Horoscopes for My Birthday & My 38th Year

Thank you Sally Brompton!

For the year:

The moon’s eclipse of Mars on your birthday suggests that certain relationships will be a little raw over the coming year. You will have no option but to work through what is dividing you – and a year from now you will look back and be so glad you did.

And for today:

Act in haste now and you will almost certainly regret it later. Despite what others may tell you there is no need to rush. On the contrary, you will accomplish more if you let things happen rather than try to make them happen yourself.

Year End Meme of 2013

The meme, courtesy of Sundry.

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
Being incapacitated by a migraine.  Having a CAT scan of my head. Grad school.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? 
It seems that my news years resolution last year was to buy more shoes. You would think that would be an easy resolution to keep, but the only shoes I bought for myself were replacements for worn out pairs, and some slippers. I’m obviously not doing this right.

In a total cliche move, I think this years resolution is going to have something to do with taking care of my carcass better.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Katylady had a beautiful little boy, and my co-worker had her little girl.

4. Did anyone close to you die? 
Some of AB’s family members passed away, and one of my co-workers. I wouldn’t say any of them were close to me, but they were close to people I care about.

5. What countries did you visit? 
Just Canada.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013? 
Maybe a bit more job satisfaction.

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? 
December 18th: Got a new job.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? 
Deciding to do something about my mental health, and following through.

9. What was your biggest failure? 
Not taking as good a care of my physical health as I did my mental health.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? 
My back has continued to be an issue, and I had one doozie of a bout with the flu. I also started having pretty severe migraines.

11. What was the best thing you bought? 
A new car. I did not realize how bad of shape my car was in until I started driving the new one.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
All the people of southern Alberta – and Canada. After the floods, the way they all came together was just incredible.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Congress. Rob Ford.  The Quebec premier.

14. Where did most of your money go? 

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? 
That moment after a final is done, when you’re just overrun with relief.

16. What song will always remind you of 2013? 
This is a total toss-up. Either Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive”, or Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”, or Vampire Weekend’s “Unbelievers”.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
b) thinner or fatter? Fatter.
c) richer or poorer?  Poorer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? 
I wish I could have done a better job of some of my freelance work. And used the time I had to educate myself more about career related things.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? 
I wish it were possible to sleep less.

20. How did you spend Christmas? 
Quietly at our own house. AB was sick, so I nursed him some. I finished up a puzzle, and I prepped for my trip to Canada the next day.

21. Did you fall in love in 2013? 
Not with anyone/thing new.

22. What was your favorite TV program? 

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? 
Hate is always a pointless emotion.

24. What was the best book you read? 
Either Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life or Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery? 
Probably Vampire Weekend.

26. What did you want and get? 
A new car.

27. What did you want and not get? 
To travel outside the country. Or inside even. School made it hard to travel, and I miss it, desperately.

28. What was your favorite film of this year? 
I really liked Ender’s Game.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? 
I was 37 on my last birthday. I went to my in-laws house for the day, and had a lovely time with them all.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? 
Immeasurably? I was actually pretty satisfied with this year, in the end.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013? 
Button downs. Cardigans. Big necklaces.

32. What kept you sane? 
Without a doubt, medication.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? 
The mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi.

34. What political issue stirred you the most? 
This is embarrassing to admit, but I didn’t pay much attention to politics this year. I know that means that I’m privileged not to have to worry about them, but between work, freelance, and school I didn’t have much energy left to fight battles that seemed fruitless.

35. Who did you miss? 
My family. My grandparents. My far away friends.

36. Who was the best new person you met? 
A few of my classmates have turned out to be really great. I need to work harder to make sure I keep up with them.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013. 
Look after yourself. It’s a gift to yourself, and to the people who love you.

One Year Ago Today: I’m so glad he was there for me when I needed him.


This week Ladyloo is…

This week ladyloo is…

Wearing –  Kiyonna London Car Coat. This coat is a few years old now, but living where I live there isn’t much call for getting a new winter coat every year. So I keep this one for my winter trips to Canada, and it’s a good mix of basic and fancy. I can wear it most places easily.

SmellingHoneymania Body Butter from the Body Shop. A Christmas gift from my mom, I’m putting it to good use in this dry, Canadian air.

HearingCBC Radio One. Talk radio here is so rational, thoughtful, and intelligent.

ReadingMarketing in the Age of Google. I have know Vanessa Fox online for a long time, and I’d been meaning to read her books for ages. With the new job starting next week (ack!), I thought now would be the perfect time.

Watching – Moose. I woke up this morning, and my mom asked me how I slept. “Fine. And there’s a giant moose behind your head.” Out the window we watched a moose cow and yearling chew the willow branches, and then slowly amble into the neighbors yard.

Wanting – To get caught up on Holidailies. This may end up being my worst showing in the ten years I’ve been doing this.

One Year Ago Today: Not only was the gift a surprise, but the giver was a surprise.


Sunday Drive

The plan for today was to drive out to Canmore, and have lunch. It was the perfect day for it. Sunny, blue skies, that made the mountains just pop off the horizon.

On the way we drove past a lot of areas that had been affected by the floods in June. Creek beds that I always remember being dry, are now choked with gravel and mud and boulders, and are five times as wide as they were before.

I was nervous about seeing the devastation – I can’t handle it very well any more – but a lot of work had been done since June, and the communities seemed to be getting back on their feet, if not quite back to normal.

My parents specifically wanted to go to Mountain Mercato for lunch. It’s a small cafe and European grocery. The coffee there is to-die-for. Definitely on par with Crema in Nashville. We ordered an obscene amount of food, especially considering the teeny bistro tables. First a couple of antipasto plates with pate, almonds, cured meats, pickles and mustard on bread and crackers. And then we each got a panini as well. So much food.We had to leave some on the plates or risk exploding, and I was so disappointed.

On the way back to my parent’s house we stopped at my brother’s new house. Him and his girlfriend and her little girl are a really lovely little family. My brother seems down right domesticated these days.

The weather this trip has been a roller coaster, swinging 30 degrees Celsius every day. Snow, sun, wind. Just what you’d expect from the foothills in winter. I miss it so much.


Recapping 2013: July

I kind of got silly decorating my office for Canada Day this year. I kept printing out clip art pictures of Canadian things and making a garland around my (shared) office. Fortunately, my office-mate was entertained and not annoyed.

For the 4th we went out to the county and partook of a fantastic fish fry. In the middle of a monsoon. It would not stop raining. But it didn’t really dampen spirits and AB’s great-uncle makes a mean hush puppy.

That night we went to the Space & Rocket Center to watch to the fireworks. But it didn’t stop raining. The fireworks were impressive, but it was so incredibly wet. I had dressed for the weather but neither AB nor our friends had. I don’t think we’ll be going back again next year.

Rounding out the first week of July was my birthday. I took the Friday off, and treated myself to a massage (why don’t I do that more often?). And the actual day of was spent at a shared get together at the in-laws celebrating mine and my sister-in-law’s birthdays. It was a really nice day.

I still don’t know why it bothered me so, but when Corey Monteith died I was really, really sad. He reminded me so much of my Canadian friends, and of growing up on the prairies. I still get sad when I think about him.

AB and I finished up our last summer class – economics. It was actually a really interesting class, but very, very challenging, in the good kind of way.

To celebrate the end of the class, we invited some friends over for a game of Cards Against Humanity. It was delightfully awful.

And my mom bought a teepee. As one does.

One Year Ago Today: I grew up with a bit more eclectic seasonal music.


Big Changes A’comin’

I quit my job today. I kind of can’t believe it. But I got another job. A great job. Working at a university. In fact, the university that I’ve been going to for the past year.

The new job seems like it’s going to be really, really great. I’m equal parts excited and terrified.

More than anything though, I’m sad to be leaving my current job. All of the friends I’ve made since moving to this town are here. My whole social circle revolves around the people here.

AB is so happy. The new job has amazing tuition reimbursement benefits, and he’s over the moon with that. And all the other benefits they’ve told me about, well, it’s kind of ridiculous.

I start the second week in January. 2014 is gonna start off with a bang.

One Year Ago Today: I’m really looking forward to seeing my nieces and nephew in Calgary next week.


Recapping 2013: June

June was a continuation of the intensive class schedule. Two hard math classes, one right after the other.

It was also stressful because bad stuff was going on back in Canada. First, someone I knew a long time ago passed away, and it hit me pretty hard. I owed this person apologies for some things I did to him way back when, but, well, it didn’t happen.

Then Calgary and southern Alberta flooded. It didn’t affect my family very much, but they jumped in to clean up with the rest of the city. It was incredible to watch.

In between there, AB and I had our tenth wedding anniversary. Ten years. Dayam.

I think this is also when the migraines started. Understandably.

One Year Ago Today: When I know exactly where to start, it’s so reassuring.


This Week Ladyloo Is….

This week ladyloo is…


Wearing –  Emily Rothschild Wing Ring.I got this for my birthday a few years ago, and I still love the hell out of it.

Smelling – Nasty dishwasher. Our dishwasher kicked the bucket on Saturday, and there is nothing like a nasty, hot box to stink up a kitchen. Bleh.

HearingHeartthrob – Teagan & Sara. One of the guys put this in the CD player last Sunday when we were in Nashville, and I’ve been listening to it all week.

ReadingPanopticon. This is turning into a bit of a slog. It’s very dark and depressing, and I don’t know if I’m in the right head space for it.

WatchingSleepy Hollow. Yes, it’s cheesy. And yet there’s something very endearing about the cheese.

Wanting – To do a puzzle. For some reason the thought struck me last week that I would like to do a puzzle over the few days I have off before Christmas. I was at Target this weekend, and picked up a 750 piece box. I’m so excited!

One Year Ago Today: But the idea I really like is just the idea of leaving.


Sunday Funday

Our dishwasher has died. It barfed water all over the kitchen floor, and it won’t drain. I dug around in it a bit yesterday and pulled out some small utensils from the drain. They’d obviously been there for a while. Awesome.

It’s so cold in our house, that the cat won’t leave my side. Wherever I stop she huddles up next to me for warmth. For the first time ever, when I laid down for a nap, she curled up right next to me. Usually she’s a foot-of-the-bed kind of cat.

I am wildly behind in my freelance work, and if I don’t want to be doing it while I’m in Canada, I’ve got to bust my butt this week, and get it done.

Now I have to go wash all the dishes. Yay.

One Year Ago Today: I liked that present unwrapping didn’t turn into a marathon endeavor.


Recapping 2013: May

It was nice to have a few weeks off from school during May. I took the opportunity to go home and see my mom on Mother’s Day. It was gorgeous there. May in the mountains can’t be beat. I even got to see some wildlife.

But the end of the month meant a return to school. When I signed up for the summer semester I don’t think I realized they were intensive five-week classes, one after the other. In may I started with a Finance class. The same kind of Finance class that almost undid me in undergrad. But I worked so hard this time – except for my job, all other obligations fell to the wayside. It was incredibly stressful.

One Year Ago Today: Do you drink at your company party?