Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The end is nigh

The end of July is within our reach and it seems that so much has happened!

After Hay River, we both got in a groove with working and spending some time playing! I have been reading and working on my tan on patio's around Calgary and Derek has been skydiving.

We had a guest for a week by the name of Honey - she is the kitty of one of our friends who needed a cat sitter while away on holidays. She was a playful, delight to have around and I really missed having a cat. Now that she's gone, you can almost hear the faint echo of her meowing in the empty rooms.

Derek went off to Montreal to do some "Master Course Facilitator" work and was treated to a stint in the Montreal Wind tunnel... lucky bugger! He had a great time, was treated like the Prince he is, and brought me back a fantastic t-shirt. Thanks to Mario and Minon for treating him like a million bucks and for getting him home to me safe! :o)

While Derek was away, I helped my brother and his family move into their new home in the NW. It is a cute little place that will be nice and cozy for their growing family. We painted for a couple days and then moved in their stuff... it is amazing how much stuff people can accumulate, but they do have 2 little girls so I guess it is a given. It was nice to spend so much time with their family tho!

On Saturday, I went up to Sylvan Lake to watch 2 of my good friends swim, bike and run their way through a 1/2 Iron man... wow is that a feat! Swimming 2K, Biking 80K, and running 21.1K - and they both did it in under 6 hours!!! It was great to be able to cheer them on (I even made them a sign!). I am not sure if I could do a 1/2 iron man... it is quite physically demanding, but something was sparked in me that Triathlon might be something I'd like to try... perhaps in a year or two when I am done with the whole "Marathon in Iceland" thing...

Now we are gearing up for the Annual family Reunion in Vilna. We should be there for the festivities on Friday eve - and unfortunately will have to leave on Sunday as we both have to work on Monday... I should have my fantastic Calendar ready for viewing by then so everyone can buy one and I can make mooola for Team D! :o)

Other than all of this, I have been getting excited about my course package coming in from Athabasca U... I hope to have my Communications degree by this time next year (or maybe Dec of next year)... we shall see how it goes! I am really looking forward to getting this project started, because the sooner I get started, the sooner I have this degree and I can then work as the press secretary for the Prime Minister or something! :o) Here's to new experiences and upcoming opportunities!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Happy July...

This July has brought a ton of events already... and we're only 1/2 way through it!

We went to Westlock for Derek's skydiving provincials at the very beginning of this month. The weather wasn't as cooperative as it could have been, but they managed to get all 6 rounds in and place 2nd - the team that got first place has been jumping together for years and spends a lot of time and money in the wind tunnels of the south... much more than Derek's team. Maybe next year they will over-take them! :o)

After the event was completed, we drove 9 more hours to the land of the midnight sun - yes, we returned to Hay River for a visit with the folks... it was relaxing and restful and eventful and really a nice visit! It rained 1/2 the days we were there, one of them being the day we decided to rent kayak's and cruise down the lake from Paradise Gardens to the beach... we put the boats in the water and sure enough 30 mins after they were in it started to rain... and at times the wind picked up so much that if we stopped paddling we went backwards! It was still fun, tho, and despite the cold, we managed to make it to my parents house before hauling the boats out of the water (and up the giant embankment)... We could have made it all the way to the beach had we BOTH had rain jackets (thanks to Derek for giving me the one he brought for himself) and gloves... our hands were frozen. A shower never felt so good tho, and we were warmed up in no time!

We also took some time to go on a couple nature walks... I refrain from calling them hikes as they are really "nature walks" and we weren't really hiking up anything per say. They were great fun, and on the trails the bugs didn't seem that bad... it was when we got to the road that the bugs came out. The walk between the 2 falls was great - relaxing and very pretty and the Rotary walk starting at the school I graduated from was like I remembered it. It was interesting to see where the ice road starts and stops in the summer and Derek thought that was very interesting. We went to Dad's jail for a tour and a coffee as well as to Jen's work and took a picture with Derek and the now famous and on a stamp Inuksuk... over all, our trip was great. I got to spend QT with the parental units, show Derek around my town, see my Jen and relax all in the same week. Ahhh, the sound of a relaxed human!

Now on to the projects Mom and I concocted while in the Hay for Team Diabetes... I am working on a Calendar... I hope to sell it at the family reunion this year... fingers crossed!

OH... a quote I found on a friends blog " Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things it will come and sit softly on your shoulder..." Thoreau - I just thought this was a beautiful thought and so very true about the Happiness that I have found in my life! Sometimes letting things be is the best method for finding out how to be happy.