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August 25, 2010

Personalized

Filed under: Questions — Chantelle @ 8:50 am

I need to hear back from you.

See, I need to know what you think.

Do you like Ten on Tuesdays? Do you like Fun Finds Fridays?

I do know that I need to add in more personal posts in between. I am aware that my blog has been a little bit… overwhelmed by these weekly posts as of late, because I had fallen behind.

Unless you tell me not to, I will continue to catch up with these posts. I enjoy doing it. But at the same time, I will continue to put actual posts in here… posts where you get to see what I’m thinking, feeling, doing. I haven’t been doing a very good job of that lately.

My life… is weird lately. That is really the best way I have to describe it. I am so used to being in school. I have been in university for four years now, and highschool/elementary for 12 years before that. School is a fact of life.

It’s not as though I’m not going to be in school this fall. In fact, I start school again two weeks from yesterday.

But this year, I’m going to be taking two night classes. And that’s it. Two night classes.

This will be the first time that I can remember, where I am not going to school full-time in the fall.

Granted, I’ll be busier than ever. This fall I will be taking an English and a Commerce class… two classes that are both very heavy in reading and writing. I will also be working full-time, and I’m praying that my weight-loss/fitness journey will not be negatively affected by this. (I’ll write more about this journey at some point, you can count on it.) In fact, I think my gym membership becomes active again on the 7th. I hope my gym membership becomes active again on the 7th. I’ve never been a part-time student before. Am I afforded less priviledges than the full-time students? I hope not.

See, I’d really like to get back onto my 5x/week gym routine. 30 min, 3 days/week, 1hr30min, 2 days/week. And if my gym membership does not activate in the fall, I’ll have to put together the money to buy a membership elsewhere. It isn’t a question.

My body has been crying for the gym for sometime now. It’s weird. In the past I would have never said that I enjoy the gym. I had to drag myself there, Every Damn Time. But it’s been four months since I’ve been to the gym now, more than that if you count that I didn’t go to the gym as frequently as I would have liked during finals in April. The last “real” physical activity I had was my marathon in May. May 30th.

Today, it feels like someone has punched me in the ribs. I don’t know why it is like that, but I do know that a good cardiovascular work-out would make that feeling go away.

After work today I will be going to the hospital to meet my Grandma for coffee. She is there for her check-up, and wants to see me before she leaves the city. She still doesn’t know that Gilles and I live together. I want to tell her. I don’t want to tell her. I really don’t know what I want to do there. I’m sure you’ll hear more on that front.

Anyway, my point is that I will be late getting to the house, where I will rush and make supper, but Gilles wants to spend at least two hours at the apartment cleaning today since we didn’t get there yesterday because he wasn’t feeling well. … I was thinking about going to Regina with Gilles this weekend. I won’t be. I’ll be staying home cleaning the apartment instead.

Haha did I mention that right now is my “non-busy” time? My classes are done for the summer and don’t start again until the 7th. I guess it is more of a “not busy + moving = pretending not to be busy”?

Anyway, I’m taking off the 3rd from work, so that I can have an extra long labour day weekend. That’ll be my summer vacation this year. I can’t wait.

I’ll leave you with a few pictures from my high school graduation, as I think that they are appropriate for today’s subject. Enjoy!

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August 20, 2010

Today’s Forecast: Sunny and partly… smokey?

Filed under: Questions — Chantelle @ 7:57 am

It may be because I am already coughing, but the smoke in today’s air is unmistakable, and even the Star Phoenix’s weather update recognizes it:

Do you know what this is from? Is it from the forest fires up north? While that would seem like the obvious answer, why wouldn’t they have affected us before?

August 18, 2010

Fun Finds Friday Vol. 3 (For July 30)

Filed under: Fun Finds Friday — Chantelle @ 4:21 pm

Today’s theme is… skirts. Seeing as it is summer and hence skirt season, I thought it would only be appropriate.

1. “Traditional Hi Low Skirt” from Sears: $59.99

I really like the looks of this skirt because it is appropriate to wear out for the night, or you can wear it to the office during the day. When you are shopping on a budget, versatility is everything.

2. “Apple Pickin’ Skirt” from Made With Love By Hannah: $68

I’m not sure that I would wear this skirt to work, but it would be perfect for a walk in the park, or along the river. This skirt just screams carefree and relaxed to me.

3. “Tamara” from Great Glam: $25

This skirt is just so much fun! Of course it would be worn for both special events, and every day fun-shopping etc, wear.

4. “Pleated Peplum Skirt” from Forever 21: $35

Again, this skirt is more frivolous and fun than it is practical, but paired with a nice black shirt or blazer it could be worn to work…

5. “Double-layered Eyelet Skirt” from the Gap: $29.99

This skirt is fun and flirty. It can be worn at the office again, or would be perfect for a picnic (as long as you have a blanket to sit on!)

6. “Vista Skirt” from Athleta: $54

I love this skirt because it looks like it would be completely versatile. You could dress it down to walk or lounge around the house, or dress it up for work or a fancy event.

7. “Teal Plaid Pencil Skirt” from Ricki’s: $45.50

I don’t know what it is with plaid skirts, but I love them. Maybe it’s the whole “Catholic school girl” side of me coming through!

8. “Blue Canoe Wrap Skirt” from Not Just Pretty: $54.60

The great styling isn’t even the best thing about this skirt. The best thing is that it is made from 94% organically grown, renewable materials!

9. “Lilikoi Lily Skirt” by Not Just Pretty: $90

From the same store as the previous skirt, this number will be available this fall.

10. “G-Star Vintage Mini-Skirt in Raw Denim” from Revolve Clothing: $168

Okay. So I couldn’t honestly write an entire post about skirts without including a jean skirt. But jean skirts really don’t impress me, nor do I really like them. So a jean skirt has to really stand apart from the rest to get my vote. Despite the price, (although the price would result in my never ever buying this skirt), this skirt stands apart for me.

Fun Finds Friday, Vol. 2 (For Friday July 23rd)

Filed under: Fun Finds Friday — Chantelle @ 10:48 am

Okay, time to start catching up. First on my list of back-posts is Fun-Finds Friday, Volume 2. The original ‘air-date’ of this post was supposed to be July 23rd. But… it’s today. Enjoy!

Today’s theme is Geek Chic.

1. Star Wars Chopsticks

Although I have never seen Star Wars before, I am still in love with the idea of these cute Star Wars chopsticks. You can find them at The Geek Chic Boutique, here.

2. Newton’s Cradle

This is nothing new, but I have never before found somewhere I can actually buy it! I love these things. This one can be found at The Geek Chic Boutique (see above) as well, here.

3. Transformers Reversible Belt Buckle

Good or Evil? Depends on your mood. Personally, I’m usually an Autobot, except for particularily bad days. This can also be found at the Geek Chic Boutique, here.

4. Metal Detecting Sandals

I have always wanted to bring a metal detector to the beach to see what I can find… problem was, I didn’t know where to get a metal detector. Now I can do that, and look a little bit less like a dork. Maybe? This can be found at Hammacher Schlemmer, here.

5. Heated Jackets

I think I have just discovered the secret to surviving Saskatchewan. Why didn’t anyone tell me about these things? This is going to be number one on my list of must-have splurges this year. Sold by Brookstone, found here.

6. I love you more than Xbox Card

Okay, so maybe Xbox is a bit out-dated now. But let me tell you, I would love to get this card reading ‘I love you more than PS3’. ‘Cuz people? Sometimes I’m just not sure. Found here.

7. Cuckoo Clock Watch

 

While this piece isn’t actually available to buy, my inner annoying child is cheering. After all, what would be better than your wristwatch ringing out every hour? Declared here.

8. GPS Personal Location Finder

I can never remember where I park. I always end up working my way through the wrong row at concerts/movies/plays. This is perfect. Found here.

9. Loc8tor Lite 

Showing again, my tendency to be a little bit scatterbrained, this gizmo allows you to attached chips to four object you tend to lose, so that you don’t have to spend hours looking for them. (like my keys) Buy it here.

10. Hungry Hungry Hippo Tee

Too cute… and of course a shirt that segregates you as being a part of the ‘wtf?’ generation. Buy it here.

August 17, 2010

Breaking the Surface

Filed under: Change — Chantelle @ 1:06 pm

I am finally able to lift my head above water, breathe the fresh air and smile.
I’m back.
These last two weeks have been… well, busy to say the least.
Work was… stressful. I had fun, don’t doubt that. It was nice to be able to talk to everyone in such a relaxed manner. When you are out in the open as I was in the receptionist desk, everyone stops by to talk to you about this and that – usually things that have nothing to do with work. In the two weeks I sat at the receptionist desk, I met many new people and grew to know the company that I work for much better than I did from my own desk. In my office, if someone comes in to talk to you, it is much more strained, and focused only on what they need you to do. It feels much more formal and restricted. It was nice to have the opportunity to get to know my co-workers in the manner that the receptionist desk allows. But today I’m back at my own desk, and boy does it feel good. I can work at my own pace again, not encumbered by the daily mail schedule, or by thousands of other tasks getting in the way. I have enough space to think.
School also added a few degrees of stress to the mix. As of August 2nd, I had two weeks left until my final exam, and had three units in the course that I had left to even look at, and do the assignments for. Then of course, I had to study for the actual exam.
It took far more willpower than I thought I had to complete those three units. Homework was the absolute last thing I wanted to be doing – I was thinking about everything else that needed to be done. But I worked on my homework during my lunch breaks at work, and for a minimum of three hours every night. I had to drag myself by my own ear to do it, but by the time the final exam came on Saturday, I was ready. I’m sure I did well on that exam.
Of course, moving also added stress to the pot. Gilles’ parents arrived in Saskatoon on August 6 to help us move, so that weekend was a write-off for getting anything else done. I had hardly packed when they got there – I had been too busy working on homework. To make matters worse, when we showed up at 8AM on the Saturday to pick up our U-Haul, there was no one there, and no contact information to find out what we were supposed to do. At 8:30, I tracked down the other U-Hauls in the city. The first two on my list to go to were the same story. Their hours said that they should be open, but the door was locked and there wasn’t a soul in sight. At the third U-Haul we were much luckier. We could see people milling about, and it looked as though they had a truck in the size we needed. We were about to walk in and rent one of their trucks when my cell phone rang. It was the U-Haul we were originally supposed to rent from.
The employee informed me that he was very sorry that he wasn’t there when we arrived, that he had managed to get food poisoning and was very sick all night, but that he was there now. (Likely store, but whatever.) He told us that if we would still be willing to rent from them, he would let us keep the truck until Monday morning at no extra cost. !! We went for it.
It was a good thing we did too. By 6:30PM, a half-hour after we were originally supposed to return the truck, we finally had the truck fully loaded and ready to go over to the house. Thankfully, the truck took much less time to unload than it did to load, and we were able to call it a night at about 10PM.
Unfortunately, neither my big, old, tired couch fit into the house, nor did my poor, old, dilapidated entertainment centre. (Fortunately as both were old and well worn-out, I wasn’t exactly sad to part with either of them). We left them in the truck overnight, and brought them to Value Village the next day. We also went to the Brick and did some shopping in their clearance centre. Gilles’ dad managed to wrangle us a deal on a small, reclining couch that had some structural issues and torn fabric. What was a regular $700 couch, we got for $150. Gilles’ dad will fix the structural damage, and I’ll re-upholster the places necessary.
Through all of this going on, I also had a heck of a cold. It began like every other cold. Earache, watery eyes, stuffed nose. This one has run the gamut though. It remained in its first stage for the first week. Then last week, I began to lose my voice. (Yeah, fun mixed in with the receptionist duties). Now this weekend and now, I am fighting a wicked cough. Seriously, this cough is rivaling the one I had when I had whooping cough.
However, I can now breathe. I don’t have to worry about school again until my classes start up on September 7th. I am back in my position at work. All the moving is complete. Colds pass.
It is time to buckle down and work on what’s next: namely, giving the apartment a good thorough cleaning so that I may get my damage deposit back. I also have to unpack. But I can honestly say that it feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders; that I am able to actually enjoy a few weeks of true summer. Freedom.

**edit: I wanted to add pictures to this post, but wasn’t able to access my phone’s online album for some reason. I’ll post photos at a later date to make up for it.

August 5, 2010

We are currently experiencing technical difficulties…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chantelle @ 12:30 am

No, just kidding. I’m still here, and my blog is still here.

However, due to the fact that I am:

a) trying to finish all my assignments for my online course before my final next Saturday (14th)
b) in the middle of moving
c) working overtime at work
d) doing my own job and that of a colleague who is on vacation for two weeks (gets back on the 16th) — leaving me completely burnt out by the time I get home from work and barely able to do a) and b), and
e) sick as a dog

… you may not hear from me much for a little while. I don’t know if that little while means until the beginning of next week, or until the beginning of the week after. The very latest that little while could end is on the 16th.

In the meantime, do not despair! Satiate your appetite by reading some old posts, or try something new, like going outside. Be satisfied in that when I get back, I will be at least 3 Fun Find Fridays behind, 2 Ten on Tuesdays, and countless other news posts… so when I get back you will be completely inundated with posts and be wondering if my silence was merely a pleasant dream…

Until then!

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