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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Fresh Start

Hello everyone~ Looks like I went MIA again didn't I? The last few weeks have been extremely stressful, and to be honest I'm actually really surprised I made it through in one piece. I definitely learned a lot about myself and about the people around me. I learned that life never goes as planned and that you should always have a backup plan.

I apologize for not getting the Dine-Out post up yet but rest assured, I'll get to it I promise! Today I wanted to give you another update on my situation, it's a bit of a long story and it's also very... triggering I guess. If you're a sensitive person, especially towards animals, you might find yourself very emotional after this post.

If you haven't been following along with my updates, then you can probably just skip to the end of this post where I have an exciting announcement and bonus for you lovelies!
Alright, so from where we left off last time, Koji was staying with me at our new place with the land lady's permission. Everything was going fine, we were waiting for a response from a good friend of my mom's to see if we could leave him at her place. While I was in class, I got a wave of phone calls from my sister. I texted her back saying I was in class, and she responded telling me that it was urgent I take her call.

A little bit nervous I went outside and took her call. There was fierce yelling and barking going on in the background and her voice was shaking. She told me my mom's brother was there and he was trying to take Koji away. I told her to give him the phone and I proceeded to ask him what the actual fuck he thought he was doing. He told me that I wasn't allowed to have Koji at this new house and that he was taking him to the SPCA. I told him the whole situation about not being able to find anyone to take him so he was temporarily staying until the 1st of March when supposedly my mom's friend could take him. He flipped out at me and told me he was trying to put Koji in a garbage bag and take him to the SPCA. I told him he was only staying for a little bit and that it was not permanent. He said that if he came back on the 2nd of March and Koji was still here, he would take him and leave him under a bridge for the SPCA to find. At that point I was curled up in the hallway, shaking and bawling my eyes out. People stopped and asked me if I needed help because of how distraught I was.

So because of that whole event, I've had to find a place to move by March. I have to say that it is a LOT harder than it sounds. I managed to get a roommate, who is a good friend and classmate of mine. He loves dogs and has been super supportive of the whole matter. We were looking day and night for a place to move. We had applications filled and submitted, but in the end we were turned away because others had gotten there first. Things looked really grim and I was afraid I'd actually have to sell my dog or risk him getting abused by my mom's brother. 

Finally after weeks of searching we found a place. The new place we're moving to is a basement suite but it's literally brand new. Everything was just finished being built last month and we're the first tenants to the suite. The land lord is super nice and they had no problem with Koji at all, in fact he is a dog person so he was quite understanding. I will be moving out this week and my mom's family can kiss my ass goodbye forever. As of posting this, I've already moved out!
Not a single person I talked to could justify, support, or even understand the my mom's brother's words or actions. As you noticed, I didn't refer to him as my uncle because family would not do that to family. People like that don't deserve to be in my life so I officially, as of that night, disowned all of my mom's side of the family. My mom even said that she would stop trying to make me get along with them and that she respected my choice. She really came through for me this time and told me if they wanted me in their lives, they would have to come and get me themselves.

Small rant for the disowned:

Other than that, I had a lovely Valentine's dinner with my boyfriend. We went for sushi at an authentic Japanese restaurant called Hyoga and afterwards we stopped by a friend's house party and went for bubbletea. Here's my outfit and makeup for the night~
Dress&Heels: Forever21/ Cardigan: Offbrand
Also I've received a new sponsor package from a lovely shop called Born Pretty Store. I will be doing a full review on the products, a house tour, and of course the dine-out post in the next few weeks! Meanwhile, feel free to use this coupon code to pick up some cheap makeup and beauty products~!

Thank you again for your continuous support. I'll see you all in my next post~

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Finally moved in! (and other updates)

Hey guys, sorry it's been so long since my last post. We just finished moving in to our new place and I didn't have internet or a computer for a week so that was kind of shit. Anyways, we're all comfy cozy now so I hope to be making more in-depth posts about some of the things I'll talk about today.

So I've finally settled in to my new place, boxes all unpacked and such. It's honestly not as bad as I thought it was going to be, in fact I actually do like this place. The location itself is pretty convenient if I want to get to work, and even getting to school isn't too much of a hassle. It's close to a lot of great food and it's obviously got a bigger space than our old house. It also feels a lot more homey since we got rid of a lot of old furniture and bought new furniture to replace them.
The IKEA beds my boyfriend and I built for me and my sister~
The IKEA desk I built for my sister~
My boyfriend built me this computer *^*
Of course, I was really happy to finally bring my desktop home. My boyfriend built me a new computer out of the parts from his old computer and it runs like a dream compared to my laptop~ Actually along with my new internet, this computer is good enough for me to finally stream video games! If you want to come support me, you can check out my channel here or by clicking the link in my sidebar.
Right now I have a lot planned for the next couple months ahead. I've been super stressed about it actually. Koji didn't do well at my cousin's in-laws so Catherine helped look after him for a bit. My mom and I talked to our land lord and she agreed that he could stay with us if it's short term.

We're still looking for alternatives because I know how strongly my mom's family feels about him being here. I talked about it a lot with my mom and we decided it was best if I could move out on my own when I graduate. She agreed that it would be best if I found roommates and if we could all split the rent to a bigger place.

I already have a few people in mind for this and we've been talking. However because Koji's coming back so soon we were anticipating an earlier move than October, which is when I graduate. I'm still not sure as to what I will be doing, but for now he'll be coming here to stay for a bit. I'm going to have dinner with my mom's relatives on Saturday to discuss this with them. I just need a little time to get things sorted out and once I do we'll both be gone for good. I'm not sure how we'll they'll take this because they've been very adamant about getting rid of Koji. They told me if I couldn't find a place they would take him to the SPCA (the pound), which is cruel and unfair to say to family (which is why I don't refer to them as my family anymore). But that's a rant for another day. For now, fingers crossed I guess!
Anyways I don't want this post to go on too long. I did go out for Dine-Out Vancouver with my friends a few weeks back, as well as celebrate my 5 year anniversary with Patrick. I'll post more about those events later when I get all the pictures loaded up. I think a few sponsor packages are in the mail for me as well so those will be exciting to talk about!

Thanks for sticking around and supporting me even though I haven't been updating much. I hope you all have a wonderful week and I'll talk to you soon! <3

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