My Pockets are Full

Wow!  It’s been almost 2 months since my past post.  Where did the month of March go?

Ahh, yes…. Ireland!

Edwin and I had been planning our first Euro trip since November, when we started organizing our vacation in order to attend my dear friend’s wedding in Galway.  With two other great friends to travel, it was truly an amazing adventure.  We had a total of 9 days in the country, so we decided to make the most of it by renting a car (which I highly recommend!!).  We made stops in Kilkenney, Cork, Connemara, and finally to Galway for 3 days of wedding fun before heading to Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

To sum up, the country was absolutely stunning.  It was just like in every Irish-set movie that I’ve seen.  The stone walls, the castles, the small, quaint, and friendly pubs, the delicious beer, the warm stew, the live music, the sheep, and of course the rain!  Simply driving (or for me, sitting in the passenger seat acting as navigator) brought me to a place far away from worrying about work, chores, or Toronto To-Do lists.

Overall, the highlight of the trip was being reunited with friends who I’ve been separated from for some time.  I was so happy to get to share in this special day.  The beautiful bride emitted a happy glow that couldn’t help spreading to the rest of us, leaving us with smiles all day (and night!) long!  We laughed, cried, drank, and danced to celebrate with her and her Irishman!  I know their future waits for them with a lucky leprechaun  and a pot of gold.

Soon after our arrival back in Canada, we were off to visit my family for Easter.  The visit was relaxing and enjoyable.  With no Christmas dinners or gifts or parties to worry about, I could spend the days with different family members and enjoy some Spring sunshine.  I got to reconnect with my my parents, siblings, and cousins while eating, not turkey, but chocolate bunnies.  And of course, I was over the moon with the fact that my little niece is now over 9 months old and taking the world by storm! 

Back in the city, my “backpack” has been continually filling up as the new season emerges.  Work has been at a constant pace of preparing lessons, meeting new students, and attempting to reignite old lesson plans.  I am actually beginning my last 4 months at my current school in order to pursue my Bachelor of Education and see what I can learn about teaching in a different type of classroom.

I will also start into my third show with a Toronto community theatre company.  The Eastside Players show, “Over the River and Through the Woods,” is a comedy where I’ll be scurrying around backstage in order to prepare actors, props, and apparently lots of stage food.  I’m looking forward to getting back at it with another great team!

Finally, I have made the leap to get back into a fitness regime.  I have been to more yoga, and I finally joined the YMCA and attended Aquafit. It felt great to set aside some time for myself.  As well, I thought I could enjoy some active outdoor time by joining a beach volleyball league through the TSSC (Toronto Sports and Social Club) .   I thought it would be a perfect time to meet some people, make some friends, in time for summer sun and patio season.

The more I’ve been trying to get out there in Toronto (ie: going to see a friend’s band play on a random Tuesday night instead of staying home) the more I realize how important it is to enjoy every day to its fullest.  Obviously, you have to know your limit, but there’s no reason you have to wait until Saturday and Sunday to enjoy yourself.  I can’t wait to see what summer has in store.

So take a minute, how do you fill your pockets?

Everything Else Pails in Comparison
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My Pockets are Full

Wow!  It’s been almost 2 months since my past post.  Where did the month of March go?

Ahh, yes…. Ireland!

Edwin and I had been planning our first Euro trip since November, when we started organizing our vacation in order to attend my dear friend’s wedding in Galway.  With two other great friends to travel, it was truly an amazing adventure.  We had a total of 9 days in the country, so we decided to make the most of it by renting a car (which I highly recommend!!).  We made stops in Kilkenney, Cork, Connemara, and finally to Galway for 3 days of wedding fun before heading to Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

To sum up, the country was absolutely stunning.  It was just like in every Irish-set movie that I’ve seen.  The stone walls, the castles, the small, quaint, and friendly pubs, the delicious beer, the warm stew, the live music, the sheep, and of course the rain!  Simply driving (or for me, sitting in the passenger seat acting as navigator) brought me to a place far away from worrying about work, chores, or Toronto To-Do lists.

Overall, the highlight of the trip was being reunited with friends who I’ve been separated from for some time.  I was so happy to get to share in this special day.  The beautiful bride emitted a happy glow that couldn’t help spreading to the rest of us, leaving us with smiles all day (and night!) long!  We laughed, cried, drank, and danced to celebrate with her and her Irishman!  I know their future waits for them with a lucky leprechaun  and a pot of gold.

Soon after our arrival back in Canada, we were off to visit my family for Easter.  The visit was relaxing and enjoyable.  With no Christmas dinners or gifts or parties to worry about, I could spend the days with different family members and enjoy some Spring sunshine.  I got to reconnect with my my parents, siblings, and cousins while eating, not turkey, but chocolate bunnies.  And of course, I was over the moon with the fact that my little niece is now over 9 months old and taking the world by storm! 

Back in the city, my “backpack” has been continually filling up as the new season emerges.  Work has been at a constant pace of preparing lessons, meeting new students, and attempting to reignite old lesson plans.  I am actually beginning my last 4 months at my current school in order to pursue my Bachelor of Education and see what I can learn about teaching in a different type of classroom.

I will also start into my third show with a Toronto community theatre company.  The Eastside Players show, “Over the River and Through the Woods,” is a comedy where I’ll be scurrying around backstage in order to prepare actors, props, and apparently lots of stage food.  I’m looking forward to getting back at it with another great team!

Finally, I have made the leap to get back into a fitness regime.  I have been to more yoga, and I finally joined the YMCA and attended Aquafit. It felt great to set aside some time for myself.  As well, I thought I could enjoy some active outdoor time by joining a beach volleyball league through the TSSC (Toronto Sports and Social Club) .   I thought it would be a perfect time to meet some people, make some friends, in time for summer sun and patio season.

The more I’ve been trying to get out there in Toronto (ie: going to see a friend’s band play on a random Tuesday night instead of staying home) the more I realize how important it is to enjoy every day to its fullest.  Obviously, you have to know your limit, but there’s no reason you have to wait until Saturday and Sunday to enjoy yourself.  I can’t wait to see what summer has in store.

So take a minute, how do you fill your pockets?

Everything Else Pails in Comparison
Creative Commons License photo credit: sea turtle

 

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Kristin’s Backpack won 1st Prize for TESL Ontario’s 2011 ESL Week Blog Contest.
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Welcome to Kristin’s Backpack! I jumped on the blogging bandwagon in 2010 to share my Canadian-theatrical-backpacking perspective on my world adventures. With my return to Canada, I will continue to dig into my pockets and reflect on life as it has come to involve Teaching, Travel, and Theatre. Time to unzip the pockets!
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This is what summer is all about- finished a book yesterday and am on to the next today.  I just opened The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, which has been on my shelf for ages.  I have been extremely interested in reading accounts that stem from true stories in a dark history that is often swept to the side.  
At the same time, I have been listening to The Maze Runner series as an audio book and have been extremely captivated by the young characters’ circumstances and their view on the world.  
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