Well the countdown to Mike's return has begun! His flight gets in Tuesday night and we'll be leaving the very next morning for a few days in Boston together! After that it'll be lots of packing and organizing and cleaning because we get the keys to our new home on the 21st! Suffices to say from the 21st to about the 25th I fully expect to be eyeball deep in paint cans, unpacked boxes and furniture arranging! There's something so exciting about a fresh start in a new home, and Lord knows I've had my share since moving out of my parents house a few years ago, but even though I dread moving day itself, I never stop getting excited to make a new place my own.
Anyhoo, here are a few of the many things I've been doing to keep busy while Mike is away! In less than a month I'll have the internet back at my apartment, and I'll be back to posting a little more regularly and hopefully being better at replying to comments! I also will be launching a brand new Etsy shop, which I'm very excited about. I'll be posting a few pictures and a video sometime next week to show you what it's all about. But I'm really excited to get back into selling on Etsy, it is loads of fun, but just not very practical when I only get to check my e-mail every three or four days!
I know that in my last post I promised photos of my vegan baking endeavors. Truth be told my vegan challenge has been put on hold for a bit, since I started breaking out in hives these past couple weeks. I'm trying to identify the culprit, and I'm starting to think it might be soy or chickpeas. Either way, I've found the whole lifestyle pretty hard to maintain. Cooking for myself at home is one thing, but it's next to impossible to go to any family dinners without feeling really rude turning down delicious home cooked meals. So I'm not really sure if it'll stick or not. We'll have to see how this allergy thing turns out! I have however been very busy enjoying sangria and fresh veggies with my friend Isabel, hiking the mountain in Montreal with my Mom and sister, and lying in bed watching the Office with Lola as I drowsily fall into a Benadryl induced sleeps! Other than that, I've made a really yummy mint lemonade, visited a bird sanctuary with Yana and sat by the water with my sister, her boyfriend Chris, and my mom! We've been so so lucky with weather here!
I've also taken my shiny blue bicycle (Barbra-Jean) on many a bike ride around Montreal! I usually bring a book and wind up sitting somewhere sunny and letting myself get right into whatever it is I'm reading. I already mentioned that I got finished with Flannery O'Connor's "Wise Blood", which Rhiannon was nice enough to send my way in a package with some wonderful music! In the same way I fell in love with Carson McCuller's "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" I totally fell in love with this book too. It was just so perfectly slow moving with almost no real story line, but it reminds me of the sort of motionless hot sticky southern air and the weird people you meet in small Southern towns. And even though Wise Blood takes place in rural Georgia, for some reason it reminded me of little towns in Mississippi that Mike and I drove through last year, and the weird people who worked in the corner stores and highway side antique shops we'd go into.
And I guess other than that I've just spent a ton of time enjoying the sunshine, driving out to my parents house (Mike being gone always makes me strangely homesick for some reason) and doing a lot of reading. I'll be really glad to have my partner in crime back in a few days, but the time to myself has been good! Now I just need to remember to take pictures of the things I do so I can document it like this more often!
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