Monday, August 22, 2011

RIP Jack Layton

What a sad day for Canadians. We lost a truly inspiring, heartfelt man today. I remember watching my first election with my parents. It was November 2000, I believe. Everyone was enamoured with the newcomer to politics, Stockwell Day but my eyes were drawn again and again to the charismatic, well spoken, and charming Jack Layton. Although the NDP did not have a chance for that election, my political heart was captured by their passionate leader. I may not agree with all the NDP views or stands, but I've always believed in the man leading it. Thank you, Jack Layton, for everything you've done for Canadians; for inspiring us; and for motivating us to change. You are the reason I voted, every time. I voted for change.

"My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world."

- Jack Layton

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


So. This budget thing. Not really working. Or rather say, it works to well and I can't deviate from it even once.

I need to pay for a night course so I can complete this stupid accounting certificate I've been working on for the past 2...3 (?) years now. And the budget is set, the bills need to be paid, there is no deviating allowed. Bills must be paid. In order to pay for the class, I've come up with a brilliant solution.

Sell stuff.

Specifically, sell the stuff I make. Sure, it looks pretty cluttering decorating my desk, work space, life, home but I do make this stuff to sell. And, technically, yes, it has been selling. July was a very good month but I reinvested a lot (read: all) of that back into supplies for reason of the budget. It is August now, August 16th in fact, and school starts September 1 so I must do something drastic.

I'm having a sale. A Back to School Sale in both shops.
Use the coupon code at check SCHOOL and receive 20% off all items in both stores.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Oh to be 5 again and without a pain in the world...

One of the good things about getting older, I guess, is that you learn more and more about your body. For instance, today I learned that I have osteoarthritis in my upper chest joints (weird spot, I know, but it oddly makes sense when I think of all the creaking and cracking my ribs do on my front) from this fascinating full body scan I got sent to a couple of weeks ago. Seriously cool. You get a needle a couple hours before the scan - a needle of radioactive material, btw. You go and lie on a table and the x-ray machine moves all around you; it circles, spins, slides up and down the table, and gets right close (thought it was going to squish my boobs a couple of times!) taking in depth photos of your bones.

Another fun thing I learned today? I have a genetic condition where my spine curves to the right. Mild scoliosis. It pushes on the right side of my spine when I sit up straight (like we've been taught since elementary school) creating pressure and pain on the left side of my back. Coincidentally, I originally went to the doctor because I've been getting pain on the left side of my back.

And that fun hip pain I've been getting? Probably linked to one of the above conditions.

Weee! Getting old is fun!

I'm only 28.