December 17, 2010

Whoever said it would slow down?

Filed under: Day-to-Day,Holiday musings — Chantelle @ 12:57 pm

On one hand, I suppose it is the holiday season which means if I don’t have my days and nights booked solid, something must be wrong – right?

On the other hand, I’m done writing finals, and have been since the seventh. I honestly thought that I would discover that amazingly slippery thing called free time… no luck such as yet though.

To start, I am running at full speed trying to get something homemade done in time for Christmas. You’d think that it would be easy, with all this spare time that I have… but I keep ending up with three or four different people that want to see us every night, what with gift exchanging and all (We will be making a point of handing out gifts next week, I swear).

The ‘Brodeur quilt’ didn’t end up getting finished. It was “close”. Unfortunately that meanse ~ 6 hours of work remaining, and I didn’t have that kind of time left. Oh well, it will make a lovely gift next year. I didn’t even bother starting the quilt for my sister – there’s no way I could finish that. I guess that will be a next year gift too. By the way – don’t let anyone tell you that crafting is cheaper than buying. Sometimes it is, especially if the gifts are knitted. But for the most part, it’s expensive. Take these quilts for example – this project will be costing me a grand total of over $100 per quilt. Definitely not the cheapest option, considering I could go to Walmart and buy a comforter of equal size for approximately $60. My hopes though is that my versions will a) work better, and b) have more worth in the eyes of the recipient. I definitely know that one person appreciates my homemade gift. Lucie (Gilles’ mom) was visibly disappointed this year at Christmas when I had nothing homemade to offer into the gift exchange. Instead, I had a little light-up reindeer. (Which was well-appreciated anyway).

My other gifts are all in various stages of completion.

Adding to the mess is the attempt to stay on top of things for my wedding (not easy, let me tell you!), and to clean the house (again) before we leave for holidays, in addition to the constant visitors and events.

At first I thought the new year would be different.

Gilles got his “letter” a few weeks ago, telling him that he would be attending school in Moose Jaw for the months of January and February, meaning that he will be up on the weekends and that it will be just me here during the week. Sounds like I’ll have a lot of time, right?

Well… maybe. I already seem to be doing my darndest to fill it all up and I’m not even trying to. For instance, I’m getting a January membership to Curves gym, where I will attend circuit training after work 5 days/week. I took on a project to make Gilles and Caleb’s Halloween costumes from scratch. I want to start my Christmas presents early this year. I want to get a homemade dish made once a week so Gilles has food to bring back down to Moose Jaw with him… see where I’m going with this?

Looking back on my life I can’t remember a single time that I haven’t been crazily busy, short of the summers between school years where I was too young to work. As soon as I was old enough to work, I got two jobs, let alone the fact that I was in almost every school club and many of the sports.

I’m beginning to think that I don’t know how not to be busy. Is that even possible?


December 8, 2010


Filed under: Change,Events — Chantelle @ 9:20 am

I’m done.

Has it sunk in? No, not really. It probably won’t until I’m walking across that stage in June.

There are still some things to do… apply to graduate for one. I can’t do that until January. But the point is the same. I never have to go to class again if I don’t want to. No more term papers. No more cramming all night for an exam.

Yup, I can deal with that. 🙂

Thou shalt not forsake me.

Filed under: Day-to-Day — Chantelle @ 8:54 am

And I don’t intend to. As this blog is meant to be an outlet for me, I need to use it more often. See, the last little while has been… intense. I’m trying not to get so caught up in school that I forsake the wedding planning. I’m trying not to get so caught up in wedding planning that I forsake school. I’m trying not to get so caught up in either that I forsake my job – I am still fighting for a permanent position. I am trying not to get so caught up in all three that I forsake my social life. To complicate matters, here comes Christmas.

But, when it rains it pours. A quick update on the wedding planning and then I will move on to (hopefully) more interesting things. I have my hairdresser and make-up artist. The photographer is booked, and our engagement photos are on the 18th. But booking a DJ is proving more difficult than I hoped. Apparently for residents of Gravelbourg to check their email is too much to ask. Customer service needs a good defib.


Have I ever mentioned that I love Christmas? I really do. It’s not so much about receiving gifts, although it is nice to get new things that you don’t have to pay for… haha. But seriously, I love being able to see all of my family, and to be able to give them something that comes from the heart without fear that they won’t accept it.

This year I will get four Christmases. It sounds like a lot, but that’s actually about average since I started dating Gilles. First is his immediate family’s Christmas. This one takes place either really early or really late – never actually on Christmas. Last year I believe we had it in January, and in November the year before. This year will be the first that I won’t have to worry about needing to get schoolwork done, which will be a nice change. His parents will be there, his brother Paul with his fiancĂ©e Bea, and his sister Lise, with her fiance Trevor and their sone Matthew.

For this celebration I am hoping to bring a homemade quilt. I am running out of time, but I think if I can spend all evening on it for two nights this week I may be able to get it done on time. I really hope I can… I think it would be a really great gift for the exchange. (I’ll post pictures of all the gifts as I finish them). It’s my first quilt, so I’m not sure what to expect. My biggest hope is that it will be (somewhat)…

((I ran out of time to post here. I saved a draft, hoping that I would get back to it. Two days later I am back and a lot has changed, so I will post this as the stub that it is and start anew.))

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