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Journey Home to NB

As planned, & as expected, we left my parents house in Northern Ontario to start our trip to Montreal about 30 minutes over schedule.  But we were armed with water, snacks and of course, LIFE BLOOD lol, coffee!

I tried napping & reading but neither held my attention.  So I ended up staring out the windows of the car & closing my eyes.  We stopped for supper somewhere around 4:30pm EST in Pembroke ON.  I tried to pay and was beat out by my dad.  Somehow I’ll make it up to him 😈  Dad drove the entire trip down and shortly after we entered the concrete jungle that is Montreal QC, after a wrong turn, no parking and a whole lot of curse words, English & French I believe lol, we finally found the Grey Hound bus depot.

My dad and my uncle waited with me while I got my tickets exchanged (long story), took a bathroom and smoke break.  Once they were sure I knew where I was going they headed out on the long trip back home for them.  I however, was only done the first leg of the journey home to Kev & Rosie.  I still had 17 hours ahead of me.

The bus trip was LONG & crowded.  It was an overall exhausting trip.  It’s boring alone because I’m not the type to strike random conversation with a total stranger.  If there’s common ground then I will sometimes initiate a conversation, but I always feel dumb doing it.  I was almost in New Brunswick when I spoke to my dad.  They had a good trip back and had just arrived when his phone rang.  It was 2:30am EST.

After another bunch of hours, which seemed endless, I arrived in Moncton NB.  I was the first person off the bus & had my luggage out before anyone else lol, no joke! My hubby, Kevin, was there to welcome me home & he brought fresh LIFE BLOOD!!  God I love that man!πŸ’•

We went to the liquor store & grocery store before making it home from the bus station lol. They happen to be across the street from each other 🀣.  Next, we brought my luggage home, put groceries away and opened some windows before heading to my in-laws to get Rosie 😻 and her belongings lol!  

Overall, the trip was long and boring because I couldn’t stay focused on my book.   So I did a lot of staring out the windows and chatting with my new seat mate & her little therapy dog Johnny Cash (J.C.) until they got out in Fredericton NB.  After that I had my own seat and kept to myself.  I got myself as presentable as one can be after spending 16 hours crammed into a bus seat beside some random person.  I tried to nap for the last 2 hours, but to no avail 😑

So I slept extremely little, read a little, played games on my cell &, let’s not forget, viewed the beautiful country side of Northern NB from the giant windows of the coach bus. 

I am eternally greatful for my family for being the best support network this girl could ever ask for.  Thanks for your hospitality Mom & Dad!  Thanks to my MΓ¨re for spending time with me during the days & all my friends and family for having coffee & shooting the suit with me.  I’ve come home with a full soul & an overflowing sense of love, admiration & respect for all of you. 

Much Love!! β€οΈπŸ’‹πŸ’•πŸ˜˜

Departure – Trip Home

So, I was all set to take the bus all the way back home. Turns out, instead of 23 1/2 hrs it was gonna be a 36hr bus ride. I’ll admit, I freaked a little at first but eventually got over it and convinced my dad I’d be fine, even with 2 lay overs (both 6hrs long) nothing but 3 hrs apart. I set up a mini Readathon and everything.

Then yesterday (hrs before departure), my dad, uncle and Mere decided they really didn’t like the lay overs. They’ve decided to drive me to Montreal so I can miss the lay overs and have a shorter bus ride. I was reluctant at first, but eventually gave in under the condition that they could get me there 1 1/2 hrs before the bus leaves. That way I have time to ship my box of books, have a smoke and then wait in a hopefully shorter line up.

So that, ladies and gentlemen, is how I (as a 32 yr old woman) ends up in a car with 2 other adults, a box of books, a purse, 2 suit cases, 1 lunch bag & a whack load of junk food end up in my Mere’s car on the way to Montreal. We have a few stops to make before departure, but hopefully short ones.

We are 2 hrs 15 mins from leaving and I’m all packed and ready to go with only 10 minutes warning. I’m all set for the trip. I got books, movies & music all set to be used. If anyone wants to join me, I’m starting a 24in48 Readathon starting at 12 noon EST today. Wish me luck & I’ll see you on the flip side!

Vaca Day 22 – Update

So I’ve been in Ontario (Canada) @ my parents house for 22 days.  I’ve visited good friends and re-connected with my little (30yr old) brother.  It’s been soul healing at its best. 

I am learning to appreciate the little things again.  The smells of home and the feels of familiarity & serenity.  I am exceedingly thankful to both my parents for putting up with me.

I am trying to improve myself both mentally & emotionally.  I’ve barely been reading so, I’ll have to make up for it on the 23 & 1/2 hrs bus ride back home.  But I’ve had great conversations & lots of laughs along the way.  

I hope to work more on taking better care of myself by taking regular baths to relax & by starting to read my bible everyday. I also wanna pick up my bullet journal up from where I left it off.  Then I wanna try & get into walking at least a few blocks a day.  Here’s to a good week!

All About Me

Not so long ago I found myself being discontent with myself & to put it bluntly “dead inside”.  I had a meltdown & couldn’t stop crying.  I sat on our bed & told my amazing hubby what was going on in my head.  Like a trooper, he sat beside me and asked what he could do.  I told him there was nothing.  I just was/am not happy with myself. 

After long talks, I decided I would go back home to Ontario to try and sort myself out some.  I assured him that there was no problem with him or with us, because there isn’t.  We are in a good place finally after what we’ve been through since just before we married 5 yrs ago.  We aren’t fighting or anything and generally are getting along much better.  I suspected my meds needed to be tweaked again.  

So I made quick arrangements to fly home for a few weeks to work on me.  I brought a few books, cloths, bullet journaling gear and that’s pretty much about it. I figure I’ll stay for 3 1/2 – 4 weeks.  Hopefully by then I’ll have had sufficient time to get my ass in gear and have mad some progress with me.

Dewey’s Summary

I made it through the entire #Readathon this time! I didn’t even have to take a nap either!  Here’s how I did overall:
Finished:

Alex by Sawyer Bennett

Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs
Listened to:

Still Foolin’ ‘Em by Billy Crystal (80% ish)
Completely Read:

Dirty by Kylie Scott (275 pages)
Started:

Seal Code by Sharon Hamilton (17%)
Overall I’m pretty impressed with myself this time around.  Can’t wait for the next readathon in October!!!  How did you fare? Better or worse than you expected/planned?

Hour 21

Here in my living room listening to the audiobook “Still Goolin’ Em” by Billy Crystal.  I’ve done really good today overall.  I started off by finishing up 2 books, one of which I’d been on for a while.

I didn’t nap, but I did lay down and close my eyes while listening to my audio book between 2:30am & 4:30am.  Now it’s an hour later and I think I’m gonna switch back to my new book, which I’ve got just over 50% read today.


Rosie decided to couch crash with me while I read the last stretch.  It’s getting light out & I am proud of myself for sticking it out longer than I did in October.  Maybe the extra cup of coffee at 12:30am helped lol! 

Stay strong everyone!  The end draws near!

Hour 8 Update

So, I’m trucking along at a good pace, I think! I’ve Finished 2 partial books & listened to some audio book too! 

Haven’t participated in #readathon games yet but I’ll be checking them out shortly!  Had some food & some coffee and am so ready to keep going!  

Dewey’s Pre-start Post

7 minutes to start here and I’m psyched!  Got my coffee and banana waiting for me and all!  I’ve got 3 physical books this time a slew of eBooks on my Kobo cause it’s still full lol!  

Got my seat all picked out and I’m ready to go.  I’m gonna start with an 89% complete Kobo book called Alex by Sawyer Bennett.  This is so I finish it and that in turn will motivate me further! 

Good luck all & have fun #Readathon

April 10th!

The beautiful weather is here!  The flip flops came out of hiding today and damn did it ever feel good!  Lots of exciting things happening on my end this month and it’s already started.  There’s no time to slack around here lol.

To start things off, there are Dewy’s 24 Hour Readathon (#readathon) preps taking place as we speak! Like, right this very minute!!!  Prep #1 was just completed via Goodreads.com this past weekend. Prep #2 started today & Prep #3 takes place shortly thereafter.  I’ve also discovered a new Facebook page called:  Shadow Lounge Monthly Readathon.  I am in LOVE!! They do a readathon EVERY month.

So, I am going to do my best to participate in as many as I possibly can this year.  Hopefully that and my regular reading will help me both to complete my Goodreads Challenge and help me read the books I own (which, 95% are on my TBR).

If you haven’t signed up for the #readathon yet then please do! http://www.deweys24hourreadathon.com

I will be updating my status both here as well as Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram and possibly Litsy if I think of it.

  BRING ON THE FUN!!!

March 2017

I didn’t get all the planned books read, but I got a few more than what I had planned read! 

I liked all the books, but I had 2 faves. Lick & Play as well as Lead & Deep by Kylie Scott were by far my favourites this month.  I expect great things from her! I plan to read as many as I can!

April is gonna be busy! #Readathon takes place April 29th.  I have also come across a few others so I plan on reading my ass off, so to speak!