Moving day

Yesterday was moving day. What a long day! I don’t know if it was anticipation or the fact I forgot to take my prescription however I did not sleep at all on Friday night.  I finally gave in around 6:30 yesterday morning, got up and got showered and headed to Halifax.

I picked up Erin and we met my parents at the apartment, we did not finish packing and moving everything till 11 last night. I am beat. I didn’t sleep well last night either. I should have but I didn’t. Hopefully everything will get back to normal. I have my own bed back now.

Today I went in to Walmart and spent about $120 on sheets, pillows, a few t-shirts and some food.  I am going to give my Aunt $150 every two weeks, since I did not pay rent before this will give me time to get used to paying about $300 a month so that we I move into an apartment here shortly then I will not have to worry. I will just be changing who I am paying.

I am trying to do as much as I can for Aunt Ferne so that I don’t feel like so much of a burden. Tonight I helped her make Chili for supper. I have never really tried it because I hate beans but I am going to give it a try. I am not much of a cook but maybe I will pick up a few things. I have 2-3 months to learn.

It was a beautiful warm sunny day yesterday. I got burned a bit from the time outside. But today has been pissing down rain and humid and warm. The rain brought a cool breeze at least. I am hoping it will stop so I can go for a bit of a walk after supper.

I am itching to listen to music on my iPhone and just walk the neighbourhood but so far it has not happened. I am trying to plan a walk that is about 5 k to start with. Once a day, then 2 times a day then I will maybe start jogging it or something. Except it will not stop raining!

Getting settled in

I am really excited for the summer. I am looking forward to saving up some money while living with Aunt Ferne and the kids and then moving into my own apartment in August or September.

Right now the plan is to save up the damage deposit and a months rent. I mentioned that my brother is planning on coming up. He’s going to come up the end of July or whenever his course is finished and start looking for a job.

I am excited that he is moving in with me. It’s my turn to take care of him. My parents have been doing it for his whole life (24 years) and it’s time for me to take over and help. I think he will do good up here.

In the meantime I am getting settled into my Aunts. It’s a little awkward since I am used to taking care of myself and not worrying about anyone else. Good practice for my brother actually. I am hoping that however long he lives with me I can help him take control of his own life and stop acting like a child.

Given his issues I know that’s probably wishful thinking but anything is better then where he currently is. I know it’s going to take some planning and some homework to get him into the right programs with my parents help but I am hoping that we can move towards more independence and maturity.

He really is a great kid and I love him to death and just want what’s best for him. At the same time it is time for my parents to get a break. They deserve a little alone time. He’s not only hard to handle but he’s a full-time job to a point. Maybe that can change? Hopefully I am not getting my hopes up. But I have noticed a big change in him lately in some ways. For the better.

In the meantime I am going to enjoy the summer. I am putting together a summer bucket list of things I want to do. At the top: indoor rock climbing, whitewater rafting and some hikes to find some waterfalls and take pictures.

A new chapter in life…

It’s been a tough emotional weekend which I really don’t want to get into too many details about, but it has resulted in me moving in with my Aunt and her two kids and my parents taking Max for now.

They are coming up this coming weekend to help me pack up my stuff and they are taking it home. As you can probably guess. Cory and I have decided to break up. I am moving out.

I am not gonna get into details right now. I don’t want it coming out like I blame him because I don’t. It’s just one of those things that happen I guess. I am trying to keep it together and so far feel I am doing a fairly good job. Considering I am currently sitting on a single bed in a Tinkerbell room at my Aunt’s lol wondering where the hell everything went wrong.

Anyways, at this point in time the idea is for my brother to move up here with me when he is finished his course. He was taking a 12 week course through social services and then is planning on coming up to look for a job over the summer. So if all goes as planned then him and I will look for an apartment together in August or September.

Should be interesting. I am not sure how this will work out. He is a handful. But I love him and I am hoping it will be really good for him to get up here, get a job and face real life for once. I am just hoping I know what I am doing…

On another note. My Canon EOS Rebel T5 arrived today. I skipped out on work (voluntary leave) early to pick it up before going to my Aunt’s. I am excited to use it, too bad I have no money to drive anywhere.

I have a 40-45 minute drive to work now so maybe I will see something along the way.

I seriously can’t believe our luck, or lack thereof.

I’m at a complete loss. A couple of months ago a guy backed into our car in the parking lot of a grocery store. Cory and I were inside getting groceries. The guy left a note with his phone number and said he was sorry.

I called him and got his insurance information and called my insurance company to file a claim. A few days later a claims adjuster was assigned and I took my car to a collision center and they sent a quote to the adjuster and an appointment was made to have the car fixed.

Now two and a half years earlier a woman backed up into my old car in my apartments parking lot. I was with a different insurance company at the time and I decided to have the claim paid out as it was minor and I chose not to have the car fixed. Which we are allowed to do here. I never had any issues and was with that same company up till this past December.

Anyways after having the car appraised by the collision center this time I talked it over with Cory and we decided that since the there is only a scrape on the front bumper which is made of plastic and that scrape does not even go all the way through the paint anyways and since there are no dents, no other damage at all and car is 100% drivable and would easily pass inspection, just superficial, that we would get it paid out and put the money to use for winter tires for next year.

I called our adjuster with TD Meloche Monnex our insurance company and asked if this was possible and they said yes. I asked if I did this will the car still need to be fixed and they said no, the money is ours to do what we like with. I received the check and put it in the bank. I ended up using some of it towards glasses and the other towards renewing the license plates instead as I have money saved up in a savings bond I will use toward tires later. All seemed good.

Yesterday while at work I received a call from TD asking me to call them. I called and the guy asked if I had got the car fixed yet. I said no, I had the claim paid out instead and was advised that I do not need to have the car fixed. He said in that case that they would be canceling my insurance and not renewing it for next December! I was so pissed off. I was so mad I did not even yell. I just said “Put a supervisor on please”. I am currently awaiting a call.

In the meantime I received a closing letter for the claim saying they were closing it and a total of $1336.60 was paid out to me. I cashed a check for $668.45, where was the other $668.15?? I called my adjuster and she called me back and left a message and apparently they paid the company for repairs that were never done. Essentially paying out my claim twice.

In her message she mentioned me getting my car fixed myself. Which is the exact opposite of what she told me before. That I did not have to get the car fixed. I am so upset and frustrated with them and can not believe that they would cancel an insurance policy over a superficial scratch to a plastic bumper. It can’t even rust!

A lot can happen in two weeks.

I can’t believe it has been more then 2 and a half weeks since I last posted. Sometimes the time goes by so fast! A lot has happened in the last two weeks. I started Lyrica a bit more then 2 weeks ago. I spent a week so sick feeling that I missed the whole week of work. I guess that was mostly from Lyrica. I had really bad vertigo, plus regular old dizziness and nausea. I spent most of it in bed. When I sat up my world rocked (and not in a good way). I felt like I was on a ship swaying from side to side, then the spinning started.

It reminded me a lot like when I was sick before. Only this time I knew it was medication induced. After about a week it stopped. I am supposed to get blood work done and have a follow up appointment 10 days from my last one but I have not got the blood work or scheduled the appointment yet. I need to soon as he only gave me 30 days and I have have taken 18 already. Gotta get my ass in gear.

I ended up at the hospital last Monday. I took the day off cause I still was not feeling well and I also had an abscess on he underside of my left breast. I am guessing it was from the under wire in by bra. It started out just being a small sore then it filled with puss and you get the idea I am sure. Monday I had to go get it drained and they gave me IV anti-biotics on top of the ones I was already taken. It is not gone but it looks and feels a lot better. It was in such a bad place and it hurt so much.

While I was at the doctors the last time he mentioned something called polymyositis after I mentioned having issues swallowing and having issues with muscle weakness. I can not get out of a chair without using my arms, my legs alone are too week. He said those were not signs of Fibromyalgia really. It’s really uncommon so I am thinking it is not that but he said he was going to add it to the possible/suspected diagnosis to send to the Rheumatologist which I have been referred to. He said that a muscle biopsy would confirm it if it is that and if not then it may be related to Fibromyalgia. The list of issues just keeps growing. It’s kind scary.

On a lighter note, guess what? I finally found the Canon EOS Rebel T5 on the Dell.ca website today. So I decided to apply and see if I could get financing and I got approved! So I bought it! I am so excited and happy. I really wanted a DSLR and now I will finally have one! I was looking at the Canon EOS 70D but it was almost double the price and I really should start with a more entry-level instead of mid-range one. Since I really don’t know what I am doing. I am told I take good pictures but I have very little knowledge and no training. I am told by friends and family that have a Canon EOS Rebel that they are really easy to use and learn on. So I am hoping for the best!

I am going to take some time before it arrives to read the user guide and see what other resources I can find. It also comes with 2 lenses, an EF-S 18-55mm IS II and an EF 75-300mm III lense. I also need to find a decent editing software. Any suggestions? I know the obvious is Photoshop but anyone know of anything else? Free would be great I may also set up a photo blog. I am having a hard time writing every day but maybe some sort of daily or weekly photo blog would be good.