Horoscopes for My Birthday & My 39th Year

Thank you, Sally Brompton!


The coming 12 months will bring a lot of surprises, which for the most part will work in your favour. What really matters, of course, is not that they are “good” or “bad” surprises but that you choose to make the most of them. Surprise yourself.

CANCER (June 22 – July 23):

You may be tempted to give up on something that is proving more difficult than you expected, but you must stick with it a while longer. Keep plugging away a few more days and you will get the breakthrough you were hoping for.

June 2015 Resolutions

So here we are at the end of May, and I have managed not to buy any clothes this month. I did a good bit of online window shopping, but even the most generous sales couldn’t get me to click the Buy Now button.

One of the things I did to help keep me from temptation, was to unsubscribe from loads of emails that I get from stores. Not getting reminders about what I might be “missing” helped me not pine for that One True shoe/shirt/skirt/what have you.

That all being said, my financial situation didn’t actually improve all that much. Between emergency trips to Canada and nieces birthdays, I am still on the negative side of net worth this month.

The biggest culprit on that front was food. I spent a ridiculous amount of money on eating out, groceries, and socializing. Like more than I spent on my monthly bills. That’s crazy!

Now, I know myself. I can’t just say I’ll spend less on food this month, because I’ll come up with justifications for every time I pull out my wallet to feed my face. So I need more concrete rules.

1. Eat dinner at home 3 weeknights, and at least once on the weekend.

2. Bring lunch to work 3 times a week.

3. Put $30 on the coffee card for the month, and when it’s gone, it’s gone.

4. Don’t buy clothes.

The whole cooking at home is going to require a lot of prep. I’ve already printed out a few slow cooker “dump” recipes that I’ll be able to use for dinners. I need to figure out how I want to do lunches at work though.

I’m working four 10-hour days a week right now, and if I follow through on this, it means I’ll be eating two meals a day at my desk (breakfast & lunch). This may be harder to do than the clothes.

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?
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? 

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

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 because 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.)


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….



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.