This morning Sage woke up feeling crummy. We had a little breakfast and when Denver started feeling crummy, we decided it was going to be a very low-key kind of day. They both went back to sleep after breakfast and I don’t think they’ve done that since they were infants, so I k we they needed it. They woke up and felt like swimming so that was a good sign they were feeling better. With all the swimming you’d think they be permanently pruney by now.
They made friends and exhausted their pool game repertoire. I figured doing laundry was a good, low key activity and we grabbed our bags. I followed the directions from google maps to the laundromat and ended up at a realtors office… I remembered seeing another option on Notre-Dame and decided to try to find it without directions. It starts to pour. Hard. Harder. HARD. THE HARDEST CRAZIEST RAIN I’VE EVER SEEN! BOOM! Thunder, lightning, the works. We drove carefully through the dumping rain and found the teeny tiny, little laundromat. We grabbed the bags of laundry and ran in. Just in that short time from our car to the door, we were completely drenched. Not damp, but dripping, hair completely soaked, drowned rat WET!
The owners were an Asian couple who did not speak any english, but were super helpful. They took pity on the wet, scraggly strangers and helped us with coins, detergent, and a place to sit and wait out the storm. We watched the deluge out the windows and saw lightning strike right out the window with absolutely no delay in the thunder. It was crazy.
The rain slowed way down about the time we were done with the laundry. We found a little restaurant and had some dinner. Denver asked for runny eggs and they accomodated him as they served breakfast all day. He felt pretty special. They had everything from spaghetti with lots of sauce, just the way Bailey likes it, sage got slouvaki, and I got a turkey BLT… quite the range of cuisine! Dinner was followed by dessert at Tim Horton’s. I had my first Tim Horton’s donut and it was quite lovely. My favorite was the chocolate walnut donut stick.
We went back to the hotel and the kids decided it would be better if I picked up daddy tonight instead of tomorrow morning and that they would stay in the hotel room. I was a little uneasy about it, but they were ready for bed when I left for downtown Montreal. As soon as I met up with Mr. John, we called the kids to see how they were and we woke them up, so all was well with our crew.
Mr. John always throws a karaoke party at the end of the conference so that is where I caught up with him… On stage singing “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley. It was hilarious. We said bye to all his friends and colleagues and headed back to the kids.