Friday, 27 February 2009

March is Right Around the Corner

I can't believe it'll be March in two days...wow...
It feels like just yesterday that Neil and I were ringing in the new year and now I'm down to my last two months in Vancouver before the big move. Lots to get through now with the fiancee visa and making arrangements for the journey back to England. Time is flying by and before too long I'll be a MRS as well! I'm excited for the wedding and I can't wait to marry the love of my life - I've never felt so sure of anything else. I am however anxious about all the other stuff we've got to do like being approved for my visa, getting me and all my stuff from Vancouver to England, completing the final course for my degree, finding a place for us to call home and getting all the little details for the wedding finalized. Phew! There is a lot on our plates for the next few months!

I also want to get back into running and try to start going to the gym on a regular basis. I probably should have started my pre-wedding fitness routine a while ago but since I don't have a gym in my new place I've been putting it off. I think I still have enough time, 135 days to be exact. My goal is to tone my arms and legs and strengthen my core and hopefully lose about 7 pounds in the process, although I'm less concerned about losing weight than just making sure nothing jiggles haha.

Enjoying a Brodie's Prime from the Hawkhead Brewery on a picnic in Ambleside last February. I can hardly believe that was already a year ago!
TGIF tomorrow!

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Worn Out

Today was a LONG day. Went to work in the morning, rushed home to change clothes then participated in a HKIN study where I had to balance on an unstable board (I definitely need to work on my leg muscles haha) rushed home again for a quick bite of lunch and a chat with Neil. Then hurried off to turn in a paper, ran to a midterm, ran to another midterm 10 minutes later, sat through a lecture, walked home in the snow (ugh) and now I'm studying for yet another midterm tomorrow morning at 8am followed by the second session of the study.

Maybe I'll get really lucky and we'll have a snow day tomorrow because right now I'm running on fumes.

I'd love a hug, a nice massage and a warm chocolate chip cookie with a glass of milk. That would be absolutely wonderful. Pretty please? hehe

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Case of the Gimmes

I'm suffering from a bout of the gimmes. Just put up with me today, I'll get over it soon. I already posted once tonight about wanting to go shopping and now I'm posting about wanting a place to call our own. Sorry.

I so badly want a place for Neil and I to call home. A flat, a house, anywhere it doesn't matter as long as it is ours. I want to buy furniture and make a home. For the past four years I've made do with cheap, temporary or hand-me-down housewares. I've lived in six different places (not including an extended visit to San Diego or my trips to England) with no stay lasting more than eight months. I'm tired of the shuffle and sometimes, like tonight, it just gets to me. I don't want to serve wine out of paper cups anymore.

I know I'm young and I've got plenty of time but I just really want to settle and make a home with my fiance. I daydream about it constantly. I've browse listings all the time and I've already picked out all my favorite furniture at IKEA and Pottery Barn. Sad but true. haha

Alright. I think it's out of my system now. Thank you for being patient with me.

I want to go shopping!

I know it's materialistic but I really want to go shopping. I know I've got a lot of clothes so I don't need anything, but I want new tops and cardigans and flirty summer dresses and boots and I could go on and on. I don't shop for myself very often, but still feel guilty for even wanting to go shopping because I know I should be saving my money, not worrying about what's on my back but as shallow as it is clothes and looking good make me feel good and a little retail therapy is definitely a mood booster. Anyway I'll drop it now, I just needed to voice my desire to go shopping and maybe get it out of my system without spending any money (which I don't have anyway haha)


Neil will be here this time next week!! I can't believe he'll be here so soon! The man will be spoiled rotten with all the artisan beer, beef jerky, chocolate, marmite and more that I have collected for his visit! I hope he appreciates it :)

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Cryptozoology

I'm still on the subject of Nessy :) I love Cryptozoology Chupacabra, Nessy, you name it! I found a day tour to Loch Ness and the Highlands out of Edinburgh and it sounds like a lot of fun.

More fun than my morning today! I got up early, felt really crap but dragged myself to work anyway only to find out that my boss is sick and canceled. I had woke up early and walked all the way over there for nothing. Needless to say I was a wee bit cranky. On the plus side, I'm down to only ONE WEEK until Neil arrives!! I'm SO excited :) I just have to get through three midterms and two paper prospectuses...hooray

Lastly,
I know my birthday is still a month away but if anyone wants gifts ideas, I'd love a travel mug. I feel guilty every time I throw away a paper coffee cup and since I drink quite a bit of coffee, I've been feeling guilty a lot lately! I'd love to have a reusable mug so if you need an idea for my birthday this year, there you go!

Monday, 23 February 2009

Mini-Mooning

So the studmuffin and I have decided that since we can't go on a proper honeymoon until my visa permission comes through, we'll go for a mini-moon to Edinburgh and possibly a few other places in Scotland.

I want to see Nessy! haha


We're planning on taking this short romantic break right after the wedding and saving up for a honeymoon a few months later. We want to go on a sunny, beach holiday for our official honeymoon. Vote in my poll (on the right side of the page) to help us decide :)

Saturday, 21 February 2009

Another day, another dollar

As I get to know the parents and children better, I enjoy my days at work more and more. We chat more and I get to hear their stories and become a small part of their lives. I love seeing the kids learning, playing and growing into little people. I'm excited to some day have my own and find out what they'll look like and who they'll become, but I think it'll be a while before we're ready for that day. I'm still trying to figure out my own life!

Neil will be arriving in 11 days and I could not be more excited! I've got this weekend, next weekend and a week of midterms, work and participating in research studies in between, but hopefully time will fly by! I can't wait to see him walk through the airport and into my arms :)


Until then I'm settling in for a Friday night of reading and revision. Yay.
I'll also be dreaming about this dress...

Friday, 20 February 2009

Why does education have to be so expensive?!


Just looked into Boston University's Masters in Criminal Justice which sounded fabulous until I got to the tuition and fees section. At $31,000+ it's pretty much a non-starter.

Hmm...on to plan b...

Redesign, Revamp, Relaunch

Hello! Bonjour! こんにちは! Hola! Hallo! Hej! Shalom! 你好! Ciao! Jambo!

Welcome back to my blog! I have recreated it and now, officially relaunched it. I apologize if you are looking for old blog posts, but we're starting fresh as I prepare to make some major life changes in the next few months!

If you don't already know, I will be getting married this summer - July 12 - only 143 days to go!

I will be receiving my BA in History and African Studies from UBC, leaving my job and my life as I know it here in Vancouver for a new life in England. After we're married, Neil and I will be living in England for at least a year while we work on the immigration process to move back to the US as a married couple :)

We've got a lot of planning and decision making to do as a couple, but I also have a lot to think about as I plan my professional future. I've spent the last few years unsure of where to go and what I wanted to do and frankly, I'm still not sure. While we live in England I intend to pursue another job in childcare/education or the heritage sector (museum/curatorial/etc) but long term - who knows? I've recently started to look into in the FBI again, a career I thought I was destined for a few years ago but pushed aside in favor of something more family friendly.

I've been suffering from a bit of internal turmoil lately as I see many of my peers applying for/being accepted to grad schools, finding fantastic internships and jobs while I feel completely confused and unsure of what I want to do.

So that's where I'm at. That's what's new and that's what this blog will hope to explore in the future. Feel free to come along for the ride!