I heard, around the time of my 35th birthday, that she and her husband had separated. Since then I've tried without much success to get back in touch. I feared, for the longest time, that she had moved to a different part of the province. Before Christmas this year I decided to try calling everyone listed with her maiden name and first initial in the Ottawa area. No luck there.
I took a blind shot last week and tried an address that I thought would reach her at the last place I knew she worked, in what I thought was the right format they used for addresses. I got an out of office reply that she would be back today, but most exciting is that it was from a matching name! I'd been anxious all last week, wondering if I had the right person, and how she would react when she got my message.
As soon as she got in the office this morning (she had been on a week's vacation) she read my mail and replied. We chatted through email a bit during the day, and she called this evening. We yakked for well over an hour (and anyone who knows me knows how much I hate talking on the phone.) We're going to try to get together this weekend or next, and I can't wait! It turns out she was missing us as much I as I was missing her and we still have a tonne to catch up.