May 27, 2013

I Don't Know What Day It Is Anymore

Thank god Dave is a patient man.  Whenever I see a photo opportunity I'm like, "Take a thousand pictures of me!".  Not because I want a thousand pictures of myself, but because I see the moment and I want to capture it.  I just always happen to be the subject. Ok fine, I am a conceited douche bag.

So dudes and dudettes, what has been happening in my part of the world? Not much blogging, this is clear. I apologize for life has been swallowed up by school and running and all things nutritious and good for you. At least, starting tomorrow anyway. The giant ice cream cone I had tonight was the LAST thing I swear.

We finally got around to buying a NutriBullet. Those things are the shit! As a side note, (also a tooting my own horn note), Dave and I went into a health store on the weekend and asked the woman working there a few questions and I knew more than she did. Not judging or being mean about it, I was just proud that my school knowledge is sticking in this goopy mass I call my brain. Anyway, the NutriBullet. You can juice everything in there, even the kitchen sink. But what we were most excited about finding out is that you can make your own nut butter. Haha! Yeah, that's right. Nut butter. Why am I a 10-year-old boy? My mind always goes to the lives there.

My landlord is doing more renovations on my apartment. Which means that his friends are in and out of my apartment every day, all day. Yeah...his friends. He doesn't hire professionals to do the work, just his friends. Which means that something that should take a day or two ends up taking a couple of weeks. It has been two weeks already; we are in to our third week now. For something that should have taken 2-3 days. I am going to flip my shit very soon if this isn't done by the weekend. I shouldn't hold my breath, it won't happen, but a girl can dream. It's hard to study, and hard to do anything when there are strangers in your home, especially in your only bathroom that you don't have access to for 8-10 hours a day. I dehydrate myself all day so that I don't have to go pee, because I can't. Anyway, enough of my whining. I just hope my next post isn't being written to you from prison. 

My EI fiasco was finally sorted out. Which means I got paid last week, but only a weeks worth. My first real payment will be next week. Which means that the whole EI process took just over 3 months for me to see any (of my own!) money. It was so stressful having to call everyday and have every person tell you completely different information from the next. But, the fact that I called every single day, sometimes twice a day, for a month, is what finally made them clear the bullshit up for me. Also, did you guys know that there is actually a place where you can complain about Service Canada? Most likely you didn't, because the people who work for Service Canada aren't allowed to tell you about it. Company policy. It's called The Office for Client Satisfaction and the phone number is 1-866-506-6806. Actually, it was two days after I called them and complained that my issue was resolved on my maybe the system does work. Or maybe it was a coincidence, ha!

I can't wait for my house to go back to normal, to finally be getting consistent payments from EI, and to start enjoying my Summer. I know the things I am complaining about aren't the end of the world, so at least there is that. I know I am lucky in this life. 

Looking forward to picking up some nutritious ingredients for the NutriBullet tomorrow, such an awesome way to get all your vitamins and macronutrients. I have always said that I would rather drink all my my dream can come true! I'm kidding of course :)

I hope you all have a great Tuesday!

May 21, 2013

Spring City

Hello friends and neighbours! How is everyone doing these days? I am feeling a little better about life myself, so that's good news.  I finally (FINALLY) sorted out all of my EI drama shit. Still haven't received any money, but it's coming, and that's all I need to know. I still can't believe that I had to wait 3 months for my own money. Bullshit.

But life has been good! Spring has graced the city, and I couldn't be happier about it. Spring in Toronto is my favourite time of year...everyone shakes off the dust and cobwebs from the winter and happiness ensues. It's not yet the angry Summer Torontonian, because the temperature hasn't reached fire and brimstone levels as of yet. Everyone just feels renewed and smiles come easy.

Like this one, from my little babe of a nephew, Jackson. He makes my heart so happy it feels like it is going to burst. My brother's wife is due to give birth in the next few weeks, so that too, is making me feel very lucky in life. Babies really are a godsend in so many long as I can give them back that is :D

Everything is in bloom and beautiful. Which means that my allergies are too.

This Friday past we had an earthquake. It was a 5.1, so not really anything major, but my apartment (which is in a house) sounded like the Titanic sinking. It swayed and groaned and tinkled and cracked. That might be due to the fact that the house is just waiting to fall over. The foundation is so crumbled and cracked that I am not sure how it stayed up. We were talking to one of our landlords about the earthquake and joked about how the house sounded like it was going to collapse and the look on her face was like "Shit. Really?" and then she followed that up by saying "We want a structural engineer to come and take a look at it, but we haven't gotten around to it yet". Cool....keep putting that one off.

It was Victoria Day weekend, or to the Molson-drinking-cottage-going-party-like-the-world-is-going-to-end-crowd...May 2-4.  The long weekend: when it's ok to start drinking at noon, and fireworks light up the night sky for days. It was also a perfect weekend weather-wise. Perfect to go and sit by the water, have some ice cream, and drink beer on my deck afterwards.

Speaking of fire and brimstone weather, we experienced a bit of that this weekend. Sunday was hot, but yesterday was even hotter. It felt like 30C (86F) with the humidity, and shit was it ever humid. I have my first sunburn of the year (and hopefully last, I am paranoid about skin cancer but was caught off guard by how hot it was), and I am currently going through my need-to-adjust-to-this-heat period of eating very little and wanting to move even less. The adjustment period is key, you just need to submit to it, embrace how hot you are, and then one day you wake up and it's 35C and you are as cool as a cucumber (HA! More like delirious).

The water was ice cold and the breeze off the lake was heavenly. 

Today will be spent finishing off the chapter on proteins I have been working on for forever (lots of info to pack in my brain!), coffee, enjoying the thunderstorms, and getting the week started off right.

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope your day is great and full of surprises! Good ones!

May 3, 2013

Life is Meant to Be Lived

Well shit! It's been forever since I posted last. Believe me though, there has been NADA to tell. I have done literally nothing but school and sit on my ass due to lack of funds for fun. Do you know how much that SUCKS? My severance has run out already, since I got next to nothing after tax, and I had to live off of it for three months. THREE MONTHS! Let me just say that the amount that I made at my job in 3 months was over half of what I had to live off of from my severance. I'm not sure who makes the rules in this country, but they suck. I should be getting my first EI cheque in the middle of May, but we will see, as my ex place of work fucked up on my ROEs (surprising) and I may not get my money for a while yet. SIGH.  Ok, rant over.

The weather around here went from being cold and snowy to tropical death hot in a matter of a week or two (not complaining here!). The trees and flowers have all exploded into bloom, and my deck is ready for any willing party participants who like to drink and share wine. Come on over friends!

This really wasn't that long ago.

To this...ahhh. Dave and I have been running so much lately, enjoying this gorgeous running weather. We even go when it's raining...that's how hardcore we have become about it. I think I have found my new exercise. I lost 29 pounds with Jillian Michael's 2 or so years ago, but then I plateaued. I knew I would have to step up my game eventually, and I am glad that I found something I like to do. Because honestly, exercising is NOT fun. So when you find something you like, stick to it for as long as you can!

We had our first ice cream date of the season a few nights ago. I always mark this occasion because it always means the start of summertime for us, or at least warmer weather. It has been hot here for the past week, and I am loving it.

I can't wait until I start getting EI. I mean, what a perfect time of year to get paid to do nothing. I'm not saying that in an asshole ungrateful way; I am glad we have a system in place in Canada to help people who are out of work. I have been paying into it since I started working a thousand years ago, so damn it if I am not going to use it and chill while I do. When I was working my ass off for the past forever, I used to dream of a situation like this, where I could relax and do what interested me, while money still came in. I plan to make the most of it. It's not a whole lot, but who needs a lot of money? As long as I am happy right? And right now I am. The time will come soon enough when I need to get out there and find a job, but for right now I have a whole summer before me of beer and barbecue and enjoying this city and my friends to the fullest.

Life is pretty good, even when it feels stressful and like things aren't going your way. They will eventually, it just takes patience. I heard a saying somewhere that we are never given more than we can handle, and I believe that. So, try to do something for yourself today that makes you happy: have a glass of wine, eat a cupcake, go for a run if that's your thing, or buy yourself that something you have been eyeing for a while. Life is meant to be lived right? So live it!