Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Decisions and decorations

It is such a dreary day in Ottawa! Unusually warm, but also dark and damp and rainy. I had such a hard time getting up this morning. I didn't have any appointments, so it made it extra hard to pull myself out of bed. Finally I did, even managing to get dressed in non-yoga pant clothing, and drove to get a coffee. Of course, in usual "me" fashion, I got home and started doing a million things at once, meaning I'm just sitting down with my coffee now! 

Something that is definitely helping with the dreariness is all the Christmas decorations we have around our house. My family spent a lot of the weekend decorating, with my middle brother and father even resorting to using a solder gun to get the Christmas lights on our tree to work. I was pretty convinced that one of them was going to be electrocuted. Fortunately, both are fine and our Christmas tree looks amazing. 

I also love how cozy it is in my room right now. I have lights around my window, and a little aluminium Christmas tree. 

Perfect for procrastinating
I've also been using my last month of unemployment as an excuse to do crafty/creative things. Yesterday I made my brother a pillow (green large-print gingham) and I'm sort of slowly trying to make a quilt. It's a lot of work and I have a feeling I'll get sick of it before I actually finish. I also have a couple of Pinterest crafts I'd like to try, like this lightboard or this magnetic make-up storage board.  

At the same time, I'm trying to sort out my living arrangements for the next six months, and it's seriously stressing me out. I can't afford to live in downtown Toronto, at least not by myself, and my other options are all at least an hour and a half away by Go Train or bus. I'm not complaining, I just have a feeling I'm going to really struggle on those days when I have to be at the office by 6:45. I guess that's what coffee is for! 

On the bright side, I have a friend who lives out in the country and has offered to let me move in. The rent is a little expensive for so far away, but she lives next to a horse farm and near some incredible trails/running paths. I think I could handle the hour and a half commute if I got to live in such a beautiful place. 

So many decisions! But they are decisions I'm grateful to make. After feeling like a bum for the past four months, I'm so happy to know where I'm going to be for the next little while. And I'm really excited for the new opportunities that are coming my way. 


  1. If you're unemployed, you might as well be productive (even if not monetarily so)! I took the opportunity to finally start my blog, and you are clearly making art - your room looks amazing. Also, good luck with the quilt - they're a real undertaking!


    1. Thank you! And I completely agree. If I don't get creative now, when will I get the chance?

      Checking out your blog now! :)