A Lazy Monday Morning Post…Just Cause

I’ve been MIA around these parts, again. There’s no good excuse for it except that some IRL people have discovered this little piece of the web and I’ve been a little unsure of how to proceed knowing that. You see very few people in my life actually know about this blog, for a couple of reasons. I’m a bit self-conscious about my writing skills, but also, if no one knew about this thing, then I had to filter myself less. And there’s really something to be said about having a place to go and say whatever you want to say, without having to filter it, or worry about what the people in your life would think about it.

I guess I always knew this day would come, but secretly I had hoped it wouldn’t, I liked being able to be free with my words. When I was told that the IRLers were reading the things I write, I was thrown a little. Suddenly I worried about the things I’ve posted. Had I posted anything too personal that I wouldn’t want them to know? Had I ever written about them? And then I began to worry about having to be careful about the things I said in the future. I lost every ounce of creative spark I had going, and I deserted this place for a while. Trying to figure out how to proceed.

I’m slowly crawling out of the dark hole that surrounded this tiny piece of the Blogosphere, its gonna take some time I think, to get my groove back. To stop worrying what people think, and to tell them to “bite me” if they don’t like it.

So, to get things rolling around here again, I’ve resorted to my favorite lazy day post.

Currently I’m…

Eating: Nothing, and I’m starving. Forgot my lunch at home. Dammit.

Not my current hot chocolate. Throwback to Paris. Take me back!

Drinking: Hot chocolate, with marshmallows of course. Cause whats a non-coffee-drinker supposed to do when its super cold out? And yes, I know that 7 degrees isn’t “super cold”, but it feels that way so leave me alone.

Purchasing: Nothing, because that requires money.

Looking forward to: The weekend. Seriously. Because I’m getting out of town. This girl is headed to the cabin and going hunting. Moose…watch out. Ha!

Watching: Nothing at this very moment. Cause I’m at work. But as soon as I get home you can bet your bottom dollar that Revenge will be on my TV screen. Can’t wait. Hopefully its better than the rest of the fall premieres. Seriously, Scandal, Greys, you’ve disappointed me.

Reading: I can’t remember the last time I picked up a book. Its been months. And that’s sad. But with more weather heading this way, cause fall y’all, I’m sure I’ll be spending more time curled up on the couch with a good read.

Craving: The leftover Chinese food that’s home in my fridge. Get in my belly!

Feeling: Its a cold, wet, dreary, Monday morning. How do you think I’m feeling?

Peacing out: Because my break is over and I have work that needs to get done.


Let’s Get Real Vol. 7

I’m happy to report that this week is going eleventy billion times better than last week, not like thats hard or anything. But I digress, you`re here for Humpday Confessions and you shall get them.

– Saturday night was Erika`s bachelorette. I didn`t start decorating until Friday night, but 98.9% of everything that needed to be done didn`t even get looked at until Saturday. My apartment was a procrastination station last week. Oops. But I pulled it all off, so thats all that matters.

– I took all of one picture of the bachelorette. Oops. Bad Blogger. You’ll understand why shortly.

– It had been 8 years since Erika, Linda, Robyn and I had partied together and Linda suggested we party like it was 2006. I decided to take it a step further and party like it was 2006 through 2014. Many beers were consumed, and yours truly drank an entire bottle of Relax Riesling, straight from the bottle in the limo. Classy as fuck.

– I woke up Sunday morning with a plethora of bruises on my legs and a few chafes on my knees with absolutely no idea how I got them. After a while it came rushing back that I had spent a good portion of the hour and half limo ride crawling around on the floor. Hope no one saw my Britney.

– There are still numerous parts of Saturday night that I don`t remember, like the ride home. Ooops. This is not typical of me…I swear.

– This biotch did not have a hangover on Sunday. Booyah! This is in no way indicative of how often or much I drink.

– I like Taylor Swift. I dance at my desk to Shake It Off on the reg. Go ahead, judge me. #DontCare

– I’m still in the process of decorating my apartment. I’ve only been living here a year and a half, cut me some slack. My bathroom is starting to come together nicely, finally has some style happening. I’m loving this print I made, and the little vase was $1.50 on clearance at Target. Win!

And that is all.
Bye for now.
Vodka and Soda

Oh Hey, Friday | I’m So Happy to See You

Thank God its Friday. I am about 6 hours away from this week from hell being over. Except not really since I have to spend all evening getting ready for Erika’s bachelorette, and I have to work tomorrow. So basically I can’t wait until Sunday.

I’ve been feeling like I’m drowning this week. Work has been incredibly demanding. Tension and emotions have been running high there as we’ve been pushing hard to meet an impossible deadline. And there’s been more than enough stress in my personal life. Everywhere I turn there’s something going wrong, someone upset. Its like I can’t find any reprieve. When I finish up the work day I have zero energy, emotionally or physically, to deal with any of the things going on outisde the office. So in true mature Kathryn fashion I’ve been ignoring it and trying to find peace with a glue gun in my hand while crafting decor for the party I’m hosting tomorrow. While I can ignore the people, I can’t ignore the work I need to get done. And with every project I complete, I feel like I can breath just a smidge bit easier.

When I have weeks like this (none have ever been this bad) I find it is so easy to get swallowed up or suffocated by the stress, the low points, the weight of the world. I am predisposed to see the negative so I have to constantly remind myself to think positive, focus on the good, and be thankful, because even though I gripe, and complain and rant, I know that I am truly blessed.

Since its Oh Hey, Friday over at September Farm, now seems like as good a time as any to reflect on some of the good stuff…

My Five

From my Edmonton Adventures: Wouldn’t have made it through this week without this girl.

– I’m so thankful for my friends. Especially the ones who have checked in this week to see how I’ve been doing. The one’s who’ve brought me coffee (read:Tim Horton’s French Vanilla, not coffee) at work. The ones who swung by my house and got rid of my frog problem. The ones who taught me how to use some sweet power tools so that I could not only be productive and make things for the bachelorette, but also take out some of my frustration on some wood. The ones who’ve gone out of their way to make sure that there’s been at least a little light in every dark day this week.

– I’m thankful for my job,and the opportunity to be a manager, even with weeks like this. I’m learning a lot, about business and myself, and I know I’ll be a stronger person because of the trials I face here.

– I’ve been trying to eat healthier (I know you’ve heard this from me eleventy billion times before) and miraculously I’ve been able to not eat my feelings and binge on chocolate, ice cream and gallons of Pepsi. I’m down 2.4 lbs without exercising. Yay me!

– Couldn’t help but order this t-shirt from Sarah. Can’t wait for it to get here. I have grand plans to rock it at the World Juniors in Montreal and Toronto.

– I get to sleep in a little tomorrow and it will be heaven.

 

Hey There Port Saunders!

I had a friend sign up for Twitter recently. A few days after he joined the 21st century he commented that after reading my profile and adding it to what he already knows about me, he had deduced that I am in fact a “country girl”.

I don’t 100% agree with his analysis, (does “country girl” even really apply to this neck of the woods?), but he is partially correct. I prefer to think of myself as a city girl who enjoys “small town” or “country” weekends every so often. Its nice to get away from the busyness of city life sometimes.

I’ve been living in one city or another for nine years. I love shoes, and shopping and Starbucks. And thats often what you see around here. Snippets of my “city” life. But, I grew up in a super small town of 700 people, and I though it would be cool to give you a peek of where I “came from”.

Port Saunders, Newfoundland
Port Saunders, Newfoundland
Port Saunders, Newfoundland
Port Saunders, Newfoundland
Port Saunders, Newfoundland
Port Saunders, Newfoundland
Port Saunders, Newfoundland
Port Saunders, Newfoundland
Port Saunders, NL
Port Saunders, NL

All photos are courtesy of a my Facebook friend B.H. who probably would prefer not to be associated with some of the content on this blog.

Sarah’s Big Day: The Anderson Wedding

The pictures are finally back from Sarah’s wedding. Since I’m going to overload you with pictures, I won’t overload you with words. I’ll keep it short and sweet and leave you with just a few thoughts…

– There is such a thing as too nice a day for a wedding. 32 degrees celcius plus the humidex is kinda brutal. Thats 90 degrees fahrenheit for you Americans.

If you live in Grande Prairie, AB, do not go to Bliss Salon & Spa for your wedding day hair and makeup. The prices might seem great but you won’t get the experience they promise. And the bride should never have to share a curling iron with the receptionist who is hanging out doing her hair the same time you’re there for your appointment.

– Ceremonies in barns are super pretty.

– There is such a thing as rustic chic decor. I had my doubts, but Sarah pulled it off.

– It’s truly an honor to be able to stand beside one of your best friends on her wedding day.

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All photos are courtesy of Swanson Memories & Photography