Sunday, September 15, 2013

Around here (in no particular order).

  • On Saturday, I opened the fridge and found the cocoa powder in there. Oops.
  • I have only been to the grocery store twice since June. I have been to the market at the Old Port twice or so for fresh veggies and to the corner convenience store a lot. Somehow this is working for me.
  • I am working on a challenging and fun artistic freelance project.
  • Did the title of this post make anyone else think of Counting Crows circa 1994?
  • I only have about a month more with Booboo and that thought makes me so terribly sad I can't think about it too long.
  • This summer I finally found coffee beans that make coffee I really enjoy. I used to like the beans from this one place near my apartment, but then the coffee started tasting like dirt. After I inquired about why their coffee now tasted like "la terre," as I put it in French, I found out that they had changed the blend's mix of beans. Unable to find anything better, we drank overpriced, dirt-flavoured coffee with a hint of "burnt" for months. Finally, I decided to experiment with beans from a different place in the neighborhood. My first try was an improvement but a little weak; the second try was perfect. I am now on my third bag of that coffee. No more dirt coffee for me.
  • I finally ordered beautiful embossed stationery with both our names on it in mid-June. A lifetime supply probably. I went with stationery instead of an address stamp, because I figured our address was likely to change at some point. It was a little too risky. I had the beautiful cream correspondance cards shipped to my parents' home, and they arrived just before everything exploded. I never saw the stationery, which is probably for the best. I had been so unreasonably excited about that goregous stationary with our names embossed on it. I guess it will get recycled.
  • Thankfully I had also ordered some for myself with my monogram. My dad mailed that to me, and I have been thoroughly enjoying using it.
  • My car turned 20 years old in April. But I don't drive very much anymore. Maybe once a week, often less. But the car works well still, much to my surprise and happiness.
  • I find I love having a life that is so local. I love walking to work and having most everything I need a short distance from where I live.
  • I am not looking forward to winter coming. I keep telling myself if I can survive 'til spring life will look better. I just need to survive this death of our marriage and my life as I had expected it and make it to spring and wait on some sort of rebirth.
  • Shoveling. Ugh. Do I need to say anything more?
  • I have a bag of green tomatoes in the fridge. I bought them to do fried green tomatoes. I have been unable to motivate myself to do that though. My level of energy is more on the basic sandwich-level of Maslow's hierarchy of culinary needs.
  • Last week I spent $11 and some change at the thrift store and got a pair of jeans, a skirt, and a top that all fit. This helps. Baggy jeans do not.
  • I was undecided on the skirt but thought that for $3, it was worth a shot. Once I got it home, I realized it is kind of the perfect skirt. It is black with thin pinstripes, plus it's quick drying and ideal for travelling. A pretty great find.
  • It's still raining. I don't mind.


  1. I just wanted to send you some hugs and let you know I'm thinking about you. I know we're only people who have read each other's online journals and shared a bond over our immigration experiences, but I can only imagine how hard it's been for you to go through this, so I want to offer my sympathies. I'm glad you're hanging in there.

  2. Hi canadianchia,

    I still can't remember my LJ ID thing I set up, so I can't comment on your blog. I wanted to comment on your post from July 12, though, and tell you that I am super excited about Target coming to Canada. Ours opens here in about a month, I think. I have been excited about it for over a year.

    Thanks for your comment, hugs and good thoughts. I really appreciate it. I am happy to have the immigration bond with you and am glad we've "met" online.