Monday, April 19, 2010

Whew! Just got back...

I remember posting the day I got back from Canada. There was a brief moment of sanity while I fished something out of the workshop I just did at savvy authors, but for the life of me--the entire week feels like a blur. Maybe I shouldn't have put off my taxes. I sat down to do them, looked up and barely had time to run to the only open post office in Seattle.

There were traffic cones, multiple lanes--people with light wands and sour faces all over the place. Too bad they don't hand out snacks and goodies like in Virginia. Last time I drove through Lynnhaven, there were coupons for free Chik-fil-a, Krispy Kreme donuts and goodie bags. And--not that I wanted to stop, there were clowns! And a band. Seattle is a little too business-like, and the huge police presence made me feel like I was in a riot waiting to happen.

I love the workshops because they make me think. Not something I do in real-life. Wish I could do it all the time. This was a particularly good one because it came right after an in-person workshop and I was stoked. Still talking a mile a minute and running like a gerbil.

I have a couple more pictures. Not the best, because I'm not the best picture taker, and neither were the people with me.

...and our happy group.

There's a lot to be said for being in a group when the workshop lasts for six hours. Although to be fair, it didn't seem long.

We talked about all kinds of things, peeves and queries, web presence and the future of e-publishing. Craft stuff, and how to write an erotic romance (although I stayed out of that one).

I enjoyed the people I rode with--possibly the best road trip I've ever taken. And they were kind enough to take me to the grocery store so I could buy my kid some roast chicken chips. Funny--as we were driving along (lost as hell) looking for a grocery store, I said, "I sure am hungry." Canadians have got to be the world's fittest group of people. I didn't see a single overweight Canadian, probably because of their smaller serving sizes.

I'm not exactly skinny, and by the time we left all I could think about was "food" with a capital F. Even the Spaghetti Factory up there had sensible sizes. I kept turning the menu over, looking for "...super-size it for $4 more!"

We stopped a couple and asked if they knew of anyplace good where we could get some food, and the woman looks in the window of the mini-van and says, "There's a restaurant up the street that serves American-sized portions" and we almost died laughing.


Hailey Edwards said...

American sized portions, eh? lol

My sister married a Canadian two years ago. She still says "eh" at the end of every single sentence, despite being raised in the Deep South.

I'm glad you had fun on your trip. It's nice to "see" you.

deanna said...

Lol about the portion sizes. Do they cost less? Glad you had a fun trip. It's always nice to get to think in a real way.

jodi said...

lol, Hailey. I hate pictures of me because I have this mental image I look like I did when I moved. I've added at least two dress sizes, although that might be because I finally admitted it--I don't know.

Strange, my mom said people said "eh", too, but I didn't hear it. I wonder if it's a mid-Canadian or non-Victorian thing. Maybe BC is just too American except for their food. :)

Deanna, I still get hungry thinking about it. It costs the same, maybe a little more, and the dollar is the same right now so there wasn't any discount. I think it's because the food costs so much. We went through the grocery store and the woman in front of us had every little food, but she paid an arm and a leg for it. Worse--it looked like a Winco. Not fancy at all.

Sometimes it's good to be American. Even if, "am" of a nice, comfortable romance writer size.

Michelle (MG) Braden said...

I had to laugh at this. Being a plus-sized Canadian and knowing others you need to know it's not that we're all fit (although I truly try to be, my body just doesn't cooperate) it's that Canadians deny there is a problem. Until recently it was very hard to find cool plus-sized clothes. It was all mummus or jeans that cost $100+ I used to have to go down to Bellis Fair to get clothes from Lane Bryant.

After just travelling through the States for the last three week (with my three young kids) I do admit that you have restaurants on every corner. The area I visited in GA had so many restaurants of all types it was unbelievable.

I'm not sure what grocery store you went to, but the best prices are at Superstore or Costco, sometimes Save On. Safeway is a rip off. :-)