Things I’m Loving About Being Home

Thank you so much for the support on my latest injury update! I’m a lucky girl to have so many good people rooting for me.

To be honest, I’ve been feeling a little blue lately. I think it mostly has to do with the fact that I’ve started work and the reality of my injury has really sunk in. I had a job that I loved. I legitimately loved working with clients as a personal trainer. It had its downsides like any other job, but day in and day out, I really really liked it.

The fact that I can’t do it anymore and am forced to look for other work really depresses me. People spend their lives looking for jobs they love. Here I am, having just discovered mine, and it was taken away from me just like that.

I started at the running store this week which I love too!! As far as retail goes, hanging out all day talking about running is about as good as it gets. But being in the store again yesterday made the “handicap” of my arm glaringly obvious. Little things like handing customers receipts or untying a pair of running shoes are more of a struggle. Sometimes I forget and move my arm or wrist the wrong way, igniting a surge of pain.

Anyways, this is not intended to be a depressing post. My mom sent me an e-mail this morning reminding me to stay positive. All that positive energy is crucial to my healing!

So I’m doing one of my favourite kind of posts. A list of things I am loving right now. Except, it’s not about just anything. People keep asking me how I like being home. It certainly is different and taking some adjusting, but overall I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else right now. So here is a list of things I am loving about being back home:

1. Sunsets

I never realized it, but I couldn’t see the horizon in Toronto because of the tall buildings. Almost every night here in Moncton the sky lights up a beautiful pink colour. Because I can see the horizon here I can see those colours intensify as the sun ducks underneath. I appreciate it so much more now!

 
Pointe-du-Chêne sunset, just 15 min from where I live.

2. Fresh air

When I first got to Ontario, I had a hard time running. It felt like I could never catch my breath. I blamed it on other factors, but turns out my lungs were having a hard time taking in the polluted air! I’m sure Toronto has many great running trails, but because of the air quality there, I could never truly enjoy them. Here at home I can breathe. Deep, clean, fresh breaths. It makes running so much more enjoyable.

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Centennial Park, Moncton.

3. Open spaces

Walking around King & Bay in the shadows of skyscrapers, fighting my way through the crowds at Yonge & Eglinton at lunch time, or Yonge Station at rush hour. There were times when I felt like I was being suffocated in Toronto. But Moncton has no skyscrapers. There is always sidewalk space to walk downtown at lunchtime. I never feel claustrophobic here. It’s just me and wide open space.

4. Wildlife

There’s more than just mice, pigeons, squirrels and seagulls here. Ducks, geese, pheasants, deer, moose, beavers, foxes, etc. In fact, I saw a mallard duck on my neighbours lawn just the other day! Speaking of which…

5. Yards

People have them here! And they don’t pay that much for them! Front yards and backyards. Not the two square metres they have close to downtown Toronto. But real yards you need a lawn mower for. A yard you could put a pool in. A yard for a dog to run around in!

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My backyard at my dad’s house.

6. Trees and grass

You know, trees and grass aren’t really something I considered missing until I lived in a place without them. Mind you, there are beautiful areas of Toronto with trees and green spaces. My area however was not one of them. It was more along the lines of concrete and brick as far as the eye could see. I like green, and leaves, and bark, and dewy blades of grass.

7. Eye contact

This is something I’m still having to get used to again – people here look one another in the eye when they pass on the street! A lot of the time they even smile or say “hi!” Imagine! Humans… interacting with one another.

With that in mind…

8. Everyone on the bus knows each other

True story. Today, while on the bus, there were two people chatting with the bus driver like they were old friends. We drove past a house with an old man standing outside. The bus driver stops to say hi to this man. Then one of the women on the bus yells out that she wants the old man’s banana bread recipe. The driver then yells this out the door to the old man, and the whole bus proceeds to laugh. It was such a strange exchange to see!

I’ve been taking the bus for a few days now and it amazes me how all the regulars know each other, are nice to each other, and chat like old friends. One of the things I disliked the most about Toronto was how a people could cram in together on a subway car and not even make eye contact, let alone small talk. It was kind of inhuman. I don’t always feel chatty while on public transit, but it’s nice to know I won’t get told off for asking someone a question.

9. This face

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I know Archie is 14 years old now, but I don’t everever want him to leave me. Ever. The end.

10. Family

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Duh! Watching Survivor with my Dad, going to my mom’s for supper, or walking to my Nana’s after work. Being able to do these things, after years of living apart, is something I’ll never take for granted. In case you haven’t noticed, my family is pretty close and we all get along well. They’re the most important people in my life!

Shout out of course to my friends in Moncton too. Y’all know who you are :)

The only thing I don’t like about living at home? I need to drive!! I live in suburbia where a car is required to escape. I just got the okay from my surgeon to drive again, but I still have to wait to get my old Ford Focus put under my name and insured again. It’s only going to be 10 more days or so. But 10 more days of having to rely on others when I’m so used to being self sufficient is going to kiiiilllll me. Ah well! At least I have 10 other wonderful things to be thankful for :) Gotta keep positive to heal that arm!

Question of the Day: What’s one thing you love about where you live?

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Posted on April 20, 2011, in Fun. Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. Glad your enjoying being home! I wish my town was more personal and interactive. Nobody makes eye-contact or says “Hi” when they walk by. :/

  2. Ahhh that puppy face is soooo cute! <3

    I like being in suburbs/country more than I do a city for most of those reasons – especially the clean air! I can def tell the difference just from running during rush hour vs running on an early Sunday morning.

  3. Your dad’s backyard looks like the most amazing backyard ever! Lightly forested areas without a lot of underbrush are kind of a weird thing that I really enjoy for some reason.

    The backyard at my mom’s is just a big field with tall grass and rusted/broken century-old farm equipment strewn about. Hazardously boring.

    • Your mom’s backyard sounds like the one at my cottage! I will have to take pictures next time I’m there… It’s a giant field with a century old rusted tractor in it, and I believe a fridge from the 1950’s.

  4. I love living just blocks from the beach. It’s easier to get caught up in what you DON’T love about a place, but for me all of those thoughts dissolve when I look at the ocean. I think I could never live in the middle of the country (although I do absolutely love the desert)!

  5. So glad you are enjoying your job! Probably feels good to get back at something after your injury.

    I really love the fall season around here. It is just beautiful. Plus our venerable Adirondack Mountains.

  6. I love the fact that living in Montreal means that i hear two languages in the same sentence almost every day :)

    Glad you’re finding some positives- I know this is hard for you and I’m happy to see you can find joy in the little things.

  7. The people are super friendly here! And I love that it’s a big city, but not SO big–I can go out on a Saturday night to an awesome restaurant without a reservation, park for free nearby, and enjoy some awesome local jazz or art or whatever…and it doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg like it would in New York or LA.

  8. I think I could get used to that sunset! Hmm – I love that it seems our town is protected and in a bubble from the economy crisis going on in the US. And I love the size of the city where I live. 100,000 is a good amount for me :)

  9. Oh thats easy. Apart from my family, now including my nan and pa, having all my mates within 2-10 minutes oh and 2 of them 30min is the best. I know it’s strange but I enjoy spending more time with my mates then with my family, come the weekends my core group of friends are in each others pockets from Fri till Sunday.

    Ohhhh and this weekend in Oz, thanks to our Easter & ANZAC Day (celebration of Aust & NZ soldiers in WWI) we get a 5 day weekend woohooo. Off to the races on Saturday, time to bet on some horse and chase some fillies ;)

    Happy Easter everyone.

  10. I like how there is a trail that runs throughout my city and along the river, but the downside is I’m too scared to go near there for fear of black bears! I’ve never seen one before but I wish they would just stay up in the mountains and let me be free! haha. By the way I don’t think your posts about your arm are dull, I think your attitude is inspiring and makes me realize how lucky I am to have full use of my arms, and other body parts, it seems silly but it’s definitely something most people take for granted!

  11. During the week I live in a city (in a student dorm), so during the last few years I’ve come to appreciate my hometown even more. Besides my home (with my family, dog, food and my own bed), I miss the nature, fresh air and everyone knowing&greeting each other (although it can have its disadvantages such as gossip, heh). It sounds a lot like your hometown, actually!

  12. greensandjeans

    I love the fact that I live in a city but it is still so peaceful at night and in the mornings. I love that people sit outside and that there are coffee shops and cafes everywhere. I love that even the tiniest restaurant has delicious food. I love that I can walk and ride my bike almost anywhere I want to go… Okay, I have a huge crush on Philadelphia.

  13. I like that my town has very little traffic, is near lots of parks, hiking trails, and other outdoorsy stuff, is less than a day’s drive to lots of fun cities or the beach, and that a lot of my family and friends are nearby! :)

  14. So glad you are enjoying being home. I love NS for all the same reasons, I’d never be a city girl.

  15. I LOVE your things I LOVE list ~ where you live now is absolutely beautiful! I am glad you are focusing on the positive – stay strong.

    XOXO,

    Danica

  16. Good for you for staying positive! That first picture of the sunset is stunning. :)

  17. I love the sunset picture, gorgeous!!!! Sometimes we all need a reminder about the little {good} things in life ;)

    xoxo

  18. there is nothing like home. truly, truly.

    it is so funny how much nature, fresh air and the outdoors means when you live in a city. madison has a nice balance of both, but when i go home to my parents house, who live in a much more rural place, the serenity, peaceful ness and beauty of wide open spaces just makes me happy.

    love ya lady!!

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