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I’m working up to writing a long post about my break-up and the things I learned from that relationship.  However, I’ve had a truly good day that I’d like to share first.

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One of the good things that came from my relationship was a love for morning walks and a knowledge of good places to go. While walks with EE (“Evil Ex”- this is what he’s now called in my phone, but I need a new name since I’m not really angry anymore) were more exercise-focused, this morning I took my camera and went for a stroll.  He had introduced me to Hawrelak and Laurier Parks, which I fell completely in love with.  When we were there last weekend, I was actually moved to tears because it was the first time I’d been surrounded by woods since leaving BC.  I felt so much peace there.  I’ve decided that this is my new haven.

This morning I took my camera, my journal, and my Starbucks to the park and explored.  I didn’t end up journaling, but in the span of 2 hours I took 439 pictures:D  To be fair, a bunch of those were the repeating shutter setting as I was taking pics of birds in flight.  I then went home for lunch and a quick nap, and to put on a dress.  Since tomorrow is International Museum Day, the Art Gallery of Alberta was offering free admission today.  I’ve been wanting to go there pretty much since I moved and they’ve had an exhibit called Pop Show! that I’ve wanted to see.  It was such a nice way to spend the afternoon.  I then meandered over to the library, which is my other haven in the city.  The Edmonton Public Library is excellent and I intend to spend many hours there, nourishing a part of me that has been sadly neglected.  I then took my bag of books outside and sat in Churchill Square, reading about photographing from the soul and enjoying the sunshine.

Now, I am enjoying being one of those people who has time to sit in Starbucks and savour a cup of tea:)  My soul feels fed in a way that it hasn’t in quite a while.  I’m falling in love with this city and I’m remembering that I really like who i am.  I’m thinking of having a Sunday afternoon tradition of a visit to the library and followed by reading and people-watching in Churchill Square.

Life

I’d pretty much given up on blogging, but sometimes putting stuff out into the void is very helpful.  It’s even more helpful knowing that people I care about read the words and think of me.

I don’t have a lot to say at the moment…I’m just thinking of the weirdness of life.  right now on my facebook feed there are 2 consecutive posts that have some sad commonalities.  They are both by or about guys I know who are in their 30s and dealing with serious health issues, both of them in the hospital.  One of them, a former coworker, recently had his foot amputated…I don’t know details but I believe it was complications from diabetes.  I know he has been in pain for a long time.  The other, someone I know from high school, just had a 20lb tumour removed from his abdomen yesterday.  It is still unknown whether chemo or radiation are needed.

Like, what?

I had to write the date for something at a store today, and I said to the cashier, “I’m on vacation, what’s the date today?”  I sure hope that my thought train made sense…but she didn’t flinch.  Anywho, I’m pretty sure it’s Wednesday.

I ended up leaving Medicine Hat a day early, but had fun going to the Royal Tyrell:)  There’s a number of Alberta activities that I’ve been wanting to do, but somehow never did while I actually lived in the province.  I’m kinda digging this annual pilgrimage, so hopefully next year I can make it to the Gopher Hole Museum in Torrington, lol.

Now I’m at Gil and Jenna’s, which is a place I always love to be.  Jenna’s got me set up in her lovely basement suite, although I would have been happy in a tent in the backyard.  Well, given the weather rolling overhead, maybe not…but the idea stands.  I feel rested for the first time in a couple of weeks, and today is the first day of vacation that I haven’t had to do any driving.

One of these days I’ll get around to adding pictures to my posts…

It was so good being in Three Hills, as brief as the visit was.  I didn’t see too many people, but had great visits with those I did.  I even got to eat one of my fave meals at a restaurant that I have so many memories from.  This visit wasn’t as sentimental as last time, but I think going more frequently makes a difference.

Had a nice easy drive to Medicine Hat.  Tim and Megan knew of a pub called the Riders Roost, which was a great little simple pub that was all decked out with Rider green:)

Once again, I’m tired.

I think that’s my primary driving factor for this tumblr project that I’ve suddenly fixated on.  I have wanted for so long to create a thing and put it out into the world.  I used to fulfill that need in school when I edited the [title] and, to a degree, when i wrote papers.  Writing is the art form that comes naturally to me, though not fiction.

Today has been a great day…had a nice, slow start by wandering around Revelstoke to find breakfast.  Early on a Sunday morning, the town was quiet and the few people who were out all said hello:)  The drive was good…minimal frustrations:)  I love love love Stoney Trail and how quick it is now to get around Calgary.

Got to 3 Hills right on schedule.  Had dinner with some friends, then spent the evening at Tony’s around a campfire, reminiscing about days of ol’ and getting updates on ‘where are they now.’  Gonna hit the hay pretty soon!  Plan to wander the town tomorrow and see what’s changed:)

I forgot to include my thoughts about my tumblr project. I had a lot of time for thoughts yesterday.

1. I need to set a deadline for going live.

2.  I wondered about including the occasional vlog post. I’m not sure that’s really my strength, but it might be fun to occasionally throw one in. Or that might be off topic and distracting.  I still haven’t decided.  The idea probably reflects my current obsession with the vlogbrothers anyways.

Splitting this drive into 2 days was a brilliant idea…I was so exhausted by the time I got past Salmon Arm, I probably would have stopped at a hotel if I hadn’t already booked one.

I had a lovely morning, cleaning my house and getting ready for the trip.  Since the landlords are doing something to the windows while I’m gone, I had extra motivation to get the place clean.

The other awesome thing about doing the drive in two parts is that by going later, there was SO little traffic.  I made pretty good time, despite 3 intentional stops and a momentary stop for the police.

Yep, the police.  Somewhere along the Coquihalla they were doing a speed trap…suddenly this officer was on the highway flagging 3 of us down.  While he was talking to the first car, he shouted at us other two to keep going… so my clean driving record is still intact!

Made my two traditional stops…Arby’s for a roast beef sandwich in Kamloops and Pedro Gonzales for fruit in Salmon Arm:)

Revelstoke is a cute little town.  My hostel, The Cube, is very geometric, lol.  Around the corner is a pub, so I caught the end of the hockey game over dry ribs and a beer.

Sorry this is so bare…I’m about to fall asleep.  Hopefully something more entertaining tomorrow!

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