Thursday, July 19, 2012

With Age Comes Wisdom

Back in March I'd started the following post:

"Last week I wished an old friend a happy 40th birthday. In the subsequent conversation he'd mentioned that 40 is the new 30 and I'd noted that it was excellent news as that would make me 24 again.

Since then I've been reflecting a bit on my life at 24 and trust me when I say that's enough to depress you. I was a trainwreck at 24. After a lousy breakup (that in hindsight wasn't nearly as much his fault as I made it out to be at the time) I had moved back into my parents house..."

I think I stopped writing it because I don't have the words to describe my 'then' in a way that wouldn't make my 'now' seem lesser than it is.

My life today is wonderful.

Life then was chaotic, filled with drama, love, hurt, a lot of alcohol, and not all that much common sense. I moved out, moved back home, and moved out again. Some friends make great roommates and sometimes living with a friend can cost you a friendship. I changed jobs a lot, dated a little bit though I always found ways to get out before things got serious. I lived with one of my best friends for 3 years, enabling each other to make poor choices with the safety net of a constant place to sleep at the end of it all. ended a friendship that had started before I was old enough to drive.

I love my husband, I'm planning a career change, I'm looking forward to be moving into a condo that we bought at summer's end, we're planning to start a family together. These are all amazing things and I cherish them but when I reflect back on my 20's, events and happenings seem vivid and thrilling in ways that current life just doesn't.

Maybe when I'm 44 the events of these few years will be brightly coloured and will glow in my memories the way that the past does now. I look forward to finding out.

Thursday, May 17, 2012


tap tap tap.

Is this thing still on? I suppose I meant to update, but life gets in the way, and my camera sucks, and I'm really really good at making excuses. For example, earlier today I made a to-do list and now I'm updating this blog, rather than actually to-do-ing. Things on the agenda for today:
  1. Wash dishes
  2. Take out trash
  3. Vacuum house
  4. Wash scrubs (by hand since our washer crapped out)
  5. Sort through paper on desk
  6. Clean bathroom
Perhaps I should add 
7. Update blog and 8. Drink coffee to the list and then I'm already well into the day. 

I suppose I'm being to hard on myself. It is only 8:00 am on my day off. I'm working the entire long weekend (the joys of hospital employment), but the weather is supposed to suck so I'm not missing out on much. 

I need to get the rest of the garden beds amended and planted in the next week or so. I've planted the shallots and onions, and potted the tomatoes (though they're still inside) but I need to get the potatoes into the ground, not to mention the carrot, beet, squash, bean, and lettuce seeds.

Rhubarb is ready to harvest and I'm making up more chutney this year. It was really popular with friends and has become my favourite burger topping. I might do a double batch due to friend requests. One of things I'm going to miss most when we move is the garden, especially the rhubarb and raspberries.

Right, yes, we're moving. The Mister and I are building a condo across town as the mother-in-law is returning from living in China. Size-wise we'll be downsizing (quite a bit) but we'll make up for that with living in a new space, with new appliances, and air conditioning. It's going to be awesome. Two bedroom, two bath condo with a great kitchen (and fantastic upgraded appliances) . Can't wait, we should be in late August, early September.

Okay, okay, time to get shit done.