Wintery Updates

Just some financial updates:

Sirius XM: Canceled my annual subscription (~$250), since I moved back south.

TSFAs: As I’m not working every single day, and I still have a habit of eating out, cash flow is a bit tighter. For the second time in my life, I withdrew about one year’s worth of contributions from my TSFAs. I don’t feel particularly guilting for eating out with friends or on my own. If anything, I’m just focused on being good to myself and enjoying my life. I’ve lived for 4 years without being able to do this much.

RSPs: I cancelled my ASP transfers ($333/month) to Wealthsimple for the reasons stated above. Going to reassess what my finances look like this coming January. For now, I am depleting my TSFAs and not making that much, so putting RSP contributions on hold for a little bit.

Auto: Recently had to make a CAA service call, when my battery wouldn’t start on a cold morning. The battery itself is only 3 years old – on average, it should last 5 – but I believe living in the north, where it can be -30 C for many days at a time, wore it down a lot more quickly. I did get a DriveClean test today, since my vehicle is now just over 7 years old, and will be renewing my license stickers ($240).

Books: Just finished Roxane Gay’s memoir, Hunger, as I was inspired to read it after seeing her TED Talkafter seeing her TED Talk. This is definitely one of the best memoirs I have read (it’s not necessarily my favourite genre). Highly recommended. She really is a good writing and choosing words is quite the craft.

Desire Mapping: I’m still working on this Cody plan, that was put together by Danielle LaPorte. I put it down for about a month and am at the halfway mark right now, module 5. If you’re a Cody App member, you’ll know that everything is switching over to subscription ($20 USD/month*), since Alo Yoga bought out the company. You won’t be able to buy individual plans after December 2017.

Happy winter solstice!

*I’m paying a special rate of $10 USD/month as a long-time member. It’s been, what, 3 years?


August Plans

Alright S., you convinced me.

I will go watch Haim, Kate Nash and Hey Rosetta! with you at the Osheaga Festival in Montreal. I will be happy to lie in the sun, sipping a beer with friends and jamming to good music. It’s been a while since I’ve seen any concerts …


Life is Good

Health: I played really well on Tuesday and was smashing with good accuracy. L. and I played together – she’s a strong female player that keeps me focused and motivated. We chatted a little bit in French, both on and off-court. Tonight, my first fitness class at Average Josephine’s was great! I went with two other teachers from the high school. Joey, the trainer, is such a great guy and is fun to be around. Although I’ve never been good at push-ups, lunges and squats are much easier for me. Not terribly out of shape, but I’m not as fit as I was in the summer, when I was running on the sands playing volleyball 2’s. Ahhh, wouldn’t really want to be wearing a bikini now. When I got home, I made sure to chug down a glass of water and lemon-flavoured electrolytes.

Home life: While I enjoyed the solitude last week, it’s been awesome having two of my favourite coworkers with me. A. is the handy-man and has gotten a lot of things fixed – on the work vehicle and even around the house. R. is a brilliant teacher, very insightful and always willing to help problem-solve. We’ve been sharing lunches and dinners. This afternoon, I shared my black bean and corn chili – we made burritos with some tortillas that C. had left before she took off to Chapais. Tonight, R. made pad thai with noodles that I just bought from Speaking of which, I also got …

Household Acquisitions: … a cutting board made entirely from recycled materials ($15.69). I am happy with it and it’s strong and sturdy. While I’m not much for Christmas decor, I also got some more biodegradable Method dish soap ($4.59), but the Christmas-themed version! The hand soap ($3.59) smells awesome too and I love washing my hands with it. It’s funny that small things like this make me happy when you live up here and don’t shop very often.

Math Course: I booked an inviligator for my final exam in February. It will cost $100 to have it done at Seneca College in Toronto, only a 10-minute drive from my mom’s house in Scarborough. I submitted a request to Athabasca University today, so they should be sending me a confirmation soon. I’ll be in down south during that time since I …

Holidays: … booked a week off in February to go to Hawaii! It’s been too busy for me to do any planning or even think about it and do any research. I’d like to start doing planning next week once work calms down again.

Weekend: Bought another plane ticket ($372) to see J. in Waskaganish. Yay! We’re doing well and chat regularly on the phone. It’s his first long-distance relationship and the regular visits are definitely an important part of us getting to know each other. I just hope that the weather’s good enough for the plane to take off … fingers crossed!

Music: I bought The Lumineers album of iTunes. I feel in love with this one song, Ho Hey, and had to have the rest of it. Such lovely music. I would love to hear them in person.