We left here around 10:00am yesterday and headed for downtown Ottawa. We had a whole list of things to get accomplished, and it turned out to be a pretty productive day.
First stop was my mother's to help her get her new internet and email set up. She's starting to get familiar with it, but just needs a little more practice. We've been very happy with gmail for our email service and so I set her up with an account of her own.
While I was doing that, Ruth was busy on the phone calling a few different photographers to find the best price for passport photos. Walmart was around $15, Shopper Drug Mart wanted $12, Blacks photo was $20 (!), and she found an independent guy who was $12, but if there were two of us he's do them for $10 each. It pays to shop around, that's for sure.
So we went and got our passport photos done, and at the same plaza there is a DMV office. I need to replace my lost drivers license, and figure out how to get our license plate sticker for the motorhome to last through two of my birthdays if we decide to stay down there with the motorhome through next summer. But, the lineup was out the door, and I'm not going to play their silly game. We decided to check another DMV office that was along our route.
Then, we went downtown and picked up our mail. We have a UPS mailing address now, and they will hold our mail until we pick it up, or forward it to wherever we happen to be.
Next, it was off to the passport office. Ours don't expire until February of 2012, but we won't be anywhere near Canada in February so we have to get them done now. Canada has finally introduced simplified forms for renewing if you have a current passport, so it was an easy procedure and the office wasn't very busy. We were totally surprised to be in and out of there in about 15 minutes!
Next, we tried to beat the rush hour traffic out of downtown because by this point it was about 3:30 in the afternoon. We were heading to my sister's place at the far east end of town. Stopped at another DMV office along the way, but it was just as busy as the other one. This part of the government still hasn't figured out the meaning of customer service, and there is no way I'm waiting in line to give them money! We will go to the small satellite office near Ruth's Dad's place sometime today. It won't be busy there, but it was in the opposite direction so didn't want to make a special trip if we didn't have to. I'd rather drive for a half an hour than stand in line for an hour. I hate standing in line.
Went to my sisters for dinner and enjoyed seeing family again. When we left, we stopped by our old house that we sold almost 4 years ago, just to see how much the trees had grown...and they had! Almost all of our old neighbours have also sold and moved on, so there was only one couple that we said a quick hello to while we were there.
No pictures today...maybe tomorrow!