Happy September! We’ve changed over our blog theme for my favorite season, Autumn. Unfortunately the end of summer meant the end of Our Best Friend Natalie’s time in Regina. We are so very sad she has gone home to Ontario but it sounds like life is as perfect as it could be over there, and Matt and Phoebe must be so happy to have her back! The end of summer has also brought a temporary goodbye to Sophie, who’s up in PA on her first internship. I’m excited for her but I don’t think she’s excited yet :)
Jordan and I kept our last few weeks of the summer very relaxed. Pumpkin Spice Lattes (PSLs) debuted this week, and as a bunch of you already know I managed to get my 15 minutes of fame accidentally when Starbucks commented on an instagram PSL tribute. Now a horde of strangers know me as the weird girl who likes PSLs and has a cute kitty. Which is actually fairly apt. The weather has been kind of moody, so on the Labour Day weekend we managed to get frozen at the Dragonboat races and heat stroke at the Lumsden Duck Derby. In Lumsden we met a cute older couple named Gerard and Crystal, who sat at our picnic table over lunch and hailed from the Netherlands. They were excited that Jordan had Dutch roots too, and made sure to inquire if he had an “Oma” and “Opa”.
Another school year has started up for Jordan and I – the first semester of my Ph.D., and the last semester of Jordan’s undergrad! It’s amazing that six years ago I was just starting classes for the first time, all bright-eyed with the promise of the future. At least I’m more than halfway there, sigh. My funding for the next three years has been finalized now, which I’m very relieved and excited about. I’m taking one class and am a teaching assistant for another, as well as keeping up with lots of research projects in the lab. Jordan is taking five classes this semester and has described them as boring, boring, really hard, potentially interesting, and boring. He’s going to be so excited when he’s done his undergrad :)
Otherwise… just odds and ends. I have been pinning up a storm on my Pinterest and reading lots of other blogs, some by friends, some by strangers. We finally found bedside tables for the guest room, which is now finished and decorated and ready for guests! My family comes up in October so they’ll be the first to use it. We also celebrated two years in Regina, which is enough to be common-law in Saskatchewan. So Jordan has to stop complaining when we move my books, since he owns half of them now!