Am I that old?

So I turned 23 on the 15th of this month. I don't feel 23, but I am constantly reminded by the amount of babies and marriages practically flooding my friends list these days. Don't get me wrong, they are beautiful babies and weddings, but are we all really at that point in our lives? One part of me fears I will never get to that stage in my life, but another is grateful that I have my entire life ahead of me to experience it. I guess my plan to adopt kind of helps me out in that i don't actually need a husband to start my own family. But I am FAR from ready to even think about adopting, financially and emotionally. But I have my little chi lulu and a pending "big brothers big sisters" application to help fill the void. :) I am much happier these days though. I couldn't tell you exactly why, only that I am finding myself appreciating the little things and taking time out for myself, and not letting anything hold me back from doing what I want to do. Like going to SEATTLE!!

My mom and I took a trip down to Seattle in celebration of my birthday. It was originally planned that my best friend would be joining me for a week, but she hurt herself pretty badly and couldn't make it out. Rather than wallow in my own self pity (don't get me wrong, I was upset but mostly for her having to experience pain) I decided to do most of the things we had planned anyways.

Seattle was a blast. We made every moment count, although a lot of the action happened right at the Canadian/American border. We witnessed some rather disrespectful and impatient behavior by those with Washington state plates. There is something at the border called the "nexus lane" for special people who don't have to wait and can bypass the lineups. God knows how you get into that elite group. But some people abuse the system. Like the group of girls who "pretended" they had no idea they were in this EXTREMELY well marked lane until OOPS they were at the gates. I guess because they were cute someone let them in line, but one other vehicle was not so fortunate. The massive truck behind him who obviously knows that NEXUS means no waiting, was so frustrated at the couple trying to merge into the regular lane that he drove up on the curb and the lawn to get past!!!! We were lucky that the car of girls made it through because we definitely got to hear some interesting stories as they tried to talk to each other over their music. Ladies, we now all know what bra sizes you are, what you think of each others boobs and who would give anything for a boob job. Quite entertaining, thank you.

We stayed at a pretty swanky hotel just outside of Seattle and definitely got a good deal compared to what we would have payed for something in the downtown core. We were also fortunate enough to utilize the free shuttle service it offered.

Something we learnt very quickly, but unfortunately a bit to late, was that no one in Seattle really knows where they are going, and all of the people you come in contact with in the service industry DO NOT speak English. So a good idea would be to NOT ask for directions, or really any questions for that matter. Although some of the people we did ask questions to were so cute when they answered yes to a non yes or no question. It really was surprising though to experience such a huge language barrier just crossing the border. Do all the white people think they are to high and mighty to have a respectable position as a bus driver or guest service agent? The streets definitely have something to be desired, and often reek of urine. The city of Victoria would be in uproar and riots would break out constantly if we ever let our city get to that state. But it all builds character, I mean its not called "Sin City" for no reason.

Also to the fellow in the convenience store across the street from our hotel, just because we are from Canada doesn't mean we are stupid. We know how to count change so save yourself the trouble and refrain from attempting to short change us ever again. Even if it is only 6 cents.

When times were rough (like getting lost for 12 blocks on skid row in the pouring rain...literally..) and moments of "I'm not doing this anymore" arose (like when a very sketchy person whose sex still remains in question was following me) my mom was there to pull me through (as was the glass of stoli I insisted was non alcoholic that I managed to chug down in about 10 seconds flat.)

We went to the Experience Music Project and let me tell you "experience" is an understatement. We sang in a vocal booth who converted our voices to a very sultry males voice simultaneously (boy was that weird/cool). We also created our very own rock band with the original title of Lisabelle and...mum. Lisabelle being the lead singer and mum being the amazing drummer to back me up. It is kind of one of those you had to be there moments but it was AWESOME.

With my amazing itinerary and travel planning skills we also managed to squeeze in the space needle, downtown shopping, an underground tour, and some more shopping at the mall across from our hotel. I couldn't have spent my birthday with a better person or had a better time. THANKS MOM!!! Here are some more pictures from our trip compliments a la mum of the underground tour (seriously, right under the sidewalks you can hear people walking overhead.), of the best cupcakes we have ever had (accompanied by the cutest girl who has no idea where BC or Canada is), a cute park in the middle of downtown, and myself at the space needle.


Shawn said...

I have to say being a recent traveler through the peace arch that the "Nexus lane" was not very well marked until we got there. Having never crossed the border by car before, it was a surprise to come up and find that I was in the wrong lane. there's a lot to look at there, and compared to the "Fasttrack" or "Fastpass" lanes, the nexus lane is NOT well marked.

Lisabelle said...

In response to the last comment, it was so busy when we went down you had to be completely self absorbed to find yourself in the nexus line up as it was the only lane that was even moving at all. on top of that we also had a human being specifically ask us if we had nexus passes, and every other vehicle was asked the same question. needless to say, they weren't asked to present the passes as well or this situation wouldn't have occured.

Shawn said...

There were only about a dozen cars at the border when we got there, so pretty much all lanes were moving quickly. We just stayed in the one we were in. No one until we actually got to the guard to say anything to us, and by then it's just way too late.

Lisabelle said...

thats good then, you didnt have to worry about trying to sneak in front of someone else. hopefully theyve got the construction done down there so things can operate properly.

Shawn said...

This was the 20th, and no, the construction is going hot n' heavy. I think that was one of the problems with it. I would feel like an idiot, but when we were inside talking to the nice border crossing guys three other people were called in for the same reason... So... yeah.

Lisabelle said...

wow I cant believe they aren't done the construction yet! well actually..i can lol.
So what brings you to my blog Shawn? seeing as how I haven't added to it in ages, you have inspired me to get back at it. Do you have a blog? Where are you from?

Shawn said...

I'm in Oregon, went up to Victoria and Vancouver for underwater hockey. I don't use blogger, but have livejournal.

I was trying to find something about what we were told about the $5,000 fine or impounding of the vehicle, but just couldn't find anything about it, and after searching and searching, I came across your blog.

I'm similar, I don't update my LJ very often, mostly just when people poke me a bit ;-)