June 10, 2017

Just a Few of my Favourite Things...

You know that goal of mine to not spend any money? Well, I've already failed at it. I stupidly thought I could go to West Edmonton mall to window shop yesterday and not spend any money. But then Sephora happened...

Not only did I break, but I broke in the most expensive store I could have done it in. I mean, I'm not upset about my purchase. If anything I'm quite happy to have another eyeshadow palette. I just probably shouldn't have gone into H&M afterwards and bought all the things.

Especially after having to fork out $325 veterinary bill this morning for Winchester. He got into something he shouldn't have and has something stuck in his throat. He's going to be fine. He got some medication to help whatever's inside him move along on its own accord. But the little bugger has had me worried about him all night.

I haven't done a favourite things post since September. But they're basically the same currently posts. But whatever, I'm doing one today.

+ Ripley. 
We got a new cat. A Tortie kitten named Ripley. She's about seven weeks old and is super rambunctious and vocal. The complete opposite of Winchester. He is perfectly happy to be left alone, whereas she whines for attention 24/7. I did make an instagram account for our kitties its ripandwin if you interested. I try to post daily.

+ Noel Fielding.
If you don't know who Noel Fielding is then I don't think we can be friends anymore. Just kidding... kind of. He's a Britsh comedian best known for his role as Vince Noir on The Might Boosh. I've been a fan of his for quite a few years, and recently re-watched his shows The Mighty Boosh and Luxury Comedy. I keep getting Boosh songs stuck in my head, specifically the Bouncy Bouncy Crimp. The other weekend while hiking Castle Mountain I was singing it and annoying the shit out of Braydon.

+ Makeup.
Besides SFX makeup I've been wearing a lot more day to day makeup. I mean I've always done a full face of makeup. But now I actually contour and highlight and all those other makeup things the beauty gurus of Youtube/Instagram talk about. I still don't understand half of the terminology or whatever, I don't think them gurus do either.

+ New music. 
Okay, so new to me music. I mentioned Kasabian a few posts back but I honestly can not stop listening to them. I've also been listening to a lot of pre-punk punk music too.  Bands like The Velvet Underground, Dirty Wurds, The Kinks, Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Brian Eno. All bands and musicians which heavily influenced the 80s punk movement. Also, I've been listening to a lot of David Bowie, Tears for Fears and The Smiths.

+ Cleaning all the things!
I've been organising and donating things from my office. Mostly books, but I've also gotten rid of some of the toys and figurines I've acquired over the years. I've also been going through clothing, makeup and other knickknacks to be tossed out/donated too. Slowly things are coming along.

The little things; Video calls with Braydon + confetti poppers and still finding confetti over a month later + peppermint tea, buying new glasses + online window shopping + veggie burgers, skateboarding + rewatching Big Fat Quiz + sims 4 + having blue hair + crop tops and high waisted jeans + this song + gold boots + fresh haircuts

June 5, 2017

June Goals

I woke up today with some clarity on life in a way I haven't had in ages. I deleted a whole bunch of social media apps off my phone that I felt were draining me. I cleared out my office of all the useless items and books I intend to donate. Sorted through piles of papers throwing away anything that wasn't a legal document and 100% necessary to keep. I vacuumed the cat hair off the couches, much to Winchesters' dislike and even mopped the coffee stains off the floors.

I made myself a cup of coffee and sat down in front of my laptop feeling like I could take over the world. I updated my calendar, I checked my emails, I opened and closed bloglovin' about 10 times and then I did nothing. And after an hour of doing nothing, I felt like shit all over again. And instead of wallowing in that feeling I decided to make some arbitrary goals for the month.

1. Watch 10 Ted talks. 
I've already technically succeeded in this one today alone. It will be 10 more talks from this point on. I'm always on youtube for one reason or another and I might as well spend a few minutes enlightening myself.

2. Take a hike.
Last month I went on quite a few hikes, the hardest being Castle Mountain Lookout, a 7.8km round trip with 1,450 m elevation gain. It put the Sulphur Mountain switchbacks to shame in terms of difficulty. I honestly can say it was the most intense hike I've ever done and I'm dying to get back out there for another one.
3. Buy nothing, except food and pet supplies.
I'm putting myself on a shopping ban. I spend too much money one stuff I don't need. I'm hoping a one-month shopping ban will kerb my spending habits a bit.

4. Shoot one outfit per week.
Remember when I used to post outfit pictures on this blog? No? me either. I wanna do that again. If only to document my slow decent into dressing like a goth...

5. Do more make-up.
I do my make-up every single day. But doing my make-up and being a good make-up artist are two very different things. I have all these ideas I want to try out but I keep getting frustrated and quitting every time I try them. Or worse procrastinating.

6. Quit eating meat.
I was a vegetarian for something like seven years. And then shortly after I started dating Braydon I reintroduced some meat back into my diet, but mostly just fish and chicken. And well, I want to go back to not eating meat.

There you have it. Six goals for the month now lets hope I can stick to them.

April 14, 2017


I'm currently sat at my local Starbucks watching the snow come down and cursing Edmonton's' usual April snowstorms. I'm only cursing the snow because it means my death trap of a car is far too dangerous to take on the road in these conditions and I'm stuck at home for the weekend. If you've been following the saga that is my car you'd have learned the latest update, but if you missed it, I no longer have power steering. At this point, I should just start saving for a new car...

Watching? Like everyone else, I've been watching Riverdale. The only character I like is Jughead. I honestly don't think the shows worth it for one character. Besides that, I've been watching Mighty Boosh reruns and every Fast and Furious movie that comes on TV.

Reading? The last book I read was terrible. The book before that was Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk which I would 100% recommend if you're at all interested in social media marketing.

Listening? Kasabian and random chill-hop. If you're interested I do make a seasonal playlist on Spotify with songs I'm currently digging, here is my spring playlist.

Making? This soft cookie recipe is my go-to cookie recipe. The last time I made when with mini eggs instead of chocolate chips. I also like doing walnuts, white chocolate and dried cranberries, if you're into that. This Thai Peanut Pasta recipe is pretty good too, I tried it was glass noodles and it was divine.

Planning? I've been planning out an SFX look that involves flowers, to you know celebrate it being spring. Because nothing says spring like glueing fake flowers and glitter to your face and dumping a gallon of blood on your head. The problem with it is I don't have all the products I need to pull it off.

Loving? Sims4, mini eggs, the odd day I've been able to skateboard to work, reminiscing with old photos of Braydon and me, spending time with Liam, Winchester turning into a cuddle monster, video calls with Braydon almost every night, new jean jackets, planning trips and fresh cut flowers.

March 15, 2017

Monthly Goals

Somewhere during the middle of February, I checked out and haven't really done anything or felt like myself since. I have a lot of theories on why I felt the way I did, but I'm not a doctor and I'm not about to self-diagnose myself. But today the suns out and it's a balmy +6 on my weather app. The combination of the sun and the springtime energy is enough to spark a fire under my ass and do something. That something being sitting in my local Starbucks and writing but whatever, at least I'm out of the house and not playing Sims..

I'd give an update on my February goals but I didn't even think about them after I wrote them. Those goals don't exist So moving on. For the last 16 days of March, I'm keeping my goals simple. Or really, my single goal.

I want to start eating and drinking healthier. I want to cut back on coffee and stop drinking it after 6 pm. I know, I know, who the fuck am I? It's just that part of myself is blaming my terrible last few weeks on my dependence of coffee. And while I've never drunk syrupy drinks. I have been known to chug six shots of espresso followed by a large ice coffee. I need to cut back hard.

I've become increasingly aware of how much junk food I eat. While I can't consciously lump pizza in with junk food I do eat a lot of other crap. Be it chips, chocolate, pop rocks, robin eggs, instant ramen, grilled cheese sandwiches, cereal, Japanese snacks, Starbucks pastries etc. and while I see nothing wrong with eating this stuff in moderation I stopped eating it in moderation and need to get myself back in check. So I'm going to make a conscious effort to eat healthier, and stop drowning my sorrows in coffee. 

February 1, 2017

Monthly Goals

Putting things out on the internet makes you accountable for your actions right? Right? I want to revitalise this blog. I miss working on it. And I'm sure if you're reading this you're sick of the same old hashed out bullshit I've started every post with so let's just jump right into it.

So my only goal for 2017 is to work more. I'm not sure how that translates into reality, but I want to work more. Be it quitting my job for something more challenging. Or getting a second job, starting a "side-hustle", or taking more picture. I just want to do more.

Ideally, by doing more I can concentrate on the things I'm passionate about in turn figure out a way to earn a living doing them. This whole working for the soul-crushing corporate man thing isn't doing it for the punk in me. Damn the man, It's time to put my faith in my own hands. Please tell me you got the Empire Records reference there.

And well January has been dismal in terms of work. I got hit pretty hard with a cold in the middle of the month, which slowed me down a lot but I did spend a solid two weeks trying to learn the ins and outs of iMovie. But besides that, I didn't do much else. So I'm giving myself proper goals for February. Maybe this month will be better than the last.

Write more. I used to spend hours on end writing in notebooks, but I stopped. Not everything I wrote ended up getting published here but I did write daily. I want to get back to that. Part of the problem is that my laptop only turns on about 30% of the time. But mainly it's because I don't make time to write anymore. I'm going to aim to spend 45 minutes to an hour everyday writing.

Put money in my savings. I'm saving up for a new vehicle. My beast of a car has been on its` last legs for ages. The transmission is going, the fuel pump wheezes, the alternator belt is worn out. I have no rear breaks, my battery is straight up fucked. And that's just the problems I know about... So this goal is going to be transferred over from month to month. I currently have $4.47 in my savings account and I`d love to end the month with over $200 in that account.

Fix the flat on my car. I've been putting this off for months. Since October in fact. Which is impressive on its own, but does need to be dealt with. I don't want to put any more money into this car. As I've said it has so many things wrong with it and I've been managing to get by with a borrowed air compressor for the last couple months. I should just suck it up and do it before I fuck up the tire completely and have to replace it.

So there you have it. Three goals for the month of February.

Do you have any goals for the month?
If so what are they?

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