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Long weekend recap

Well this was a very relaxing long weekend. I didn’t really have a set budget coming over, but I think I spent around $80 including ferry costs. I will tally the total when I get home.

Yesterday I climbed Mt. Finlayson. I had no idea it was such a popular trail! There were tons of people hiking as well. I decided that I wanted to really challenge myself, so I did the entire hike in less than 1 hour. My lungs were a bit sore afterwards, which felt nice. Although the hike was easier and shorter than I remembered it being.

Also over the weekend I started reading “The Book of Negroes.” Such a sad book, but so well written! Has anyone else read it?

As for the job search, I have a second interview scheduled for tomorrow, and I just got a voicemail asking me to interview for a coordinator position with a company downtown. I’m getting a lot of interviews, so that’s a good thing. I would be thrilled to line up a great job by the end of the month, but I’m not holding my breath.

Tonight I need to update my portfolio for my interview tomorrow. There are a lot of pieces I can add, since I really haven’t had to use my portfolio in the last 18 months.

Improving my 5km time

Well I went to the gym today, after a few days off. I think I might go ahead and start a membership there for April, now that I know my EI benefits are coming through. It’s only $34.20/month on a month-to-month basis. I especially want to start a membership there because 1) I’m not sure we’re going to be renewing our climbing membership, and 2) BF has made the HUGE decision to go back to school (yay!) in May, so I’m going to have a lot of free time on my hands in the evenings after work. Especially if I haven’t found a job yet!

Although I really do want to renew my climbing membership. I think I’ve found myself a new climbing partner (although to be fair, I don’t really know him that well – he’s a friend of a friend who just moved to Vancouver from my hometown), and it would be really really cool to be able to hit that 5.11 target I’ve set for myself. And really, the drop-in rate is $17/day so it makes sense to get the annual membership for $264.50 (50% off the regular price). If I go 15-16 times/year, it’s already paid for itself. And I really want to go at least 2-3x/week. I’ll need to decide soon though, because the 50% off deal I’ve got going for me will only be available for another month. If necessary I would just take the money out of my Travel Fund I guess.

Anyway, my workout today went well. I ran another 5km and improved my time from 26:32 to 26:06. Not a huge improvement, but at least it’s something. I know I can run faster if I wanted to, but I don’t want to push myself too hard. Especially not on a treadmill. Treadmills used to be the bane of my existence. When I used to run competitively in high school and throughout college, I was getting shin splints like you wouldn’t believe. It was only chip trails for me for years and years. And speaking of trails, now that the weather is getting nicer, I really want to start trail running again. I’ve got the trail running shoes, so it’s just a matter of motivation.

Happy Saturday!

What a gorgeous Saturday! BF is currently in the kitchen making me pancakes. :) Afterwards, I think we’ll wash our cars, then go for a nice walk outside. Hopefully > 10km. We did a massive cleanup yesterday, so our place is looking better. I still really want to paint the walls a nice bright colour, because currently it’s just plain drywall. Don’t ask. I don’t know how to finish off the walls, so painting will just have to wait. It’s hard to believe we’ll be living here for another 3 years or so. I always assumed it was going to be temporary, but with BF training for his career, and not having to pay much rent, you can’t really beat that.

As for my money, I’ve been trying hard to curb the spending, but some of it is just necessary. I’ve had to spend $10 on Skytrain fares over the past 2 weeks to get to my interviews (will probably buy a book of tickets sometime this week), spent $31.91 on my weekly groceries this week, and my 5-day trip home ended up costing $188.46 (including $72 for the ferry). We’re not going out to eat anymore, and I haven’t been near a mall in ages. I’ll have to fill up  my gas tank soon though.

Speaking of spending money, I will be taking out about $300 from my Savings Fund on Monday. Which will pretty much deplete that account. I’m not comfortable saying why at this point, but I do hope to get those funds back in the near future.

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