Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I have a confession to make...

And I don't want you to feel like it's your fault, or that I love you any less, but I feel like I should tell you, just so that you don't keep asking why...
I've been cheating on you with my journal.
I'm sorry! I know, I know, I promised regular updates, and I fell behind this month. I swear, this won't keep happening! Please believe me!

It all started when I went out West a few weeks ago. I just didn't have the time to log on and write here. So I picked up my trusty journal that I have neglected for the last 6-10 months and started writing. And kept writing. (When was the last time you wrote with paper and pen? It's so much more satisfying than typing sometimes!)
Once I came home I thought, OK, time to blog. But my apartment is so hot. So I started staying at friends' houses, and came home for a few days, and, well, the journal came too.
On the bright side, it's not like I've been writing about 101 Things updates, I've just been writing my own thoughts and ideas and musings that I try to keep off of here for the most part. I want this blog to be of interest to a wide group of people, and at the same time, don't really want to share some of my own personal thoughts with the world at large.
I did start writing up a few explanations of my 101 Things like I said I would in my last post, but only did about 7 or 8. I will start typing those up this Summer & Fall - my goal is the end of October to have that finished. I have high hopes for wanting to sit and type for long periods of time once I am in my nice and cool basement apartment!
Sadly, my laptop has been giving me a hard time since I got home from Calgary. I don't think this heat wave has been its friend - it's been overheating even more than usual. Less than 2 weeks til the new place though!

I have been managing to keep up with most of my regular Things despite the lack of blogging the past 2 weeks. I've spent the majority of my time sitting on patios - in Canmore I sat on two lovely patios in one afternoon, with picturesque views of the mountains and 2 different and yummy drinks :)
My uncle gave my cousin & I free tickets to see Dierks Bentley at Stampede Bar Tent when I was in Calgary. I'm not the biggest country music fan, but it was a great show, he had some beautiful songs, and there was the obligatory Bon Jovi cover song thrown in, which I always love! (Duh...) And I took about a million photos of my adorable and exhausting little cousins :)

I even completed one of my Things while I was out there - Thing 39 - Have some sort of psychic reading done (palm reading)

Originally I wanted a Tarot card reading, but when I was at Stampede they were charging quite a lot for only a 5 card reading, and that wasn't quite what I was looking for. The palm reading was rather inexpensive for my measly summer budget (aka NO budget), and I was pleasantly surprised with some of the things she said. A few things were pretty lame, and some were just ridiculous, but hey - I enjoyed it :) I made a few notes after it and will share further with you in an upcoming blog post.
Sadly, I must run now - I'm taking my Grandmother to Giant Tiger for a fun and exciting morning! (I'm actually really excited I haven't been to Giant Tiger in ages!)

Stay cool peeps!

Until next time...

Monday, July 04, 2011

Happy July!

Happy July!
I think we all need to celebrate that it is July right now, because really, as Canadians, summer goes by so fast!
As I look outside right now, all I can see it blue sky & sunshine - how lovely! Unfortunately, all I can hear are these damn birds that wake me up every morning! Why am I awake and blogging at 7am? Beats the heck out of me! For some reason, I am unable to relax and sleep in at my own apartment now. Not sure why this happened, but it is stressing me out! I am tired!!
Not that I have any shortage of things to do today. I need to finish packing for Calgary, and I need to tidy up my apartment in case my landlord decides to show my apartment while I am away. I am both happy and sad to report that I will be relocating to a new apartment in August. While I love my place right now, there are some things I don't love, such as the price, the multiple flights of stairs, and the stifling heat year round. My new place is smaller, has much less character, but will be cooler and costs a lot less. As a bonus I can walk to work (as in, I literally have no excuse not to, because it is so close even I could throw a stone and reach the school!).
I'm looking forward to seeing my Calgary family in less than 24 hours!! I am hoping to figure out either one Thing to do off of my list while I am in Calgary, or thinking of something to add that I can achieve while I am there!
I had hoped that Thing 45 - Travel somewhere with only carry-on luggage was going to be achieved, but I realized over the past week that my suitcase is not compatible with that Thing. It weighs too much, and doesn't really have a good packing space. I can barely pack it to go home for 1 night without it filling up! I had hope to find a hard-shelled suitcase to bring, as they use their space much better, but my Mom is leaving for California pretty much right as I return, so that took that idea out of the equation! I looked around a bit for a new suitcase, but it just didn't fit into the budget this month. I'm not too worried - I am definitely not overpacking for my trip, and I still have plenty of time to achieve this goal (and a good excuse for a fun weekend trip somewhere - Vegas anyone??)
One Thing I am hoping to start working on in the next little while is to write up a little explanation and outline of each thing for the blog. Sadly, I can't the blog to work properly on my blackberry - clearly blogger has Android-loyalty, so I will be doing so through my journal. Whatever I manage to write up I will either scan and post when I'm home, or type up in the future. I think this will be a good exercise, because I am forgetting some of the things on my list, and having trouble keeping track of the things I decided I would do monthly/weekly, etc.
A few Things I accomplished in June included: Thing 49 - See 1 live music event a month, Thing 75 - Sit on a patio at least once a week for the months of June, July & August, Thing 99 - Personal & Thing 88 - Walk the Bayfront path 30 times
For the live music, I actually made it to 2 events - one was a 90s grunge-era band that was playing at bar in TO for NXNE while I visited Holly & one was my Dad's band - the Blues Daddies - when they played at Bluesfest in Stratford. I went home for the sole purpose of seeing the show, and I wasn't disappointed! 
The Blues Daddies always put on a good show, and I now have a new mission - find a cooler hat for my Dad to wear during their gigs! (My Dad is just thrilled about this goal! haha).
Over the month of June I managed to sit on patios (or backyards) at Holly's, Laura's, Jack Astor's, my Aunt Linda's, Aunt Theresa's & a few other assorted locations that would just take too long to explain! Needless to say, my goal of sitting out and enjoying the weather this summer has been reached so far, and hopefully it continues!! I also managed to get in another jaunt down the Bayfront path with Lyn & Kayla last week - which brings the count to 2/30 times. As for Thing 99, well, wouldn't you like to know? Some things have to be a little mysterious, right?!

~Until next time...