Do you guys remember my college roommate Tanya, who I wrote about a few weeks ago? Man, that post was so fun to write, and the comment/email/Facebook exchanges with the girls I dormed with twenty (!) years ago made me smile the big smile. There are whispers of a reunion and I really hope it happens.
Last Wednesday night, Tanya sent me a message on Facebook.
The conversation continued. She was serious. I talked to Matthew and he thought it would be a great idea, especially since he didn’t have much going on in the evenings this week. (Next week, he’s going to be in ATLANTA with his staff for a conference. I’m a wee bit jealous.)(He gets to go to ATLANTA and I get to go to LETHBRIDGE.) My firm is overstaffed and work has been s l o w, so I told her that I would check with them the next day and go from there. They are my first priority until April 30th (FOURTEEN DAYS), so it was really up to them.
They said yes, of course, thanks for relieving us of having to keep you busy, have a great time, buh bye.
Come Thursday evening, my flights were booked, I’d talked to Everett about my duties, and Tanya had MacGyvered a desk that I understand may be a glorified T.V. tray, possibly blocking the door to the bathroom in his small office.
Eh, WHO CARES? Tanya is one of my most favorite people on the ENTIRE PLANET and I haven’t seen her in SEVEN YEARS. I also think that her husband is a great guy — he’s a lot like Matthew, except he likes math — and I’ve only met one of her two daughters.
I miss Matthew and the kids already, and I had some pretty teary chats with said kids before I left, but it’s been a good way to help them understand that sometimes parents have to make tough decisions in order to do things that pay for things like food and shelter and skiing and trips to Cannon Beach, etc. Plus, they’re with Dad and he’s got some fun stuff planned. And there’s always Skype.
In the meantime, I had a hilarious flight from Kelowna to Calgary (I was at the very front, facing backwards. Having twelve rows of passengers facing you was SO AWKWARD. I should have taken a photo, but seeing forty-eight people nodding off and drooling might be something you don’t want to see).
So, yeah. I’m in Alberta until Sunday. I’ll be working long days at the office and catching up with Miss Tanya in the evenings. It’s totally random and totally unexpected and totally awesome.