Cast and Characters:
Me & the Boy (J or Jeff) & our fur-kids, Charlie and Baxter.
A bit of background on Me & Us: I’m 33 years old, I live in Ontario, Canada and I’m married to my best friend (cliche, right?), Jeff for the last 9 years and together for 15 years. We have two dogs, named Charlie and Baxter and they are our world. I love to travel, write, read, meet new people, give back to less fortunate and I just adore animals and just about anything to do with them. We both work full-time, Jeff in the machining industry and I in the legal field for a securities regulator.
Things that I like to blog about are: my/our life, my dogs, fitness and healthy living/eating, my part-time job pet sitting/dog walking, our travels, my hopes and dreams and of course, my opinions . You’ll find my blog pretty photo heavy, which I hope you enjoy.
I moved from Blogger in late January 2015 and ventured out on to my own domain and I’m trying to navigate my way through WordPress. If you have any tips, pointers, suggestions, constructive criticism, room for improvement, please let me know.
I am a bit eccentric, I can be shy, I can be way too serious sometimes, I don’t like to answer to anyone, I’m trying to practice more patience, kindness and compassion; the world needs more of it. I’m not religious but don’t mind anyone that is, just please don’t push your beliefs onto me.
I love tattoos and piercings and self-expression; I think the world would be a very boring place if we were all the same. I can be a bit immature from time to time, I can be moody, I can be goofy, I can be selfish, but I know this much is true: I am a damn good person and a massive heart that just wants be loved and accepted.
I am ME and I will change for no one.
How Jeff and I met:
Jeff and I met in March of 2002, around St. Patrick’s Day and we quickly became inseparable from thereon forward. We became one another’s best friends and we would drop plans with friends to spend time together.. We spent the first four days knowing each other absolutely inseparable. I think I just went home that weekend to have shower only, and then go back to our friend Kevin’s to meet up with Jeff again later. We could be on an adventure together or we could be doing absolutely nothing at all, we always have fun together.
On our 5th anniversary of dating, Jeff proposed to me. Well, okay, not really ON our 5th anniversary but rather it was the following day because the day of just didn’t work out due to a loud restaurant Jeff ended up taking me to. Just over a year later, finally, on June 28, 2008, Jeff and I sealed the deal and we were married in front of just shy of 100 people. It was one of the best days of my life and I’ll never forget it.. the details, the smells, the sights, the sounds, the people.. it was just perfect.
Yes, we are goofballs but we have so much fun together.
We don’t have “children” in the conventional sense but we do have two kids – they just have fur and four legs. 🙂 They are Bichons Frise and share the same mother and father, they are just 8 months apart (one litter).
Charlie was born on May 23, 2007 and Baxter was born January 15, 2008. We love our dogs so much that we just had to have them in our wedding with us. They are a huge part of our lives and our family and so it was decided that the boys would walk my mom down the aisle at our wedding and it was the cutest thing ever. They had satin tuxedo suits made for them with rhinestone in the bow tie and they just looked so dapper. And boy did they love all the attention and they were such good little boys. More on the boys here
I can’t imagine life without my 3 boys 🙂
Work-wise: I work in the financial district in downtown Toronto but someday I’d love to be living the dream and teach yoga and pet sit/dog walk the rest of my days. I currently have a part-time job where I work at least one weekend a month (or more, depending on if it’s busy) and I do house calls for pet visits or dog walking. I do it because I love it and it’s not a job to me, it’s more fun than anything, and it’s also therapeutic for my stress levels. It isn’t always glamorous, as we are sometimes caring for the sick and ailing, or special needs pets, but it is nice to be there for the animals and give them some comfort when their pet parents aren’t home or aren’t able to be there.
To say that I love yoga is an understatement. To me that would be a dream “job”. Well, a realistic one.
One of my inspirational mentors…. the lovely Seane Corn 🙂
Anyone who knows me would tell you that if I could go back and do things differently in terms of life and which direction I’m heading, I’d have gone to school for biology or something of the like. If I could do it over again, I really don’t think that I would be living in North America but rather somewhere in Africa. However, having said that now, in retrospect, had I known then what I know now, the life I would’ve had would have been completely different as I know it and I wouldn’t have met Jeff at all. For some reason, I feel drawn to Kenya for some inexplicable reason, almost like a calling. It’s really because of the elephants….. There’s something about them that moves me in ways that I just can’t put into words. It’s very emotional and there’s just this connection I feel to these tremendous beings…. Someday I’ll make it to Kenya and Tanzania ….. :)I am a huge animal rights activist, I don’t believe that animals should be put on display for our own selfish purposes when there is no discussion about education and conservation, nevermind their emotional well-being. Nevermind, some of these animals are hunted and poached and brought in under nefarious pretenses because they will guarantee more people coming to the zoos. It’s been a few years now, but once I came back from Holland and having visiting the Amsterdam zoo, I came home to do my last visit and say goodbye to the three remaining girls at the Toronto Zoo. Politics is what’s keeping them in Toronto and I hope that someday our ele’s will make it to California (PAWS) to live out the rest of their days, free from being on display….so they can just be. (Update: They left on Thanksgiving weekend on the Sunday (2013), and made their journey by two trucks (two in one truck and the third ele in the second truck) and while they’ve only just been there two weeks as I now update it, their lives have been forever changed and they’re just beginning to learn what grass feels like under their feet, what a mud bath is and they’re able to move freely in a huge open space free from being on display as “entertainment” from us humans. I’m so elated they’re gone from Toronto, as well because California weather is much more suited to them) It amazed me that it was politics among Board of Director members and politicians fighting to keep these ladies from getting from where they are to where they needed to be. Hopefully Lucy is next. She’s by herself, freezing her ass off in the Edmonton Zoo. Bob Barker has been fighting for her for years but they won’t let her go….. God damn greed.
I believe that we humans have single-handedly created this crazy world we live in today. Poaching, wars, politics, conflict, extinction of animals, pollution – WE have done this to ourselves and no one else. And it’s sick. It’s absolutely sickening the world we live in and some of the people that walk this earth with us. I have strong beliefs and I am not afraid to stand up for what I believe in and share my beliefs. We must educate and advocate for those that do not have a voice. Turning a blind is a cowardly act; the problem doesn’t go away you just simply choose not to see it. And ignorance solves nothing.
I blog because I’ve always had an interest in writing my entire life, mainly in journals, but in the land of everything digital, of course blogging just seems to have come organically. I have kept mainly private blogs over the years but decided to give this one a go and leave it public.
DISCLAIMER: Much of what I say is cuss words, that’s just who I am. I’ll love you until you give me reason to abandon you and leave you in the dust. I’m loyal like no other but do not treat me like a piece of shit or like I’m your door mat. I am also not your psychiatrist and if you want me to listen, it goes both ways.This is just a glimpse of my/our simple life…
Namaste and be well. xo