Monday, April 9, 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.


13 comments:

Jane and Chris said...

My great great grandmother was a Romany gyspy...so 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!