So how was your July?  Sorry I’ve been so quiet.  There hasn’t been a lot to say that hasn’t already been said.  I miss my mom, but there are only so many times you can blog about that before your readers tire of it.  Or so I imagine.

I spent the month of July doing absolutely nothing, and it was glorious.  Ok, so I don’t totally do nothing. I went to visit family in Barrie for a week, which was nice, though it had its tougher moments.  Mom’s apartment finally got cleaned out, which was inevitable.  It wasn’t as hard as I imagined it would be going through her actual things.  It was more the emptiness when we were done that struck me.  It meant that she was really gone.  Not just bodily gone, but now all her things were gone too (to my siblings and I, goodwill, etc).  It’s just so sad that in so little time it’s like a life has been erased.

The rest of my three weeks off were quieter. One week I was sick, which sucked.  The week after I got back from Barrie was pretty quiet.  I got my memorial tattoo on the 26th. I love it very much.  It’s up there ^^^^^^^. The shamrock is because my mother was Irish and because we went to Ireland together.  The inside is made up of her fingerprint. My brother and my sister both got fingerprint tattoos as well.

And I spent the last weekend of the month in Niagara-on-the-lake with a short stop in Niagara Falls.  Saw “A Woman of No Importance” by Oscar Wilde, went on some wine tours, got to hang out with an old high school friend, and see the falls.  Not to mention all the excellent food provided by our hosts at the bed and breakfast.  SO good!

And now I’m back at work and living in reality again.  Here’s to that, and the rest of the summer.

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