Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Vacation from the vacation

I returned on Saturday from my week long vacation in the prairies and now I’m feeling like I need another vacation to get over this one. I had a great time but it sure was busy.

Friday afternoon I landed in Calgary and Brooke and I drove up to Lloydminster (with a few stops along the way) to stay at our cousin’s for the night. Saturday we drove into Saskatoon to pick up A. at the airport, go to my aunt’s for coffee and drive out to the park for the potluck dinner at 5pm. (There are few things better than a Saskatchewan potluck – more food than you can even imagine!) We spent Sunday and Monday morning in Sonningdale and then A. and I drove the 6 hours to Drayton Valley to visit his family. Then Wednesday afternoon had us driving back to Calgary to spend a few days with my family. So basically, between Friday and Wednesday I drove in one giant loop - I think I’m done with driving for a while.

I managed to see a few people while in Calgary but it was mostly time spent with my family which meant there were a whole lot of people I didn’t get to see. That’s the problem with these whirlwind trips, you always need more time.

I finished reading book 14 a while ago but haven’t got around to writing about it yet. Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner centers around four new mothers who are all trying to deal with the challenges of motherhood and life. It touches on love, loss and friendship and covers each with compassion and just the right amount of humour. It’s also a novel that allows someone who has never had children before (like me) to have a glimpse of what that kind of life is like. It was a touching read that made me laugh several times and, like all of Weiner’s other books, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

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