Friday Love

The biggest motivator for me naming my blog Carly Love, is to help me focus on the positive. I could easily have called this post Friday Blues, and focused on the fact that summer is never coming, Chris forgot to take out the garbage (I hate going into our garage to get the garbage), or the fact that I have a day off and quite frankly I would rather be working.

Instead, I am choosing to look at my cup as half full, and have decided to LOVE this Friday!

So what is there to love about this Friday? How about the fact that I have started running again! Despite all my time off, I fell into a serious exercise slump. I finally took charge, made a running plan, and got back into it. My hips are really sore from not exercising for so long, but MAN does it feel good to be at it again.

I sometimes take exercise for granted, and look at it as a chore when in reality, it is the best thing for me both physically and mentally. I’m looking for a gym right now (one that will allow me to go to locations both here and in the city where I work) and was quite hesitant to join a gym. Now I just can’t wait to start group classes and weight lifting again.

So what else makes this Friday spectacular? Well, I might get a bit sappy on you. On Wednesday it was my Big Brother’s birthday! (Happy Birthday Blake!) My brother is one of my best friends, and we have been through everything in life hand in hand. He is the best brother in the world, as well as father to two munchkins, and I’m so proud of him as he is headed to college in September to get an education.

This was three years ago, before baby number two!

Anyways, after talking to my brother on his birthday, he told me he was really proud of me for what I’m doing in life, the job I’ve taken on, and how happy I am. This may not seem like a big deal, but I believe this is the first time anyone has ever told me they were proud of me. And it was the most touching moment of my week. Love you bro!

Lastly, whats making me happy on this particular Friday is not sweating the small stuff. All those complaints I posted at the beginning, not a big deal. Am I alive? Am I healthy? Do I have awesome people in my life? A roof over my head? Things really aren’t so bad after all.

What’s making you happy this Friday?

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Off Track!

I was loving my blogging schedule of Monday, Wednesday and Friday. However; now that I work crazy hours and don’t have internet at work (I KNOW), it is becoming much harder! So, I’m only here to promise a real post tomorrow. Until then, enjoy this fun video (what can I say, I’m a sucker for talking animals):

 

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Positive Light

Good Morning! I am back from my one week hiatus. Last week I was in such a bad head space, I decided not to blog. I don’t like reading negative blogs and didn’t want to project my negative feelings here. So I’m back with a better attitude!

That being said, I am also not going to rehash out last week, but I will recreate this fun survey from Caitlin. Enjoy! And if you get the chance do it yourself, I think these questions are an awesome change from the typical “what’s your favorite color?”.

What do you have on your bedside table?

Currently, I’m blogging from bed! So my coffee, water, lamp, fan, journal, phone, lotion and a pen!

Do you have a tattoo?

Yes! 4 of them actually!

I have this one, a fairy on my lower back, three Chinese symbols on my spine, and the quote “Music is the reason why I know time still exists” on my inner arm.

Do you believe in abstinence before marriage?

It’s not for me. I understand the reasons why people choose to abstain and I think that is great for them. I do however think teenagers should be taught the seriousness of sex and should be stressed to wait for a loving and trusting relationship. I wish I had waited a bit longer, but in the end it is just another life experience that turned me into me!

What is your worst habit?

Texting and driving, hands down. I don’t know about where you live but it’s illegal here, and I’m not very good at it.

How do you handle finances in your relationship? Or how would you like to handle money in your future relationship?

For the most part we split things. We each pay half the rent and bills, and typically alternate buying groceries. We aren’t too uptight about it, and it all evens out. Since I just started working, and Chris is doing well at his new job, he has been taking care of a bit more. So essentially, we are relaxed about it. We plan on combining our money once both of us have paid off our student loans. I don’t feel it’s fair from someone else to pay my debts!

If you could change your name, what would you change it to?

Well, as a child I changed my name weekly to each of the girls from the Babysitters Club. Yup, I was that cool. I hated my name! I like my name now, but the primary reason I would ever want to get married is to have a new last name. I have my father’s last name and I don’t associate with anyone in that family, so I really don’t identify with my last name.

Where do you want to go on your next vacation?

Anywhere warm! It is July 18 and I can count on one hand how many times I have worn shorts this year. It is raining today, and I am convinced summer is never coming!

What is one political cause you feel strongly about?

I feel very strongly that women should have the right to choose what to do with their bodies. And I also feel very strongly about childcare being made more accessible and affordable, yet keeping the AMAZING childcare workers decently paid. I went to school to work in daycares, and sadly left the profession since I could not live off the wages.

Have you ever stolen anything?

A beer pitcher from a pub once, but we kinda told the waitress we were taking it, and left her a big tip, so is that still stealing?

Tell us something embarrassing about yourself?

I don’t watch tv, don’t really know anything about celebrities, and yet, when I’m having a bad day I head straight to people.com. Even though (especially because?) I don’t know anything about these celebrities, reading about their lives calms me down and makes me feel normal. It’s cheaper then therapy!

Your turn! Pick one, or a couple, and tell me your answers!

 

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Grumps

Good morning! I hope you are all having a great week 🙂 I won’t lie…I am Grumps Mcgee today on a basis of: not enough sleep, the process of buying a new car being frustrating as all hell, and the weather being crap on my only day off. What is up with that?!

This is where I go for runs by my house. It is definitely not that sunny today. 😦

My first 24 hours at work went well. It is an adjustment, and the hardest part will be getting used to sleeping in a new bed, but I think it will be good. I work Friday at 9am to Monday at 9am, so I’m jumping right in! Thanks again for all your support about the job, it was definitely needed.

Starting a new job can be so stressful, regardless of if it is a job at the mall or a job working with youth. The unknown can make me nervous.

So, since I don’t want to dwell on my job or my bad mood, I thought I’d update on how my 101 in 1001 is going. My opinion, it’s going well!

The first task I tackled was eating at the table every day for a month. Completed for the month of June! The reason this was on my list is because we didn’t used to have a dining room table, so we were constantly eating in front of the tv. Now that we have a table, this was easy as pie!

A while ago I checked off “eat something new at Delicados”. Now, Delicados is my favorite restaurant on the island, and if you are ever there, you MUST eat here! It is mexican type food, and I can’t explain how good it is. I always ALWAYS get a chicken california wrap, which is chicken, avacado, tomatoes, sprouts and their magical sauce rolled up. I decided to try a Mediterranean wrap with no cucumbers.

 Seconds after this picture was taken, I spat it out. CUCUMBERS!! The nerve. Luckily we weren’t far, so you can believe I went back and ordered a new one with NO cucumbers, like previously stated. The wrap was okay, but I’ll stick with my Californian please.

One more thing I checked off was going to the driving range. It turns out I quite like it, and I’m pretty good at it. We have been a couple times now since it is so cheap and a great thing to do after Chris is home from work. Plus, you really can’t beat the view:

Lastly, not on my list, but last Friday Chris and I went to see the band Rush! It was amazing, as old as they might be, they still put on a great show!

Yeah for bad lighting iPhone pics! 🙂

What have you been up to lately?!

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New Beginnings

Thank you guys for all your support and well wishes on my the interview. I am thrilled to announce that I start today!

The job is a position at a transition house for street entrenched female youth. It is a unique position where I will work 48 hours at a time, and am provided with a room there for these shifts. Today is just an orientation, tomorrow is my first overnight shift.

I can’t wait to get there today and learn more about it!

I had a crazy busy, eventful weekend, which is why I have been mia, and unfortunately this post is quick as I am running out the door. I leave you with some belated Canada Day cheer!

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Acceptable

Good Morning! And to all my fellow Canadians, happy “Thursday”! (Canada Day *aka the best day ever* is Friday!)

 This is Canada Day in Ottawa. It is the best/craziest/BEST experience a Canadian could ever have!

Thanks for the well wishes on my interview. I think it went well, and they said they would call me Friday. My references have all been called, so it’s just a waiting game now. I really, really want the job!

Clearly with my excitement, I have told a few people about the details of the job and how much I want it. For the most part, people say “good luck!” and that’s that. However, I have encountered some people who just make me want to scream.

I have told some people about the job and have gotten some of the following responses:

“That will be too hard for you”.  **Ummm….no. It might be too hard for you, but it is what I went to school for. That’s like saying a Doctors work will be hard. It will be, but that is why they are a Doctor!

“You don’t want to drive that far for work”.  ***Ummm….actually I don’t mind. I knew where the job was when I applied.

“You won’t like it”.  **Remind me when you started feeling my emotions please.

I get really flustered when people say things like this, because I don’t want to start a big commotion, but at the same time, are you serious? Did this kind of conversation become acceptable and I just missed it?

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I am all for debates. I am all for critical thinking. What I am not for is telling someone how they feel, what they are capable of, or what they like. I would honestly rather have someone call me fat, stupid or ugly then tell me I am incapable of doing something.

So this was a bit of a rant, but I needed to get it off my chest. Phew! Better now.

On a happier note, if you are a fan of the Fast and Furious movies, go see Fast Five. It was a goodie! (Another good thing about small town Chilliwack? The local movie theater only costs $3.50 per person!)

Have you had any recent run ins with rude people? How do you react? Are you a Fast and Furious fan??

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Deja Vu

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a marvelous weekend 🙂

 

This gem is right by our house. I love Chilliwack!

 

Our weekend was crazy busy with visitors, sunshine, walks and bbqs. And maybe some vodka. 😉 We have some good friends who live in Vancouver (about an hour away), so having two spare bedrooms is nice so they can come visit for the weekend. We haven’t met a ton of people here yet so it was just what I needed!

On Friday I had a deja vu, while hanging up my clothes of all things. For those of you who may have never heard the term, a deja vu is a sharp feeling that you have been here/done this before.

My Aunt is an energy worker, and she has some great insight on life. She is definitely my “go-to” person. Her theory on deja-vu has always been that it is the universe reaffirming you are on the right path, and exactly where you are supposed to be.

So on Friday, when I remembered this, I was a bit upset. I haven’t talked too much about it on here, but I wasn’t loving my life. I am a workoholic, so I am really bored not working, and I am super social, and don’t know many people here! How am I on the right path when I don’t feel happy?

Sure enough, about 2 hours later I got a call from my dream job asking me to come in for an interview (today!). Later that night, our friends showed up unannounced and stayed for the weekend. It was the happiest I have felt in months. I am exactly where I am supposed to be right now.

Sometimes, these little affirmations are exactly what I need. To remember that everything happens for a reason, and nothing (except tattoos!) is permanent.

So wish me luck at my interview! What is your take on deja vu?

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