I’ve had 5 monumental events in one week. I don’t know if I can take all the continued excitement. For those of you who haven’t experienced 5:1 let me say, its more exciting than if my office changed the water fountain to look like this.
Sunday the 24th: The Anniversary
Awe look at us, celebrating anniversary number two along the beaches of Whitstable
I thought you said it was a beach, where are the cabanas?
Anniversary posts on blogs/Facebook are really only interesting to two people, but because there seems to be a prototype for this type of blog/Facebook post, I’ll stick to the script and also show you are wedding day.
2. International End Violence Against Women Day
I have been working my tush off with others to plan a full day of events at my work place around this. We nailed it with rolling training sessions running all day and a publication of my strategy and the Domestic Homicide Review for 2011. At this event the niece of the victim spoke about her aunt and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about what she said.
If you don’t have a white ribbon, go find one and wear with pride. Violence against women and girls needs to end. I want to see the day when there is no need for me and I’m out of a job.
Because of End Violence Against Women Day I went to City Hall to hear Boris Johnson launch a VAWG strategy and was invited to an event on FGM at parliament. It’s been a busy and good week at work.
You’ll be sad to hear that this Yankee Doodles was not excited for Thanksgiving this year. It use to be my favourite holiday, but this year I started to just find it annoying.
It annoyed me because there is an expectation that families are suppose to be together and gorge their faces out on stuffing and pie. In reality that isn’t the case for many people who can’t afford a big turkey and/or can’t afford to travel across states. It’s just too close to Christmas and most people have to chose between seeing family on Thanksgiving or Christmas. Meaning it ends up making me feel lonely and sad, quite the opposite of thankful.
Yesterday morning I turned on the radio and it was playing John Denver’s ‘Country Roads, take me home.’ Well that started it, tears were falling all day and I may have been using ‘thanksgiving is annoying’ as a coping mechanism for homesickness.
But then, modern technology kicked in and I got to FaceTime my Mama Llama and Aunt Dink. I was able to give them a tour of Abe, and it was my moms first house tour!
And then I got one of the sweetest of all surprises an expat could get, Will and his sister schemed to make us a thanksgiving meal, complete with prosecco!
Sweet Sophie put the chicken in Nanny’s oven to cook (we are without oven still) and got the goodies. When Will displayed it all I was shocked.
I had no idea! And that is why my family is the best and so is Thanksgiving. Who am I kidding, I love Thanksgiving and it is the day we got married on 2 years ago. Even if most of my Thanksgivings now are simple affairs, I can remember the best of all Thanksgivings on our wedding day
4. The Festival of Lights- 8 Crazy Nights
Wahoo who doesn’t love a latka? This one is bliss, but not a holiday I think you can truly appreciate unless you’ve got kids to celebrate with. There is only so many nights you can play the dreidel shot game.
Last night we lit our candle and due to lack of Internet, I made up a prayer. It included some Hebrew and ended with ‘Happy Hannukah’
Hannukah is good timing this year, not because of Thanksgiving but because of monumental event number 5, I think the next 7 nights will be crazy
5. The Demise of 3 walls and the Beginning of the Kitchen/Diner
Pack your bags we are moving out to our sister and brother-in-laws for the week.
It’s happening. The wall is coming down this weekend.
Skip has been ordered, plans have been submitted and best brother-in-law of the year award has been presented, the shit gets real this weekend. Wish us luck.
There you have it 5 monumental events in one week. A week I’m sure will never be recreated.