Happy Anniversary

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Wow! Guys, I’ve been doing this for a year now! How crazy is that?! It’s hard to believe that I started this as a hobby a year ago only to now use it for both my sanity, and to tell my stories. I’m excited about this! 

I’ve gone to England on this blog, I’ve hiked random trails around the Okanagan, and I’ve made friends of mine do new things just so I’m not alone on here. The adventures I get to experience, man I love what I do. 

Yes, I’m reusing pictures. Hush now

Without all of the people who tune in and read this every chance they have, I really would be nowhere. I’m baffled and grateful. And to the friends who read my work, and the friends I’ve made, thanks for being there for me! I know I say it a lot, but I really do love all of you.

That’s my office I work at on Tuesdays

I’ve been going through quite a bit lately with understanding trauma and growing for what feels like the first real time as a person. There’s a category of posts tagged under mental health here, and I’m appreciative that I can talk about those things. Being able to put what I’m feeling into words helps me understand what’s going on, and gives me the chance to work on it in a healthy manner.

I still love this picture

I love what I do, and I can see myself doing this for at least another year. This is, was? the best decision and hobby I ever threw myself at. Writing is just, I don’t think I have the words, it’s everything I really needed to control my heart and mind. I feel at peace behind this keyboard. And being able to take pictures of the world around me to show some adventures I get to take, this blog has really become my baby in a way. Many of you know more of what I do in a week than my family does. It’s weird how hobbies can change a person isn’t it?

As a thanks to helping me grow, and as a challenge to myself because I should have posted this forever ago, I’ve decided to post the opening paragraph to that book I still haven’t finished. That’ll be on the bottom of this page, and I am freaking out a bit over doing it, but now that I’ve said it I kind of have to. No one has read that yet, and I mean that. 

Water is neat, isn’t it?

Before I go for today, I figured some shameless plugs for myself are in order. Because I have things like Patreon, Instagram, Twitter, and with this being what I want to do as a career, I would love it if you checked them out. You all are amazing, and I cannot thank you enough. Have an amazing day and stay safe out there!
— Deryn

Clear page break before the novel piece.

Today has been interesting. I’ve never been surrounded by so many bland people. What is the point of drinking until you pass out? I guess that’s what I get for having hobbies and no real friends. I’d much rather be at home reading, or playing cards. Young adults with raging hormones are battling everywhere for attention and alcohol. Man, I’m fucking tired. And the music; oh my God this music is ass.

“Hey babe,” sparks up from behind me.

“Oh hey,” crap, what a lackluster response. 

“You alright?” Tones of kindness and love bring joy to my heart. How sweet, the poor guy is worried about me. 

“Yeah cutie, I’m fine. I don’t know, I guess I’m just tired.”

“Okay, well if you need me at all, I’m going to be over by the food tent.” His heads up of where he’s going is wholesome. 

Too bad this world is boring. Our reality is just a bunch of people trying to make their way in a world that doesn’t want them. If only my world had something worthwhile going on. Magic, airships, literally anything at this point would make life worth my damn time: all I want is a hint of excitement. Well, at least I have food I guess.

This food tent is mediocre: breakfast from a cheap fast food joint and an insult of an attempt at handmade food line the tables. Why serve breakfast with alcohol? Doesn’t dinner, or even greasy American food pair better? It doesn’t help that rain started pouring down. Today is just another waste of my time. 

“Babe! Look at what I found!” The only thing in this world I really care about is him, isn’t that strange? “It’s your favourite!” 

Oh hey: tequila! And it’s my favourite too!

Starting Strong

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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