Wine and Love: One

I’m always looking for things to encourage me to ost on a more regular basis, because I find that once I start posting more regularly, it gets easier.  That was my hope with Ten on Tuesdays and now with Wine & Love.

Wine and love was originally by Walking With Nora, but as of this week, will now be hosted by Suki. The concept is simple – each Thursday you post about what’s making you reach for the wine glass and what you’re loving.

 

Wine…

  • Work.  I won’t go into specifics, but it’s busy and we don’t have the capacity to manage everything we’re trying to do.  I’m feeling overworked and under-appreciated.
  • Anxiety: My stress is boiling over into full out anxiety a little too often.  Last night, full blown anxiety attack.  I haven’t had one nearly that bad since Australia.  I’m not impressed.
  • School! I usually love school, but this time it’s been hard to manage the teacher’s expectations and have her understand that we have lives outside of school.  I even had the instructor send me a snarky message about how much time I’m investing in the course.  That has never happened to me in my years of post-secondary education.

 

Love…

  • I scored 100% on my test last night after my teacher told me I sucked.  That felt pretty good.  I like proving people wrong.
  • Work placement: My little safe haven of awesomeness.  I get to experience a new work environment and it’s something new each day.  I love, love, love it.
  • Spring-like weather: Feels so good to have the sun on my face and to leave work before it’s dark.  Nicer to play with the puppy outside in weather like this.  I’m so glad the days are getting longer.

 

I’m sure there are other things going on that could be added to either list, but nothing I can remember at this point.

What are your wine & loves this week?

VodkaGirls Blog Swap: Easter Edition

Hiiii!
I’m Katie. You might (or might not) know me from my (lack of a) blog at KatieBlogs.com. I’m also (sort of) a member of the Vodka Girls Channel. I say sort of because I haven’t exactly been showing my face in videos recently.

Sads.

But I have a good reason.

This blog post isn’t about that reason.

This blog post IS about the glorious holiday that is hurrying toward us at a startling speed.

Some might say it’s HOPPING toward us.

I crack myself up.

Just in case you haven’t caught on; Sunday is Easter.

I was raised Catholic, so Easter typically marks the day when I can finally eat candy, drink soda, curse at my mom, or hit my brother again as it marks the end of Lent. As I’ve grown older, I still celebrate the majority of the religious Holidays, so long as they earn me a day off from work.

Though when you work for yourself you don’t ever get a day off. My boss is an asshole but at least she’s hot.

*wink*.

Anyway. Easter. It’s always been a family holiday for me. As long as I can remember, my mom has cooked a huge dinner. Sometimes ham. Sometimes turkey. Always delicious. And more importantly always sweet potatoes. When I was smaller, there were Easter Egg Hunts and Easter Bonnets. As I grew up, there were Easter Baskets and cute little outfits. Even though where we have Easter has changed over the years, the main focus of sharing the Holiday with family has remained the same.

This year is no different. I’ll be heading down to my mom’s bright and early on Sunday morning. (Seriously. About 4 AM. I’m seeing Blue October in concert in Atlantic City on Saturday night. Woo!) I think I’ve been a good girl this year, so the Easter Bunny will be visiting me with a basket of goodies I’m sure. I have no shame in the fact that I’m 27 and still expecting an Easter Basket.

I hope he brings me a LoveSac.

And I will eat Ham. Or Turkey. Or whatever Mom makes.

And maybe sit on my LoveSac.

And definitely eat Sweet Potatoes.

Happy Easter, friends!


Ten on Tuesday

I know, I know.  I haven’t posted in a while.  Let me try to distract you from that fact with…. SHINY THINGS!  No? Okay.

Well, I haven’t done a Ten on Tuesday in a while, either, and that totally counts as a post.

Ten on Tuesday is hosted by Chelsea and she provided this week’s questions, too.

1. How do you feel about April Fool’s Day?
I think it’s a little ridiculous and a lot mean.

2. Do you like birds?
I have no real feeling towards birds one way or the other.

3. How often do you wear your hair in a ponytail?
Not that often, actually.  I tend to let my hair run wild and will catch it and pin it up, but very rarely do I put it in a ponytail.  I find they do weird things to my hair and pull my curls out in a strange way.

4. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Absolutely not.  But that can’t come as a surprise, as I hardly believed in love.

5. What is your favorite appetizer?
Tomato and mozzarella salad.  Amazing.

6. What is your favorite brand of heels?
I actually don’t wear heels often.  I’ve broken my ankle twice and am generally a klutz.  I wear flats, and any flats, really, so long as they’re cute and comfortable.

7. Are you a picky eater?
Yes.  I have a passionate dislike for meat, I’m deathly allergic to shellfish, and just for fun, I go through periods of time where something I used to love, I can’t stand even the smell of it.

8. Is there a tv show you like that nobody ever talks about?
Not particularly.  I tend to watch fairly mainstream stuff.  Wait, no.  Someone on Twitter just reminded me of one.  Once Upon A Time.  That’s an awesome show.  Let’s talk about it.

9. Do you prefer hot tea or cold tea?
Tea.  Hot.  But not Earl Grey.  And not Tetley.  Gross.  I’m a huge tea snob.  I love green and white tea, I like black tea.  I like flowering teas, I prefer my tea to be loose leaf.
10. Gayle or Peeta? (If you don’t know how to answer, read The Hunger Games.)
Hands down, Peeta.

Sneaky Hate Spiral, do not want.

Okay, so… I was starting to worry that perhaps my funk may be a little more serious than a funk.  Granted, the stress has been higher than usual this year.  But I was doing things that were out of character.  I was having bad weeks instead of bad days.  I’ve been moody and brooding and quiet.   I started avoiding seeing my friends and visiting my family.  I was hating school.  I essentially quit band.

Guys, I quit band.

WTAF.

So, yeah.  I was getting to the point where I was starting to worry about the intensity of my funk.  But then a few things happened.

Two weeks ago, I went for an interview.  I need to complete a work placement for the program I’m taking and two Fridays ago, I went to meet with my potential supervisor.  I got to talk to her about something new and be exposed to an entirely different work environment.  I came away from there feeling energized and excited.  Feeling those things made me realise how long it’s been since I’ve felt them.

Then yesterday, even though work was insanely busy and stressful, I still had a good day.  I made it through 8 hours of ridiculousness and was still in a decent mood by the end of the work day.  I escaped the office and met someone for lunch.  The sun was shining and I got to feel it warm on my face.  It felt like spring.  And I was feeling energized and excited again.

These seemed like such mundane, ordinary things, but they had a huge impact; it shook me right out of this nearly four month funk.  The realisation left me feeling a little stupid.  It makes sense that this would be all it would take to get things in perspective and get me out of this funk, but when I was right in the middle of this particular sneaky hate spiral, I just could not for the life of me come up with a solution.

So, I’m tucking this away in hopes that next winter when I trip into this funk, I will remember that the best way to shake it off is to find something that energizes me and may be a little different from things I’ve done before.  Work is still going to be insane.  People will still cause drama and stress.  But that so doesn’t mean I have to let it put me in a bad mood.  Why can’t I remember this?  Seriously.

Oh, and guys, in case you were wondering… This Saturday, I’m going to go play with the band.

 

 

Holy cow, it’s March.

People always say that time goes by too fast.  Notice that?  I do.  And while I don’t disagree with those people, I sometimes want to hate them for constantly pointing it out.  Because it only reminds me of how old I’m getting.

I blinked and all of a sudden it’s March 5th.  I didn’t post an end of February 12 Changes update.  So I’m doing that now.

For those of you that haven’t heard of the 12 Changes project, the lovely Katherine and Stephany hatched this project, while they were talking about how making smaller, more manageable changes could add up to big changes. One a month, for every month of 2012.

Welcome to month 3 of 12 changes.

My February change was all about drinking more water.  I’m awesome at it in the spring and summer, but not at all awesome at it in colder months.  Which is why I figured February would be a good month for this change.  I thought this would’ve been an easy change.  It totally wasn’t.  I did a lot of forgetting and tried to keep track, but… it just wasn’t something I was successful at.  Also, I bailed on my earlier sleep schedule, too.

So for March, not only am I looking to get back to sleeping earlier and keeping up the water thing, I’m now all about being more purposeful about working out.

Anyone else doing the 12 Changes? Please tell me you’re doing a better job than I am.

Ten on Tuesday: Random

C’est Mardi! Temps pour Dix Mardi!  Ten on Tuesday is hosted by the fantastic Chelsea at Roots and Rings and this week’s questions are provided by her.

1. What did you do this weekend?
I ran errands, got coffee, mailed a love letter, had a #winetoreach on Saturday night, strained my knee on Sunday and spent the day icing and stretching it, raided and nursed the headache from #winetoreach.

2. Do you prefer short fingernails or long fingernails?
I prefer medium length finger nails on me, as in a bit of a white tip.  I find longer finger nails are a hazard; they get caught and break on piano keys, get in the way of putting contacts in, break or get caught on sweaters.

3. What is your favorite use for Pinterest?
Nothing yet.  I’m very new to Pinterest and don’t quite get the hype yet.

4. Do you sleep with your mouth open?
I don’t think so?

5. Where did you have the best pizza you’ve ever eaten?
Capriccio Italiano.  Best pizza ever.  My fiance (at the time) and I would go there for a very late dinner on Fridays (around midnight) and sit out on the patio and watch the excitement of Northbridge.   It had the strangest art on the walls and the oddest owner who would just wander over and sit down with you.   The food was fantastic and their pizza was amazing; great sauce and fresh veggies.  Perth has some amazing restaurants.

6. What do you eat for breakfast on weekdays?
Cottage cheese and fruit or yogurt and granola.

7. Do you watch awards shows? Why or why not?
I kinda have a huge hate for awards shows.  They tend to irritate and bore me.  But I do, on occasion, still watch them.

8. Can you whistle? Snap? Curl your tongue? Bend down and touch your palms to the ground?
Whistle: Yup.
Snap: Yes, though sometimes the sound of it gives me the gweebs.
Curl my tongue: Yes.
Bend down and touch my palms to the ground: I think I can?…Yup.  May or may not have just tried it to be sure.

9. What email service do you use?
Gmail.  I like it.  But I’m not sure about this whole new privacy policy thing with the google products.

10. What is your favorite outdoor activity?
Walking my dog and playing fetch with her.  Or lounging in my adirondack chair in the sun with a book and a G&T. DON’T JUDGE.

Bad romance

Do you know how they say that absence makes the heart grow fonder?  They’re so not lying.

As some of you may know, I lived in a long distance relationship for years…with snow.

In my mind, snow was this glorious, amazing thing.  It blanketed everything in sparkles.  It seemed to make everything just a bit quieter, just a bit cleaner, just a bit more magical.

Snow was fun.  It was playful.  Flirty. Romantic.

I’d missed it so much that when I came home for Christmas holidays to discover there wasn’t any snow on the ground… I was a little heartbroken.  Felt a bit stood up.

So I returned to Oz and continued to pine for snow.  By that time it had become pretty clear to me that I’d fallen truly, madly, deeply in love with snow.  At least I thought I’d fallen truly, madly, deeply in love with snow.

Then I moved back to Canada.  I was excited to experience the colour changes of fall, experience drastic changes of the seasons and finally, finally be reunited with snow.

When I caught the first glimpse of snow on Halloween that year, I was pretty damn excited.

But then the snow just kept coming.  It brought with it freezing weather, dry skin, wet boots, slippery sidewalks, treacherous driving conditions, and long, dark, dreary days.

Snow was kind of a disappointment.  Snow was a bit of a douche who didn’t know when it was time to go home and never cleaned up after himself.

It didn’t take long for me to realise I wasn’t at all in love with snow.  I was in love with the idea of snow.  Living with the reality of snow never, ever compared to the fantasy I’d built up about it in my head.  What a bummer.

My love for snow was all but gone by the end of that first winter home.  These days, I try to avoid it at all costs…

 

…That’s my long winded way of saying I’m kinda glad Snowmegeddon didn’t happen today.  And I’m not at all sorry for feeling that way.

 

 
photo credit: rachel_titiriga via photopin cc

Ten on Tuesday: Maths

While it may feel like a Monday, it is definitely Tuesday… which means time for Ten on Tuesday, hosted by the lovely Chelsea.  This week’s questions were provided by a maths-teaching friend of hers.

0.01×10^2. What was your best/worst day in math class?

There was never a best day when it came to me and maths.  Every maths class was worse than the last.  I truly, truly hated it and the second I could stop taking maths, I did. (Yes, my last maths class was in grade 10).

20×10^-1. Who was your favorite/least favorite math teacher? Why?
My favourite maths teacher was Mr. N, because he took the time with those of us that hated and didn’t get math to make sure we learned.

My least favourite math teacher would be every other math teacher I ever had.  haha

3×10^0. Is it okay to be bad at math if English is more your thing?
I think so.  I mean, my brain just does not lend itself to maths and sciences.  I find it kinda funny that I hate maths so much, but love music.  But yes, everyone’s brains work in different ways.  I think it’s important to learn maths, but I think it’s okay to be bad at it.

0.4×10^1. How does this video make you feel?
It didn’t really make me feel…anything? If it were for real, I might be a little concerned about humanity. 😉

500×10^-2. What do you like/not like about math?
My brain just doesn’t work that way, so when you get down to the really complicated stuff, I kinda zone out.  Luckily, I don’t think that’s the kind of math that people use in their day-to-day, so I think we’re okay.

0.006×10^3. What makes someone a nerd?
Oh, man.  There isn’t one thing exactly.  And then I have to explore the geek versus nerd thing again.  I think this is such a subjective thing.

7×10^0. Who is the nerdiest person you know?
Me? I dunno.  I know heaps of nerdy people, cuz I’m one myself.

80×10^-1. What is the nerdiest thing you’ve ever done?
Okay, fuck.  I’ll admit it.  I dressed up as Deanna Troi from ST:TNG. When I was ten.

0.9×10^1. Do you think GraphJam is funny?
Occasionally.

10×10^1. Have you ever used math outside of school?
Yes, but basic stuff.