Day 12 of #100happydays – Staying Organized (And How To Get That Way)

We all have crazy busy lives. I’m sure you’ve gotten a sense of my hectic days over the course of my #100happydays challenge. It can be hard to remember everything and stay on top of everything. Little things are easily forgotten when each day’s to-do list is a million items long. I have found a system that works really well for me.


My day planner is my life – I’m sure many of you feel the same. Whether you have a book version or use something online, it’s they key to keeping track of a hectic life. Here’s a list of tips that I have developed that keep me organized:

  1. Write everything down. Everything. I log even the smallest items into my day planner. I find that the busier I get, the more I need to remind myself to do things. Whether it be scheduling time in to study for an upcoming exam or washing my car, I write it down. When it comes to something that needs to be done, better safe than sorry!
  2. Colour code. With writing so many entries down and trying to schedule things based upon priority, I find that colour coding is really helpful. Pink for personal things, green for assignments, blue for work, yellow for meetings and appointments, and so on. This way, if I have a really busy day – and only a few hours to accomplish a bunch of things – I can pick and choose based upon importance. It also helps when I scan forward to see what is coming up.
  3. Bring your planner everywhere. This book is like my oxygen. I get all panicky when I realize I have forgotten to bring it along. This is where having an online system or an app is helpful – but I’m old school and opt for paper. If you have it with you at all times, you’ll never be stuck in a situation where you are trying to schedule something in advance but don’t know what you have going on.
  4. Check items off. This is partly for gratification, partly for purpose. If you check items off once you have completed them, then you are never wondering if you actually finished something or if you did it at all. You can also look back and see what still needs to be done from a previous date. And after all that hard work to finish a task, it feels pretty good to place a check next to it.

This system works really well for me. I do admit, it is sometimes hard to stay on top of it. But nothing ever comes easy!

What tips and tricks do you use to stay organized?


Day 11 of #100happydays – Meeting our new kittens!

I know that I said yesterday that on day 11 of my #100hapydays challenge that we were going to meet our kitten, Wickham. When we got to the Zoe’s Animal Rescue Society foster mom’s house, we were greeted with a pile of sleepy kittens.


It was basically the cutest thing we had ever seen. They were all tuckered out from a trip to the vet for their shots. Amanda, the foster mom, pointed out from the mass of fur our little Wickham. He was sleepy and mostly just interested in napping with his brothers and sisters, but he sure did cuddle us too!


He is such a little sweetheart. He stared me down for a while, then gave me some little kitty kisses. I guess he approves! As we were bonding with our future little family member, Amanda mentioned that there was only one kitten left that was not spoken for. As soon as she said this, I saw Curtis’ face light up. This little guy was also just sleeping away.


He would flutter his eyes open a bit every time we gave him a scratch, but promptly returned to kitten dream land. Amanda told us a bit about each of their personalities – we couldn’t really tell what the kittens were like because they were all so tired – and said that both Wickham and Darcy were super chill, and just loved to cuddle up next to her on the couch. We were sold. One look at each other, and Curtis and I knew that a decision was made. We wanted both of them!

We went straight to PetsMart after the visit and picked up all the things we needed to make sure our kittens are ready to come home to us. We also knew that we loved Wickham’s name, but we weren’t as convinced about Darcy (for a male cat). Together, we made the executive decision to call them Wickham and Leonardo…Leonardo DeCatrio. It’s happening.

Day 10 of #100happydays – Hearing From Zoe’s Animal Rescue Society

Day 10 of my #100happydays challenge, and I’m especially excited about this. Curtis and I have been really looking forward to this. We decided to adopt a kitten, and did much searching around to find the perfect little furball addition to our family. We decided on Zoe’s Animal Rescue Society based here in Edmonton. They are completely volunteer run, and rely on foster homes for all of the animals that they save until they find their furever homes. We looked through their website and the list of adoptable cats, and absolutely fell in love with little Wickham. He is part of a litter that was born in the foster home after Zoe’s rescued his mom, Merry. Once Curtis and I saw his little face, we knew we had to have him. I mean, look at that face!



Zoe’s has a very thorough adoption process, as they want to make sure that they match the right people with the right animal. I guess they liked us, because tomorrow we get to go and meet Wickham! It feels like Christmas Eve for us. We have been talking about – and daily gazing at photos of – this little guy for weeks now. Tomorrow will be an exciting day!


Bringing Back An Old Favourite

Remember these?

Clearly Canadian Sparkling Gallery

Yeah, me too. A few months ago, I remembered the distinct bottle design. But, for the life of me I couldn’t remember the name. I remembered how much I loved them though.

Clearly Canadian sparkling water stopped production sometime in the early 2000’s. I was probably around ten, so I didn’t really notice that it disappeared from shelves. I was too busy doing whatever ten year olds do. By the time I did notice that I hadn’t seen that colourful glass bottle in a while, I couldn’t even remember the name.

Over Christmas break, I saw a suggested post on Facebook for a Kickstarter campaign for the very drink that was so elusive to me only a few months before! Talk about coincidence. Apparently I’m not the only one who misses Clearly Canadian.

It brings back a certain nostalgia of my childhood. Memories of driving to the cattle auction with my Dad and stopping at the gas station and him letting me get the ‘pretty-coloured soft drink’ to sip on the way home. Things were so much simpler then.

The company is aiming to sell 25,000 cases. At this point, production will get rolling! They are even offering incentives to encourage people to get on board – buy 5 cases, get the 6th free, and a referral award when you get your Facebook friends to purchase. The site claims that they currently have 1085 backers. That doesn’t seem like it’s near the goal, but they do not state how many total cases are sold – just how many people have purchased.

I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that I see the stuff on shelves soon :)

Day 9 of #100happydays – Having a stressful assignment finally come together

Day 9 of my #100happydays challenge, and the assignment that has been the bane of my existence since before day 1 has finally come together. Our large research group – 14 people – has come together to create a cohesive, succinct proposal for our research. After spending all weekend editing, it is complete. Granted, this proposal is only one stepping stone in the research study that we will be conducting over the next three months – but the weight that has been lifted off of my shoulders is still immense. One more thing down, one little step closer to completing this semester, and just a bit closer to earning my degree. WHEW. I can now relax for a millisecond before I move on to the next assignment ;)



Day 8 of #100happydays – Cooking a great dinner at the end of a long day

Day 8 of my #100happydays challenge, and I’m still just busy at a bee. After a long week – and weekend – of running around and trying to get all my stuff done, it’s great to just take a breather and cook a nice dinner for Curtis and I. Just a simple chicken and shrimp stirfry with some veggies and honey garlic sauce. I love making dishes like this because it always gives us leftovers for the next day. Yum!


Day 7 of #100happydays – Bunnies at the Pet Expo

Day 7 of my #100happydays challenge, and I ended up being let off work early – which itself was a pretty happy moment. Curtis and I decided to use the rest of the afternoon to check out the Edmonton Pet Expo. There were puppies everywhere, and we even got to meet and talk to the foster mom of the kitten we are in the process of adopting!

Since I moved out of my apartment and am in a bit of a limbo waiting to take possession of our new place, my parents have been bunny-sitting Neville. I miss that little guy like crazy. So you can imagine my excitement at getting to see a bunch of bunnies today at the show! Not just bunnies that I got to hold and cuddle, but some really impressive ones that were running obstacle courses!

Day 6 of #100happydays – Moments With My Better Half

Today marks day 6 of my #100happydays challenge. Despite trying to find the happiness in each day, this has been an especially exhausting and trying week for me. Curtis has been doing his best to keep me relaxed and grounded. I love him so much for it. He is so supportive and understanding – and listens to me vent for as long as I need to without any interjection. This evening he pulled me out of the house and away from all the stresses for a few hours to take me out for a really lovely dinner at Lazia. Now that we are back home, and I am back to the grind, he is still by my side. He is always right by my side.


Day 5 of #100happydays – Fruity goodness snacks

Day 5 of my #100happydays challenge is food. This is a trend that I foresee continuing for the remainder of this challenge because, let’s face it, I love food. I have very little time to do any type of food prep for my day. With everything I have going on, I spend my days running from school to work to errands to appointments to meetings and somewhere in there trying to make it home to sleep, eat, and shower. On my ways from point A to point B,C,D, and E, I try to stop at a grocery store – rather than a drive-thru – to grab something to eat. These pre-cut mango spears have become a new favourite of mine. I can grab them quick on the run and still feel good about what I’m eating. Nom nom nom :)


Day 4 of #100happydays – Crawling Into Bed After A Long Day

Day 4 of my #100happydays challenge was an especially stressful day. The one thing that I was determined to accomplish – finally wash my super dirty car – fell to the wayside with everything else that I was trying to sort out. By the time I finally got home I realized that I had forgotten to eat, that I hadn’t done the one task that I absolutely said I must do on Wednesday, and I felt pretty exhausted. It was such a relief to get home and just collapse into bed and watch some Netflix. I didn’t even get up again to make this blog post. I apologize for the delay – I was too busy enjoying the happiness ;)

wpid-IMG_20140122_180927.jpgYes, I’m watching Skins. Somehow I managed to get Curtis into it.