As some of you may know, Thanksgiving was last weekend here in Canada. I really love holidays and everything that goes along with it like decorating and getting together with family and friends. Since my family lives on the other side of the country I couldn’t spend the holiday with them, so my boyfriend and I decided to cook our first Thanksgiving dinner together and hoped it turned out edible. We invited his best friend and his g/f who also brought one of her children. Thankfully everything turned out perfect. We made turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes with marshmallows (hit of the dinner), caramelized butternut squash (first time making/having that), biscuits, apple pie, and beets (although I’m pretty sure I was the only one that ate them). I couldn’t really find any Thanksgiving decorations that I liked and that didn’t cost a million dollars but I did find some holiday crackers. Apparently most people don’t even know what they are. Only me and my bf’s best friend had had them before. For those of you also in the dark, they are long shaped items that you pull on both ends which makes a loud noise, then inside you have a paper hat, a joke, and a prize. My family would always have them at Thanksgiving and Christmas time and it’s a tradition that I would love to continue with. All in all, I would say it was a perfect Thanksgiving. But I will say that I am way more thankful now for all the Thanksgivings I’ve ever attended in the past where I did not have to do any of the cooking. It’s a lot of work! If I never had to peel another butternut squash in my life I will be satisfied.

Thanksgiving Marshmallows

I have been bad at getting stuff done lately, blogging included. But I am going to get it under control. I have been writing down in my new agenda what I want to get done each day. If it doesn’t get done it gets moved to the following day until it’s completed. To be honest, I was supposed to blog on Friday. I’ve only been doing this for less than a week now and it has been going pretty good. I’ve been getting a lot of stuff done. I have written down days to blog, days to work on the Nerd Listings, days to do my online surveys; I’ve even scheduled in days to see my boyfriend haha. I feel more in control of my life when I have things planned out. I’ve been told that I can’t plan out my life so I am keeping it a little flexible. But it’s nice getting chores done during the week instead of having to spend my whole day off just doing chores and having no time to relax. I’ve even gone and wrote down a meal to make each week until January so I know what I’m going to have and what I need to buy from the grocery store (I make one big meal each week and eat that almost every day at work, alternating meals if I have other left overs).

I’m really trying to get a handle on this work/life balance. I have no idea how people who work and have kids ever have time to relax. I would be exhausted all the time. I really hope I can keep up with this new routine. I think it will really help my stress level lower, or at least that’s the plan. Work has been really taking a lot out of me lately. I don’t know if it’s because my co-workers have become so unreliable and therefore are making me work longer days and for long periods of time alone, or if it’s because it is a busy time of year for us. I had a couple of long weekends off recently which really helped me recharge but it’s hard to hold onto that feeling sometimes.