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

For the Aesthetic

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I am the worst for wanting everything in my place to match the “pastel” vibe. Being that the internet is getting more soft colours, I have the strongest urge to buy way too many upgrades in technology to complete my dream look. Today, I’m going to unfortunately show off all of the options for upgrades that I am heavily considering. I don’t know when I started loving soft colours, but I am absolutely in love. And being an “adult” that makes money hopefully I’ll be able to start buying this stuff.

Computer upgrades are probably the first on my list. Razer has an “e-girl” thing going on that is both pink and good quality. They call the collection colour “quartz” and I am in love! The fact that everything except my case for my computer can be a soft pink, man I am just so excited! The microphone would probably be the first thing I’d personally grab just for the potential of streaming down the line. Headphones with cat ears? Well ok, now I need those!

Photo Credits

I have a couple Google Home Mini’s around my house, and this generation they, along with Nest, have made new ones that are more the pastel colour scheme. I need like, five of them. My current place holds two nicely, but if I buy a house I could totally get more. Apparently this years model is louder and more efficient, although mine only ever gets used for making timers, because I suck at cooking.

There was a YouTube ad I got awhile back for pastel shells for different things around the house. Switch controllers, phone cases and – now I’m going down the Pinterest rabbit hole of “pastel room decor“. I’ll come back later…
Holy frick, I found paint colours for walls, bedding and actual furniture that I now need. Why is pastel just the best colour scheme ever? My future home is going to look so soft, and I am worried about my wallet. Hopefully my roommate doesn’t kill me over this.

Photo Credits

My lovely roommate is more of a “goth” kind of person. Her “don’t fuck with me” aesthetic while looking super hot is just amazing, and I just started flooding my closet with soft colours. Life in my house is quite the adventure. I remember wanting to be the “goth princess” and have people afraid of me based on my confidence and what I was wearing. These days, clouds look almost as soft as the colour of my sweater. I’m still on this Pinterest page and it’s the best!

I can’t believe I just spent literal days browsing pastel things. Yes I can... I need to redecorate my entire house now or even just hurry and buy a new one. As you can tell, I am a well put together adult who is never distracted, ever. Deryn, you don’t need any of this… Now I have to go and function again and turn off Pinterest. Thanks for stopping by and be safe!
— Deryn

Celebrating my Roommate

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On Sunday a couple friends of ours and us, (me and the roommate. That’s not the proper English for that, I know.) got together to celebrate my roommates 24th birthday. She’s basically a dinosaur I know. Our day started off super relaxing; we hung around my place just chatting mostly. Eventually we migrated to Spirit Halloween to do some exploring and costume planning. We’re thinking vampire pirates. I look hot as a pirate. Like damn dude, I’d date me. But yeah, that was the beginning of our adventure.

Bunnies!

Spirit Halloween is a great store, but better than all of that is GOATS! We were looking for some more fun activities and found Don-o-Ray farms in Kelowna. We made friends with ducks, and goats, and horse, and some bunnies, and chickens, and it was AMAZING! I love animals. The chickens were super soft, I got my hand munched by ducks, and I have never touched a bunny, so that was straight hype (“super cool” for those who don’t understand my garbage slang). Getting “lost” in a “maze” was fun too, and airbrush tattoo’s that really just capture the chaos that is our little group of dorks, it all around was an amazing time.

Goats!

We ended that part of the day with ice cream and gossip. Talking about life and enjoying everyone’s company was a great way to bring that part of the night to a close. But the roommate and I had more to do. I mean, she is “partying” with me after all. A really good friend offered to make us dinner. His cooking is always amazing, so how could we turn that down right? Stuffed peppers that he carved to look like Jack-o-lanterns, too many cookies, only because I ate like, all of them, and ice cream again along with the original Halloween movie was how we spent the rest of our night out. 

Ducks!

I forgot how both odd and fantastic the original Halloween was. Jamie Lee Curtis is a goddess and that movie really was the dawn of some amazing horror works. Can you believe she was only 19 when she did that movie? Like dang, she was beautiful! I mean, she still is, but I was an ugly 19 year old so… Nonetheless, the movie was great and getting to spend that time sitting on the couch eating more ice cream felt revitalizing. 

This chicken was insanely soft!

Pardon the next bit here, I’m about to get sappy. 
My dearest Sabreena, oh how amazing you are. You’ve been such a huge piece of my life for about seven months now, and I’ve loved every second of it. The love of my life, I can’t say it enough how lucky I am to have you in my life. Since you moved in, my perspective on life and all of the shit thrown in has changed. Every day is an adventure and now I’m a damn dog person. I love everything that you are and I thank you for sticking around. 

What a cutie she is!

Thanks for stopping by today! Stay safe out there!
— Deryn

Normal Hours and General Rambles

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As of Saturday, I’m moved to five day work weeks. If you don’t know, I’ve been pulling extra shifts for the past couple weeks. You can read up on my complaining in two different places. Don’t worry, now that I’m through the fire, I’ll complain significantly less. My paycheques are nice for sure, but I’m excited to have a regular schedule going forward. Having the two days off means I can have time to do new stuff again.

Myra Canyon Shots

Remember when I went hiking all the time in July? Myra Canyon was so beautiful I went twice! Or Scenic Canyon? And then the (more of a walk) Knox Mountain? I miss going out and exploring, but with the weather getting cooler I am totally going out again! I’m hoping on Monday to register my car so I can get back into that groove. That may however put Bus Adventures on the back burner for awhile. Meh, whatever, it’s all fine.

So much hiking was done over the summer!

My lovely roommate likes to ski, and Big White isn’t too far from my place. Hopefully this year I can take her up there once. I don’t ski or snowboard myself, but that drive would be so much fun! Plus all of the pictures after fresh snow fall. I’m investing in some boots to help with the winter weather, like these Timberlands. (Granted these may not be the most practical, but damn they’re cute.) I might try skiing at least one this year, but I’ll have to prepare, knowing myself I have literally nothing I need at the moment. That’s a list I’ll have to make later.

I’ve been sorting my photos, and I miss these views

Another side note thing, I really want a VR gaming unit. I have to upgrade my motherboard I believe, so I should start saving up for that. Plus, I could stream that for everyone! I love the idea of streaming, and I tend to just talk a lot so I feel I’d be good at it. I don’t know any of the tech sides of it but I didn’t with phones either before I started working here. And, actually doing it is another thing.

These shots are stunning though

But yeah, that’s all I’ve got to talk about today. Have an amazing day and be safe out there!
— Deryn