So, let's see - pictures are much easier to post, but all the photos are on the iBook which has a defective logic board and is 20 months old, so no warranty is provided. And the Montreal price for repairing the computer... $1o00CAD. It must be like all the other prices in Canada that made sense in terms of a US-Canadian exchange rate of 1.40. Now that $1US=$1.11CAD, this country is not cheap when it comes to a lot of products. Needless to say, $1000 to repair the computer means that a new computer is the likely solution. We should be wary of Apple (problems with one iPod, a warranty problem with the iBook and now this), but the design and general quality of the Apple products are great, and I think we'll go with an iBook. As we're heading off to Europe for 10 days starting on Friday, I'll keep using my work laptop and take advantage of S. Harper's generous GST reduction that comes into effect on July 1 (thank you PM- as a foreigner we get to experience taxation without representation so any small goody is appreciated - even if I'm not sure about the man in general).
Next - the baby seems well, it kicks and punches (per Kathy) and I can feel the kicks (not yet the punches). Of course, it likes doing this at 4:00am, but I think the sleep challenges of pregnancy (or being close to pregnancy) are just helping us get a small taste of the first three months (we have deduced that those first three months,while rewarding may also be terrible).
Third - we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary (hard to believe, but as of Tuesday it will be 8 years since our first date at Angelina's - which I see won 2001 Best Inexpensive Date Restaurant - we were trendsetters). As Kathy had previously failed to travel like a crazy woman (see earlier post) and as she has some common sense, I planned a surprise weekend to include 2 nights away from Montreal, one in San Francisco, and one in Chicago (the former as that is where we got engaged, the latter where we met and got married). It was a fun, fast trip - nice flights (especially the long one from Montreal to San Francisco), a great hotel in SF (the W - with the usual W scene, but a great room, moderate size, well designed and a great view), a good dinner in Chicago (Spiaggia - hard to go wrong here, but a bit more expensive than that first date) and a brunch with friends on Sunday morning (that Kathy knew nothing about), and of course a trip to Target...
Fourth - we now have the Toothless Rabbi as our cat - rabbi because he appears to be wearing a black kippah on his white head (see earlier pictures), and toothless because we finally got him back to the vet this week for his follow up tooth work (all we knew up to then was that he had bad teeth), and he needed 7 teeth extracted (and he was already missing 2), so he's down to 21/30 - but he doesn't seem to care too much.
Five - any advice on cribs or strollers is welcome
Six - any advice on restaurants or places to stay in Marseilles or Lyon is welcome