Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Ken Brings Home Dinner

Tonight was a beautiful fall evening.
Nothing like the stormy weather they had been having.

Ken called Barbie, saying that he was bringing over some take-out, so they could have dinner on the patio.

When Ken got to her house, he proudly showed Barbie the chicken and Jo-Jo potato wedges, looking as pleased as if he'd spent an hour making them himself.

Ken said that he had heard some people say that vegetarians ate chicken, but Barbie informed him that chickens were not vegetables, and the people who ate chicken (or sealife) anyway weren't really vegetarians and they messed it up for everyone who really WAS.

Ken said, yeah, he sorta figured they weren't really a vegetarian food, but it was just SO HARD to remember what was and what wasn't and how could she ever find enough to eat?

Barbie told Ken to relax, it was really easy to be vegetarian, and she did give him credit for thinking about her, and getting dinner anyway.

It was a nice thought, he just needed a little more information about what was vegetarian and what wasn't. Barbie told him they'd go shopping for take-out together next time if he wanted...

So they enjoyed the cool fall sunshine and sat on the back porch and Ken ate his chicken and Barbie ate the potato wedges which were actually pretty good.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Ocean Shores, Day 3

Today Barbie went out to the beach and drove along the sand.

It was still very windy and cold, which it usually is on Washington's beaches during the winter months. The winds were about 35 miles an hour, which made it hard to drive.

Barbie drove for a long time, she even drove past a dead seal, which was rather upsetting. But she enjoyed the rest of the drive. She drove way down the beach watching the seagulls and pelicans fly in the surf. Then she got out of her jeep and walked on the sand.

She was going to go in the water but it was awfully cold and wet and windy. The waves were pretty high and she didn't want to get washed away.

Besides, the wind was messing up her hair.

Barbie was very cold so she went back to the hotel to warm up by the fireplace. But it was so warm she almost melted, so she found other ways to entertain herself around the hotel.

The Shilo Inn was very nicely decorated. It had beautiful sculptures and lots of things to do.
First Barbie pretended she was riding on a whale, then played with dolphins, and last, went swimming with mermaids.
Finally it was time to go home. Barbie left the hotel and the beach feeling well-rested, relaxed and ready for her next adventure!!

Ocean Shores Day 2

On Barbie's second day at the beach, it was still VERY cold and stormy, so she decided to check out The Sailing Ships Museum.

Barbie took a tour of the museum and read about the history of the various boats.

There were alot of replicas of boats and ships there, and when no one was looking, Barbie sat in some of them. It was pretty exciting!

She saw a friendly looking fisherman sort of guy, but he just smiled when she said "HI".

Barbie liked the museum because the ships were just her size!

Barbie goes to the beach.

Well, Barbie's recovered from her Canada vacation, and she's gotten used to her back-to-school schedule, so she decided it was time for another little vacation away. Barbie likes to go to interesting places!

This weekend Barbie decided to go to the beach. The town she was visiting was called Ocean Shores. It's on the Washington coast and can be very cold and wet and stormy during the winter.

Ocean Shores is a few hours away from where Barbie lives, so she stopped at an AM-PM Mini-Mart on the way, to get some healthy snacks like coffee and popcorn.

Well, she knew they weren't really all that healthy, but Ken wasn't there to see what she was buying and make comments about healthy snacks. (Like he should talk.)

Barbie was a little disappointed that there were only two bags of popcorn left, she wondered if they were stale... but she did like how warm the popcorn machine was inside.

While operating the complicated coffee-making equipment, Barbie almost fell into the coffee cup. This time Ken wasn't there to save her.

Ken is going to be on Dancing with the Stars, (well, he thinks he's going to be anyway) so he's practicing his stretching exercises and trying to loosen up a little.

Anyway, that's why he couldn't come to the beach with Barbie. And that's fine, Barbie wanted a relaxing weekend by herself.

When Barbie FINALLY got to Ocean Shores, it was a dark and stormy night.

She drove her jeep right out on the beach, and saw some crazy people jumping waves out in the dark and rain and wind. Who jumps waves at 10:00 at night? Barbie decided to wait until it was daylight to enjoy the beach.

Barbie had reserved a room at the Shilo Inn and headed there right after she'd seen the beach. When she got out of her jeep, she couldn't believe how windy it was! She ran into the hotel, she was afraid she would get blown away in the wind!
Since it was late, Barbie checked into her room and went right to bed.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Day Four. Barbie and Ken's Last Day Of Vacation.

It was finally the last day of Ken and Barbie's Canadian adventure.

They took a walk through Beacon Hill park and found a really tall totem pole. The sign read "Tallest Totem Pole in North America".

They could barely see the top of it. Ken wanted to climb it. Barbie said no.

Ken wanted to stop and watch the men playing sports for a while.

Barbie said she thought they were playing cricket but Ken said he didn't see any insects and besides, he'd never heard of cricket so it must not be a sport. He thought it was golf. Barbie just sighed... What WAS she going to do with Ken? Sometimes she wondered if there was ANYTHING in that plastic head of his.

They did a little more last-day shopping and wandered through some shops in Chinatown. Ken took a picture of Barbie in front of the famous "Dragon Gate" but his picture-taking skills aren't that great, you can't really see the dragon. Ken said just use your imagination.

Later they dropped by one last gift shop so Barbie could get her favorite treat, REAL Scottish shortbread. Ken said the cookies were as big as her head.

Right before starting home, they stopped in front of their hotel to take a picture with the hotel mascot, which was a giant bear wearing a kilt.

Ken wanted to climb to the top, and again, Barbie had to tell him no.

Ken, maybe there will be rocks to climb on our next vacation.