Another Year Gone By

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Wow, another year huh? 2020 was such a ride! My roommate, new relationship, and well, everything else this year gave us, I’m glad I made it through! Everything I’ve taken from this year will stick with me forever. This year I had the opportunity to really understand what I need as a person from both my professional life, and from my relationships. Also, buying a house is hard.

Midna is such a good girl!

I was prepared to talk about how work is going to go first, but I just got laid off… So that’s basically out of the question now. From the cellphone store, I still work with cabs. Speaking of which, I want to be able to do this full time. Like my content? Support is always appreciated. The big thing with my blog is I’m changing my schedule. Monday’s are staying Multimedia, I love them too much to change them. But Tuesday and Thursday are moving to Wednesday and Friday. Noon-ish Vancouver time is still my goal as well.

My wife (my roommate who I’m not actually married to, I just refer to as my wife) deserves all the best in the world. When I’m looking at houses, I’m looking for things like, a yard, kitchen space, room for growth. Ya know? Especially with Midna, she loves to run, and as I have learned, jumping around playing in the snow! I love her so much! My goal for myself is to own a house by the end of 2021.

I’m going to take the next week-ish to write a whole bunch, maybe get back into my French practice, and try to finish the “building” of any rooms in my trailer. We’ve been cleaning my closet up and powering through laundry, and now it’s accessible and super cute! Fashion blogging maybe now that that’s finished? Don’t worry, I’ll let you know what I’m doing. I’ve also been learning OBS for streaming too. So that in the future maybe?

Like, look at her!

Expect some changes starting tomorrow, primarily with my organization and the tags for everything. Oh I’m excited, 2021 is going to be a good year! Anyway, that’s all I have for today. Be safe and stay warm out there loves!
— Deryn

Survived Another Holiday

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Christmas itself was actually kind of fun this year. Had more customers Christmas eve than what I wanted, but still not enough to stay open. And Boxing Day was too quiet considering the day it was. I’m not sure how my other stores did, but man was I quiet. I’ve worked retail for years, and the holidays have never been my favourite. I stretched myself too thin this year with hours at work though, so come the new year, I’m going to try and relax again. 

Stealing more pictures from my friend overseas

I did the Christmas eve shift by myself. My boss was celebrating his 32nd birthday, so I took the shift. Made sense to me, and if I didn’t have enough customers by three in the afternoon then I was allowed to leave early. Spoiler, didn’t see enough people! I got home about half after three which was nice. My amazing boyfriend even came over with some presents! Being cared about is kind of the best. My roommate and I also now have matching pajamas!

Christmas day, the big day! Quiet, peaceful, and spent with family. Just the way I like it! We all got some good stuff, great food, and some amazing new memories too. I shared the funny tags my dad made for the presents even. Tight restrictions for visitors didn’t ruin our Christmas either! Mind you, we were only really missing my dads girlfriends family, who we video chatted with for a bit. Overall, successful holiday! I’m actually glad I didn’t work it this year.

Boxing day! The busiest day in retail! Man, I went in prepared! Breakfast, caffeinated tea, and even a bra! At about noon, it really hit us that we were going to be, well, quiet. I think I had two, maybe three sales before I went home an hour and a half early. ON BOXING DAY! Whether is lack of stock or the pandemic, I really don’t know, But it was quite a let down. 

My brothers cute shirt

Anyway, I lived. I was bored out of my mind, but I lived. That’s all I have for today though, so stay warm and safe out there!
— Deryn

Christmas Already

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Wow, tomorrow is Christmas. Feels like it was April like three days ago. I’m alone at work today, yes I work Christmas eve, but that’s fine honestly. I know there are going to be people who may need a phone or whatever, and it’s my bosses birthday today. Either way, I don’t mind being here. Christmas is going to be awesome this year!

My baby boy

There’s a few more presents for my boyfriend in my closet. He was all “don’t buy me things,” so I bought him the odd couple of things. If I have the chance, I’m going to give them to him today or tomorrow. Oh hey, side note, when I got my new phone, I got some airpods as a gift with purchase. I don’t buy Apple products since I’m a Samsung person and all, so I decided to sell these headphones. I just sold them, got myself $150!

Percy is such a good boy!

Without much going on, I don’t have anything really to talk about. The Mandalorian is over, so no more of that until next year. Orange is the New Black is still an amazing show. The Boys season three is coming out soon.
I have a surprising amount of receiving to do today. Hopefully work isn’t busy so I can go home early. I may not get to though, just with the amount of foot traffic I’ve already had. Going home early is all I’ve got to look forward to. That’s a joke, but not totally.

Midna is camera shy

Well, that’s all I really have to talk about. Supposedly our random snowstorm will be gone by tomorrow, so no white Christmas. If all the ice melts, I’ll be happy. Walking to and from work with nothing but ice on the roads, not fun. I’ve been procrastinating putting my car back on the road, which may be so, not in my favour. We’ll see what happens in January.

Pardon my mess of a living room

Thanks for stopping by today. Be safe, have a great holiday season, and stay warm!
— Deryn

Home Stretch Now

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Y’all, there’s only one month left of 2020. Talk about a surreal feeling right? Recap; life was throw into a tornado and we all came out different people. Today I want to talk about how this year has changed me, as well as life around me. And I should also talk about the future of what I’m doing here on this website. Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere. Not yet anyway... What a year.

This year started so rough for a lot of people, and I am one hundred percent one of those people. Not being able to recognize when you’re in one of the lowest parts of your life is just a bummer. Relationships that weren’t meant to be, questioning where money was going to be coming from, and just in a real rut was how my year started. It wasn’t too long after I connected with the lovely soul that is now my roommate, and adopted a couple more furry kids. She has been such a light for me, being able to grow together in a healthy environment, I love her so much.

New relationship? I know right, scandalous. I say that, this is the most healthy transition I’ve made pretty much ever. From June until September I was a single pringle. I know that’s not a lot of time for a lot of people, but for me that’s a huge accomplishment. I haven’t been single for more than twenty-four hours in about seven years. Being able to communicate and share experiences without feeling invalid or even like I talk too much is so relieving. That feeling that someone cares for you makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. I’ll stop simping over my boyfriend now, sorry. Not actually sorry, I enjoy it.

Highlight for December, BAKING! Oh I am so excited to be baking so many treats! By no means am I a baker, but I do love me some snacks. Almost every friend of mine bakes around the holidays too. Bella and I have made cookies, and salsa, and the odd mess or two, my lovely roommate makes a killer tiramisu, and this year we’ve been invited to do some baking at my boyfriends place. SO MANY SNACKS!!! I’m so hyped! Plus, some of my drivers have bakers in their families. I’ve got to start working out... Quality time is definitely up there in my love languages.

Remember when we all had high hopes for 2020? Even with the lows, there were a lot of highs too. Mentally, I’m in a good place, and I have an amazing group of people around me. Plus, everyone here, this website, this memory holder, has been so amazing for me. I love doing this, and I hope you love reading my rambles. Come 2021 I should also have a camera for my computer (I forgot what the word for that is…) so I can start maybe streaming for my Multimedia Mondays. In short, I’m going to be staying for the time being, and hopefully for a long time. Plus, I have some more hiking trails I want to share when I get there. So yeah, you’re stuck with me for now.

Thanks for coming around today, and be safe out there! We’re in the home stretch, only a little more left and we’re free! Don’t forget, you can support me via my social media, whether Twitter or Instagram, as well as donations in both Paypal and Patreon. Thanks again for everything!
— Deryn

New Years Resolutions

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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