So much things to say

This month marks the 2nd anniversary of my blog

I spent some time reading through old blog entries and reliving memories of my time spent in Montreal and the months after I left. It’s crazy to see how much my writing style (and lifestyle) has evolved over the past two years. Not to mention the number of hits I’ve received. Even though I’ve written half as much in 2012 as in 2011, I’ve gotten nearly twice as much traffic! I guess it helps to have a significant number of archived blogs.

here are some of my favorite search terms that landed hits on my blog in the past two years:

I’ve linked to related blogs.

I’m not sure how they all relate. But then again, I’ve written about some random things.

I made some resolutions last year…lets see how I’ve fared.

You may recall around this time last year I made a few resolutions for myself and for my blog. I feel confident in saying I’ve accomplished numbers 2, 4 and 6 with about a B+ average. The fitness program I wanted to implement in #1 worked for a little while…until I started working all the time. This is another one of my goals for this year.

#3 I’ve only just begun working on. I’ve created an Etsy board on Pinterest and have been collecting ideas for my shop. I’ve just created a new Etsy shop specifically for vintage items, but I still have a lot of ideas for handmade items. I had intended to initiate this process much earlier on last year. Better late than never I suppose.

#5 I haven’t really stuck to. I have, however, been reading regularly, so I don’t feel like I’ve failed this one completely.

#7 Not a complete Fail, but close. It’s nice to think that I’ll find the time and discipline to update regularly with thought-out posts, but the truth is I don’t always make the time. This goal is back on my list for this year.

Here are my 2013 resolutions

  1. Work as a Set Costumer on more projects (hopefully several union projects in particular)
  2. Continue to watch as many films as possible
  3. Keep up my habits of giving away items I no longer use or need
  4. Post more items on Etsy, increase marketing efforts
  5. Get back into a fitness routine
  6. Read more (Kindle or otherwise)
  7. Get some poems published in (reputable) literary magazines
  8. Dedicate more time to my blog
  9. Guest post on other well known blogs
  10. Try to be more understanding and forgiving towards everyone

Werkin Gurl

So, as you may or may not know, browsing Craigslist is one of my favorite pastimes, and two weeks ago I came across a most intriguing barter ad.

Your Skilled Labor for Stays at My Hotel


I am the new owner of a small and quaint boutique hotel in downtown Montreal in the Golden square mile. I am currently in need of all sorts of skilled labour, included below:

Curtain and Cushion making
Minor Carpentry
Minor renovation work

If you can offer me any of these, I can give you stays at the hotel at a rate which we can discuss. I need lots of help, so multiple people are needed.

One of the things I am interested in pursuing is running a hotel or B&B, so I figured, what a perfect opportunity for me to gain a little insight on the industry. The hotel is Manoir Ambrose (website currently under construction as well), and the renovators are Hans and cousin Joseph. Situated right downtown in the Golden Mile, Manoir Ambrose offers affordable accommodations in a quaint, unique location. Be sure to check back on their website once it’s up and running!

For three days last week, I helped with some demo and some painting around the hotel. They are converting one of their largest rooms into a new breakfast room/lounge area. I’m pretty excited about the plans! Check out some pics of the demo below. Will keep you updated on the progress!

Craigslist Fiasco

Okay, so today I got a bunch of stuff together that I haven’t been using much, took pics, and posted them under the “barter” section on Craigslist. Some of the stuff I don’t use at all, some I have plans to use, some I use a good bit but just wanted to see what I could get for them.

One item, a single bed quilt with a print from the cartoon movie Cars, I bought from someone else on Craigslist back in September in a bundle with two other quilts at $30. Since then, I have sold one of the three quilts and use the second as my main bedspread. The Cars quilt I use as a backup in case it gets super cold at night (which, in Montreal, it has a tendency to do). I also love to snuggle with this quilt on the couch because my apartment is often too cold not to snuggle with something. Bottom line, I love this quilt, but it doesn’t quite go with my decor, so I thought I’d put it online to see if I got any good offers for it – but it would have to be very good because if I get rid of this quilt I will probably have to buy a new one.

So, this brings us to the problem: I did receive an inquiry about the quilt. It’s below, see what you think:


i’m a single mom of a 6 year old autistic boy. i was wondering if i could have the quilt for free. my son would love that. please let me know.
OK. So now what? This isn’t exactly what I’d call a “good offer” for me, but can I survive the guilty conscience if I don’t give it to her? I also have to ask, do you think she’s exaggerating in order to get something free? (hate to be suspicious, but some people…) Bottom line: if I give away my quilt without getting anything tangible in return, I’m not sure I’ll really be in a position to buy a new one right now if the need arises. WHAT DO I DO?
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