Stories From Recently

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Life has been quiet lately. I’m mostly streaming, so I haven’t really been out. Well, that and I have no real reason to go out right now. But there are some, interesting interactions I’ve had that stuck with me. So, I’ll share some today. As well as some updates overall. With life being quiet, I’m thinking of changing up my schedules. 

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My amazing wife wanted to look at some shoes. Shoes are fun, and the mall is a fun trip to make, so off we went. The bus ride in was quiet. We were basically the only passengers for the first half of the ride. The mall is one of my least favourite places in the world. It’s draining and likes to remind me that I’m not as thin as I could be. Especially Garage (the clothing store). Back when I was in high school, there was a crop top I loved. I needed it in an XL (or extra large). Naturally, asked an employee who said to me, “we don’t sell clothes to fat people”. In high school I was maybe 90lbs, severely underweight and had a toxic relationship with food. So as one could imagine, I avoid that store now as best I can. 

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In Case You Couldn’t Tell

We stopped there. By now we’ve walked around a decent piece of the mall and all the models in windows and constant watching and worrying about everyone around me, I was out of my “customer service” voice. Now at the till, there’s only one open right now, which makes sense, and the person in front of us in line is a new employee trying to get her new discount. Everyone is new at some point, so like, have at ‘er, we’ve got time. Took a few minutes, and in that time, another employee said we could download their app for a discount. We decline, and it’s downhill from here. 

I’m A Dick

Our turn. This employee is adorable, I very much loved her hair. And she does her job “do you have our app,” I messed up. I declined this time, and aggressively. My tone of voice went straight “Karen”, and I didn’t even notice… When we walked out, my wife then decided to tell me, instead of WHEN WE WERE IN THERE SO I COULD APOLOGIZE! I felt terrible! This poor employee even asked for another staff member to come to the desk just in case. JUST IN CASE!!! I’m the worst!

Doctors and Older People

Sitting in a waiting room, an older gentleman sits across from me. Why not start a conversation? We talked for like, a half hour-ish. About everything too; doctors, moving, and living in a world like this. This lovely guy moved here from Hope, which is a small enough town everything is closed on weekends. It’s also in the bottom of a valley, so the weather is an issue and lack of doctors are just not making that a good home anymore. And he moved there from Surrey. Having a conversation with someone, and such a quality one too, that guy really made my day. I didn’t get his name though. 

And Now, Updates

Life is quiet and I’m not as busy as I used to be. I’m going to cut back posts for awhile. At least until the weather warms up and I can share hiking again. I’m going to try a post a week, but if I still don’t have much to talk about, I’ll be one a month. I’ll still be streaming, and I am on both Instagram and Twitter quite a lot. Make sure to follow me to see my new posts and updates! 

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And thank you for stopping by. You are amazing and I hope you have an amazing day!
— Deryn

Housing Differences

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I know and I’m sorry. But homes are fun to look at! I, yet again, fell in love with a house that I currently cannot afford. There’s a place up in the fancy residential area going for $675,000. I say fancy, anything under a million is the “standard” in my part of the world.

This particular place I’m looking at has a separate driveway even. A nice back yard, and the upstairs is about three of my trailers stuck together. That kind of space is nuts! Having a room just for my computer is like, a dream I never thought I could achieve, but running the numbers, I bet I could do it this year. Especially if I try hard enough, I could easy get a place this year.

Even looking from $500k to $600k is a crazy change a lot of the time. A lot of places in the five range don’t have things like a suite, or an unfinished suite. Whereas a 600 home has a full suite already and considered legal. My big thing is, for  me to afford a house and not be completely reliant on a co-signer is I need a suite.

Do I Really Need A Suite?

The average basement suite in my part of the world goes for like, $1200 to $1500 for a single bedroom a month. That’s like, half a mortgage on a home that’s $500k-$600k. See why I said I need a renter.

I Mostly Want Something New

So I have more space to grow. My trailer would be great if it were say, just me, or me and one other person, but two people, two cats and a decent sized dog… I want me family to live comfy, ya know?

The only reason I can do all of this is because of this trailer though. This place has been home for so many years, and I can’t really see myself living anywhere else, but this is something I really want to do. Plus like, unless the world dies, I own a house doing that. It just feels like the next step in my life I want to take.

But yeah, that’s my life today. Next to working out with my roommate. I’m going to go make lunch. Have a good day and be safe out there!
— Deryn

There is a Potato Museum

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Guys, guys, guys, there’s a potato museum. Now, as you know, I’m a po-ta-hoe and love potatoes! Maybe that’s my inner Englishman just craving a good side of mashed potatoes, (I’m pretty sure that’s a German thing but shhhh…). This museum is in PEI and all things considered, that isn’t that bad. I live in BC if you didn’t know, so I would have travel to the east coast . For potatoes, it’s worth it. In light of my discovery, should I share potato recipes? Or maybe some crafts and such? Potatoes.

Prince Edward Island huh? I’ve never been to an island on the east coast, so that trip would be one for the books! I just looked it up, I can drive there! Without traffic, it’s a fifty-five hour drive. I’m excited, don’t mind me. I’m reading a “12 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions” post for PEI, and it’s very old fashioned, the province that is. Aww, it’s the smallest province, isn’t that cute! I’m not very good at being a tourist, I find I often get bored. So, finding stuff to do ahead of time helps me a lot, and hopefully bringing people with. Being a coastal province, there are lighthouses! Oh frick yeah I want to go for sure!

Friend overseas taking awesome pictures again

I’ve pulled up a list of restaurants in the surrounding area of the museum, and there isn’t much. In fact, there’s really nothing out there at all. This part of O’Leary? is very family oriented. A local hospital, schools and quite a few parks are all that really fills the space out there. Well, dang. The bridge to drive onto the island must be quite the sight, and happened to be finished the year I was born too. Like, that just sounds awesome! The shots you could get on that bridge, oh I’m excited thinking about it! Wait, is it a toll bridge?

I’ve never been that far east before in Canada, so that trip would be so awesome! Planning a trip around on particular sight is something I’ve done before. My trips to England are usually based around one particular thing I need to see, and then the rest of the trip falls in place. Other than that, I’m not sure what else there is to do besides hike, which I’m in to for sure!

Like, look at these!

That’s all I have for today though. Thanks for stopping by, and be safe out there! And stay warm! It’s snowing here and I’m excited!
— Deryn

What About Calgary

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Yesterday while hanging out on Discord, a friend suggested moving to Calgary. He lives in like, the South East I think? After sending me a link to a townhouse going for less than what I’d sell my trailer for, I’m honestly considering it. I’ve lived in BC my whole life, and have always just, never liked Alberta. But at the same time, I’ve usually only driven through it or been visiting family I don’t care for. It would be that real “fresh start” I am looking for too. Moving though, that’s a scary thought.

Housing prices is what really gets me. A townhouse for example, in my part of town like on the other side of the highway from where I work. $300K, one bed and one bath, strata is upwards of $500 with a mortgage looking about $950 a month. That works out to $1450 a month for a TOWNHOUSE. As you can tell, I’m upset, and that’s without even taxes involved. Now, looking at Calgary, a two bed and two bath, for $250K. Only like 3% taxes, and putting the same money down, $740 for the mortgage and $122 for strata. Makes the living price $862 a month. The price difference is nuts! And the taxes in the province is a huge difference too!

I know I know, I’m rambling on about money, and I’m sorry about that. But in my defense, I’m a broke bitch. Calgary is not a place I visit often, so I don’t actually know much about the city. I know there’s three major highways which is nice. And getting about 20km doesn’t take two hours in rush hour. There’s no family of mine out there though. See, this is my issue with moving that kind of distance – No family out there, none of my really good friends unless I bring them with, and I’d have to 100% rebuild my life. Stuff like favourite grocery stores, preferred dentists, and dog walking routes would be a whole new thing!

I know Shadow looks dirty, but my dad gave him like, an entire $5 bag of catnip. He was rolling around in it

I’ve never moved like this before, or really ever before. I wouldn’t be able to go alone, that would be too much. However, the more I think about it, the more I kind of really like the idea. As of right now, I’m not doing anything besides rebuilding my place and preparing for Christmas. Oh right, I’ve got a month and a bit until that. Anyway, that’s all I have for today! Be safe out there, and we’ll talk again soon!
— Deryn

That Time of Year Again

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On Friday it snowed. I know, that word. I went back and looked and I didn’t talk about the snow last year? Normally the first snowfall of the year brings joy. I however hate winter and the holiday season. Now, I’m not totally sure if it’s PMS or I’m actually The Grinch, but I am against most of everything right now. Supposedly next week temperatures reach almost eleven on the positive side.

It’s now Tuesday and the high for today is about six, which is nice. That’s more fall weather than what we had for the past couple of days. The snow is going to start melting and walking to work will be much safer. People who don’t, or can’t in some occasions, stop at crosswalks, and ice patches make getting around difficult sometimes. When the weather gets bad, my family starts calling cop cars with their lights on “Christmas Lights”, so there’s those too. I’m mostly just saying vehicles are dangerous.

The view out my bedroom window the other day

Since spending the past couple days in the snow, I’ve been kind of enjoying it. I don’t know what it is, but walking to and from work is kind of super peaceful. My headphones are out for warranty so I’ve made that trip with the background noise of the highway. Watching the road and the snow falling is a lot more pleasant. I’m pretty sure, after a couple more snowfalls, I’ll secretly love winter and whatnot. The snow has definitely been inspiring too. I’ve got a couple shorts I’ve been trying to work on since Friday.

Walking through the snow is also a great workout. You either have to lift you legs like, twenty centimeters off the ground with every step, or drag the snow. By the new year, my legs are going to be so strong. I say that, I don’t really measure my strength ever, and at this point, I’m rambling. My bad. But yeah, snow! I’m also going to go skating this year, I’ve made that promise to myself.

But yeah, that’s all I’ve got for today. Stay warm and safe out there! Oh, and check out this adorable picture of Midna! Thanks!
— Deryn