The 27 year old undergrad.

It has been a busy, stressful summer.  I started classes the day after moving into our new apartment and we still aren’t completely unpacked and set up.  We have been frequently thrift shops looking for furniture, but haven’t had any luck.  Things are slowly coming together back up in the great white north!

My summer semester was definitely hard, it is such a shock going from the working world back into school full time.  But I made it, and with decent grades.  The biggest shock of all, however, was the fact that I am at a completely different life stage them most of my classmates.  Being a 27 year old in undergrad classes, I am 8 years older then some of my peers.  Although that really isn’t much when you consider one’s lifespan, it is quite a difference in what “phase” of life is happening.

I am 27, will be celebrating my 6th wedding anniversary with the Artist at the end of this month, I have lived on my own and with the Artist for many years and in turn have many bills to pay, and my favourite pass times include reading, watching films, listening to CBC radio, cooking (well, I am the assistant- the Artist is the actual cook!), relaxing while listening to our record collection, getting crafty, and powerlifting.  Through conversation with other students around campus, it seems, as it should when you are 19, that going to bars and hanging out with friends are what the kids are doing these days.  I wish I was saying that I was declining invitations to go out to the bar because I just wanted to go home and relax, but it must be obvious that I am an old lady.  Either that, or I come across as an unapproachable person.  Its probably both.  Chandler from Friends articulates it perfectly…

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I also feel like I am one of the last people to be fit the “starving student” archetype.  I feel like I am surrounded by people who can afford all kinds of travelling and vacations, Mac laptops to bring to class for note taking, take-out food whenever they want, and no problems paying tuition or rent.  Meanwhile, I am doing my laundry in my bathtub, using the campus food bank, sharing a laptop with the Artist (we need a computer equally for our own livelihoods) as well as a cell phone, and taking notes in class with a notebook that my parents bought for me and a pen I took from their  house.  I filled that notebook completely, so lets hope they buy me a new one for the upcoming term, LOL.  I also have no idea how I will be paying my tuition that is due at then end of this month, not to mention bills, and I continuously sew together the same few clothing items that keep gaining new holes or tears.

It is all very weird, being in undergrad classes at 27.  When I was 19, I thought for sure that at 27 I would have the best job that ever existed and been done school with a prestigious degree(s) and have my dream home and life all figured out.  Well, I have come to the conclusion that you never really figure life out.  It is an ongoing journey with changing goals and aspirations along the way- so you might as well enjoy things, one day at a time.

Today I enjoyed bacon, egg and veggie scramble, and hash browns for lunch.  I enjoyed grocery shopping and still having about $10 left over for any other food needs that might arise this week.  I am going to workout later with the Artist, and despite my current sciatic pain, I will enjoy that too.  I will enjoy watching the Olympics tonight snuggled up with my love, and I will enjoy how beautifully gloomy and rainy it is this afternoon.

To see more photos of me enjoying the simple things in life, check me out on instagram @capitaineflash

As much as I would LOVE to travel and take a vacation, not have to worry about how I will pay tuition, or go shopping for new clothes and shoes whenever I feel like, I am sharing my life with someone who makes me smile and laugh every day, who shows me unconditional love, supports me, and inspires me….and that is more important than anything.

Suddenly, the mangled and torn insoles of my shoes seem so insignificant ❤

DIY Dreamcatcher.

I love to make things.  There is something so soothing to my soul about making things with my own two hands.  The Artist and I are in the middle of glazing a bunch of items that we made on the wheel with clay, and I will post about that when they are done.  I also love knitting, weaving, working with beads, clay, and so many other things, as I am sure is evident in this blog.  My latest project was making a dreamcatcher.  I got some supplies and had at it.  I loved it so much, I made another, and still have supplies for one more!  These cost me between $2-$2.50 a piece to make, a great bargain.  They are super easy to make, and incredibly customizable, with no right or wrong way to make them.

To make them, I just looked at some pictures I found on the internet and read a few quick tutorials about the weaving part, and got started.  After you see how to start the weaving part, you are good to go.  It is very easy, and fun to make.  I used metal rings and wrapped suede-like cord around them, then used hemp string to weave, leaving a space/circle in the middle.  I used beads and feathers to decorate, and just tied everything in place.  You would also use glue I would imagine, but I didn’t have any and just tied double knots for he beads and feathers.  Note that in these photos there are shadows of the string, so it looks “doubled”.

I am in love with these!

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Crafting and Siblings

To say again, I love to knit.  Especially using great colours.  It is very calming and meditative, and I feel such satisfaction finishing one of my projects.  My latest ventures have included a scarf for the Artist, 2 ear warmer/head bands and a hat.  My current undertaking is moving things up a notch on the difficulty level; leg warmers.  Ha!  All the hard core knitters out there are probably laughing at me right now.  It isn’t overly difficult to be honest, but I like to stick with fairly simple tasks.

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The Artist's scarf!

The Artist’s scarf!

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And while the Artist was in Chicago, I made myself this dress, with a zipper and everything 🙂

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The Artist and I were talking about our unique quirks and weird habits, and I got to thinking back to childhood quirks and fun times with my brothers.

– eating chocolate covered granola bars while watching 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain

– melting chocolate chips and eating them with a spoon, and mom always trying to bake, only to find she has no chocolate chips….ever

– watching the episode of Mr. Bean where he is at the theatre watching a horror movie, while eating fresh popcorn and copying all the weird things he does with it….I am surprised we never got it stuck up our noses!

– having trading sessions teddy bear and other stuffed animal toys, pogs, and crazy bones

– Sean having a yard sale in the living room trying to raise money to buy a toy or a movie (or maybe a pet of some sort?) and selling things for a few cents each to all of us…..how adorable is that?!

– making things out of popsicle sticks, especially boats, and then filling the bath tub with water and using hair dryers to race them

– bouncing on the trampoline, may it rest in peace!

– snow forts and adventures in the waist-high snow during snow days off school, always followed immediately by hot chocolate and a movie

– TVO kids shows…..Cliffford, Arthur, Dragon Tales, Peep in the Big Wide World, Little Bear, Reading Rangers, Zoboomafoo, George Shrinks, Fun Food Frenzy, Sharon Lois and Bram, Tiny Planets, and so many more!

– drinking Tang like crazy

– little glass bottle of fruit punch

– all the flavours of Chubbie pop drinks

– 2 cracker packets of soda crackers

– mom’s homemade pizza buns for school lunches

– Michael and Sean playing mini stick hockey in the hallway, all day, every day

– Mega Bloks

– Power Rangers and Beatle Borgs

– the treasure box at the dentist’s office

– The Golden Apple restaurant

– Breakfast with Santa in Creemore

– the extent of my cooking abilities when we were home alone: KD, grilled cheese, hash browns, scrambled eggs, fried bolgna, mini pizzas, chicken fingers and fries, and Alphaghetti

– making forts indoors with that round table and watching TV/movies from inside it

– Creemore Children’s Farmer’s Market

– book fairs and book orders at school

– creating “clubs” in the summer time and making membership cards

– camping

– chewy Chips Ahoy cookies

– Guitar Hero marathons

Despite all of our arguments and such, we had good times together.  It is kind of sad that we are no longer kids just playing and hanging out at home, spending so much time together.  But I do have fond memories I can look back on, and when we get together as adults, we have just as much fun.  After all, our siblings are our very first friendships ❤