something-eight percent

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

I turn the music up, I got my records on
I shut the world outside until the lights come on
Maybe the streets alight, maybe the trees are gone
I feel my heart start beating to my favourite song
And all the kids they dance, all the kids all night
Until Monday morning feels another life
I turn the music up, I'm on a roll this time
And heaven is in sight

On this lovely Halloween, it is several days since I invited Paul to decorate the Christmas tree with me in a designated evening of togetherness - a rarity in this week of his finals before placement. I am trying to steel myself for six weeks of finding ways not to feel lonely without his presence here in what has become "home" largely because of him. So we decorated the tree together because I wanted the memory to remind me of him, because Christmas is when we'll be back together again.

This is a week of photo editing for me, and maybe a few other creative outlets like designing Christmas cards. Or at least, it's supposed to be. I am so worn out I'm not managing to do much actual editing. I'll get there, maybe just one more night of school will suffice.

I have finally started the slightly scary textbook on "Exempt Market Products" - which, while it is well written and clear, is chock full of ideas I haven't really encountered before. Paul is better at them, of course, than I am, since he did some investing in his first few years out of University as a single man with few expenses - some of his investments gave us a really good start in this move and him going back to school. I'd like to invest in mutual funds or real estate or possibly both in future, so taking a well-laid-out course for this job in contract writing and having it all paid for is a great opportunity to learn about an area I've never dealt with before. Last night after attempting to be a good girl and go to bed at a reasonable hour and failing as usual, I got up and decided to productively begin the first lesson of the course. I learned many things, and that's a great way to start. I know what corporation means, now, for the first time. I'm hoping that this job in the securities sector will help us to make good decisions in investing later in life that will help us to diversify our lives. So I'm a little scared, but also a lot excited to learn something so new. I plan to spend a great deal of my non-photographic time this month employed in digging through that fat textbook so I can write the exam in early January, and get my $500 back for the course. =)

Today I was just too unfocused to edit, so I went out and did a shopping marathon to get photobooth stuff at Dollarama and The Dollar Store, which was a lot of fun, to pick up my new backdrop stand and two backdrops from the post office, to get some Costco grocieries, and to get BLAH BLAH BLAH from another store for Christmas present creation. Still a couple more stops, but nothing too major anymore.

I guess you could say I celebrated halloween by costume shopping. I did not have a single bite of candy! But there was precious news today! There's a reason that future Halloweens will be very special: I'm an Aunty, as of today, found out this afternoon! My new niece's name is Claire. Such a pretty name for the pretty girl I get to meet on Wednesday evening. Yay!

Road trip to Saskatoon for the wedding shoot and a couple's shoot, my second this year, are coming up over the weekend. Then there's me in Edmonton, trying to scare up some company, editing a zillion things, and studying about the economic market.

Man, tomorrow had better be a productive photo day. It better. It might be easier because I have the full new Michael Buble Christmas album, which is lovely, of course. Thanks to Chantal for tipping me off on that.

I'd rather be a comma than a full stop
Maybe I'm in the black, maybe I'm on my knees
Maybe I'm in the gap between the two trapezes
But my heart is beating and my pulses start
Cathedrals in my heart