Today is one of those days that makes me want to stay home, hidden away in bed. It seems safer, tucked under layers of sheets and blankets, away from the world. Last night, an old friend of the family, the step-father of one of my oldest friends, passed away. He had been fighting cancer for a while, and while it is comforting to know that he is no longer in pain, my heart breaks for his family. I’ve been so distracted all morning, worrying about my friend and angry at the Powers That Be.
I’m currently distracting myself (and keeping myself from crying at work) by trying to think about happy unrelated things, including my upcoming first anniversary of marriage. Yay! I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year already! I’ve been pondering what to do. I know the traditional 1st year gift is paper, but aside from maybe getting each other books (not a bad option, considering. I just don’t know if it’s “special” enough), I just don’t know. I was thinking about stationary, but I don’t write nearly enough letters to warrant it, and Pat would never use it. I was then thinking about an address stamp, but we’re hoping to move in the next few years, so that wouldn’t be a wise investment.
I then started thinking that maybe we’ll celebrate it and not really do the present thing. We got married in a beautiful small town outside of Ottawa, and I think it might be nice to go there for a weekend, stay at a B&B and just disconnect for 48 hours. My friend, the one who’s step dad just passed, stayed a great B&B the night of our wedding and highly recommended it to us.
What do you think? I’m a little concerned about the whole “shared bathroom” and common space thing that’s typical in a B&B, but there’s something so lovely about the idea of staying in a beautiful house in the town we were married in. Married folk, what did you do for your anniversary?
Also, I’m very excited about my upcoming trip to Calgary. I have to say, I was kind of expecting to be expecting by the time I left for this trip (we’ve known about this trip for a long time, it is my sister’s graduation after all), but I guess you can’t schedule everything. Life, death, bodies, unemployment and unexpected career changes have a funny way of changing plans. At least this way, I’ll be able to enjoy the hot springs at Banff. Yay :D Right now, Tracy and I are mostly just planning on keeping things simple. The plan thus far:
1. Meet her peeps. She’s settled down in Calgary and has a great group of people there. I am dying to meet them!
2. Visit Banff
3. Go out to one of the Calgary specific restaurants
4. Attend all graduation related events (Reception, convocation, party)
5. Hang out in our jammies, watch movies, and relax.
So looking forward to it :D
In other “Oooh shiny!” news, did anyone catch the Game of Thrones premiere?
I haven’t read the books (I’ve been warned that they aren’t my type of Fantasy. I prefer urban fantasy and have little patience for elaborate and complicated fictional worlds. I especially have a hard time with super political/military/name dropping fantasy), however I tend to have a much easier time following these stories when they are turned into movies or tv shows, so here I am! I was a little dismayed at the weird sibling love trend that was presented, but overall, I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to having such a beautiful and epic story to watch over the summer.
And with that, I have work to get back to.