We went to the Volvo dealership for the 15K tune-up. Took 4 hours instead of 2, but we had a fun time meeting other moms and other kids. They did break the indicator on my gear shifter though. Ugh! Vince konked out on the ride home and then woke up as soon as we got home, so we got into an argument about whether he should continue his nap. But he won and we went to the playground and to CVS. Jeremy made a delicious calzone for dinner and Vince fell asleep at 7:30 on our evening walk.

Our first day back in our humble house. It is wet, wet, wet outside. Vince and I did a massive shopping trip to replenish our refrigerator. He crashed at 10:30 am today. I think with the time change and the excitment of the past week, he just really needed to take a morning nap today.

Thursday, we spent the afternoon walking around old Montreal and went into the Latin Quarter. Ate dinner at a spaghetti factory-type place where they give you bibs. Friday, we met Sara, Marka’s friend, a prof at McGill. Had a fun time hanging out with her kids. Drove to Burlington where we had sandwiches and Ben and Jerry’s for dinner. Saturday, we participated in Burlington’s halloween parade and went to see a granite quarry and the Ben and Jerry’s factory tour. Today we saw Amy from MIT and her kids and went to the Martin’s to pick up Ruby and spend the afternoon with them! A great trip. And great to be home!

Just cold today in Montreal. Vince and I went up Mont-Royal. He took off his shoes and mittens every chance he got. Had lunch from this takeout salad place and spent the rest of the day napping and watching TV. Jeremy disccovered that being a little tipsy helps with the networking at the conference. Ha!

Ugh, very rainy and cold today in Montreal. Vince and I spent some time walking the underground. We ordered weird dumpling that they serve in a soup of peanut sauce. For dinner, we went to the Movenpick. Vince had a great time and we had a fun time picking out dinner by strolling around this massive restaurant.

Drove to Montreal today. Spent the first few hours of the day in a whirlwind trying to clean the house up so I don’t have to return to a filthy house. Started off at 11 am. Not bad really. Dropped off Ruby leash at the Martins (Vince fell asleep as soon as we pulled into Bard). Ate at Bob’s Big Boy at the rest stop. Played for 40 minutes in Plattsburg at a neighborhood playground. Montreal is rainy and cold. We ate at a Lebanese place in an almost empty fast food joint in the underground mall. Vince was going crazy in the mall.

Went to the bookstore this morning and spent, spent, spent. Gheez! What a few books can cost. Vince was absolutely neurotic about the train set at B and N. Then we went to the Morse house where the lady of the house had a dog cematery. Jeremy had his first cup of coffee in a month and he is feeling great!

Heard the heartbeat on Thursday evening. The midwife said she heard movement too, so now I’m a little less concerned about not yet feeling the baby move. Today we went to get some maternity clothes in the morning and then in the afternoon, we hung out with Asuka and Carrie and fed them some lunch and went hiking on the rail trail. It was a beautiful brisk afternoonl This evening we tried Paul Newman’s new vodka sauce on our ravioli. Yummy!