Happy Birthdays!

Posted by Melina and Denise , Monday, February 17, 2014 12:05 PM

It is that amazing month of OUR BIRTHDAYS! No matter how old we get—and Melina is older, FYI—we both love to make a big deal about our days. And if you think money determines how great the day is, then think again! These are a few simple things you need to make a birthday special.

A TIARA - I don't know what the male equivalent of this would be, but I know that every girl needs a tiara on her birthday. And it isn't a princess thing for me. I prefer to think of it as a Queen for the day thing. I wore mine at work all day and was told that everything I said was okay because ... TIARA! Melina wore hers on her birthday as well. It's amazing how few people in our neighbourhood even notice a grown woman in a tiara. I guess it it by far not the craziest thing you see in the course of a day.

A WAND - Our wands had long, sparkly, rhythmic gymnastic-like ribbons on them. I ran up to people at work, flicked my ribbon around and proclaimed "I have a tiarrrrra and a waaaaaand!". The cats were fascinated with Melina's wand on her birthday. All four in the room at the same time for something other than food! It was a Birthday miracle.

A SPECIAL MEAL - Not necessarily anything special. I went with comfort food and had cheesy noodly yummies. Melina had our family favourite of taco salad. Just enough to make it special.

MAYBE A LITTLE TREAT -  I am trying to stay away from the mention of anything money related, but as this wasn't even 10.00 I think it's okay. Melina picked out a new nail polish, because that is her thing. I couldn't really afford a gift but I did make her a bracelet. There is always something you can do to make things fun, right?

AMAZING FAMILY - We are blessed with an amazing group of people, blood relatives and friends that were chosen, who are now family. Hearing from them is a huge blessing. Getting to spend time with them, even doing nothing, is the best thing I can imagine. 

So there you have it—a great birthday time! Of course, Melina and I could have an awesome time if you locked us in a closet. lol! Oh yeah, that's the last important ingredient:

AN AWESOME BESTIE!

Where Did We Go??

Posted by Melina and Denise , Monday, February 3, 2014 5:40 PM

Back in the day. :)

Melina and I have been talking (nothing remarkable there) and we seem to be on the same page about something. Somewhere along the way we lost ourselves.

It's sad 'cause I think we lost some pretty awesome stuff! I was music obsessed and now I never even bother listening. To look at me now I am the most generic of human beings. No style. Everything chosen just to 'make do'. I used to have awesome bright red hair. Now I pick a colour based on easiest upkeep. Honestly, somewhere along the line I completely stopped giving a rat's ass about myself. 

Melina used to scare people, in a happy way. We used to go to nice bars and she would wear her metal shirts and giggle when she got looked at funny. She may have outgrown that now, but she misses that part of her. 

I know for me the final nail in the coffin was starting at my new job. Being a banker is perfectly respectable, but if you asked anyone who really knows me what the LAST job is they could see me doing is, guess what they would say. BANKER. My last job was so much more 'me'. I was a cosmetician. Loved it! But I am where I am and it has its perks. The thing is that in doing something every day that so outside the box, it has killed a part of me that I liked. The part of me that could be creative all day long.

Now, how do you find your way back to caring? How do you get to the point where you feel like yourself again?