As part of our various "travels" during the holiday season of 2014, we are now on our way to Ottawa (the country's capital) for a few days with friends. Last week we travelled to The Beauce area, to a small town called St-Hilaire-de-Dorcet. This is, theoretically speaking, about a 3 & 1/2 hour drive from the 514 but due to traffic and some insanely serious road work and detours, it's more like a good five hour drive, then another 5 hours back. So road tripping wasn't the most appealing of options even if Ottawa is only 2 & 1/2 hours away. But in this case it's more about enjoying time with friends than having to endure unilingual white trash smoking family membrane. Today we are scheduled to return defective merchandise that our Ottawa friends have got for Xmas, shopping for some booze (cheaper & better selection in this province than back home) and maybe a little something something later on tonight. We'll see. Right now it's just the toilet break pit stop and snacks, and then we should have about another hour or so before we reach the capital. I'd better stop writing now as my wife is probably wondering what the heck is taking so long in the john's! So until later, folks! N
Day 3: on our way back. The only time I get the opportunity to write on this phone is in Alexandria's pit stop where we take a bathroom break between MTL & Ottawa. Anyway day one had food, a few drinks, some slight shopping-oriented experiences and then a way-too-late of an "event" evening which had me stay up on stimulants until about 3 in the morning. These allowed me to suffer from an irregular sleep pattern which essentially had me properly up and running the "next day" (or for all actuality later that day) at noon. Oh I could have got up around 7:30am but at that time my mind & body were requiring dream-cycle sleep and so I was sleeping and awake alternatively until I decided to get up, taKe a a shower & brush my teeth. Just past noon I was up & at them! Then the day was spent in a weird way as my wife went back to nap (she did not sleep all so well at all) while I spent time with my friend nursing his own post sickness injuries while his daughter & friend played games and my friend's GF (mother of one of the girls) slowly got drunk all day without me noticing. By around 17:00 my friend and i went out for supplies (cheese, juice, throat lozenges, basic stuff), and he spoke to me of his girlfriend's alcoholism and how it was beginning to truly hurt the relationship. What I found surprising was how I never even noticed this but then again, I too am an alcoholic, just not a daytime one. Anyway the point is when we returned to his home, I then noticed she was not entirely sober (ahem), and we fixed ourselves a quick supper with leftovers which was great! Afterwards we remained sober amongst ourselves while playing games (video console & then a board game) and pretty much went to bed early considering the time we all went to bed the night before.
This morning again I got up late. It must be that "vacation" away from home thing which allows me to go back to sleep after I do wake up a few times. So after about a half dozen times of waking up, saying "no" to getting up, rolling over, sleeping, dreaming and waking up again, I decided to really get up. The place was quiet. Some seemed to be nursing hangovers, while the others were enjoying breakfast and getting ready to head back home. So that's it. We packed up out stuff, loaded the little car, and left as soon as we could (my wife wanted to be on the road as soon as humanely possible). Getting out of that city was a nightmare, it reminded me of the whole 514 situation where simply navigating through or around/across the metropolis is a time consuming and patience testing experience. Anyway, we are on our way back now, and our "3" days away from joke really passed buy quickly. I am not in any hurry to get back home although being in my own "stuff" is always more pleasant than being at someone else's place. There's lots I could be expanded upon about m experience in Ottawa is time around but I think the best thing to say at this time is how I realize how much of an alcoholic i also am and how it does affect those around me. Perhaps it was a good idea not to drink at all that second night and leaving all temptation (the booze bought in that province, a different selection) in the trunk of the car. Hell, it was so cold I doubt my own alcoholism would have pushed me to go out in that freezing cold just to get a drink!
Alright gotta go; my wife's probably waiting for me near the car to get back on the highway! What a way to end the year, right? i keep forgetting that in less than 10 hours, it'll be 2015. Here's to blindingly wishing for a better one while not knowing what the future actually holds!