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Happy Gregorian New Year, everyone!

At some point in the near future, I need to post about my Christmas (which was actually quite lovely) and my tattoo (which I *love*) but since it's January 1st (at least for the next 48 minutes, it still is), there are more pressing things to post about at the moment.

I know a lot of people who don't do New Years Resolutions. Ian doesn't, and a lot of my friends don't do specific things. I'm actually working on a new 101 goals in 1001 days list, and that will be my specific goals list, but I do have a few things I want to state as New Years Resolutions.

1. Create something every day.
2. Learn something new every day.
3. Move my body in a way I enjoy every day.
4. Try and make every day just a little bit healthier than the day before.
5. Be a better friend.
6. Make sure the people I love, know that I love them.

I think these are all highly achievable. :)

I hope that everyone's year exceeds your hopes and expectations!
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These days, I am walking around all bouncy and giddy. Life is GOOD. I have come to the conclusion that I have pretty much found my dream job. Work is going great, and I love it here.

I had a great mail day on Friday... my first Villainess order arrived! This is what I'd ordered myself to celebrate my new job. So far it's been awesome stuff, but I'll be doing a more detailed review at some point in the future. Here's a pic of what I ordered. There is also a bunch more photos from my weekend over on my Flickr page (and feel free to add me as a friend over there!)

I had a very busy but also very wonderful weekend. On Sunday, Ian came over in the late afternoon with a big hunk of meat (minds out of the gutter, people! it was a top sirloin roast) which he proceeded to coat with a rub made from brown sugar, coffee, cinnamon, cardamom, and a couple other spices, I think. Once that was in the oven, we relaxed with a glass of wine for a while before putting together the rest of dinner. The rest of dinner consisted of crab, chevre, dill and red pepper-stuffed phyllo triangles, stuffed mushrooms (made with the stems chopped finely and sauteed with onions and toasted pecans and then sprinkled with parmesan cheese before baking), and a risotto made with chicken stock, peas and parmesan. It was absolutely lovely.

That afternoon, I had put on a loaf of foccaccia bread with roasted garlic and parmesan in it, and also made a batch of chocolate chip banana muffins. The foccaccia recipe calls for instant yeast, but I was out, and figured I could just use regular yeast if I pre-proofed it and let it rise longer. I just didn't expect it to take 5 hours to rise enough to bake! Sheesh! It wasn't until after we had completely finished dinner and cleaned up afterwards that the bread was ready to go in the oven. So I put it in, turned the timer on, and then we headed for the bedroom... and I completely forgot about it until probably at least 2 hours later. All of a sudden I looked up, went "oh shit the bread!" and of course by then it was hard as a rock. Oh well, lesson learned... keep more instant yeast in the house! ;)

On Sunday, I packed up some projects and headed over to [livejournal.com profile] songstress1973's house. Turned out that instead of it just being her, [livejournal.com profile] gates_apco and I, she had also invited over [livejournal.com profile] morag_gunn, who is someone I knew of and recognized by sight (and I know her SO), but I hadn't actually met before. She's a lovely woman and very interesting and I'm glad I got a chance to get to know her... hopefully I'll see her at some SCA events in the future. She also brought over her absolutely ADORABLE dog, Finnegan. Finnegan is half shih tzu, half miniature pinscher, and is the second cutest dog in the world (the first being the dog belonging to my landlords). And he's SO well behaved.

We sat and stitched and watched the movie "Australia" which was really good, and had munchies and then [livejournal.com profile] songstress1973 cooked us dinner which was really yummy. The fig balsamic vinegar she got down at Granville Island the weekend before was TO DIE FOR. At some point mid-afternoon, it started snowing again... great huge fluffy flakes that immediately started accumulating on cars and the grass, which is absolutely crazy weather for her at this time of year. It continued long enough that [livejournal.com profile] morag_gunn got worried and headed home early, which was too bad, as I was really enjoying chatting with her.

I didn't end up going home until just after 10pm, so it was quite a long day.

This week, I am anticipating some more good mail days (I have a couple things ordered that should hopefully be arriving soon), but otherwise not too busy of a week... and then another fun day with Ian next Saturday.

big news!

Feb. 24th, 2009 07:44 am
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As I was poked by [livejournal.com profile] kairotic elsewhere on the web, and reminded that it's been an awfully long time since I've posted, I figured it was about time I got off my butt and updated you all on my big news.

I got a new job!

In fact, I start today. I'm slowly in the process of getting ready here, but I am up much, much earlier than is really necessary, so I have plenty of time to putter around before I have to leave. This is partly due to the fact that I have a VERY short commute now! It's about a 15 to 20 minute commute from here at the most, and I'm actually working within the same community as I live now. Once I work up to walking to the train, I will need to leave about 20 minutes before I need to be at work. This is one aspect of the job I am definitely looking forward to!

I'm going to be working, once again, for a sole practitioner lawyer who does mostly family law. He seems like a really nice guy though, unlike the last one. I'm also going to have only a 30 hour work week, and flexible hours, so I will be allowed to choose what hours I want to work and how many days I want to split those 30 hours over. I haven't decided yet whether I want to do 4 days of 7.5 hour days, or 5, 6-hour days per week. I'm going to try both and see which I prefer. I'm making enough that I could stick with the 30 hours and be just fine (it works out to 2k more than my previous job, even with only 30 hours a week), but I'm contemplating various options of supplementing my income, though I haven't decided on anything yet.

So now that I will have an income again, I have many many plans. At the top of the list, is to get out more and be social. I actually did a good job of this last weekend - I had a date on Saturday night (another dud, won't be seeing him again), and then on Sunday night, Ian and I had a celebratory dinner for my new job at Shabusen downtown. Mmmm, korean barbecue. It was awesome, and I even tried fish! I had 1 piece of a tuna roll, 2 pieces of a california roll and 1 piece of a prawn tempura roll. I've decided to try and train myself to like fish, so this was a start on that goal.

When I was on my way downtown on the train on Sunday night, a couple of guys got on the train a couple stops past me dressed in tuxedos, and were carrying musical instrument cases. I asked them what group they were from, and they said the Academy Symphony, and I mentioned that I hadn't played in an ensemble since highschool and that they were making me miss it even more. I've been missing music for a long time, actually. So I am thinking that some of my extra spare time from my new job will be rectifying that.

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