Three hundred and eighty-seven

Wednesday post day and the aftermath of St. Patty’s Day weekend

The biggest day of the year working in an Irish pub came and went and I survived.  I remember last year how absolutely tired I was at the end of it, but still managed to post something.  Good for me.  Although maybe not the best writing I’ve ever done!

I did manage to spend quite a bit of time working on the book this week, though, in my spare time.  I also heard back from the agent!!!  Her intern and her both read the prologue I sent them and liked it, with a few changes, of course.  I have a phone meeting with them tomorrow evening to discuss what I need to work on and “discuss the next steps in getting this book written!” (in her words).  Awesome! That also means I need to write the book.  For those interested, the book is about my personal journey behind the blog – my romantic journey (and that’s a good one), my physical health journey, my emotional journey, etc – filtered through what I am going through in the blog.  There will be small excerpts from the blog, factual information about the topics, but also my secret personal story of what I was going through at the time.  Well, at least that’s what I’m thinking it will be so far.  I’m all for adaptation, depending in how it is going.  I’m almost done the first section, so hopefully I can keep up this pace.  If I can still find time to write while working St. Patty’s Day weekend at an Irish pub, I can find time any time.

A couple of interesting things that jumped out at me this past week that pertains to topics from the year:

I found the image below on Quora.com answers from “When people look back on their life in their 30s, 40s and older what are some common regrets they have?”.  It reminds me why I do what I do.  And not that I kiss a ton of people (no that’s not what the book is going to reveal!), it’s that I try to live my life without regrets.  Sometimes I succeed better than others.  And I only kissed a few of the boys from date month (if I was The Bachelorette on television, you’d be disappointed if I wasn’t kissing them all, so no judging).  But the ones I did kiss were very special to me, and one of them is especially special to me still (oooo, hint at what my big secret is in the book).

(originally from http://xkcd.com/458/)

As I donated a bunch of money to the Daily Bread Food Bank during Good Deed and after Poverty months, I belong to their mailing list.  I’m sort of against snail mail lists because they’re just wasting paper and killing trees.  I know there are conspiracy theories that if we go completely electronic, the computers could crash or all our personal information will be stolen (you know who I’m talking to – father), but in cases of marketing I think going completely electronic is the socially responsible thing to do.  That being said, the Daily Bread Food Bank does a lot of amazing things, so I can’t hate on them too much.  In their package they sent me, there’s a leaflet about what causes hunger in Ontario and who the donation helps.  Here are a couple of those facts that remind me of what living at the poverty line really is:

  • The median monthly income for people using food banks in Ontario is $925, meaning 72% of their income is spent on rent/mortgage including utilities.
  • 46% of adults have not eaten for a day because of lack of money
  • 36% of food bank clients are children
  • 19% of children go hungry at least once per week

I am grateful every day for what I have and what I was born into.  And I remember every day to try and help those who have different circumstances in their life that are not as fortunate as mine.

Day seventeen

Happy St. Patty’s Day everyone!  As I work at an Irish pub, have just finished a long shift and am soooo ready for bed, today’s post is going to be brief.  But important.  Peggy asked in a comment a couple of days ago whether getting something for free counts as ‘couponing’.  Absolutely!  Here are a few great resources of where to find free things:

  1. Smart Canucks has a forum page with over 50 links to how to get stuff free online (click here).  I’ve tried a couple that worked and a couple that were outdated, so best to just look through the list and give the link a try.
  2. My favourite Mrs. January has a page dedicated to Canadian freebies that she updates regularly (click here).  This is where I found out about the free hair dye I got from my Walmart shop that I wrote about on day three.
  3. Save.ca has a coupon right now for a free Mars chocolate bar for their Random Acts of Chocolate campaign.  They send the coupon to you in the mail. (click here)
  4. FreeStuffCanadaGuide.ca was recommended to me.  I find the site a little harder to navigate, but there seems to be some good stuff on here if you can sort through all the ads.

These are all Canadian sites to free things.  I’m sure whichever country you are in has many sites similar to these that offer databases of where to find coupons and free stuff.  I’m happy to do some research, if any of my international friends want me to look into finding some websites for them to use!  Just let me know.