Yes. It’s been a while. Hello again.
I started my MA program at the beginning of October and it’s kept me quite busy. Unlike some other online courses, it’s a taught class which means I cannot do it at my own pace. I have hard deadlines each week. I was trucking along quite well for a few weeks and even remarked to Chris that although the course is quite academic, it’s easier than I thought it would be, perhaps because I’m super excited to be in school again, perhaps it’s because I’m finally following my lifelong dream.
Then I pulled a Shauna and all hell broke loose.
I misinterpreted the start of one of my modules and missed it completely (that’s why I thought it was easy!). I had to do 4 weeks of work in 5 days. It was not fun. I had a raging headache trying to catch up but I did it. Whew…
There is so much that happened since my last post, but I’ll give you the condensed version:
-Paris in October is beautiful! Special note: at most swimming pools in France, men are required to wear Speedos. Chris has a pair but this is more for tanning on the beaches of Jamaica. This is not something you see often in Canada. At the first hotel, they told Chris he had to wear Speedos and, get this, they had pairs they lend out for such an occasion. They had BORROWED, USED SPEEDOS and happily showed them to Chris, whose saucer-eyes couldn’t have gotten any wider at that moment. (I admit, I laughed so hard I cried. I’m such a supportive wife, I know.) Even better, when Chris declined this, they directed us to the SPEEDO VENDING MACHINE. This has been the best part of moving to Europe. (Almost.) Long story short, he found some and we had a great time in the pool.
-This experience has definitely widened the girls’ perspective. In Canada, you never see naked boys at the pool. Here it’s almost commonplace so they are used to seeing boys Laura’s age or older (!) swimming naked. (This is more common in the rural areas but definitely not rare.) On their was back from the restroom today, they told me which door was the women’s. “Mom, use the door that has the gorilla without a penis.” We were at a Gorilla-themed Mexican restaurant. They would have been mortified to use the “p” word in Canada but with all the sculptures and swimming here, they’re not so mortified by anatomy as they used to be.
-We almost got another cat. Since we’ve been here, we’ve been feeding all the stray dogs, cats, and pigeons. (Those lucky birds.) One stray was sick so we’ve been taking her to the vet. Her mouth was horribly infected so her molars were all removed and we had her recovering at the vet’s office for a week, then we allowed her in our garage until she could eat harder food. She’s back outside but our will is slowly crumbling…
-There are foods I could eat every single day: Watermelon, cilantro, and Stove Top Stuffing. Recently, I got 4 boxes of stuffing from the school principal and a case sent from our friend Dave in Canada. I now have enough to last me a week or so. (Ok, maybe 2 weeks…)
-I’ve started yoga lessons in my home with an amazing instructor. Those of you who know me know I’m super busy and most often cannot sit still. After years of attempting, I find I can finally sit through a lesson. It’s super relaxing and, surprisingly, actually a good workout.
I have more, but I think I’d bore you if I gave it all to you today. For now, happy Saturday!