Starting Strong

We did it fam! We made it to 2020! Now, I know it’s only the second, but I have really been trying the past couple of days to be extra productive while not burning myself out. I went and bought some caulk and tar for some basic renovations, and finally went back into painting my spare room. I was taking pictures as I was working, so I can take you with me while I talk about what I did, and messing up a whole bunch.

First thing I did was I had to look at what needed to be done.
1) Bathroom needs some love
2) Spare room has to be painted eventually
3) Kitchen looks as old as I feel…
So, starting with number one, the bathroom.

After my bathroom was rebuilt, we were relying on family to help; painting was done by someone else, installing everything was someone else, even the original caulk was someone else. The poor bathtub is a mess. And because it’s been through some shit and is barely a year old, I decided I was going to finish it. Guess who learned to caulk? That’s right! ME! So, I filled in all of the spots that needed it, and gave it awhile to dry. (I forgot about it so I came back to it when I finally remembered…)

Look at it! It’s awful!

I literally have never done this before, so all things considered, it’s pretty good! Turns out if you have the gun and actual material, it’s like, BOOM – Done! I watched a few bathroom renovations just to see how people did it, and it’s so easy! Don’t pay anyone to do it, legit the easiest thing I’ve had to do.

Onto the spare room. I’ve been putting this off for months! The floor is slowly rotting away, and the walls were a disgusting blue. (I’m sorry I didn’t get a picture before I started painting.) This room was my brothers and that’s why it’s, well, sad.

The start of painting!

We have a spare bed we’re going to put in there, and maybe a shelf or two. Otherwise, that room is going to be for guests, when I actually have any. And I have to fix the floor problem, which is probably going to be for another day honestly. Flooring is long and tedious.

That’s the wall in the spare room that isn’t blue

My kitchen is the stock style that came when the trailer was put on the ground. It’s yellow and old and just, old. So I want to revamp it a tad. I discovered contact paper, and it seems like my fix all thing right now.

These are a fantastic idea!

The wood I want to do in my bathroom over my cabinets that are just a plywood look, and the marble should be my kitchen counters. However, I apparently double booked myself and haven’t gotten around to actually trying to do it yet. I promise I’ll make a little thing for it. Hopefully I can do it this week, since I have nothing else but work left planned for the week.

Sorry for the bad lighting. But the counter is yellow and like, old.
Not much of a difference but I think it’ll look nicer

And yeah, I did some stuff! I’m super pumped at learning to do maintenance on my own! As I was walking through Home Depot, people were looking at me weird for telling my boyfriend how certain things work.
On a side note, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! And sorry I’m late today…
And as always, thanks for reading!
— Deryn

New Years Resolutions

This is it, finally! The last day of 2019! And thank the gods we are done! A tradition that some people have for the new year is making resolutions, or promises, to themselves for what they’re going to do to better their lives. “New year, new me” kind of thing. I normally don’t do them, but I’ve started some habits that I want to last, and want to try new things to continue to improve as a person. I guess the best way to do this is by a list, huh? Cause you know, I love lists.

First Thing
Keep on cooking and baking my own stuff. Cooking has become such a fun hobby for me that I really want it to last. I’m saving money and have got a healthier lifestyle from it. And baking, I made sugar cookies with a friend right before Christmas hit and they were so much fun to make! I’m going to for sure keep that recipe for the rest of my life! They may have been simple, but man was it a blast to make them! So yeah, definitely going to be the cook in my house! Or at least try to be.

Second Thing
Laugh more! I’m a very easygoing kind of person who was burdened this year by too much crap, so come next year, more goofy pictures, more vine videos, and more relaxed and laid back choices! Too many people act like the world owes them everything and that laughter is a crime, and I do not agree at all! Life is fun, and I’ll make sure to have tons of fun this year! And yes, I love vine compilations, so whatever. Maybe I should attend a comedy show? Actually that sounds amazing! I think there’s a local bar that does comedy once a week, I should go and stop in.

Third Thing
Financial stability. I work two jobs, manage this blog, and sell things on the side (crafts and such) so that I can live. I want to be able to live somewhat comfortably, and be able to afford the houses in my area. So whether I can get a job to back up my lifestyle or if I can get this blog to the point I’m making something (wink wink sponsors) that I can stop working finally, at least in retail. In the mean time I’m building a savings account, I’ve got like $50! (The little victories you know?) I’ve also applied at a few places just to see if I can get a new and better paying job overall.

Fourth Thing
This damn book! I’m going to finish it! I figure if I keep getting on my own case for it I’ll actually finish it instead of putting it off. Well, even if I don’t finish the book, just writing more. I’ve gathered too many drafts of ideas that I want to make into either short stories or even eBooks eventually. Come the new year I’ll probably have too much time to myself, so I should be able to at least make a name for myself as an author.

Fifth Thing
Plants. I want trillions of plants. I’ve been watching home renovation videos on YouTube and it’s slowly consuming me. They’re helping me get inspired with decorating and learning to do reno’s myself. Having plants will also help me feel less lonely I think, not that I’m a lonely person, I’m just in constant need of attention. I’ve also got to make sure that none of them hurt Shadow, I’ve had him too long to lose him now. Plus plants make fantastic decor because I have none of that in my house.

But Yeah,
That’s it really. Some resolutions to keep in my mind for the next, at least couple months. I know I’m not the best at following things like this, but I’m going to try. Stay tuned (I know this is my new catch phrase, and I’m sorry) for me botching this! Stay safe out there! So come January, regular showings of your favourite program will move to Thursday at 12pm Vancouver time. And, well, I don’t know… See you next year? Is that cliché ? Because I’m doing it anyway, since I made myself laugh. Anyways…
Thank you so much for this whole year, you’re amazing!
— Deryn

The Last Saturday of 2019

Isn’t this insane?! The last Saturday of a whole year! I’m excited for what next year has to offer, and I know I keep saying that, but I really do mean it. I’ve decided that I am indeed going to make a post New Year’s Eve, just because I find it really fitting to end the year with a post to wrap it all up.

Gifts on Christmas were delightful!
Family bought me bus tickets, and gift cards! Being able to make more “Bus Adventure” posts is going to be fun, plus actually getting around is handy.
Bath bombs for days! Well, realistically enough for a couple months.
My brother got me a huge bottle of Bacardi Rum, which is kind of neat.
And those are just some highlights on what makes me happy in life, travelling around, bath products and alcohol.

Shadow got some presents too! Got a huge bag of cat food and some toys for him, so hopefully he’ll quit complaining all the time. I say that but he complains because we don’t let him do dumb things, like drink bathtub water, and eat plastic.

On a side note, do you like what I’ve done to the homepage? It took me an unnecessary amount of time to figure out how to do that. I don’t even know what I did wrong either. But hey, it’s done now and looks really nice! Maybe next year I’ll get business cards made, or at least find a new way to market myself. Self marketing has probably been my biggest struggle this year. It has only been about six months since I started this blog, so I’ve still got a long way to go!

Today, besides working, I’m going to relax, and prepare myself mentally so a new year. I’ve already made a bath ritual of sorts for after work, and my meal is planned out. Planning everything and trying to be ready for anything has got to be my biggest growth point of the year.

Thank you for coming along with me for this ride, and for staying with me for many more posts to come!
And thank you for reading, it really does mean a lot.
— Deryn

Boxing Day

I’m so over the Christmas season… The 25th was so unnecessary and today is going to be as busy as Christmas eve was! I get paid tomorrow, and then again on Tuesday. Any debt I have left will be paid, and I’ll be on my way toward a down payment on my new house!

In the “boxing day” spirit, I’m checking out all the sales. Looking at the camera I really wanted, and some extra gifts for the family. – Camera I Like
I’ve already take my tree down and put it away for another year. With the possibility of moving, I didn’t buy any lights so cleanup was super easy. And might I add, wrapping paper is such a waste.

I’m only working a half shift today, so I get to go home and make some potatoes!
On that note, a friend of mine is making her own recipe book and I thought that was amazing, so I’m going to steal that idea and claim it as my own. So far I have my chicken and roasted potatoes in it, but I know I have a killer cheese sauce recipe somewhere that I’m going to add to it.
Besides cooking recipes, I think I’ll add crocheting patterns to it as well. I make a lot of blankets, so I just think it will help my brain having them all somewhere.

My next post will probably be the last one of the year, but I honestly don’t know what to talk about. I’ve done an accomplishments. Oh, maybe like a new years resolution kind of thing. Man, sometimes I am so smart, that’s a lie really. I haven’t totally thought the idea of resolutions though, guess you’ll have to tune in Saturday to find out what I come up with!

And as always, thanks for reading!
— Deryn

Christmas Eve

So we’re here finally. I’m working the next few days, so I may be late with the posts.
Traditions are weird aren’t they?
Having a tree covered in lights and ornaments, presents wrapped in miles of paper.
Turkey? Who actually likes turkey? Well, I’m sure someone does, but I am not that person.
I dunno, I think it’s because I’ve been working retail for so long. To me, the whole thing just screams consumerism.
Maybe I won’t get any customers today and I’ll get to read my book all day.
Or I’ll get stupid busy and make good money!
Probably not, but whatever.

I think I’m going to start some new traditions of my own.
Baking! There has to be baking!
Maybe a small present or two, nothing crazy.
I’m more of a “I saw this, thought of you and bought it for you” kind of person anyway.
I do like my little tree though, so I’ll keep that for sure.

My tree!

Got any fun, or even sure weird traditions of your own? I’d love to know!
I know this post is short, but I still love you! And I hope tomorrow treats you well and is safe!
Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful holiday!
— Deryn

Some People

Nov 25th
I’m on the bus and my god, some people. This one guy is on the phone with someone and he just keeps swearing. Like bud, relax. Save that profanity for somewhere else please. I’m a loud person myself but I’m not cussing everywhere like I own the place, that’s rude. I’m frustrated. Even when more people get on the bus, he hasn’t stopped. Blerg… I even have made eye contact with him on multiple occasions like dude, relax.

I Took this Picture.

Nov 29th
I’m such an embarrassment! I stood up to get ready to get off the bus and spun around crashing into some people. I SUCK! Ugh *starts crying*

Dec 1st
Not so Bus but still Adventure! I was at Starbucks with a friend, and it’s about 7:30pm right? I’m sitting, we’re chatting, just typical coffee shop etiquette, when this guy, about late forties, starts getting loud with the lady behind the counter. She’s trying to apologize and calm this nutcase out, but he’s just getting louder. I’ve worked customer service for almost ten years now, and hearing the phrase “I’m a customer, I’m always right” just triggers my bitch mode. So I told my friend, “one second, I’ve got to go get in line” and marched over to the counter behind asshole customer guy. I’m standing behind this guy for like, ten minutes more like two and I decided I was going to cut this guy off. I asked “how late are you open till?” Cause now it’s about 8pm. Now that I’ve said something, this guy decides he’s going to in my face calling me rude for cutting him off, which to be fair I did do. My reply “she’s doing her job, calm down man”. After being all huffy and puffy, dickhead left all pouty. No matter how many years I work with the public, I will never understand customers.

I Also Took this Picture!

Dec 11th
Another asshole at Starbucks! Guy was trying to buy a box of loose leaf tea, and there’s only one till open which has a customer already. Guy gets impatient and throws a $10 bill down and tries to leave. A staff member asked him to wait a moment because they have to scan the product and that it would only take a second. That makes sense! Just wait a second, and then their inventory isn’t messed and you can get your change, right? Apparently not. This guy is so upset, he tosses the box at the person behind the counter, and then gets confused on why he’s now being asked to leave. Like buddy, you literally THREW PRODUCT and expect to not be kicked out?

Dec 12th
Bussing is insane. People are so bizarre! The bus people were normal this time around, in fact my bus had six total passengers for the whole ride, but living where I do, weather is garbage. With the weather being terrible, people are driving like complete idiots. Constant switching between lanes without using turning signals, accidents on every block, it’s like people see snow and legitimately forget how to drive! I’m baffled!

I’m Getting Good at this Picture Thing!

It Ain’t Much
But I’m not planning on riding the bus anymore this year, just because I don’t have much reason to go into town. I asked for bus tickets for Christmas, so hopefully I get to ride it a lot more come the new year. I enjoy travelling and seeing the road, and with my car still broken, bussing is all I have. Bussing and retail, man do they change your view on the world. Humans are such interesting creatures! Oh, and before I forget, Blessed Yule! Thank you for coming along on all my adventures! And safe travels!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading this today!
— Deryn

What I Accomplished this Year

2019 has been an odd year for sure. Work has been all over the place, my memory has given out on me, and I’m trying to sell the house I grew up in. Today, I want to talk about all the highlights and maybe tell a couple stories.

One of the major things I did was start this blog. Having impulse purchased the domain, and jumped head first into something without any planning or idea on what I was going to do, this blog has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. Writing almost every day, interacting with so many new people, and really finding my way in the world are just some of the things this blog has given me.

For those who don’t know, my memory is messed. I have lost way more than I want. A decent amount stuff prior to about four years ago is just gone. At first that frightened me, but now I’ve kind got over it now. So I’ve been rummaging through old diaries and year books trying to remember some things, but to no avail. At this point, I’m just going to have to accept my memory troubles and move on.

My attempt at a novel is slowly coming together, and that’s pretty exciting! I wrote and shared a short story. – Link to That – And overall I’ve really improved on my writing. Now I just have to read more and I’d be all set. I’ve seen different bloggers take pieces or their blog and turn them into an eBook, and I think that might be something I’ll look into for a project for next year.

2020 is going to be an interesting year for sure. Hopefully it goes uphill hard, unlike everything since 2012. The roaring twenties are going to be fun! Thanks for coming along on this adventure, and I hope that this year was kind to you. May next year be as well!

And as always…
Thanks for reading!
— Deryn