Getting Back in the Swing of Things

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Last updated on February 6th, 2024 at 12:30 am


So it’s my first full day back on Canadian soil, and my first full day back with no deadlines looming over my head. Feels pretty good. I promise that stories and pictures from the three weeks abroad will be shared, but other things required my more immediate attention.

Unpacking. Organizing the house with all the new stuff we got from the wedding. Starting the laborious task of combining the stuff from my old life at home with those of my new life with Sarah.

This is not a one-day job.

I’ve rediscovered things at the bottom of boxes and at the back of cabinets—I’ve likely never been as organized as I am right now. Ever. And yet my thoughts couldn’t be more discombobulated.

One is never truly ready for the changes that life will have in store for them, but even if they don’t know it, they are always adequately equipped.

Over the coming days, I’ll review all the notes I made while travelling. A day wouldn’t pass without me scribbling something in the notebook that’s seen better days.

But this day, there’s not much I can enlighten you with. Here’s a sampling of what I learned today, and I hope it helps you in life:

  • The farther you get from a city’s downtown, the more the signage on the front is inaccurate—for example, the hours of operation
  • Toronto will never be better than Paris for pastries. But where possible, find patisseries in Toronto owned by Parisians. It’s as good as you’re gonna get.
  • If “gourmet” is in a store’s description, it’s code for “triple the regular price”
  • All chores are easier when you’re listening to an iPod
  • A place for everything and everything in its place. If neither of these apply, get rid of the thing
  • Whenever possible, don’t rush. You’ll miss so much along the way.
  • Never reply to something faster than the other person in a conversation. You’ll only frustrate yourself.
  • The amount of time you’ve been gone is inversely proportional to how much the little things that used to bother you about your hometown will do so upon your return

With that, I’m off to see Thor. Planning a wedding doesn’t really give you a moment to go to the movie theatre.

Ciao, bambinos!

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