The next morning we woke up and got ready to leave. I had to fast for 12 hours before my bloodwork so after my snack of chips the night before, I had nothing. I hate waking up hungry and not being able to eat. Fortunately my appointment was at 9:00am so we woke up at 8:00 in order to not leave me too much time to focus on my grumbling stomach. We checked out of the hotel (so sad to leave it) and headed to my appointment. It went really well and I love the staff and how comfortable they made me feel. They took five or six vials of blood (I didn't look) and then I got all light headed and queasy. So they tipped me back in the chair, got me a cold cloth for my forehead and gave me a 5-Alive juice box. Woot woot for losing blood when already in a weakened state. The good news though, is that my consultation appointment is scheduled for November 30th! Which is way sooner than I was expecting. We'll be heading back to Ottawa for another mini-vacation in a month.
Upon leaving my appointment, we decided to head to Tim Hortons for a quick breakfast before heading downtown to play tourist. But as we turned out of the parking lot, a belt in the car broke, we lost power steering and were running on battery power only. Fortunately I married a handy guy and we headed off to the nearest Canadian Tire to get the part to fix it. We made it there safely and Dan investigated the damage.
|Dan checking it out|
|Found the culprit|
So we headed into Canadian Tire to get the needed belt. We purchased it, came back to the car, and discovered that the belt was too small. Back we went to get the right one and exchange them. Back to the car we came, only to discover this one was too big. Ugh! Back to the parts counter to get yet another belt. I'm sure the lady at the exchange counter thought we were nuts. Third time was the charm and we finally got it back together!
|Putting the pieces back together|
|Finally the right part!|
I orderd eggs, sausages, hashbrowns and toast and Dan ordered the April 89 crepe. I of course forgot to take a picture before we started eating but I did get some "in progress" shots.
|My yummy food|
|Dan's last bite of crepe. He obviously eats faster than me.|
|He then had to finish my breakfast/lunch. What a sacrifice!|
After we finished our breakfast/lunch, we headed downtown to park and walk around. These weird cat sculptures were all along the parking garage. At first I wasn't sure what they were and we still don't know their purpose. I wouldn't say its for looks!
We then walked around the Byward Market and enjoyed all the colours and sunshine.
We then made our way up the hill towards the Parliament Buildings. I, of course, had to stop along the way to take more pictures.
|Playing tourist with some weird sculpture|
|The Parliament Buildings!|
|The ever-burning flame|
|Resting in the shade and looking all cute like|
|The gorgeous library|
|The view from behind the Parliament Buildings|
|I think this is my favourite statue there|
|I joined the tea party|
|The angel of Hope|
|Found the cache!|
|The end of a lovely mini-vacation|