Hey friends! Thanks for checking in. I thought I'd do a bit of a mishmash post about how things are going and what we have been up to since getting back from vacation.
Gil has been working a lot. No surprises there. He actually went back to work the day after we flew home. The man is a machine. We have had a few days on weekends to hang out and stay connected... and by that I mean watch Euro Cup games. ;-)
Speaking of the Euro, my beloved German team lost to Italy in the semi-finals. It was a sad afternoon for me, especially considering it may be the last time I will get to watch my favourite footballer, Miroslav Klose, play for the German side. He is nearing retirement age. Ah well. On a more serious note, I was a bit surprised to note how seriously I was taking the tournament, and was reminded to watch where I am focusing too much of my heart and energy.
I'm kind of on a mini-health kick these days. (Um, except for the fact that I just ate a slice of pie....) I had a few days of feeling lethargic and reacting emotionally to any setback, no matter how minor. I had a bit of an "aha" moment when I realized that since we got back from vacation, I really have not been taking great care of myself, so now I am making more effort to exercise, and cutting back on sweets, more specifically snacking on sweet things (e.g., chocolate chips) at random intervals throughout the day. Hopefully this will allow me to enjoy chocolate even more when I do have it (if that is even possible). Now I keep track of what chocolate I eat instead of losing track of it. If you see or talk to me, please feel free to ask about this effort, as I could probably use some accountability. :-)
I've also been reading a lot lately. Before we left for Poland, I dug out some relevant history books that I had purchased and never read. Lately, I have read three books that had been gathering dust on my bookshelves, and have started on a fourth. Why, oh why, oh why, am I such a book hoarder??
Yesterday was Canada Day. Hope all you Canadians were able to enjoy it! Other than wearing a Canada t-shirt, I did nothing celebratory or Canadian. We went to church, ate Chinese food, then watched Italy vs. Spain in the Euro 2012 final, and then I started a book on German-Polish history. In a way, that's kind of reflective of what I love about Canada: The mix of peoples from all over, and diversity of culture. We did end up watching the Parliament Hill Canada Day festivities on TV, but I got all teary because seeing the Hill made me miss Ottawa. Then we switched to Saving Hope for a few minutes, until Gil started yelling, "That's the wrong place to make the incision!" at the television. I went to sleep reflecting on Canada Day three years ago, when I went to the Hill to watch Sarah McLachlan perform and on the way casually mentioned to my friend that I had met this guy Gil, and wasn't sure whether he was eventually going to ask me out or not. Here we are now, newlyweds, yelling and crying at the television in our marital nest.
That's life chez nous!