May and June blended together for me because I was out of the country. That makes me seem like a sophisticated world traveller, which I am not!
Rom’s mum had been in and out of hospitals throughout the winter with unknown ailments. From a distance, I couldn’t tell if there had been no diagnosis, or it had been misunderstood, or the family didn’t want to alarm us. We received increasingly urgent phone calls until it was inevitable that we had to visit sooner rather than later. We scrambled off to the UK two full weeks earlier than our planned vacation, on one day’s notice. We visited Rom’s mum in the hospital where, to everyone’s relief, she pulled through a crisis, and improved daily until she was sent home 10 days later. She is currently in good spirits and back to everyday routines, with some home care. Whew!
Because she was so much better, we were able to continue with our planned vacation to London and Paris, and you know the rest. I have never taken three consecutive weeks off work before. It was the longest stretch I’d ever spent in the UK, and the greatest amount of time I’d spent with Rom’s parents. Despite the circumstances, I was happy to get the chance to know them better.
I returned to work feeling very grateful that they’d been flexible enough to give me the time off without notice. Now I am set to work straight through until my next vacation in October, and that is fine with me. Even better, nothing untoward happened at work or at home during my absence. My family rallied to help us with the cats, house and yard during our time away. Love them!
When we left on our trip, the leaves were barely coming out on the trees, and upon our return, everything was in riotous bloom. I felt like I’d fallen into the Tardis and come out somewhere else!
In other news, my two-year volunteer commitment in a treasurer/finance role is winding up and I am helping to orient the new person. I look forward to the break since I had spent 20-40 hours a month on it. The volunteer job had a lot of deadlines which were hard to juggle with my (employment) work. I also found that with work, volunteering (financial records) and blogging, I was on the computer so excessively that it affected my health. And I am not giving up blogging 🙂 I really learned a lot and I am glad I did it, but it made me realize I can’t continue to volunteer at that level. I am going to take some time off to decide what to do next.
This week, Rom and I celebrated our wedding anniversary with a delicious meal out. I had to laugh. We had dinner immediately after work at 6 pm. As each table paid their bill, the server was asking everyone what their plans were for the evening. I was like, “Umm, this was our plan?” After a full work week, on a Friday night, I am toast! Today we are off to celebrate Canada Day, and hope the weather will hold for the evening concert and fireworks.
I expect the rest of the summer will be calm! Leaving me lots of time for Exacting Analyses…