Monday, December 15, 2008

Going home for Christmas!!!!

I just found out a few days ago that I am going back to Canada for Christmas! When my friend Camelia found out my brother and family were not coming here to Mexico for Christmas, she started canvassing my friends and family to try and collect money to purchase my ticket home. As a result, a significant chunk of my plane ticket has been covered. What an amazing Christmas present! I am so touched....words cannot express what this means to me. So, a BIG thanks to Camelia and everyone who contributed to my plane ticket. I have the best, most thoughtful friends in the world!

I am so excited to see everyone and visit the mountains. Here is a shot from Sulphur Mountain in Banff

I am a little nervous though as the temperature in Calgary right now is -24 degrees Celcius. It is going to be a huge shock to my system after spending almost 5 months here in Mexico. For Calgary, this temperature is very cold and they only get extreme temperatures like this one or two weeks of the winter. And it looks like it is there to stay for a while. So, it would appear that I am heading back to the coldest temperatures of the winter!!!! But, my girlfiends are going to lend me sweaters and boots and I have my winter coats, scarves, mitts, etc packed in a box there that I can use.

I will be staying at my old house - the one I sold to my good friend Lenise. Oh, and I am very excited to build a fire in the fireplace.

Here in Manzanillo, it does not feel like Christmas to me. There are lots of Christmas decorations and things in the malls, but it is a disconnect for me because of the warm weather, I think. I know once I step off that plane in Calgary and see all the snow and Christmas lights, it will feel like Christmas very quickly!

And I will not be able to make snow angels like this here in Mexico!


Steve Cotton said...

Good news, indeed. What great friends. Professor Jiggs says to say hello to Bobo for him. Jiggs loves our sampling of snow. I cannot imagine how he would react to Real Winter.

Anonymous said...

Thats absolutely wonderful news..I am so happy for you.

BoBo's Mom said...

Just so you know....with windchill it's more like -35 degrees. I'm glad you booked the ticket before you checked the forecast!! :P

New Beginnings said...

Thanks everyone! Yes, I will feel incredibly blessed to have such wonderful friends.

Looking forward to seeing Bobo and Miko - they can keep me warm!!!!!!!!

bmct said...

Hi from The Philippines; where it's 30 degrees,sunny; and the only thing cold is the beer and Magnolia ice cream. Matthew is doing the reverse; leaving U of C on friday and coming to join his Mom and I in beautiful Subic Bay. For a Vancouver boy, the weather in beautiful Calgary; where everything is cold except for the hospitality of the people; has been a real eye opener. Your blog followers are all happy for you! Merry Christmas. Ben

New Beginnings said...

Ben - Merry Christmas to you and yours this holiday season. I am sure Matthew will welcome the lovely tropical weather in The Philippines with open arms. Enjoy!