You blink, and it’s 2018.

Written on January 23, 2018 at 6:19 pm
Filed under: Clay, Personal, Randomosity

Yeah, I’m pretty much over the idea of regularly blogging (here, anyways). I’ve been regularly publishing reviews over on my tea website – One More Steep – if anyone wants to follow me there. I also regularly share photos on my personal IG (@chelleshocks) and on my tea blog IG (@onemoresteep).

I don’t feel like I’ve done a lot lately. I work full time as an RN, and on my days off it’s a fairly regular routine of recovering for working nights, laundry, grocery shopping, spending time with Clay/family/friends. I’m looking into going back to school, but I’m mostly still trying to figure out what I want to do with my life and what I want to be when I grow up.

Clay and I have talked a lot lately about buying a house and saving up for that, so right now I have a lot of personal finance goals that are primarily to do with that. Saving up for a house down payment, saving up for a wedding 1, and saving up for trips/vacations.

I did go to New York City back in October, and I haven’t really go through my photos yet. I went with my sister J, and I had a lot of fun. We hit all the big tourist spots (the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the American Natural History Museum, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, Charging Bull/Fearless Girl…) and so much fun shopping there. I actually went to NYC for BlytheCon as it was being held in Brooklyn last year. This year it’ll be in Los Angeles, but I won’t be attending because I’ll be a bridesmaid (!) instead on the exact same date.

I think I’m going to try to blog more than once a quarter here, we’ll see how it goes.

  1. No engagement ring yet, guys. Sorry to disappoint

Inadvertent Medical Issues

Written on April 6, 2017 at 7:33 pm
Filed under: Personal

I’ve been on vacation this past week and it has been marvelous. I took in a Whitecaps game (they won 4-2 and were playing against LA Galaxy), got my hair colour refreshed with a teeny tiny trim, and also got my regular/routine optometrist appointment in.

At which point my optometrist went “So, do you have a family history of retinal detachment?”

Excuse your face? (Not what I actually said. What I said was more of a “No……. Why?!”)

He told me that he was going to make a referral to a specialist, which would probably take about a month. I got a call the next day to let me know about my appointment. So less than 48 hours from my ‘routine’ optometrist appointment, I was sitting in the really nice waiting room of who is my ophthalmologist. After the longest wait ever, I got drops put in for dilation, got my vision checked, got my retina looked at by two different ophthalmologists. Officially, I had two holes in one of my retinas, and then I was told that they could fit me in that very day (less than 5 minutes later) for the laser surgery that would help ‘seal’ the holes. Umm, okay. So I signed some consent forms and then got the laser treatment and was on my way.

Can I just say how awesome healthcare is in Canada? Specialist appointment with two different doctors, plus the laser surgery (day-of, due to the risk of retinal detachment if I had waited) – completely covered by MSP (which my employer pays for/tax payers/me) so there was $0 out of pocket costs to me. I had zero symptoms and honestly no issues with my vision (besides the fact that I still need glasses, it wasn’t that kind of laser eye surgery) post-surgery, aside from the severe discomfort that comes from getting ones pupils dilated.

I’m so thankful that a) I thought to make my optometrist appointment early on during my vacation and b) the specialist had an opening so soon!

I chatted with my now-primary ophthalmologist about it and retinal tears/holes in someone my age are very rare for someone who doesn’t have a very high prescription for corrective lenses, and also someone without a familial history. So I’m just… terribly unlucky? But lucky that my optometrist did catch it and send me off to someone who could fix me. I was the youngest person in the waiting room by a several decades, so it’s not something that’s common at all. On the bright side, it was caught before I had an actual medical emergency on my hands as a retinal detachment could result in permanent vision loss if not operated on very quickly. I feel like I need the shooting star and rainbow because the more you know.

I sure know how to have fun on my days off from work…

It’s March Already?

Written on March 10, 2017 at 10:59 am
Filed under: Personal

So the ‘blogging more here’ goal is not panning out very well. But elsewhere it hasn’t been too bad.

I’m working away on my goals of saving up for my NYC trip, as well as general savings – except now those general saving goals have more specific monetary amounts and purposes in mind. $200,000 towards a house and $30,000 towards a wedding1. With those goals in mind, I’ve been picking up extra shifts here and there. Because I’m already full time, any extra shifts are automatically double time – and I’ve even managed to pick up a few shifts at triple time. My goal is to do 1-2 extra shifts per month. I was originally thinking 2-3 extra per month, but some months it gets a bit difficult with the fact that I just don’t want to and I want to have something that resembles a life. I’m hoping to do 1-2 this month, and then a few in April since I have time off (and no plans to go anywhere – yet). The extra money is nice, I shuffle it away into savings as soon as the direct deposit hits. Out of sight, out of mind.

I will also be halfway to my 6 month emergency fund goal this month. Because of the stability of my job, I’m not sure if I want to continue padding the emergency fund or not. I may shuffle extra money towards my other saving goals in the mean time since I don’t really need a full 6 months at this time – this will probably change when a house is actually a reality, or when I have children – mostly because emergency house expenses are just so much more than my current expenses are at this time.

As for my eating out goals/budgeting – so far so good. I’ve been keeping at or just under $100/month on eating out, and I’ve managed to keep my grocery budget pretty much on the nose. I budget $150/month for groceries and household goods (household goods being things like: shampoo/conditioner, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, etc.), and have been pretty good on it. It was like the ultimate adult realization when I came to terms with the fact that if I don’t do the grocery shopping, there’s nothing eat. I have a tiny pantry stockpile of food for when there’s nothing fresh in the fridge – so like boxed dried pasta, jarred pasta sauce, canned tuna, condensed soups and the like. I also only buy meats now when it’s on sale, invested in a box of freezer bags, and portion things out. I could spend more on eating out or groceries, but the saving goals are more tangible to me now that there’s an actual purpose behind it and I’m far more focused on that. I figured as long as I eat well, that’s what really matters.

Works been going pretty well. Still striving to find the balance between work-family-friends-hobbies, so many hats to wear, so little time.

  1. Not engaged yet, but we decided to both be saving for it.
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