A life update!

Hi guys ~waves~ I have been seriously absent the last while! I don’t like to do the whole apology thing, because this is a blog and it’s supposed to be fun and not stressful – we all have lives, after all – but I did want to give a little insight as to what’s been going on with me lately (because again, this is a blog! :)).

February was a month of emotional roller coasters. I’m not prepared to tell all just now (in time), but suffice to say there was exciting new sandwiched between two traumatic events, and wrapping my head around all of it has really taken up most of my brain space. On top of it all, my bf – who was working in Newfoundland if you recall – has been off work since December, waiting to hear when he would get sent back to NL for the 2nd phase of the project he was working on.  Recently we got word that it didn’t look likely that he’d be going back, which means he was going to be looking for a job again. Funds have been pretty tight over the last few months, so to discover that he kind of was waiting in vain was, to put it plainly – SHITTY. And then last week, both the car and the washing machine conked out.  YAY!  So many *fun* things to deal with, right?  UGH.  While we’ve been trying to stay positive about it all, some days it’s just like ‘OK dude, some GOOD news, please!!’  And my skin due to all the stress is an absolute disaster.

IMG_2036Broken old crappy thing. When I went to run it last, it made a screeching sound and started to smoke 😦

Happily, a couple days ago things started to turn around (I hope!).  He got a call from someone connected to the same company he was working for in NL, who had an opportunity for him to work out West – a similar set up to NL where he’d be working a number of days away, and then would have a handful of days home. Obviously it sucks that we’ll be doing the long-distance thing again, but it’s work and it won’t be forever. You gotta do what you gotta do, right?

So, to celebrate (?) we bought a washing machine, and today we’re going looking for a new car. It lifts so much weight off your shoulders to pick off the stressors one by one. Hopefully as things improve, so will my skin – having never lived with acne, I honestly don’t know what to do with it, and I’m worried if I try and tackle it too aggressively, it’ll just get worse. So I’m trying to keep my routine simple, and wash my face as soon as I get home so that its not covered in makeup for longer than it has to be. Until it clears, face shots on the blog will be next to none, so here’s hoping it goes away soon!

Haier Washing MachineNew washing machine on it’s way!

And that’s my story in a nutshell.  I hope to share more of the details with you at some point, but right now is not the time. I’m going to try and get my focus back and start posting more regularly again – I guess if Ryan is away at work I’ll have more time on my hands as well, so no excuse 😉  In the meantime, I hope you can bear with me! I know we all go through tough times so I’m not going to add more stress by worrying about not posting and all that jazz, but I did want to share why I’ve been semi-absent. Life, eh?

I hope everyone is well and that spring is starting to really show its face for you all! Here, we had a huge snowstorm Wednesday (almost all businesses were closed, even the grocery stores!) so yea…no spring here yet lol. As usual we’ll probably just have a lot of rain and then dive headfirst into summer. C’est la vie!

March 2014 Bedford, Nova Scotia It’s really warm and wet here today so the snow is melting and sun is peeking out!

  1. #1 by LoveLyndaLovely on March 29, 2014 - 10:27 am

    Life always seems to have its own plans. Glad there’s a bit of light shining through!

    • #2 by Latoya on March 29, 2014 - 11:40 am

      It’s true. All we can control is how we react to the challenges that come up, so that’s what we’ve been doing – trying to take them in stride! But, little light at the end of the tunnel is VERY welcome! 🙂

  2. #3 by Koofa on March 29, 2014 - 12:13 pm

    I know how you feel, I’ve been in situations like this MANY a time and it seems like it’s one bad thing on top of another, like when can we get a break?! (I think bad things have to come in like 10’s for me) But you know, things always eventually work themselves out and in your case it looks like it’s starting to do that now! I hope things continue to move in a positive direction for you! 🙂 xx

    • #4 by Latoya on March 30, 2014 - 8:49 am

      Thanks Koofa! You’re so right about everything always happening at once – so annoying! But I try and keep my perspective positive so that I don’t start seeing the bad in EVERYTHING. Right now I’m feeling confident that things are going to have to turn around soon 🙂

  3. #5 by Larie on March 29, 2014 - 7:56 pm

    Ugh, I know how you feel – sometimes everything just goes down and it’s like, WHY. It’ll get better – seems like it has, already! 😀

    • #6 by Latoya on March 30, 2014 - 8:51 am

      Yes, I think so Larie – fingers crossed! I sort of feel like a warrior lately so that’s kinda fun – no way I’m gonna let life try and kick MY ass! I will wear IT down, not the other way around! LOL

  4. #7 by Liz (@Reductionista) on March 30, 2014 - 11:49 am

    I like how you guys celebrated with a washing machine. 😀 Thanks for the update even though you never have to feel like you should explain yourself to the internetted public at large. I’m glad you seem to be coping despite the traumas. March was seriously a shit month in a way. I lost two grandparents, and everyone else I know seems to be dealing with deaths or illnesses. Financial troubles are weighty enough without everything else going on. Sunny weather, stable jobs and healthy recoveries for all please!

    • #8 by Amy on March 30, 2014 - 6:01 pm

      I’m sorry about your grandparents, Liz 😦 BIG HUGS

    • #9 by Latoya on April 1, 2014 - 6:59 am

      Hear, hear!! I’ll toast to that, Liz. I’m really sorry to hear about your grandparents. I hope you and your family are coping as well as can be expected, that’s tough. I wonder if sometimes too our long winters just don’t beat everyone down into submission. Bring on sunshine-y, warm days please!!! Not more of this snow crap (which incidentally we are getting AGAIN right at this moment. GAH!)

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  5. #10 by Amy on March 30, 2014 - 6:00 pm

    I’m so happy to hear from you! Though not so happy that things have been shitty 😦 But I’m glad they’re looking up now! And yay for new washing machine! The smokingness of the old one sounds rather, um, terrifying. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help cheer you! 🙂

    • #11 by Latoya on April 1, 2014 - 6:54 am

      Aw, thanks Amy – that comment in itself cheered me immensely 🙂 Yes, the smoking washing machine WAS kinda terrifying lol…but more hilarious now that we have a new one on the way haha. Let’s hope the good stuff keeps a comin’!

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  6. #12 by Makeup Morsels on March 30, 2014 - 7:29 pm

    Yikes that’s quite a month, so major props to you for trying to stay positive through it. GO TOYA. Also, YAY for the new washing machine, and I hope it’s all uphill again from here 😀

    • #13 by Latoya on April 1, 2014 - 6:49 am

      Haha it’s sad when a washing machine does it for me, huh? lol. I think it’s going to get better moving forward, I fully believe staying positive is the way to bring positivity TO you! AMIRITE? 🙂

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  7. #14 by Leticia (@CosmAficionado) on March 31, 2014 - 3:49 pm

    When it rains it pours! One month we had expensive car repairs hit both of our vehicles in the same month. :/

    • #15 by Latoya on April 1, 2014 - 6:47 am

      Urgh! It’s always the way, eh Leticia??

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  8. #16 by Sarah on April 3, 2014 - 5:11 pm

    Oh no! What a month! I am so sorry to hear about all of your trials and tribulations. I hope that things start to look up for you soon. Enjoy the new washing machine…I would be unnaturally excited about that.

    • #17 by Latoya on April 7, 2014 - 1:34 pm

      LOL I’m glad I’m not the only one, Sarah 😛 Stupidly, it never got ordered so we had to wait another week – we get it tomorrow (hopefully)!!!

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  9. #18 by Eugenia on April 10, 2014 - 3:36 pm

    You know what I love about you? That no matter how tough or insurmountable some situations can get, you still somehow manage to rise above by keeping the faith & staying positive! That’s not easy to do, so kudos, my friend! And I love new appliances, lol! If I had my way, I’d be changing all of mine every year!!!

    PS: You do know that now I want to hear all about what’s really been going on, right? Mama’s waiting…..!!

    • #19 by Latoya on April 22, 2014 - 7:01 am

      Haha I’ll share in time Eugenia – don’t worry! Just gotta keep my head down for now and get through this last little bit, and then you’ll all know what’s been going on. Thank you!! 🙂

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