TGIF: High and Low of the Week

April 12, 2013
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Whenever I talk to someone who has just gotten back from a trip, I ask them two questions: What was the worst part? and What was the best part? By starting with the worst part of their trip, they can vent and get any frustrations off their chest. Finishing with the best part of their trip serves only one purpose: to take them back into those moments, as they share all of the details, which usually leaves both of us smiling.

Recently, I decided that I want to start asking myself these same questions weekly – maybe even daily. This would probably be a little easier to do if I lived with a roommate or a partner, but I can only imagine I’d get a much better sleep at night after venting away my frustrations and then remembering / smiling / laughing while talking about the highlight(s) of my day. Before we head into another weekend, I’d like to share the high and low of my week. Let’s start with the low…

Low of the Week

Unfortunately, I found myself on a bit of an emotional roller coaster this week. Again, some of it goes back to the frustrations of feeling displaced and unsettled. I love that I’m done work around 3-3:30pm everyday and can spend my afternoons with family and friends… but I am sick of living out of a suitcase! I am so organized (probably to a fault) that I literally feel lost seeing my stuff scattered and not having any level of order in my life. Then, after seeing at least a dozen apartments and applying to a few, I began to grow tired of hearing, “It was so nice to meet you but we’ve decided to offer the apartment to someone else.” Not to mention the fact that spending two weeks apartment hunting left me totally broke. It’s been so long since I’ve had to make $60 last me an entire week, I almost forgot how crappy it feels to have to stretch your money…

Anyway, the low wasn’t any one of those things, in particular; it was how it all left me feeling. I was pretty down and depressed from Sunday to Wednesday. It wasn’t until hitting the gym with my favourite #pfworkout buddy on Thursday that I finally started to feel normal again. (It helped that the sun came out again, too.)

High of the Week

Without a doubt, the best part of my week has been seeing my family and friends. I spent Monday night at a hotel in downtown Vancouver with my aunt. We hadn’t seen each other since last summer, so it was great to just hangout, talk and watch some hockey. Then I came back to Victoria on Tuesday night and have spent most of the last 48 hours laughing until my face hurt. From early mornings at the kitchen table with Mom and Dad, to various outings with friends, the jokes have been constant and more outrageous than usual. Other highlights include: having my favourite 3-year-old yell, “Auntie Caitlin!” in a store, as she ran and jumped into my arms; bumping into a good online friend at Starbucks and working together for a few hours; and last night’s workout kicked serious butt (thanks, E).

Oh, and did I mention that I found a place for May 1st, just hours before boarding the ferry back to Victoria!? I probably won’t move over until May 5th, but now I can enjoy the next few weeks here, knowing I’ll soon have a new place to call home. <3

What was the low and the high of your week?

  • Rob April 12, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Congratulations Cait on lining up your place for May 1st. That surely must be a high for you! Earlier this morning I sent you an email advising that I was unable to access this blog entry (kept getting a “404 – not found” popup screen error). Happily it appears that the problem has now been resolved.

    • Cait April 12, 2013 at 10:29 am

      Thanks, Rob. And yes, my server was down this morning. Seems to be working fine now!

  • psychsarah April 12, 2013 at 10:45 am

    So glad you’ve found a place! It will be nice to settle in. Great idea about the high/low check in daily/weekly. My brother-in-law’s family always goes around the table and does this at dinner, and I’ve been meaning to adopt this habit too. It keeps everyone connected.

    • Cait April 13, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      Thanks, Sarah! And that’s a great idea – might have to adopt that, whenever I have a family of my own. :)

  • Jordann @ My Alternate Life April 12, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Hey congrats on finding a place! I’m glad your perseverance has paid off!

    The high of my week was definitely my sister and her family coming home from Ontario for a visit. The low was probably spending forever making a powerpoint for an overly finicky coworker this week, being micromanaged is no fun!

    • Cait April 13, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      Thanks, Jordann! Happy to hear you had a nice visit with your sis :)

  • Cathy April 13, 2013 at 8:34 am

    My low was waiting until the last minute (yesterday) to get my taxes done. I didn’t have the money to do them and assumed that I would owe, having gone exempt a few times last year. The high was finding out that I was getting $3900 back in taxes! Yeah, me! I was divorced just over a year ago. It has been a struggle to start over after 15 years of marriage and at 44 years old. I can pay off all of my outstanding debt and start putting more than ten dollars at a time of gas in my car.

    • Cait April 13, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      Congrats on the big tax return, Cathy! Sounds like it’s going to help you immensely :)

  • Mo' Money Mo' Houses April 13, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Yay, so glad you found a place!

    • Cait April 13, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      Thanks, Jess!

  • Miiockm April 14, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    I’m jealous that you finish by 3:30. Are you working an 8 hour shift?

    • Cait April 14, 2013 at 11:23 pm

      Don’t be too jealous. I start at 6am. ;)

  • Carrie S. April 15, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I’m about to start living out of a suitcase for the next 3 months, while I’m helping a family member go through cancer treatment. I’m like you in that I like to have all my stuff organized and neat. It’s going to be an interesting summer for sure, but I’m trying to look at it like an adventure!

    I’m so glad you found an apartment, I know that will be a load off your mind! Can’t wait for you to get settled in.

    • Cait April 15, 2013 at 10:20 am

      I hope you know we’ll be seeing each other this summer. That is all. <3

  • Country Girl April 16, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Glad to hear you found a place, that must be such a big relief to know that’s over. My high this week: finally being able to go out and toss a baseball around. I didn’t realize how much I’m looking forward to ball this summer. My low, probably the migraine I had yesterday – bleugh.

    • Cait April 17, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      Hope your migraine is gone and that you can get back outside again soon (weather-permitting, of course)!

  • Kyla H. April 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    What a great idea to reflect on both the low and high points of your day or week. It helps to put everything in perspective! I am going through the apartment search right now, so I know exactly what you experienced. It’s exhausting, time-consuming and really discouraging when you are excited to find a place and then hear that it’s going to someone else. Glad to hear you finally found a place though! All the time and effort will have been worth it once you settle in to your new home :)

    • Cait April 19, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      Thanks, Kyla! There’s a little more planning to do, and obviously the move itself, but I’m excited to unpack and settle in somewhere new. :)

  • Clare April 21, 2013 at 10:14 am

    We do this every week at TechStars and we call it Pits and Peaks.

    • Cait April 22, 2013 at 7:19 am

      I love that! You Colorado mountaineers, you.