Thursday, March 27, 2008

Easter visit from my mama

My mother, she came for a visit over the Easter weekend. I know it was a hard trek for her to make, as she hasn't left her home town in over 17 months.

In the past year she's had to cope with my father's sudden death, a hurried downsizing and move, having to settle for a condo not of her own chosing, renovating said condo to bring it somewhat up to her standards, re-adjustment of life without a spouse ... Lots of sadness all around, but I am very proud of how she's managing to cope - one day at a time.

So we shopped and walked and shopped some more. She insisted on buying me something for my new place, so I finally gave in and let her buy a new dishwasher. When it was time for her to leave, I wished she could stay a little longer, and not just because she likes to buy me things. I hope she can come visit again and more often, as there's lots we didn't get around to seeing and doing.

The last time she visited me was Christmas 2006, and my dad was there, and we spent a rainy green holiday in my old apartment. So much has changed since then.

— Bonz

PS: Upon further reflection, the photo above kinda reminded me of this one ...

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Sometimes the 80s version is just the better one.

Not that little David on tonight's A.I. didn't do a good job, but sometimes it's best to go back to the original. I had totally forgotten about this song until I heard it again this evening, and did a little google-searching!

Upon further searching to remind myself who John Farnham was/is, I found this one too ...

Great songs, great lyrics ... I miss the 80s!

— Bonz

Monday, March 10, 2008

Woefully behind in the blogging here

Umm. The last three months, where'd they go??

To recap, spent most of January recovering from the grossly over-indulgence of Christmas. Then at the end of January, bought my own condo.

On a whim! Went out one weekend and just did it! Ack!!!

See picture to the left, with 'lil Red out front, I believe this was taken the day of inspection on the place. It snowed! A good sign?? Everything passed inspection and the deal was done. It was almost painless how easy the whole process from mortgage broker to final paper signing at the lawyers. Should'a done this years ago.

Spent all of February packing.

Took a little mental health break the second last weekend of February with my friend Kristin & two of her gal pals, to do some shopping south of the border. Had a great time!

Moved at the end of February, with my sister's help. She brought her big ass truck down and we moved all the boxes ourselves, leaving the heavy stuff for paid movers. I owe her big time.

Spent most of last week crazed at the office with a big conference that I felt I had to put my personal touch on. Got sick by the end of last week. Spent most of this past weekend in the throes of chest congestion & sneezing hell.

And here we are, almost half-way thru the month of March already! Whew, time sure flies when I'm intensely focused ...

Here's a picture of my new home studio ... all of that IKEA furniture (plus a few other pieces in other rooms) had to be put together by hand, and OMG my hands & wrists are KILLING ME! Too bad I can't use my new work space yet, as I'm so crippled from the resulting carpal tunnel.

It still feels like I'm housesitting for someone, or staying in a hotel for a little while until I return to my old apartment ... but it's starting to feel a little like "home".

Especially with me being sick and miserable, curled up on the couch with my new comfy mink blankey and a wall of used snot-tissues piled around me.

Home ownership ROCKS! ;p

— Bonz