Monday, July 28, 2008

And Then There Were Two

Yesterday was a bittersweet day. I said farewell to my last rescue kitten, Butters, as he left with his new mommy and daddy. My little dude is going to live the sweet, air-conditioned life with my friends Trish and Ryan and their Calico princess Thea Thumbelina.

Although I knew all along that Butters would find his new home, I still grew very attached to the little dude over the last 3 months. It's a good thing I can visit him any time I want!

So that is a grand total of 5 rescue kittens this year. Three of them found fabulous new homes, and two of them (the first two) will remain chez Cyr-Bampton with the Queen Mum, Jupiter.

Yesterday, after Butters had gone home, and the vacuum had been put away, I found this in my living room:
I call this our Family sandwich - PB & J (Penelope, Buttons and Jupiter). Say Cheese!

Can you imagine this amazing catball curled up with Evan and I at night... purring away. Glorious.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Take This Job and Shove It!

So I have been officially "unemployed" for 30 days. My EI claim was just approved (although I have yet to receive any monies) and I am starting to settle into my new life as a housewife. Well, sort of.

The first few weeks flew by - tons of errands, a wedding in Halifax, turning 29. However, now that I have my days and nights free to continue as established, I am finding it harder to keep myself occupied. Most of you know that I cannot sit still for very long - "relaxation" is not a part of my day to day life.

The number one question that I am asked by everyone I come into contact with is: have you found a job yet?

My answer is NO. And NO I am not looking.

I have always been an advocate for self-employment. In recent months I have even joked about "when I start my own company" or "I don't want to work for anyone else ever again". So when I (ahem) lost (ahem) my job last month I called my own bluff. If I am going to change my life, why not change it RIGHT NOW?

Brianne's Top 5 Reasons to become an Entrepreneur
  1. I am eligible for Employment Insurance benefits. The government is going to pay me to stay at home for 9 months. What else am I going to do with my time?
  2. Evan is moving in next month. More time together for planning and getting excited about our future together.
  3. Evan and I have decided together that we need to leave Ottawa post haste. We have known since day 1 that we were never going to settle here. So why are we still here?
  4. I will never be any younger than I am today.
  5. Why not? If we're going to achieve greatness we better get crackin'!
Are we crazy? Maybe just a little.
Are we scared? Holy Shit!
Can we do it? Fuck Yeah!

Great risks yield great rewards. Being handed an opportunity is just step one. Taking it is a whole different story.