Seriously?! May 5 was really the last time I posted on De Facto Redhead? As Kenan Thompson says on SNL, what up wit dat?
As I mentioned before the summer started, I was about to begin a new chapter in my life, and that included moving to North Bay from Burlington and beginning a Pharmacy Technician program that would have me walking out the door with my diploma in less than a year. Accelerated programs are no joke, and what is normally taught in two years is being crammed into my short 44-week stint back in college. I honestly do not know how it’s November 3! The days have flown by since I started school on May 15, but things are going to be winding down in the next couple of months because starting in mid-January, I go out on the first of my two four-week placements. And then…freedom! Yes, I have provincial exams and licensing to complete, but WHATEVER. Phase 1 of this new adventure will be complete! Even the fact that I have the time this weekend to pen something for the blog is miraculous, but it’s a sign of things to come. Friends 30 and over beware: a post-secondary education the second time around is not the same as when you were a young 20-something. There are real bills to pay, there are meaningful relationships to maintain, there are homes to clean, there’s grocery shopping to do, there’s a yard to fix up, there are long-distance friendships that require long-distance visits, and many other life events that just, well, happen.
On that note, here is what my life has consisted of over the past six months (click on the pictures for a larger view!):
It’s starting to get dog-eared, which is a sure sign of overuse!
I could hardly believe it – I only had to paint one room in the entire house because all the other main walls were painted when we moved in!
Darcy bought himself a fishing kayak this year, and when he went out on his maiden voyage, it was also one of the first times we did some exploring of the North Bay area.
Mid-July, Darcy and I went to our friend Caroline’s farm and this day has remained one of my favourites of the summer.
This was another great day – my long-time friend Sheri’s bachelorette party in Kitchener!
My mom came to North Bay for the night in August to take me out for dinner for my 30th birthday, and this what I wore.
For my birthday, my mom and dad bought me tickets to see The Bangles and B-52s at Casino Rama in Orillia. Before the concert, Darcy and I mingled with the locals in a pub…and by “mingled,” I mean “drank wine.”
My family and I had to endure bad news twice this summer. First, my Grammie passed away in August and second, my Nannie Minnie passed away in September. Deaths bring families together, though, and while I couldn’t go to PEI for both funerals, I did fly out for my Grammie’s in August and the picture above is of me, my parents, and my brother in my Grammie and Grampie’s backyard.
I stayed in PEI for a week with Darcy and my family, and we all had a wonderful time together. This picture is of me and my dad at the top of a lighthouse.
After I got back from PEI, it was straight into a golf tournament for work. I had never golfed in my life, save for a few misguided swings in the company of my dad, so completing an entire 18 holes was a major accomplishment!
September 1 was Sheri’s wedding, and I had the honour of being part of it – I read a short piece Sheri had selected and you can see it in this picture in my left hand. This day was HOT and to my benefit, my reading also acted as a fan.
This shot of Peter, Susie, Nate, me, and Darcy is frame-worthy, not only because we look so happy, but also because of the memories! There are too many hilarious things to remember from this night!
This is in early October, only about one month after Sheri’s wedding, and it was hard to believe how much the weather had changed. Fall was suddenly upon us! This picture is from a day trip Darcy and I took on the Thanksgiving weekend; we drove around the Temiskaming shores and ventured into Quebec.
My brother was with Darcy and I for Thanksgiving this year. It was just a cozy dinner for three because my parents were still in PEI after my Nannie Minnie’s funeral.
This is me with my niece and nephew Avery and Ethan. Darcy and I went to Petroila/Sarnia for a weekend in October to visit his family, and the visit included a cross-country meet. So. Many. Kids.
My friends came up to North Bay over the Halloween weekend and instead of pre-planned costumes, we went with numbers and costumes drawn out of a hat, which resulted in…this. My stomach hurt from laughing so hard.
I did, however, end up wearing a costume to work and to hand out the Halloween candy. Spooky!
We had 29 trick-or-treaters knock on our door this year, and those 29 kids equalled about three bags of leftover, unopened Halloween candy. I still had the receipt so I could have returned it…but that didn’t happen.
It was a happy Halloween around our house. Boo!