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Happy Thanksgiving 

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian readers. I hope you’re celebrating your long-weekend with tons of family and friends. 

This year, I am thankful for my family and few immediate friends; for the support they’ve given me during my time to further educate myself. Especially, thankful for my husband, who has taken on the full responsibility of supporting us financially and working the long hours. He’s been my strength and has encouraged me to keep pushing when I wanted to give up. He’s praised me for all my successes during exams and assignments and boosted my confidence when I needed the push. He doesn’t know it, but I love him to the moon and back and am so thankful he’s by my side.

I will be celebrating my Thanksgiving with my little munchkin and hubby and maybe a relative or friend. I’m really looking forward to Thanksgiving lunch. I’ve veered against doing dinner this year because of my placement schedule and having to work the next day. Nevertheless, I am excited to be making the feast and have an amazing menu planned.

I’ve decided to start with a light caeser salad and a three cheese pull-apart garlic bread. For the main course, I’ve chosen rosemary and thyme lamb chops with a garlic and rosemary sauce. For the sides, we’ll have garlic scalloped potatoes, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, steamed asparagus and carrots. And for the grand finale, a white chocolate, raspberry swirl cake and vanilla bean ice cream. 

I’ll take pictures of my table and of all the dishes before everyone gets to it and I’ll share some recipes later this week. 

Have a blessed thanksgiving and enjoy your time off with your family and friends. 

Xoxo ~ Tamana

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The Last Sprint

I begun my placement at a long-term care facility last week; which means I’m nearing the end of my program. Yay!Class time went by far too quickly. I am astonished at how fast the last six months have gone by. Here I am now at my placement and is it ever a culture shock. Everything we learned and did in class, didn’t prepare me for what was waiting for me on the other end. 

Working at a long-term care facility is so different than anything I’ve ever done before. It’s a different world altogether. Many of the things I’ve learned and many of the expectations I had are all so different than the reality that is before me.

But I will say that working here has given me a very different perspective of how much work personal support workers (PSWs) and nurses do. I’ve begun to feel so much compassion for the residents I care for and the other PSWs I work with. 

It’s a lot of hard work, though and I come home somewhat drained; the 33+ degrees temperature outside doesn’t help either. 

I was a bit overwhelmed the first few days but this week is starting to look up and I am feeling more confident with each task I perform. 

We’ll see how the rest of the week and the next one goes and hopefully, my confidence sores. Stay tuned for more updates. Xoxo

Beginning Of Senior Kindergarten 

 Sorry for the delayed posts, my WordPress app stoped functioning and some of my drafts were deleted in the resetting process. 

But can you believe it, the summer is already over? Time has been flying by so quickly and my little munchkin had an amazing first couple of weeks if senior kindergarten. We’ve changed schools this year so that she can begin to learn French. So she’ll be taking a school bus by herself to and from school. Along with this major change, she’s also in a school that is uniformed.

There are far too many changes in such little time. My once tiny person, isn’t so tiny anymore. She’s becoming a beautiful young lady and is growing at a speed that is too fast for my comfort, understanding or liking. It astonishes me at how quickly she is learning so many life’s teachings that we adults and parents forget are essential for children’s needs. Sorting laundry, hanging or folding her own clothes, tidying up after herself, or microwaving a quick snack, are just a few of the things she’s learnt and thrived on this summer. 

It’s amazing how quickly she picks up things I would’ve thought would have taken her so long to understand. 

I know all these things are essential with growth and development but I can’t help but wonder where that little girl is that needed me to do everything for her is. 
Needless to say, she had a pretty good couple of days of Senior kindergarten so far. 

Our 6 Year Anniversary 

6 years ago, yesterday, D and I got married without telling anyone in our families. 

I had always wanted to elope whenever I found the right guy for me and D made that happen. We eventually, went through with the “asking for my hand in marriage” shenanigans, engagement and “big-Indian wedding” drama. But the wedding we secretly had 6 years ago on August 10th, 2011 was far more meaningful to me than the wedding that involved our families. 

We were blessed to find one another and everyday that passes, I count those blessings and thank the powers above for bringing us together. We’ve had a few rough patches but we’ve pulled through and I am ever so thankful for such a patient, reliable, respectful and loving guy to have walked into my life. 

Happy 6 year’s anniversary, my love and thank you for being my strength, encouragement and joy. Here’s to us!

A Weekend Getaway 

Scarborough Bluffs – Scarborough, Ontario

I’ve been so busy with exams and assignments that I haven’t had time to write or enjoy the much of the summer. It’s been a crazy few weeks and I am so relieved that one of my biggest and most stressful exams is over. I passed with a flying 94% and that deserves a celebration in itself.

This weekend, Dev, Nid and I are escaping to a nearby resort (as we did, last year) and spending the long weekend there. The three of us are extremely stoked at the though of being away from the city and hectic daily life. We’re going to be staying at the same resort near London, Ontario as we did last year and travelling between Port Stanley and Grand Bend. I cannot begin to tell you how anticipated and deserved this mini-vacation is. 

Dev really wanted to get away this year but with school, me not working and the lack of funds, it just wasn’t possible. Instead, we’ve decided to get away for a weekend and make the best of our situation for the time being. Hopefully, next year we can make that trip to India and have a little Caribbean getaway as well. That’s the plan, anyway.

How’s your summer going? Done anything exciting or adventurous? Share your summer adventures and I’ll be sure to share them on here with everyone else.

Until then, have a safe and blessed summer!

Xoxo ~ Tamana

Why Does Telling The Truth Always Come Back To Bite You In The Ass?

There’s no doubt about it, I am a straightforward, outspoken human being. I tell it how it is without sugar coating the truth. I was raised to tell the truth and not lie or alter the truth; which is what I teach my daughter as she gains more wisdom and knowledge. 

Yet, it feels like people don’t want to accept the truth and instead of being glad you didn’t hide it from them, they hold it against you. You get applauded for holding back what the reality is and penalized for being honest. 

But everyone claims they want true, honest friends and hate liars and backstabbers. Yet the backstabbers and liars are the ones that are encircled by their friends and the ones telling the truth are excluded and pushed aside. 

I’ve been through too much in my life to give a shit about such people. But it does piss me off when people talk shit about a person behind their backs and to their face they act like they are best friends. I don’t have tolerance for stupidity, ignorance or arrogance. Yet, we deal with it every day and have to put up with it if we want to live peacefully in this world. 

Quite frankly, I am over “trying” to be civilized and nice and quite content with the couple of people I am truly close to. As for the rest of these pathetic souls, well, I’ll be cutting each and every one of them out one by one. It’s just not worth the time or frustration. 

What are your thoughts on people and how they treat you when you’re honest? Am I right for cutting them off or am I just overreacting? Share your thoughts and opinions with me; I’d love to know what others think about my stance on all of this. 

Xoxo ~ Tamana

Quick Update: School & Me

I’ve been extremely busy these days as my course is becoming more intense. I’ve had numerous tests, assignments and exams over the past few weeks; which has left little time for anything else. So the time I do have available is spent with my munchkin and hubby or with my parents and doing chores. 

But I will tell you that I’m enjoying my course and everyday that I learn something new, I become more interested and confident about my choice of course. I’ve recently received my overall average (96.4%) and I am quite satisfied and impressed with how well I am doing. 

I know down the road, it’s going to be a lot of work once I graduate begin working, however, I truly believe that the reward will be much greater than the effort. I do hope that the people’s lives I touch will be enriched and they’ll take some goodness and happiness from me. 

So that’s where I am right now with school. I’ll keep you all updated as I further progress. Have a blessed weekend and week ahead. Xoxo