Sanguine_speed, thank you so much for your thoughts on my Chelsea comment. I needed that boost! I'll be the first to admit that I'm not even sure what I mean by "suburban." I've never lived in suburbia before (always been either country or right downtown) so my perceptions are hopefully out-dated stereotypes. I have met absolutely amazing people here, everyone so unique and individual. Unlike developments that just mushroom up in a day, Chelsea benefits from having an old crowd and new crowd. The two don't always live in peace that's for sure but it does keep things lively.
I guess my frustration now is that it's been lonely since going on mat leave and I'm living in my car more than I expected to, even though we deliberately bought a house on a bus route and walking distance to basic amenities. I'm on the highway to the big boxes in Gatineau more often than I'd like to admit. Nobody I know here seems to care that there aren't more services and stores for the locals, that everything is geared towards tourists. Instead there is a constant battle against any sort of development that might keep us closer to home, buying local and out of our cars.
Oh yeah and I'm not allowed to have chickens...but that's for another rant!
Anyway.... don't mean to hijack the thread. We can talk more about this once I have a babe to bring to play group! Have a great time you guys and hope to join you soon.