Life is so damn good!

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I’ve never been happier than I am now. I didn’t think that this kind of happiness was for me. I didn’t think that I deserved this much love and joy in my  life. I don’t want to brag, I just want to shout my thankfulness from the roofs!

About a month ago, I was frolicking in the warm clear waters at Sugar Beach, St. Lucia, with the love of my life. That place was indubitably the most beautiful place I’ve ever been in. I have seen a lot of beautiful places, but for me, letting St. Lucia’s warm waters free me of gravity and letting my body float under the warm sun, between their famous two majestic pitons was amazing. An exorbitantly priced resort is also on this beach, other cruisers told us that it costs $1500 to $3000 a NIGHT to stay there! So I really, really took it all in the most that I could, because I know that this beautiful island will most likely only ever be a day trip for me. During our private tour, the speedboat we were on just stopped working and its computers shut down. We had to be rescued by another boat. I was so scared of falling in between the two boats! But even with that adventure, my day in St. Lucia is still one of the most beautiful days of my life. Being in the water, surrounded by lush green mountains just recharges me.

About a week ago, J picked me up right after my university class, and we drove to Halifax, NS to see Black Sabbath in concert. It was really awesome. Because Black Sabbath are just –wow, and also because there are few things I love more than being bombarded with confetti!!! Also on the top of the list are wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men! Seriously.  I love those things. I saw three this week!

This week I had 3 day meetings in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, sandwiched by two un-jiggable university classes, which made timing pretty darn tight. J agreed to drive me and stay and work out of the hotel room without hesitation, as usual. How did I get so lucky? Our hotel room was really modern and awesome. We will surely return there whenever we are in Charlottetown next.

Speaking of things that I love – like the warm summer breeze, starry skies, butterflies, a good pho, music, and food, among other things… during my cruise vacation I came to a decision: I’m just going to eliminate things that make me unhappy, or that I’m solely doing to please other people, from my life. During my vacation, for the first time ever, even though it was the best most amazing vacation of my whole life, towards the end I definitely started missing my life here at home. And my actual home. Since I have stopped worrying so much about pleasing the other residents of my apartment building, I’ve begun to kind of love this apartment. I’ve bought frames, and framed happy pictures of us from the cruise. I also framed a beautiful print of a sea turtle in my bathroom. This place really is home. I also missed my cat Roxy terribly! Speaking of Miss Roxy, she spent the day at the vet and came out with an antibiotic shot for a probable urinary tract infection. I hope she feels better soon :/ Poor minou. We are to collect a urine sample in 10 days and bring that in for analysis to make sure it’s going away. Wish me luck with that!

So, remember this post? http://crazymrsnancy.com/2013/10/19/i-havent-blogged-in-over-a-month/ I did it. I stepped down as the president of my chorale, and also I quit as a chorister altogether. I truly am grateful for my 5-6 years in the chorale. I think that the rehearsals and performing on stage really helped me come out of my shell, which helped me generally in life. But it was just time. My focus is now on different areas of my life, and I am so happy. This coming week is also the last scheduled yoga class that I organize at work, before taking an undetermined hiatus. Is it ‘normal’ to love yoga but to prefer a solitary practice? I think that I’m coming to terms with the fact that I’m just not someone who generally enjoys social interaction in large groups that much. I just don’t enjoy group anything, really. Is that a bad thing? I’ve honestly been wondering if there is some kind of diagnosable socially awkward thing about me. I am in the foot-in-mouth queen.

I’m being kind to myself; I learned that in yoga class. I am also being honest with myself. I really need a lot of down time/free time/ alone time. I am an overly sensitive person. I am an introvert. Lately I’ve also been doing a LOT of thinking about what it is I really want in life. I want to love all the days of my life. I don’t want to just live for the weekends, you know? I want a lot of alone time. I want to live close to work so that I don’t waste a lot of time commuting; I love the business of downtown. I want to travel. I want to eat good food. I want to see concerts and live music. Last week my application for compressed work weeks was approved! My work schedule is going to be Tues-Fri 8am-6pm, and I get Sat-Sun-Mon OFF!! Three days in a row, every week for a year! I think that it’s going to be worth the longer work hours to have a day to devote to university stuff and more occasions to get some good sleep in. I’ve been having sleep issues lately.

I’ve also been able to choose 2 courses that are given online for my summer classes. I’m so excited about that. About the compressed work weeks, about the not having to force myself to go to choir anymore, and the option to do yoga in my own living room, with my own music. I feel like I will be so much more productive at work if I only have to be social 4 days a week. I feel so free. I feel so excited about my life and my future plans. But is it okay to accommodate my life to allow myself to be this comfortable in my introversion?

These Days

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I miss blogging. I’ve been asking myself if I miss this blog, or if I miss blogging, or both. A blog is such a good place to sort your thoughts out. Sometimes, blogging is like exhaling deeply and laying it all out there; It makes you lighter. Sometimes I like writing down memorable life moments in here. I haven’t taken much time to write or read recreationally in months. Right now, I am typing this with my arms fully extended over my huge Marketing book and notes, to reach my laptop, which is supposed to be pushed at the back of my desk for exactly the reason it seems it is: I’m supposed to be studying for my Marketing exam. Isn’t it funny how today although I have managed to pack quite a bite in my brain as I was determined to, I also was irresistibly inclined to send a tweet, share a video of an adorable kid on Facebook, and now here I am on this blog. Ok, I promise to myself to get back to studying after this one blog post about what’s going on in my life these days.

I’m doing yoga at least twice a week now. Those two times are the scheduled yoga at work in the boardroom during our lunch hour which I’m still enjoying organizing and partaking in. Sometimes I practice at home too, although I always struggle with making the time for yoga, or other ‘good for me’ activities.

I still work full time and go to university part-time. I have an exam this week on Thursday. I have a big deadline at work on Friday. I have choir on Monday. I have to schedule a meeting with someone to discuss the fact that two persons stepped down as directors on the board of a community organization for which I am the president. Despite my valiant efforts including the hosting of a fantastic fondue night, which wasn’t very cheap to prepare. Personality conflicts – what do YOU do? Acknowledge or ignore? I have to work overtime today to catch up for my deadline and study. There might not be time left for zombies tonight. *Sigh* There it is, the exhalation.

In 18 days, we will be flying to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to embark on the Carnival Valor for a 7 night cruise in the Caribbean. We are going to: St. Kitts, St. Thomas, St. Marteen, St. Lucia, and Barbados. I have been waiting for this vacation for SO long, that seeing the day count going down on my cruise app is exciting and scary at the same time. I can’t explain it – Although I can’t wait to be on that vacation, I don’t want the happy anticipation for it to end! We still have to choose our excursions for said ports! Any recommendations? Any general recommendations? It’s J’s first cruise, and it’s my first time on Carnival!

My parents and brother and his girlfriend just came back from a 2 week vacation in Florida. I wish we could have joined them, but J and I can’t possibly take 2 weeks off in a row that time of year, and we are really looking forward to our romantic vacation, just the two of us. My brother and his girlfriend got engaged at Disney World!

My guilty TV pleasure these days? House of cards. I’ve been allowing myself 1 episode per night on work/school nights, and we just finished season 1 last night. I can’t get enough!

My favourite food these days? The Bun Kho from my favouite Thai place near the office. Delicious.

Also, I’ve officially become a cat person, I think. Most of the time, I think that she has to be the most amazing cat on the planet. The rest of the time, she’s biting me when she’s had too much stimulation, she runs full tilt with the goal of slamming into my moving feet while I am walking, and she just generally runs everywhere like a maniac, in spurts.

Well, I should really get back to memorizing the psychological, social, cultural, and situational factors influencing the consumer’s decision making process, along with the other 9.5 pages of quick study notes, which are poking my arms with their sharp, stapled, bent-from-use corners, as if to remind me to get back to it.

2013 in 42 Questions

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*** The original questions which I stole from Alex’s facebook were only missing 4 questions to amount to my favourite number – 42. So I added 4 questions at the end :)

 

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never donebefore?

I went back to university as an adult student, I became the president of my community choir, and I took most Mondays off this summer, which was awesome.  

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, andwill you make more for next year?

I just searched my blog for my 2013 goals and here they are: 

  • Financial Freedom = ACHIEVED!!! Okay, 99.5% achieved, but nothing is perfect. 
  • Improved Health/Weight Loss = YES! Slowly but surely… 
  • Be more present and focused at work = Yup (But not enough to answer all in caps.)
  • Buy our first house together = Womp Womp. I have come to the realization though that I’m not ready to buy a house. 
  • Read More = Yes, technically. But only because of the books required for my university courses. I did not read for fun. 

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes, lots :) 

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Not in my immediate circle, no. But my heart ached for so many around me who were dealt quite different hands this year. 

5. What countries did you visit?

None – But I will visit 5 in 73 days! 

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lackedin 2013?

Disposable income! Although in 2013 I have freed myself from a lot of debt, I have paid my university tuition twice, I paid fully for our upcoming Caribbean cruise vacation – yeah!! etc, but in order to do all that, I have had to pinch a lot of pennies! I would like to be able to continue living this amazing life in 2014, with some disposable income leftover in my account! 

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched uponyour memory, and why?

None really, I have a terrible memory. But of course I’ll always remember the holidays, and all the good times Julien and I had in 2013. Oh there’s also the day that my divorce was official, and the day that I signed the papers at the lawyers to release myself from my ex marrital house and of some ex marrital debt. But I have no clue which days those were. I also forget when my spring chorale concert was, but the Christmas one was December 7 :) Oh and the day that I started yoga!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Going back to university part-time while working full-time, I think. I also am pretty proud of myself for having organized and continue to coordinate yoga sessions at work. That has been an amazing experience. 

9. What was your biggest failure?

Maybe not a failure, but I have to work on cooking more often. I suck at cooking, and I dislike cooking. I really have to be in the mood to enjoy making  meals.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I am working hard to improve my health, but I still have the same struggles – PCOS, Type II diabetes, IBS. 

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Our March 2014 Caribbean Cruise vacation :) (I know the responsible answer would be my school tuition, but this is going to be such a blast!!)

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

My amazing boyfriend. I am seriously a spoiled rotten princess. He tells me I’m beautiful and I can tell he means it, he helps alleviate my hatred of winter and winter depression by doing everything in his power to lessen my winter inconveniences. He drives when the roads are bad, he scrapes the windshields every single morning for me when he could stay toasty and warm inside since he works from home. He drives all the way to the other side of town to get us some Dixie Lee since I’m craving it. He flips the light switches in the right order and folds the bath mat just so, and makes sure that the kitchen faucet is facing straight, just because he knows I’m crazy like that. All of that accounts for maybe 5% of his awesomeness. We would be here all day. 

My parents. They are an amazing exeample of beautiful lasting love, having been in love since they were 15 years old. I have really enjoyed spending time with them during the holidays. Maybe because we had to celebrate Christmas with a little weather induced delay, everyone was pretty relaxed and happy.

My brother. I think that he’s really happy, and that makes me happy. His girlfriend Amanda is really perfect for him, and she fits in perfectly with the family. 

Sophie – Working her ass off at 2 jobs to recover from her divorce, and still managed to fall in love with a great guy in 2013 and is in the process of moving and learned to run in 2013 also. That woman is superwoman. 

Alex – That woman just constantly inspires me to be the best, happy me that I can be. 

Julien’s parents – They are such amazing parents, and super nice people. 

Everyone else – We would be here all day!

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

There was one person who grated on my nerves in 2013. It’s weird, I find this person really interesting and like them, yet they annoy the shit out of me! I am determined to improve this relationship in 2014, since we must co-exist in our shared appreciation of a certain activity. 

14. Where did most of your money go?

Tuition and Cruise! 

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Going to see Kiss in concert, Julien trying my favourite Thai restaurant for the first time, various trivial things.. I get excited easily, but more about small random things. For bigger things, I have to process before expressing excitement…. It’s hard to explain. 

16. What songs will always remind you of 2013?

Robyn Thick – Blurred Lines – For a while it was my ‘calm down, anxiety’, song. 

Sublime – Santeria – Same reason as above

Kiss – Psycho Circus (Concert)

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? HAPPIER
b) thinner or fatter? a little THINNER
c) richer or poorer? a little RICHER

 

Gotta love that. :)

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Exercising

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Spend money on restaurants. 

20. How did you spend the holiday?

Because the roads were terrible on Christmas Eve, we had to turn around. On Christmas Day we were invited for supper at Julien’s parents house, but I had to decline because I didn’t fell well at all. I was also crying all day because I missed my family terribly. I had no idea that I would miss them this much if I wasn’t with them on Chrismas Eve/Day. On Boxing Day Julien’s band had a gig in Amherst, which was really good, but the roads sucked. This winter is harsh! The 27th was Julien’s birthday. The 28th, we were finally on the road to my parents house and we had a lovely Christmas!! 

21. Did you fall in love in 2013?

Deeper and deeper, every single day.   

22. What was your favorite TV program?

Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. 

23. Did you visit any new cities/states/countriesthis year?

Nope. 

24. What was the best book you read? 

Since I only read books for university – “Profession Gestionnaire – Relever les defis de la gestion moderne.”

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Monster Truck. 

26. What did you want and get?

Love :)
 
27. What did you want and not get?


More disposable income, better friendships. 

28. What was your favorite film of this year? 

Hmm I can’t think of one. I have a hard time watching a whole movie these days. 

29. What did you do on your birthday?

I’m pretty sure that Julien’s band had a gig at a bar on St-George. 

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Greater weight loss, more savings, better relationships with my friends.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in2013?

Comfortably me. I haven’t worn heels out once in 2013, and I plan to do the same in 2014. I’m so much more comfortable closer to the ground. I have gone out of the house with yoga pants and hoodies on a lot, and I don’t think that I look that frumpy in them. I don’t care what Stacey and Clinton say, I have no one to impress with clothes that do not make me happy. 

32. What kept you sane?

Julien, Sophie, yoga, Roxy our cat, music. 

33. Which public figure did you fancy the most?

I’m really not sure   

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

Shale Gas protests. 

35. Who did you miss?

My family, Robyn, Krista, Mindy, Heather, Courtney, Melissa, RoseAnn, Monika, Jennifer, Amanda, Alex, Emily, Justine,  etc. 

36. Who was the most influential new person you met? 

I can’t really think of one… 

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013. 

When you’re not with your family on Christmas eve and Christmas day, you miss them a hundred times more. 

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Workin 9 to 5
What a way to make a livin
Barely gettin by
Its all takin
And no givin
They just use your mind
And they never give you credit
Its enough to drive you
Crazy if you let it

- Dolly Parton

 

39. So, where are you going on your cruise?

We’re going to St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and Barbados! It’s going to be so much fun!

 

40. How is school going? 

Pretty good! I finished one of my courses with an A and the other with a B. 

 

41. What are you doing tomorrow night for New Year’s Eve?

I’m going to a Tool tribute band NYE Bash downtown with my love. 

 

42. What are you eating tomorrow for lunch?

Saigon Thai with the girls! Cannot wait to have a good Bun Kho! 

I haven’t blogged in over a month

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I often think about blogging, because I like writing for pleasure. I’ve realized that it’s easier to blog when you have a lot of turmoil going on in your life! Things aren’t easy, I’m exhausted, I need a real, proper vacation, all that, but my life is pretty good at the moment!

Julien and I are saving up to go on vacation this winter. We’re leaning towards a cruise. We’re trying to follow our budgets very tightly so that we can do this. We have never been outside of the country together, I just know that we’re going to have so much fun! Does anyone have a good travel agent to recommend, one that will do most if not all of the planning online and via email?

Work has been insanely busy. I’ve been doing a lot of overtime. I’m constantly feeling swamped and not on top of things. University has been a lot more work than I was anticipating. My least favourite things are group projects. I hate having to rely on other people for MY grade. I’m trying to work on it. Overall, I LOVE university and I’m proud of myself for doing this.

My mom finished her last chemo treatment, I think that she’s waiting on scan results for an update. My brother still seems happy in love. I’m starting to look forward to Christmas with my family :)

I’m considering stepping down/quitting something big in my life. Black cloud over my head. The drama sucks the enjoyment out of it. I am very conflicted about it… Sorry for the vagueness. The handful of you who read this probably already know what I’m talking about.

Other than that, I can’t stop looking at black diamond engagement rings online. Even though all of my girlfriends say they prefer white diamonds, I think I might go for what I like even if it’s not the norm, and keep sending Julien links to black diamonds that I like :)

 

Right Now

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Right now, I’m sitting at my desk in the living room with my personal laptop (on which I am typing this), my work laptop (on which is waiting the project I’m supposed to be working on.), an extra screen connected to my work laptop, a cup of cappuccino, and a lazy cat taking up the otherwise unoccupied 07% of the desk. My headphones are connected to my personal laptop, and I’m listening to my chorale’s practice CD. I love Christmas so much, I really don’t mind listening to its songs in September. I am actually very excited about the program for this Christmas concert! My choir director is singing in my ears over the sounds of the game which my handsome boyfriend is playing on the couch. After almost 3 years, I still get butterflies when I look at him. The butterflies fly even more as he’s taking breaks from his game to finish setting up my new laptop. We are definitely outnumbered by computers in this household. We like it better that way.

Right now, I’m reflecting on how I’m realizing more and more that I’m exactly where I want to be. In my career, in my apartment, with J and Roxy. In the past months, I’ve grown an appreciation for our apartment. I actually kind of like it. I wish I could do laundry after 9pm in my own apartment, but I love its location close to downtown, and I feel safe here. It’s pretty. I know what I want to be when I grow up. I really, finally do.  Getting my bachelors degree is the first step, and I’m on my way. Watch out, world!

I was telling Julien earlier how I grew up thinking that I’d be lucky to ‘finish my stamps’ to get my unemployment pay like a lot of people did where I grew up. There’s a lot of seasonal work related to tourism, fisheries, forestry, construction, etc. I remember having big dreams of working in a convenience store in the middle of nowhere, or in a lighthouse. That’s how much I thought I was worth. I thought that I HAD to own a house to be considered a successful adult. Really. I thought that I had to have a job, a house, a car, optimal body weight, and a dog. Dogs are a lot more work than cats, therefore, if I’m going to be all or nothing I had to have a dog, to prove something to the world. I love dogs, but I think I’ve converted to a cat person now. Maybe I’m just a Roxy person, because she’s such an awesome cat. I also thought that I had to be a mother in order to be considered a successful adult. Now, I’m not so sure.

Right now, I think about completing my bachelors program, apply for the position that I want, which includes a little bit more business travel, but not overly because of all the budget cuts. I can’t imagine travel budgets increasing drastically any time soon. I think about travelling for leisure also, like taking one big trip abroad per year and a small relaxing vacation down south every winter. I think about saving money so that I never have to worry about the end of the month ever again. I think about singing in my choir, my voice lessons, yoga, the other hobbies I want to try, and all of their fees. This might mean renting for a few more years. Maybe forever? The housing market doesn’t sound like the great investment it once was. We’re currently certainly enjoying not having the responsibility of yard care, snow removal, emergency repairs, etc. Do kids really fit in my plan?

Right now, I’m thinking no.

Until I start PMSsing, and then I’ll want children more than anything again. Sigh. Is there something I can take for that week?

 

There are seven days in the week and someday isn’t one of them.

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I’ve been wanting to do this for 10 years and I’m finally doing it: I’m going back to University to get my bachelors of Commerce! I start in a week! Holy Shit eh? I’m going to be studying part-time, and I’ll continue working full time. I am super terrified of sucking at this! I haven’t gone to school in 13 years!  I am currently waiting to hear if work will help me cover part of the costs or not. Cross your fingers! I’ve decided that even if they don’t help me out, I’m going to pay for it myself and do this. Even if it means that I’ll have to eat Mr. Noodles for the first month of school when tuition is due. Luckily, even though their policy states that course credits expire after 10 years and that it’s been 16!! years since my first year of university, I was credited an almost full year of (full-time) courses. I’m thrilled about that, because this bachelors is going to take a looong time part-time. There are options available for me to complete this bachelors sooner, like taking a sabbatical year at work for the last year to give it a last push.. but we’ll see when the time comes. For now, I’m taking courses during the evening and online. I’ve been asked what I hope to achieve with this bachelors degree in hand. With this degree, I will qualify for a lot of advancement opportunities at work. By the time I actually complete this, hopefully there will be an upswing by then and I hope that opportunities are abundant. I wish I had started this process sooner in my life, but I don’t think that it’s too late. By starting now, I should be done at age 40. I’ll still have a good 25 years before retirement!

This weekend I’ve re-arranged the living room furniture in every possible combination at least once. It was a workout! The reason I needed more room was to fit in my new little computer desk and chair that I purchased with birthday money. My parents gave me 100$ to buy a new bed comforter set that I wanted, but I’ve decided to instead buy a computer desk so I could set up with my laptop and 2nd screen, a nice little study area where I can do my online classes and homework. The best part of the desk? My handsome boyfriend is in the middle of building/assembling it for me! No guy has ever done that for me. *Swoon* I built my chair, and of course there were three screws missing from the package. I built everything except attach the arms, and I might just leave it armless. It will take less room that way. The arms aren’t adjustable so I don’t think I’d use them much at their current (low) height.

As I was re-arranging the living room furniture drenched in sweat yesterday, I realized that I’ve never in my life lived in a one bedroom apartment before. It has its challenges, but it’s good for our budget, and really why I can afford to go back to school right now. It also forces us to make sure we don’t consume too much, because we’ll have no place to store stuff. At my old house I had a basement FULL of stuff, a spare bedroom FULL of stuff, four closets FULL of stuff.. why all the stuff? Earlier this month at a bachelorette party, we were having a discussion about budgets/spending, and when one of the girls said: “It doesn’t matter if I spend a thousand dollars on a shopping spree, a month or two after, I’ll still want new things! I need new things!”  I don’t know if it’s a bad thing, but I also came to realize that I need new things. But the good thing is, I now realize that I can buy one new thing, and enjoy the fuck out of that new one thing before buying another new thing. Wow, who would have thunk?

Oh, also I had my tarot cards read. It began like this:

The first 2 cards are really about you – the energies that surround you and what helps or hurts you.  To start you have The Wheel of Fortune, which I think is such a fun card.  It’s all about life cycles and changing fortune.  It’s about good luck and overall turning points in your life.  So, this says that changes are happening all around you.  Embrace them because these changes bring you what you want!  The Queen of Wands is helping you with these changes.  She is energetic and creative.  She is dedicated to her commitments and nothing gets her down.  Take those characteristics with you when you approach these changes and you will truly get the most out of them!

I hope this means that this education goal will work out!

In a week I turn 34

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The reason that I turn 34 years old in exactly one week doesn’t freak me out as much as I thought it would, is that I’ve been thinking I was already 34 since January, for some reason. So I’m thinking: Yes! I’m only 34!

I haven’t blogged in over a month! I’ve been busy enjoying summer, and also rehearsing for the three shows of Trial by Jury we just did this weekend. All three shows were sold out, and fun was had by all. You’re probably seen my goth costume pictures on Facebook. Other than that, work has been busy. I’ve also been organizing and participating in Yoga sessions at work. I can barely hold my third downward dog as long as I need to, but I’m already falling in love with yoga. I have an overwhelming feeling that I am supposed to do this for my body. This summer, instead of taking off a week or two of vacation, I decided to take every Monday off. I am LOVING this! I’m fully enjoying my weekends, and feel more focussed the four days that I am at work.

J and I have been busy going to the beach, going to see live music, his band’s gigs, two last minute trips which ended up being awesome: Rush in Halifax, and Kiss in Saint John. We had amazing seats for Kiss, you probably saw the pictures on Facebook. I still can’t believe it! All the confetti during the last song reminded me of being in Times Square on New Years Eve! A couple of days after the concert, I received an unexpected amount of money that covered the cost of the tickets. It was so meant to be! We also had a great mini-vacation when we went to see Rush in Halifax. We got in a harbour hopper tour and a nature watch boat tour. The weather was great, and vacations with my love are the best. We always have such a good time.

I suspect that my girlfriends have been busy too, because I haven’t heard much from them either and see activity pictures on Facebook, but I really haven’t been in touch much this summer. I’m looking forward to stocking up on wine and Skinny Girl cocktails and reconnecting in the fall. This Friday is Holly’s bachelorette party, I’m looking forward to that! Saturday J’s band has a gig in Saint John… see why I’m really enjoying having Mondays off? hehe.

The one area where I could use some positive vibes: My mom is coming to town the day before my birthday, Tuesday, for another chemo treatment and the scan/MRI results from last time. I hope it’s good news.