Monday, 9 April 2012

Monday's mutterings

  • I had a lovely birthday last Monday. Quiet, but had a sushi dinner with a good friend which was a great visit in itself. She's one of my favourite people: positive, supportive, fun, outgoing. It's always such an inspiration - and so uplifting - being around her.
  • I also got my new driver's license. Up until November 2010, Yukoners had licenses that looked home-made. Seriously, you could watch the photos go through the laminator and walk away with a still-warm license 5 minutes later. Because this caused so many problems Outside, the government has brought in the new enhanced licenses - they are in line with what the provinces now have - and that should cut out any issues. I never had any, but there are stories out there.Cost: $50 (for 5 years)
  • I got a box of Russian Gypsy Fortune Telling cards, too, which are quite lovely. This was a gift from a co-worker and entirely unexpected. I'm very pleased with them and am flattered by the gesture. I'll have to give myself a proper reading today.
  • I've had a couple of extra shifts at work and "collected" a couple more through the end of the month. This will help my school funding and my debt repayments.
  • Joey went to the vet and had his shave ($105). Here he is before:
And after:

  • I laughed for about 15 minutes, but he stopped talking to me for two days. He's finally yelling at me again, so he's back to normal, but as I keep the apartment quite cool, he's finding it hard to stay warm. He apparently doesn't like to be under blankets, so I've turned the heat up in a couple of rooms for his comfort. It's all about the cats...
  • Long, lovely Easter weekend... :) I've had one session with my trainer, a brunch date with a friend, a pot-luck vegetarian dinner with friends yesterday and I have another training session today. I also have to make a big dent in my final essay, which is due on Sunday. I haven't started yet, but have my references and information. I just have to write it all down and then review & revise.
  • I made a Lemon Lust cake yesterday for dessert. I was a bit disappointed as it wasn't as lemony as I would have liked and the cake not as thick, but overall it was quite delicious. The buttercream icing was very, um, buttery, which I think was the issue I had with it. One of my friends had three pieces, though, so overall it was a hit. Always great company and great food. I love the holiday get-togethers we have.
  • The weather has been superb this weekend! Just gorgeous.
  • I finally took my bike in to get tuned-up so I can ride to work. It will be ready this week. Hurrah!
  • I signed back on to Facebook yesterday after over three months away from it (mixed feelings about this), but was very quiet about it and didn't say 'hi' to anyone. I spent some time "unliking" some things and hiding and removing other things so that I'm not inclined to spend a lot of time on it anymore. I found that I didn't miss it at all. I'm quite proud of myself for having been able to (hopefully) beat the obsession, although I will have to monitor myself very, very carefully now that I'm back on.
  • Now if I could only break my obsession with Angry Birds...
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and got some time to relax! I've been neglecting my blog readings, but look forward to spending an hour or so catching up.


Jane and Chris said...

My great great grandmother was a Romany I'm really interested that you got cards.
I keep threatening a couple of my cats with a lion cut..I'd never stop laughing...they'd gang up on me and do the same to my hair in the night!!
Jane x

Northern Living Allowance said...

Jane, how neat! The Romany gypsies have such an interesting history. I think you'd really appreciate these cards.

So far my hair is safe!

Canadian Saver said...

Happy Belated birthday!!

Sounds like you had a super weekend :-)

Poor Joey, I must have missed why he needed a shave?

MW said...

Happy Happy Belated Birthday!!! Your Easter weekend get togethers sound so wonderful.

Dannie said...

Glad you had a good birthday and hope your cat is alright!

Northern Living Allowance said...

@CS!!! How ARE you?? I miss you...

Thank you, and it was a lovely weekend. I hope you had an excellent one as well. Joey was getting some mats (particularly around his bottom) and this will allow his fur to grow back evenly so I can keep it brushed more easily.

@MW - Thank you! :) It was awesome and the weather couldn't have been better - +9 yesterday! How was your getaway??

@Dannie - thanks and I think Joey will be fine. He's just starting to "get" the idea of a blanket to keep him warm. Hope you had a great weekend!

saving for travel said...

Sounds like you've had a lovely birthday.

Thanks for the update, I find them so interesting.

Good news on the xtra shifts.

Sft x

Laura said...

Happy Belated birthday!!!

Jane said...

LOL Angry Birds! I can't get past the 3rd or 4th level so I've given up! I rarely go on Facebook either, hardly ever update my status. I check once in a while because I have friends that use it daily and if I don't check I feel out of the loop as that's their main way of communicating. To each their own, I guess. And Happy Belated Birthday as I can't remember if I wished you a happy birthday yet!?! (Lemon is my FAVE flavour!!)

Northern Living Allowance said...

@Laura - thank you!!

@Jane - If I was as focused and determined to "win" at everything I did as I am at Angry Birds, I'd be freaking unstoppable! I go and go and go...ha! Thanks for the birthday wishes, too. If you're interested in the cake, I can either send you the recipe or you can probably find it at your library in a book called simply "The Cake Book" by Tish Cohen.

Northern Living Allowance said...

@Sft - thank you! Yes, it all seems to be coming together with respect to work and shifts and whatnot... :)

Sammyleia said...

Belated Happy Birthday! :)
I've fallen behind with my blog reading too so I understand.
Poor Joey!!! :)

Min Min said...

Oh that is a funny look for a cat!