This photo pretty much summarizes my life this weekend:
I am at T-2 weeks before my next major Mandarin exam (HSK Level V) so my days are a blur of working and reviewing vocabulary. My husband says I can't complain as I chose to sign up for this... and truly I am not complaining. I am do enjoy studying, but I am getting a bit tired of it. Yesterday the weather was so lovely that I took some time to sit on my porch reading a book on the porch, which was lovely.
The Chinese is helping to distract me as I've been a bit sad lately. After a year and a half in Toronto, I'm pretty much feeling at home in this life, but still have moments when I miss all my friends in Ottawa. I found out a few weeks ago that my best friend is pregnant. She and I lived down the street from one another for a few years; it's just hitting home that I am missing being a part of her life during this important period, and I won't be around to run to the store for her or stop in to watch the baby for a 10 minutes while she takes a shower, etc. I won't be a part of the baby's life the way I would love to be. I'm excited for her, but just feeling the loss of my former life a little more deeply this week.
Otherwise, Gil is back from Newfoundland and life is back to its normal pattern, except that I'm working a lot more. We are still short-staffed since I took my boss's position which leaves my old one empty. I will get to take part in interviewing potential staff, which will be a totally new experience for me.
Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!
P.S. For the curious, the flashcards app that I use is called gFlashcards, and the card shown is 预订 (yù dìng), which means "to place an order, book ahead, reserve".