Erin's Journals

September 12, 2019

I've so much to fill you in on: now that you know where I've been, I feel like I should catch you up on where I'm going.
 
Before you worry that I'm getting too busy (and there are a lot of caring people I know might express these concerns, not considering the support network I have had and continue to build), know that I'm doing the work on myself as well as on all of these other projects.
 

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Post date: Thu, 09/12/2019 - 00:00
September 9, 2019

I'll change that quote just a bit for my purposes here: Recovery means giving up all hope for a better past. There.
 
Thanks for taking this journey with me these past few journals. This won't be a common theme, I promise! 
 

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Post date: Mon, 09/09/2019 - 00:00
September 5, 2019

Now, where were we on Tuesday? (Yes, I'm writing journals now twice a week - ordinarily Mondays and Thursdays, but this week, Labour Day meant an adjustment. See Tuesday's journal for why I've made the change...and today's quote for my strength to do so.) 
 
Rob was about to drop me off at a treatment centre about an hour from our BC home, so I could start to try to make sense of what it was that was wrong with me and hindering my efforts to live the fullest and most joyful life I possibly could.
 

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Post date: Thu, 09/05/2019 - 00:00
September 3, 2019

I don't even know where to begin, so I'll start where I do each day: in a place of gratitude. And with news a few paragraphs down of changes to this journal's scheduling. But first....
 

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Post date: Tue, 09/03/2019 - 00:00
July 12, 2019

This is good-bye for a little while. I'll ask you to read to the end to understand why and then we'll reconnect soon (I hope).
 
I've been struggling.
 

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Post date: Fri, 07/12/2019 - 00:00
July 11, 2019

Imagine a lavender farm on a mild Vancouver Island Saturday - skies dotted with clouds but a comfortable 20C. Now picture goats - little ones, bigger ones - running freely. And now, add yoga. That's exactly what my pal Nancy did last weekend. I wish I'd gone, but since I didn't, I asked her a whole bunch of questions about "goat yoga" so we could share the experience together. Here we go!
 

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Post date: Thu, 07/11/2019 - 00:00
July 10, 2019

Happy JULIO Day! It's July 10 (Jul 10, thus "Julio") and although it hasn't caught on like MARIO day (Mar 10 - you guessed it) who knows? Maybe it will - or has done in countries where Julio is a more common name than here in the Great White North. Or maybe I'm the only person in the world crazy enough to look at numbers and letters and come up with words. That's how this brain of mine works, for better or for worse!
 

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Post date: Wed, 07/10/2019 - 00:00
July 9, 2019

Thanks for your feedback and posts yesterday regarding the bin and the bags. I always appreciate hearing your opinions.
 

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Post date: Tue, 07/09/2019 - 00:00
July 8, 2019

Hope you managed to stay cool this weekend if you were in the more humid parts of our lovely country; here in the Victoria area it was cloudy and about 20C. Perfect weather for the Saanich Strawberry Festival, where you could spot Rob, me and a whole lot of other great Rotary folks volunteering, cooking and selling dogs and burgers. Now I think we're off 'til Labour Day and the Saanich Fall Fair. I shall practise my Bingo calls until then.
 

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Post date: Mon, 07/08/2019 - 01:04
July 5, 2019

I don't know how it is that the first week of such a laid-back month as July can be so busy. But here we are, glad to see Friday roll around (unless you're among those who booked the week off because of Canada Day on Monday).
 
I have half of a new computer: the store here in Victoria that deals with Apple products replaced my wonky keyboard, my touch bar, my trackpad and speakers, which somehow works out to be less cost to Apple than replacing just the keyboard. Anyway, here I go with another one. I will be sure to let you know when H, E, A, R and T are worn out!
 

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Post date: Fri, 07/05/2019 - 00:00
July 4, 2019

Welcome into Thursday - already! Have you found a good book to enjoy under the shade of a tree or awning, or perhaps inside near a fan or the AC? I've been enjoying the emails and posts from folks saying that they held off on reading Mourning Has Broken until summer. I wasn't sure it would be the kind of lighthearted breezy read that some folks are looking for...until I saw this yesterday:
 

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Post date: Thu, 07/04/2019 - 00:00
July 3, 2019

In reading all of the Canada Day greetings on social media on the weekend, I couldn't help but notice all of the mentions that ended with the cute suffix "eh?" and I was reminded of an interesting post a little while ago as to WHY Canadians say "eh." I thought you might be fascinated too.
 

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Post date: Wed, 07/03/2019 - 00:00
July 2, 2019

Welcome to the second half of 2019 - hope you're well on your way to making those New Year's resolutions (remember them?) a reality. BAHAHAHA! Who am I kidding?
 

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Post date: Tue, 07/02/2019 - 00:00
June 28, 2019

Ah, her U key is back, you're thinking! Actually, I'm writing this on the ferry, using Rob's laptop. My U problem needs a bigger fix, apparently. 
 
I was so lucky to truly savour the beauty of Canada's natural glory for a few hours Wednesday as we made the crossing from Vancouver Island over to mainland BC. Hey, BC Ferries – how did you know?
 

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Post date: Fri, 06/28/2019 - 00:00
June 27, 2019

I need to put YOU in my journal today. Actually, it's U. So work with me here and let's play "meet Erin's keyboard." 
 
What a strange and crious thing is happening to my MacBook Pro, bt how fortnate it is that we are in Vancouver right now and hopeflly are in the midst of getting it rectified.
 

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Post date: Thu, 06/27/2019 - 00:00
June 26, 2019

I want to start today by wishing Carol, a friend I met through grief who also came on our cruise this past spring, good luck! In honour of her son Jamie, whom she and her husband Rod lost, Carol is going to do the CN Tower Edge Walk. She's got more nerve than I do and she is making sure she lives large in Jamie's memory on his birthday. Like I said, good luck, friend!
 

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Post date: Wed, 06/26/2019 - 00:30
June 25, 2019

Hey there - hope your week's going well so far. It's been a week since Mike Cooper and I shared an hour with you via webinar. I wanted to update you on cabin availabilities and so on, just to keep this top of mind in case you're considering joining us for a magical week (plus land tours, which I think Rob and I are going to do, and maybe Mike, too) river cruising from Switzerland to the Netherlands. As our host Gerry Koolhof of New Wave Travel put it, with ocean cruising you go to a country, but with river cruising you go through a country.
 

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Post date: Tue, 06/25/2019 - 01:13
June 24, 2019

Welcome to these final days of June. What a treat it is to share summer with you!
 
It's funny, having mentioned Bambi here last Friday, that today's journal is a glorious look out the window, in words (and pictures). Deer, one in bad shape, bunnies and, instead of skunks, of which we have none, a few captivating raccoons have filled the last few days with adventure and appreciation.
 

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Post date: Mon, 06/24/2019 - 00:00
June 21, 2019

First of all, happy summer! I hope that this season brings to you all that you've awaited during the winter and spring months. Of course, for some parts of the country, this season got an early start; for others, it's yet to kick into high gear. But my hopes for you are lots of great memory-making. My best memories are in the hazy glazed backdrop of summer.
 
This is also a day to kick off a huge movie weekend with the return of a film franchise that has been a part of our little family's life almost as surely as if it was planned to run alongside our history.
 

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Post date: Fri, 06/21/2019 - 00:00
June 20, 2019

Looking for something to do this weekend, or perhaps in weeks to come? I wanted to share with you some thoughts on a movie Rob and I saw last week - before I tell you tomorrow about a film coming out that we will never be able to watch and why.
 

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Post date: Thu, 06/20/2019 - 00:00

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