had arranged a birthday party for him (a month early). For dinner there was soup or sweet chili; the chili was really good! Lots of family there…chatting, taking pictures, etc.
On December 30th we were planning to go swimming at the Aquatic Centre with a few people. I didn’t have a bathing suit so Jordan & I went to a whole bunch of stores in search of one. I couldn’t believe how ugly many of them were! Finally we found a green camo bikini top and black bottoms at Wal-Mart. Then we met Serena & Chris and a couple others at a bowling alley for a little while. Turned out that the centre was closed so we had to postpone swimming until the next day.
Instead of going back to Hampton, we went to Serena & Chris’s for dinner. We had chili, which was a little spicy for me. Jordan’s parents showed up to eat and we played the game “Taboo” for a little while. However his mother and little brother kept interrupting each other and arguing so that downscaled the fun factor quite a bit.
The following day was New Year’s Eve. Got up way too early to go to their church. Afterward we rushed to get some lunch, and made it to the Aquatic Centre just in time to meet the others. We had free passes to get in. The pool centre was pretty awesome. Jordan and Chris had a lot of fun on the tarzan rope. The first time Chris went on it he forgot to let go and he swung back and forth a couple times; the lifeguards didn’t like that too much. lol Anyway, swimming was a lot of fun. Later in the evening we drove out to Brad’s house, chatted with the people there, ate snacks, watched some television. We stayed about an hour than drove forty-five minutes back into Saint John. Next stop, Chris & Serena’s, for yet more food. The guys played some guitar. It was a good night. I really like his sister and her husband. 🙂
January 1st rolled around. We were home probably close to 1:30 am. Stuffed from food the night before. But his mom cooked a turkey dinner for us this day. All I could think was, man how can I stuff any more food into my stomach? But the food was yummy, like usual! Not more than an hour and a half after we ate, we all had to go over to some lady’s house for ANOTHER dinner and birthday party for Jordan and his cousin. I couldn’t eat anything…except a piece of chocolate peanut butter cake! Jordan & I left early because it was freezing rain out and we wanted to get home to pack up our stuff since we were leaving the next day.
To sum it up, woke up very early on January 2nd. His parents got up to make us breakfast. We left the house at 6:15 am. Jordan convinced me to drive on the highway until the border, which was kind of illegal considering I only have my learner’s permit and am not supposed to drive outside the province of Ontario, but we were supposed to switch before the border crossing into the States. He tricked me though and I was the one in the driver’s seat at the crossing, completely in a panic because the city driving was freaking me out. I was so scared and nervous and so mad at him for tricking me. As soon as we were passed through, I parked at the gas station and got out and refused to drive for the rest of the trip. I was so mad. lol That was the highlight of the drive home. Not much else of consequence happened…Oh wait, we got lost in Montreal for an hour and a half because we somehow got off the highway and ended up downtown…Yeah, that sucked. Finally we escaped that devious city though and made our way home!
And now, I am going to bed because I have had a long day. My brother is down for a visit and he cooked us supper tonight. It was quite delicious — basmati rice with some kind of broth in it and chicken covered in apple sauce! Got to work a long shift again tomorrow… Gute Nacht!