Two Years. Wow.
I can't believe it has been two full years since posting on here. I can remember the day I typed my last post. Facebook has dominated my correspondence and connection with the outside world so long, it's hard to imagine that so much time has passed.
So, an update is in order. I'll skip a bit to keep it simple.
The 20th High School reunion was great. It was fabulous to catch up with some people I hadn't seen in years - since graduation, really! Of course, most of us are keeping in touch over Facebook. Such is the way it rolls these days.
I travelled to Toronto in November 2007 for the Grey Cup match between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Awesome. I only wish my mom and dad could have been there too, with the rest of the extended family. Dad's brothers and nephews all had a great time, as did I, but I made the unexpected trip to NB after Toronto because Dad was in intensive care. I spent a few weeks there until he was able to come home. What a relief.
Over the Christmas holidays, son #2 came to Labrador for two weeks. What a great time! In January, he went to Afghanistan as part of the Infantry. It was tough times for a while there, but he did come home safe and sound in October.
In the Spring of 2008, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Ottawa and be part of a project funded by Pauktuutit, the national Inuit women's organisation. What a fabulous week. I also got to catch up with a dear friend from NB whom I had not seen since 1989. Great times there, for sure!
In the late Spring, it was becoming painfully obvious that my back troubles were not going to go away and in fact were getting much worse. I had surgery in May in St. John's and did not recover until late August. In the meantime, we decided to move closer to family and proper medical care. So, in the midst of a demerol induced haze, I vaguely remember being aboard a ship going down the coast of Labrador to Goose Bay, spending five days in the hospital in Goose and then getting on a plane headed west. We ended up in Edmonton for a couple of weeks so I could get some much needed physio, then we headed to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. We bought a little house, all the doggies and the cat are happy here and we are in the never ending reno phase of home ownership.
Overall, things have been good. I can't believe I managed to buy a house before I turned 40 - in March of this year! There is much to do and I am currently moving on in my career away from Child Protection, which tends to seriously suck the life out of anyone, and into more community based projects. We shall see where it leads!