A bunch of pleasant things:
- The nearest ice cream stand opened for the season – so I had my first scoop of local favourite flavour Moon Mist already
- Chinese food meal for Mothers Day with extended family
- Out for a deluxe lunch for Rom’s birthday followed by playing Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu at a board game café
- Another family evening at the annual dinner theatre at my parents’ church (amateur dramatics!)
- Loving the new Courtney Barnett album! (new Arctic Monkeys and new Chvrches albums, not so much)
I was out for one real event: the museum of immigration had a powerful exhibit on refugees, with acknowledgement of Canada’s mixed track record of receiving them. As part of that, Carmen Aguirre did a reading and Q&A based on her wonderful memoir Something Fierce – highly recommended! I have read both of her memoirs – the second one is even more harrowing. When she was a child, the elected government of Chile was ousted by the Pinochet dictatorship and her family came to Canada as refugees; she later returned as a resistance fighter, but since Chile is now stable, she has made her adult life in Canada.
We’ve had cool weather this spring and I only swapped out my winter for summer tires recently. Everything is green now, the lilacs are out, and lawn-mowing season is going full-tilt. For the second summer in a row, we are being advised not to put out bird feeders because they help to spread a disease that is decimating songbirds.
Starting April 23, I decided I needed to get in summer shape. The combination of winter comfort eating and a new 100% desk job (since end of February) caught up to me. All of my pants were disagreeably tight – especially for sitting all day! I have only bought lunch twice since starting my new job, despite being surrounded by great eateries in all directions. I am eating homemade salads most of the time. But it took a while to wean myself off bakery goodies like muffins and oat cakes. I really do not like to obsess about weight so my goal was merely for my clothes to fit like they used to! But seeing the number on the scale go down has been satisfying. I am on track to be my summer size by June 15.
This was complicated by a severe cold earlier in the month which kept me out of the gym for a week, followed by a pesky medical issue that limited my fitness activities to walking-only for two weeks! On the plus side, I got to miss the gym and felt extra-motivated when I returned.
At my new (temporary) work location, I have a work space with stunning views, and access to a lovely harbour-front walking trail. I have enjoyed being out every lunch time and I won’t be dropping those walks now. The route passes by the street where I lived as a child (up to age 7) and it is bittersweet seeing the neighbourhood. It hasn’t been gentrified yet. The original homes are still there, and most are not in great condition. There aren’t many local services any more – now you have to drive to get to a grocery store or school. But I like knowing the street and the houses and neighbourhood are still there.
My 3.5-year-old home computer is showing signs of hard drive failure, and to complicate things, our network drive has not been a reliable backup. So I bought a new external hard drive for emergency backup, and next I will need to resolve the problem. Fortunately, I have in-home tech support (i.e. Rom)! I have also backed everything up on Google Drive, but it’s a slow process to upload extensive photo and music libraries for the first time, so it can’t be done on the spur of the moment.
Everything for May was home and work related. Despite working on a big project, I can take summer vacation, so we’re starting to plan our annual trips to the UK and Toronto for the second half of the year.
What was May like for you?