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Susie and I have taken a big step towards becoming adults—we invited our familes to our place for Christmas.

This is both a brilliant and a potentially disastrous move.  Brilliant because it means we don’t have to travel, we get to see everyone on both sides, and we get to spend a little time off in our own city.

But there’s one big flaw in our plan—where are we going to put everyone? “Everyone” being a relative term, of course.  My twin sisters haven’t responded and probably will be spending Christmas with my Dad, leaving my Mom and Virginia as “maybe"s.  Susie’s brother and sister are fairly interested, though money’s an issue, and her parents haven’t committed yet.  But potentially we’ll need place for six people to sleep.

Right now, I’m thinking: 2 people in our bed.  2 people in the guest room.  Can the garage be made into a lovely home away from (or behind a) home?

Or perhaps one of the readers of this blog will be leaving their place in Vancouver around the Christmas holidays, and wouldn’t mind if Susie and I stayed there, or perhaps two or four of our family members.  Anyone got space available?

Or is there a bed and breakfast in the area that you recommend?



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There's an outside chance our apartment might be available. I won't be able to say for sure for a while, though, so that may disqualify me.


Posted by Darren
  at 3:34 pm on Oct. 2, 2006




I have an air matress bed to lend you. I can also recommend a few good B and Bs in the area, though they tend to be pricey if they're close to the beach. I can't remember their names or I'd link / reference them here. But I can remember that they're just down the street from me and have signs out front telling me their names. So ask me if you're interested.


Posted by James
  at 8:16 am on Oct. 3, 2006




Thanks, guys.

I'm more interested in space than a mattress; I have two nice air matresses already.

The B&B option sounds great, if Darren's apartment isn't available.


Posted by Travis Smith
  at 11:29 am on Oct. 3, 2006

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