Sunday, December 26, 2010

Happy Holidays

Happy Boxing Day. Christmas was wonderful yesterday. Troy and I did dinner at his brothers house and then presents and dining #2 at my parents house. I asked for a hudson bay coat (found one on Kijiji) and winter boots. I got some towels, toiletries, shirts, etc. It was nice to see the family, my grandfather, my future inlaws, sisters and brother and laws, etc. Lots of people that's for sure. I love holidays and vacation but I get so sleepy and just want to nap all day. We are watching movies at my parents house right now. We told our family about our plan to elope, they weren't surprised. So at least that headache is over.

I have to work on Wednesday and then we are leaving on Thursday. So this will soon go from an art blog to a travel blog :)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

travel - passing the time.

I keep thinking of things that I should/could take with us on our trip that would waste time, but are small enough that won't take up a lot of our room in our backpacks. I was thinking about a psp, but I'm not sure. We both like games but I think it would be more in pain in the butt when it comes to buying all the games and all that jazz. I'm taking a notebook. I spent a lot of time on my Kenya trip just writing in that. I felt like I was writing all the time, but when I went back to read it - it didn't seem like a lot. I'm taking a book. I'd love to have one of those handheld computer/books. Maybe I'll splurge on one of those.

Quebec City


Troy and I are spending New Years in Quebec city. We arrive at suppertime. So we won't have much time to relax, but we will probably take a bit of a nap if we are sleepy and then bum around the city looking for an outdoor event and some fireworks. Very excited! We aren't very New Years celebration-type people, but I think it will be nice to spend it in another province let alone most of it being in another language. Should be exciting!

is it worth it?

One thing I haven't really had a desire to buy into is the whole craze on ipods. I think they are awesome, and love them but not so much lovin' the price tag attached. I guess I just have so many other things I would want to spend all that money on. (Like craft supplies?) Speaking of craft supplies, Troy and I organized the art room today inbetween visiting my grandfather at the hospital. I called in sick yesterday, I wasn't feeling that great and I spend most of the day in bed - I'm not sure what was wrong with me. I went out Thursday evening for our staff dinner and felt fine. Meh.

rain rain.

One of my favourite memories as a child is also probably not a favourite memory of my parents. Once in awhile it would rain - rain like how it has been this November and December - rain so much that you think everyday it's raining... rain so much that you know if it was snow instead of rain we would be eating ourselves out. Our basement moisture was a problem and always had a dehumidifier going. But once in awhile... it would rain so much our basement would flood. I'd pull on my rubberboots and go downstairs. It was a pleasure - yet scarey since it was so out of the norm. I would be up and down the stairs for hours checking out the situation. Maybe I was built as a child to be a good supervisor :)

Friday, December 17, 2010

:)

Two weeks from yestday we leave for our trip. Exciting! I can't believe Christmas is next weekend. I'm glad I'm done all my shopping. I have a do a little more wrapping them I'm done. Before I leave I need to rehaul my apartment - it's insanely disorganized right now. I'll rope Troy into helping me- suckah!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

busy streets

I can't wait to go on our trip and do NOTHING. I get to spend my time walking around the busy city streets. I can't wait to snuggle up with Troy in the lounges drinking hot chocolate. Excited.

I'll spend time - wasting time. Planning out random things that I want to plan in my life. Should I get a danze faucet or not? All those silly little things. I would love to build a monolithic dome home. They are so unique, earth friendly, and save on heating and bills. Troy and I are waiting to hear back from some places on quotes for houses. We've been searching the thinking about building a house for a long time, it's just a big decision. It's hard to save money for jumpstarting building and school at the same time. We'll make it work.

think it over.

I've got a lot on my list of things I want to do in 2011 - but starting and maintaining a website is on it. Once I find a dedicated hosting spot, and some help from my techy friends I'll be set. I am going to dip my hand in the farmers market world next year as well. I'll try out some here and there. I'm also changing my outlook what what I'll be making and selling the next few years. I love felting, but I'm going to focus on making things that save on waste. Earth friend things. The dryer balls have really kick started this for me and really got me thinking.

groupon, ethicaldeal, kijiji daily deals

How had I never heard of these websites before. I'm hooked now. Groupon.com Kijiji and Ethicaldeal.com are my websites that I check on a daily basis. They have deals on each day. They had the deal, and have a number of people that say they'll take the deal - once they reach that number they open it up to everyone to take the deal. I took advantage on a kijiji one the other day for a gift for my sister for Christmas. It's good for gifts and shopping for things that you would have bought either way. I'm glad I found out about these before Christmas even though my Christmas shopping is all done (finally).

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

pack pack pack

So. In getting ready for our trip across Canada in January I have created a packing list. Now, we are going to pack extremely light so we don't have to check our luggage - just carry it with us. I think it will create a lot less hassle. In thinking about the packing list and making sure to take only the essentials, i'll have to cut out some things. Like acne treatments, maybe? or things that we can buy along the way. Small toothepaste - that kinda of stuff. If anyone has any packing tips - please comment!

Monday, December 6, 2010

to shop or not to shop?

I love finding good buys. I love second hand and thrift stores. I love finding a deal, a sale, a clearance, blowout. But I hate shopping. That makes sense right? There are some things I would like to have, then not. I wouldn't mind having a look at some tv stands. Nice handmade ones though. I'd love to replace things that I own to be handmade. I started on my dishes. All my mugs are pottery now, and I have a few plates that are pottery. I ordered some handmade clothing online (i splurged a bit) so I want to have just handmade clothes. I'm making all my own cleaners now from soap nuts (more on that later).

Craftiness


So, the craft show is over, but i have big plans for 2011. I'm going to gear what I make to be a bit more eco-friendly. The wool dryer balls that i started to make have really inspired me. I'm going to start making waste-reducing things. I'll still felt and make accessories and jewelry, it just won't be a priority.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

healthy

I haven't eaten the healthiest or acted the healthiest lately. I need to get my butt in gear and take better care of myself. I need a massage or best colon cleanser or something, hah, kidding on the second one. A massage would be awesome though. I could use one of those. I'm too nervous to go and get one though, i need to get a push and go. I know it would help, my shoulders are so tense and achy all the time. I've been trying to notice when i clench my teeth and try and stop that. It's difficult. Excited for a the weekend. A mini craft show then free!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December 1st!

I'm 'getting there' when it comes to Christmas. Someone said to me the other day, you don't 'get ready' for Christmas, it just happens. Which is a nice way to look at it too. I have been busy trying to get ready for my trip as well as gathering some presents. It takes time to make all the things I want to make as well. I want to try and get closest to 100% homemade gifts this year as I possibly can. I'm doing great so far. I picked up some awesome soap nuts that you can clean, bath and do laundry with. They are awesome. They are even good for mild acne and everything. They are natures true cleaning wonder!