A Summer In Lists.
Planes I Took:
YEG - YYC, WestJet: This flight caused a stressful delay and a change in trip. Dave and I learned how to better communicate in stressful situations.
YYC - LHR, British Airways: This flight taught me that I am maybe not a great plane sleeper and The Goldfinch was not the book to be read at that time. At Heathrow Airport, I said I could probably live in London + Dave reminded me that seeing only an airport is not enough to base uprooting our entire lives there. He was right.
LHR - EDI, Flybe: I do not think I could keep my eyes open on this flight. When I could, I was really tired.
LGW - YYC, WestJet: Flew on the new Westjet Dreamliner. I highly recommend. Also sat next to someone who pulled out nail clippers and clipped her nails on the plane. It was a bold move.
YEG - YYZ, Air Canada: This was my second red eye flight in a month and I could not keep my eyes open! Perhaps I should’ve napped before the flight instead of watching The Bachelorette, but with a million hours of travel ahead of me, I think I chose right.
YYZ - ADD, Ethiopian Air: Blessing of this plane ride: an aisle seat and an empty middle seat. The curse of this plane: a chatty neighbour, who I think was trying to recruit his daughters to work for EduDeo. I was tired and probably not helpful.
ADD - FIH - LLW, Ethiopian Air: We stopped in the DRC on the way in. It’s a long story that involves me faking a visa number to get my boarding pass, but I was very wary and very nervous that at any given time, someone was going to find out about me faking a visa number. It was a glitch in the system, and we reached our final destination.
LLW - ADD, Ethiopian Air: I got on to the plane, a little flustered, looking for my seat - only to be told this was a free for all plane, which means somewhere along the way, the flight attendants got sick of enforcing seat rules and all seats were up for grabs! I am grateful for friends who saved seats and waved me over, once seeing my very angry and very bewildered face.
ADD - DUB - YYZ, Ethiopian Air: I’ll never understand how plane refuelling works. Maybe a 2020 goal for me to learn.
YYZ - YEG, Air Canada: Grateful for the Starbucks I had, the full podcast queue to listen to, and the words I finally had to write down. But also, the most impatient I’ve ever been for a flight to land. Also, cute baby to make faces at in my row.
YEG - YXU, Swoop: It is nice to travel with Dave. It is mainly nice because I can put my head on his shoulder, and when I sit by the window, it’s like having limitless options of where I can fall asleep!
YXU - YEG, Swoop: Sorry to the entire flight for being the only person to keep my light on until 12:30 AM EST. I was reading a book, quietly weeping, processing my feelings, and preparing for a meeting at 10:30 AM EST.
Places I Went:
St. Andrews, Scotland
Dunotter Castle, Scotland
Aberlour, Scotland (please don’t ask me to say it out loud)
London, England (just assume we saw 80% of the sights. A highlight: Camden Market and the Imperial War Museum and Key Gardens and okay fine THERE WERE A LOT OF HIGHLIGHTS)
Phoenix Theatre, London, England
West Edmonton Mall, Alberta
A lot of airports
Lundazi, Zambia - Chasefu Primary School, Emusa Primary + Secondary School, Hoya Primary + Secondary School, Mwase Primary + Secondary School, Msuzi Primary + Secondary School, Mphamba Primary School
South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Queen Elizabeth Swimming Pool + Borden Natural Swimming Pool, Edmonton
Edmonton Public Library: Bonnie Doon, Castle Downs, Capilano, and Highlands branches
Heirlooms Bridal Store - Dundas, Ontario
Concordia Club of Kitchener, Ontario
Edmonton Folk Festival (but the pleb version where I just stood at the top of the hill)
Things I Crossed Off “I Want To Do or Try These Things” Lists:
Visit a country in Europe
Visit a country in Africa
Go to an outdoor pool
Paint something on a large canvas (I bought three small canvases instead)
Read 125 books in a year (and steadily climbing)
See something on stage
Things I Cried About On Planes:
THE BOOK THIEF by Marcus Zusak. which prompted Dave to say, “If you knew this was going to make you cry, why did you read it?
Toy Story 2
The Come From Away soundtrack.
Beauty and the Beast
Mary Poppins Returns - specifically the scene where she sings “The Place Where Lost Things Go” am I crying now as I re-listen to it? For me to know!!
MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE by Lori Gottlieb. This was the book I wept about at 12:30 am. Not sorry about it.
Questions I Asked Myself:
What am I scared of?
What do I need more of?
What do I need less of?
What am I excited about - what is surprising or delighting me?
How was I loved this week?
What did I avoid this week?
What did I learn about myself and God and others this month? What made you cry? What did I watch, read, and eat this month?
What is my desired outcome for my relationship with my dad?
(In the spirit of full transparency, I asked them. I didn’t answer them. Maybe in September.)
Things I Learned:
Pack more snacks that I like for long flights. Pack more snacks for trips in general.
Students are students everywhere.
Hospitality and serving others is a beautiful blessing to receive.
I don’t want to be defined by this one thing that happened to me that I had no control over.
Celine Dion is like Shepherd’s Pie for my ears.
It’s not hard because you’re failing. It’s hard because it’s hard.
Movies are how you truly make time pass on a long flight.
Songs I Became Obsessed With:
“I Don’t Care” - Ed Sheeran + Justin Bieber
“Crowded Table” - The Highwomen
“Catch” - Brett Young
“Rescue” - Lauren Daigle
“Lover” - Taylor Swift
“Skeleton Move” - Master KG
“Used to Be” - Jonas Brothers
The Come From Away soundtrack
Things I’m Proud Of:
Saying “I’m stuck, I cannot do this, and I need help to make sense of this now. I’m too in my head and i’m banging it against the wall.”
Taking baby steps, all over again.
Letting go of what used to work to make space for what is working now.
Now On The Moerman Family Bucket List:
Read outside on a blanket
Try an e-scooter
Visit a board game cafe
Go to a brewpub I’ve never been to (because there’s a 95% chance Dave has already gone there with the boys)
Visit the new farmer’s market
Go for a walk in the Highlands neighbourhood
Do stand up paddling at Elk Island
A Dave Quote That Always Makes Me Laugh:
“Shut up, words are hard.”