Briefly, the three things I didn’t like about July:
- Weeks of 95% humidity without much rain
- Not being able to get outside for walking very often
- Breathing a bit too much drywall dust
All signs of being stuck inside during a renovation! This month the library renovation was completed. We are still working all the bugs out, as in any construction project. Happy with the results, though! No vacation this summer, and 40 hours of overtime over two weeks paid off.
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To treat myself after the reno, I ordered myself a print from Jen at WinterOwls! This weekend I will have it framed and hung in my new work office. It was really hard to choose from Jen’s Etsy shop, but I picked this one. I love it – the concept and the content really speak to me. A perfect way to wrap up the project!
July has two of my favourite celebrations. Around Canada Day, my niece and her friend came to visit for a couple of days. They had a great time out on the town, without us older folks, and they indulged us by playing board games at our house. For Canada Day itself, there was a free night-time concert with Sam Roberts Band – I’m a big fan. On the 27th was the Pride Parade and community fair. It is one of the highlights of my year. As the parent of a self-identified queer/trans kid, I really need that annual burst of inclusion and celebration! (You know you’re in an LGBTQ-friendly area when people wish each other Happy Pride just like they say Merry Christmas). The day included another free concert, this time featuring the wonderful synth rock band Uh-Huh Her.
Our local elected official held a reception for new Canadians, of which Rom is one, so we enjoyed food, music and camaraderie in a lovely venue. No political agenda there, I am sure 😉
This month we had a heat pump system installed at our house, which can be set for either AC or heat. It helped us get the humidity in the house down from 95% to 75%! The battle for the remote has commenced. Our current compromise is setting it at 24C when we are home.
On the exercise front, I got workouts in 13 out of 22 work days, but I spent a lot of the month packing and unpacking books and moving furniture!
It was my turn to host Book Club this month, and we had a chic evening sipping wine while discussing the wonderful Chimamanda Adichie’s novel Americanah. Exactly what one wants from a book club!
I am looking forward to a somewhat lazier month in August!
How was July for you?