What a summer it's been! The final installment of "Four Trips in Four Months" saw Trudy and I travel to London, Ontario for a week. We flew to Detroit, grabbed a rental car, and drove up to London.
|On the plane (left); heading to Canada (right)|
This trip had a few purposes: 1) to attend a conference at UWO; 2) to see my dear friend Alison get married; and 3) to visit with family and friends.
The conference was a graduate student gathering at UWO entitled WUGSOM (Western University Graduate Symposium on Music.) I gave my paper on the first day of the conference.
Looking back on things now, I am really happy with how everything went! It's been a while since I got up in front of a group of people and did anything. It was great to see that I could still do it! This marked the first time I did any kind of public talk about my dissertation. It felt great to talk about the project I'd been working on for so many months now.
|The title slide of my presentation.|
How fitting that my presentation would be centered on a travel theme...
It did me good to be back at UWO. I must say, though, it was surreal to be walking around campus with a BABY in tow. I couldn't help but think back to THIRTEEN YEARS ago when I first stepped foot on campus to begin my undergraduate degree.
|Such a beautiful place.|
I pointed out to Trudy some important spots -- where Mommy and Daddy first started dating (our beloved Sunset Street houses) and where we got married (in Medway Hall.) Again, totally surreal but awesome. It's amazing how powerful place is... and Western holds some of the most powerful and important memories in my life so far. I felt really grateful to be able to share that with Trudy.
On Saturday I saw my beloved friend Alison get married.
|Beautiful family! Congrats, you three!|
The ceremony was at her home, in the backyard. My god, she was a STUNNING bride. I was so thankful to have been able to join her for such a magical and memorable event.
Trudy and I were able to do a lot of visiting with family and friends on this trip! Highlights include Trudy having a chance to hang out again with her cousin Zoe and a trip to Brantford to see Trudy's buddy Noah and meet little Miles.
|Zoe and Trudy read a book (left); Noah, Trudy, and Miles tinkle the ivories (right)|
The Brantford trip was really special to me. I call Noah, Trudy, and Miles "The 19th Club." They were all born on the 19th of months in close succession in 2013. Noah was May 19, Miles was July 19, and Trudy was August 19. I count their Mamas among my favorite ladies (not to mention their Dads are pretty cool, too). These folks are very special to me since we were all pregnant together for the first time.
Trudy also got a lot of snuggles from her Amma and Bopa. They (and Bryn's sister, Joellen) helped me out tremendously while I was at the conference - many thanks!
|Trudy loves her Amma!|
Before I knew it, we were back in the car, headed for Detroit.
|Windsor/Detroit border, heading back into the US.|
We stayed overnight near the airport and flew out early the next morning. The flight back was amazing. The plane was 30% full, so we had an entire ROW of seats to ourselves! I brought on Trudy's car seat and we had lots of space to spread out.
|Baby on board!|
This flight marked Trudy's 20th plane right in her short little life! What a frequent flyer. Other than Trudy developing a wicked case of diarrhea and a bit of a cold, we had a wonderful trip.
Four trips in four months. Done.
I think we're going to stay put now for a little while!