Sunday, December 23, 2007

The highlights of 2007...part 1...

Look at me update my blog! Go Rachel! Yes, it has been awhile but I had a chaotic semester. Let me give you some of the highlights of my year. Some of the things on this list may actually get their own blog post, but I figure this is the best that I can do right now.

January 2007 started with me going back to Montreal after Christmas. 2nd semester began again and I immersed myself in my schooling. I did find some time to do some fun things: Carnaval d'hiver, snow tubing, and go to Cabane a sucre.

Rachel and the castle

All 5 of us at the



Syrup everywhere

Rachel enjoying a donut

In April, Michelle came to Montreal for a visit. We had a fabulous time and we spent Easter weekend in Boston. It is pretty awesome that we live in a city where the closest fun big cities aren't Calgary and Edmonton, but are Boston and New York.

Trying to jump at the same time

They didn't know our names

Around the same time that Michelle was in Montreal, some of Jeff's friends were in town for a visit. Sean, Andrews and Sean/Stubbs all made their appearance in Montreal.

Brazil underwear

Everyone in old Montreal

At the end of April, we drove back to Saskatchewan. I am stealing this quote from my friend Shannon's blog. She stole it from the author Yan Martel. This is how I felt when we drove back to the prairies after a year out East:

“If you’ve never been, the south of Saskatchewan is so flat the horizon is perceptibly round. Above you, during the day, lords an immense dome of sky so empty it feels like a fullness, with clouds the size of mountains, the sun but a small disk, and a depth of colour that is often chalk blue, oh so chalk blue. At night this reassuring curtain of blue is pulled away and you realize where you really are: at infinity’s doorstep. A plain is what a mountain aims to be: the closest you can come to being in outer space while yet having your feet on this planet.

The language of the plain is the wind. It carries sweetness and fragrance, the wealth of the earth. It is a soothsayer, herald of storm and change of season. And the wind speaks. When you walk in a plain, gusts of words blow through your head, words that have travelled over the surface of the planet. “
- Yann Martel, Self

It was so nice to come home. I do love the prairies.

After I got home, I took a plane to Victoria, where I spent a month working in the Victoria General Hospital. This is a beautiful city and I had a great time there working and spending time with family. Lise and Erik came up from Vancouver and spent the May long weekend with me. We went to Saltspring Island, which was also quite cute.

Webster family

Bear hug!

Entrance to Butchart Gardens

Thetis Lake

After my month in Victoria, I went to Vancouver to visit with Lise, Erik and Cole for a week. I also got to visit with some friends that I met in Australia back in 2001. It is always awesome to see old friends.

Dessert in the park

Good friends.

Such good friends.

That was the first half of my 2007. There were many events that warranted their own blog post (me going to visit my friends in Vancouver) but, as I proved with my honeymoon post, I am not awesome at staying up to date. The remainder of 2007 will follow soon...

"Celebrate we will, because life is short but sweet for certain. We're climbing two by two, to be sure these days continue" - DMB

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