choose your own adventure

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the renovations continued over the weekend and i'd say that we pretty much have the place back in order. i've never been one to pay someone to do work that we can do ourselves (which is unfortunate because i really hate painting...) but, we got it done! officially one year in this place and the walls have all been completely transformed from their previous (and heinous) colour scheme!! Which up until recently included a beige "smear" - i didn't realize how bad it was until we had it all covered up in fresh, fresh white.

ahhhh. (<< that there's a fresh breath of air.)

there were also a few birthdays to celebrate (why does everyone keep getting older?!) which kept us busy and full of yummy food.

we got into some pretty heavy conversation on saturday night with family about what it means to be happy and fulfilled in your life and career. is it possible to really love your job? does anyone really? and what do you do with yourself when you are unhappy but you don't know how to make the changes? this was all floating around amidst the ice cream cake and hockey game. i think we came to the some sort of consensus that personal happiness is more important then money or stature, but if you can somehow find a way to combine the two, you've won the lottery.

i know over the past year i've been struggling with how to figure out to spend the next 20 years of my life, and it seems like i'm not alone. if i can offer up any advice (since i've been doing nothing but deliberation on the topic) it would be to say that life goes on. it might seem impossible to make BIG changes to your status quo, but whatever you decide, things aren't going to come to a hault around you. things can always be repaired or put back together and ultimately, you need to make decisions from your gut that are best for you. those are the sorts of choices that will make you happiest. not that i'm a guru. it's just what i've gathered having muddled about the topic myself. i think it's true what they say: life's a journey.

And in between all of this? we squeezed a few naps where we could fit them, and walks in the most glorious of all the weathers: SPRING! Yes. i'd say it's finally HERE!!! you know something? i used to hate to have my feet touch grass, but i changed my mind.

the sun was so hot on sunday that cliff didn't know what to do with his tongue... which makes sense after all because Β he's only ever known snow and cold in his six months of life in this tundra we call Ottawa.Β He was so hot Β it was hanging about a foot out of his mouth.

i feel blessed just as i am. there are so many good things in life that i really couldn't ask for more. except maybe adventure. i love a good choose your own adventure ;)