A weekend trip to Chicago, a moonday, and departing wife and kids, contrived to make this a light week on the mat – just 4 practices since Sunday.
Last Friday at 6:45 we – me, wife and our two girls got into the car and headed southwest for Chicago. My wife’s cousin married last April – we couldn’t make the Cancun beach wedding (alas), but the wedding reception at the Chicago Planeterium was a fine consolation on a crisp evening on the shore of Lake Michigan. I adore Chicago; it’s one of those cities that, while not quite as dear to me as London and Toronto, I know quite well and have an affinity for (Tokyo, Vadodara, and Ottawa being the others).
I managed a practice on Saturday down there but either side of that, I was a 10-hour drive that made a practice, er, impractical….and then Monday I was just too plain knackered from all that travelling and partying.
Two days later, I was dropping my family off at YYZ. My wife and daughters are now in London – my wife being on a year of maternity leave and the eldest of our girls going into grade 1 next year, this was the ideal opportunity for them all to spend real time with my wife’s family in London. They’re gone for two months(!). It’s so quiet without them. I knew I’d miss them, but I couldn’t say no and did not want to. Besides, it gives me a chance to work on a few project at home and focus on my career for a key couple of weeks. And what wonderful sleep I’m getting!
Yesterday, after a bit of a late morning, I snuck in a evening practice before the moonday – November was the last time I practiced in the PM. It’s just so extraordinary how much more extension you get. What a practice. What backbends! How have I come to be able to do those so well so suddenly?