TGIF: The Pre-Travel Marathon

February 21, 2014

storm over port moody

I’m sure the short posts made it obvious, but I didn’t have much time to write this week – or, truthfully, much to write about at all. Knowing this was my last week at home for a while, I spent my spare time doing odd things around the condo, seeing friends and eating the last of what was in my fridge. Today, I’ll likely be out the door from 9am to 10pm, and with an alarm set for 4:30am tomorrow morning, so I can catch the first ferry home to Victoria. I know I’ll feel good once I get on that boat, but the next 24 hours will feel like the marathon that leads up to that finish line.

Because I am someone who likes to set goals and expectations, I want to be honest and say that I’ll likely only be able to write two posts per week here between now and the first week of April. My goal is to write a post each Monday (and answer some of the great questions you guys have asked so far this week!), as well as write my TGIF posts, so I can keep up with how you’re all doing. And, as always, you’ll be able to find a new post from me every Sunday on Gail’s blog. If I could manage to squeeze in any more writing, I’d be amazed! But never say never… I just want you to know where I’ll be, in case you pop by and see a feed full of TGIFs.

The low of my week was washing a new pair of (cheap) jeans and having them dye a bunch of my other things blue. Now it’s like I have a whole bunch of new clothes, lol.

The high of my week was discovering House of Cards. I don’t want to admit how many episodes I’ve watched in the past six days. (The answer: all but 2. So now you really know what I’ve been doing all week!)

Two blog posts I loved were Jess’ pros and cons lists about moving away from home. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

The best money I spent was $60-ish on my friends’ bridal shower gift, gift wrap and a card.

My plans this weekend include presenting at PechaKucha New West tonight (eek!), then going home to Victoria tomorrow for the bridal shower, Baby Sis’ birthday, and a week of visits with family and friends.

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

  • moneystepper February 21, 2014 at 4:32 am

    My week has been good, busy but good. Improved weather yesterday and today makes me feel like winter is coming to an end which is nice!!

    What are you presenting at PechaKucha? I’ve never seen this before – could you give a brief overview of what it is?

    • Cait Flanders February 21, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      I’m presenting BoaB stuff + some lessons learned while getting out of debt. I explained the presentation style a bit on Gail’s blog this week: – they’re freaky, because they are timed! So you have to memorize your presentation. Eek!

  • Alicia @ Financial Diffraction February 21, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Busy Lady! Good Luck with your speaking commitment!

    I loved Jess’ posts as well. They were so true – and I haven’t done the half-way across the country moves that you and she have done. I’m still relatively local, but definitely not in my home town.

    I leave for a work conference next weekend, so I am trying to tie up loose ends this weekend. It’s gonna be busy!

    • Cait Flanders February 21, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks, hun! Good luck prepping for your trip!

  • Dayle February 21, 2014 at 6:10 am

    Hey Cait! Good luck with your presentation tonight :)

    My week was good/busy. Worked OT Monday and stayed 4 hours late Wednesday. Went to the gym daily, had an executive meeting for my ball league, and played volleyball.

    For the weekend, today is a relax/rest day, going to have dinner and finish season 2 of Breaking Bad with new friend. Tomorrow we’re going to the Toronto Rock game. And then Sunday I have a ball league meeting, taking my nephew to a movie, and going to hot yoga with a girlfriend.

    Should be fun!

    Have a great week at home :)


    • Cait Flanders February 21, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      Thanks, Dayle!

      PS – I have to say that you sound like the busiest person on the planet. My schedule is nothing compared to yours! When do you sleep? ;)

      • Dayle February 24, 2014 at 7:05 am

        Hey there… I was just talking with a girlfriend yesterday about being busy, and I remember one of the points from the article Bridget tweeted last week about the 7 habits of super happy people. One was: be busy but not rushed. This is definitely how I see it. I like being busy, that’s for sure. But I almost always get 8 hours of sleep, I make time to read a few times a week, and I work-out daily. I feel like it’s taken me 29-30 years to get here (literally – lol) but I’ve finally acheieved a balance that I like and works for me. I say no to things that I don’t feel are important, and I literally schedule in time to spend with friends, family, and by myself.

        And here from my angle I think my schedule is nothing compared to yours! lol

        Have a good week,

        • Cait Flanders February 24, 2014 at 10:08 am

          I think we’re busy in different ways! My social life is non-existent most of the time… I’m just in front of my laptop for WAY too many hours each day, lol.

          • Dayle February 25, 2014 at 5:56 am

            But I love that you schedule and budget for coffee/lunch/brunch dates with your friends. That’s how I see the majority of my girlfriends. They have families and kids and find it hard to get out, so we just plan a coffee date once or twice a month for an hour or two… it’s nice to catch up without a big time or money committment. I’ve found this to be very good for maintaining friendships as we get older and priorities change.


  • Rob February 21, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Hi Cait! All set for your presentation tonight? I’ve never been much into presentations (although I’ve done a few over the years). Somewhere I once read that an easy way to stay relaxed while doing a presentation is to imagine in your mind, while speaking, that your audience are all nekkid! Interesting idea, eh? :-) Anyway, I’m sure that you’ll do just great.

    And as for moi, well this week has been busy enough. My neighbour and I finished chain sawing down a big maple tree into small lengths. It had been severely damaged in the ice storm that we had here just before Christmas. Then, weather wise (just to make life interesting), we had a heavy rainstorm overnight. Fortunately only a bit of water leaked into our basement (with no damage) although I can guess that there were many other spots here in Toronto that experienced flooding, what with all all the snow that we’ve had here in Toronto this winter. Never a dull moment, eh?

    Enjoy yourself over the next several weeks.

    • Cait Flanders February 21, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      Holy cow, Toronto can’t catch a break, eh? Can you ask the sun to come out (or at least the snow to disappear) before I fly out next month? :)

  • Mackenzie February 21, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Good luck with your speaking engagement tonight and have a wonderful weekend :)

    • Cait Flanders February 21, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      Thanks, Mackenzie! Same to you :)

  • Trista February 21, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Hi Cait,

    I hope you enjoy your weekend :)

    The low of my week: Dealing with two snowfalls with another on the way tomorrow. I’ve actually strained my back some how. I’m in a lot of pain today and I’ve had to take the night off work… so I’m loosing money too. :(

    The high of my week: very similar to yours, I watched all of season two of House of Cards and got up to date with Downton Abbey. They have totally gotten in the way of my school work. You should check out the BBC’s House of Cards if you haven’t already. I love British film and I thought it was amazing.

    The best money I spent: $2.98 on a plunger… Let’s not get in to why. :)

    Plans for the weekend: I’m working tomorrow. Friday and Saturday night a friend of mine is staying over. Sunday my Mom is coming in to town for the night as she has a Doctor’s appointment Monday morning. So it will be a pretty busy weekend.

    • Cait Flanders February 21, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      So we’ve both been watching too much TV! lol

      Enjoy the visits with your friend and your mom. :)

  • kelly February 21, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Good Luck on your presentation tonight! Im sure you will do AWESOME!!
    My week has been fairly blah…but I could use blah after eventful couple of weeks…although I start with Girls on Track tonight at the middle school so that is fairly exciting…man I hope I can keep up with these 11-14yr olds!!!!

    • Cait Flanders February 21, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      Oh, I love that program! Enjoy!

  • Shannon February 21, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Good luck on your presentation tonight!

    • Cait Flanders February 21, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      Thanks, Shannon!

  • Jacquelyn February 25, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    I hope your presentation went well, and your travel was okay! I’m looking forward to hearing about how this crazy month will go for you! Good luck, and enjoy your time with friends and family!