Posts Tagged ‘engagement’

November & December 2014: Jorbs, Bavarian Adventures, I put a ring on it & Chrimbo

June 3, 2015

So the employment woes carried on throughout November.

Things were very slow moving with the Wine Rack and when I finally did start, they were giving me four 3-hour shifts at varying hours, spread across the week. This made scheduling for my seasonal position at Indigo hella hard. So I decided to be a chancer and declined the offer with Wine Rack before I even started. Although the seasonal gig at the book store was also part-time, it meant I could pick-up any shifts that people were trying to give away or trade and Indigo had a much bigger staff. I guess I thought if I was more flexible and really rocked it, that maybe I could stick around come January.

So for a while I only worked at Indigo while continuing my job hunt for something full-time and permanent. Roisin continued her own two-job shuffle, working at Villains during the week and Indigo on the weekend.

We also started solidifying plans in November to head back to Scotland in February. We’d not been back since 2013 and as 2015 was fast approaching, it felt like it was time to check-in with family and friends. That’s a bit of a weird thing in our situation… even when we’re skint, we have to magically come up with funds for the UK. Sometimes I wonder how we manage to pull it off… but it always works out somehow.

We did manage to get away briefly at the end of November with Holly and Dani. We just did a day trip to Frankenmuth, Michigan, also known as “Little Bavaria.” We wandered around, ate some delicious salt water taffy, had a “traditional” Bavarian meal and of course we stopped at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland.

I have to admit that I didn’t remember Bronner’s being a) so bloody expensive and b) only consisting of ornaments. In my head I remembered it as the toy store in Home Alone 2. What can ya do?

Finally, in late November I had an interview with a safety training/recruitment company. They were looking for a front desk/admin person and I didn’t get the gig. But! After the owner saw the amount of design and social media experience that I had on my CV he decided to hire me part-time to handle his marketing. So I started there early December and shuffled between there and Indigo for the entire month. I think I only had a handful of days off but considering how frivolous we’d been with our ill-timed and yet amazing purchases … I think this was all for the greater good.

So December was essentially a blur of Christmas decorating, baking, shopping (everyone got books, and I mean EVERYONE), an overwhelming amount of illness (I believe caused by the germ hang-out we generally call “the mall”) and 13-15 hour days trying to wear all the hats and to afford our impending UK adventure.

I did manage to surprise Roisin though. Almost a year after our initial engagement I decided to do my own proposal.

We met at a Chan Bang run by our mutual pal (and legend) Roberta Pia. So when Roisin decided to introduce Windsorites to the wonders of jammin’ Chan Bang style, I thought it’d be super appropriate to pop the ol’ question at the event. So I got her boss and coworkers in on it and asked some pals to bring cameras and such. I made sure there was enough bubbly for the bar, then I purchased ridiculous and cheap McCain Deep Dish cakes and iced them with a bad illustration of a ring and the words “I PUT A RING ON IT.” Then I waited for her to play “Syllables”: the tune she played on the night we met which started this whole thing.

For the ridiculously embarrassing video of the whole thing – see below. Geeeezo.

And then our pal Charlie Bucket who was about to play “50 Ways to Lose Your Lover,” switched gears and serenaded us with “Dream a Little Dream” instead.

And that was the end of our 2014. All the work, all the jobs, all the books … all the proposals.


November-December 2013: Green hair, Santa and a ring

August 1, 2014

The end of 2013 was pretty eventful.

I started to take advantage of some of the perks of working at Cult by attending a few concerts. First, Polica, who were kind of disappointing. I love their albums but they just didn’t really bring it live. They do a double drum kit scenario (which felt like a bit of gimmick), I felt like the high end wasn’t really covered. But what can you do? It’s a rare thing to get a band that delivers both.

We also saw James Blake which was also kind of disappointing. I don’t really know how to explain it. Roisin and I agree that we maybe would have liked to see him in a more intimate venue. There were some incredible moments – but the concert as a whole wasn’t stellar.

And of course we saw more of the Diamond Bones… who continued to be amazing.

In early November I was finally allowed to decorate for Christmas and we also had a visit from Roisin’s producer/multi-instrumentalist pal Lewis who stayed with us for a few days. We took him to Cora’s and tried to tick some Canadian must-have boxes, like, poutine-eating.

Before the weather got really cold we tried to cram in as many epic long walks as we could. For Montrealers, I’m talkin’ walks from Acadie metro to Vendome – that’s the only thing I really don’t like about the winter. It doesn’t allow for that level of saunter/adventuring.

I almost dumped Roisin because she wouldn’t go to the Santa Claus parade with me, I still bring this up frequently to remind her that she has to make it up to me this year. (A Canadian Santa Claus parade tour?) And we also got a metric poop-ton of snow. A lot, a lot, a lot of snow. Which of course made the long trip to my folk’s place for the holidays extra long and treacherous.

But before we left to hang with family- Roisin performed for the first time at the Wiggle Room‘s Voix-de-Ville variety show and won the whole thing. It was a crazy night. Our landlord showed up for the performance, we got to meet people like Vincent Pimparé and we were entertained by the antics of our host Kitty Vanderbuilt. I think it’s one of the best night’s in Montreal- well worth the $10 cover.

Then I started to play around with manic panic hair dye. I grew tired of the whole ginger thing and thought while I was self-employed it’d be a shout to do things that wouldn’t be allowed in other work environments. It also felt festive ;) I took photos with anything I could find that matched the hair colour because I’m lame.

But the most exciting thing that happened was Roisin asking me to marry her. :O EXCITING!

We’d obviously chatted about it loads but little did I know she’d been planning her proposal throughout the whole year: calling my parents to ask their permission and working with asking them to make a ring (which they initially said no to as they hadn’t made any before – Roisin’s suggestion has now turned into more business for them as they now make sterling and nylon rings).

She hid the ring in an hollowed-out antique leather bound copy of Alice in Wonderland which I opened on Christmas eve. I didn’t see it coming at all. It took me way too long to say “yes” as I felt compelled to repeatedly say “Really?! Oh my god! Really?! WHAT?!” I’m the worst.

The ring is a map of where I lived in Edinburgh, where we first met (Boda) and where we went on our first date. So thoughtful, so personal *swoon*. My lady is indeed the best lady.