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Aujourd’hui c’est Halloween.

Traditionellement les gens sortaient dans les rues en faisant du vacarme, déguisés en monstres pour faire peur aux esprits des morts venus faire un tour par ici pour posséder quelqu’un…

En parlant avec une élève hier, elle m’a clairement avoué qu’à l’école elle ira en princesse, puis le soir elle se changera en monstre. “Ha tiens, mais pourquoi tu restes pas avec le même déguisement toute la journée?”, parce-qu’à l’école il faut “rester convenable” (c’est bien un commentaire de fille ça, je suis sûre que les garçons n’y iront pas de main morte! hi hi)

Ne croyez pas que c’est devenu un évènement “seulement pour les enfants”, je me souviens avoir vu quelques adultes déguisés (à Montréal en tout cas). Les gens osent plus en Amérique, je trouve, on ne verrait pas ça en Europe.

Nous ne nous déguiserons pas, mais nous irons souper chez des amis ce soir. Ils donneront des bonbons aux enfants qui sonneront à leur porte et crieront: “treak or teats!”.

Last weekend I accompanied D’s choir to a concert in Dashwood, Ontario, which is a village in the middle of nowhere the countryside, about 4 hours drive from here.

When darling had told me, a month ago, that there would be an outing and “would I like to go?” I’d said yes, because I generally don’t want to be left alone on a weekend, and because I never refuse an excuse to see a new place. Anyhow, last week was a shitty week (D got his bike stolen) and once Saturday came along, I would have rather stayed in bed… But I’d said I would go, so I went, and I’m glad I did.

I’m not a big fan of long drives, but the van that was rented by the seminary was quite comfy. D and I were in the back making noises each time we passed cars (OK, I was the one making noises and crashing on one side or another like a wave!) 😉

Along fields and fields…

We arrived just in time for supper all the village in the “event hall” where all the village was going to hear the guys sing (it’s a men choir). The food was excellent: scalloped potatoes, mashed turnip, ham, and other things I can’t remember, and pie for dessert (a choice of blueberry, apples, pumpkin, lemon, or raisin). Mmmh.

Then it was turn for the guys to sing.

Singing after eating is generally hard because of the food that takes so much space in the stomach, it’s hard to breath deep. Add to it 4-5 hours of traveling, no warm up, and an out-of-tune piano… The result was, shall we say, far from perfect.

Oh well, they did much better the day after during the service at church.

By the end of the evening, we still didn’t know what was our sleeping arrangements. I was the only wife that had come to accompany her husband.

Morning view of the lake Huron.

What a pleasant surprise when the pastor came to tell us that his secretary was lending her cottage which was by the lake! There was room for a couple and 3 guys. So we went with friends… After getting there we had a walk on the beach, where we had fun stargazing. In the morning we did it again, darling and I. Peace and quiet.

After having sent an email to the boss -a couple of weeks ago- and not hearing back from him, I was afraid that I was hoping in vain… I asked for a month off from work which is a lot in North American standards, but it’s very little time when you’ve never met your in-laws (after 5 years of marriage) or when you haven’t seen your parents for 8 years (in hubby’s case). Plus, the plane tickets are expensive.

BUT

today he (the boss)/ they (the others) said YES!!!

So this weekend I will buy our plane tickets, destination: Brazil!

One month to visit my in-laws, eat tropical fruits, speak Portuguese, drink Guaraná, change my eyeglasses (cheaper!), pull out my wisdom teeth (ouch!), and … maybe… spend a couple of days at the Iguaçu Falls.

Something tells me you’ll hear a lot about the preparations in the many months to come! 😉


De todo un poco

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