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ciao 2015

Instead of being all young sad and blue that my 2015 wasn’t really MY year of greatness (it was kinda shitty for the most part – especially the end), I decided to look at some awesome things instead.

1. What did you do this year that you’re proud of?

I applied for the Supervisor role at my work.  Even though I eventually was unsuccessful, I tried.  I put my best foot forward and I helped my two friends who I adore (and who were successful) and I did it all with a smile on my face and true, genuine happiness in my heart.

2.What were some times that you laughed so hard you could barely breathe?

My summer at the cottage with Kim and her family.  Our evenings by the campfire were some of the most fun times I have had – and most nights ended with me bawling from laughing so hard! “Eddie threw bugs on us”!!!

3. What were quotes that you loved this year?

From Tina Fey – I need to take my pants off as soon as I get home.  I didn’t used to have to do that.  But now I do.

4. What is your favorite photo from this year?

This photo was taken before I left on my Dominican trip with my family – Simba always is my favorite – he’s so sweet!

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5. Who are people that you believe are bringing out the best in you?

I have an amazing group of girlfriends that make me – me! To name a few, Kim, Nancy B, Erin, Agnes, Sarah, Alex, Dawn, Tammy, Rochelle, Kristi, Nancy W and so many more.  I love you all

And finally…

6. What are some things you’d like to focus and work on in the next year?

Obviously the adoption will be my ONLY priority, but at the same time I also need to work on my, my health both physically and mentally, to prepare myself for being a mother.  This is my focus.

Love Nicole

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September is coming

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Today is August 20th!!  which means in 11 days, August is over, done, finished, not to be seen again for 11 more months.  However, with the loss of August, we get September, which is one of my favorite months!  Not only does it bring about birthday season (easily 70-80% of friends celebrate their birthdays between September and December), but other things I love too like warm days and cool nights, apple picking, and the new thing I am looking forward to – Crop and Create Cornwall!  Last March I went to the C&C Markham and had so much fun, I knew I would be doing it again once September rolled around – though this time I’d be getting scrappy in Cornwall ON, much farther away from home.

September is a pretty busy month for me, though I am not complaining, because October I am having that damn dreaded surgery AGAIN and I plan on enjoying and not wasting ONE single September day.

Some of the girls I work with have invited me to join their annual CNE trip after work, so on September 2nd, I will be at the Canadian National Exhibition with some of the funniest, sweetest women I know stuffing my face full of yummy treats and trying to win myself a prize at one of the Midway games.  I haven’t been to the CNE in a few years and that was with my god-daughter so it wasn’t really grown up fun that I got to have!

The next day on the 3rd, my work bestie and I will be at the newest Cirque show to come to Toronto and will be amazed (I’m sure) by the stunts in Varekai!  Thankfully I am off on the 4th, because I can only imagine after two crazy nights with people I adore I will need a break.

I will be picking up Simba and heading to the cottage for a four-day long weekend since that Monday is also Labour Day!  It may be my last weekend at the cottage – at least to stay – because I have a lot of cleaning and stuff to complete before October 1st when I have my surgery and a few other events happening on weekends between Labour Day and Surgery Day.

The cottage will be great if the weather holds out for the long weekend and I am sure there will be events and activities to take part in as it’s the resorts last big weekend before the kiddies head back to school!  Kim and her family should be up hopefully so I will have lots of company with more shenanigans taking place!

After that, I have a series of birthdays – so I am assuming a lot of dinners will be happening.  On the 7th, Kim will celebrate her (29th?) birthday and Brendan will be (35).  I want to see and celebrate both of them at some point cause they are people who mean a lot to me!  My best friend Kristi who I never see anymore, but whom I think about EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. will turn 34 and no matter what or when, I will kiss and squeeze her on her special day!  My brother will be (42) on the 18th, so either the Keg or Makimono I am sure will be had and the family will get together to celebrate him.  a few days later on the 21st, my god son turns (11?) – i am horrible with ages, great with dates – and for sure I will spoil him rotten.  That next weekend is my C&C with Sarah, Kristin and the Rochester beauties and that will round out a pretty awesome month!

Because the first week is so jam packed with events and shows and cottage fun, I am going to do a “week in the life” project life style album at my C&C event with the one and only Becky Higgins whose class I am taking Friday night! I am hoping to have some really amazing pictures that remind me of closing out summer so I can remember when I am in 3 feet of snow and -20 degree temperatures, that better times are on the horizon!

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Summer has been pretty great so far…but I have 11 days left to enjoy the beauty that August always brings…so I’m off to do just that, but driving up to my cottage tonight for another long weekend!

Goodbye-Summer

Love Nicole

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Happy Birthday Canada

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Because I work for the City, I am at work today, which means no long weekend for me. Many of my friends who work for private companies are off enjoying a 4-day long weekend and I am working. It’s okay. I am actually not that mad. I am working which means not only do I have a job, but I have a city job which is a great thing to treasure so the fact that I am working today (while I may not be thrilled) is okay in my books.

However, don’t feel to bad for me, because I did take off last Friday so I could have a 3-day weekend and also so I could enjoy my NEW COTTAGE! I know it’s crazy, I wanted a house – bought one in four days. I wanted a cottage, bought one in a week. When I want something I get it…almost always. Thankfully with no regrets!

Kim and I headed up to the cottage with her two kids Thursday night to officially open our new buy and thankfully traffic really wasn’t *that* bad. It was manageable and I was fine because Kim drove, with Simba sleeping up front and me in the back with her four-year old and three-month old while the cat was whining away in the very back with all of our stuff. The cottage is just outside Peterborough off highway 7 past Havelock, ON. It’s a beautiful resort on Lake Seymour. I quickly settled in unpacking and getting me (and Simba) situated. The four of us spent Thursday night and all day Friday getting used to our new surroundings and just enjoying our time off away from home.

The rest of the weekend was spent at the lake, pool and of course a Saturday night fire thanks to Kim’s hubby who finally joined us on Friday night after baseball.

Why did I get this cottage you ask? I mean I am a city girl, always have been. Why would I want to spend a majority of my summer up north being eaten alive by pesky mosquitoes and sweating away with no cable to occupy my time? I did it because I am thinking of my future family. Because one day I will have a family of my own and one of my favorite memories as a child is going up north to my Aunt’s trailer and spending random weeks or weekends in Bobcaygeon, outside by the lake with my friends. I want a place where I can go and let the kids run “somewhat” free, where they can meet new people and have something to look forward to on their summer vacations from school. Who better to buy a cottage with then one of your best friends who has a family whom you adore!? Kim and her family were the perfect choice. It was a decision I can’t see me regretting.

One day my children will thank me for this opportunity I have given them and if there is a boyfriend involved in that process than I am sure he will also be grateful and depending on whom he is, if he doesn’t’ like cottage life, he can stay home cause I am quite happy with the peace and quiet the cottage brings to me.

So I may not have been able to celebrate Canada all weekend long like some folks do, but I got to celebrate it in a very Canadian way – up north, with friends outside!

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Tonight after work I will spend the evening and all of tomorrow with Eharmony and then head over to get to know my neighbours better by accepting their invite to a bbq. I have a lot of things to do this summer and a lot of people I want and need to spend time with, but that’s what summer is for no? I’ve put off the insemination until after my surgery in September…by then I will have a better idea of where Eharmony and I stand and be on a better, healthier path to hopefully create a viable pregnancy!

Stay tuned…

Love

Nicole