I See Beyond The Road I’m Driving

Ok…so two days, and one hour late on posting but I come bearing excellent news!

After a VERY long, and VERY expensive journey, I received news today that I have been granted my Partner Visa!!  I think I read, and re-read, the email at least 10 times. It still feels incredibly surreal.

It has taken me a long time to find my person, and the fact that he is half way around the world makes things a little a lot more complicated, but I am incredibly excited…anxious, scared, nervous…to get this chapter of my life started. In just one month we will be able to wake up next to each other, have actual face to face conversations and discussions and won’t have to wait months to see each other any more.  It has taken us over 5 years to get to this point and I can’t wait for February!

So much work has gone into this outcome and there is no possible amount of thanks that is big enough to give those who have given up their time, money and energy into helping us to get this point.  Every single person who has helped us, encouraged us or supported us in anyway, please know that Simon and I will be forever grateful and we thank each and every one of you.

It is real now.  I will be selling my house, shipping what is left of my little life here in Canada and will be moving halfway around the world to small town NSW/Victoria Australia.  I will be leaving my job, my family and my friends here (which I still don’t allow myself to think about because…well, it hurts too much) and will be joining my new Australian family and friends in my new home and at my new (old?!) job.  I cannot express how blessed I am to have so much love in two places. Honestly it is overwhelming and something that I really need to sit with and absorb.

Here’s to new beginnings, no matter how old you are! Now start saving…we’ve got plenty of room for visitors!

~Hugs and Love~



If You’re Gonna Do It, Do It Right, Right?

For those who have been wondering where I have gone from the blogging world…I’ve been busy trying to get my Visa, packing up my life and enjoying time with family and friends before the big move.

Along with the move to Australia in 2017, I am planning on being much more active with the blog. I’m still trying to figure out the direction I want to take it but if you’re interested in my change from the northern hemisphere to the southern hemisphere then keep watching this space.

That’s it for now…come back January 1st!!

Hugs & Love


I’ll Move In With The Right Of Will

Blogmas day 9 (on day 10…)

Brings me to bad habits…I don’t smoke, bite my nails, pick at my skin or pick my nose…but I procrastinate.


I can’t seem not to…even when I have a ton of things to do I know I’ll get around to it sooner or later and just keep looking at the later…then I get totally stressed out over all the things I need to do.

I honestly wish there was a cure…people who aren’t procrastinators don’t get it…if it was as easy as just doing it don’t you think we would!!!????

I may never be cured but I will always be working on it…tomorrow.

Hugs and love

Don’t Play Him Cheap ‘Cause You Know He Ain’t Shy

Blogmas Day 8!

Who wants to know what’s in my handbag?!!!  Remember, I’m just following along with preset topics 🙂

I typically don’t carry much in my purse (currently a black cross-body satchel with gold chain from Forever 21)…here are my current items:

– my wallet – purchased at Target (no cash)

– my make-up case (which has its own blog post coming up so I’ll skip what’s in it)

– pack of excel winter fresh gum with one piece left

– my current favourite pair of sunglasses I received from a guy I was seeing

Exciting no?!!!  I don’t fully understand what else needs to be in a purse….depending on the weather the only other thing I would carry is an umbrella, or gloves…and maybe a water bottle if I’m out all day….my phone has my calendar and the only time I carry my iPad is if I’m travelling…I love the look of big shoulder bags but I could never fill one!

Do you have a big purse?  What do you fill it with?!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs and love



Music, reality, sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference

Blogmas Day 5!

10 Songs I’m loving right now…

Self explanatory…no particular order (song – artist)

1.  Warrior – Kimbra…I absolutely LOVE her…she might be “someone that you used to know” but you should really get to know her again.

2. Beautiful War – Kings of Leon…they started off strong with Supersoaker but this is quite possibly my favourite on Mechanical Bull…for now 😉

3.  Strings – Young the Giant…pretty sure I have listened to their self titled album at least 200 times…it was my go to album in 2011…not my favourite track off of it but I’m digging it now.  CAN’T WAIT for Mind Over Matter!!!!  (definitely my favourite (male) band in the past five years)

4. Dreams So Real – Metric.  It’s Metric…enough said.  (if you have never seen them live YOU ARE TOTALLY MISSING OUT!!!!!!  GO.)

5. Hate To See Your Heart Break – Paramore…long time fan…totally am in love with their current album.  Get it.

6.  The Way It Used To Be – City and Colour….I love this man.  LOVE.

7.  The Ballad Of Love And Hate – The Avett Brothers…I fell in love with these guys when they performed at the Grammys. This song…so many emotions…

8.  Now Is The Start – A Fine Frenzy…I do love my rocker chicks…although she’s not really a “rocker”…She is sweetness wrapped in loving, meaningful lyrics and music….not to mention a smile that lights up the entire world!  Pines is not my favourite album of hers but I adore this song.  Came about at a time in my life when I needed it more than anything.

9.  I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons…that is all 🙂

10. Compass – Lady Antebellum…yes COUNTRY!!  I love this song…I am currently teaching a grade 9 physed class and asked them to get a list of songs they would want to listen to in class…majority of the songs were country…so my last song pays tribute to the sweet girls that reignited my, once closeted, love of country music!!

There is not a day that goes by where music is not playing at some point in my life….if it were acceptable I’d play it in my classroom when my students are working quietly….

Thanks so much for stopping by and perhaps you leave with some new tunes to check out!

Never stop singing!

Hugs and love

It’s All About Me Tonight

So day 2 of Blogmas brings about a post where I am to share 20 things about myself.  I have already done something similar here, but I will try to come up with 20 new things….I can’t promise no overlap though!  I will also try to keep it brief…

1.  I live my life in movie/TV quotes…I’m probably also the most annoying person to watch The Princess Bride with….

2.  I am an introvert.

3.  My favourite colour is green.

4.  For as long as I can remember I have been addicted to food/cooking shows.  Wok With Yan was mesmerizing to me at 6 years old…I LOVE FOOD!!

5. I’m all for second chances but sometimes I give third, fourth or fifth ones to people who don’t really deserve them….doesn’t usually end well for me…hopeless optimist

6. I am not ticklish

7.  I hate having my feet rubbed.

8.  I sometimes think I’m too kind for my own good….but I honestly wouldn’t want to be any different.

9.  I have never travelled to Europe.

10.  I’ve never broken a bone.

11.  I had a pink, frilly, canopy bed when I was little.

12.  I can’t stand clowns.  Nothing scarier than a clown.

13.  I have a weakness for Ritz crackers.

14.  I hated high school.

15.  I never drank underage.

16. I love sports.  It’s not rare for TSN to be on in my house…(and there are no boys here)

17. I’m scared of the future.

18.  I cannot budget my money well at all…

19.  My body is a furnace when I sleep…yet my feet are always cold.

20.  I still believe in love and hope…two of the most powerful four letter words in my life.

Well, that’s it for day two of Blogmas….I played around a bit with my site and there is now a “follow” button so you can get an email every time I post…probably not needed for Blogmas but if you want to follow my adventures down under you can get updated when I post some new content.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Hugs and Love

Have a Holly Jolly Blog-mas!!!

I know I’m not very good at blogging.  Very erratic and kind of all over the place.

I never promised greatness.

It’s just a place where I come to document interesting (to me) occurrences of my life.

For those who have never stopped by my site…welcome!  It’s not much, but every once in a while I will post something meaningful (and once I get to Australia you can follow a bumbling Canadian’s adventure down under!)

For those who have been around for the few posts I have made, well, thanks a bunch for coming back!

I really do enjoy stopping in and posting content…it keeps my brain working in a way that it doesn’t normally…but interesting things don’t happen very often so I’m not very regular with my posts.

But there’s this thing that I have seen YouTubers and bloggers do…it’s kind of like a countdown to Christmas, either on their blog or on their vlogging YouTube channel…and since I’m not into Vlogging (yet!) I thought I would do a bit of a countdown to Christmas (and for all of December) using a “Blog everyday” challenge a friend of mine started on her blog….hence my own version of blogmas/vlogmas has begun!

Day 1 is an intro (check) and a recent photo (see below)….

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek into my little life.  Hopefully I can be of some kind of entertainment for you in the days/months (years?!) that follow 🙂

Blogmas Day 1…Done!


Some Of Us Are Wild Ones

Howdy Do Blogger Friends

So I had this post earlier and something went a bit weird when I tried to view it on my phone…I updated it back to the draft version or something…I’m actually a bit bothered because I had a pretty good intro to it and everything and for the life of me I can’t find it ANYWHERE….Good job internet….good job.

The gist of the intro was about how strange it is to blog….having your friends and family take a journey into your brain so to speak…and strangers too…but I don’t care as much about what they think…It’s a new thing for me and I am enjoying it but it is strange to think of your life, literally, as an open book.  I have never been one to shy away from my history so I figured I would give the blogging world a try.

Still mad that my original post somehow disappeared into the interweb and all its tubes…Anyway…

Here are 25 Things About Me…if you’re interested!

1. I’m older than I look…and act. And that is good. Really. I have never smoked, I have no children and I manage stress pretty well. It seems I have been blessed with good, dare I say excellent, anti aging genes.  It’s always a bit of a boost when people are shocked when they learn my true age as they tend to think about ten years younger than what I am. I’ll take it now because I know it will not last!

2. I like to shop. Acknowledgement is the first step to recovery right?

3. I can kill spiders…not furry-size-of-a-mouse-Australian spiders…but spiders and bugs of any normal Canadian size, and I am not at all freaked out by snakes or the dark but put me on a ladder two feet off the ground and I will be shaking for hours afterwards. And don’t even get me started about that stupid “swings” ride at amusement parks…nothing amusing about them…unless you’re watching me scream my head off from below.

4. I’m a HUGE fan of the ellipsis…I am sure I over use it…and misuse it too…but I don’t care…

5. I am a product of a divorced family. It happened when I was an adult which I feel has caused an entire different set of issues.

6. I can’t watch movies about horses or dogs without being a sobbing mess at the end. Marley and Me was torture. And even those damn puppet horses in War Horse…..sob.

7. Even though I don’t really think I am, I am a hopeless romantic. Not like the cheesy romantic kind but more like the cool kind…honestly there probably isn’t much of a difference. I’m still waiting for my “you had me at hello” moment.

8. I am a disgusting wealth of useless knowledge. No one ever wanted to play against me when the Cheers board game came out and no one will play Seinfeld Scene It with me either. It’s a curse….a very fun, only a handful of people get my references curse.

9. I hate being late. It’s not that I never am but it makes me incredibly anxious.

10. I love music and concerts….particularly the ones where I can chill with friends on the grass, have a beer and just enjoy. A lot of my best memories are of concerts with friends.

11. I’m a country girl at heart. Not so much the cowboy boots/hat wearing country  but more the living in the country girl.  I love the energy of a big city but my soul is much more calm surrounded by nature and the slower pace of small town.

12. I was picked on when I was younger for my weight. Debbie Debbie two by four can’t get through the bathroom door. Can still hear those kids every once in a while.

13. I had the worst teeth ever as a kid. Teeny tiny jaw, loads of crowding. Had to have four teeth pulled to make room for the rest…total teeth pulled to date: 8.  Had 8 cavities too when I was a kid.

14. I hate the dentist. See above.

15. I’m claustrophobic.

16. I am 37 years old…I have been in 3 relationships and have had my heart broken 3 times. See #5.  I’m seriously considering throwing in the towel and becoming a crazy dog lady.

17. I am adopted.

18. I suffer from depression. Which kind of makes me a walking oxymoron because I’m actually a pretty happy and positive person.

19.  I had a mullet when I was 8.

20. I used to kick boys on the playground.  I wonder if that had anything to do with #19.

21. I have a kind heart and don’t understand hate.  Unless it’s winter…then I totally get hate.

22. I’m incredibly patient.

23. I am a t-shirt and jeans kind of girl although I do love to get dressed up for a special night.

24. I think I’m pretty low maintenance…it may take me a while to get ready (have you seen my hair?) but I’m really laid back and am totally comfy in trackies, ponytails and zero makeup.

25. I am truly blessed with everything around me.  I have the best friends and family EVER and they make all of life’s ups and downs much more tolerable.

Thanks for reading about me writing about me…even if it’s not as good as the first one I had up.

Hugs and Love