Sunday, January 24, 2010

What matters?

I was lamenting to Wade how the house sale problems cost us a lot of money. None of it our fault. I mentioned that maybe we shouldn't have done what we did. Wade pointed out that we lost money, but we could have lost important things. I was confused what specifically he meant, and he said "Princess". We adopted her because we were moving to a bigger yard. Had we not moved when we did (and paid a lot of money because someone else was in breach of contract), we wouldn't have adopted Princess.

Yep, way to put it in perspective, Wade.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Whew ...

Of course, you're aware of the disaster that occurred in Haiti. I'm watching "Hope for Haiti" and earlier I watched "Canada for Haiti" (um, the same format as the American/International show). You are no doubt upset by what's happening, too. I just wanted to pause and acknowledge this tragedy.

I've now read everything in my reader. Our wireless is down, so using the internet is inconvenient: in the corner of the basement. Plus, now that I'm working and commuting half-an-hour each way (as opposed to ... about 5 minutes at my last job), I've been exhausted at night. So here's a quick update:
-Work is good. Still lots to learn.
-Princess is good. She's such a cute little cuddler when I get home. (She wasn't used to me being away from her for hours until I started working again!)
-Wade is good. He's working shift work for the next 4 weeks, which sucks, but at least he'll go back to normal days when this run is over.

That's all I got for now. I'm going to have a nice, relaxing bath then go to bed. Tomorrow I'm volunteering with St. John Ambulance for about 5 hours. (I started volunteering with them back in October. The commitment is: 2 hours of training 2-3 times a month (training is every Wednesday, so you just pick the Wednesdays you can make) plus one "shift" a month (you pick the shift, ranging from 4 to 9 hours, mostly on week-ends).

Monday, January 18, 2010

Ahhh :)

This is where I spent my Saturday:

After spending hours alternating between hot (steam sauna, dry sauna, hot tub), cold (cool water or cold water or just walking outside in a bathing suit!) then rest (at one of many rest stations, some by fireplaces), we went out to an Asian restaurant. As we finished our meal (coconut-curry tofu, tsao tofu and ginger shrimp), karaoke started. So we stuck around for a couple hours, and even did our own rendition of Sweet Caroline!

Good times!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Quick Update

Just a quick update: two days into my job, I'm still not sure what to think. But I'm more positive than I was on Sunday.

This week-end, I'm going to Ottawa to visit two friends - one who lives in Ottawa and one who's in Montreal. We're going to the spa these two ladies took me to for my bachelorette. This time, we're celebrating my friends: Lessia is about to go be a volunteer at the Olympics, and Crystal is about to spend six months in India volunteering on a fellowship, while being paid by her employer! That's just amazing that we're celebrating two amazing ladies!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Lack of posting

I wrote this post last Wednesday, and didn't get around to posting it. I've decided to post it a few days late.

I haven't posted much lately. For various reasons, including (but not limited to): being busy with the holidays, being mildly depressed (being unemployed is somewhat depressing and the short days don't help). Well, actually, that's about it. I've lacked the motivation to do many things, which is a symptom of mild depression. Also, not getting excited about things that would previous interest the individual is another symptom. Well, guess what? I start work tomorrow. And how do I feel? Meh. I know I should be excited and nervous, but I'm only interested and slightly overwhelmed. It's not that I won't do a good job - I will. But this job is a bit of a diversion from what I had been doing the past two years. It's still very related to my graduate degree, but it's something I haven't done much of in the past two years, so I will have the opportunity to use old skills and learn new ones. Normally, the prospect of using skills I haven't used in a while, plus learning new things, is very exciting to me. Ultimately, I know I'll be excited. But right now, I'm only moderately excited. Maybe that's a good thing: I tend to be hyperemotional. But it's very different for me.