Posted by: bwoof | March 20, 2010

What a week!

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. (yes, I’ve always wanted to start a plog with that famous first-liner from Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities)

We’ve had a wonderful time in Ottawa and Montreal, the robbery of our personal belongings notwithstanding. Suffice it to say, it’s also been quite a learning curve. So, in no particular order, here are a few of the lessons…

  1. Use Yelp and your iPhone to locate a police station as quickly as possible should you ever need to report a robbery
  2. Learn to speed dial your insurance adjuster
  3. Do not talk with strangers
  4. Definitely do not cancel the rest of your vacation just because someone decided to try and steal not only your stuff but your joy
  5. Definitely do visit the Museum of Civilization and the War Museum, both in Ottawa. Incredible! The learning is far to vast to plog here, but I will happily offer guided tours
  6. Definitely plan more than a couple of hours at each of the above mentioned awesome venues
  7. Be not tempted…shopping is not all that fun when you are under pressure to buy the bare necessities of life
  8. Be not tempted…shopping for all the other stuff is not that fun either…in fact, it’s quite tiring and very short of glamourous
  9. Don’t be fooled…creating spreadsheets for the insurance adjuster is time-consuming, never convenient, and always worrisome because you don’t quite know what will be accepted and what won’t
  10. Backup ALL your files religiously and regularly. Alas…I am a lapsed convert and am now paying the price. Thankfully I had not totally abandoned the chapel of data backups, but still, I could have done better

Grateful for:

  • many small blessings which keep things in perspective
  • a very most gracious and understanding husband who cheerfully helps with every task…amazing! He’s a big blessing!
  • family and friends who just hang in there and cheer on the weary
  • finding an exact match/replacement for a favourite shirt that was stolen
  • credit card companies who are really super duper fussy about any out-of-the-ordinary purchases and will call to alert you if they think something’s up

Curious about:

  • will the robbers do anything really cool with our books and my favourite leather-bound Bible? Bless them!
  • will they read, understand, and absorb all those notes for the upcoming weekend
  • will Ry be able to reconstruct the kids’ projects?

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