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Just got home from one of the best weekends I've had in a while. Ray and I went to Maine because we had tickets last night to the Great Big Sea show in Portland. I figure that this fetus/embryo or whatever it is (I know, I'm a nurse, I should know these things, but I'm Catholic and I'm only supposed to know that life begins at conception ;-)) is already nine weeks old and it's never too early to introduce him/her to some good music and culture. It is 1/8 Newfie, after all (and 100% Canuck-American since both Ray's relatives and mine came from the Great White North -his from Quebec and mine from the Maritimes). Crap. I just realized that I'm destined to be a hockey mom. Better go buy some lipstick...Anyway, the show was absolutely fantastic - it could only have been better if they did "Rant and Roar" and "Captain Kidd" which are two of my favorites. But since most of their songs are pretty much my favorites, it didn't matter. Besides, they did those two on the Cape last year. This show was WAY better than the Cape. Our seats were great, and there was much more sort of conversation and talking to each other and the audience in that endearing, self-deprecating Canadian tone. They started off the second set with only bouzouki and button accordion playing "Planxty Irwin" (a traditional instrumental that isn't on any of their albums as far as I know) and added instruments as they moved from song to song. Each of the guys in the band easily plays two or three instruments, and they all sing. In fact, some of their best stuff is a capella. I'm not sure if it's because it was their second-to-last night, but they did like three encores, including Alan Doyle doing a beautiful solo "Boston and St. John's". I never get sick of their music. Top the whole night off with fish and chips at Bull Feeney's and it was pretty much a perfect date. The fish and chips would have gone great with beer, though!
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On November 3rd, 2008 12:09 pm (UTC), pinkdot920 commented:
Congrats!!
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On November 3rd, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC), tinuviellen commented:
Embryo, I think, but close to the point where it changes. Now I'm going to have to look that up, hockey mom. ;)

Okay, according to Wikipedia it's 8 weeks, so you're over that line.

Am so jealous. We saw SCC and Michael W. Smith this week, and it made me realize how long it's been since we've seen a concert HC wasn't playing in, and how much I miss it. I've never seen GBS live. That must have been amazing.

Edited at 2008-11-03 02:04 pm (UTC)
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On November 3rd, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC), sillyg commented:
Wait. Did I miss something? Or is this the announcement!? YAY!
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On November 3rd, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC), khurley commented:
Yay for babies!!! Congrats to both of you :) Bailey is kicking her congrats at the moment as well!!
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On November 3rd, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC), irenefinlay commented:
Congrats!! Happy and Healthy 9 months! :)

I think the op is right - I think it's almost fetal stage...just wait til it gets to the "karate chopping your bladder" stage. THAT'S when the "fun" begins. ;)

I'm so happy for you and Ray! Congrats again!!

Have you had an ultrasound yet? They seriously look like gummie bears around 8-10 weeks. Too funny. :)
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On November 3rd, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC), irenefinlay commented:
Oh, and yay for you going to a concert of such a fine, Canadian band. :D It is NEVER too soon to start introducing children to the wonders of Canuck music. :D
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