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Random Convo

26 Jan

Was getting gas the other night and decided to go in the shop to grab a couple things. Figured why not get a scratch ticket cuz hey, someone has to win right? Why not me!

Here’s how that convo went…

Me: I’d like that scratch ticket please.

Clerk: Sure, if you show me some ID.

Me: Uh…okaaaaay…

Pull out my licence and show it to the guy.

Clerk: Thanks, oh! Oh wow, sorry! Hey, you’re aging really well!

Me: laughs awkwardly, Thanks. Sunscreen!

I mean I know I don’t look my age but no way do I look under 19. πŸ™„ Can’t really complain though, not since I thought this wouldn’t happen again lol

I don’t look thaaaat young…right?

Revamp the Week

2 Jan

I had this whole epic plan for how the first week of 2020 was going to go. I had errands to run, was going to recalculate my budget, stock up on healthy foods, meal plan for my work lunches, workout multiple times in the week. In short, I wanted my first week to be a perfect example of how I wanted all the rest of my weeks to go.

Oh how the universe must have laughed!

In comparison to how I intended the week to go it has been a bit of a fumble.

I worked an hour and a half late on Tuesday (my first day back to work after being away for Christmas), which means all the grocery stores were closed by the time I got off work. So no grocery shopping for healthy food! I had limited foods in my apartment, thanks to being away, so I ordered take-out for dinner, which made me sick and had me missing a day of work Wednesday. Sigh. One day into 2020 and already I’ve used a sick day, lame!

I did manage to meal prep the most boring of all meals on the Monday, so I’ve at least managed to take healthy lunches to work. Phew!

However, because the grocery shopping didn’t get done Tuesday or Wednesday I spent the time after work Thursday when I would normally be at the gym exchanging a pair of runners (that’s a story for another day!) and finally getting my grocery shopping done. And can I say I deserve a gold star for not buying any cookies even though they were on sale! Gold. Star.

By the time that was done it was home time for me, which is where I am now, cuddling with the cat.

I semi worked on the budget. And by semi I mean I filled in a 52-week savings challenge I’m taking part in. If all goes well I’ll have $2000 dollars saved by Christmas – which fyi, is 357 sleeps away…not that I’m counting…πŸ˜‰

So yeah, the week hasn’t shaped up like I intended it to, but that’s ok. Once I realized it was going a tad sideways I revamped my expectations for the week. No way was my week going to be all about clocking gym time and eating healthy and working on my budget, I had things to do to clear the way to working on those items. So instead I have made this week about prepping in general for a return to normal life. It has become about getting things in order, so next week I can exercise after work, and have a tastier (but still healthy) meal prepped for my work lunches, and have time to sit down and do the math (ugh, math) that comes with going over the budget to see what I need to change for this year.

It’s no biggy, revamping the plans you had made doesn’t mean you failed, it just means you have a better idea of what can be accomplished in the time frame given and you reprioritized what needs to be done.

So maybe, all-in-all, not a bad start to the new year?

Scarf Season

19 Nov

Last year Striker (the cat) scratched so much at his neck he created a bald sore spot. And by spot I mean decently large sized wound. It took a lot of gauze neck wraps, kid polysporin, and me physically stopping him from getting to the scab when it hit the itchy stage, before it all healed up.

This is when he started wearing scarves. He hit a point in his healing where he didn’t need a gauze wrap but he did need something around his neck to make it harder for him to scratch the scab. My friend L made him a scarf, which he loved! So then she made him two more, and cat scarf season officially became a thing.

He never wanted me to take them off, if I did he’d get upset and try to get it back on. They were sized to be loose enough he could easily slip it off if he chose, I was worried about the scarves being a choking hazard if he got up to mischief while I was at work, but he never took them off. Unlike the gauze wraps I tried my best to make impossible to take off, which he got off multiple times. Cats!

Today I got home after work and exercise class to a fur massacre on my chair.

Of course he pulled out the white fur and left it on my black chair. He is nothing if not dramatic.

So I did what any sane person would do, I pinned him on his back on the bed and made him let me look at his neck and what did I see when I moved fur around but an area he’d yanked that fur from and the beginnings of an owie. Oh, and in case you worry I was hurting him, he was purring through all this because he thought it was a game, or a chance to get a good chin and neck scratch.

We had a good long cuddle, where I alternated between reminding him about last year and how much it hurt and how annoying the gauze was and how stressed he made his human, and just holding him and giving him love and telling him he was perfect and I’m so sorry this happened again.

Yeah I’m a sap, so what?

Then I grabbed his favourite of the three scarves and it instantly became Scarf Season.

scarf season 2019

So dapper. So handsome. So stress causing.

He hasn’t taken it off yet and it has been a couple hours. In fact he’s sleeping in the blanket fort I make for him every night and seems perfectly content. Let’s hope the scarf stops this whole situation from becoming like last year, and instead we can just enjoy a lovely, slightly longer, Scarf Season 2019.

Oh, and if anyone has a tip for where to get him more scarves I’d appreciate it, I feel bad asking my friend to make more when she doesn’t even make them for her cat.

WestJet Scam

16 Nov

I’ve been on the lookout for a seat sale to get back to my family for Christmas. There is mild panic starting to settle in now that it is mid November and I still don’t have a ticket. Usually there is a seat sale in October, I buy the cat and myself a ticket, and I’m done, nothing to worry about. But this year it is like they are purposefully not having seat sales on the days I need to travel. Like its some sort of travel conspiracy!

Anyways! I was comparing Air Canada and WestJet today, thinking I might have to suck it up and buy a full priced ticket but at least go with whichever company is cheapest…and yes I know WestJet is owned by Air Canada but they are still kind of separate companies, aren’t they?

air canada vs westjet

I had to call WestJet because I wasn’t positive Striker (the cat) could travel on a WestJet plane around Christmas time and their website wasn’t being super useful. The person who answered the phone was quite nice, answered my questions, was unable to tell me if any sales were coming up (I didn’t think she’d be able to tell me but hey, a girl can try!), and didn’t pressure me to buy the plane tickets I was inquiring about.

About ten minutes later, if that, I got a phone call on my cell from Malaysia. I don’t know anybody in Malaysia, and none of my friends are currently travelling there, so I probably shouldn’t have answered but I wanted to hear what scam it was. What can I say, I’m curious.

The automated voice on the line said that my flight confirmation number for my WestJet flight was chosen as the winner and I have won a flight to blah blah blah. To be honest, I forget where it said I won a flight to because I was so horrified at the call.

scam alert

Now, obviously it was a scam because (1) calls like that always are (2) I hadn’t bought a ticket so I didn’t have a flight confirmation number and (3) calls like that always are! Don’t be scammed people!

What a freaky specific call to get, right after talking to WestJet and going to their website on a computer to check flights.

So uh yeah, I’m not a huge freak out person when it comes to big brother or conspiracies or things like that, but this definitely gave me a start.

I mean, what the hell, how did that even happen?

Sure, it could be coincidence, but whose gonna believe that?

Creepy times I tell ya. Creepy.

Necks are Stupid

14 Nov

You would think that evolution could come up with something better than a neck to hold up our weighty heads. sigh.

The other night I must have slept funny because I woke up with a sore neck and a headache. Not cool. But whatever right? I mean, the world isn’t going to stop and pat me on the head because I’m not feeling 100%…though, wouldn’t it be nice if it did?

On my drive to work I realized necks are stupid.

Follow my logic here…

If my shoulder was hurting I would rest my arm in a way that took pressure off the shoulder, so the shoulder could rest. Same with an ankle, an elbow, a wrist, all kinds of body parts But a neck or a head hurting? Can’t exactly prop it up on something to ease the pain while still going about your day. Well, unless your day involved not moving.

What the hell evolution, you couldn’t come up with something better? *rolls eyes*

So there you have it, my weird rant of the day. I’ve decided necks are stupid, and I’m keeping my eye on backs because they strike me as a bratty body part when hurt also. πŸ˜‰

"To the right, stupid. . . to the right!"

Even giraffes know necks are trouble!

 

The Three Things

7 Nov

Tonight I baked two loaves of banana chocolate chip bread, and since I know nothing is believed without proof I’ll pop a picture in here once they are done in the oven. Until then, you’ll just have to believe that my apartment smells amazing. πŸ˜‰

I really like to bake and yet I’ve hardly done any baking this past year. 2019 has most definitely not been a year of baking for me. When this baking project came up I got excited I’d be baking, which got me wondering why I was so excited, and since I have an hour long commute that gives me plenty of time to think about things…in depth.

The conclusion I came to is that I need three things to align perfectly in order for me to bake:

Time to bake.

Money to buy ingredients.

Energy to bake.

These three things may not seem all that important but this past year has been a perfect example of how with even one of these things missing, baking just isn’t happening. At least in my world.

If I have the money to buy ingredients I most likely don’t have the time to bake because I’m working all the time. If I have time to bake it is probably because I’ve not been working as many hours, which means I can’t afford ingredients. And if by magic I happen to have both time and money I am usually exhausted and don’t have the energy to care about baking.

Those three silly things all of a sudden add up to some annoying results don’t they?

Truthfully, I didn’t really have all three aligning this evening but the baking had to be done this evening because it is for something tomorrow and I gave my word I’d bring it so I had to force two of those three things to fit. Which I mean, fine, this one random time is ok, but I can’t always do that…so maybe I need to change some larger things in my world so those three things can align more often…looks like I have something to ponder on my next commute!

I do after all like to bake, and winter is perfect baking season…not only does it keep my apartment warm but people are more likely to eat what I bake, sweater weather tends to make people more forgiving with their meal plans lol

For now though, I’ll just be content that I got to bake something this evening and I’ll enjoy the warmth of the oven and the smell of the bread while they last.

(apologies for the slide show below, I couldn’t decide which angle I liked best so you’re stuck with all of them lol)

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Christmas Movie Countdown

11 Oct

Since I’m already counting down to Christmas (only 75 days away!) I thought I should buckle down and start watching some Christmas movies. Nothing like getting in the spirit early, am I right?

daddys home 2

Tonight I watched “Daddy’s Home 2” which doesn’t sound like a Christmas movie, but is. Well, it is a movie set at Christmas time, it isn’t just about Christmas.

It’s from 2017, stars Mark Wahlberg (yum), Will Ferrell, Mel Gibson, and John Lithgow. The basic gist is Mark and Will’s characters are co-parenting Mark’s kids since Mark’s ex is now married to Will. They are total opposites, which is where a lot of the comedy comes in from the first movie. Now they have a bit of a system working for them, a faux balance to things, then each of their dads shows up for Christmas and basically screws with that just by being there and being themselves.

There is a lot of macho one upping, random reveals about how people really feel, kids trying and succeeding with getting in to the eggnog and getting drunk, all those classic Christmas tropes.

It is funny, funny enough that I legit laughed out loud a couple times, well, more like snorted in a lady-like kind of way, cause ya know, I’m totally a lady. πŸ˜‰

Now that I’m watching Christmas movies I should probably start with other Christmas activities, right? I don’t decorate, and people may get a touch upset if I start bringing them Christmas baking before Halloween, so what else is there? There’s no snow so I can’t start a snow ball fight…hmm…I’m thinking I’m just going to have to continue on with my informative (though some would say annoying) Christmas countdown, and keep watching those fun Christmas movies!

So, just so you know, it is:

75 days until Christmas

11 weeks and 1 days until Christmas

1779 hours until Christmas

Don’t you feel more informed now? And not at all annoyed right? Right!

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