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Camera: First Impressions

A little while ago I decided to start saving up for a nice camera. I figured it might be good because Christian and I have so many trips planned and I wanted something that would take nice pictures, better pictures than my current iPhone 5. I researched forever the different kinds of cameras and tried to decide what I was looking for. Something better than a point and shoot, but something not as fancy as an SLR. A mirrorless seemed to fit the bill pretty nicely.

After telling Christian about my interest and some cameras I was considering, he did some research himself and found a camera I had somehow missed, even though he had five different review blogs up that favored this particular camera. I was sold after looking at some pictures on Flickr, because my second runner up just took some bland photos comparitively.

I decided to get it, it was on a really nice sale at Henrys. We price matched at Best Buy and got it for 20 dollars less than the price on the Henrys website - the price match. But then Henry's had a super Canada day weekend sale and the camera was a crazy even lower low price more on sale. I had also scratched my camera screen because I was dumb enough not to put a screen protector on it and I put it in my purse. So I returned the first one and exchanged it for the Henry's one. We didn't price match it because every Best Buy had sold out of that model in black. I learned my lesson and put a screen protector on the new one as soon as I took it out of the package and since then I've been babying it like crazy.

Here's what this beauty looks like, a Sony a5100. This isn't my picture.

I actually really love it. For an entry-level and reasonably priced camera it takes some pretty great photos. It works really nice in low light and even has a selfie setting where you can flip the screen up and just on it. Here's what other people have done with their a5100's.

Here's some pictures I've taken in the last month or so that I really like as a completely amateur photographer.

These are, for the most part taken with auto settings. Now onto learning aperture, shutter speed and ISO. What I'm really looking forward to doing is taking some long exposure shots once I can get out to a place where you can actually see the stars. Those are my favourite kinds of pictures. Those and images with bokeh.

I had initially got this camera to be able to take pictures on our road trip that we were supposed to be leaving on in 3 days, but since we had to be adults and pay for the floor we ruined with our aquarium we don't get to go. Well, it's been postponed, anyway. It was going to be an Old Quebec -> Toronto -> Niagara Falls -> New York -> Boston -> Home trip that would have been amazing. Coney Island is big on my bucket list.

I've been taking advantage of summertime in the city though, and have gotten some neat shots and have ended up with so many pictures of Christian.

posted by Jessica Shortt

Camping: Family Reunion Edition

It's been an eventful week as far as seeing family goes. I was on my way home from work on Wednesday and my Momma texted me and told me she was in the city. That was really exciting, I hadn't seen her for a while, or my littlest brother either. We went out for dinner at Vinnie's, chatted for a while and had some Tim's. It was a nice, unexpected visit and I loved that they dropped in.

I also had a really awesome weekend.

It was actually the first weekend in a while that the sun was out consistently and it didn't rain and it was warm and I actually got burnt. Which is bad and I should have worn sunscreen. I kinda like being so pale. My tan lines also look pretty dumb and I remember how much I hate that.

I worked from home, packed and got ready for the weekend Friday and Christian and I hopped on the bus at 3:00 for an hour and fifty minute bus ride. Christian was hard at work making CSS work. We drove through a serious lightning storm, where visibility on the road was super low and the possibility of hydroplaning was super high. Thankfully it cleared up within ten minutes, but it was concerning for a while.

We got to the reunion and I saw a bunch of people I haven't seen in six or so years, and some new ones. There were so many people more people in attendance even on Friday that I haven't seen there before. We relaxed by the camper, had some steak for supper and sat around the fire and drank some beer. We set up a mansion of a tent that apparently sleeps 14 people. We only needed four to sleep in it so it was roomy.

My sleep was cold even with a warm fuzzy blanket and two sleeping bags piled on top of us. I'm not complaining about camping in general, because I honestly do like it, but everything was so damp and cold and I slept with a sweater and pajama pants on. I feel like I'm old because my back is hurting from everything I sleep on.

The little girls at the reunion took to Christian right away and they were following him around and he was chasing them around. He had a big job to do with swing pushes and twirls and carrot jumps and water balloon fights and tag and "come catch me!" and them kicking him in the belly on the swing. Despite that he managed to keep the kids entertained and he had the adults laughing as well. I felt like I was the date of the belle of the ball, I'm really proud to show him off to the family+.

We got the royal treatment all weekend, having food made for us and everything. We woke up on Saturday and had some bacon and eggs made for us with some coffee/tea. I grabbed a plate and put some bacon on it and Christian grabbed the bacon plate and put eggs on it. He got ribbed pretty hard for doing that.

It was so beautiful outside, probably reached above 30. We put so much activities into Saturday and the weekend ended up going by so fast. We had a couple of games of washer toss then we went down to the beach to look at the water. We were at a place on the Bay of Fundy that has some pretty high/low tides.

It was kind of nice to be out of the city and in the middle of nowhere. It was pretty everywhere, and since I was there almost every summer when I was younger, it was familiar in a nice way. I remember running through these woods. The only bad thing was the amount of bugs that wanted to eat us. And did they ever. Christian's still scratching his bug bites.

We had a lot of fun, we got to eat some ice cream on the hot day thanks to my Daddy and his ease of getting ice cream, though it was hard to keep it from melting as we ate it. That hot.

At this beach, the tides go low enough to reveal a mud flat, one which I used to have mud fights and dig for clams and spend a weird amount of time in with the other kids, then we would have to be hosed down with the cold hose water. I took Christian down about an hour before sunset and he didn't believe the mud was actually, well, muddy. He took a step in a sunk a little and was surprised.

So he threw rocks into the mud and watched them splat.

We played a couple of games of washer toss which is my favourite game ever. I haven't played in about 6 years so I was super rusty, but by the end of it I managed something. Christian was pretty good at it despite having played only once in his life or something. We only won a couple of games, but usually there's a little tournament set up and it gets pretty competitive. I love it.

Christian and I went to the beach in the afternoon, after he was all sweaty from running around with kids and it was really hot. We had tried earlier in the morning but the tide was way out and coming in fast so the mud was all stirred up and the water was pretty brown. We went this time when the tide was in almost all the way and the water was clearer. It was my first time to the beach this year, I had been itching to go swimming for a while now, and I got a one piece bathing suit this year!

A little while after we got back, we found a caterpillar on a flipper. Christian showed all the kids and they oohed and aahed over it. But it was a pretty clumsy little guy.

In the evening we had a giant potluck-esque supper, where there were so many macaroni salads and salads and a delicious seafood chowder and the best desserts. It was very satisfying and so cool to have all the people there eating with us as well. There was one dessert made with rice krispies and mars bars melted together that was amazing and I found the recipe for it here. After that everyone settled around the campfire with a can of beer or a glass of wine (some were doing that all day). Ah camping and relaxing.

My other bro showed up, which I was so happy about because I haven't seen him in forever. I actually don't remember the last time I saw him. That was exciting. To spend some time with that whole side of the fam again. That hasn't happened in a long while.

After dark we went to a fireworks show down at the beach. This one was better than Halifax's Canada day fireworks this year. And we were much closer and could actually see them.

I also hung out with some cousins and my childhood BFF and we sat at the beach for a while talking about weird things because we're weird. I got told I look like a hippie so that was nice. Not actually. But I hung out with Jamie and got to chat with my Dad and hang out with Christian when he wasn't entertaining ten 4 year olds.

Here's wittle bro Jamie curled up in his sleeping bag like a sleepy boy.

So the morning after the big supper was a big breakfast with bacon, eggs, pancakes, toast and sausages. Toast made on the barbeque even. It was really good, I miss having pancakes.

On Sunday we played with water balloons. We mostly hung around and enjoyed the sun and heat and Christian hid in the shadows away from the sun. I guess it's how I got burnt.

This is how Christian stayed cool.

We also recreated this picture for my Dad's birthday, it was lucky to have all the kids in one place since our lives have deviated so much since that picture.

Christian and I got back to the city around late afternoon. We ended up sleeping in the car on the way back. We ordered pizza for supper and watched a couple episodes of Wet Hot American Summer and fell asleep. It was so nice to be back in our own bed and have a warm sleep.

posted by Jessica Shortt

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling 22

I always get excited about my birthday. I'm not sure why, the last couple haven't really been anything to write home about. I wanted this year to be extra extra special. Three years ago, I got taken out to a nice fancy italian restaurant that I had no say in and ended up paying for it. Two years ago, Christian was in PEI on my birthday, it was on a Wednesday and I was working all throughout the day. Last year, Christian was in PEI, it was a Thursday and Christian was in California, even further away. He had flowers delivered though and got me a massage, so he made up for it, but I was stressed enough taking the three classes in a month that I didn't get to enjoy my birthday very much. This year I was determined. It was the first time that Christian was with me for my birthday in all the time we've been dating, so that was the best part.

I asked for a half day and to work from home in morning and that turned out to be fine with my manager, thankfully. I wanted to have a day filled with happiness and I asked Christian a couple days before if we could have breakfast at our favourite breakfast place, PGs Cafe. He said definitely and we were going to wake up at 8:30 and head over to have breakfast. The sneaky little guy comes in at 8:30 holding a tray with roses and my favourite breakfast PGs Cafe, and iced coffee from Tims. It turns out he had been planning it even before I asked him, he knows me too well. Breakfast in bed is the best way to wake up on your birthday. Well, any day.

bright red roses

For my birthday, Christian gave me the most amazing present, he wrote and stitched together and drew a book for me that, while reading it, made me tear up. It was the most thoughtful and unbelievably incredible present I could have ever asked for. It pulls together things we've done together, things he likes about me, personal stuff about the two of us, meeting me from his point of view and weaves it into something phenomenal to read. I love it so much and I just know I'm going to read it again and again and again.

I booted up Animal Crossing on my DS and they had a surprise birthday party for me and got me a present and I got to blow out the candles on my cake. That was pretty exciting. All in all, it was a nice, relaxing afternoon and it was really nice to not have to work until 5 and then take the bus home for an hour and miss out on most of the day.

bright red roses

I painted my nails the night before to reflect my birthday, and they're actually my least favourite nails I've done so far. Mostly because the paint is so thick and felt so tacky and it was so hard to do the balloons and then the outlines. I actually had to get Christian to do the outlines on my right hand.

balloon nail designs

I got into my birthday outfit for the evening part of my birthday, which was very stressful shopping for, and I wasn't even completely happy with the dress until the entire outfit came together.

Jess outfit + food baby

#ootd (and the first picture is post-dinner and you can very clearly see the enormous food baby I grew myself, somewhat uncomfortably)

Csen and Jess on mah birthday

Christian took me out to the best thai place in Halifax for some Pad Thai. We got something called a Birds Nest to start, and had the spiciest Pad Thai I've ever had, my nose was running and my mouth burning . It was good, and very filling, but the spicyness could have been toned down a little. Christian laments that the best Pad Thai he's ever had is the stuff we've made at home, and I'm very inclined to agree.

Pad Thai with some Birds Nest and Reverse Flash

When Faren got home I was surprised with some presents from my friends. It amazing because all I had hoped for was their presence, but presents are nice! They got me various nail painting things to add to my growing collection and a movie gift card. I was so happy because I have the most amazing friends ever, and I still can't believe they went out of their way to do that. Thanks again, Faren, Khanh and Jordan <3!!

On the same note, I have a new section of my blog where I'm posting my nail journey at http://whatisitjess.com/nails

Khanh, Faren, Christian and I went out for some dessert in our fancy dresses and collared shirts at the Middle Spoon, I got a delicious lava cake and ordered a homemade peanut butter cup on the side. It never arrived, both because the place was busy and the waitress was stressed and they were obviously understaffed. I ended up getting two for free for the trouble! That made me happy.

One of my mistakes was trying to wear new heels walking places. By the end of the night I had blisters on pretty much every toe and it hurts to wear shoes, but I love them and I'm hoping to be able to incorporate them into other outfits, which goes with my new quest to define and refine my personal style.

My outfit

We had a low key evening and went to bed slightly earlier than planned because I've been super tired lately and have a hard time staying awake. Does this meaning I am getting old?

The next evening was my birthday party, since it was a day that everyone was available for. We ate supper at Costco and I had chicken tenders and fries and for a cheap meal, it was an amazing one. Costco has such good good in their food court.

Then we went to Putting Edge because I really wanted to play mini golf. It was glow in the dark and there was a bit of a wait because I think they were shorthanded. We played in the arcade for a bit and when we went up to pay, I think the computer crashed on the guy, and he just told us not to worry about paying and we got in for free! It was a really fun round, and the glow in the dark was really cool, it mostly looked like this everywhere.

glow in the dark paint

After that, we made our way home and had some cake. Faren made me a really delicious red velvet cheesecake with a cream cheese frosting that turned out really yummy.

rev velvet cheesecake, more magenta

Then we had some snacks and played a couple of really intense rounds of Jenga. Much more intense than you'd think. Our last round we ended up with a perfect game, where we had pulled out all the jenga pieces we absolutely could without it falling over.

Jenga blocks

All in all, I had the most amazing birthday I could have ever hoped for, with some very amazing people. I don't want the weekend to end because it was way too fun. Christian put a lot of work into making the weekend the best it could be and that was really special of him. I'm fortunate to have such good people in my life. :)

posted by Jessica Shortt

Extending to Instagram!

My blog posts have been sparse lately, mostly because I'm scrambling around and working hard on things not worth blogging about. We're leading into the summer, which is definitely a time when I want to get out more because it's warm and I can be warm and do things and take pictures. I've been transitioning to wearing dresses without tights again and it feels really weird not to have that extra layer of protection on my legs and my legs are just one big goosebump. I have to bear through it because maybe soon spring will be over.

I've recently been thinking I want to add another dimension to the blog, something of a snapshot into what the day contains for me. I was inspired by finding a random girl on instagram who took beautiful pictures that were very understated and framed perfectly and I'd like to be able to do that. I want to challenge myself to a "one picture everyday" challenge, where I'm going to be posting on my instagram at least one picture everyday. I'm going to start fresh from my instagram account, I recently deleted all of my old photos (mostly bad selfies) and as of May 12, 2014 I have begun anew. It'll be nice to learn how to capture a proper picture, and Instagram is very forgiving even if your photos are terrible.

You can follow me on instagram if you want. You don't actually have to follow me to see the pictures, but I'll also be compiling a list at certain times throughout the month so you can easily look through my day to day right here on WIIJ.

As an example, here is today's photo of the day, hashtagged for the blog at #wiijphotochallenge.

My first sight every morning, especially beautiful when it's sunny. #wiijphotochallenge #potd #pictureofthedaychallenge

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posted by Jessica Shortt

99+ Luftballons ft. Joey's Room

We've been playing with the idea of filling someone's room with balloons for a while, only mostly joking about it. Joey is Christian's favourite roommate to prank, and pranking has become something that's caught on like wildfire around here. Joey left for the weekend and with ample free time after the stress of exams, we decided to take on the endeavour of filling his entire room with balloons. Because, who hasn't wondered how many balloons it would take to fill an entire bedroom and how long and if it was possible? Not me, my dream became a reality two weeks ago. This picture shows the room at about halfway done, all of these have been blown up using our breath. I'm realizing now that we filled Joey's room with our collective breath and latex.

Joey's room full of balloons

A Wednesday not too long ago, we went forth into the cold, windy outdoors to take a trip to Dollarama and acquire 23 bags of balloons and for whatever reason, two bicycle pumps. 2300 grams worth of balloons, hoping it would be enough. I counted around 44 per bag, totalling 1012 potential balloons in the first round. That, of course wasn't enough to do it, and in the end, our total balloons added up to around 1400-1500 balloons. This is absolutely the most elaborate prank any of us had done, and we ended up putting five days worth of man power into blowing up the balloons. With breaks to avoid passing out, of course.

The boys taking a break

Joey didn't end up coming back until maybe a week after we did it. By that time we had managed to completely fill the room and you couldn't open the door without resistance from the amount of balloons pressing up against it. Unfortunately, because of the time Joey decided to come home (an hour before I got off work!), I couldn't be there to see his reaction in person. Luckily we got multiple videos of it and I watched it soon after it happened. Technology is so great.

Well, he was confused and not angry, which is the best reaction you can hope to have from someone you're pulling such a big prank on. He then, with a screwdriver in each hand, went to work and had all of them popped in minutes flat. All those days of work torn down in less than half an hour.

Joey having fun popping balloons

There's still balloon parts laying around the house, and even some in our bedroom. We're still finding them in crevices everywhere, so that's a lesson for next time. I can cross that off the bucket list officially. I wonder what it's like to play in a room filled entirely with balloons.

Joey in balloons
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New Re-beginnings

It's been a while. A long while, but things are getting exciting again. The summer is coming along nicely. I can't believe all the ice on the sidewalks went away so fast. Christian and I have some exciting plans for the summer that mostly involve staying in Nova Scotia, but then again, we haven't explored our home province together all too much (might as well before we flee).

To say the least, I wasn't kidding when I said I crawled back to my old job at Pete's with the greatest resistance, after I had hit a big low. It was miserable, I was miserable and I was making customers miserable, apparently. I got a couple complaints, one guy yelled at me when I was exhausted after a long busy day and I wasn't friendly enough and I "didn't say thank you or you're welcome". I couldn't stop crying and they sent me home early.

It was just temporary, was what I was hoping. But I had been recently starting to feel hopeless about my situation. I was applying to every developer job I could, cold emailing companies hoping one would get back at me and offer me an interview. I had been so close to quitting at Pete's so many times, but the thought of all the bills I have to pay and going back to how I felt in January scared me a little. Acting like an adult sucks sometimes.

The night Christian and I spent two hours on a cover letter I think was when things turned around. It lead into an interview and I learned a lot about the company and their standards and that interview lasted two and a half hours of just chatting. My longest interview to date. Then another company reached out to me and we made plans for an interview for last Friday. I did the interview and got the job offer in under an hour!

It's a really exciting opportunity. They're dealing with big data, lots of design work (they only have programmers and apparently programmers hate to design). They sell a service that analyzes potential risk for shootings, depression, suicide, etc through social media by looking for risk words. It's an interesting opportunity and it means I don't have to be a cashier anymore. On my way home from that interview I wrote a pros list for if I ever get a little weary about being a web developer. I want to keep in mind that no matter how terrible web development can be or how terrible I feel about my job some days, it will never be as terrible as being a cashier and dealing with the kind of people that come into that kind of grocery store. Some of my pros are superficial, but they matter a lot to me.

  • I won't have to stand in the cold anymore and not be able to do anything about it. I can put on as many layers as I want of whatever clothing I want. I can even snuggle up under a blanket if I so choose.
  • I can be connected to who I need to be connected to - through email or messaging through my phone.
  • I can drink tea and coffee whenever I want to.
  • I will be respected as a peer and not as a pawn.
  • I won't be jumped around like my feelings/opinions won't matter, treated like a child.
  • I won't have little things picked out about my appearance – like wearing toms, and not wearing socks that cover my entire and ankle. Or having an opaque water bottle
  • I won't have to deal with dumb old rich and mean people looking down at me and/or treating me like I'm nothing.
  • I won't have to stand for eight hours straight and have my bathroom breaks questioned.
  • I won't have to wear a uniform that is ill-fitting and a stupid half-apron that rides up.
  • I won't have to wear all black - I can finally wear colours and pretty clothes again!
  • I'll get to be in my element, in an office, with flexible hours, flexibility with life events.
  • I'll be coding and designing again, doing what I love.
  • I'll get to work a normal 9-5, no more eight/eight thirty nights every night.
  • I can go to the gym with Christian again.

Today was my first day at my new job. It's all a little overwhelming so far, as first days tend to be, the platform is enormous and there's a lot of stuff for me to do as the designer/front end developer and before I even start that, there's so much to learn. It's exciting and a little scary. I'm freaking out a little bit about it, but who isn't? It's going to be challenging, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't like to be challenged.

Things are looking way, way up.

posted by Jessica Shortt

Snowball 2015

Christian and Jess at the Snowball
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Luck is a favorable thing out of an uncertainty

If you have this idea of who you should be and who you want to be, get there by whatever means you can.

I read an article where someone said something along those lines. It really stuck with me. The guy was talking about achieving his dreams and getting to be a great developer, but that meant working two jobs to get through school and if you really wanted it that badly, you would have to do it however you had to, and that included taking a menial job or two.

I went crawling back to Pete's begging for my job back. Well, I walked in and we greeted each other with smiles. My old manager was really happy to see me and everything and it turns out I can work full time because I can't currently go to school. I resisted the urge to get a cup of Davids Tea on the way home because I have a plethora of it in the cupboard and I just made myself some of the Organic Blueberry Jam and researched black pants and chukkas.

I am once again a wage slave. Except this time 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. It's not terrible, but I'm not going to complain. A job is a job right now. Cashiering came back really easily, and I slipped into my routine before I even realized what was happening. The only things I know are going to bug me is that I have to stand in one place constantly and I can't get up and go to a coffee shop and get a latte and I can't even drink tea (which is essentially hot flavoured water, right?!) and I can't look at my phone. Desk jobs are awesome. My back also kind of hurts.

I've been an awful person the last couple of months. My ambition to be a freelance developer in Halifax fizzled out quickly and dried up and prospective jobs I had coming out of that job were non-existent. I've been down in an incredible slump that has caused me to be incredibly and unprecedentedly stressed alongside being apathetic and angry and mean and unable to bring myself to work on personal projects and it's been hard to have the energy to do anything. I've been short tempered and tired and I really don't want to be this way ever again.

Christian has been telling me repeatedly and reassuringly that I'm going to look back on these days someday after getting out of it and think about how it made me a stronger person and how glad I am to not be in this struggle anymore. He may be right, I just couldn't see it even a couple days ago.

The weird thing is, when I went in to Pete's to talk about getting my job back, I got a lot of other stuff coming in that day, like a contract front end dev opportunity and working on a slide deck again and things might finally be looking up.

I'm looking forward to being rid of this particular kind of stress, which is a hard kind of stress because I know I could be making a lot of money and I could just walk down the street and catch a web developer job if I weren't living in Halifax. There's no wonder that all the developers are leaving here. It's also good to be out of this slump because apparently extreme stress can cause your hormones to go wonky and make you crave sugars and retain fat, which is exactly the opposite of what I want right now.

posted by Jessica Shortt

Updates & General Life Things

It's been a little slow. Nothing has been happening, except I got a call from Build-a-Bear to work part-time. 3-8 hours a week, and it would be a group interview. Uh, no thanks. It would be 80 minutes on on the bus total to work 3 hours so that doesn't sound very fun at all. It does give me a little hope though that I may actually find a job.

We've been going steady at the gym three days a week, not missing any days or anything! Christian and I have also started going to yoga on Thursdays, which is a lot of fun and free with the Dalplex membership!! I got us two yoga mats and crocheted some straps so we can carry them to class and the mats are really thick and beautiful. It's so great despite having to trek through all the miserable snow.

Last Friday I set a personal record on my squat. Something I've been hoping for for a while, and I knew it would happen that day. I got form and breathing down and I was ready for it, I even woke up every day that week wondering if it was squat day yet.

I squatted a plate on each side, which totals up to a 135 pound squat! Maybe, hopefully, in a few weeks I'll be squatting myself!

I also managed to stand up holding the same amount in my deadlift, not a personal record but still, I'm getting back up there. :)

The gym has been a big part of what I do and I look forward to it a lot. It's kind of the only place where I feel like I'm making any sort of headway. Christian and I even went during that blizzard on Monday, trekking through a wall of snow. It was interesting.

Another thing I'm growing increaingly proud of is mine and Christian's tea shelf. It's getting really nice and I'm loving drinking tea without sugar or milk. I never knew tea could be so flavourful as someone coming from a strictly orange pekoe background. I've even got a slight grasp on making tea lattes the easy way so I've been making myself soy milk chai tea lattes!

My favourite right now is a white tea called Mango Madness from Davids Tea and it is amazing. I can't get enough of it, so much that I had to go back and get a tin.

I also love how colourful the leaves are in a lot of them! This is Pink Flamingo

Friday night, Christian and I went to the hill nearby and went sledding. The hill was almost empty except for a Dad and his kid. We wiped out a lot, went over some jumps we're almost too old for and Christian got new rubber boots (finally, he wore shoes on a flooded sidewalk walking to yoga Thursday). Afterwards we went and got hot chocolate with whipped cream at our favourite local coffee shop and it was to die for. If you're ever in Halifax, Uncommon Grounds is the place to go.

On Saturday we went to look at yet another house for next September. It's crazy to think that we're already looking for places for seven months from now. It's also frustrating. This one was gorgeous, but had some serious downsides that could become a problem later on (like paying for heating. They said that the people next door in the duplex paid $700 for heat last month!)

Other than that, things may be looking up. I've got some leads on potential jobs and some great friends helping me out with the job search. I don't want to get ahead of myself, because it could be a huge disappointment, but it seems I'm at the lowest I've ever been in terms of life and getting myself through it.

posted by Jessica Shortt

Welcome to 2015

2014 is gone. I had a really fantastic Christmas break (it went by waaay too fast) and we're into a new year. Lots of good movies come out this year, which is pretty exciting. I have plans for a good year, like going to California and getting back into school, which is also something to look forward to, if I can stop stressing about everything.

Also, in a couple days it'll be mine and Christian's two year anniversary. Crazy how time flies. <3

And, as everyone does, I've made a couple resolutions — hopefully ones I can keep up. Basically some things that I've been wanting to do, but since it's the new year and these are things that mean a lot to me, I figured it might be a nice fresh start for the year. They're mostly resolutions that everyone makes at the end of the year and give up over the span of a couple weeks, but they're ones I want to keep doing for longer than 2015.

  • I had given little thought to my calorie intake as of late, because my thoughts were on other things. I've been drinking lattes, sometimes two or three a day, eating way more than I should, taking in a lot of sugar from my marathon teas, enjoying lots of burgers and pizza and cookies and I'm very not happy with how I look currently. I'm starting back on eating healthier to feel better. I also got a perfect tea mug from Davids Tea for Christmas, so I'm expanding my tea tastes! Ones without milk or sugar.
  • I'd stopped going to the gym before our road trip this summer, which I think also spawned the eating thing. I want to go back, and be consistent about it. I loved how I felt while I was going and almost getting up to my body weight in lifting things. I'm starting Monday!
  • I want to start writing again. I feel it's an integral part fo me, something I've been doing for a lot of years sometimes as a coping mechanism and also as a form of funneling my creativity into something. I've been wanting to get back into it for a while, I just needed to understand that it doesn't even have to be good writing, I just have to write every day. Which I am trying to do.

Simple things. Ones that will make a big difference in my general well-being and feel goods and longevity. Also I'm excited to share pictures when I finally get visible abs.

I rang in the new year with my bestest friends. I dressed up and was a pretty girl. We played beer pong, with random-made teams (we also made signs for them), talked about our year and favourite memories and resolutions and even had a snack counter. We went and saw the fireworks at parade square to ring in 2015.

To 2015! May it be a better year than last for everyone.

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