And everyone thought I was messed up on Tuesday! Well my dudes, it’s Thursday and I’m not any better! TMI Warning!!! Yesterday was the worst though, I sweat enough I had to change my bed sheets cause it was honestly gross, only to then get so cold for like an hour I couldn’t warm up no matter what I did. Today I’m pretty much at the same spot I was on Tuesday. And because I’m me. I can’t just stay home and rest, no, I’ve got to make sure I still go to work. I don’t really want to look at the computer screen much so today it’s going to be a short post. Sorry for being a mess…
I love you all, stay warm this winter, or cool this summer depending on where you are. Thanks for stopping by! — Deryn
I woke up this morning super sick… And, being a Tuesday, I’ve gotta work. Today is a long shift too (6am to 6pm). As of 4:30am, which is when I started writing this, I haven’t left the bathroom for almost an hour. And with that, I remembered I can’t miss my blog post! So here I am! Stuff I’d much rather be doing today! By the way, I’m going to try and edit this and make it look all nice, but I’m feeling -100/10 so no promises. Sorry in advance!
Being able to actually eat… I’m starving, but because I’m nauseous, I can’t even look at food and not die a little. Yesterday was half off pizza and I made sure to save some for lunch today, but I just cannot eat. This sucks, if I were at home right now, I’d be making my own mac n cheese that I’ve been planning for a week.
Writing! I wrote another short a couple days ago and so far it’s actually pretty good. It’s a little too short so I’m working on it. I was researching how to self publish shorts myself and it’s super easy if I go through Amazon. I really don’t like that company but it’s the easiest that I can find. Plus the audience that comes with that. But actually doing it is another thing.
Reno’s I am a lazy human. I should be done my renovations, but here I am. Counters are half done, the one room is finally painted, and no matter how much I caulk my shower it just never seems to be finished. Life is just a lot and I should get on top of it, but blerg.
I’m sick, my body aches and I really just want to take a nap. But I guess I’m stuck here, dying. (I’m not actually dying, I’m just being a baby.) It’s almost noon now and I’m ready to call my night person and call it quits. But, I’m going to tough this out and go for as long as I can. For those who are curious, it’s -17 outside and I’m so sad, although my office is +20 ish because I’m sick.
So, yeah. Thanks for coming by today. And I’m sorry again if this post is all over the place. Have an awesome day! — Deryn
The contact paper went sideways really fast. I should have had help… I cut my floor, tore my finger open, and in frustration I tore off all of what I had put down. After being a pouty five year old, I called my dad and he told me I should try again, since the marble looked so nice, I shouldn’t let it beat me. And of course, he was right. As I had now used all of the paper, I had to go buy more. Back to Home Depot! I don’t know what it is, but I love wandering around that store. Well, most of the time, there are times where older men decide I need help and won’t leave me alone until I get aggressive.
Guess while I’m out, I should grab paint shouldn’t I? And everything I need to tear up carpet… Paint is on the other side of town, and I still don’t have a car. Would it be weird to take the bus with a can of paint? I should do it. (Cuts to an hour later getting paint on the bus.) Nah, I’ll just recruit someone to drive me.
Guess who didn’t leave home!This time though, I have a plan! I kept the same marble look that I was going for the first time, but I actually measured things and took my time. Stupid microwave making me start again… And I took my hairdryer just so I could clean up my corners. The kitchen is going to look good, but the marble needs a new backdrop to match the new counters. The local ReStore will have tile or something for the backdrop, but I’ll have to actually learn how to do that.
Since I’m planning ahead of time, stuff gets done so much faster. And with getting stuff done at a reasonable rate, I can start finishing other rooms. Going to finish the painting job I only half finished, and more, tedious flooring. Going to take up my carpet in my living room and put in laminate. You know, cause I’m just cool like that. And then I saw a neat trick of painting your vinyl floor, yes I said paint. Step one, wash. Step two, sand. Step three, wash again. Step four, paint! Legit, you can paint your floor! I’ve heard you should use paint for a deck when you do this, but that’s okay since that’s easy to find. I’ve made a stencil of sorts for a pattern I want to try. Wish me luck!
Stencil has been made but of course I didn’t take a picture of it… I’ve gone looking at tile for the backdrop but I cannot find anything that is enough to cover the space, or doesn’t look like it’a a thousand years old… And I have started investing in doing laminate in my living room.
This will be it for renovations for awhile as I got another job (that’s three now) and am trying to save as fast as I can. But, I have found the house I’m going to buy, so this is going so well! I’ll try and take more pictures before my realtor shows up and starts listing my place. This weekend is going to be flooring and packing day, hopefully. Moving the boyfriends cabinet is going to suck…
Thanks for stopping by and giving this a read! — Deryn
Reno’s are kicking my butt, so I’m trying to not overwork myself too hard. I was diddling around on this laptop and apparently it runs Minecraft! So that’s what I’ve been doing with my time mostly. That and reading tarot, and learning more French. I really struggle with not being busy, but that’s fine.
I was doing the counters when I made an awful mistake and tore up a huge part with my microwave. A fiery ball of rage took over and I ripped out all the work I did, and now I need a distraction. So I went to install Minecraft and to my surprise, it worked. So I was binging that while listening to French Podcasts trying to get better with understanding the speech itself. I can read it somewhat fine, and can even spell at an okay level, but hearing it. Oof… They talk so fast! Which I mean, I am one hundred percent guilty of, but I never really understood how difficult it is to understand people talking…
Total side note, I know I said I was going to stick to Thursday’s for posting, but I’m bored throughout the week and writing posts way ahead of time, so I’m going to reinstate Tuesday’s as well. My updates or posts will still be at 12:00pm Vancouver time.
Back on track, I’ve been reading tarot cards for a couple years now and I even do readings for donations through my Tumblr but am going to open that up to my Twitter too eventually. I swear I struggle not being busy; it’s as if I can’t stop sometimes. But I learn a lot by doing this. And I kick absolute butt in Minecraft Hardcore mode! Work today is beyond busy, to the point I can’t actually do any real work, so I’m going to spend today writing and doing surveys for cash. Girls gotta work.
I’ve got a plan for tomorrow to actually do a ton of renovations and finally get this done. I’m going to get some more paint, and I need something to remove wallpaper faster because my kitchen has tons of it??? And my counter, I have to try this again. Thursday will be my make or break for this, because my place is getting evaluated on Friday (hopefully) and I NEED it to be amazing. Wish me luck ❤
Thanks for listening to me try and make sense of my own thoughts today! — Deryn
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…)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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