Monday, April 30, 2012

My brain is exploding with the amount of content it has just taken in from blog hopping. Among my faves today: 6th Street Design SchoolEverything LEB, House*Tweaking, How About Orange, August Empress,  and Eighteen 25. I think I have a serious internet addiction. Like, really. And I haven't even been on Pinterest yet today - I was only getting up to speed with design blogs. Oh dear...
Of course, I did throw in a little side project along the way. Just fooling around in Photoshop.


But now that Patrick's back from work, it's time to catch up with some other addictions. So many pretty faces to be watching. Sigh.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Alive and Well...

Suddenly I feel the urge to poor my heart out to the world again on this good ol' blog. Had been a long, long while. I debated giving it up completely - I just wasn't feeling it anymore. And of course now with Pinterest, well, you know...

So here I am again, wondering where to start, how to bring you up to speed with this whirlwind of mine. I don't know why I kid myself with the audience. The few folks who tune in probably already know most of my life anyways. I'm really I'm writing this for me, to keep track more, to document the every day and be able to look back and say "oh yes, remember...". So I am doing this for me, as a gift to my future self who will one day be grateful for these little fragments.

Since last August, the start of a new school year, it's been quite the ride. Allow me to summarize. I found out shortly after my last blog post that I was getting a grade 3 class at a new school, about a half-hour away from where I live. To make a very long, complicated and not so great story short, it was a really rough start to the school year. I had a hard time with the new grade level, and discovered that I had a very demanding, oversized class with little outside help at the time. Thanks to some amazing, life-saving friends and family members, I was able to pull through. It was really hard at first and there were days when I was absolutely faking it until the routine of it became normalcy and eventually comfortable. At first I hated it and was really on the verge of quitting my profession. I just wasn't feeling it any more. But thankfully, I stuck it out and am in a much, much better place now. A place where despite the daily challenges, I feel confident, happy and I just know I doing what I should be. It may not be the ideal circumstance, it may not be my favourite grade level, but I could not be doing anything else than this.

Something else happened during the long, depressing winter months. I started car-pooling to work. And it just happens to be the best thing ever! To be able to bond, to vent, to tell secrets, and to laugh like crazy has been so therapeutic to me. It makes work so much more fun. I have come to appreciate my colleagues and my environment so much more. We have a word of the day every day (if we remember). We tell jokes. We sing and scream at the top of our lungs if we feel like it. We do what we want. Here is an example of our awesomeness:

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In other exciting news, Pat and I have a new kitty named Jade, who is the sweetest, most affectionate little bébé ever. She loves to play fetch with her scrunchy ball, to drink from the tap, to run after treats, and to cuddle. We love that we found her. She is friendly and adventurous, pretty and petite. The only annoying habit she has lately is meowing in the morning when she wants us to wake up and play with her. She's been a bit more vocal because we think she might be in heat. We actually took her to vet tonight to be operated, since she was too young to go through the process when we bought her.


It's funny how much I miss having her around right now. She's really part of the family.

I've got lots more to ramble about but I'll hold off for now until another time. Cheers maties.