Pet sitter backed out. I got really sick for several days so most of the preparation stuff didn't happen. The canal closed (then re-opened) so we just said 'screw it' and cancelled. We knew that since I have strep, there'd be at least one other person with it in the house by the weekend so it just seemed like a bad idea to go through with it and risk dealing with a sick kid while away from home, while we leave our house in the hands of someone we've not really had enough lead time to meet.
Some classmates did offer when I mentioned it on Facebook, and it was awfully sweet of them, but my husband and I agreed in the end that it was best to just cancel (fortunately no fees) instead of end up with a disastrous trip. Plus with our cat's vet bills recently, the cost of a totally unnecessary trip seemed a bit excessive.
We figured we'd just have fun here this weekend instead, and think about hitting Ottawa at a later date. The end weeks of the MFs tend to be fairly relaxed, so it's entirely possible we'll make it happen during the MF3-MF4 transition or something.
It seems like every time we have made plans to go to Ottawa since we moved away from there, a wrench ends up in the works, except for that one brief afternoon we spent there during the move. Ah well, we'll manage it eventually.
So we're relaxing at home this weekend. We went to the zoo today. We've gotten a lot of use out of those memberships, and the kids absolutely love going. It's really nice to be in the pavillions in the winter. Tropical warmth, lots of sunlight, and lots to do. Plus, no people. Win-win.
Tomorrow, I'm not sure if we'll go out on a trail or go bowling. My husband is definitely sick - I was pretty sure it'd be either him or our son who fell first - so probably bowling since I prefer to have another adult with me if I'm going on the trails with the kids.
Even though our plans changed fairly last minute, my son took it really well. I'm actually quite surprised, but happy about it at least. He does love the zoo, though, so the promise of that likely helped mitigate his disappointment.
|She is so insanely cute in person.|
|It's like a riot of fish. Kind of mesmerizing to watch them.|
|She gave me this 'my toddler is driving me insane' look while I was there. I don't know how anyone can look at a lowland gorilla and doubt our common ancestry.|
|This beautiful lady came and checked us out for a good ten minutes, including trying to perch on my husband, who seems to just attract animals. I absolutely love black cockatoos. Have since I was a kid.|
|Favourite shot of the day.|