Monday, May 18, 2009
Happy Victoria Day (and birthday notes)
Happy Victoria Day, fellow Canucks!
I had a lovely birthday yesterday, treating myself to a pedicure in the morning, then a bit of shopping and people-watching in the sunshine all afternoon, while Pater got dinner together for everyone. He had surprised me a few weeks ago with an early birthday gift, a cobalt-royal blue version of the watch above which I'd seen and loved in the HR catalogue (and which they'd only brought 4 of into the Vanc'r store, apparently, all sold before the catalogue dropped -- Pater had to be persistent to find one for me). Then yesterday he gave me a sweet little Chan Luu bracelet of onyx and tiny silver beads winding helix-like 'round a leather lace. He's getting so good at this gig!
An even bigger surprise when my girls and their guys all got here -- they had bought me an Ipod AND Megan had loaded it with music and with copious photos of family, especially featuring Nola, so that I can be a contemporary version of the photo-wielding grandma. I've been meaning to and meaning to and meaning to get an Ipod for a couple of years now, just never feeling I had the time for the set-up, so this gift really pleases me. I still mean what I told them earlier, though: I didn't need a gift other than the fabulous reality of having them together celebrating with me. We had a great time together and it's so gratifying to see them enjoy each other's company -- and everyone dotes on our little girl. (I'll try to post a few photos tomorrow.)
Today is my last day with Pater here in the apartment before he goes off to Quebec for a week's French practice and I go back home to tick items off lists in preparation for leaving at the end Thursday to head East. (We meet up in Montreal next week and fly to Europe from there). The challenge: trying to keep my shoulders away from my ears. Oh, and also remember to breathe. Travel prep always stresses me out!