Stocks, bonds, and… dogs?

Another job, another course. What can I say? I love learning! The first couple of days at my new position have been great so far. The atmosphere is super friendly, my team is fun and enthusiastic, and the study material is both interesting and challenging. Plus we got free pizza on the first day and casual dress days all week! 🙂 Even though I thoroughly enjoyed my little break from the working world, I'm very happy to be back in the heart of it. We've launched right into Series 7 training, so my next 12 weeks will consist of stocks, bonds, options, etc. I'm on a quest for knowledge that will prepare me for an exciting career in the finance industry! Finances Knowledge is a key component of success and so is... a dog. Seriously. My dog has been an essential part of my learning process for the simple reason that he has stuck by my side (literally) as I have prepped myself for all my professional exams. I believe there's a strong correlation between exam performance and puppy cuteness. Allow me to demonstrate through a series of pictures.

Baby Tundra always kept a firm grip on my calculator so I wouldn't lose sight of it during my insurance exams:

Cutie boo

He joined me in Yoga stretches when I needed a break:

Study puppy

He took it upon himself to restrain me when I tried to procrastinate:

Little guy

All that puppy power and I PASSED! So now I'm making it a habit to study as much as I can in the presence of a Tundra.

At the moment he is watching me like "Mum, why aren't you sitting on the floor with me so I can eat your books like old times?"

Study helping

"Why are you putting things in my bed?"

Calculator Dog

And the most common, "Can I sit in your lap, please?"

Lap dog

One of the many pros to working again is having Tundra greet me at the door after a long day. Always too excited for words... or in his case, barks.

Happy dog

Okay, I'm done. That's more than enough dog pictures from the Crazy Dog Lady for one day. Back to highlighting!
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The Other Kind of Driving

So we went to the driving range today! 🙂

It was probably one of the best impulsive decisions we've had in a while (other than testing king-sized mattresses and baking brownies as we did last week). Roger recently joined the league of accountants--golf is their summer thing, I'm told--and I'd like to step up my game in case I'm called up to be his partner on the green. Obviously my goal is to beat him at his own game one day! I'm not terrible by any means, but I could definitely benefit from some practice.

I feel that golf is one of those sports where you can unsuspectingly "wow" someone. I love that. Say you spend some time on the putting green and sink a few hole-in-ones. Neat. Say you hit a few straight balls over the 200 yard line at the driving range. Cool. But when you put that all together and score terrifically on the course when others happening to be watching... now that is impressive! It is a dream of mine to master the art of golf, hit the course proclaiming to be an "amateur" and then absolutely DOMINATE. Even if I had to buy everyone beer at the end, I wouldn't care. I would bask in the glory of my awesome golf skills.

I'm not quite there yet. Not even close. But I did have a jumbo bucket-load of fun today!

Regardless of your skill level, golf is a great way to let off steam and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.

Golf Balls

Beautiful day.

Driving Range

Teeing off. We bought tees and then found an unopened 500 pack in Roger's bag. Haha.

Shoes

Trying to find my perfect set-up.

Gearing up

He swings.

Roger swings

She swings.

Golf swing

We look happy now, but we are going to be SO SORE tomorrow.

Golf Day

Totally worth it. This is what sunny days are FORE.

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Champagne Monday

Chocolate, exercise, tanning, champagne? All on a Monday? GET OUT! That's only for socialites and vacation-goers. And apparently me today 🙂 My friend, Jess, just finished up her Masters in Journalism and I have one week to go before I start my new job, so of course we decided to celebrate... on a weekday... with champagne! Best decision ever. It was a beautiful 18 degrees Celsius here (felt like 21 in the sunshine!) and spending the day outside was just the kick we needed to launch us into summer. It's about time I got started on a base tan too. My day was out of the ordinary, but amazing nonetheless! I woke up this morning and had a bite of chocolate brownie with my breakfast smoothie. It was an instant pick-me up. Chocolate for breakfast is a frequent craving of mine, but I certainly wouldn't eat it everyday. I went for a 20 minute jog around my neighbourhood and then swung by my house again to pick up Tundra for a dog-designated walk. It was my intention to do a workout with weights at the gym, but my still-aching muscles advised me that a light jog would be more beneficial. It's hard to say no to Tundra when his face is this cute.

Running with Dog

I wore shorts in April! These are the Banana Republic ones I ordered online.

Shorty shorts

Vintage star shirt (courtesy of my mom in her 80s days)!

New shorts

Popping bottles mid-day.

Pop bottles

It got sunnier.

Daytime

 Brown rice pasta salad and champagne & grapefruit juice! So yummy.

Pasta Salad

I am so thankful for indulgent days like these. I am also excited to embark on my next chapter in life. Soon enough mid-day Monday drinking will be out of the question. I might as well enjoy it while I can!

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Grumpy foodies

I cannot believe it's night time already! Saturdays always seem to fly by when all you really want is for them to last forever. I suppose we did have a pretty productive day with going to the gym, shopping for household items and what-not, but I keep second guessing the clock whenever I glance at it. The only thing I'm sure of is that it's time for wine...

(This is me telepathically requesting for a wine glass to be placed in my hand.)

... nothing yet.

Despite today being rainy and yucky with the temperature dipping just above freezing, we were all in good spirits. I always try to stay optimistic and speak positively regardless of the circumstances. Unlike some people. Grr. While waiting in line to pay at Home Sense, we overheard a woman grouching it up, uttering line after line of negativity. She was complaining about the "stone cold fries" and her distaste for the fact that a restaurant charged her "25 cents for extra dipping sauce". Roger and I were curious as to what restaurant she was referring to. And then she mentioned the chicken sandwich that was "like a chicken nugget on a baguette." Lady, you cannot complain about the quality of a meal if you willingly bought it at McDonalds!

Face palm. Stay home and cook your own fries, dammit. We did tonight and they were yummy!

So today was just an ordinary Saturday afternoon. Here is me getting ready to step outside with my new $8 Joe Fresh t-shirt and my Sperrys.

Tundersandme

Family photo courtesy of the self-timer function. I don't care if it's cheesy--this one's a keeper. Poor Tundra looks a little skeptical about the whole ordeal.

Famjam

And then I changed my shoes because I realized it was raining. Saving the Sperrys for Monday... it's going to be 18 degrees!

Army Green

This is what $100 worth of merchandise from Home Sense looks like (minus the bamboo cutlery drawer that we already put away). We used a gift card and had to buy the chips to round up our total. My favourite item is by far the Olive Oil Spritzer. Goodbye PAM with butane... hello healthy oil alternative that we should have been using all along!

Goodies

And this is our front entrance light that we installed last weekend! I forgot to post a picture.

Light

Aaaaand telepathic wine summoning has been a success! 🙂

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