But This Wasn’t Part of My Plan – Unexpected Life Lessons

I’m sitting here, the Monday night after a three day holiday weekend, trying once more to decide what I should post next, but just not feeling what I have already written up, and my brain too tired to brainstorm any new ideas.  So I don’t really know where I’m going from here, but I’ll know when I get there.  You see, the plan was Friday after work to pack up myself and the mutt with just enough to get us through to Saturday evening, and meet up with the man for a quick overnight trip to the cabin to get it opened for the season.  Being Ms. Prepared I packed two large bags with enough changes of clothing and gear for every type of inclement weather, and brought along enough dog food to get my buddy through a week, in case of emergencies.  Which turned out to be highly fortunate.IMG_5401 Continue reading “But This Wasn’t Part of My Plan – Unexpected Life Lessons”

Where Am I Going?

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Apparently readers like pics.  Here’s a pic.

It’s only been three days since I last wrote, and while I realize 72 hours is not the lengthiest period of time, considering I have several drafts saved and a notebook of miscellaneous things written up I should be able to produce more regular content.  But, I have to admit, I don’t know what I should post next.  My blog is not quite a month old so I’m not too concerned about having things all figured out at this stage, but it seems a good time to try to work out what sort of direction this thing is heading, or to decide if the utter randomness thing that is my usual style is working best for me or not. Continue reading “Where Am I Going?”

Reflecting on What Matters

It is the first few minutes into the day following Mother’s Day, and as I lie here in bed curled up next to the only living being over which I have any motherly responsibility – my mutt, Dex – I am reflecting back on a busy but fun day filled with baby snuggles, great food, family, and above all, love.

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A most amazing sunset over my family home on a very special Mother’s Day

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Successfully Navigating Adulthood, But Can’t Get a Date? 24 things you may be doing that are killing your chances of success

IMG_3320“30 is the new 20” “40 is the new 30″… great.  These trendy and trite little catchphrases are representative of far more than they would appear at first blush.  What do they even really mean?  Well, for the limited purpose of this post, it means that traditional societal norms have shifted over the years – that the things that were expected of you in your 20s are now acceptable and more the norm to be expected in your 30s, and your 30s for your 40s in turn.  And what does any of this have to do with dating?  It means that over the last several years there has been a shift in our collective conscience where it is now acceptable for people to be settling down, committing, getting married, having children later in life, or to not do any of it ever.  So the good and the bad news for you is that the world we occupy is currently populated with more adult singles than it has been since the advent of marriage. Continue reading “Successfully Navigating Adulthood, But Can’t Get a Date? 24 things you may be doing that are killing your chances of success”

Spring Clean Checklist – Above and Beyond (A lazy post by a tired girl)

Here’s my confession:  I’m mentally and physically exhausted.  I’ve been sick most of this week.  I had the flu, and the drastic weather changes have flared up my insomnia something terrible, so I wasn’t even able to sleep it off.  I have many post ideas written up and drafts started and saved on topics I actually enjoy and care about, but none quite complete, and now that the week’s over instead of being at my co-worker’s retirement party with the rest of my friends and colleagues, I’m in my pyjamas watching Disney – yes, Disney – movies.

So with that in mind, I hope that explains why instead of a real post, I’m simply copying a spring cleaning guide I had previously written for a completely different purpose, just to keep up some content until I can get in a solid night’s sleep tonight, and maybe – just maybe – you might find a few things on it you hadn’t thought of before or something you may find useful, or perhaps it may just inspire some of you late starters here to get started on your own.  Continue reading “Spring Clean Checklist – Above and Beyond (A lazy post by a tired girl)”

The Beginner’s Guide to Giving

“There but for the grace of God I go” – John Bradford

If you are comfortable, reading this from your smart phone, tablet or home computer, and know where you are going to lay your head tonight, chances are you have more than many.   I myself am sitting here comfortably on my leather sofa brainstorming ways I can tighten up my budget so I can find some extra cash to put towards helping me achieve my long term goals – as I sit here typing away on my laptop, in front of my 50″ high def television perched atop my fireplace/entertainment unit, with my iPhone and iPad within arms reach.  And I must admit, even lower middle class is a hard place to picture myself at the best of times! Continue reading “The Beginner’s Guide to Giving”

Social Media and Texting Etiquette – Bringing our communications and respect for each other back up a notch

Who remembers the days before smart phones came onto the scene?  Remember waiting anxiously for a certain phone call or excitedly running to answer it when it rang unexpectedly, all the while wondering who it was?  We’d pick up that phone with a hello, and the greeting returned.  We talked in turn, and when the appropriate moment arose we said our goodbyes before disconnecting that call.

We’ve now moved into an era where much of our communications and interactions with our friends, family, significant others and the outside world take place through texting, messaging and social media.  And as the digital trend progresses, so our sense of etiquette and basic courtesy regresses at an alarming scale.

We’re ALL guilty of one or more of the following offences, so take heed, identify where you might be a guilty party, and let’s see if we can’t bring back some of those old school rules of communication and bring our social interactions back up a notch now. Continue reading “Social Media and Texting Etiquette – Bringing our communications and respect for each other back up a notch”