Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A Long Update

Yes, you can yell at me. I fail to blog as much as I would like and not nearly as much as you would like. Ooops. It’s a casualty of enjoying life too much J The summer has been really busy but fun. The snow melting has brought lots of mosquitoes, and they are HUGE! I forgot how bad they were here...I hope I don’t get West Nile or something along those lines. But I will take some bug bites with the sunshine over winter any day of the week.

So what’s been keeping me busy? Well, work. I know, I know, in my last post I mentioned how free I was feeling, and how much I was looking forward to a summer of relaxation. Well, that certainly hasn’t happened. I had a huge publication project for most of May/June, and then in July I traveled to DC for a conference. I feel as if I’m still working FT, which has its own pluses and minuses. I don’t want to speculate right now as to what will happen in the fall...we’ll have to see where this consulting thing goes. I like writing and editing, and I really like working from home. So maybe a permanent consulting gig is in order? We shall see.

Family has been the other big thing. At the beginning of June I went to visit my parents in Texas for a week and a half. It was a much needed trip to reconnect with them and a much needed shopping trip to buy new summer clothes as my summer wardrobe was way too big. In winter it doesn’t matter as much, you dress in layers anyway, but summer is different. I need clothes that fit! I have to say, it is way cheaper to purchase clothes in the U.S. then here. Thank goodness I have a connection down there.

In July, my future father-in-law turned 60. And my future mother-in-law recruited me to help her plan a surprise birthday party. It was a really fun time, but just time consuming. And then D’s brother and his family came for the party, and the following week so I spent a lot of time with them. And after they left I went to DC for this conference. And since returning, my sister-cousin Rena is currently in town. Fortunately, mom and dad changed their trip to September so I get a couple of weeks off before leaving to Charlotte, NC, for a friend’s wedding. THEN my parents come for a while. Phew!

I really am not complaining; I love having family around. And being summer, everyone makes plans to be out and about. I’m grateful my life is the way it is. I didn’t expect to feel so settled and integrated, but I am glad I do. In previous moves it’s taken me a while to get to this place and I’m so glad it happened quickly. 

And one more piece of important news...I have a date for the wedding! August 11, 2012. SAVE THE DATE. This fall I’ll develop a website, etc., so you can keep track. I have my venues, and now I get to do all the fun stuff. I can’t wait to marry D, he’s just the best. And I hope all you U.S. friends can come, we’d love to show off Alberta to you!