• First Email*

    I’m blogging tonight to tell you that I will not be blogging tonight.

    Sort of.

    I’m tired. We had the craziest day. On a Sunday. Somehow I think that’s not supposed to happen, but amidst the craziness miracles were worked today!

    Anyway.

    I just had one thing on my mind that made me chuckle. As I was sending out a billion emails this afternoon, I realized how much my personal email addresses have changed. My personal email now is just my first and last name at gmail.com.

    Boring.

    Remember way back when when it was cool to have big long crazy email addresses? Ones where you used your nicknames, or a funny saying, or a memory from something you love.

    Out of the blue I remembered what my very first email address was: ironwoman_088. For the life of me I can’t remember why it was ironwoman, but I have a sneaking suspicion that it had something to do with a camp I used to go to.

    Do you remember yours?

  • Our Quirky House*

    Hi lovelies,

    Thanks for all your kind words regarding my post last night. It’s something I’ve been carrying on my chest for a while and it just felt good to vent and be completely honest about the way I’ve been feeling.

    In general I think I feel a bit at odds with who I am right now. I’m turning 26 in less than a month, and it just feels… weird. Like I’m not actually old enough to be turning 26.

    Anyway.

    A little while ago I mentioned that the Hubster and I live in a “quirky” house, and several of you have wondered what that referred to. Here’s a little taste:

    1) When we moved in we heard something strange in our kitchen cabinet. We soon learned that we have some “friends” living with us in our kitchen. Any guesses?

    2) There is no overhead lighting in any of the three upstairs bedrooms. None.

    3) Whoever painted our house for us before it went on the market decided to be a super painter and paint everything. You know, just in case we wanted our light switches, curtain rod holders and receptacles to match the walls. I’m sure they thought that they were being quite thoughtful. (Or lazy… you know.)

    4) There is a window in my bathroom. That in itself is not weird, but it’s location is. Any guesses?

    5) The windows have no screens. Seriously.

    6) The bathroom door sticks… like it’s too big for the frame.

    7) Our bedroom door doesn’t shut.

    8) There is a random white trim that runs half way down the wall as you go up the stairs. It almost looks like a rail for a flying machine (aka: a chair that assists people get up and down stairs).

    9) Our fence gate opens backwards.

    10) The linen closet is actually inside the office closet.

    …and that’s just a few of the quirks that we’ve come to love. Or something. haha

    My main floor is really coming along now and I know I’m long overdue for another photo update. I’ll try and get a few done tomorrow for you!

    Does your home / apartment have any weird quirks?

  • Looking for Balance*

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    Balance.

    I feel like it’s a theme I keep coming back to again and again this year. I honestly don’t know how people do it–find a balance between work and home, self and family, responsibility and recreation.

    In the past few weeks work has picked up. A lot. With the exception of two sick days and one day without a call, I’ve worked every day since the March Break.

    Don’t get me wrong, I am thrilled about this. We need the money more than ever, and I’m finally in a really good place with my job. I would say that ninety-five percent of the calls I get are requests to work at one of my three favourite schools. I’m now usually booked several days in advance, and I rarely wake up wondering where I’ll be working that day.

    I really do love my job.

    …but I also find it exhausting.

    In some ways I almost think that teaching is like a drug for me. I love it, and I ride this high wave all day long… and then crash when I get home. I am so tired at the end of the day. I always wake up with these awesome intentions to exercise, clean and get things done after work.

    …and then I come home and none of it happens.

    I just don’t know how people do it. And all this happiness surrounding my job is tinged with shadows of failure over all the other things I’m not doing.

    I’m not exercising, and I really want to be. I really looked at myself in the mirror this morning and realized how ashamed I am of my body right now. I feel awkward and disproportionate. I feel… unattractive.

    And I want to do something about it. I really, really do. But I don’t know where to start.

    How on earth do people fit it in? I already wake up at 6am every day, and I really don’t think I could handle anything earlier. My ideal time would be between work and dinner, but I’m so tired when I get home from work. I could go after dinner, but I always feel gross after eating.

    And then it’s dark and time for bed.

    I know that the summer holidays are coming, but at this point they still feel forever away.

    I just don’t know how to do everything.

    I don’t know how to find balance.

  • Thrifty Thursdays: The Shoe Count*

    I’m baaaaaaaaack!

    I can’t even remember the last time I did a Thrifty Thursday post… isn’t that sad? The move was so crazy, and I feel like things are just beginning to slow down. I’m still working like crazy and there’s still a billion things to do around the house, but I feel like we’re settling into a routine again.

    …which means I have a few minutes here and there to do a little thrifting. :)

    I actually had a morning off last week and was able to sneak out to Value Village’s half price day sale. I found a cute black dress, and two fabulous pairs of sandals that I am so excited about.

    I picked up these cute little brown sandals for work. They are so comfortable! They are from a discontinued Payless brand that I used to love love love, so I was really excited to find them. They ended up only costing me $6, so it basically would have been a crime not to take them.

    Then I saw these:

    I have to be honest: I have never owned a pair of silver sandals. I’ve always wanted a pair, but I’ve never found ones that I liked. I’ve needed silver sandals for several occasions in the past, and I’ve always ended up borrowing a pair from someone I know.

    I love that these are simple and comfortable, and I love that there is just a touch of glam woven into the design:

    And really, for $5.50, could I say no?

    (No.)

    So, on the topic of shoes… remember when I decided that I was going to count my shoes?

    I finally did.

    I asked a question on my Facbeook page to see how many pairs of shoes some of my readers and friends have. The majority was definitely in the 10 – 20 pairs range, with the 20 – 30 pairs group following behind.

    I’m just a little bit over that. While I’m way below my high of 100 pairs, I’m still a bit above average.

    (Which means I still have lots of room to buy more. YAY)

    Actually, a friend of mine guessed my number spot on:

    Seventy-three pairs.

    It’s actually less than I thought, but I can do 73. (for now… ha)

    How many pairs do you own?

  • Things I am thinking…

    …I’m so behind on all my shows. Which show do I need to catch up on first?

    ….catching your finger between a piano and a door is not fun.

    …neither is typing with a swollen, bruised finger.

    …I know some pretty amazing people.

    …I’m kind of in love with my summer of dresses project. I’m SO excited to introduce to the upcoming features!!

    …it’s pouring rain outside. I love the way it sounds.

    …it’s only Wednesday. How is this possible?

    …I still have toys all over my living room. I wish my niece was still here to play with them.

    …I’m tired.

    …still need to start running. How do people find the time to do everything?

    …Pillars of the Earth is amazing, even the second time around.

    …people who waste opportunities bother me.

    …Scotty won American Idol? Really?

    …I love my house!

    …I have the “I-need-to-do-something-new-with-my-hair” itch again.

    …I never thought that I’d ever crave time to just be at home. Now it’s my favourite thing.

    …my eyes close when I yawn.

    …bed time.

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