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Happy Birthday, Canada!

I’m back from Seattle, and it was a great trip! The weather cooperated and it was gorgeous the entire time we were gone. The trip costs have yet to be calculated because I have to deposit the American money I didn’t spend back into the bank to see what the exchange rate ends up being. So by tomorrow, I should have an accurate picture of how much I spent.

We ended up getting great seats to the ball game on Saturday night (after not being able to get tickets to Friday night’s game b/c it was sold out!) … they were 2nd row down on field level, on the left base side. SECOND ROW! For only $30 each! If we had to buy the tickets from Ticketmaster, they would have been $38 each plus service charges (which we wouldn’t have been able to anyway, because 1) season ticket holders usually sit in the good seats, and 2) any good seats would have already been sold by that point). Luckily we got them from a season ticket holder I found on craigslist, who wasn’t charging 500% of face value like a lot of other people were because of Canada Day! Other seats around that area were going for $80-$150 per ticket!

Anyway, the BF and I did a lot of walking around town – we walked a lot down by the pier, and all throughout the Pike Place Market … as well as downtown. He was really doing well too, because I went into Nordstrom’s, Macy’s, Banana Republic, and the mall. Only ended up spending about $100 for a pair of jeans, a gray t-shirt, and a pair of capris. Macy’s blew me away. So many brand names I’ve only heard of before or seen in magazines or on TV … but to actually pick up a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes and see the $500 price tag stuck to the bottom … it was major sticker shock!

I’ll have a better post tomorrow, but for now I’ll leave you with a few pictures I took during the trip. :)

I just like how this picture shows the Blue Jays hat and that new purse that I bought. :) Oh, and my bum.
That’s Shawn Marcum. He started Game 3 of the series, and spent about 30 minutes before Game 2 signing autographs right down the third base line. I was able to get some great close up shots of him!
Roy Halladay – the greatest pitcher to ever wear a Blue Jays uniform, and that’s saying a lot because we’ve had 1996 Cy Young winner Pat Hentgen on our team, as well as 1997 Cy winner Roger Clemens. When Halladay’s healthy, I challenge anyone to find another pitcher in the game today more dominant than him.
This was my view from my seat on Saturday night. Oh, and Vernon Wells is an animal!
This was my view on Sunday. Even though we were up in the nosebleeds, it was still an awesome view.
Even though my Blue Jays lost all 3 games, it was still a great Canada Day long weekend.

Going down south tomorrow

I feel a lot of relief about getting the new job, and I am a lot more at ease about spending the money on this trip, and the one to Vancouver next month. I’ll also be able to contribute a lot more into my RRSPs, and I’m going to put $1000 into a GIC with Outlook Financial as soon as I can save that much up. I want to eventually have five 5-year escalator GICs on rotation, so one matures every year. The interest rates are amazing, so I’m excited to invest.

Anyway, at 5:30am tomorrow morning, I’m leaving to go to Seattle. I won’t be back until Monday, but hopefully I’ll get a chance to post during the weekend since the BF took my laptop down with him when he left yesterday morning (we’re meeting down there).

If I don’t get a chance to post, then I hope you all have a great Canada Day long weekend. :)

What would you do?

Okay, I’m in a bit of a pickle here. I need to find accommodation for when I’m in Vancouver for the concert. The family that I have over there is not going to work out, as they are out of town that weekend. I have friends, but I don’t really feel comfortable asking to stay at their place when I really wouldn’t be able to have a proper visit with them … and it just seems weird (and kinda like I’d be using them) to go off to a concert by myself, and then expect the friend to wait up for me until I get back, only for me to crash and go home the next morning. I know I wouldn’t really like it if a friend did that to me.

So, I’ve been looking at my options, and here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

  • Hostel – Private Room w/bathroom ($100): I’ve already booked this because they fill up fast and I didn’t want to lose this as an option, but I can cancel my reservation at any time. I like that the hostel is down the block from the concert hall, so I wouldn’t have to walk downtown Vancouver alone at night … and I also like the fact that it’s a private room because, well, it’s private. But that comes at a cost.
  • Hostel – 4-person room ($30): The cheapest option (at the same hostel as the above option), but I really hate the idea of not being able to have my quiet time to read a book or write, etc. Plus, people that usually stay at hostels like to go out to the bars and stuff, and I don’t like the idea of being woken up in the middle of the night by a bunch of drunken girls. I mean, I suppose I could suck it up for just one night. There’d really only be 3 other people in the room with me, afterall.
  • YWCA – Private room w/shared bathroom ($90): About 1KM from the concert hall. I’ve stayed at the Y a bunch of times with field hockey teams, and I like the location. That being said, for an extra $10, I could just stay at the hostel with my own private bathroom, and it’d be closer to the venue.
  • Suck it up, and ask a friend if I can stay with them (free): I really really really don’t want to have to do this … unless the friend offered their place to me (without me having to resort to hinting about needing a place to stay or anything), and even then, I’d feel bad.

So, what would you do? Would you try another option that I haven’t thought of before?

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