Thursday, November 21, 2013

Nearly 3 months later...

Why hello. Sorry I have been MIA. We knew this would happen didn't we? But I've come back... I always come back ;-)

So, many things have happened since my last post. Now, we are proud owners of a brand spanking new home! I am working 2 jobs (as of this week). My brother has moved in with us. And Christmas, is well, it's coming and coming FAST!

I'm not entirely sure how much time I have right now to write, but I promise to be back with more details about the house... and to chat about Christmas. I absolutely LOVE Christmas. I am a kid in a Candy Store every year. I am surprised that years of working retail have not changed this fact, but I still love Christmas. I have been working on presents since about August, maybe July. Since before the move happened, that's for sure. Yes, we moved Christmas presents.... twice.

Anyway, We are still in love with this house. It's hard to believe that it's ours, it's all ours! And as I mentioned, a lot has happened bringing us up to today! How have you been? Anything exciting happening?

I'll be back. But no, for realz, I will be back soon!


Monday, September 9, 2013

House Hunting

WOW! House Hunting is fun, exciting and exhausting! It's hard to remove other people's furniture when you are looking at houses... It's hard to envision your stuff in their space.... It's even hard to see what your life could be like, in that particular house!

We have been to look at 6 houses... out of those, we really like 2 maybe 3... But we don't like the same ones (of course, right?). Boyfriend likes 1 and I like another... for different reasons.

This is our Must Have list for our new house:

  • At least 3 bedrooms
  • At least 2 bathrooms
  • Garage
  • Air Conditioning
  • Outdoor/green space 
  • Ideally a deck outside
  • Close to a bus stop
Doesn't sound that bad, right? We have found quite a few that fit the bill!
Have you purchased your first home? Do you have any tips?

Think of me during this exciting yet scary time!

Do we all go back to our roots???

Some say you can never go home.
Maybe it's because you are not the same person when you once lived there... maybe it's because 'home' changes when you leave, thus the home you know is no longer.

We have moved back home. Yes, both my boyfriend and myself are living in my parents basement. AHHHH!

OK let's rewind to the end of July, that is when everything started to change.

We found out in July that boyfriend was getting a transfer to Kingston (my hometown)... We were excited and scared. This has been the goal that we have been working towards for the last 3 years. We asked my parents if we could crash in their basement for a few months before we found a place. At the time, we were going to save up for first and last to rent for another year before we looked into buying a house in Kingston. My parents said yes we could crash but then we started thinking... WHY RENT?!?!?! Why give thousands of dollars to someone else, when we could be putting that money into our own home.

Anxious with the thought of potentially buying a home... we went away on our trip to Newfoundland! This trip was supposed to be exciting, a wedding, hopefully getting out on boat in the ocean.... enjoying a newfoundland summer. But then, we ALL got sick. Boyfriend was sick for 4 of the 8 days we were home with his family. (boooo how sad!)

The day we left to come home, my throat was a little scratchy.... but little did I know, that I would be hit with the worst virus I'd had in a while... Strep Throat. BUT I think I also still had the newfie virus because I also couldn't keep food down.... nor could I sleep.... My days that were supposed to be filled with packing and visiting with Ottawa friends, were now filled basically with showering in hot showers, eating popsicles and crying on the couch (I turn into the biggest baby when I'm sick!)... How were we supposed to move when I was sick?

That is where my mom comes to the rescue and saves the move! We could not have moved if it were not for her. She came to Ottawa and packed my apartment (she must have packed for nearly 12 hours... STRAIGHT... in 35+C Degree weather!)

The move itself was so terrible, I won't even write about it... but that lands us now in Kingston.

Boyfriend had booked his vacation to allow time for the move, so we relaxed in Kingston (and at the cottage) before he started his  job....  This past weekend we went House Hunting & I haven't been more excited about ... well... anything! ahhhhh!

OK, I vow to write more... I'd like to use this blog to remember all of this crazy process!


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Inspirational Morning

Do you ever just wake up and feel inspired? Like the world is your oyster and you can accomplish anything?

That is how I feel today!

This feeling is kind of a double edged sword. It either means that I will have fun accomplishing anything I want today, OR it means that I will accomplish little bits of, well, nothing.

I think I have mapped out a pretty good game plan... It involves coffee, cheesy reality tv shows, painting my nails and then go from there. Sounds great right?

What are you doing this beautiful Wednesday? Are you inspired to be great today?

Lets go be great!

Saturday, June 1, 2013


Currently I am

watching...Texas Chainsaw Massacre... The new one. It's a lazy rainy day and I decided to be Brave and watch a scary movie! I will let you know how well this works out! But I am anxiously awaiting the new season of Big Brother! and the new show Under the Dome! Sometimes I just love summertime television.

listening to... country! I have gotten a lot of my friends and family into Country lately! I loooooove that they are starting to like it!

thinking, volunteering, our upcoming trip to Niagara Falls for Todd's Ride.... our trip later in the summer to Newfoundland... and how getting a job now it will probably be rather difficult to get over 2 weeks off to road trip with my boyfriend to his home....when we do go back home, how many presents I'd like to have made (crocheted) before we go! Lots of things are on my mind right now.

trying to figure out... working...crochet patterns....the best way to circulate air in this 2nd floor apartment so we don't boil at night this summer!

looking forward to spending some time with my parents this weekend; seeing a childhood friend whom I haven't seen since her wedding 6 years ago; seeing boyfriend cross the finish line after his 200 km ride to conquer cancer; spending a night in a hotel and doing wine tours! I am looking forward to many things this summer! :)

reading... The Friday Night Knitting Club and Game of Thrones book 1.... :-) I am excited to move onto some new books though!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

unemployed and anxious!

So, I may have quit my job almost 2 months ago (I believe tomorrow will be my 2 month anniversary of being a stay at home bum) and I couldn't be more anxious about it.
I quit my part time retail job for reasons that I will not get into, but it was not a place for me to thrive or grow personally or professionally. Since then, I have applied to numerous jobs... however I haven't gotten a nibble. Job hunting is so much harder now than it was when I was younger. I think I'm finding it harder for a few reasons.
1) I'm applying to jobs that will pay the bills, not help me find my bliss
2) I have no idea how long I'm going to be living in this city & it makes it a bit harder to want to commit and give my all to a job
3) ONLINE APPLICATIONS. OK, I know this is how it's done now a days, and believe me... I 100% get it, however applying to an insane amount of a jobs and not even getting a courtesy email back letting me know they have gone in a different direction is discouraging! (I can understand why they don't send out these emails, as they probably get hundreds if not thousands of applications but really, it kind of hurts my feelings to be continuously ignored!

Since I have been home, I have gotten to do a lot of things I didn't think I'd have time to do (or ever get time off to do!): I have spent all the holidays with my family, which I loooooooooooooove getting to see them more; I traveled back to see friends for my 30th birthday; I've almost completed my scrapbook from my trip to Newfoundland over Christmas; We drove to Labrador City (OK, if you don't know where that it, you should look it up... 8 hours on a twisty, curvy dirt road... WHAAAT!?!?!); I have spring cleaned the heck outta this place; I am holding my first ever garage sale on Saturday (with all proceeds going to my boyfriend's Ride to Conquer Cancer in less than 3 weeks)... it has been good... but now I am getting anxious.

Anxiety hits at the worst times, right? Like when you lay down in bed... or jump in a bubble bath or hot shower... Our lives here are still in turmoil... so we don't know when my boyfriend's contract is going to be up... could be in 2 months, could be a year.... depends on when they get the work done (and I guess that changes like every day!)

I have been looking into Volunteer opportunities to try to get out of the house, but alas just like with job applications - you don't hear anything back!

Have you been unemployed? How have you handled the slump? Any encouraging thoughts are welcome!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Back and ready to Attack


In the last few weeks, I have done a lot of thinking about where I will be headed... (I guess that happens when you are nearing 30!) and I have decided that I need to blog again. There will be more posts, and with some hopefully fun content. I hope that any readers I had before will enjoy new content, and I know that I am excited to write again.