I was away for about a month... I went down to California to finish my PhD (defend and submit)... so maybe I should change my sparkpeople name from THE_JENCH to DR_JENCH? Hahaha!
Me, feeling just a little bit accomplished. Many times I honestly never thought I'd finish... but I did.
After California, I went up to Vancouver and then out to Galiano Island for my sister's wedding. It was truly beautiful but I have no photos of the stunning bride, just the view from where they tied the knot:
While we were there, Calgary (home) was flooding. I've been back since Sunday around midnight but have spent the past two days trying to get over some illness I picked up (I guess the combination of stress lifting, late nights chatting, some rain, and time spent with sick people will do it). I have this guilty feeling for not having already done something, but it's not like the cleanup is done so I'll be able to jump in when I'm not at risk of getting sicker or passing on this sickness. For now I've just been organizing clothes that I was getting ready to give away anyways. My boyfriend has also organized a drop-off location for clothes and other good to go to one of the hard hit native reserves, as well as a musical fundraiser. He amazes me! I'll help him with that this weekend too.
And what is next!!! I have a few things in mind...
These past three weeks of travel I managed not to gain any weight BUT since I did not do much exercise (I had time to go to one yoga class in Vancouver, probably the most expensive yoga class I have ever gone to! ... and just some walking throughout the time, and a little bit of swimming). I'm feeling a bit uncomfortable in my skin but I'm sure it's more to do with my recent inactivity so I want to get back to yoga and zumba. My yoga studio is currently without power because it's in a lower zone of city and close to the river... hopefully next week! Otherwise, I'm hoping to go to zumba on Saturday morning. Tomorrow I'm going to go see my boyfriend and see if I can get him on any walks or something... will see. I've been debating specifically a liver (preceded maybe by a colon) cleanse, partly because boyfriend recently had a test that revealed a slightly fatty liver... so might look into that, otherwise just smartening up with foods. Time to get back on track! By the end of August, I would love to have trimmed off 5-10 pounds. So why don't I start now!
Work-wise, I'll go back to my admin job part time, there are some places I'd like to volunteer at, and I might go back to Anthropologie part time (like once every week or two). I have a class I'll be teaching at the University in the fall and the possibility exists for a class in the winter too. I have some time to figure this out... and send out those much needed publications and all that... not even sure I'll continue on the academic track but not ready to toss the idea yet.
I'm looking forward to this summer... time to read FOR FUN, get back out into the sunshine (with appropriate SPF) and just enjoy life! I feel I have lots to look forward to!
Enjoy the end of your Tuesday and have a wonderful Wednesday, Sparkfriends!