Wednesday, April 26, 2017

You Asked, I Answer (Introversion, Happily Ever Afters, Pakistan and New Home)

Another week means another round of answers to your questions. Here we go...

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Tina asked:
How much of an introvert are you?

I am very much an introvert. When I do too much 'people-ing', I end up needing a period of total isolation to recharge my internal batteries. This can be a day or two or a week or two. It depends on how much people-ing I did and how exhausted it left me. It’s not that I don’t like to socialize. I do. But I prefer to get together with a select group of close friends or family members that I can have sincere and meaningful conversations with. And I particularly like a one-on-one heartfelt connection with someone whose company I really enjoy.

I'm not a big fan of parties or spending time with large groups of people, especially if most of them are unfamiliar, but sometimes it's necessary. I attend and make the best of it, and unless I'm having a lot of fun, I bolt as soon as it’s polite enough to do so.

On the other hand, I do enjoy being in public crowds where small talk and interaction is not necessary and where I can sit quietly and simply observe my surroundings. These public spaces include parks, malls, popular venues, bookstores, museums, restaurants, vacation resorts, beaches, theatres, and so on. In these settings I'm connected yet disconnected, if that makes any sense.


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Linda asked:
Can I have a happily ever after like you? I want what you got.

Anyone can have a happily ever after. But not all ‘happily ever afters’ are equal. Each one of us defines it in a different way. When I was searching for mine, I knew exactly what I wanted and needed. And I was ready to take on all the responsibilities, commitments, compromises and sacrifices that came with it. My husband is the most amazing man in the world to me but he might not be to someone else.

We are all searching for something or someone to make life’s journey that much more interesting. Whether it’s a partner, a job, faith, a pet or a calling that will add a certain joy in our lives, there is a happily ever after for all. You just have to know which one’s for you and make it happen.


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Baili asked:
What do you know about my continent Asia and country Pakistan, any personal opinion on the base of knowledge?

And...

Are you done with your new home settlement and how are your new neighbors there?

Aside from its location and that Pakistan is one of the most populous countries in the world, I’m afraid I know little to nothing about your country. The same goes for the continent of Asia. I have general knowledge that I either learned in school or on my own over the years, but there is so much that I don’t know. I love learning about different cultures and traditions, so I always enjoy when you share what you eat, what you do, what you enjoy and what surrounds you on your blog. It gives me a glimpse into your part of the world, which is not only educational but also fun!


We are far from being fully settled in our new home. Although most rooms are functional and a few are fully done, many still need a good scrubbing and a fresh coat of paint. And a lot of our stuff is still in boxes. We are moving forward but there is still plenty of work ahead of us. When we first moved here, I was sure we'd be done by the end of April but quickly realized that it’s an unrealistic goal. The entire house from top to bottom and inside out (including garage, garden, walkway, patio, balcony, etc.) needs a facelift. We estimate that we’ll reach our goal some time in the summer. Or fall. Thankfully, the house has no major issues and all this work, although exhausting, is purely aesthetical.

Our neighbours seem nice enough and certainly very quiet, but we’ll probably get to know them much better now that spring is here and people get outside more. There is one neighbour that we know more than all the others because he is the one that sold this house to us (he was the real estate agent hired to sell it). He lives right across the street!

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That's all for now, folks. I'll be back next week with more. Have a good one!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Chuckles and Chortles

Is it Monday again? It sure is. This day just keeps on coming around again and again. How was your weekend? Ours was totally slack. Since Thursday we haven't done anything major around the house. We were champion slackers and we're not sorry. Not one bit. But today will be different. Today will be a day of hard work.

Yesterday was a glorious day. People were out and about. We were, too. And our street was filled with children playing outside. It's always nice having kids in the neighbourhood; they really liven up the place. And it's also nice to see so many of them spending the entire day outdoors instead of indoors glued to electronic devices. Nothing like fresh air and lots of exercise. Reminds me of my childhood.

Now let's get to the funny stuff!







Have a terrific day, everyone!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

This Week

I was just about to write “Is it Friday again?” and realized that it’s not. It’s Saturday. The days are hard to distinguish lately. The most amazing man in the world and I often find ourselves asking each other “What day is this?” and 9 out of 10 times we’re confused. Sometimes we check a calendar and other times we don’t because it doesn’t really matter.


We are making solid progress here even though there’s still a lot to do. In addition to our closets, the pantry, our kitchen and dining area being ready, so is – drum roll please – our bedroom! Scrubbed and painted and beautiful. Next stop: the office. We’ll probably start tackling that tomorrow. Or Monday. But most likely Monday. Because we like taking days off and running away from home.


We have gotten into a really good rhythm with this house. We work hard and then we slack off just as hard. Tuesday was one of those Olympic gold medal slack days. We took off late morning, drove into Montreal, stopped in IKEA where we strolled through the entire store at a very leisurely pace, had lunch in the store’s restaurant (I had the most amazing salmon wraps!), drove back home in the afternoon and...slacked off for the rest of the day. We had gone there to check the lighting but didn’t come back with any. Sometimes it goes that way.

Speaking of houses, sometimes we watch those HGTV shows where everyone seems to have million dollar budgets. And we laugh and laugh and laugh. Because, really, how realistic is that? Those amounts leave out just about most of us. It seems we’re not the only ones that chuckle about these outrageously high budgets. Here are some hilarious tweets:



Today is Earth Day. It was first celebrated in 1970 and was created by an American senator to bring awareness to the importance of keeping our planet healthy and clean, something that the human race has a hard time grasping. A careless and callous attitude towards our environment is foolish. And dangerous. When will we ever learn? I dunno. Maybe when it’s too late.


And that’s it for now. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!