The Pancake Chronicles

The Pancake Chronicles: in a (long) nutshell - second installment

The Pancake Chronicles

Monday, January 08, 2007

in a (long) nutshell - second installment

One week before I left for Calgary, on Christmas Eve to be exact, I was hit by a slowly sliding van. I was okay. Everyone was okay. But the really dumb part of it all was that I had left the house to pick up a blouse at the dry cleaner's so that I could wear it for the Christmas Eve service that night and then decided I didn't want to wear it after all so, in essence, I drove into town to be hit. But! Because it wasn't my fault I didn't have to pay anything and ICBC gave me a van until my car was fixed so my whole family was able to come with me when I moved to Calgary along with all my stuff. A weird blessing. :)
Calgary was great. I have to admit I never fell in love with the city not being a real city girl but as far as cities go Calgary was great ... like I said. I had a super duper roommate (hi Cheryl Bean!) and I was very shmeeblewhipful for our beaknibletship. 'Twas the best environment ever at the church I worked at. The staff was alot of fun made the job a wonderful experience. Preston Manning who was then leader of Canada's Reform Party attended that church and Miss Canada went there and all sorts of well-to-do and well known types were there. On the other extreme were street people coming in for help. I had fun and enjoyed speaking with the gamut.
Friends of mine from Capernwray lived one block away from the church and we immediately got in touch when I came into town. It was so nice to have them near since I was very much alone. We quickly became even closer than our friendship had been in the past and I was over at their house alot. Oh man ... where do I even begin? There's so much to say but ... urg. I will try to edit somewhat. Egads! Since I'd broken up with Boy from Capernwray I'd not dated for five years and there was a lot of healing that needed to happen in my heart. I finally realised this and asked God to help me because I felt that my heart needed a good thawing. He definitely answered this prayer. I think it was the first or second month (whilst I was sort of seeing someone) that I saw Mark again. Wait! Did you see that coming? I already knew Mark. He went to Capernwray one of the years that I'd been there. I didn't know him very well. I always thought of him as being in the "cool" group. Not that they acted cool - they just were. And I was still at the age where I thought in the categories of cool and uncool. He was into sports and hung out with a different circle of friends than I did although Cape was small enough that we were kinda friends with everyone. We got to know each other a little at the end of my 1st/beginning of my 2nd year. I don't remember much of that time except that we laughed alot and talked easily and I was sorry to see him go. I think we wrote once to each other and that was that. Out of sight and out of mind. Yes, I'm a heartless girl.
Anyhoo my Calgary Cape friends - I'll call them C&S - had kept up their friendship with Mark and whenever Mark was in town he'd hang out at their place. They weren't trying to set us up, they just told me Mark was with them and would I want to come over? For sure! Mark remembers that I didn't say hi to him when I first walked into C&S's apartment - I have a weird shy girl/outgoing girl thing in me and I never really know which one will come out. He apparently noticed me though. ;) Despite my snobbery we did end up talking ... and talking and talking and talking. In fact C&S went to bed and Mark and I talked until about 4 in the morning! At that time Mark was training for a job in the North and his family lived in Alberta so he often came back to see them and his friends during that time. Apparently Mark started thinking about me then but I pretty much just thought that was cool talking with him. (Hmmm ... how do I tell you all of this IN A NUTSHELL?) I will say that I did like looking at him and that I found him to be fun and smart.
And because this is dang long enough I feel I shall say ...
... to be continued ....

Photo 1 - Fish Creek Park in Calgary -1999
Photo 2 - me being a cheesy secretary - 1999
Photo 3 - my only photo of Mark from Cape Days - 1993
Photo 4 - me at Cape my first year - 1992


Blogger Sonya said...

Ooohhh...this is gettin' good! ;)

I really like Calgary too. We've visited there quite a number of times and have found it to be a really nice city.

8 January 2007 at 16:33  
Blogger Koala Bear said...

I enjoyed reading this second installment and learning more about your past. Mark looks so young in that photo, and so do you!
Looking forward to part 3....

8 January 2007 at 19:04  
Blogger Rachel said...

This is getting hot and steamy! Oh...I meant sweet and dreamy. Sorry 'bout that.

8 January 2007 at 22:04  
Blogger villagegirl said...

Hey! I never had my speakers on before. That's so cool that you can have a song with your comments!
Love the pics. Can't wait to hear some more!

9 January 2007 at 22:57  
Blogger Dickie Chick said...

I love reading about all of this. Great story girl!

Ok, I have my speakers on but don't hear any music! How does that work? Something wrong with my computer?

10 January 2007 at 07:46  
Blogger Scrapnqueen said...

I'll be waiting... :-)

10 January 2007 at 14:45  
Blogger Betsy77 said...

me too :)

10 January 2007 at 15:57  
Blogger Colleen said...

Hey Shari! I'm not sure why it's not playing on your computer unless it's through a program or download that your computer doesn't have. But I'm not sure about that either. Poo.

11 January 2007 at 08:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Colleen. C here of C&S. I remember that night and I remember asking S if she thought that the two of you would get together. We miss you guys - a lot! Call us anytime, eh.


11 January 2007 at 11:21  
Blogger Colleen said...

C! Right on. So I'm curious ... what did S say? Hmmm, maybe don't tell me. And ditto re: the "miss you guys" thing. RUE! Were that where we are was closer to where you are. If that were so 'twould rock.

C also.

12 January 2007 at 22:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

C here. When are you guys coming down next?

15 January 2007 at 01:39  
Blogger Colleen said...

Good question! Mark and I were talking ... maybe April-ish. It's kind of up in the air right now but it sure feels like forever since we've been to see you.

C also.

16 January 2007 at 19:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool. You HAVE to call when you're coming down and then we HAVE to hang. I love all CAPS!!!!


26 January 2007 at 15:05  
Blogger Colleen said...


C also.

3 February 2007 at 23:34  

any questions?

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