Couture

I finally got around to putting up some of my new artwork and getting some of the clutter out of my bedroom. Actually, for once my brother was a big help. He owed me a favour (I towed his busted truck home in the middle of the night a few weeks ago) so I had him come over and haul away my old dinette set and a bunch of other excess furniture, as well as a bunch of old clothes and stuff to be put in storage at my Moms. I can actually walk through my bedroom again, and it feels great!!

Anyway- thought I’d share some of the photos… the lighting isn’t super great and the image quality is piss-poor because I took them with my cell (since I was too lazy to actually upload photos from my camera), and my walls are yellow (I HATE YELLOW WALLS!) but I rent so I’m not going to spend a lot of time or put in a lot of effort to paint. I really can’t wait until I buy a place of my own so that it is worth doing stuff like that.

The desk is actually quite old and something that’s been passed around my family as needed for a while. It used to be brown and ugly so I sanded it down and freshened it up with a few coats of white paint. I actually sold my nearly brand new bedside tables from Ikea (I hated them) and sanded and painted my Mom’s old ones to match the desk. I’ve only done one so far though, so no pics of those or my new crystal bedside lamps, yet. I’m also holding out until I buy some new bedding, which will make it all come together. The crystal lamp on the desk is new though, as is the crystal stemmed mirror… and all of the artwork is new. Oh, and the smaller jewelry box on the desk is not very clear in the photo but it’s got kind of a retro couture thing going on… it’s reflective in the front and has photos of Marilyn Monroe on the top. The last thing that’s new in the photos is the desk chair. I’m not even going to tell you how much it cost me (it makes me a little sad- even though the discount price I got it for was a steal compared to the original price). I got everything at Home Sense- it’s my favourite store and shopping there has turned into a bit of an obsession lately. Oops? Oh well, I am a girl after all!

Oh, and don’t look too closely at the artwork… pretty sure they’re all crooked! Haha! (I am the least handiest person ever!)

Another Clean Slate: 2010

I wasn’t going to publish this post until closer to the new year but it seems I’m being nagged about it so here you are: :)

There’s nothing I like better than a clean slate. You might call it OCD if you really knew me, but I call it an annoyance with clutter. Clutter on the kitchen counter, clutter in my house, clutter in my life. Nothing makes me feel better than wiping down those surfaces and having things put away neat and tidy. This year I’ve tidied up many aspects of my life which I’m quite proud of. What a fabulous year 2009 has been for me. In accordance with the mandatory year-end post laws, here is a list of all the things I’ve accomplished this year:

1) I stopped being bitter and angry with my ex. This time last year I was still sorting out our joint finances as well as lot of leftover emotions. I felt as though I would never be completely rid of him, it was one thing after another and it was eating away at my happiness. I finally made the decision to eat the financial costs myself and cut him out of my life completely. My banker wasn’t particularly happy about it, but this was by far the best decision I’ve ever made for myself. That leads me to number 2.

2) I paid off a lot of debt. I felt like I was living in a box some days but I got it done. I am now a lot more confident in my abilities to make good life and financial decisions. I learned to never ever join my finances with another person and to maintain my own credit. I also started building my assets, which feels pretty freaking awesome.

3) I’ve built confidence in my career. I have good relationships with my co-workers and my supervisors. My boss appreciates me and gives me a lot of responsibilities, all of my performance reviews have been stellar, and I’ve been rewarded with pay increases and bonuses. I’m taking courses to better my knowledge in my career, and I’m training for a new position. I also volunteered with my department Manager to do a meet-and-greet with new enrollees in a college program that we recruit from. That was a huge accomplishment for me and I really had to challenge myself to get out there and speak in public about what I do.

4) I took vacations. This doesn’t really seem like an “accomplishment” but for someone who never really took any as a kid and who couldn’t afford to as an adult, this was big for me. They were small and I didn’t go far- but the point was that I was finally able to get out there and experience things. I can’t wait to do that again this year!

5) I read the “bitch book”. That is the term T and myself use for Why Men Love Bitches by Sherry Argov. This book has become my bible. It’s not about being a bitch to snag a man, it’s more about knowing your worth and standing your ground and not letting people walk all over you. This book gave me back some of the confidence that I had lost after my previous relationship, and its theories have been tested by both T and I and THEY WORK! Haha

6) I’m taking better care of myself. Okay, I haven’t gone leaps and bounds with this one yet but I’m working on it. I’ve been eating a bit better, exercising a little more, and doing other things like getting periodic massages and bothering to put on make-up every day. I don’t know if I’m making progress on this because I’m happier or if I’m happier because I’m making progress on this, but I think it’s the former. I’m just generally taking a greater interest in putting myself first, and I’ve realized that it’s okay to be a little selfish sometimes.

7) I literally de-cluttered. This year I threw away dozens of bags of crap I don’t use or need anymore. I got rid of old furniture and bought nicer, newer pieces. I got rid of anything that even slightly reminded me of my ex, and anything with significant sentimental or financial value (jewelry, a wedding invitation, the glasses we toasted with when he proposed) I either gave to a girlfriend to hold on to for me, or I boxed up tightly and put out of sight. This reminds me of that song… *I can see clearly now, the rain is gone*.

8 ) I came to terms with my Grandma dying. Her passing on January 2nd/09 started my year off pretty crappy and I have struggled to remember how she was before she got sick, but I think I have managed to sort it out in my head now. Writing the post A Tribute to a Wonderful Woman really helped me to remember the way she was, and the sound of her laugh.

9) I discovered that I really like yam’s. They’ve got to be cooked thoroughly though. Thanks to CH for practically shoving them down my throat the last time I was in Vancouver (okay not literally).

10) I am once again room-mate free! I haven’t lived alone since before my ex moved in with me (~3 years) and it is a great feeling. I love not having anyone to clean up after or to get mad if I don’t take the garbage out the minute I tie up the bag. And, last but not least…

11) I started this blog and by doing so, found a way to not only express myself, but to make new friends. I’m so glad to have all my “blog buddies”. I hope you stick around.

 

Even though I accomplished so much in 2009, there is always more to be done. In no particular order, here’s what I want to accomplish in 2010:

1) Keep blogging. I got to 2000+ hits in less than 10 months, most of them being in the last 3, so maybe by the end of 2010 I can be at 5000. I don’t really write this blog to see how many people I can get to read it, but I like a good challenge, and this might keep me motivated.

2) Drink a little less alcohol. I don’t drink often but when I do, I can throw them back pretty good. I’m getting old though (haha) and my body is a little less tolerant than it used to be. Let’s scale that back a few beers. Sorry Molson.

3) Make some new friends. Sure, I have friends- but life goes on and people go down different roads. Last year I cut some people out of my life- not because they were bad people or because I don’t like them anymore, but because maybe they weren’t good for me, or they weren’t making me feel good when I was around them. This year, I need to find some new people who brighten my day.

4) Go on some more vacations. Anywhere. To see anybody. Just experience life :) I’ll definately be making my way through Vancouver to see CH, and then the island to see M… but that’s all I’ve got planned so far. Maybe I’ll make a trip to Cincinatti, Cleveland, Boston, or Florida to visit my family there and get to know them a little better. I could always go to Oregon or California to see the other side of the family. So many options I never knew I had.

5) Learn to spell the word definitely without having to spell check. That second “i” trips me up every time.

6) Continue building my financial assets. I am woman, hear me ROAR.

7) Get the oxygen sensors on my jeep fixed so that stupid check engine lights goes off. Oh, and don’t accept any more stupid dares from my brother, like driving through mud puddles that turn out to be mud pits. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

8 ) Get promoted! I’ve recently received a technical promotion by training to be someone’s back-up, but at some point this year I should be taking over his position completely. Hopefully this means another raise before the end of 2010.

 
 

What woman doesn't live for a little interior design?

9) Replace some more furniture. I think this year it’ll be a new couch, and entertainment unit.

10) Get more massages. I didn’t “up” my benefits for nothing, I’ve got to take advantage of that. Plus, it’ll help with my pressure headaches when the weather changes. Stupid Calgary.

A Little Remembrance

Well that’s it! I don’t really have anything pressing to worry about in 2010. Man that’s weird, what will I do with myself? Most of my friends are going away for the holidays and I’ve been debating what to do for New Years. Usually NY kind of sucks and this year I wanted to do something great. Well, I doubt it will be “great” but I think this year I’ll go home. Going over my accomplishments from ‘09 made me realize that it might be nice to mark the 1 year of my Grandma passing by paying her a little visit. Maybe I’ll go home and make an effort to spend a little time with my older brother, God know’s we have a lot of getting to know each other to do. Even if I don’t, it’ll be nice to enjoy the fresh mountain air for a few days. 

Have a GREAT 2010!