So for anyone who was avidly following my blog back in spring, you probably noticed that I took a hiatus this summer. After wrapping up almost three years of working at UBC Student Development and moonlighting as a student at the same time to earn all the pre-reqs necessary to qualify for the M.Sc.SLP program at UBC, I was spent, so from May to August I went to live with amazing family friends, David and Jennifer Kaisaris, in Winnipeg, MB and to work at their business, the St. Norbert Hotel. Here is a sketch of how I spent my summer:
- Spent time with my dad and my doggy, Corduroy.
- Learned how to keep the accounting books for a bar/beer vendor/restaurant/hotel, including counting up money from Video Lotto Terminals (VLTs) and spent many hours of quality time in the office with my friend Danny. I love the Nob oatmeal so much I’m trying to recreate it now that I’m back, but so far I’m not even close. 😦
- Gained valuable serving experience working behind the bar, which was almost always quite fun and will hopefully help me get a serving job here in Vancouver to earn some extra money while in grad school (stay tuned…)
- Played softball with a great group of people who at the start of the summer were all complete strangers to each other. Our team was called the Honey Nut Ichiros!
- Did a workout bootcamp with Andrea Kaisaris and some other gals during the horribly cold start of summer…the intense wind really added to our resistance training (ha).
- Went to see an amazing exhibit: Titanic – the Artifact Exhibition, with my Auntie Marj and her friend Phyllis…it was so cool, some things were so amazingly preserved and you got to hear scenes acted out of what the ship launch, a day in the dining hall, and the sinking would’ve sounded like. You also were given a character card at the beginning of the exhibit that described a real person on the Titanic and at the end you learned if you had survived or not. Phyllis and AM did, I did not. 😦
- Went to two Winnipeg Bluebombers football games, one with my dad and one with my friend Cam…my dad and I had so much fun people watching we kept forgetting to watch the game!
- Took in a Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball game with my friend Keri and her family…Keri used to work there so she had all the inside scoop on the players.
- Went to my friend Candace’s cabin near Kenora and waterskiied for the first time in probably 10 years, and went “quad-ing” (not “minitrucking” as I said) for the first time ever. I also discovered that I think I really like badminton!
- Went glow-in-the-dark mini golfing with my dad for $2 thanks to a sweet Group-on…we even got free glowy necklaces and bracelets!
- Went to Grand Beach with my friend Britt on probably the windiest day of the summer and body surfed in the huge waves of Lake Winnipeg.
- Went to the Fringe Festival to see some plays, and also went to see Wicked for the second time in my life…I almost loved it even MORE this time since I knew all the words to the songs!
- Had many delicious dinners with Auntie Sandra, Uncle Bud, Barb, and Keagan (and usually also AM and my dad)…mmmmmm.
- Played lots of Scrabble.
I’m sure there were many more great memories too, but that gives you an idea of what I was up to! I also went on a couple trips this summer:
- I came back to Vancouver for games 5-7 of the Stanley Cup finals to cheer on the Vancouver Canucks (obviously), and had such a lovely time visiting friends and enjoying the spirit of the city. I wasn’t downtown during the riots, but I was there the next afternoon and can attest to the amazing job volunteers did of cleaning up the chaos/wreckage. It’s too bad that happened. That said, I am SO excited for this season to start up and to cheer on my boys again!
- I went to Toronto for a brief couple of days to stand by my Simoney when she got married to Zorik…their bigtime wedding will be in Israel in October, but this was the legal one (since only Jewish Orthodox weddings are recognized in Israel if I understand correctly). It was neat because everyone thought it was an engagement party but I got to be in on the secret and get the bride-to-be drunk and have a sleepover the night before, and go to her dress fitting and run errands and keep her supplied in champagne the day-of. I also had the honour of decorating the chuppah! It was a little weird since I’d never met her fiance before, but I remedied that on my last trip when…
- I went to Israel in August to visit them! Since I’ll be in school for the October wedding and will therefore miss it, I went to Tel Aviv and stayed with Simone and Zorik for just over a week. We went all around Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and various little other towns, including an ancient Roman town called Caesaria. We also got to go to their wedding venue and do the food tasting, and that was AMAZING! I swam a number of times in the Mediterranean Sea (we also swam in the Sea of Galilee) and took a couple of Simone’s yoga classes, and she is an awesome teacher. One of the best things about this trip was getting to know Zorik, who is so wonderful. Yay!
So that was my summer! It was great, and such a nice/much-needed departure from the hectic few years I’ve had recently, and just an overall really good choice for how to spend it. That said, it was also fantastic to be back in Vancouver, which I love so much.
Tomorrow is the first day of school for me and I’m surprisingly nervous…I guess the first day of school always feels like the first day of school. 🙂 It is weird not to be worrying about coordinating the Imagine Day and to instead just be thinking about how my first day will go, but I’m looking forward to meeting my professors and classmates and to learning more about what my next two years will look like.