Share Your World 2015 – Week 9

Monday again. It’s not so bad though. Today, one of my best friends turns 30, it’s Dr. Seuss’ birthday, it’s March Break AND Cee has a new set of Share Your World questions!


How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

I have always felt older than my peers. In my teens I’d say mentally, I was 30 years old. Now that I am almost 30, I’m not sure what I would say. I don’t really feel older than my peers anymore. In fact, from the outside, I might look younger. A lot of my friends have steady jobs and children. I am still in school and having kids is still scary. According to a silly BuzzFeed quiz, I am about 37. Maybe I’ll go with that. I’d rather be 25 though, that was a good year.

Are you left or right handed? 

I am right handed. I don’t really have anything more to say about that, lol.

If you HAD to change your name, what would you change it to?

I really like Ava. It’s short, easy to spell and pretty rare among my age group. As for a last name, I never really thought about that. I’ll stick to something Irish, Riley maybe. Ava Riley.

Where do you hide junk when people come over?

The walk-in closet. That’s where the basket of unsorted socks goes when people come over. There is also a space between the TV cabinet and the couch where I shove my art supplies. There is no organized space in the apartment for them. I’m hoping we’ll figure that out this week since we are both off. I would love to have something like this:


I found it on Google images and thought it was perfect. Lots of storage space, nice big tables to work at and space for both Hubby and I. I got him participating in my crafting sometimes too. He is scrapbooking all the autographs he gets from comic book conventions. Lately, he has been designing a workbook for his grade 9 science class. The book covers the grade 9 curriculum with superheroes. It is really pretty awesome! All the artwork and diagrams are done by him using his Wacom Tablet.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last Week: I am grateful that I didn’t get sick. February was mostly spent either feeling nauseous or being physically ill. The month ended with Hubby catching a cold. So far, *knocks on wood* I have not developed the same cold. Yay!

This Week: I’m just looking forward to having time off and avoiding the world. I’m really not feeling great mood wise. Having time with Hubby and Ewok and time for my art stuff should help…I hope.

Share Your World 2015 – Week 8

As I was having my coffee this morning, I was surprised to find myself listening to birds chirping. They weren’t singing the most beautiful song, but it was a sound I realized I had been missing. It’s hard to believe we are 8 weeks into the New Year already and spring is just around the corner. Anyway, here is week 8 of Share Your World. Thanks to Cee for doing this every week.

Your favorite blog post that you have written? (add link)

I’m going to have to go back and look at some old posts. I’ve been blogging for almost a year which isn’t that long compared to most, but long enough for me to forget what I’ve written. I’m going to go with this one from last year’s A to Z Challenge: L is for Love. It’s about how Hubby and I cope with with my mental health issues as a couple. The accomanying doodle is kind of blah though. My favourite doodle is probably this one. Hands are difficult for me and these actually came out looking like hands (probably because the dirt is covering them) but hey, I think it counts!

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What do you feel is the most enjoyable way to spend $500? Why?

If I were given some extra cash like that, I would spend it on experiences. I think I would divide it into two. The first part of it would go to a geek day with Hubby. We could go to one of his comic book or toy conventions. The money would cover admission, whatever autographs or toys he wanted and maybe a piece of steampunk jewelry for me (hehe). The second part would go to an art workshop with my aunt. There is an art store near by that does classes. We could take a mixed media class. I could learn something new for my art journal and she could learn something new for the cards she makes. We could spend any leftover cash on art supplies. That would be a valuable way to spend $500 for me.

If you could know the answer to any question, besides “What is the meaning of life?”, what would it be?

What should I do with my life in order to be happy? I don’t mean crazy happy, I mean content or at least apathetic. I’m tired of feeling unappreciated, stressed, overwhelmed, exhausted and inadequate (among other things). There are so many things I could do. It would take a lifetime to figure it out. I wanted to be an artist or a writer, but I figured I wasn’t good enough to earn a steady paycheck or a secure job. I went into sciences and tried a few different things, but never felt like I was contributing enough. For example, one job was identifying enzymes in fungal genomes. In the big picture, this would contribute to making the use of biofuels from organic waste more feasible but, it’s hard to see the big picture when you spend all your time on the computer staring at genome sequences. From there, I went into vision science because it meant something to me. I had my Strabismus experience and there was Gran with her Macular Degeneration. I thought working directly with people, I would be able to help more. I am helping more but I am burning out. Managing the lab, the research, the teaching, the patients, it’s a lot. My brain is on 24/7 and I don’t think I can go at this rate for the rest of my life. Maybe I should have just done the art thing in the first place. Argh!!

Where do you eat breakfast?

Most of the time breakfast is consumed standing in the kitchen. I know, that’s bad. Work mornings are usually kind of hurried though. On weekends, I usually sit at the coffee table to have breakfast with Hubby and Ewok. Ewok hangs around until I finish my yogurt. She likes to lick the left overs out of the container.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last Week: I am thankful my presentation went well and that I got that travel award!

This Week: I was looking forward to some paper ephemera arriving in the mail, but it came while I was writing this post. Now I need another idea…..I am looking forward to using the goodies that came in the mail in my art journal!

Share Your World 2015 – Week 7

This is week 7 of Cee’s Share Your World. Here are her questions (and my answers) for this week.

Is the paper money in your possession right now organized sequentially according to denomination and with the bills right side up and facing the same way?

It is rare that I carry paper money and there is never any order to it. The bills face every which way and occur in whatever order I shove them into my wallet. Since each bill is a different colour, it’s easy enough to find what I am looking for. Got to love that Canadian “Monopoly money”.

What is your favorite type of dog?  (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie)

My favourite dog was Snoopy when I was little. I had a stuffed Snoopy in a raincoat that I loved. I also had a giant red bloodhound that I love. I can’t remember where he came from. He wasn’t Clifford. He came with a Christmas elf hat. I named him Poinsetter because he was red like a poinsettia.. In terms of real dogs, I love Bernese Mountain dogs. Their markings are gorgeous. I hear they are friendly and intelligent too.


If money was not an issue, would you go on a cruise?  If so where would you go?

I would try it. I’ve never been on a ship before, so I’m not sure how I’d fare. I get motion sickness of cars and buses, but not  speed boats, trains and planes. Who knows what could happen on a ship. I would like to do a Caribbean cruise. One that hit a bunch of the smaller islands.

Would you dare to sleep in haunted house overnight?

No. You’d have to offer me a lot of money. I love my sleep. It’s really hard for me to get a good night’s sleep. There would have to be a pretty big reward for me to purposely put myself in a situation where I know there’s no chance of good sleep.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last Week: I am grateful that my second bout of stomach flu was short lived!

This Week: I am looking forward to finding some time to catch up on art journaling. I thought I was going to have some time last week, but it never happened.

Share Your World 2015 – Week 6

I love Cee’s Share Your World. It’s always something that I can handle. I am sick, again. Whatever stomach bug I had a week or so ago has reared its ugly head again. I’ve fallen further behind in everything before I got a chance to catch up. Share Your World may not be a huge check mark on my To-Do List, but it’s still a check mark which is always a positive. It’s a pleasant way to jump start getting my brain going again.

Here is week 6!

What was the last time you went to a new place?

I went to several new places this past weekend. I spent the weekend in Toronto. T.O. isn’t new since I grew up there, but I went to several different places that I had never been to while I lived there. The first was Curry’s Art Store. I picked up some fun art supplies there. I went to The Brides Project where my sister picked out her wedding dress. They sell dresses donated from other brides and salons to support cancer research and various cancer-related programs. I tried some new restaurants; Canyon Creek and Earl’s. I also visited my cousins in their new house.

If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels, other?  And what type of genre would you prefer?

When I was younger and wanted to be a writer, I was thinking children’s literature, short stories I guess. I wanted to be able to write fun stories and illustrate them myself. Now, having not exercised my imagination muscles in many years, I would probably prefer nonfiction. I’d write about my own experiences with depression as I do here, or I’d write research articles for magazines or newspapers.

Out of your five senses (touch, taste, sight, smell, hearing) which is your favorite?

I can’t decide between sight and touch. I rely on sight for so much; getting from place to place, reading, communicating, my doodles. Touch is important too. I don’t think I could survive without hugs!

If 100 people your age were chosen at random, how many do you think you’d find leading a more satisfying life than yours?

I’d probably find 95% leading a more satisfying life than mine. It’s all about perception though, isn’t it? How much of these lives would I actually see? What you see and what is the actual truth are usually very different. Would I get to know how these people really feel about their lives? What I may think is a satisfying life may not be to the person living it. I feel like most people my age are way ahead of me. They have careers, they have kids, their lives have started. I’m still trying to figure it all out.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last Week: I am grateful that I got to go to T.O. I got to stay with my aunt, I got to spend time with the cousins I don’t get to see very often, I visited with my friends from elementary school and I picked out my sister’s wedding dress! Despite coming home with another bout of stomach flu, it was a great little trip. I am also grateful for awesome bloggy friends! I sent out some Happy Mail for a few people in my art journal groups last week. They received their packages this week and I got some smiles and nice messages in return. I also got some valentines from another friend which made my day! Thank you NotAPunkRocker!! The popsicle is actually a scratch and sniff!! I didn’t think they made those anymore. It smells like fruit punch. Ewok really likes it.

This Week: I am looking forward to starting to feel better and getting caught up on things.

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Share Your World 2015 – Week 5

Share Your World is hosted every week by Cee’s Photography. Here are this week’s questions….

Do you prefer shopping or going to a park?

I would say going to a park. Living is a metropolitan city, shopping is so accessible. The mall is a ten minute drive away. There is a little shopping village at the end of my street. I go to school downtown and can go shopping on breaks. I pass shops everyday. Going to a park is more of a treat, especially if it’s the type of park with walking trails, water, gardens and what not.

If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why?

I would be a black lace ballet flat. Those are my favourite pair of shoes I currently own and I think they say “Me” quite well. The fact that they don’t have a heel make them practical and functional. Black shoes usually aren’t showy and blend in, just like me. The lace makes them a bit girly, but also versatile. You can dress them up or down. Unfortunately, I probably wont own these shoes much longer. I wore them to death and they are kinda of falling apart (kind of like me! haha).

black lace flats

What’s the story behind a time when you got locked out?

Oh brother! This is a classic story in my family.

During undergrad, I would babysit my cousin’s kids one afternoon a week. It was a great arrangement. She would get a break to go out and run some errands. I’d get some pocket money and I’d get to spend some time with the little guys. At the time, my cousin just had her two oldest boys. She might have had the third boy, but she would take him with her, so I would stay with the older two, R and S. These two are about 18 months apart and at the time, they must have been almost 2 and almost 4. They were truly a hand full!!

It was winter, the three of us were playing out in the front yard with the family golden retriever. S was entering the terrible twos early and was prone to tantrums. The problem with his tantrums was that he was a runner! I don’t know what we were playing, but S didn’t get his way and a tantrum ensued. I was ready for him to bolt down the driveway, like usual, but this time he didn’t. He ran into the house, slammed the door and turned the lock.

AGH!! A toddler has just locked me out of the house and he is in there alone with my phone and my keys! I was standing out in the yard completely dumb-founded, not quite believing what had just happened. I knew that he was a pro at locking the door. He always liked to do that himself when we came in from playing, but he hadn’t quite gotten the unlock part, so there was no hope there. I was thankful that my cousin leaves her doors unlocked most of the time. I grabbed R by the hand and ran around the back of the house to check the backdoor. Locked. Rotten Irish luck! The ones time disaster strikes, nothing is as it usually is!

We run back around the front where I’ve left the dog tied up. I can see S still throwing his fit through the frosted glass by the front door. He’s ok. Now, think! They don’t hide an extra key outside, so that wont help. I could go to a neighbour, but they wouldn’t have a key either. I could use a neighbour’s phone though. Who could I call? My aunt. She would have a key to her daughter’s house. What’s her number? Of course, I have no idea because this is the age of cell phones and no one memorizes phone numbers anymore….argh!!

Now that panic is starting to rise. R is starting to feel my worry too. My mind goes back to the normally unlocked doors. They have a door that leads from the house into the garage. My cousin wouldn’t lock that. The second fridge is in there and the garage door is always locked, so she wouldn’t need to. R and I dash over to the garage. The only way to open it is via key pad. What’s the code? My cousin never told me. It’s guess time! What could the code be? R’s birthday came to mind first, so I type it in: 2-0-0-1. I hear the rumble of the motor start to lift the garage door. Thank God! I run to the inner door. It’s unlocked!

Crisis averted.

Do you prefer eating foods with nuts or no nuts? 

I guess it depends entirely on my mood. There is nothing I would refuse to eat because it has nuts in it. Sometimes it’s nice to have chocolate without nuts because it just melts in your mouth, same with fudgey brownies. My husband prefers not to have crunch, so we usually buy things without nuts. I do like crunchy peanut butter though. That’s always a treat.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last Week: I am grateful whatever stomach bug I had last week didn’t get scary. It was truly awful, but I didn’t get dehydrated and have to go to the hospital. That was something I was afraid of.

This Week: I am looking forward to driving to Toronto with my mom. We are going to meet my sister there and shop for her wedding dress. We’ll be staying with my aunt and I’ll get a chance to see some of my friends. It’ll be nice.

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