WOW! I finally found time to sit down and start writing a post…
Probably one of the worst timings is buying and getting the keys for my new place in one of the busiest months of the year at the office. What is great is that we can do this whole moving and spicing up our new place in our own leisurely pace. At least that part is something I’m very happy about. As I write this, we’ve been doing anything other than painting but thats ok, because we managed to get a few little knick knacks out of the way.
Did I tell you that I had my birthday on Monday? Yup, I’m 28 now. As a gift to myself, I launched a new blog on April 1st. No joke there! I’ve been contemplating a new blog and splitting some content over there since the New Year but I figured whats a better time than on my birthday, right? Its a time to try to new things and to just do it! And getting older probably means I’ll ramble even more so I’ll stop and just say, check it out right HERE if you’d like! Its going to be focused on creative writing and I’m going to be moving book reviews there but I’m still working on some details such as finding some project goals to aim for. I haven’t quite pinpoint that part out yet. Spontaneity doesn’t always do so great but I’m hoping creativity kicks in soon and I’ll get my second post up! I can feel it coming already, the inspiration is just being a tad shy 😉
There’s still a lot of work to go in that blog and some stuff to figure out.
I now realize that I’m crazy because I picked THE worst time to launch a new blog. Still, this week has been quite eventful so we’ll jump to some fun stuff 🙂
On Monday, I felt a bit neglected. You know Samantha in Sixteen Candles? Yeah, my mom forgot that Monday was my birthday so in the evening she finally told me that the next day was special and I was like, huh? We’re celebrating April’s Fools and she’s like, “No! Its your birthday!” And I go, “Uh, no…today is the 31st.” That was actually somewhat funny. But does give me the shameless plug of inviting you to go check out my Sixteen Candles review right HERE! Just because I really love that movie.
My best friend however is just the best in the world and she asked to spend some time with me for my birthday and we went out to have a nice night out together. Dinner at our favorite place: Les 3 Brasseurs 🙂
Mussels a la Provencale
I love these mussels at Les 3 Brasseurs. They were alright that night. The sauce was quite good but normally, the one where I eat it has it a tad less salty, which I prefer 🙂 But still, it was quite good. It probably had to do with the fact that I keep a econosize pouch of natural almonds in my drawer and stuff my face with them when I need to fuel my brain for work. Either way, it was fun to just chat with my best friend since the winter has been so brutal that we didn’t really hang out much. After dinner, we went for a nice little shopping time. I had a coupon for Dynamite (which I believe now has stores in the US or at least it ships there, along with the rest of Canada). I love that store. Almost all my clothes are from there now. I needed a new coat and they gave me a 25% off coupon for one item. We went in and I tried a few pairs of pants and shirt and that didn’t work out so well until I found the coat I had least expected to like, which I ended up liking a lot actually 🙂 Since I promised no more selfies for a while, here you go. Just the coat!
I now own a raincoat, perfect for spring. YAY! Now that I’ve taken care of my seasonal clothing needs, I can go back to focusing on spendings for the new house. That will take some pacing. I’ll talk more about that in a little bit 🙂 Lets continue with the weekend, shall we?
On Saturday, I did some cleaning with help from my boyfriend’s family who managed to arrange the whole kitchen now while they wrapped up the plaster on the wall to prepare for painting. Since I am coming up with the case of the sniffles, I quarantined myself to my own corner to not infect others to spend quality time with the blinds. It took 2 hours to wipe the blinds to look dustless and white 🙂 The only thing I got out of it was a pretty long cut in my finger. Apparently the tips of those wooden blinds are pretty sharp. We learn something new everyday, right?
In the evening, I had my monthly night out with my girl friends. We had dinner at Barbie’s Resto-Bar Grill, which is a pretty economical and family-oriented chain of restaurants around here. It has a decent atmosphere and there was a pretty crazy line-up when we arrived at 5:30pm. Fortunately, the wait time was acceptable. We sat down and the waiter was super nice and we ordered drinks then our meal, had a nice chat about whats been going on for the past 2 months, since we didn’t have time to hang out in March.
Sangria @ Barbie’s
The sangria was pretty delicious. Why? Its the first place, other than my own concoction and my boyfriend’s that you can actually taste hints of the red wine. I find that pretty impressive.
Grille Salmon @ Barbie’s
Then I had my Grilled salmon meal 🙂
After that, the girls went with me to see my new place and then at night, one of the girls and I went to go see Captain America: Winter Soldier together. The review of that will be coming tomorrow 🙂 I always want to ask the question of why people DON’T stay till the end of the credits for a Marvel flick. I mean, c’mon! I got fooled ONCE when I saw The Avengers and missed the scene at the credits and I never did that again. I always sit till the very end. I mean, what is the rush, right? It is already past midnight, might as well make the most of it, right?
Saturday was a long day but really fun. Sunday came around and we ended up just going to Ikea after my delicious lunch at home with my mom and her friends with some homemade dumplings.
Honestly, I’m going to say this right now, when you go to Ikea, its at least 2 hours of your life gone. We walked around and we were inspired by so many things. We actually have our dining table and our TV stand and media storage chosen BUT money being scarce and all, we will be back to pick those up. We decided to take advantage of the dining chair sales instead. When we got back, that was the first thing we did: assemble the chairs, the floor lamp and my little rack.
Ikea’s SOCKER Plant rack
I haven’t talked much about how to set up the house but one thing that I’ve decided to do is to have an indoor herb garden and when I saw that rack there, I knew I had to get it. After some thought, I decided that spring was just around the corner and I’d better start planting those herbs so that we’d have some fresh herbs by summer or something 🙂 Plus, this rack would mean that I could move it outdoors in the summer and indoors when its cold. I only had money for 4 planters but thats okay. We’ll fill up the rest soon enough 😉
Happy times, right? I know nothing about gardening but I’m pretty excited. Can you imagine the possibilities afterwards for baking and cooking?
The past week has been REALLY busy. Work has been all over the place but I did learn one thing that helps and I call it Pinterest therapy 🙂 Its like window shopping but online on one site.
Feeling down? Here’s how I’d approach it:
1) Finding some inspiring quotes
2) Be tempted by some beautiful and delicious baked goods and utensils
3) Cute animals
4) Travel off on vacation to a calm and relaxing location
How was that? I know my Pinterest therapy was really good for me! Maybe what relaxes you is different from me 🙂 Sometimes, the world of technology has its perks when its not playing tricks on me!
I’m sure we all need a bit of happy energy boosts on Mondays! I know I’m working hard on de-zombifying myself. Its slowly getting there 🙂
Happy Monday, my lovelies! How was your weekend? Any suggestions for book or writing projects?
I’m sure you all have better experience than I do 🙂 Remember to drop by to check out the Winter Soldier review tomorrow!