It's the last day of June. The longest day here has passed and we are halfway through the year already. The last time I looked I was blogging ad infinitum about my Paris city break and looking forward to seeing Seattle-A for the first time in about 7 months.
What happened to the last 4 weeks?
Well it's been a busy month jam packed with travel near and far. As regular readers of this blog will know, I spent a week in the Emerald City with Seattle-A at the beginning of the month. I then returned to Gidday HQ for four days - during which time I squeezed in a hen day (yes a whole day) - before travelling to Sweden for our mid year Sales Conference. Back again for 2 nights before packing yet another bag and heading to Oxford for previously said hen's nuptials. Add to that some long hours at work last week and I literally dragged myself into this weekend, grateful for a little decompression time (and a well-earned mani-pedi).
At the same time, the busy-ness has been wonderful. It feels a bit like a whole lot of great things crammed themselves into the month as a reminder of all of the amazing people that give richness and colour to my life.
The wedding was a case in point: a French woman marrying her Russian paramour and surrounded by a veritable league of nations as the intimate reception of thirty played host to French, Russian, English, American, German, Turkish, Italian, Kyrgyzs (I had to look up what to call someone from Kyrgyzstan) and Australian (that would've been me) well-wishers. And working for the European division of a global company meant that the sales conference was attended by a cross-section of my extremely awesome colleagues from across the continent (and indeed the world by virtue of us having an American boss).
But maybe the biggest cultural exchange was in Seattle.
Pre-trip it is safe to say that a mild sense of apprehension prevailed as to how my life-long, self-imposed baby-free zone would work when confronted with 9 week old twins. Seattle-A and I had discussed several contingency plans - including fleeing across the nearby border to Vancouver (me that is) - if it all got a bit much. But those two little dudes manage to melt Aunty Kym's heart in the space of just one week.
This is Rockin' R. Many a cosy chat was held with Aunty Kym during burping, cuddling and even sleeping...although he was a little perturbed as to why the bumps on my chest, so similar to Mummy's, didn't emerge at feeding time in the same way...
And this is DJ O, named for his penchant for playing tunes on the interactive baby bouncer. He's attached to Mummy in a very possessive and singular fashion so this was a short lull in his squirming wriggly-ness where he wasn't letting the whole world know how life was sucking in Aunty Kym's embrace...not so many close encounters but still adorable.
All the while I got to hang out with my gorgeous friend, absorbing as much us-time as I possibly could to sustain me until the next visit. We had a few excursions with the little dudes in tow with varying degrees of success (especially our last day lunch, which DJ O was having none of!) Thanks to Hubby, we also got a glorious Sunday afternoon together for coffee, manicures, pedicures, wine tasting and a rather pleasant lunch lolling about in the sunshine at the J. Bookwalter Tasting Studio before heading home to BBQ a whole Copper River salmon (Seattle-A is that kind of girl!)
There was even a touch of drama when G the wonder-dog gave spirited chase to a coyote who'd wandered by to check things out on my penultimate day.
It was such a wonderful week. There's is something so soothing about being with the people who know and love you best. And I never thought I would become so attached to my awesome little dudes so I hope it's not too long before I can manage another trip to see them all. Who knew that Aunty Kym would survive baby bootcamp (albeit sans nappy-changing) so well? And that my cuppa-making skills would be quite so in demand?
In any case, it was an emotional hug in the drop off lane at the airport on the Tuesday evening.
So that was June. Gone in the blink of an eye and yet leaving a montage of special memories impressed firmly upon my heart.
I wonder what July will bring?