Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Yesterday afternoon, we left Saskatoon and hit the road for Regina. The prairies are a seemingly different place in the summer. No snow on the ground this time, just lots of green fields, and a ton of flat land before us. It's so humid that you can't go without the air conditioning for long, even though you start to freeze after a while when it's on. A second after it's turned off though, you get all sticky and gross. The air is so thick. We opted for sweaters and cool air flow. Tunes for the drive were (courtesy of my ipod) by Matt, whom my travel buddy and co-worker Mark had never heard of until I introduced him to his music on this very trip. It seems insane to me that there could be a person in Canada who hadn't heard "Apparitions" before...but there was Mark, so I had to show him the light.
As we drove towards our destination in the sunshine, storm clouds started to roll in and we watched the most insane thunder and lightning storm that I've ever seen in my life as we came into Regina. The bolts of lightning almost didn't even look real. It was a pretty cool sight to see. It cleared up before we got right into town, so we thought we'd dodged a bullet. When we came out of the place we had dinner however, it was storm city once again and we had to make a run for it, through puddles and raindrops despite being in flip flops and t-shirts. It was a serious light show for a good hour once we got back to the hotel- lightning every couple seconds, sometimes incessantly, like a strobe light. It lit up the entire room. Between showings today I've been obsessively watching the storms outside as they come and go. I'm so not used to these. There's something kind of fun about them.
This hotel is so quirky. It's pretty funny, actually. It's super old school. I feel like I should have brought a Marie Antoinette costume with me. My skate hoodies and skinny jeans feel oh so out of place here. There are flowers everywhere. Only one wall in my whole suite is free of hideously cheesy wallpaper.There are flower baskets and heart shaped boxes coming at you no matter which way you turn.
My hair hates it here. True, I don't look like this, but it's not good. I'm not attractive in the prairies at all. The humidity just kills me. This sucks primarily because there's a football team of babes in town for a tourney and they're staying in this hotel too. The good news is, I've somehow still managed to get some winks.
The last two days have been so jam packed with showings and meetings and shop visits. Time is flying. I can't believe it's already Wednesday. Tomorrow, we hit the road again to make the six hour drive to Winnipeg; the last city on our tour of the prairies this time around.
In no less than a week, Kay and I will be Island bound for a weekend of camping, surfing, sunning and guaranteed fun times. That, in itself, is giving me a huge push towards the finish line right now. I am beyond stoked.
Signing off from Regina. Bye for now.