Ireland is very soon (Friday!), but I'm a bit less worried than I was. I went out driving this morning with Sue so that I could reacquaint myself with the fun of manual transmissions. Despite it being five years since I last drove a manual vehicle it all came back very quickly. So now all I have to worry about is doing everything backwards on the wrong side of the super narrow roads with roundabouts everywhere and where all the road signs are different and I don't know where I'm going. Should be easy.
Yesterday was fun too. I went for a walk with Matt to try to find a small filing cabinet for my important papers and such. Both stores I attempted to visit were closed, but the yard sale I found on Craigslist was still good. We arrived at the place near Kensington but there was no filing cabinet on the lawn. So I asked the girl running it and she told me to come inside the house while she looked for one. She also didn't know anything about a Craigslist posting and looked confused when I mentioned it. Anyway, we went upstairs and looked around until she decided that she didn't have a filing cabinet and thus couldn't sell me one. I was a bit confused at this point but then she said, "why don't you ask the guys next door, they had a sale today too and just finished pulling all the leftover stuff inside." It turns out I was at the wrong place and really wanted the other sale. So I knocked on the neighbour's door and the guy did in fact still have a filing cabinet, but it was far too big and heavy and a bit busted up as well. I only need a little two drawer style cabinet that can hold legal sized file folders. I didn't end up getting one yesterday, but it was fun touring around the inside of random Kensington Market houses.
After our walk, Kim and I made supper for Matt. And by made I mean we thawed and baked the extra stuffed pasta shells that we originally made for Patrick and Toni last month. They were still delicious though and this time I made sure to get a couple pictures before devouring them. For dessert we had a delicious banana cream pie from Wanda's Pie in the Sky which we picked up while we were in Kensington Market.
After supper Matt and I had intended to watch Mad Max 2: Road Warrior but before starting we got a call from Jen and Jeremy. All of the Cityplace buildings south of Bremner had lost power. Jen and Jeremy were sitting around in the dark with a rented movie, Meet Bill, and nothing to watch it on. So they came over and we all watched it at Matt's house.
Simultaneously to the power outage in the other buildings, Matt and I were video chatting with Patrick on Skype using Matt's Macbook. Patrick had just arrived in Ireland yesterday and was hard at work helping his parents and dealing with wedding stuff. Eventually we convinced him to go to bed and get some sleep, but it was good to see him and talk with him for a while. We miss them already. I really need to get on to this "Skype" thing. Too bad my laptop doesn't have a fancy built in video camera.
Tonight I'm going climbing, although I'm pretty tired right now so I don't know how well it will go. I also might watch Gran Torino this afternoon instead of being responsible and trying to figure out more Ireland stuff.