Tenth wedding anniversaries are supposed to be celebrated with tin. "Modern" girls apparently like diamonds better but I eshewed an engagement ring in order to make sure I didn't end up with one, so my husband figured correctly that I'm more the "traditional" type. So he made me a beautiful flower out of tinfoil. See - that's why I married him. Practical, knows what I like, and a healthy streak of romance.
Speaking of romance, you might wonder about what on earth my daughter is holding. Dad - avert your eyes and skip to the next paragraph. Some months ago I discovered that you can subscribe to just about anything online. Like socks, where they will send you a couple of fancy pairs of socks every month. More popular is a service called "panties by post". I thought this was *hilarious* and joked that we should try it. Brendan decided that it would be funny to subscribe - except he didn't want to actually subscribe so he came up with his own version. This is why I'm keeping him ;)
I dried part of my wedding bouquet, but to my chagrin the orchids disintegrated into a soggy mess. So my sweetie ordered flowers in an arrangement that was reminiscent of my original bouquet so that I can try again. Stephanotis is apparently really hard to get now, but I only had it in my bouquet because it was the "trendy wedding flower", so the white orchids used as a substitute were quite acceptable.
We honeymooned in Ottawa because neither of us like travelling and besides, we kind of live in a tourist town! So we thought it would be fun to repeat some of the things we did a decade ago. Like take a boat tour, and go out for Greek food. We even took the day off work! I did not slice my thumb open this time though.
Elizabeth loved the boat tour - of course we brought her along! We opted for Paul's Cruise Line instead of Lady Dive's Amphibus (historical inaccuracy!), due to feeling the company inadequately addressed the safety concerns after the fatal accident. In any case we'd been on Paul's Cruise less than a month after our wedding. For the record, the spiel hasn't changed significantly, but the ride costs $5 per person more.
I was surprised that the tour guide didn't mention One Hundred Foot Line, which has been extremely controversial and certainly stands out a lot more than the rolling ball clock that the guide thought "might not work". In any case, this was our first glimpse of the sculpture and we were underwhelmed. It looked pretty cool in the photos (see link), but from the river it just looked out of place.
After our tour we dropped Elizabeth off at Uncle Chris and Auntie Yukiko's. Elizabeth suggested she might like to go to the restaurant for a date with Daddy and Mommy-dear and cried when I left. By the time we got back she was having so much fun swimming "ike a fish" in the tub with Erika that she didn't want to come home. (Clearly not our child as normally bathtime is a bit of a trial). Also, she got to wear YaYa's pjs.
The Greek restaurant where we got engaged has sadly closed, along with a couple of our backups, so we tried Kallisto's based on my iPhone's suggestion. Actually, the phone said it wasn't particularly gluten-free friendly, but the "best" and "safest" restaurant did not have the romantic atmosphere required. Kallisto's was okay and I wasn't ill after eating there, but it's not going to replace Papagus in our hearts. We'll have to keep looking...
Then we came home for raspberries, cream and a little chocolate for me.