Tag Archives: My 30 Days

Day Thirty | The End.

9 Oct

Today’s prompt for My 30 Days is :

a photograph of yourself today
+ three good things that have
happened
in the past 30 days

one | We booked our flight to India. We’re leaving in exactly 2 months from today. I just got my first set of shots yesterday at the travel clinic, which isn’t a very pleasant thing to do but still is entirely necessary.

two | I got a really terrific new job offer which I accepted. While I’m nervous about starting from scratch at a new company learning about their processes, getting to know brand new clients and making friends at work, I’m looking forward to facing fresh challenges.

three | I connected with new friends and got reacquainted with old friends because of My 30 Day Challenge, which I’m really happy about. I got to learn a bit about myself and more importantly, got to know more about all of you who are participating in this Challenge too.

I can’t believe that this is the end of the Challenge. It was seriously all kinds of fun. I’ll admit that I slipped a couple of times and sometimes didn’t post on consecutive days, but hey – I think I can say that my efforts weren’t too shabby at all.

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Day Twenty-Eight | Best Part of My Day

6 Oct

Today’s prompt for My 30 Days is:

the best part of your day.

Image from weheartit.com

There’s a sense of calm that washes over me at night when I know that everything that needed to be done that day has been done. My socks are off (and most likely my bra too) and I’ll be sipping a glass of wine or cup of tea. This is the time of day that I can really relax and wind down.

Day Twenty-Seven | Joy

4 Oct

Today’s prompt for My 30 Days is:

something you could
never get tired of doing.

Taking vacation and escaping from real life.

Day Twenty-Six | Pet Peeves

3 Oct

Today’s prompt for My 3o Days is:

5 pet peeves.

1. Lousy Drivers. Whether I take the train into the city or I drive, my commute to and from work can take up to 3 hours daily. Therefore, I can encounter a great deal of really bad drivers every day. Some of the things that really get my blood boiling are:

  • people who don’t signal when they switch lanes
  • people who merge into traffic at the very last possible opportunity they can get, as if that one extra car length has gotten them that additional edge on the gridlock
  • people who cruise in the left lane. FYI that is the passing lane. If you’re not passing, get into the other lane.
  • people who will move forward in an intersection though it is obvious that they will not clear it due to the traffic in front of them. As a result, when their traffic light turns red, they become a road block because they’re still in the middle of the intersection.
  • people who reverse on the highway because they have realized that they’ve missed their exit. Seriously.

2. Being late. I hate being late because I hate making people wait for me. For work, I make it my own policy to arrive and be ready to work before 9:00. If I’m just arriving at my desk and it’s 9:00, I consider that late.

3. Errant shopping carts. I hate being in the parking lot of a Walmart or the grocery store and seeing the parking lot littered with shopping carts. It’s just utter laziness if you’ve finished loading your car up with your purchases and you leave your shopping cart in the closest empty parking spot, or worse yet, in between 2 other parked cars when there is probably a cart corral just a few steps further from where you are. Even worse is a stray shopping cart spotted far from any store, and in a residential neighborhood.

4. Inconsiderate public washroom users. Do you like to wipe up my pee off the toilet seat before you get to use it? Well, what makes you think that I enjoy cleaning up after you?

5. The flagrant misuse of “…and I.” This probably stems from the constant correction by grade-school teachers which has now caused the constant grammatically incorrect use of “….and I” in spoken and written communication. I think that reality-tv stars are the worst offenders. Is it the fear of using the word “me” in a sentence, or is it because “and I” makes you sound smarter?

  • Correct: Sandy and I have a great friendship
  • Incorrect: Could you send that document to Theresa and I in an email?

The question I quickly ask myself in my head before constructing a sentence like this is, if I took the other person out of the sentence, could it be grammatically correct? ie. “…I have a great friendship” = yes; “Could you send that document to …. I in an email?” = no. I wouldn’t ask someone to send that document to I; I’d be asking that person to send that document to me. Therefore, the correct way to ask is:

  • Could you send that document to Theresa and me in an email?

Day Twenty-Four | Necessities

1 Oct

Today’s prompt for My 30 Days is:

a list of things you
don’t leave the house without.

Photo by SewPixie via flickr.com

The list below is a pretty standard one.

But, wait – let me tell you about this past Saturday, which was a complete gong show because we ran out of the house without my bag, and I hadn’t realized that I didn’t have it until it was way too late. Like, we were already an hour away from home (with the traffic) at the venue for the wedding.

It would have been fine except I had borrowed The BFs debit card earlier that morning so that I could get my hair cut at the salon. That bank card was nestled safely in my wallet, still at home. He doesn’t carry credit cards, and like me, rarely ever carries cash. It was already 1:30 and neither of us had eaten lunch. He was meeting his technician to set the sound system up, at which point, the remaining balance was due for the technician’s fees. No cash. No bank card. No remaining balance on hand to pay. So, with my tail between my legs, I rang up our friend who was also around to help set up for another portion of the evening and I had to ask him to borrow that ridiculous amount of cash from him. And still, while I was asking to borrow the money, I hadn’t even thought to pad the amount by a tiny bit so that we could have some cash to buy ourselves something to eat. We were nourishment- and sleep-deprived. He was on his 32nd hour of no sleep, and I was operating on just 3 hours of sleep.

Things did work out in the end, but not without a whole lotta panic and extra running around we had to do in order to score another debit card from the bank that afternoon.

Lesson learned. Do not run out of the house without what’s on the list below. Or, at the least, without the wallet.

Phone
Wallet
Keys
Moleskine Calendar/Notebook
iPod
Lip Balm
Gum/Mints

Day Twenty-Three | Television

30 Sep

Today’s prompt for My 30 Days is:

a show you’re currently addicted to.

I’m not currently addicted to a show the same way that I would consider myself addicted to Dexter when I first started watching it. I couldn’t get enough of it in the first 2 seasons. I discussed it and analyzed it ad nauseam with fellow Dexter watchers, and hated the long drawn out days of waiting for the next episode to air. Since then, I don’t think I’ve experienced the same level of obsession with another show. I don’t know. Perhaps talk to me again when I pick up the Dexter DVDs sometime in the future and start watching the rest of the seasons.

While there are current shows that I don’t want to miss, I wouldn’t exactly say that I’m truly addicted to them. My favorite show right now is Glee. It’s like the complete opposite of the type of show that Dexter was, but oh well.

Did you all catch the most recent episode, Britney/Brittany? I love watching Heather Morris as Brittany, not only because she has some of the best laugh-out-loud lines and moments in the show, but also because she’s such a brilliant dancer. This episode gave her a really good chance to shine. The entire episode was really fun, and that’s why I love watching this every week. Even though we’re only two episodes into the season, my favorite performance has got to be Billionaire from the first episode, “Audition.” I can’t stop watching it because it’s so happy and fun and makes me want to smile all day long.

Day Twenty-Two | My Town

29 Sep

Today’s prompt for My 30 Days is:

a photograph of the town you live in.

Photo by paul (dex) via flickr.com

This is Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Day Twenty | Dream Wedding

26 Sep

Today’s prompt for My 30 Days is:

your dream wedding.

Photo by Maloman Photography via stylemepretty.com

It hasn’t happened, yet, so I’m going to keep all the details that I’ve been dreaming up close to my chest.

What I will say is that there will be lots of wine and cocktails, music and dancing, and an intimate group of friends, family and fun.

Day Eighteen | Then & Now

24 Sep

Today’s prompt for My 30 Days is:

a picture of you from last year + this year
+ how have you changed since then?

July, 2009

August, 2010

How fitting is it that this be the prompt today, on my birthday?!

Pretty cool, though I wish that this post could be a much more elaborate chronicle about all that has changed in the past year. The truth of it all is that I don’t think much is really different for me.

I’m still the same person. Maybe someone with a little less debt. Or more, because we bought a new car, but I am someone who had to learn how to drive stick. Still, someone without any major milestone to celebrate except for another year added to her age. Life keeps chugging along alarmingly fast, and in this past year I’ve shared in many momentous occasions with those who are close to me. Some devastatingly sad, more that were astoundingly happy. And all those moments helped to reinforce the notion that life should be appreciated and valued because it is significant, no matter who you are, what you do, and how little you seem.

At the beginning of this week, my office mate reminded me that this should be an important birthday for me, only because it sounds like it should be a significant year. Doesn’t that make me feel like a dinosaur? Oh yes, an aimless one. So, on this day, ie. the anniversary of my birth, this is what I resolve. While I will make an earnest effort to be happy in current moments and appreciate all that I do have, I also need to make equally earnest efforts in discovering who I want to be and what I want to achieve. So, this is where I commit myself to seeing more change, more achievements, and maybe some major milestones happening for me in the upcoming year.


Day Seventeen | Last Purchase

23 Sep

Today’s prompt for My 30 Days is:

a photo of something
you last purchased

Photo by Stuck in Customs via flickr.com

I did not buy the Taj Mahal. Well, obviously! Let me explain.

I don’t have a picture because it’s all being done electronically through our travel agent as I type this, but I’ve just booked my flight to India in December!

This whole planning process has been wrought with some issues in the last couple of weeks, mostly around timing and cost. Because we have to go in December, at around Christmas no less, the airfare alone was almost 100% more than what we would’ve had to pay if we were to go in October as originally planned. In the end, we worked out some dates that eclipse what is considered high-season. While we are paying more than what we had originally budgeted, I figure this is one of those opportunities of a lifetime that I can’t really put a price on.

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