The packing = got rid of a ton of stuff for donations. (six carloads to be exact) SUCCESS!
The move = fairly good despite the crazy, windy weather.
The unpacking = As predicted - NIGHTMARE. Seriously, try packing 2 apartments into 1. I dare ya.
The apartment is pretty perfect though and I’m loving it aside from the limited cupboard space. Our food is currently all on the floor in boxes due to lack of pantry space. Makes me want to vomit from anxiety. Must buy pantry shelving ASAP!
Once I’m done decorating/unpacking, I’ll take some pictures of the new place. :)
I can’t believe the day has come!! We are finally moving into our apartment tomorrow - and there is SO. MUCH. STUFF. I don’t know how we are going to fit everything into 850 square feet but let me tell ya, 2 apartments turned 1 apartment = predicted storage nightmare.
The roomie and I made a bad judgement call yesterday and moved some boxes at 2:30am in the morning… not a good idea when you work the next day. Oh well! Last random-ness before we move out. Much needed!
I really didn't want to use this blog as an outlet for my misery but...
I HAVE to vent.
I truly believe that some people who are miserable in their personal lives enjoy making other people just as miserable as they are. Specifically, 2 horrible, horrible people at my work.
There are so many barriers being put up at my work place right now that it doesn’t even make sense. You would think that if an organization is in a deficit that they would welcome money funnelling through. I find it so weird that especially during these times of difficult that they wouldn’t reject donations (or make it harder) and make it more difficult to fund programs & services. Are you kidding me? We are cutting budgets and laying off staff but at the same time we are letting amazing opportunities pass us by for the fear of more paper work?! What is wrong with people?! The negativity is driving me up the wall, it’s like they can’t see past their own world. Why would such selfish people work at a charitable organization? WHY??
As a fundraiser & event planner, I know that there are a lot of politics in this world. There are a lot of procedures and policies that I have to follow to ensure that all guidelines are met. However, when there are a few select people that have a lot of control with my program starts to put up barriers without trying to come up with a solution, it drives me nuts. It de-motivates me at a time where I need to be motivated and passionate about what I do.
I have 3 large charitable events coming up. All of which require a lot of planning, a lot of organization and a lot of effort. I was actually quite happy with the work that was put into it and excited to make a difference. Now, I feel like what I’m doing is worthless. (I know it’s not but it’s just how I feel at the moment)
I really have to keep reminding myself that I’m doing it for the people that we support and that nothing else should matter. I must ignore all the control freaks that find comfort in misery and ‘kill them with kindness’ as my co-worker would like to say.
“Gay parents are superior to heterosexual parents. And the reason? Because they must want to be parents enough to overcome countless obstacles to have children, then face scrutiny as society watches them for any slip. And us heterosexual parents? We simply lose our discipline in passion and voila—we’re parents”— anon
I know Cheesecake Factory is probably the worst thing for your health but it’s a ‘must-have’ when I go across the border.
We started with this delicious app - Spicy Ahi Tuna Tempura roll
Then we ordered 2 entrees to share:
Fish (tempura cod) tacos with cabbage, avocado, tomatoes, black beans & mexican rice. YUMMMMMM. We demolished this in minutes!!
Cajun ‘little’ bites with mashed potatoes and corn succotash. We were stuffed after the fish tacos and ahi roll so we basically took this entire dish home. I wonder how it will taste when the chicken is heated?
I’m really glad there’s no Cheesecake Factory in Canada so it can remain a treat for those cross-border shopping trips
God, this show makes me so mad. All of the girls are so dramatic and emotional. You do NOT know if he’s the ‘one’ after one date. You do NOT have to cry every time he talks to another girl. It’s a fucking TV dating show, you should get used to watching him make out with every girl on that show. It’s what happens every single season so you really shouldn’t expect anything less!
It’s a complete trainwreck that I just can’t stop watching.
I wish Ben wasn’t so ugly and boring and I wish the girls weren’t so trashy and crazy. They need to pick better bachelors and contestants next season but at least it makes for trashy TV.
On a related note - switching back and fourth to the premiere of Alcatraz and enjoying it! I’m only half watching it though so I may have to re-watch at a later date. Snipers are so bad-ass!
To go to Vegas or to go not to Vegas? That is the question.
Recently, I’ve been looking for cheap Vegas deals for Harrison’s birthday but since his actual birthday falls somewhere in between my 3 chaotic fundraising events, we’ve decided to go on a mini vacay sometime in Feb. I’ve been twice but he hasn’t and is dying to go so what better way to spend a couple of days away from the cold/work?
Everytime I look at hotwire or expedia or red tag, the prices get higher and higher! Anybody know of a deal site that may be cheaper??
Donated alot of my stuff (and giving up stuff is hard for me to do)
Cut Harrison’s hair and did a semi-decent job.
Now only 43289174 boxes left to pack. Sigh. At least ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is on in the background, haven’t seen it since grade 9 or 10 English class.
Also, went to Kelsey’s for dinner last night and went to a movie afterward - we ended up seeing ‘Girl with the Dragon Tatoo’ and I loved it. It was super suspenseful and sooo good from beginning to end. Now I’m finally motivated to read the trilogy …but only after I finish Catching Fire & Mockingjay.
I have soooo much to get done before an important meeting Monday morning at 7am so I decided to stay home and focus. Plus didn’t want to drive in snow and was feeling a teensy bit too lazy to shower & get dressed.
What was I thinking? I’ve watched an episode of Pretty Little Liars, creeped on Facebook, trolled random websites/blogs and looked up movie times. I’m useless. I can’t concentrate at all!!!!!! Maybe a nap will snap me back into it? Maybe!?
At least I have the weekend to finish everything. Procrastination at its finest.
I’ve been told by at least 5 people in the last month that I have an obsessive personality. I’m going to go with a HELL YEAH. I definitely get obsessed with things easily and go through phases where I just can’t get enough of something. Eg. Owl stuff, nail polish, deal websites, etc., (The list goes on..)
My new addiction: Trying every kind of Keurig k-cups.
I have been to ECS Coffee 4 times in the last week. (Oh by the way, it’s the best and cheapest place to get coffee/tea products in the Halton/GTA area) I’ve also spent over $50 in goddamn k-cups. I can’t stop, I have 150+ k-cups and I canNOT stop buying them. I even convinced 5 of my coworkers to go in on a Mr.Coffee Keurig machine with me at work just so I can enjoy my coffee obsession all day long.
Am I nuts? Is this a mental health issue? Should I get checked professionally?
I wish one of my addictions could be something relatively healthy and non-useless… in the meantime, I will just go enjoy myself a delicious keurig coffee and contemplate this. What should I have? Caramel or French Vanilla? HAHA.
I was JUST talking to a co-worker about growing my own herb garden, especially since you can only buy a giant bunch of herbs at the grocery store. Let’s get real - who the hell needs a giant bunch of dill? What are you going to make with it? Dill soup? Yuck. You really only need a handful at most but it usually goes bad quicker than bananas!
Anyways, how great is this idea? Putting this on my list of things I want to do with my new apartment. WOOP.
“In a relationship, we can pretend to be the same, to think the same, to feel the same, to dream the same, but there is no way that can happen. There are two dreamers with two dreams. Every dreamer is going to dream his own way. That is why we need to accept the differences that exist between two dreamers; we need to respect each other’s dream.”—
Don Miguel Ruiz, The Mastery of Love. (via ohmymagic)
(I’m pretty sure this means that Harrison has to respect my dream for Ryan G)
Today he woke me up AGAIN from my wonderful dream of vacation-ing with none other than RYAN GOSLING. Like seriously, we were on a cruise boat together and I’m pretty sure he loved me and wanted to profess his undying love for me.
Not going to lie, kind of ruined my morning. Along with forgetting my laptop in Toronto and having to drive 1.5 hours there and pack to pick it up.
Anyway.. all better now. I spent the better part of my drive daydreaming about my love affair with Ryan. YAY!
I had quite a productive but also equally lazy weekend and it has been amazing.
Went to Terroni’s in Toronto for the most delicious pizza dinner of my life with some close friends. It was a super long one-hour wait but TOTALLY worth the delicious thin crust pizzas. Very authentic Italian pizza and could very well compete with the ones I had in Florence.
(I realize that it looks all mangled in the picture but this is actually 3 types of pizza. Mmm… prosciotto and argula! hot salami and roasted red peppers! smoked ham & pears & walnuts!)
We get our keys next Saturday! This week was our designated ‘pack Harrison’s apartment up’ weekend and next weekend we will be working on my place. We were actually quite good and packed 75% of his stuff. We only have parts of the kitchen and bedroom left and the entire bathroom - we also donated a shitload of stuff to Value Village so that was a load off as well.
Went to Costco and finally got the keurig I’ve been wanting. I think I’ve been high on coffee since and it hasn’t been sitting well with my stomach. Regardless, amazing purchase.
Went to go see ‘We bought a zoo’. Ena and I bawl-laughed throughout the entire cheesy but super emotional/good movie. I love Matt Damon but Scarlett Johanssen can NOT act to save her life! Came home to delicious homemade spaghetti, nom nom.
I discovered this adorable little loose leaf tea shop in Toronto that is comparable to DavidsTea and bought a ton of delicious teas! So excited to try them all especially since the Keurig extra k-cup works with loose leaf tea as well. Incredibly simple and something I am way too excited over.
Now watching the first Sherlock movie and lying here while my stomach is reeling from the deliciousness that was this weekend.
Hope you all had a good one! :) Not looking forward to 5 more days of work!
Lately, Waffle has had this habit of playing with his toys on top of us while we sleep. It sounds cute but is actually quite annoying, especially at ALL hours of the night. It’s even more awful on work days!
Today, he decided to jump on Harrison’s balls at 7am in the morning which resulted in an elbow in my face, which needless to say scared the shit out of me and jolted me out of a wonderful dream.
What a bugger.
Anyways, went back to sleep after that and slept gloriously until 11:30am. Wonderful start to a lazy Sunday!