May 2015 Resolution

It started with the vet bills when my cat got sick and died. Then it was Christmas. After that AB’s work situation changed, and for the first time I am now the provider of medical insurance for our family. To top it off I started trying to get myself more healthy, along with all the associated fees and bills.

What I’m trying to say is that for the last six months I feel like I’ve been hemorrhaging money.

It hasn’t helped that along with all the increases in necessary bills, I’ve also been on a bit of a Treat-Yo-Self binge. The clothes shopping of late has been a bit ridiculous.

 

Spring 2015 Shopping

 

I’m not broke or anything, but I’m spending more than I’m taking in, and my savings have taken a hit.

So this month I’m making a resolution to not buy clothes, and keep my Treat-Yo-Self tendencies in check. That may seem silly to some people – those people who can go months and months without buying clothes – but I really, really like clothes. and clothes that fit me are pretty expensive.

The rest of the resolution is to also bring my fancy coffee needs back down to something reasonable (ie. less than a $60/month habit), and try to keep my lunch buying out of the $12+/a day range.

Man, when I look at it all spelled out like, I have been spending like a damn fool.

Anyway, that’s the goal. Ridiculously, I spent more than $12 on lunch yesterday, and have bought coffee twice in the last two days.  But I’m spending this weekend planning on how I’m going to keep that from happening any more.

Point for not buying any close since the start of the month, eh?

Year End Meme of 2014

The meme, courtesy of Sundry.

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?
Became a trainer at my new job. Got called up and served on jury duty. Did a sleep study. Got a graduate degree. Put a pet down.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? 
I did not keep my resolution. I did not look after myself.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My friend from my old job gave birth to twin girls at the beginning of the year.

4. Did anyone close to you die? 
AB’s uncle passed away unexpectedly. My little Leeloo.

5. What countries did you visit? 
Just Canada.

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
Time to read anything other than a textbook. More travel. More memorable expereinces.

7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? 
January 8th: Started a new job.
April 19th: Led Google all over campus for a day, and ended up all over the Street View of the school. Also got a horrible sunburn.
December 5th: Put my cat down.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? 
Finishing my graduate degree.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Once again, not looking after myself very well. It was a stressful year, and I just let some things slide so that I could survive the rest.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? 
Mostly just the ramifications of putting too much stress and strain on my joints.

11. What was the best thing you bought? 
A whole bunch of Fluevog shoes that fit me. They make me happy.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Notorious R.B.G (otherwise known as U.S Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) and her dissent of the Hobby Lobby decision.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The police forces in many cities.

14. Where did most of your money go? 
A good chunk went to the vet trying to find out what was wrong with my cat.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? 
I didn’t anticipate getting excited about attending my commencement ceremony, but everyone who saw me that day said I was grinning like a fool. Those kinds of events always make me happy because everyone there is so happy. It’s infectious.

16. What song will always remind you of 2014? 
Either Pharrell’s “Happy” or “Let It Go” from Frozen.

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

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Left my house more. Gone outside more.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? 
Buying shoes online in the wrong sizes –  over and over.

20. How did you spend Christmas? 
Christmas was spent at my parent’s house. My sister & brother and their families slept over the night before, and we were treated to the chaos of a child’s Christmas morning.

21. Did you fall in love in 2014? 
With Pop-tarts and Cocoa Puffs. It’s an unhealthy love.

22. What was your favorite TV program? 
I really enjoyed “Selfie” and I’m sad it was cancelled.

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?
Most of what I read this year – that wasn’t textbooks – was YA fantasy. Light reading to say the least. I just didn’t have the energy to do any heavy reading, or even much non-school reading at all. So the best book of this year? I guess The Girl with all the Gifts has stuck with me more than the rest.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery? 
This was not a great musical discovery year for me. I basically just plugged into the latest pop music, and used it as a background distraction. Or I enjoyed the silence.

26. What did you want and get? 
I just really really wanted to finish school. And I did!

27. What did you want and not get? 
An answer to the question “So now that you’re done school, what are you going to do?”

28. What was your favorite film of this year? 
Without a doubt I loved “Guardians of the Galaxy”.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? 
I was 38 on my last birthday. AB and I spent the day just puttering around town and relaxing at home. It was a nice day.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? 
Getting to see more of my people. Travelling more. Just getting out more.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014? 
Anything that still fits plus Fluevogs.

32. What kept you sane? 
Medicine.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? 
Groot.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
The ongoing battles about net neutrality kept me engaged for most of the year. The impact that not having free and equal access to the greatest collection of humanity’s knowledge would have on people around the U.S. would be terrible.

35. Who did you miss? 
I miss my Leeloo so much. I missed my family a lot – I was home in Canada less this year than any year in the last decade. I missed all my friends who live far away beacause I got to see so few of them.

36. Who was the best new person you met? 
My new coworkers are pretty awesome. I’m looking forward to doing good work with them.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014. 
Just keep swimming, and you can get amazing things done.

One Year Ago Today: That moment after a final is done, when you’re just overrun with relief.

Holiday Preparations

My family was making wursties today in Calgary.

I was putting up lights outside my house in Alabama. (My technique needs some improvement.)

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My mom put her lights up yesterday, while my dad rang the bells for the Salvation Army at the mall, like he does most years.

I’ve got my stack of Christmas cards here next to me, waiting to be signed and mailed.

I”m making plans for their visit next week. My mom, dad and sister are coming to see my commencement next Sunday.

Then a little over a week later AB and I are getting on a plane and going up to Canada to see them.

It’s a busy, busy time of year.

One Year Ago Today: It was the perfect Saturday-mix of productivity, relaxation and socializing.

Next December

I am already looking forward to next December. Not much for living in the moment, eh?

Really I’m just thinking of what it will be like to not have to worry about school stuff any more.

I’m keeping myself busy today, with only sporadic moments of weepiness. Feeling my little girl go limp in my arms was kind of traumatic.

The cleaners came today, and I always open the blinds when they’re here so they can see what they’re doing. We’re very much a blinds closed kind of house. But they are still open right now, and I’m looking out at the neighbors Christmas lights coming up one by one. Has that speed limit sign always been there?

Maybe I should open the blinds more often.

One Year Ago Today: One of the first things I did in February was to essentially fire my orthopedist.

 

Mouse 2005 – 2014

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Mouse aka Leeloo aka My Little Girl

We found out that my cat had cancer last month. I’ve been trying to make her comfortable ever since. She’s a tough little thing who doesn’t complain and just does what she can. But she can’t jump up on the furniture any more. She cries when we pick her up because her tumor is so big. And she’s eating only off and on.

I don’t want to see her in any more pain, and her quality of life has gotten really, really small so today is her last day. I’m giving her all the pets, which is the only thing she seems to like anymore, and spent the whole day with her.

AB said today that she was salvation for my psyche after Hurricane Katrina. She’s mopped up a lot of my tears, and made us laugh a lot over the years. I thought I would have more time with her, but it wasn’t meant to be.

Good night my little green-eyed girl. I’ll miss you so much.

One Year Ago Today: Rundown does not even begin to describe the situation around this here carcass.

Post Exam Rambling

I spent nine hours in a little room today drilling with flashcards, but now the final is over. And I am pretty sure I am brain dead.

This is my last semester of my program. I am going to commencement in a little over a week. It took two years, and now I’m almost done.

Just one more final to get through.

I can do this.

One Year Ago Today: Starting at a new college is always so confusing.

 

This Week Ladyloo Is….

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Flattering Ms. Plumcake by shamelessly ripping her off.

WearingFluevogs. I went on a shoe-buying bender this summer when none of my shoes started fitting, and the Fluevogs I bought have been the hands-down most comfortable and non-boring of the bunch.

Smelling – I smell nothing. I refuse to believe that I have a cold, because I don’t have time for a cold, but my sense of smell is noticeably MIA.

HearingTaylor Swift, 1989 I actually bought this CD. Like an actual compact disc. I have been listening to it in the car, and it is making me happy.

Reading – Flashcards. I am a consummate index card user when I’m studying, and I’m working off a stack right now for my impending finals.

Watching – Continuing the campy, lighthearted entertainment theme, I’ve been watching Sleepy Hollow which has horrible plot holes, and requires extreme suspension of disbelief, but also has monsters of the week, and a very pretty Tom Mison.

Wanting – To discover that there is some kind of metal flange that will allow me to attach my IKEA legs to my IKEA table top, because I seem to have lost all the necessary hardware.

One Year Ago Today: Fun electro-pop for a drizzly, stressful week.

 

The Annual Resurrection

If it’s December 1st, I must be bringing this blog back to life. Thanks to Holidailies for bring us all out of the woodwork.

This has been quite the year – new job, finishing school and…well, that’s about it really. Those two things took up 98% of my brain power this year. The other 2% was all Cocoa Puffs, Pop Tarts and coffee.

I’m looking forward to being back for a bit. I forgot how fun this can be.

One Year Ago Today: But I’m back! For a month (I hope) anyway.

 

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? 
School.

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?
 Happier.
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? 
Elementary.

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.

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