Oif. Sometimes I really think I’m on The Truman Show.
Like there’s a little jokester out there tweedling away on some remote, who just loovveessss to throw curve balls out on my secret reality show life, simply for his own joy and amusement. I can see him now, in his elfish little slippers, setting me up on some nice routine where everything is just starting to feel comfy and in control, and then with perfect Nikilodian timing….*click*… PSYCHE. Laugh laugh laugh laugh laugh.
At least it makes for some interesting blogging.
Monday morning “let’s get shit done” muffin
Remember this recent week where everything started out swimmingly, and then suddenly I was struck with awful stomach pain and a near-emergency-room cab ride? Well this week also started off swimmingly. I put my ass in gear to catch up on some productivity I was feeling guilty for not achieving by the “end of summer” and things were looking really good that I’d be accomplishing what I wanted. And THEN……
Actually, let’s start with the good stuff.
Linking up with Meg’s fabulous party to recount my epic accomplishments from one weeks’ time
Last week I….
Used my new table space to crack down on some monologue work I swore I’d be further along on by now. Got some good stuff done, but also created more work for myself. But we are focusing on the accomplishments side of things here.
I went to TWO outdoor Shakespeare shows! Shows I really wanted to see before they ended for the summer, so I made certain to squeeze them in. I’m glad I did. They made me happy. Shakespeare + summer evenings + grass = my absolute happiest place.
Two Gentlemen of Verona
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
I got blood work done and peed in a cup
I had a brunch date with my best girl friends
French toast breakfast
I had a read-through rehearsal for the show I will be assisting on this fall
Whilst having my sheets off my bed getting washed…..
I found two bed bugs.
My face. To. The. ‘T’.
I went back and forth with even saying this on here. It’s totally gross and embarassing to even admit. But hey, its honesty hour up here on ‘the spoon.’
I’ve NEVER had bed bugs. I’ve had numerous friends who have (sadly, it’s quite a thing in Toronto) and just seeing what they’ve gone through I’ve learned it is NOT a fun experience. The 100% opposite, in fact. For anyone who’s had them, you knowwwww. It is a tedious, expensive, routine shattering, comfort-disrupting, and potentially very long process.
There’s been a problem with bed bugs at my work. I’ve known this, and have known co-workers who’ve brought them home. But of course, little naive me just never thought I’d be one of those people.
Naivety deniiiedddd.Living On The Truman Show: My Life As a Constant Surprise #weekinreview with @cleaneatsfast… Click To Tweet
Luckily, I have an amazing landlord who a) works during the night and b) owns any random piece of equipment you may ever need. He came over at 1:30 AM that night, and stayed until 3:00 AM helping me steam cleaning my mattress etc. We threw out my futon, carpet, blankets, pillows etc etc. Anything that could even remotely be a risk. I was up another hour after that steaming a blanket so I could have something to sleep with.
I spent the next day, after having next to no sleep, steam cleaning the rest of my apartment, taking my duvet to a big industrial sized drier, and buying a very expensive mattress cover. Because we only found a few, my landlord and I both think I caught it very early and acted fast enough to nip them all in the
bed bud. But from all the horror stories I’ve heard, you can just never be too careful. I wanted to do anything and everything I had to to ensure no further infestations. It means I will be living out of plastic bags for the remaining two months in my apartment – sans carpet and sans couch – but if it means not bringing any unwanted specimens to my new apartment, I’ll gladly live with the discomfort.
Remember how I had just started trying to do one thing a day to make my place feel more home-y? Yeah…
So. That day was an awful day. Awful awful awful. It was my one and only day off from work so I had lovely plans to make it productive and get a lot of my summery to-do-list things done. Noooooope. Curve ball again!
BUT. I actually see a lot of positives from this experience.
1) I feel HELLA proud of myself for tackling all this basically on my own. Steam cleaning all my blankets, carrying my duvet to the driers (which let’s face it was way overdue for a good wash anyways), literally sitting INSIDE my duvet cover on my kitchen floor getting the duvet BACK inside the damn thing (that was a fun image – it made a pretty sweet fort), and basically for just taking mean action and getting shit done.
2) It has forced me to purge a lot of items that I would have been getting rid of when I moved, anyways. A little earlier than expected, yes, but it has put me into mean purging gear and that already makes me feel lighter.
3) It’s also put me into moving mode. My apartment is now a gutted mess, but like I’ve said before – I kind of like embracing this type of mess. This means I can start the messy moving process now and not feel I need to clean up, or be cramming to do so the week before.
And then to finish off this – interesting – week, I took off with Dan to a town outside of Guelph to attend a friends’ wedding. It was in the most lovely setting and was planned really beautifully.
Girl after my own heart: Baking/Dessert Bar
And then I got my sourdough cinnamon bun to accompany me on my bus ride home.
So really, all is well.
Bright and early tomorrow (Tuesday) morning I will be taking off to Vancouver, BC!! I spend a couple days there on my own visiting one of my best friends, and then I take the ferry over to Victoria to meet up with Dan and a bunch of my friends from home to celebrate one of my FAVORITE peoples’ weddings. My friend since grade 5 and Jr. high sweetheart, in fact. Yes – another wedding. Dan is the best man. To say I’m excited is a massive understatement. Gah. You better believe I’ve spent time googling “best coffee Vancouver” and “best cinnamon bun Vancouver.” Beach + coffee + mountains + hiking + friends….. don’t even get me started on the sushi and fish tacos I’m going to have in Victoria. I’m going to be over the moon.
I’ll probably be keeping in touch through IG to share some of the beauty, but otherwise I’m not sure you’ll hear from me much.'Tis The Season of Weddings. And bed bugs!? Oh the things life throws me. #weekinreview #bedbugs… Click To Tweet
I hope you all have a fabulous week, and remember, when your own little elfish story-writing jokester throws a curve ball your way, throw it back at their pointed head.
Have you ever had bed bugs?
What curve ball have you been thrown recently?