We have been in Vancouver since Monday when I had my marathon 3.5-hour specialist appointment. Given that today is our 8th wedding anniversary and that I have to be at an early training session tomorrow morning. We found a reasonably priced hotel. We are staying at the Sheraton Wall Centre. Here is what we have done in some particular order:
- Got lost trying to find the ‘Rapid Access Clinic’ in St. Paul’s hospital. WE went to the Thurlow building when we needed to be in the Burrard building. For those of you who have ever spent time at St. Paul’s what is it about the elevators? Some of them only seem to run every 10-15 minutes. It was bizarre. Also everyone seems to be running there plus there were tons of people.
- We had dinner at the hotel restaurant. It was very good. I had the ever-reliable tenderloin steak, which was outstanding. Deb had a salad and a vegetarian panini. There were zero vegetarian options on the menu and she had to ask what they could do for her. It seems strange in a city like Vancouver that there would such a dearth of vegetarian options.
- We went swimming last night at the hotel. It was great. I swam several lengths and then chilled in the hot tub. I was trying to teach Deb how to sit and balance on a flutter board under water. I am nowhere near as graceful doing that as I once was. It was very relaxing. We were starving when we came back to the room and ordered nachos.
- I got up early and went to work early. I had a lot to do and I was able to get it done today. Work is feeling really good these days so I am a happy camper.
- Deb sent me a huge bouquet of flowers today at work. It is so nice to get flowers at work!
- Deb picked me at work and we went out for dinner. We had Japanese food!! It has been years, literally, since I have eaten Japanese. We had tempura vegetables and prawns. I had agedashi tofu, and miso soup. It was divine.
- Now we are back at the hotel watching Dancing with the Stars.
- Don’t forget to check out Derek Miller’s blog excerpts in this month’s Reader’s Digest.
 Squee!!! I cannot believe we have been married that long! It seems like just last year we achieved marriage equality. Although same-sex marriage has only been in legislation since 2005 (thank you Paul Martin and the Liberal Party of Canada) it seems much more recent. We did marry in the period between the court decision and the approval of the legislation.
 Not a boutique hotel.
 Considering I waited more than 6 months for my appointment I would challenge the ‘rapid’ part of that name!
 Go me!
 Deb even tried some!