So we've been in Canada this week, and I'm going to now make sweeping generalizations about the differences between the US and Canada, based solely on my 3 days in London, Ontario.
1. No Hulu. What??? We don't have cable at home, so the only way we can watch shows is for free, online (usually quite a good plan!). I was looking forward to catching up on "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" since their season finales were last week, but alas I must wait until we are back in the states. Boo.
US - 1, Canada - 0
2. No Pandora. I KNOW!
US - 2, Canada - 0
3. In Canada there are more Tim Horton's than there are McDonald's in the US. It's craziness! The donuts are amazing and the coffee is made fresh every 20 minutes (which would matter more if I drank coffee :)).
US - 2, Canada - 1
4. They don't sell ice cream at drug stores*. Um, what???
US - 3, Canada - 1
5. People are SUPER friendly.
US - 3, Canada - 2
6. Except for border patrol. This is where the people who are too unfriendly for the DMV or Post Office go to work.
US - 4, Canada - 2
7. Wal-Mart IN the mall with a McDonald's IN the Wal-Mart. Not sure who wins this one, as that seems like a very US concept to me. I'll call that a draw, so we're still at
US - 4, Canada - 2
8. Most places in Canada accept US currency, while an email recently went out at Michael's company they they are NOT to use Canadian currency to pay for coffee.
US - 4, Canada - 3
9. No tornadoes last night in London.
US - 4, Canada - 4
10. Hockey. Hockey hockey hockey hockey hockey hockey hockey hockey hockey hockey hockey hockey hockey hockey hockey hockey hockey hockey hockey hockey hockey hockey hockey hockey hockey all the time.
US - 4, Canada - 5
11. There have been family restrooms everywhere we've gone so far.
US - 4, Canada - 6
12. It's raining today (and I refuse to check the Stow forecast so I can only assume that it's beautiful and sunny there).
US - 5, Canada - 6
13. I don't think I'm ever going the right speed limit, and I am certainly not dressing my children appropriately. I mean, 60 seems a little fast for a residential neighborhood, but ok! 100 on the freeway? Woohoo! It's 15 degrees outside? Time for snowsuits! Boo to the metric system.**
US - 6, Canada - 6
So basically I think it's a draw. There are pros and cons of each. Maya told me last week that Canada is "gross" ~ next time I'll have to correct her, "not gross, just different" :)
*this is a fact as I went to a drug store last night with the sole purpose of buying ice cream, and left empty handed. I assume that every drug store in Canada is exactly the same.
**j/k. I <3 the metric system and think the US is just being stubborn, but we needed another point to tie us up with the Great White North.
Picture time! This is just an assortment of photos from the last couple of weeks that I haven't posted yet. Enjoy! :)
|The girlies' new "big girl" beds that were my mom's then mine and my sisters' and now the girlies' :D Thanks, mom! The dresser came from her, too.|
These are pictures from my sister's shower ~ this was the "toilet paper wedding dress game". While "Amish on the top, party on the bottom" (picture #3) came close...
"10 Carat Diamond Ring" took the cake :)
|Maya kept putting the wedding veil on "Baby J" :)|
|Picnic on the deck|
|Michael said she looks like she's modeling in this picture, lol :)|
|Charlotte taking on the rock wall, like a boss.|
|"Two Thumbs Up", getting ready to help me make french toast (yum!)|
|Making bread with Mommy. We baked 12 loaves that day! Maya was a big help measuring the yeast and pouring in all the ingredients :)|