I wanted to share a little life update and some upcoming plans (and, probably, posts) for the summer.
So, first up, I have an update on the job front. I’ve been working at UBC in Admissions for the last 6-ish months. However, it’s a contract position that ends in June so I was starting to look for something new. And, I’ve found it! As of May 30th, I will be the Student Services Program Assistant with UBC’s Allard School of Law. I’m excited that I found a position on campus and with more student interaction. It’s a brand new position, so I’m really looking forward to being able to add my input and see where things go. As well, this job is just one building away from my current job, so I will still be able to stay in touch with old friends.
Yay for employment! This is a full-time on-going position so I don’t have to worry about a contract coming up. Also, with an on-going position, I become eligible for tuition credits so I can take more of my counselling pre-reqs to one day apply for my Masters in Counselling (maybe? we’ll see!).
Besides a new gig, I’ve got lots of amazing plans upcoming for this summer. When I first came back to Vancouver, after spending the previous 1-2 years adventuring through Swaziland, Australia, Europe and Japan, I was a little disoriented. I was really excited to finish off my degree and begin a more settled life in Vancouver. But I was also itching to get back on a plane, pack a bag and take off somewhere new. I decided that I could still satisfy my travel bug by getting in some local travel. And I’ve done that: with trips to Seattle, LA, San Francisco, etc. And I’ve got a bunch more planned for this summer!
So starting it off, Colin and I will be spending Victoria Day in Victoria! I have been to Victoria a few times in the past but never overnight (except for work, which doesn’t count). And my favourite part is always the ferry ride there and back where I spend the whole time looking for sea creatures. So I’m excited to see what else Victoria has to offer. And, outside of travel, Colin and I will also be attending a few concerts in May: Matt Corby and Macklemore!
And then in June, Colin and I are heading to Toronto to celebrate Kim and Joe’s wedding! Kimberley is the first of my friends to get married and the first time I’ve been a co-maid of honour so I’m all sorts of excited and nervous. After the wedding, and a very quick visit in Toronto, we’re trying to plan a short few days in Montreal before coming home to Vancouver. And we’re also seeing Billy Elliott in June, which I saw a long time ago in Toronto and loved.
As soon as we get back from Toronto/Montreal, we have 2 nights to rest and then we’re off to Pender Harbour. Colin’s family has a place out there and every summer all the relatives come up with their trailers and tents for a little family vacation. Last year, I got to spend a few days there when I got back from China and it was beautiful. It was so nice to hang out by the water, sit around a fire and play lawn games. I learned that I am horrible at horseshoes, terrified of kayaking and probably not ready for any deep sea fishing or paddle boarding. But, I had an amazing time nonetheless and can’t wait to go up again this year. And, in more theatre news, I’m seeing Newsies in July as it’s touring in Vancouver for 5 days.
Not set in stone, but Colin and I are planning a roadtrip to Calgary for the Calgary Stampede. I am super excited because I have never been to Calgary and haven’t done any roadtrips since I was a kid. We have all of these wonderful places mapped out for our stops and have already begun work on our playlist and list of snacks to bring. Plus, we’re planning this trip for my birthday weekend, which will be really special. Hopefully we can get the time off work to make this one happen!
For the August long weekend, we’ve got another family trip in the works. To celebrate Colin’s aunt’s birthday, we’re planning a few nights at a resort in Semiahmoo. I have never been or heard of this place but it sounds like fun and I’m excited for yet another local adventure.
And, two nights after we get back from Semiahmoo, I’m off to Toronto again. This time, for Andrea and Nader’s wedding. I’m thrilled to be celebrating with them and to see my friends/family again. I haven’t been home for a while now – I was back in early December – so it’s nice to be going back twice this summer (despite what my wallet will argue).
And I think that’s it! I am so excited for my new job and summer plans. Knowing my life, there’s a good chance that some of this will change, things will be added, extended, etc. But that’s sorta the fun of it 🙂