Category Archives: Life Updates

And… We’re Back

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The thing about hiatuses is that they have to be announced; otherwise they’re just absences. So please allow me to apologize for my absence.

Things have been strange, to say the least, for the past few weeks. It’s only recently that I actually admitted it and went in to see my doctor. We’re still in the process of figuring out exactly what is going on.

However, it has taught me something incredibly important. Being in tune with your own body means recognizing when something is wrong and taking care of it. Your body is yours; it deserves your respect, your care and attention. Even healthy people get sick, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Seeing as getting this “thing” under control could take a while, I’ve decided to put even more energy into functioning, I don’t know when I will get better, so I better try to get my life back.

See you all Monday!

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Cait Without Coffee

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I love being busy. I love having twelve things on the go, walking quickly, talking faster and doing this all with a 20 ounce cup of coffee in my hand.

Since I started my job as a barista two years ago, I’ve developed a serious “enthusiasm” for coffee and caffeine.  It’s only recently that I’ve ever begun to think about how much coffee and caffeine I’m consuming daily.

A quick estimate placed me at approximately 750mg of caffeine daily. Side effects of this much coffee consumption include

  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Stomach upset
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Muscle tremors

When I begin to think about what I feel like on a day to day basis, most of these side effects apply to me and suddenly everything starts to make more sense.

With this new information comes the obvious question

“Well, what are you going to do about it?”

So I’ve come up with a plan. Starting at lunch today I gave up coffee for one week. No lattes, no brewed drip, not even a quick espresso shot. (My god, that was hard to write).

This goal luckily prompted a quick Teavana run. I picked out a selection of caffeinated and decaf teas all of which are super yummy!

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Have you ever tried to quit coffee or reduce your caffeine intake? What helped you?

 

Marvelous in My Thanksgiving Monday

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I’m writing this post from the Windows desktop in my family’s computer room, so my apologies if this post takes a while to show up. Who knew that a slightly different keyboard could present such a huge difficulty?

I’ve been seeing post after “Marvelous In My Monday” posts and so I decided to see what the fuss was about. Not only did it lead me to Katie, of The Healthy Diva but her weekly roundups are a shot of positivity across the internet that are greatly appreciated.

So here we go!

Marvelous is coming home Friday night after an easy bus ride with arguably the sweetest bus driver I have ever met. After catching up with mum and dad, I was finally reunited with my person, Erin when she and Mark picked me up for some much needed catch up.

We celebrated with drinks at the usual place and made full use of the new ping pong table. While there we invented “Extreme Ping Pong – Where The Bar is Your Table and The Ball is Always in Play”. This made up for the fact that Mark was skilled at the game, whereas Erin and I could best be described as “enthusiastic”

Still in play!

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Being sick is not marvelous. However, sick days and rainy days often evoke the same feeling – how grateful I am to have a place to lie down, a place to be sick and doctors to visit. Marvelous is also snuggling with my pup, I love Wheatley to bits but this doesn’t make me miss Paddy any less!

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Marvelous is waking up Sunday feeling slightly more energetic, but taking it easy till around four when I was sure that I could make it through the evening.

Because of my illness I didn’t have time to prepare a proper centerpiece, so I improvised with an old decorative pumpkin, a gold sharpie and some fresh “not so” greenery. Crafting/arranging on the fly, and coming up with lists of things to be thankful for (we wrote them on the pumpkin) was absolutely marvelous.

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Marvelous is also an adorable dress in a bright pattern which lifted my spirits up from the cold and gloomy day outside.

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We shared Thanksgiving Dinner with family friends, which included their two boys Scott and Brian. Sadly the boys are of that age where they seem to move too quickly to take their picture, and my hands were full keeping them entertained, so pictures are minimal. Mario Kart, giggles and the sheer amount of infectious energy they put out are marvelous.

Thanksgiving Dinner is simply fantastic, especially the Torfurkey. I find we get a little better at cooking it each time, and its a “three times a year” treat that I always look forward to. I also appreciate how easy it is to make Thanksgiving vegan or vegetarian. Once turkey is out of the way, there are plenty of delicious options.

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Marvelous is being done with dishes by 8:30, sharing a cup of coffee and then heading out for a post Thanksgiving celebration with friends. I attempted to learn how to play Magic : The Gathering and am determined to actually “get it” one of these days.

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Marvelous is starting the day without my customary coffee is turn for a decaf tea, I’m trying to learn how to take things slow.IMG_1174

I’m feeling almost “good” today so I’ll be off to spend time with Erin and Kenzie before heading home to continue with classes and films.

This weekend has been filled with family – both blood and chosen, love and gratitude. I’m not sure I could ask for anything more.

How has your Thanksgiving Monday been marvelous?

This Weekend!

So I absolutely meant to post last Friday, as I was having a bakeathon for my upcoming weekend.

However, that upcoming weekend – which included; a bakeathon that lasted into the wee hours of the morning, two long barista shifts, and most importantly being on the crew for my first film of the year!

Expatriation is a film written and directed by my good friend Alex Laird. I’ll be editing the picture, and I already know it’s going to be fantastic! Because I’m editing the picture, I served as set caterer/photographer/general help/person who got in the way this weekend.

Here are some pictures from set this weekend!

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This weekend I learned a lot about filmmaking, in that way you only can understand from actually getting out and doing something.

More than that, I was reminded of the importance of “good sleep, good food, good thoughts”. This reminder that my parents like to throw at the end of conversations is a mantra for healthy living. Despite the stress of the weekend, I made a point of cooking as much of my own food as possible, sleeping well, taking the time to “recharge” myself and generally promoting self care.

I do know that there was a time in my life when this weekend would have been entirely unmanageable, and I’m proud that I can now enjoy hectic weekend like these.

With midterms and holidays on the horizons how are you managing the stress?

 

Let’s Talk About Trich

As you may already know the Trichotillomania Learning Center declared October 1-7 a week of awareness for Trichotillomania, Dermatillomania and related disorders.

Here on Cait and The Real World I am trying to do my part to raise awareness and hopefully let people know they are not alone. So without further ado…

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These are my shins, and this is how I cover them up.

I’m a blogger, a filmmaker, a bunny owner, a sister and a friend. I’m also a person who has been living with Trichotillomania and Dermatillomania for the past five years.

I know that these are not very well known disorders, so I’m going to try and give a crash course right now. It is Awareness Week!

Trichotillomania and Dermatillomania (henceforth referred to as Trich and Derma) are dual classified disorders on the Obsessive Compulsive and Impulse Control Spectrum.

What this means is that these conditions can be the facets of multiple disorders, they can exist on their own or be part of a larger condition like OCD.

Trich and Derma, usually manifest around the ages of 9-13 though it can appear at just about any age. Picking or pulling is usually “focused” on one major area, with smaller areas throughout the body. Most people with Trich or Derma will literally spend hours working on their patches, though they might not even realize it most of the time.

These conditions are difficult to treat, and there is still no “cure”. However treatments such as Habit Reversal Training, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and medication have proven to be effective.

If you’re struggling with either of these disorders, the first thing I want to stress is that you are not alone. There are so many people all over the world, some of us live in shame, others silently fight, and some speak out. But, no matter what the circumstances; most importantly we are out there.

If you’re looking for help, information or support the Trichotillomania Learning Center offers a wealth of resources. Please check them out here.

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Check In

It’s been a month!

I encourage all of you who placed bets on the success of failure of this blog to cash in now. Pretty soon people will stop thinking you’re actually serious.

A month ago I introduced myself and set a few goals with the promise to check in. Since then this blog has seen a total redesign, and you’ve watched me move, bring a bunny home and make a lot of stuff.

Now, let’s take a look. How have I done with the goals I set?

1. Start Following More Blogs

In the past month I’ve gone from reading about thirty blogs regularly to over forty. Most of these blogs were found through perusing comment sections and my own new followers. So let’s consider this one checked!

2. Comment on Posts

Yet another goal I can check off my list! I’ve exceeded my own expectations and now commenting on at least three blogs in standard for my mornings. It’s lovely to feel part of a community and my heart does beat a little faster when I see all the referred hits.

3. Fall into a Schedule with Blogging

Um… Well? I’ve started to fall into a schedule, but this past month has been incredibly resistant to scheduling. However, I’ve met my own post quota, and I think it’s something I will achieve if I keep working at it.

4. Take More Pictures

Check! I haven’t reached the level of my summer photography, but I’m starting to think that had more to do with the summer. From blog, to “day in the life” type photos and a few art pieces for class, my camera is frequently in use and that makes me very happy.

This post was a great little pick me up, I’m feeling rather accomplished now!

Did you set any goals for September? How are they going?

Thoughts on Blogging

 

It’s Sunday night, and my brain is very busy.

When I was thinking about how I would define this blog, I placed it under the “blog genre” of lifestyle blogging. I’ve been thinking about this because a snarky favourite of mine the forum “Get Off My Internets” describes lifestyle blogging as

“You don’t know how to live, they can help”

I would like to state for the record that most of the time I have no clue what I’m doing.

My last post, a cake recipe, shows my second attempt at that cake (as my instagram followers probably already know) in two days. When I went to pick up ingredients, my anxiety levels were through the roof because sometimes I find grocery stores overwhelming.

Our blogs are like our lives, some things we choose to share, and others we hide. For me, this blog focuses on the good things, the lessons I’ve learned and the things I have made.

I want to create a brighter spot on the internet, the way that writing this blog has made my life a little brighter. This blog doesn’t gloss over the bad days; I want you to know they happen, but I’ve learned that dwelling on them outside of phone calls home or therapy sessions doesn’t make them any easier.

I tried to write a manifesto before I started this blog, I don’t think I’ll ever post it, but I do like this quote.

“I believe in living ethically, truthfully and beautifully.”

I’m going to continue to work at it.

PS. I would like to thank the fantastic people at effyeahnerdfighters for featuring my doormat DIY post. If you’ve found my blog through them, I would love to hear from you!