On My Own

At the end of April I will be moving again. For a long time I’ve dreamed of living on my own and I think I am finally ready to make the dream come true. I spent 21 years living with my parents, 3 years living with roommates, and 3 years living with a boyfriend. Now it’s time to make my own rules.

I’m really looking forward to having a place that is clean. It will be nice to know that I’m not cleaning the place for no reason and that it’s going to look the same when I come home at the end of the day as it did when I left. I want a bath tub that I can actually have a bath in instead of being disgusted to even step into. I want a kitchen sink that is empty to make washing dishes easier. Or even better, a dish washer that will save me a lot of time and stress. I look forward to being able to decorate the place however I want and not worry about what anyone else will think. I want to listen to music whenever I feel like without worrying I will wake someone up. I want to be able to exercise without worrying that someone will see me.

Oh, and the storage! I can’t wait to have all the kitchen cupboards to myself. I am really looking forward to having a spot for everything instead of cramming them into two or three cupboards. I really like to have everything organized and for everything to have a home.

And the fridge! I’ve never had a fridge all to myself before. I am going to be so excited to see everything that I have with one glance instead of having to pull out two other items to get to the one I want. It’s going to look so empty, but I will be able to make more pre-made meals because I will actually have room for it in my freezer. I plan on buying a new slow cooker (I lost the last one in the break up) so I can make meals to last through the week. I’m really excited about that.

I know that living on my own will also have downsides. I will no longer have someone to split rent with. I will have to pay my own power and internet bills. I won’t have someone there to help me when I can’t do something (like opening tough cans!). But I am confident that I can take care of myself. I was always the handyman in the relationship with roommates anyway. I’m excited to be excited about something again. It’s hard to make me excited. I think it’s because every time I get excited I am usually let down. But I have been excited about life again over the last six months and I really hope it continues throughout 2013.

New Layout

Owl Dot-to-Dot Layout

With starting over on my blog, I wanted to make a new layout. I have a dot-to-dot book with pictures that have numbers over 1000. This owl was in the book with numbers over 500. I connected the dots with a pen, scanned the picture to my computer, then traced the lines using Paint Shop Pro’s pen tool. I then colored in the sections on the computer to create the header image.

This is the first time I’ve used custom fonts. I downloaded them from 1001 Free Fonts. I used one called Attract More Women and Aenigma Scrawl. I really like the font that I used for the blog posts but I worry that it will be too hard for people to read. How is it for you?

The next thing I want to work on is getting some of my pages back up and re-posting the recipes that I really like. I miss not having my recipes right at my fingertips wherever I am. Was there any content that you would like to see me put back on if possible?

Have you have any comments or criticisms about the new layout please let me know. If you know how to fix something you don’t like, an explanation on how to fix it would be nice to follow up with your criticism.

Blog of a 30-something Canadian.