Friday, January 7, 2011

Winnipeg Trip 2010-2011

I’m back from my Winnipeg trip.  It was great!  Moving to Halifax, while it worked out in the end, was one of the hardest times of my life.  For the first few months out here I felt completely alone and overwhelmed.  And even though things were a lot better by the time I left for my trip, it was still a much needed return to familiarity.  If nothing else, a reminder that home was still out there.

Lots of great things happened too.  My Dad proposed to his girlfriend, my soon-to-be Step-Mom, Andrea!  Which means I’ll also have a new step-brother soon too, Andrew!  Their wedding is on April 30th.  I can’t know for sure yet if it’s possible, but I’m going to try to make it back for the wedding!  All the overtime I’ve been working is paid back as vacation hours, so I’ll have almost a month of vacation by the time this project is over!

Wrapping Up Simba!

Had a great Xmas.  As per tradition we all went to Christie Road for extended family, then back to my Mom’s place for presents between her, my uncle, brother and I.  I bought my Mom what ended up being possibly the worst gift idea of all time, but it was funny, and I replaced it with something she liked a lot more.  Great times!


I also reconnected with Brett, Tim and Linda on this trip.  I hung out with them once last year, but we were all still figuring things out, but this trip we’d all completed some major transitions, and the timing was right for us to get back in touch!  Was great hanging out with them again, felt like old times.  Funny how some friends you can see after 2 years of not talking, and you can continue like no one missed a beat.  One of the first things we did was record a song.  Tim had been working on it for a while and he had us over to record backup vocals.  The song has since been completed, give it a listen!  I’m legitimately addicted to it!  Tim did an awesome job!

The Sky is Calling You by timredford

Chad and I got to hang out a lot as well.  It was kind of surreal.  We hadn’t seen each other since Edmonton, so for both of us to meet up in Winnipeg where we grew up together, but live in two completely different cities…  It was confusing!  At times it felt like we’d never left, and at other times Winnipeg felt so foreign.  It was great to see him again.  Sad I may not see him again until next time we meet up in Winnipeg next Xmas.

Sadly I also had a bit of a tough time with Kristina.  Our friendship has been in a rough patch for a few months now.  I don’t want to get into the personal details, but I guess we’re just at different points in our lives.  I'm hoping we can work things out, but sometimes people need to take some time apart to see things clearly.  She's a good person, so regardless of what happens I wish nothing but the best for her.  We had a pretty big fight while I was there though, and as a result I didn't get to see her as much as I would have hoped.

Despite that sad development, I had a lot of great times over the 2 weeks I was in Winnipeg.  Recording the track with some old friends reconciled, traditional Xmas Eve with the Furutani’s at Christie Road, meeting up with Bill and Tia (also first time seeing them since Edmonton) and the rest of the Perreault side of family, playing Little Big Planet with my brother and Dad while sleeping at his place, a good ol fashioned family night with Gondola pizza and a movie with my brother, uncle and Mom, seeing Tron, a night at the casino, eating at Sal’s (the restaurant Chad and I worked at when we met), New Year’s Eve with friends, brunch with Ashley, lunch with a very pregnant Nikki and her now-fiancé Scott, and lots of Scrabble! So many great times.  One of my favorite things though, was just laying on the couch watching tv with my Mom.  It’s something so comfortably home, and that comfort is something I really needed.  It was like letting my guard down after having it up for 4 months.

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Xmas 2010

Years away has made me really appreciate family.  My Mom and Dad have both been so supportive over the past few years, and helped me several times when things got tough.  I really appreciate the time I have with them whenever I visit.  My brother is all grown up, which is scary sometimes.  I would not be surprised if one of these visits soon he’ll be getting married.  And my Mom will be visiting me in Halifax some time this spring/summer, I can’t wait for that!  Will be cool to show her the life I’ve been living out here!

It was great to be home again, and I had a lot of fun.  I’ve been back in Halifax for 2 days now and I’m already back in the groove of things.  We’re wrapping up our project at work, so it’s crazy busy right now, but I love the rush, and the camaraderie of everyone staying late and working hard to get it done.  My first night back Ryan and I grabbed some food and told each other about our Xmases and New Years.  Glad to have made such a good friend out here.

IMG_2169Visiting home was exactly what I needed.  When I moved to Halifax it was so abrupt and so foreign I felt like I could never go home again, I felt lost.  Seeing that it’s still there, spending time with family and friends; it helped me find my way again, like a guiding star.

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