Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A quick journey, a weird week!

I always find it interesting how the lives of people who know eachother criss-cross around each other's lives. It is like an endless braiding of stories that touch eachother but never fully unite to form a product or relationship. I also find it interesting who this blog reaches, and it is always the most interesting and least expected people. Sometimes it makes me angry if someone I don't want to gets a glimpse of my life... but then I think, why am I writing this for but to share with the WORLD my life and everything that is in it. SO, with that... read away all you who must and share in the journey that is my life... :o)

This past week saw my friend Jen in Edmonton for some tests. We had a great time relaxing in the hotel after and dying my hair and chatting about what has happened in our lives since we last saw eachother... I must admit, despite the fact that I have travelled for almost 2 months this year and gotten married, she still won. That is one tough cookie... and despite her trials and tribulations this past 1.5 years, she has remained a rockstar and solid to the core. We should all aspire to be Jen's in my mind. So, after much chatting and discussing how she was to get back to Hay River we decided that she was going to come with me on a trip to the past. We had a great trip up, 11 hours of solid driving and reminising. It was a trip that shockingly we had never done in the 15 years of friendship, so it was long over due. We fell into our friendship like we hadn't missed a day - and to me, that is what life long friends are; friends that can go a year without seeing eachother but not skip a beat when the day comes that we see eachother again. It was so nice to have the opportunity to spend 2 whole days with my bestest girl friend in the world!

3 hours short of hitting Hay River we decided to call my mom seeing as it would be 11:30pm by the time we rolled into town. She was elated and shocked that we were on our way and so very close. Mom and I stayed up and chatted until the wee hours in the morning even though Mom had to get up early for work. Jen and I spent the next day driving around and visiting all our old hang outs and checking out what had changed. It is weird going back to the place that you grew up and realizing that everyone has grown up and bought houses, cars, boats and had kids. It makes you feel OLD! That evening mom and I spent the whole night chatting and really had an excellent visit; I would say the best visit we've had in years! Friday saw Mom and I spend the day shopping and visiting and trying to get rid of our headaches because of all the wine we drank the night before. Friday also saw us going to pick up Dad at the airport as he flew in from YK. He was shocked and so happy that I was there, even if I was leaving the next day. We had a great, but quick visit.

The supposed 15 hour drive home was quick and easy and honestly - Fun. I love to drive and I really don't mind driving alone, that way I can turn up the tunes and play all the Country Music I want! It was great to meet up with Derek just South of Edmonton and convoy home.

Although it is nice to be home, it was nice to visit the place that my parents live and will always feel like "going home" to me. Althought they have renovated, the house still feels the same as it did when I was a tiresome teenager, and the memories of creeping in later than cerfew or shaving my head in the kitchen still run in my head as I walk through the kitchen. I have nothing but warm memories from that house, and it was great to have some more wonderful memories to add to the arsenal. Love you Mom and Dad and thanks for the great time! I always get treated like royalty when I stay with you!

In one of the shops in Hay River; Emmanuels, there was a quote by Dr. Seuss it said "There's no one alive who is youer than you" - isn't that the truth.

Friday, April 10, 2009

When I was a little girl...

We would play this game on road trips where we tried to find as many license plates on cars that were different from our own... well, this past road trip Derek and I (ok, it was mostly me, but he helped) played this game. I am sure that Mom and Dad just used it as a way to keep us quiet but it worked and it was fun and I still do it... so, without further ado, here is the final tally:

40 = US States
6 = Canadian Provinces
2 = Canadian Territories
3 = Mexico Plates (I couldn't read Spanish so I didn't know what province/state they were from)

Here is a list:
US STATES:
Washington, Oregon, California, Wisconsin, Idaho, Alaska, Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, Connecticut, Virginia, Michigan, New York, Colorado, New Mexico, Iowa, HAWAII, Mississippi, Indiana, Nebraska, Tennessee, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Maine, North Dakota, South Dakota, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Florida, Pennsylvania, Maine, New England, Vermont, Missouri, Arkansas, Georgia

Canadian Provinces/Territories:
NWT, Alberta, BC, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Yukon.

There you have it friends, the biggest list of license plates that I have ever gotten... I was so pleased when I found Hawaii... I have NEVER seen a Hawaii license plate, we were in California so that could be why! By the end of the trip, this list had almost become an obsession - you see, I wanted to get ALL the states! We have time to get all the provinces as we will one day drive across Canada, but ALL the states, that is just a goal that must be achieved!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

The traveller has stopped - for now!

Hey there friends, long time no post... I didn't realize how LONG it has actually been since I last wrote!

What has happened since I last wrote you ask? Well... a lot has happened! Montreal was wonderful, I spent some quality time with old Montreal and have grown to love it with it's quite European style, Canadiana, and amazing views. It is a city not to be missed in Canada, that's for sure! We didn't get to fly in the wind tunnel as it was still in construction BUT we (rather Derek) won some time in it so we shall be back! :o) Derek's meetings were stressful and it wasn't truly a holiday for him as it was for me. I had the opportunity to tour around with a friend who is french and that made it SO much easier... she took me to the BEST burger joint ever! C'est Magnifique!

The weekend after Montreal I ran in a 10KM run in Lethbridge. It was so wonderful running in a place that I felt so lost for so long. It was great to have the "new me" run there and achieve a goal I had set for myself... to run a 10K in under an hour. I managed to run it in 56:24 which was AWESOME! I had Grandma, Aunty J, Aunty M, Aunty Connie and Uncle Jim all there to cheer me on as I crossed the finish line and hug me in congratulations for achieving my goal! It was a great trip to Lethbridge and I really got to spend some QT with the family! Derek was so sad that he couldn't come as he was working that weekend... next time for sure! My next goal is to run a 1/2 marathon in June. It will be in Cochrane and it will be up a long gradual hill (I may be making a mountain out of a mole hill, but it is big!)... but it will be good! My goal is to run it in 2 hours or less... my training had started and I am officially in week 3. I started running hills, which consist of running up hills as fast as you can repetitively until you feel like you might throw up or die... not a lot of fun, but a GREAT work out and it builds different muscles in your legs that you need for running up hills! I have joined a Tuesday run group that runs hills and does other kind of muscle building drills, and they all seem really nice and supportive so I am happy to have some motivation and running buddies if nothing else!

The weekend after Lethbridge, I took a flight up to Yellowknife to help Tom and Leigh Anne pack for their move to Alberta. It was great catching up with them and seeing Mom and Dad (who were there too!) It was great family time, and my only sadness was that Derek couldn't be there for it... flying to YK is costly and had I not had a cheap ticket I got from an online auction months before, I would not have gone either. We packed up all the memories we had as a family into a U-Haul and Tom and Leigh Anne's truck and away we went. Three days (long days I am sure) later, I got a call from Tom saying that they were in town and the journey of having my brother in the same city as me again begins. It has been 10 years since we lived in the same city... it will be great to get in some QT with him and his family!

Since then, I have been trying to get as much done around the house and in our world as possible. I am still looking for a contract, so hopefully something comes up soon... I hope, I hope! I have been putting in a lot of effort to raise funds for my Team Diabetes event. I am hosting an online auction to raise money for the Canadian Diabetes Association. I will be running in Iceland August 2010 (a full marathon of 42.2KM's) and so I have to raise money for them. My goal is to raise $12000. If you would like to help me obtain my goal, please come to Swan's (1336 9th Ave, Calgary) on May 30th and bid on something at the silent auction. To get in the door, it is $10 bucks and all of that goes towards the Canadian Diabetes Association! If you can't make it and still want to contribute, please click on this link... anything helps!https://ocp.diabetes.ca/pledge/cspledge.asp?prId=td&oId=1212131&tId=10824 (OK, shameless promotion over!)

Well friends, that in a nutshell is me for the past month. I am sure that there have been minuscule things that have come up, but in a nutshell, that is it... it is a pretty big nutshell! :o)

Until next time... as Denis Watley says "The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them."