Friday, February 16, 2018

Making work feel like home

We all know that we often spend more time at work and with our coworkers then we do at home and with our significant others. I've found putting together a work box of basic items makes day to day office life easier and has immensely helped out in a pinch when i or a coworker needs something. Over the last couple years i have built and adapted items i keep at work for "just in case" times. Below is a list of things i keep on hand:

- Snacks and extra food. You never know when your running late and don't have time to pack a lunch or just need extra food or snack. I keep granola bars, cliff bars, a couple packaged oatmeal, individual soups (i.e. Lipton cup of soup), tea, juice crystals or liquid juice shots, apple sauce.
- Tea bags. Great for when you need a warm up! My office also has a coffee machine which we all contribute to.
- Breath mints and gum. I ALWAYS have spare on hand.
- Hair ties.
- A pashmina that can double as a lightweight blanket, which is great when the office is a bit cooler.
- Headphones (never know when you need to work on an online course or meeting minutes without disrupting a coworker).
- Salt, pepper and basic spices. Great for lunches without always having to remember to bring it from home. I often will grab a couple extra from a fast food restaurant which make individual portions which are perfect for the office (along with individual soy sauce, plastic utensils and napkins).
- Extra cutlery. I try to keep an extra fork and spoon at work.
- A lighter and candles (for impromptu birthday cakes!!!).
- Some cash
- Extra plastic bags (for when i need to bring things home)
- A few simple decorations (such as a set of lights for Christmas and a little tree!)
- Cell phone charger
- Change of clothes (more so in the winter in case of bad weather).
- Feminine hygiene products (no one wants to ever be caught off guard).
- Small screw driver for fixing basic things
- Pictures of family to put on display in the office

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day

Wishing my hubby a Happy Valentine's day today.

We decided this year that we aren't going to do anything as its just a day and we celebrate and do things in general with each other that we don't need a day to celebrate.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

February

Happy February everyone! We are slowly heading into spring 2018 and I couldn't be happier. We have been lucky this year in that our winter wasn't very snowy or cold! We have been getting our fair share of rain though, with January receiving 4x the amount of rain as January of last year.

Life has been good. My brother came out for a surprise visit in January for a few days. It was nice to spend time with him, but the visit was much too short. My sister is nearing the end of her basic training. I'm super excited and proud of her for all of her accomplishments to date and never giving up on her dream.

As I look forward to spring, i look forward to becoming an auntie again as my best friend is expecting her second little one in May!!! I can't wait.

Hubs and I are looking at trips for the fall. We haven't been on a trip in a couple years and definitely need one.

Work has been going really good. I started a new job late November and the move was a good one for me. I really enjoyed my old job and my coworkers, however my work life balance was just taking a toll on me and an opportunity came up and i decided to take it (after much thought and debate). I never stay late and generally don't work through my lunch break anymore. I'm also getting to experience some new opportunities with my job. Last week i was able to go on a tour of our harbor!

Part of my new years resolution this year was to get in better shape and eat better. I've downloaded a couple apps on my phone. One has fitness routines and the other tracks your daily food. I've really been committed to tracking my food and have done so each day since 27 December! While this has been a positive, my exercise has been lacking and i really need to get back into the gym again. I just need to start a routine again.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Years Eve

Wishing everyone a happy and safe New Years Eve. I hope you get to ring in the new year with friends and family. Stay safe, don't drink and drive! A huge thank you to all those who are working tonight to keep everyone safe.

Also wishing my parents a happy anniversary today!!

2017 In Review

1. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?
I left my job and got a different job in hopes of better work/life balance.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Not really, the gym fell by the wayside which is horrible. We did start eating healthier though. Here are my resolutions for this year:

2018 resolutions:
  1. Get back to the gym 
  2. Eat healthier
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Thankfully we lost no one this year.

5. What places/countries did you visit? 
We went to Halifax, Banff, Drumhellar (Part of our Alberta roadtrip) and did a week of camping in August. 

6. What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017?
A little more savings, more new experiences, an addition to the family.

7. What dates from 2017 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
20 November 2017 - I started my new jon
10 July 2017 - 7th Wedding Anniversary
21 November 2017 - 1 year anniversary of my grandfather's passing

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Being brave enough to leave my job and take a new one.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not losing the weight I wanted to.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I didn't buy it, but DH got me a Michael Kors pink wallet for my birthday! and my John Fluevog heels! absolutely love them and got them for $50 (considering they are like $400 new it was a steal!)

12. Where did most of your money go?
Traveling, some home reno's.

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Going home to visit my family, camping and our Alberta trip.

14. What song will always remind you of 2017?
   Hmmm.....

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier
b) thinner or fatter? Same
c) richer or poorer? Richer and poorer

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Exercising, eating healthier.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Sitting on the couch

18. How did you spend Christmas?
With Hubs at home, it was a quiet Christmas in.

19. Did you fall in love in 2017?
I continued to be in love in 2017.

20. What was your favorite TV program?
Grey's Anatomy, Walking Dead, Survivor, Bachelor/Bachelorette

21. What was the best book you read?
Didn't have a favorite book this year.

22. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Many new artists

23. What did you want and get?
A pink wallet, see my family.

24. What did you want and not get?
A baby

25. What was your favorite film of this year?
The new Star Wars movie.

26. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 31! Was a low key birthday. Had dinner with a friend.

27. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Loosing weight, new family addition.

28. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2017?
Getting a bit more office dressier.

29. What kept you sane?
My Hubs, my family and friends

30. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Kate Middleton.

31. What political issue stirred you the most?
Donald Trump a president

32. Who did you miss?
My family and best friend who live across the country

33. Who was the best new person you met?
My new coworker, she's awesome and so full of life

34. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2017.
If you don't take risks you never know what could have happened.

35. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
     Hmmmm.


Here is a quick look back on 2017....

January

Celebrated my dad's birthday
My brother graduated university 

February

March

Celebrated Hub's Birthday
Celebrated my sister's birthday

April


Road trip to Alberta

May

Celebrated my Mom's birthday
Went on a road trip to Alberta
My dad and sister came to visit

June

Celebrated my 31st birthday
1st year in our new home

July

Celebrated our 7 year anniversary
Celebrated Canada's 150th Birthday

August


Celebrated my brother's birthday
Went camping for the August long weekend
My dad retired

September


Visiting family in Halifax

October

Celebrated Halloween together

November

Best friends birthday
Got a new job

December

Quiet Christmas at home
Had snow on Christmas eve and Christmas Day!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

MIA

I seem to have been very MIA from my blog this past year. I've been meaning to post, however with the blog app not working very well anymore it means I can't just write a post from my phone. It's hard to believe how quickly the last year has gone by.

Just as fast as we rang in 2017, its now quickly leaving us. 2017 has been a good year all around. We settled into our new home, having been here a year already. Celebrated our 7 year anniversary and many birthdays and holidays. We were able to visit my family in Halifax for a couple weeks which was so nice! We did a random road trip to Alberta for a week back in May. We just packed the car and drove. We were able to visit family, get to Banff and Drumhellar (on DH bucket list for quite a while) and enjoy some random road tripping moments.

In August we spent almost a week camping. We hadn't been camping in a couple years so it was nice to get away and enjoy nature. We had a beautiful campsite right on the water and enjoyed nature and hiking and just getting away from it all.

My brother graduated University in January and got a job! Life is going good for him. My sister finally got a call that she had been accepted for the job of her dreams and is currently undergoing training. I'm so proud of her for reaching for her dreams and not giving up. My dad retired in August after 35+ years in the military. I wish I could say he is enjoying retired life but alas he is still working. My mom is doing really good. She had a rough patch for a while which prevented her from coming to visit us back in May, however she is doing better then every which is all I can ask for.

It's been a year since my grandfather passed away. My grandmother, as strong as she is, has taken the past year quite well. While she certainly has her times of sadness, she is enjoying life and still a busy socialite.

DH is doing great. His job is going well and he continues to think of future opportunities. He had a job offer and we nearly accepted however I was unable to secure work so he turned it down. It was a rough and draining time on us as it would have been such an adventure. But sometimes things aren't meant to be or not meant to be right now.

I found out that my best friend is having a baby in the new year! I'm so excited and can't wait to be an auntie again.

As for myself, work has certainly been keeping me busy. I gave notice at my old job and accepted a new job in the same department. I needed to have a better work life balance and an opportunity arose so I jumped on it. I'm still surprised I took the leap of faith and maybe I knew myself and that I may back out, I called my new manager in the car at work and accepted the job (there was no backing out after that!!).  I'm excited for 2018 and everything that it will bring. I look forward to new adventures and opportunities. Spending time with family and friends and creating new memories.