Rainy Days

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Last month I promised to update more, because surely with the weather cooperating I would be doing more! And doing more seems to result in updating more (how many times can I say more). Unfortunately, I'd forgotten where I live, and that I tend to be at the mercy of the weather. Aside from a few sunshiny days earlier in the month, Nova Scotia has been plagued with, what feels like, 40 days and 40 nights of rain and absolutely crummy weather. If it's not raining, it's cold, and if it's not cold, it's raining. Sometimes it's cold and rainy. I'm one of those people that's very much affected by the weather, and days such as this (because yes, it's rainy today) tend to promote staying inside, catching up on reading and television.

So, needless to say I haven't done much of all the things that I've been planning on doing that has involved adventuring out into the world. Being without a car makes commuting when the weather is like this not very pleasant at all, and at times soggy. I keep wishing for a Saturday where the sun is shining, but so far it alludes me - and it's almost June. I grow a little envious of seemingly everyone I know elsewhere in the world talking about the nice weather, how they sat on their patios, or went for a walk with the warm sun on their backs. Oh, Nova Scotia. I've lived here all of my life, and still I don't understand its weather patterns - perhaps I never will!

But while my attempts to do things that don't involve me being indoors have been thwarted, that doesn't mean I've spent the entirety of the month sitting on my butt doing nothing (well, most of it). This past Tuesday, myself and my friend, Becky, saw Legally Blonde: The Musical at Neptune Theatre. I hadn't expected to enjoy it as much as I did! The cast was stunning, the songs were fantastic (the opening number is still stuck in my head), the sets were lovely, and it was just an all around good time! If you live in the area and haven't seen it yet, I recommend seeing it within the next twenty four hours, because it closes tomorrow (I'm getting into the habit of waiting until the absolute last minute possible when it comes to seeing plays).

I've also started doing yoga with my friend, Danielle! It was one of my resolutions this year to look into yoga and start taking some classes, and I had waffled on it for so long. Bless Danielle for mentioning that she was interested in doing it too, and had found a studio that she wanted to check out. I've been to three classes so far and I'm enjoying it immensely! It's a bit of learning curve for me, as I've never done yoga before, and I'm discovering how out of shape that I truly am. I'm not quite sure I'm getting the poses or the breathing down pat just yet, but that's what learning is all about. Just in the past two weeks I've been feeling better and sleeping better, though a little sore. I suppose that it comes with the territory, and I'm not at all complaining.

I hope that you are all well, and that the sun is shining wherever you are! If you can spare it, could you please send some my way? I think I've forgotten what it looks like ...

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Oops!

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I have been really slacking in regards to updates as of late, and there is truly no excuse. Well, perhaps there is? March was rather quiet, with not much to update on. Although, in the past two weeks I have done more than I did in the past two months (trip to New York aside)! With Nova Scotia still in the death throes of winter, sometimes it's nice to simply hibernate, which is basically what I did for the majority of March. It was quiet, which was what I needed. I do feel like my batteries have since been recharged. Although we are supposed to get a "winter storm" tonight. What!? How can we have a "winter storm" when it's spring? This province sometimes, man. Although, it's true what they say about Nova Scotia; if you don't like the weather, wait fifteen minutes.

So, in March I did a whole lot of nothing, and I'm not at all ashamed to say that. Save for a couple of outings with friends, I mostly stayed in, saved my pennies as best I could. Which oddly, I sometimes felt guilty about. I really think that there's this stigma in our society that if you're not always on the go, or doing something, that you're boring or dull, and I don't think that's the case at all. The fact that you can barely go outside these days without having to pay someone for something, always being on the go or "out" is not indicative of a happy and fulfilling life. While I have some of the best fun while out with my friends, I also have some of the best fun while I'm at home. Everything is on your terms, which is something that we rarely encounter this day and age. And quite frankly, sometimes we just need to recharge ourselves. I know that personally speaking, after a few long winter months, waking up in the dark, coming home from work in the dark, and repeating this for days on end leaves me feeling exhausted. And all too often, people are made to feel guilty about just wanting to stay in, which I don't think is right at all. No one should have to justify or be made to feel guilty about not wanting to leave the comfort of their home and their sweatpants. Especially in the winter! Bears get to hibernate, why can't we? Not sure about the rest of you, but I would definitely be down for four months of relaxing and naps.

All that being said, I promise to do better with updating in the coming months. With the weather beginning to take a turn toward "not winter" (pending storm aside), I anticipate all that vitamin D energizing me, and motivating me to get off my couch and out of my bed. Besides, I'm getting kinda sick of looking at these four walls. Oh, spring! Where are you?

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Love, Love, Love!

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I've never thought of Valentine's Day as just a day for romantic love, but as one for all different kinds of love. While at times, the idea of setting aside one day a year, designated to be the day when we profess our love to one another seems silly to me, it also makes my heart feel so full. How wonderful it is to love, and to be loved. For most of my life, I haven't had a romantic someone on Valentine's Day, and that's okay! I've found joy in the day by spending it with other people that I love and care about - family and friends.

This day is double special for me, because it is also my parents' wedding anniversary! Twenty-eight years today, and still as in love as they ever were. They're so sweet that it borders on causing diabetes.

So, if you're feeling down on this particular day, because you don't have a valentine, or because you've not yet found that special someone, don't discourage. Know this, reader, you are loved by more people than you think, I can guarantee you. And I can assure you, that one of the people that loves you is me. At this juncture, I know virtually everyone who reads this blog (all six of you - haha!), and I do in fact love you all. And even if I don't know you, chances are that I hold a special place in my heart for you, because you've deemed my blog something worth reading, so thank you for that!

I wish you the happiest Valentine's Day that I possibly can! I hope that you spend the day with people who make you feel as wonderful as you deserve to feel, and doing the things that you enjoy the most. My Valentine's Day plans consist of going to see A Good Day to Die Hard with Roomie. Yippie Ki-yay!

Stop me if you've heard this one before. Alternatively, the introductory post.

At least once a year, without fail, I will craft some sort of blog that I fully intend to fill with things. Entries just bursting at the seams with words, with photographs, with various stories of things that are going on in my life, or of things that interest me. And it is at least once a year, without fail, that aforementioned blog falls to the wayside, forgotten and floating around in cyberspace.

The problem is, I always seem to start a new blog whenever my life (from my perspective, at least) is growing interesting, and I have various stories to tell. And inevitably, excitement dies off, and I have nothing to update about. However, as we enter into my favourite season, autumn, I am an abundance of words, and things of varying interest.

What will you find here? Stories, both fictional and perhaps not so much, photographs, though I do not aspire to be a photographer, the ramblings of someone far too invested in the things that she enjoys, and much more, but perhaps not at all. Do stay, and maybe I can eventually make it worth your while.

So, as I sit in the dark of my room, becoming increasingly too lazy to lean over and turn the light on (just to give a taste of today's excitement), I hope that this year I fail to continue with previous years' trends. Perhaps, where I am not taking part in NaNoWriMo this year, my efforts in writing will be concentrated elsewhere. Specifically, here.