Un Cafe avec Julie

This morning, I met my friend Julie for coffee!

at william's coffee!

[How’s THIS for up-to-the-minute blog posting? And so spontaneous of me, too!]

I wore my skirt!

i could use a few more summery tops to mix n match with!

Kate and William weren’t the only special people who arrived in Canada on Canada Day – Julie and her two sons flew in on July 1st, too! (Hubbie, Craig, will follow this weekend). I almost wrote that Julie “flew home,” but considering Julie and her family have lived in France for 8.5 years, that country really is their home, now.

Je pensais si je devrais écrire toute cette pièce en français, aujourd’hui, parce que j’ai rencontré Julie à l’université de Waterloo pendant notre première année de l’école, là. (Ok, I’ll stop there. My french is rusty and I don’t want to embarrass myself. Plus, inserting all those accents is driving me nuts).

I ♥ having Julie as a friend because out of all my friends from over the years, I’d say Julie and I have the most in common and are the most alike:

  • both our moms are retired kindergarten teachers with the Waterloo public school board
  • both of our dads worked for insurance companies in Waterloo
  • Julie and I are both the eldest in our families (except I have The Brother, and Julie has two younger siblings; AND The Brother and I both have names that start with “C;” Julie and her sisters all have names that begin with “J”)
  • we’re both Type A personalities, are very organized, outgoing and personable
  • Julie’s birthday is January 3rd, and mine is January 9th – > born in the same year, too!
  • we both love to run (Julie has access to the coolest race events over in France. For example, she recently completed the Tour de Canton held in Geneva)
  • we both took piano lessons as youngsters
  • after graduation, we both landed French teaching positions at private schools
  • our wedding days were only three weeks apart, back in 1995!

As I was saying, above (in case that was all greek to you), Julie and I met at the University of Waterloo during our first year of studies in the French Teaching Specialization. We were friends for the entire five years of our program. It is no exaggeration to say that Julie’s friendship and support helped me get through our four months of teacher’s college at Brock University in our fifth year (a “life chapter” to talk about another day). We did our practice teaching in the same high school during that time. Fond memory: our routine was to head to the St Catharines YMCA for a workout after teaching concluded for the day, then we’d head home to our respective on-campus townhouses.

We figured out it’s been about four years since we last visited in person. Man, you would never guess it! Our conversation gushed forth at hyper-speed for our coffee visit!

you guessed it - self-portrait!

Like Gina, I so appreciate that Julie prioritized getting together today. Julie, it was sooo awesome to visit in person! Enjoy the rest of your Canadian vacation!

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Yesterday was a day. Pretty much the antithesis of July’s goal to R E L A X. I realized early on, that a visit to Toronto was just not going to fit in. That meant that I was home last eve…so guess what I watched??! … Yes! The Top Chef Canada finale!! *spoiler alert!* I was on pins and needles as the three final contestants (you’ll remember that would be Connie, Dale and Rob) stood before the judges. In third place…Connie! [I was 99% sure they wouldn’t pick the female to win]. That left my two guys!…

the tension was high...

In the end, Dale emerged victorious, with Rob as a solid second place finisher. Man, I wish I had bet money on this contest!

Top Chef Just Desserts begins Monday, July 11 – it’s on my calendar!

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Would you ever consider moving to another country to live? I wonder if Julie and Craig ever anticipated that 8.5 years later, they would still be Canadian ex-pats!

I would totally move to Moab, Utah or anywhere in Florida in a heartbeat, if I could work there. As much as I love Aruba, I honestly don’t think I could live there…but it’s a great place to visit!

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  • Zo  On July 7, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    I lived in the UK and the Czech Republic for a few years, which was pretty cool. I would love to go back to Europe…or to live in Canada…but I like life in the States too (some times more than others!)

    • 1970kikiproject  On July 7, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      wouldn’t a house swap be just perfect, zo! waterloo is a pretty neat spot in terms of offering nice canadian lifestyle options! and i’d love to have your access to NYC! julie and i talked about some european/canadian differences today – i bet you could have added to that discussion with your experiences!

  • Johanna B  On July 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Heureusement, je parle français couramment. I haven’t had to use it since 1972 but I remember some. I still read fluently but my speaking is tres bad. Surprise, I taught French in a high school for two years. I also taught English to French speaking natives for one year in Paris.

    • 1970kikiproject  On July 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm

      Tres bien, johanna! I did not know that you taught or that you spoke french! I find, too, that it is easier to read or listen to than to speak…bon soir!

  • Lisa  On July 7, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    How great that you had a chance to catch up with a friend! So many things in common between you two!

    I would live in another country if I could bring along my family. I think when I was younger I would have just gone if I was interested in it…I moved to boston alone, and that was kind of like another country to me then 🙂

    If I move anywhere far away, it will definitely be to a place that has sunshine and warm/hot weather for the whole year!

    • 1970kikiproject  On July 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm

      haha, let me know if you ever need a house-mate, lisa! sunshine+hot weather – yup, sounds good! i like your point that boston “was like another country” – yes, there are certainly differences between cities and regions, even within our own countries!

  • thehealthyapron  On July 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Aww I’m so glad you have a friend llike Julie! I have a friend similar to Julie and we have SO much in common…makes it easy to be friends!

    • 1970kikiproject  On July 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      it’s great to have a diverse set of friends, but i think everyone should have a “twin friend” in the mix! glad you have that type of friendship, too, erin!

  • Anonymous  On July 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Bravo Cathy!! Ton niveau de français n’a pas diminué après toutes ces années. Mais….oui, it is easier, so much easier en anglais!!! I enjoyed today so much and hope we can do it again next time I visit.
    Holly — living in another country can be hard — the hardest is being away from family. However, we have great visits to Canada and great visitors. The pluses of where we live are a better climate, better travel opportunities and my kids are bilingual. My son is starting Gr. 6 this year and will be learning his third language. My husband also no longer commutes three hours a day and can thus spend more time with us. Missing family is hard and our parents are also getting older with more health worries. So there are pluses and minuses.
    Thanks again Cathy!!

  • Dorry  On July 7, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Such fun to have a long-time friend who you have so much in common with! I love that you wore your purple skirt. 🙂 Billy and I lived in Belize for a little while, and we actually have some plans to move to another country next spring! I haven’t talked about it on the blog yet, but maybe I will soon… 🙂

    • 1970kikiproject  On July 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      wow, dorry! i am so excited for you. i love how you and billy prioritize travel and experiencing new cultures over accumulating material possessions (as you discussed today on your blog). thanks for sharing your travel hopes with us!

  • Holly  On July 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I don’t think I could ever live in another country — it takes me so long to become comfortable in a new place — knowing where things are, meeting new people, etc. Plus I think I’d miss my family way too much.

    You two have so much in common and I love that you have stayed close.

    • 1970kikiproject  On July 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      i was thinking that, too, holly – it would be very hard to leave family behind!!!

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