ravnsdaughter: (sepia raven)
I was pleasantly surprised with a Christmas bonus by my boss, plus most of the gifts from my family were in the form of cash, so after Christmas, I went and did something I've been wanting to do for a long time now.

raven tattoo

I got my tattoo!

I had it done at Memento Mori out in Abbotsford, by Miranda. It was a bit of a drive, but I'd met Miranda and one of the guys from the studio at the wedding show we went to in the fall, and between that and the website, I had a good feeling from them so I decided it was worth the drive. The tattoo is on my left calf, just above my ankle.

The raven is both one of my totems, and represents transformation. The holly twig does NOT, actually, represent Holly House (my household in the SCA). Rather, it represents certain people who either are members of Holly House or were at one time, who helped me through a tough time in my life a while back.

This picture was taken by Miranda (on my iPhone) just after she finished, hence the redness around it. I had it done a week ago today, and last night it entered the peeling stage of healing, so right now it looks pretty crappy. Once it's healed, I'll get someone to take a better picture for me. But I gotta say, I'm SO thrilled with how it turned out.

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Nov. 21st, 2011 10:17 am
ravnsdaughter: (pumpkins with scrolls)
I have spent the entire last two or three weeks thinking "OMG it's been SOOOOO long since I've posted, I really need to remedy that" and then getting totally sidetracked and not posting. So I think I'm going to do a list post to try and catch up the past few weeks here.

i. Snow! It snowed last Thursday, not very much, but enough to put a pretty white frosting on the roofs around the city. And then again last night it tried to snow, but it turned to rain, so there's none on the ground. But I'm so totally ready to curl up into a ball and hibernate for a few months.

ii. I am exceedingly proud of myself for what I've accomplished in the past 2 1/2 weeks. When I got my paycheque 2 1/2 weeks ago, I decided I was absolutely fed up with the state my finances were in (and the bills being behind), and I sucked it up, got all the bills caught up the same day I got paid, and told myself that I just had to quit acting like a baby and eat breakfast at home every day and pack lunch to work every day. And I have. I haven't purchased breakfast or lunch in over 2 weeks. As a reward, I got to go to Starbucks and buy a fancy drink on Friday, so I had a caramel brulee latte. I fully intend to keep going with this, and every time I manage a full two weeks without purchasing breakfast or lunch, I get to go to Starbucks on payday. I think that's a good tradeoff. Friday was payday, but the next two weeks are going to still be really tight, because this cheque covers rent, my car payment and car insurance, with very little left over.

iii. What is going to make the second point there even more awesome, is that I'm going to go into December with all my bills caught up, and then December is going to be a 3 paycheque month! Plus, I have a $250 refund coming from cancelling my car co-op membership, and a $50 refund coming from Shaw for a payment I'd accidentally made to them a few weeks ago.

iv. Christmas around here is going to be a handmade one, mostly handmade by yours truly. I don't need any more expensive generic foreign-made crap- our apartment is full of stuff already. And same goes for my family and friends. That's not what the holidays are about, and I'm putting an end to it. If you're someone who would be giving me a gift, seriously, all I want is time with you, and if you really feel like giving me something tangible, make me something. If you don't make things, buy me something inexpensive that was handmade by someone else, preferably a small crafter (and local is even better, though there's definitely plenty on my Etsy favorites list for ideas, though be warned, I often put things in there as ideas for things I want to try to duplicate).

v. I'm planning my first tattoo! It's going to be a raven holding a sprig of holly. Both the raven and the holly have personal significance to me. I'm really really excited. I'm probably going to get it sometime in the first week or 2 of December, so that hopefully it will be mostly healed by Christmas. And I've already started planning my next two tattoos.

vi. We're going to be going to visit my family for Christmas for the first time in a few years. We didn't go last year because we didn't have the money to travel, and the year before that, my parents told me not to come because we'd found bedbugs a few weeks before that (they were gone by Xmas, but my mom was being paranoid). I am really looking forward to it! We'll be driving over and taking Cody with us, of course.

vii. Wedding planning is proceeding quite well. I'm going to do another post with some of the details here in a bit, so I won't comment any further on that right now, other than to say I found my dress!

viii. I've been picking away at the mess in the house for the past week or so, and it's looking WAY better than it has in a long time. I have a lot left to go, but I'm definitely making awesome progress.

ix. Things have been AWESOME with Ian lately. :)

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