Sunday, August 05, 2007

And I am back....

I am back from my weekend away. It was a very good weekend, and while part of me wishes I was still away, there is another part of me that is happy to be back home. The big things on my trip were going to Louisbourg and visiting my grandfather and his wife. I got to meet one of my grandfathers brother that I had never met before, so that was interesting. The contrast between my grandfather and his brother is rather interesting. One thing I will say, though, is I could have went without seeing my 60-70 year old great uncle walking around in very short shorts! It is always weird to see my grandfather because he is really starting to look old, he is about 75, and my mothers youngest sister is closer in age with me than with my mother. It is hard to think that my grandfather could just as easily be my father... I mean, my mother is nearing 50 and her sister is not even 30 yet. It's all strange.

In other news, back to my mother's sister (well, half sister), she apparently is getting married next year. Her fiance is in the Canadian forces, and he actually just arrived back safe and sound from Afghanistan. This resulted in being a major topic of conversation this weekend. I think it is great that he made it home safely, but I have only met him once, so it is not like he is much different for me than all the other soldiers that have made it home safely. And, I see my mother's sister about every five years or so, and my grandfather maybe once a year, so really, it is like visiting a bunch of strangers. (If you haven't noticed I have issues with thinking of my mother's sister as my aunt, but I am aware of what she is. Actually, I rarely remember to call my mother's brother uncle, either. He doesn't like it anyways, makes him feel old. For the sister, I just hardly know her.)

I have pictures from my trip but I have not uploaded them yet. I forgot my digital camera (smart me) and actually travelled with my regular old-fashioned film camera (although, I paid a lot for it and prefer it to most digital cameras), so I will have to develop the films. My mother said she would send me the pictures off her digital camera, though, so I will post them when I get them. Oh, since I am on the family note, my great grandmother turns 100 on Wednesday!!

In reading news, I have a review up on Historical Tapestry, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, you can read the review by clicking here. Over the weekend I read The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber. I will likely review it after I finish this post. Currently I am reading Vivaldi's Virgins by Barbara Quick and then I am not sure what will be next. As to what I am listening to, which I rarely mention, the Hairspray soundtrack. I am big for musicals. Anyways, that enough of my ramblings. Review of a book to follow!

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