Sunday’s Drama – Honk, Honk, I’m Driving a Big-Assed Vehicle!
- We booked a mid-sized car at a great rate of $161 for a whole week, but somehow ended up with a big-assed vehicle (or “cross-over vehicle” in the current vernacular).
- Cool part? We got a vehicle with all the bells and whistles – seat warmers, Sirius radio, seating for 6 and plenty of room to move our entire office to Ottawa… and we did.
- Okay, M.Tinto – bring it on!
Monday’s Drama – Early Mornings and Gay Cook
- We stayed overnight at mom’s house, which was lovely and let us get some work done, but it also meant we had to move the Big-Assed Vehicle before mom could go to work.
- Mom is a high school teacher. When the sun is rolling over and hitting the snooze button, mom is heading out for the day… and so did we.
- Cool part? We got to see the sun come up, had plenty of time to grab a sandwich at DiRienzo‘s for lunch in Ottawa and still drop a review copy of CEOT at Gay Cook‘s house. Which turned into a lovely tour of the oldest house in Ottawa and a great chat with Gay.
Tuesday’s Drama – Is That a Brick Wall?
- Driving huge vehicle is great for highway driving, pretty good for dealing with lots of snow and weather and fantastic for transporting way too much stuff from one city to the next.
- It is not, however, good for turning around in very very tight parking spots in icy lane ways beside brick walls. Not good at all.
- Oh, and we found our first CEOT casualty. There is always one that is closed before we launch. Cam Kong is gone. Replaced by Fuschian.
- Cool part? Nope. There’s no cool part about scraping up a rental vehicle. We stressed and fretted all week. Luckily, mom noticed much later that we’d only scraped the Panel Guards not the side of the vehicle persay.
Wednesday’s Drama – Media, Party, Party, Media… Friends!
- Wednesday was filled with drama top to bottom. Starting with the heavy snow overnight, the early morning interview at CKCU, the snow plow spinning out of control in front of us, the last minute prep scramble for and the holding of the launch party.
- Almost everything went really smoothly!
- Thanks to Robyn and everyone else who stepped in and insisted on helping and I think it was our lowest stress launch ever. Thanks guys!
- Cool part? Seeing everyone!
Thursday’s Drama – Books, Pyrex & Beaver Tails
- In a week filled with drama, Thursday (or Valentine’s Day) seemed to be chock-a-block filled with them.
- We delivered books to bookstores across the city, including Chapters Rideau. (who has already sold 18 copies). Our first, ever, book in an Indigo-Chapters store the first day it was available.
- We made a lovely dinner for our hosts Rockr & Junkii, only to have the Pyrex roasting pan explode.
- No one was badly hurt but both Rockr & I had bandages on by the end of the evening. No photos because I was too busy trying to clean up, make sure dinner wasn’t ruined, make sure Rockr & Junkii weren’t totally pissed at me for blowing up their kitchen… oh and picking up really hot pieces of Pyrex from under my barefeet.
- Cool part? Hitting the canal after all the drama (and not a small amount of drinking) at 10pm looking for Beaver Tails.
Friday’s Drama – Where Did That Wind Come From?
- It was cold and snowy all week in Ottawa. Not really a surprise in February, however Friday was REALLY cold and blowy. Friday the day we’d earmarked for walking around Centretown delivering restaurant letters.
- After lunch with Marc, 3 deliveries in wind, and Sam taking a stack of Centretown deliveries off our hands, we decided it would be smarter (and warmer) to get back in the vehicle and do the Merivale road deliveries instead.
- Cool part? Friends. It always comes back to friends.
Friday night we drove to Kingston. We spent the day with mom in K’ton and headed home Saturday night to avoid more weather. Sunday we returned the Big-Assed Vehicle.
In 2-3 weeks should hear exactly how big a drama it is to scrape a vehicle when the insurance is covered on your credit card. Fingers crossed you won’t hear anything more about this.