I apologize for being super MIA over the last little bit. It’s been a pretty crazy few weeks. I got walloped with a major cold, and I was so thankful I worked ahead on my homework assignments because the brain fog was seriously problematic- no blogging or essay writing for me. Unfortunately, now I’m working to finish stuff due this week and next AND try and get started on my major paper assignment (worth 40% of my final grade *sigh*).
At the same time it has gotten crazy busy at work again, I’ve been working 12 hour days and weekends for the past two weeks doing lots of out of town events and having lots of really difficult conversations. March is also the time social activities tend to ramp up, everyone scrapes off the frost and comes out of winter hibernation. I’ve had weeks of birthday parties and random celebrations, farewell parties, movie dates (we had to see Deadpool and Zootopia), and some springtime tourist type activities around the city. However, I am healthy again, I’m not behind in my studies, I’ve been well socialized the past few weeks and I’ve still been staying on top of my new years resolutions (aside from the mini blogging break). I’m still in a good place all around and I’m feeling positive about that and seeing how much all my work has paid off. Another small bonus, I’ve started listening to French world news podcasts in the morning to help me get a better feel for both spoken comprehension and language production and I understand WAY more than I thought I would. I’m actually able to follow topics of conversation regarding most global and economic issues and bridge gaps over words I don’t know pretty well. I’m probably missing some of the more nuanced views, but that will come with time.
I am desperately looking forward to April and the hopeful end of our busy season at work, coupled with a month break between Winter and Spring semesters for Grad School. I know it’ll end up being just as busy as any other month because I will likely pack it full of different social activities and workout classes but at least it’ll be a solid month of “me” time.
Things I’m Looking Forward To:
Derek and I registered for the Cinnamon Bun Run to the Farmer’s Market! An 8-mile run with two stops to eat cinnamon buns! It should be both hilarious, and repulsive. We have quite a few friends running it so I am very excited for that weekend. I’m also hoping to register for my hometowns Canada Day Half-Marathon, which happens to fall the day after my 29th birthday, so that may not be the most ideal time to run. Derek and I are also thinking of doing Color Me Rad (it is so hard for my little Canadian heart to ignore u in colour) again this year, but that puts a LOT of runs in the same two weeks of summer so we’ll see.
This weekend a few of us are getting together to book my baby sister’s Vegas bachelorette party this summer! We are going to be there (and are going) to Calvin Harris which basically will make us one degree separation for T-Swift. This is very important to my personal happiness. We’ve also got plans for some delicious food, a day-club experience and general shenanigans. It’ll be a few of the girl’s first trip to Vegas so they’re super excited. I’ve been fortunate enough for this to be my third trip down (I’ve done two weeks there previously both as a couple and with a larger group) so I’ve already done most of the major things on my Vegas bucket list. I’d definitely like to see another Cirque show or two while we are there though!
I found out that my work will definitely be paying for most of my grad school program and will also comp all the fitness classes and drop in passes for classes at my gym! I’m not a huge group fitness person, I tend to do much better as a lone wolf and I promise I push myself plenty hard without someone yelling at me* but I would like to do a few more yoga classes, do a learn-to-climb series, and do a few barre and capoiera classes. Knowing that I will be reimbursed for my expenses makes it completely worth it to actually go to those classes and use all the benefits the company has to offer. *I’ve actually had a few of the regular gym-goers comment on how hard I push myself and how consistent I am when we’re are working on projects outside the gym which was the biggest compliment any of them could have given me.
Once I’m not working regular Saturdays in the spring I may try and tackle and intro to coding class. I’m not a huge fan of the online learning model most of the free websites have to offer and I think in this particular area it’d be beneficial for me to have some face-to-face instruction. This is another perk covered by my job. Basically, I am feeling so blessed to work for a company that was so instrumental in shaping who I am and who I am becoming and who genuinely cares and supports my personal and professional development.
Anyway, I think this is a good place to end on. I will hopefully be around more regularly again!
This post is a link up with the awesome Amanda @ Running With Spoons