Thursday 30 November 2017

November 30: Hello/Goodbye

November 30.


Let's start with the Goodbye. 

November 30 is the day we say goodbye to Edith. 
Such a beautiful woman...inside and out.
Edith is a woman I have known for many, many years. She passed away on the weekend, at the age of 97. She had a long, good life. Today is her funeral.
Her brother (and business partner) is a retired politician. It is through him that I met Edith. Even thought he was retired, he was still interested in politics. He and I would often work on campaigns together- playing very different roles during the campaign; he was the wise, seasoned politician giving advice on the campaign. I was the young, energetic teenager/20-something that worked my way up over the years from doing the menial tasks no one wanted, to running the campaign office. 
During the entire time, Edith was there; she was dedicated to coming to the office everyday. Edith would spend time talking to people who came in, as well as the workers. She also, voluntarily- no one asked her to- would keep our office supplied with homemade cookies, sandwiches, and soup. When I think of Edith, one of the first things that comes to mind is me working away, her placing soup and a sandwich in front of me and telling me to take a break to eat. She would keep insisting, standing by my side the entire time, until I started to eat. There was even a time or two, where she actually brought a spoon of soup/a sandwich to my mouth...haha.

Edith was supportive, encouraging, and incredibly kind. She was such a wonderful, warm and caring soul. She was always smiling. She would frequently accompany her brother to functions that I was accompanying my father to, so I got to see Edith many times over the years. She was always so happy to see me, and I was always so happy to see her. Being in Edith's presence, was always a joyful experience. 

Edith, thank you for making sure I was fed during those long days and nights. Thank you for you optimism and sunny personality. Thank you for touching my life. I will miss you so much.

November 30.

This date marks the day that someone said 'hello' to the world by being born. It would be 20-something years later before our paths crossed by chance. He would spend the next 10.5 years being in my life. He was the most influential and important person in my life. 
I haven't spoken to him in about 6 months, and I am not sure that I will ever speak to him again. Not everything is meant to last...a reason, a season, a lifetime. He did so, so, so much for me.

He changed me.

He made me a better person. 

He showed me true, unconditional love. 
He pushed me outside of my comfort zone.
He calmed me down.
He made me laugh.
He put things into perspective.


So many moments, incidents, experiences, memories...

Not everything was good, there was a lot of negative. But at the end of the day, no one has affected me more than he has. 

Most importantly, he believed in me. Always. More than anyone. Regardless of circumstance. 

He believed in me.

Wednesday 29 November 2017

Book Club: The City

The City (with Bonus Short Story The Neighbor): A Novel by Dean Koontz
Image via Chapters Indigo
Book: The City
Author: Dean Koontz

A young boy, a musical prodigy, discovering life’s wonders—and mortal dangers.
His best friend, also a gifted musician, who will share his journey into destiny.
His remarkable family, tested by the extremes of evil and bound by the depths of love . . . on a collision course with a band of killers about to unleash anarchy.
And two unlikely allies, an everyday hero tempered by the past and a woman of mystery who holds the key to the future.

These are the people of The City, a place where enchantment and malice entwine, courage and honor are found in the most unexpected quarters, and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart. Brilliantly illumined by magic dark and light, their unforgettable story is a riveting, soul-stirring saga that speaks to everyone, a major milestone in the celebrated career of #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz and a dazzling realization of the evergreen dreams we all share.
What I Have To Say:
This book was gifted to me by one of my sorority sisters a couple of years ago. I would frequently start to read the pick and then abandon it for another book, only to pick it up a couple of months later and abandon it again. I got to pick the November book for my Book Club, and I picked this book; I was FINALLY going to force myself to read the entire thing. 

The book is about Jonah looking back on his life, starting at the age of 8, and telling the reader about his life- events, the day to day, and people he encounters. He meets a woman, Miss Pearl, who gives him a piano, as well bringing people to him in dreams- people he will encounter in real life. 

It awhile to get into the you are reading you are left wondering "What's the story?" and "What do these details have to do with anything?" Just past the half way point, the book starts to pick up and become really interesting. We see how all the characters and their story lines are linked. You want to keep reading to see what happens. 

The last part of the book is so, so, so good! It moves quickly, keeps you engaged, has great plot, and interesting characters. 
Final Verdict:
This book is hard to get into. But, if you stick it out, you are rewarded with a really great story.
Unfortunately, you have to endure the first part of the book to get to the good stuff. If you can stick it out, worth the read.

Tuesday 28 November 2017

Hey, It's Ok!
With Amber from Airing My Dirty Laundry

That, thanks to online shopping and Black Friday sales that last multiple days, I am almost done my Christmas shopping!! I have two more gifts to buy and I am good to go!

To be a Las Vegas Golden Knights fan based solely on their Twiiter feed, which is hilarious! I am still an NYR fan though...they are my team.

That I can't believe we are heading into the last month of 2017. Better make it a good one.

To think tiny houses are kind of cool, and to love the show Tiny House Hunters, but realize the tiny living lifestyle just isn't for me. There is no way I could live in such a small space and keep my sanity.

That I accomplished my musical trifecta this year!! I saw my three favourite musicians- Joel Plaskett, David Myles, and Royal Wood- in concert this year...and I got to chat with each of them after their shows!

Monday 27 November 2017

Inspire Me: No Reason

Happy Monday!! It has been a day or two since I've posted. September-November is the BUSIEST time of year for me work wise- I worked on (as in they happened) over 20 events in 2 months! Personally, the past few months have also been busy- lots of ups and downs...but that's life!!

 Anyway, some inspiration for the week: