TGIF: High and Low of the Week

May 10, 2013
Sunrise Over Cordova Bay

Well, it’s been a quick but tiring week, friends. But I’m happy to report that I am finally, finally, finally in my new apartment! I spent the last two nights unpacking all of my boxes and putting everything away. All I have left to do is pick up a few small things, assemble some IKEA furniture, and take out all of the cardboard you can imagine… and then I’ll be fully setup! It’s crazy to think that I’ve been planning this move since February and now I’m finally here. Before the weekend starts, I thought it would be good for me to look at the best and worst things that happened this week. As always, let’s start with the low and finish with the good stuff.

Low of the Week

This one is fairly obvious, at least for anyone who saw me in person this week – I was stressed to the max. In fact, I think I finally began to understand why Dad gets so anxious and irritable, when he’s getting ready to go to sea. I woke up at 4am on Tuesday, never fell back asleep, then spent the entire day feeling like I was constantly running out of time. Any bump in the road made me want to scream or cry, and I did the latter – twice. (It wasn’t pretty.)

High of the Week

For the second year in a row, I won the Social Media Award for Best Personal Blog! On top of feeling incredibly honoured that the judges would pick Blonde on a Budget as the winner, the reaction from “strangers” has been overwhelming. I’m connecting with so many new people, both online and offline, which couldn’t have come at a better time than in the same week I moved to a new city – where so many of them live. The coffee invitations are much appreciated.

Weekend Plans

My goal is to finish setting up my apartment tonight, so I can spend the rest of the weekend doing whatever I want. Tomorrow morning, I’m meeting a friend from Toronto (yay!) for brunch. I’d love to explore Vancouver a bit with her after, so I’m sure we’ll have some fun before I take her to the airport. After that, I don’t really have any plans… but I am dying to catch up on all of your blogs! Maybe I’ll do that on Sunday morning, while sipping coffee on my new patio.

How was your week? What are you up to this weekend?

  • Jordann @ My Alternate Life May 10, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Congrats on finally being settled in! That’s so great I know you’ve been itching to put down roots for awhile now. Would love to see pics of the new place when you’re all done decorating. :)

    • Cait May 11, 2013 at 6:17 am

      I’ll definitely try to get some pics up soon! But I have to admit, it’s looking a little bare, haha.

  • Budget & the Beach May 10, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Congrats on the award! That’s really cool! Hope you start to feel settled soon and back into a routine. PS I hate putting together Ikea furniture. It’s my nightmare!

    • Cait May 11, 2013 at 6:18 am

      Ugh, I barely put together 2 of 4 things yesterday, T!

  • Johnny @ Our Freaking Budget May 10, 2013 at 6:41 am

    Congrats!! A well-deserved award. Good luck with the new apartment. For all the grief and stress moving causes, I still love that “newness” feeling when the dust settles. Hope you find the time to enjoy it, too!

    • Cait May 11, 2013 at 6:18 am

      Thanks, Johnny! :)

  • Cassie May 10, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Congratulations on winning Best Personal Blog two years in a row! You absolutely deserve it. How awesome is it that the award coincided with the month you’re paying off your debt? :D

    • Cait May 11, 2013 at 6:18 am

      May 31st can’t come soon enough!

  • Sunny May 10, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Congrats on the award and your new home.

    • Cait May 11, 2013 at 6:19 am

      Thanks, Sunny!

  • snarkfinance May 10, 2013 at 9:00 am

    You earned the award… Canada has such cool awards. Perhaps with all that money you will have now that your debt is paid off you can afford an official entourage.

    • Cait May 11, 2013 at 6:19 am

      Umm… k.

  • Rob May 10, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Yes Cait, a big congratulations from me as well. Wow, what a month that you are having (and it is not even halfway gone yet)

    3 big accomplishments completed or soon-to-be completed:
    appt move completed – check!
    award winner 2 yrs in a row – check!
    finally debt free = check!

    Truly amazing. Now then, I have just one question:
    What are you planning to do as an encore next month ? :-)

    Our weekend plans:
    spending Mothers Day this Sunday with the kiddos and grand kiddos

    • Cait May 11, 2013 at 6:20 am

      Ha! June will be busy with travel. I’m coming to Toronto for 10 days, then spending most of the last week in Victoria. Oh, and I’m running a 5K. That’s all!

      Have a great weekend with the family, Rob.

  • Anna May 11, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Just found your blog! Super inspiring and helpful to read about people who are going or have been through the same situations as you. My battle is paying $65,000 in student loans. Sigh… and I thought having a job was going to mean financial freedom.

    Anyways, YOU ARE INSPIRING!!!! Definitely going to go back to day 1 and read through your journey.

    • Cait May 21, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      Are there any programs that can help you with your student loans, Anna? I don’t know if you’re in Canada or the US but you should see if you can get any money from the government, future employers, etc. Good luck! And thanks for your comment :)