My Absence….

Hi Everyone,

Hope you’re all doing well.  I figured I’d get around to doing a quick post on some of the reasons I haven’t been posting.

1. I’ve been seriously lacking inspiration

Seriously guys I don’t know what to talk about.  Part of it is lack of inspiration.  Part of it is lack of time.  More on that below.

2. Work has been insane

Seriously we’re busy yo.  And by the time I get home from work I’m DONE.  I’m mentally and physically exhausted.

3. I’ve been dealing with a terminally ill family member.

My uncle has advanced cancer.  He was diagnosed in January and did not respond well to chemo.  As of yesterday he has asked to be discharged from the hospital so he can just go home.

I just wanted to let everyone know that I’m not gone forever and to apologize for not being around much, even when it comes to commenting on other blogs.

Love you guys though.

Btw….Jasper’s still awesome and adorable.

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And I’m still knitting!  Here’s a recently completed shawl (Pattern is Pendulum by Amy Miller)

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And here are the socks I’m currently working on.  And yes you can see Jasper “supervising” in the background.

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Fluffy Thing Friday – Bathroom Privacy

I’ve totally talked about this before. But pet owners know that getting 2 minutes to yourself to go to the bathroom by yourself is a bit of a luxury.

Don’t get me wrong.  People with kids totally have it worse.  But there’s something unique that animals do when they follow you.  Mainly, they want you to pet them while you poop.

Yup you read that right.

My cat has figured out that if he jumps on the ledge of the bathtub when I’m in the bathroom, he can then climb into my lap for a minute of cuddles.

Is it awkward?

Yes.

Is it TMI?

Totally.

But it’s reality.

And apparently I’m not the only one.

Truth!

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That’s quite the audience.

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Cat what are you doing?

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Dog you too?

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Ok that bunny is adorable with those cheeks but seriously bunny,   what are you looking at?
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Cheers,

Ash

Be a Unicorn!

Hey everyone.

Happy Friday!

If you read that in a chipper voice you’re exactly right.  Yesterday it was warm enough to walk home from work and there was sun and the snow is melting and I love it.  I’ve spent too much time the past few months stuck indoors because it’s physically painful to go outside in -30C (screw you Mother Nature).

Any who.  This morning I was reminded of a funny story from work a few weeks back.  I had helped one of the Directors with a relatively simple tech issue but she was so stunned and happy that she called me a “Magical Unicorn that swoops in and saves the day”.

A Magical-fucking-Unicorn.

Hell yes!

Let me back up for a second.  I was never one of those unicorn-princess loving kids.  That doesn’t mean I didn’t cry during The Last Unicorn.  An epic 1980s animated movie that rips your guts out.

But Unicorns are kinda awesome.  And they’re an opportunity for humor.  Because seriously.  They poop rainbows.

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I love Sebastien Millon.  And he uses Badass Unicorns in quite a bit of his stuff.  And it’s awesome.apocalypseunicorn2 copy_860

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So be a Unicorn!  A glitter pooping, rainbow puking badass Unicorn.

Cheers,

Ash

Just another reason why I think Sebastien Millon is great.  Seriously.  Check out his stuff seriously.

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Btw….I find it hilarious that I wrote a post about Unicorns on Friday the 13th.

Daylight Savings Time, Hump Day and Monster Issues

Happy Hump Day everyone!

This week has been brutal for many.  On top of the time change (screw you Daylight Savings Time, I want my hour back!) the weather in Toronto has been incredibly inconsistent.

We’ve got from -25C to + 6C in a matter of days.

Yay but at the same time, it’s a shock to the system.

So in order to cheer everyone up I found the cutest thing ever.  This guys has created a bunch of t-shirt designs around “Monster Issues”.

Here’s the full thing but these are my faves:

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Cheers,

Ash

Link to purchase the t-shirts

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Jobs, Unemployment, and Being an Adult

First off….I didn’t get fired.  I don’t think I’m going to get fired.  That’s not what this is about.

Moving on!

I recently started my 8th year with my current employer.  This would usually be cause for celebration right?

Kinda.

Employment anniversaries mean performance reviews (stressful) and salary reviews (potentially good but stressful).  As many people have maybe noticed.  The economy still hasn’t 100% bounced back in all industries.  Including mine.  During a time when clients are cutting budgets and financial targets are not being met, it makes me nervous that the company will be taking a close look at my salary.  This isn’t the time to be asking for more money.  This is the time to be thankful for the job you have.  And the money you make.

I can’t help but think that one day they will look at me and say, hey, we could hire someone right out of University and pay them half of what we pay her! This is true.  How do I know it’s true?  Because I got this job pretty much right out of University myself.  Could they find a 22-year-old to do my job for half of my salary?  Maybe.  Considering students are willing to pounce on just about any job offer out there it’s more than feasible.

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I’m not walking around paranoid for my job.  I mean all these thoughts have crossed my mind.  Especially when I hear about friends and colleagues getting laid off.  It’s not pretty out there.  But why does it scare me?

First off.  I’m alone.  Yes I’ve got my parents but if I were to lose my job I would have to find a new one FAST.  And we’re not talking about getting a job back at the bookstore like when I was in University.  We’re talking a full-time, corporate job with a Salary equivalent to what I’m currently making.  Do I feel like even talking about this is bad luck?  Hell yes.  But at the same time, I think this is something that is a reality for many people.  And I think that worst case scenario, it needs to be something I need to consider as a possibility.

What would I do?

How much do I have saved?

How long could I last on my own if I wasn’t able to find a job quickly?

How much am I willing to compromise on things like contract, salary, benefits and distance from home?

I think if we don’t think about these things, depressing as they may seem, as a single person living alone I believe every one of us should have a plan.  It doesn’t need to be overly detailed.  I’m not talking about post-apocalyptic zombie planning.  I’m talking about having a realistic conversation with ourselves and potentially our families about what we would do if faced with this scenario.

What would you do?

How much emergency planning do you think is necessary?

Cheers,

Ash