I’ve separated my freelance and my blog accounts, completely countering my point earlier that there’s no reason to have separate online identities.
I stand by what I said, but as I ramp down my freelance work, there’s really no need to have a web presence anymore!
So, fresh blog start, take one. I archived all my old entries, and downloaded all the media I uploaded to WordPress. I don’t think there’s anything missing, except to get all the apps/widgets I want to put into this design.
Life-wise, things are going well! Loving my new job, which of course comes with its own set of challenges, goals to meet, and things to overcome. I’m looking forward to expanding my knowledge and getting better at what I do! This all sounds lovely and vague — I don’t really know what else to say. I like what I do! And this company is a place that has legs.
Home life is good. Thomas has started school, and he’s enjoying it so far, near as I can tell. I’m happy for him, and I’m happy for both of us for the life that we’ll be able to build together.
We added a third cat to our house, and so far all felines are adjusting well to the sudden presence of a new cat-bro. There was some turbulence at first, but they seem to be over it.
I bought a new car. It runs well, and there’s a warranty for four years or 40,000km. I feel like that will give me some security while I’m paying off the loan. More debt is the last thing I need, but I definitely needed a new car…
June 3rd. That’s the last time I sat down to write a blog entry. June freaking THIRD. It is the 25th, for anyone keeping track.
This is going to have to be in point form. It’s been that kind of month.
- It was my 25th birthday June 15th. We didn’t do anything too fancy, because Thomas was working all weekend. I went out for dinner with four of my girlfriends, then had a chill night at home.
- I went to Edmonton June 7th, for my aunt’s 60th birthday and for an appointment with the orthodontist and the surgeon. The surgeon yelled at me about my gums and told me if I don’t get them healthier he won’t operate. Gulp.
- The other piece of info I got from the surgeon was that he recommends, in addition to the jaw and palate adjustments, a genioplasty as well (chin surgery). This is considered entirely cosmetic since it won’t help with my jaw issues, but will complete what they’re trying to achieve. Because it’s cosmetic, it’s entirely up to me to pay for it. Eek.
- My dad has had health issues the last month; he was admitted to the hospital just two days before I went away to Mexico. It’s been breaking my heart to not be home with my family this last month. After further testing, they’ve figured out by the damage in his heart that at some point he had a heart attack, his arteries were clogged 90%, 80%, and 80% and he had three stents put in to deal with that. He still has high blood pressure and cholesterol, and was told he’s Type 2 diabetic. This is all within a month!
- Work went and exploded all over me, and at the same time I had freelance deadlines looming as well. Getting all of my obligations taken care of was exhausting, and didn’t leave a lot of extra time for me. It was hard to know that I had to give up things I wanted to do for things I needed to do. Lots of workouts, runs, and yoga classes lost.
- My 5k run, Color Me Rad, was postponed until the August long weekend, which means I can’t go. I will be in Victoria for a family wedding. It was postponed because…
- My city has been flooding. Big time. For days. And the clean up is just starting to get underway. It’s going to be a long process, and the last five days have been hectic and crazy. My office was shut down because of its proximity to the flood zones, and we’ve been working from home since Friday. I’m starting to go a little stir crazy.
So. That’s why there’s been no blog posts. Things are starting to slow down as the month comes to a close, so I’m hoping I can invest more time and energy into my blog and website.
That is what I would like right about now. Just endless amount of cheese.
Ever since coming back to Calgary, I’ve been inhaling insane amounts of (safe) grains and cheeses, because it’s what I was really missing in Mexico. Just last night, Kaila and I managed to down two boxes of Annie’s White Cheddar shells and some nachos & salsa, and we both still wanted a third box of macaroni…
Having these two around helps though.
It’s been difficult to settle back into everyday Calgary life. I underestimated the impact that “vacation brain” would have on my functioning by about a million percent. Coupled with that is the cold I picked up somewhere in Mexico that refuses to just go away! Cold medicine + antihistamines (now that spring has sprung my allergies have EXPLODED) + vacation brain = a barely functioning Kylie.
However, the fact that I’m living in a haze completely separate from reality does not make the things that I need to get done magically go away. I submitted freelance drafts to a client on Monday, ran all my vacation laundry through the wash, and went back to work Tuesday. Now there’s dentist appointments to go to, grocery shopping that needs to be done (eating out every day gets expensive, y’all), and preparations to make. I need to get to Edmonton June 6-9 for a consultation with my surgeon and an appointment with my orthodontist. I’m hoping that the surgeon will be able to tell me when my surgery date will be, but I’m not holding my breath; it seems odd to make a whole appointment to just tell me when he’ll be cutting my face.
That weekend is also the moving weekend for my cousin, and my aunt’s birthday weekend. We’re going to have a double-birthday party, since my 25th is the week after that on the 15th.
I love summer. There’s so much to look forward to! In addition to all of the above, there’s a weekend at Sylvan Lake with my friends, a potential camping trip, an engagement party, and two family weddings. What else can we get in there? Bring it, Summer 2013!