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Manderz Musings: April 2009

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Random Thoughts From a Late Night

Today was weird – I felt really drained and unmotivated most of the day.  There was an energy spurt around 6, but that didn't last long.  Then I got super energetic around 10pm, and couldn't fall asleep.  So from 12-2am I packed.

I know, I'm a total night owl.

I'm still feeling wired, hence they late post.

There's probably a few more items I could pack, but it'll be better when I can pack stuff from the bedroom too (I'm being nice, and not waking Jason up since he was pretty tired when he went to bed).

The smell of bleach brings back memories of Girl Guide camps.  Weird, but I can handle good thoughts when cleaning the toilet.

Jason has finished putting floor in the eating area and kitchen.  Tomorrow we'll be moving into the living room.  Who knows, we might actually finish before the end of April.

Tomorrow is a day set aside for cleaning though: the fridge, the stove, the kitchen cupboards, the shower, the main floor bathroom.  It'll be a great feeling to unpack the kitchen boxes though.

My camera has not been getting a lot of use lately.  I would like to pull it out again, but I'm not going to hold my breath (I know how I've been lately).

I'm super excited to look after Maggie for a week.  Maggie being Crystal's, a co-worker of mine, dog.  She's a black lab/collie cross.  Super cute.  And cuddly.

The paint colours we've (tentatively) picked for the kitchen and living room are making me a bit worried.  Maybe I just can't visualize it.  Maybe they are too vibrant, and limiting in terms of furniture.  I still have time to make a decision, but the more we wait, the more I wonder.  Especially since all the decorating magazines show rooms that are paler colours.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Learning & Growing

It has been a crazy, crazy week.  I "switched dentists" at work.  Which basically means I'm now the receptionist for the busiest dentist in the whole office.  And I'm confident I can do it, it's just going to take a bit more time to get the hang of everything.  There's so much to do, and there just doesn't seem to be enough time to do it in.  I've stayed late a few days because I couldn't get away (and I still didn't finish everything before I did leave).  I definitely felt more in control with my last dentist, so this is going to be a learning experience.  It's just a matter of accepting that I'll never be truly caught up on everything (I've spoken with a previous receptionist for this dentist about how hectic it is), and that I just need to do my best, and then forget about it all at the end of the day.

Tomorrow Jason and I are back to the house.  We're starting to lay hardwood now.  He got a couple boards nailed down today, but I guess the bamboo is a lot harder to drill/cut than you would think by looking at it.  Oh well, it's going to look great, so that's the most important thing.

I was able to wash the walls in the master bedroom and closet while Jason was out of town.  I also vacuumed the upstairs (thanks Grandma & Grandpa!), and attempted to remove the stains (unfortunately to very little avail).  Crystal came over the other night, and with some heavy lifting from Jason, we now have the beds, dressers, and a desk set up.  The heavy moving is mostly over now.  It's just all the boxes that have to make their way inside and our basement suite that has to be packed up and moved.

Hannah called me tonight.  It was so great to talk to her.  Yet one more friend I don't talk with enough.  I'm really, really hoping that I'll make more of an effort to call people when I have my own landline.  

But I'm off for a late night gathering at a friends.  Cheerio!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Big News

Guess what?!

Jason and I got engaged!

Very, very stoked.

It happened April 1st – I just had to tell the (majority of the) family before I said anything on here.  As for Facebook, I'm waiting for Jason to confirm the relationship status update.

I absolutely love my ring.  I'm very impressed.

Ring 3 Ring 1 Ring 2

So yeah.

We also moved all our stuff up from Calgary this past weekend.  My parents were awesome – helped with all the packing (way more than I was expecting, so I'm definitely thankful).

The house is coming along very, very slowly.  Most of the flooring on the main floor's been ripped up.  There's still plenty of staples to be pulled before we can start laying the hardwood down though.

Jason's out of town for 3 days.  I don't really like when he goes away, but at least 1 day is done.

Anyways, I'm up at 5:30, so it's off to bed.  Ciao.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Happy Times

Yesterday we got our house!!!  I am super excited.  This weekend I intend to start cleaning.  Top to bottom.  Well, maybe not anything too  major in the basement seeing as there's nothing down there.  But the main and upper floors for sure.  Especially the fridge, stove, and cupboards.  They're much too grimy for my liking.

Hopefully we can figure out "officially" what the wall colours and flooring types will be.  I'm curious to see how everything is actually going to look in the space.  A little nervous, as I'm not the greatest at visualising the end result, but mostly I'm just biting at the bit to get started on everything.

The weather is also warming up quite a bit.  Meaning the snow is melting.  It's insane how quickly it disappears.  Especially since it's still below freezing at night, and only reaches +2 C during the day.  Don't get me wrong, there's still lots of snow on the ground.  But I can see the pavement when driving now (which also means I'm avoiding potholes constantly), and there's even grass showing itself in some places.

Our basement suite is a bit messy at the moment.  Jason and I are both looking forward to having a bit more space, especially more functional space (ie. a coat closet, pantry, and office) with our own furniture.  Finding a home for everything will be a lot easier.  I'll no longer be keeping a box of food on the kitchen floor, and another on the spare bed.  And we'll have a place for jackets to be hung up.  Plus I'll have a desk for my computer stuff, so my end table and coffee table will be usable.  Plus not walking down the street to get in my car every morning is only increasing my excitement.

Work has been going quite well.  The office just increased their fees for everything by 10%, so I've been having to tell people that even if they have 100% coverage with their insurance, that they still owe a sizeable chunk of money for their visits.  No one's complained a whole lot yet, although it probably helps I've learned how to word things so it's not quite as bad.  My favourite phrase is "Your insurance covered everything except…$".  It usually works too.  I'm still quite amazed at the number of people who come in without cash, or a debit or credit card.  Like, really?!  I just don't really understand.

I am slowly becoming more and more of a fan of Office 2007.  Like the themes – wow, they're so easy to work with.  And there's no setup involved.  Although the "ribbon-style" is still rather annoying, I'm learning where certain buttons are.  I wish I had more reasons to play around with it.  However, I keep coming up with different things to type up at work.  Today I created a slightly different fax coversheet from the one used before – this one has the office logo rather instead of just the name. 

My camera has not been getting much use lately.  Even less than my computer has.  I brought it out for mine and Jason's pizza picnic last night (at the new house, of course).  But I haven't uploaded the few pictures I did take yet.  Soon.  Perhaps.

As you might have noticed, my list of favourite blogs has diminished.  I simply do not come on the computer often enough to be reading 200+ posts in my reader.  So I cut some of the superfluous blogs – ones that I'd only recently found, ones that I hardly read, ones that I didn't enjoy as much.  The good news – if you have a blog, and you're still on my list – I still read your posts.  Even if I never comment anymore.  And I only read once a week or so.

I'm kind of hoping that I haven't lost all of my readers with my slowdown in posting.  This is something I really, really, really want to fix once we're settled in the new place.  And I know that is just an excuse.  But really, I need to work on my commitment.  Because I miss posting.

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