Outdoor feasting is one of my favourite things about summer – the picture above was taken last week at a dinner with people who I graduated from my Master’s program with on the enclosed back deck of one of our dear compatriots.
This week held no such dinner party, but did bring with it the increasing feeling of summertime. Vancouver is unseasonably sunny and warm, and it seems like that’s encouraging a lot of people to head out of work on vacation. In other words, it’s already getting hard to track people down and the fact that *I* have a September 1 deadline on a bunch of materials doesn’t really matter to anyone except me.
This weekend marks three in a row for being out of town – this time to visit my family for Father’s Day in Saanich. Ever since my Dad’s heart attack earlier this year, he’s been pretty grumpy and opinionated (which he always is – but now its worse), so I’m crossing my fingers that my meditation practice pays off and I’m able to weather the negativity for a couple of days without allowing it to affect me too much. I love my family, but I am also pretty confident that moving across the water at the age of 22 was the best thing I have ever done for myself. It just gives me some (literal) distance from the family dynamics which just feels safer to my *self*. If you know what I mean.
I have to admit though, another weekend away is making me tired before I even set out on my journey. It’s a good thing that I’ve got a little Zumba class before I go and can get my energy up for the bus ride out of town afterwards. Happy summer weekend everyone!