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.

It's me! And Tanya! Together! For the first time in SEVEN YEARS.

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  1. Mrs. Wilson April 16, 2012 2:17 pm edit

    Oh, WOW! So cool!!! I hope you have an amazing time!!

    Does your friend Tanya go to church there? (I know a few pastors and I’m my father’s daughter and therefore always making connections and oh, are you from the Netherlands, too? WE MUST BE RELATED.)

  2. Ashley April 16, 2012 2:35 pm edit

    Have fun! God sure is tricky sometimes – He knew you needed a work, He knew you needed your friend and He knew that smooshing them together would be complete unexpected awesomeness! Can’t wait to hear the tales!

  3. Danica April 16, 2012 3:22 pm edit

    Have fun!
    I’ll keep you guys in my prayers since you’ll be missing each other so much.

  4. reddirtroad April 16, 2012 3:27 pm edit

    Have a fantastic time! I’m from the prairies originally and although the mountains are majestic and awesome and I love them and living in BC… there’s something wondrous about big expansive beautiful open skies. And I’m sure you brought your camera…

  5. angella April 19, 2012 1:14 am edit

    I did! But I’ve had no time to use it.
    Also – I had no idea you were still blogging. Reader tends to delete feeds on me, and I thought you’d quit. :)

  6. heidikins April 16, 2012 3:31 pm edit

    So awesome! I predict stories of awesomosity!


  7. angella April 19, 2012 1:14 am edit

    We’re working on it. ;)

  8. Erica April 16, 2012 7:50 pm edit

    So great to see old friends!
    Also, what a small world – Everett is my cousin!
    Have fun with the D fam! (as if you wouldn’t – they are pretty much the best!)

  9. angella April 19, 2012 1:15 am edit


    Tanya left a comment below, about a family reunion. :)

  10. Heather April 16, 2012 9:36 pm edit

    7 years ?!? Wow! Have a great time! Also, how crazy that you fly from Vancouver to Calgary to get to Lethbridge. That’s way out of the way!

  11. sweetney April 17, 2012 7:35 am edit

    Fabulous! Have an awesome time, lady! xo

  12. Kristabella April 17, 2012 11:24 am edit

    That’s awesome! Have a great time!

  13. Tanya Plato-Duerksen April 18, 2012 10:24 am edit

    It has been AWESOME! as predicted by many of you. I don’t see her much in the day, but so far a bottle of wine and big bowl of popcorn get us through the night. I feel a little guilty about the 3 beautiful Littles at home missing her, but I get to hear more about them and feel like I’m getting to know them better. I am afraid she hasn’t had much time with her camera but maybe on Saturday. Next time will definitely have to be with the entire family. I think I better go now and send Matthew a thank you note.
    P.S. Erica – Small world! Love seeing your mom and dad sometimes. Hopefully we can get together this summer for a Nickel/Duerksen reunion. Preferably with aunty Barb’s cooking.

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