One month… 2 days…

That’s exactly how many days there are until I graduate college and I am an official certified PSW. I joke and say that June 18th is the day I become a certified butt wiper… but being a PSW is so much more than that and I can tell that I made the right choice going to St Clair College Thames Campus… I made the right choice becoming a PSW. I made the right choice by working my butt off to reach my goals.

I never thought that I would complete college. I wasn’t capable of doing that. I remembered how I was in high school when it came to homework and projects and assignments. I would bullshit my way through them or just wouldn’t complete them at all. I am not going to lie, I was terrified of not being able to actually pull my shit together to complete my homework in college. What if I lost interest in the course? I never studied for tests in high school. I never studied for exams. I didn’t care in high school. But, I think when it actually comes to paying for your own education that’s just the motivation that you need to stick you nose in books and work hard and succeed.

But guess what… I did it. I did study. I did do the assignments. I did do the projects. I did hand stuff in not only on time, but most of the time early too. I did take part in class discussion. I did take notes. I didn’t slack off.

Honestly, I think of the biggest things that helped me work SO hard to complete my course was making my dad proud. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to make my mom proud too, but she has always told me when she was proud. Dad telling me he’s proud…. it still surprises me and he’s been saying it since September.

I am freaking out.


Dining Room’s are used for packed boxes.. right?

So, we are officially done with the apartment! As of Saturday… thank god! I am SO happy to be out of there for a lot of reasons, one being we have more space!! Last week Rob spent most of the evenings bringing the rest of the stuff over from the apartment since when I was sick, nothing got done and now my dining room is filled with boxes and to be completely honest, I have no motivation to unpack any of them. We have sort of just been unpacking as we need things. Which is fine and dandy and all, except for the face that I have about a billion boxes… It’s not a pretty sight and I apologize to anyone who has entered the house while it is looking like this — I swear it will look all organized and unpacked soon!

I honestly still cannot believe the fact that Rob and I BOUGHT a house…. we’re not renting anymore… we have a back deck AND a front porch as well as a front yard. I love the fact that I don’t have to walk down 4 flights of stairs just to check my mail, I don’t have to have money on a laundry card to do laundry, or carry it down 4 flights of stairs to take it to Rob’s parents or to my parents when we go visit. I can do laundry as need be and I love it. I love not having a landlord anymore setting off fire alarms for tests like every month scaring my cats…. and me. I love not having to worry about the fact that someone in the building could be the one to start a fire and cause me to lose all of my belongings. I love it.

One thing I don’t love though is it actually being real that I am an adult. I will be done college in a couple weeks – was suppose to be done on May 5th but my being sick kind of kicked that to the curb with me having to make up 10 shifts because I was sick… but, it is what it is. With everything going around this year, I can’t really control when I’m going to be sick, I can try to prevent it by washing my hands and whatnot but, that only works for so long with some of the things going around.

For the most part, with the exception of my Uncle having a heart attack and needing a triple bypass surgery, this year has started out to be a good year, completing college, buying a house… graduation in June… having my parents come to Chatham to see me graduate… Actually having my dad around to do that… Hopefully the second half of this year is just as good… maybe I’ll even have a ring by the end of it😉 ! Who knows. All I know is I hope that this summer and even the rest of the year will be filled with lots of awesome adventures, BBQ’s, and lots of great memories…. and hopefully it will end with my house being unpacked, painted, and the few renovations we want to do will be completed.. like painting… I can’t tell you how much I HATE tan paint after living in apartments for 3 years. ICK!


New House!

Ahhh, how good it feels to be out of the apartment and finally moved into the house. So much more room to move about for both Rob and myself and the cats! We’ve been living here for about a week now so boxes are still sitting in various rooms waiting to be unpacked and there’s still a few odds and ends over at the apartment that need to be packed up and brought over – but that’s kinda of been put on hold temporarily as I have a chest infection and haven’t been able to do too much due to coughing fits.

I must say – it is SO nice being able to do laundry in my own house and not have to pack it up and take it somewhere or pay out the butt to do the laundry at the building + not having to worry about whether or not the machines are in use! Although we have already had a couple minor technicalities with the the washer and dryer – they were easy fixes with the help of both my dad via phone and rob’s dad being here in person to eventually figure out why the dryer was not drying my clothing within. One load was going on the 3rd hour in the dryer and was still soaking wet! Then Rob had some buddies over (which included a marshmallow fight… that I am still cleaning up marshmallows from!!!!!) and the hose came off of the washing machine and almost flooded the basement – good thing Rob was in the basement and caught it fairly quickly!

Despite the piles of boxes that I had in my house – Saturday night we had Rob’s parent’s over for supper and I had made a homemade spaghetti sauce (I’ll include recipe below), Cesar salad and garlic bread – It was SO good and SO filling.

Here is the recipe for the spaghetti sauce  – I did a double batch and I needed two crock pots! I also used the Diced tomatoes that already had herbs and spices in it. I found I had to add an extra can of tomato paste to the sauce but that is by choice.

Homemade Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce
2 cans of diced tomatoes
1 small can of tomato paste
3 -6 cloves minced garlic
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup broccoli
1 tbsp dried/ fresh oregano
1 tbsp dried/fresh basil
1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
1 bay leaf

1) Prepare all ingredients and combine in crock pot.
2) Cook over 6 hours
3) Remove from crock pot & take out bay leaf
4) Place in food processor or blender and pulse until desired consistency
5) Use immediately and freeze extras!

Honestly this sauce was SO easy to make and was SO good. And since Rob is an extremely picky eater when it comes to veggies it’s a great way to get him to eat veggies especially because it’s all blended together so he can’t pick out the carrots or the broccoli!

Also another great Tip with Cooked Carrots (Thanks Shrub!) – Cook carrots in boiling water, drain, mix in butter & brown sugar and put back on the stove for 5 additional minutes… SO FREAKING GOOD!

And for Broccoli – Microwave with a couple tablespoon’s of water add some onion and garlic powder and some of the Clubhouse Tex Mex spice also very very good!!!


Always Stay Humble && Kind <3

Honestly, I am obsessed with this song by Tim McGraw. It is stuck in my head and such a beautiful song. And completely true. It’s only March (and already half way through March at that) and I am loving the songs that have already been released in 2016 in Country Music. Honestly, that’s basically all I listen too (if you know me, you know that this really isn’t a surprise at all). However, there is one song by Megan & Liz called “Big Kids” and I couldn’t help but laugh at it because it is, once again, completely true at this stage in my life. Basically talking about how you’re all of a sudden at that age where your friends are getting engaged, married and having babies. Last week I swear it was every day someone was announcing that they were engaged, that they had a baby, or that they were expecting. It was crazy. It drove me nuts because in a way, I feel like I am a step behind everyone else my age, I mean, I’ve basically JUST finished college, which took me forever to figure out what I wanted to do. And I get it, the main thing is, I did it. However…. feeling like you’re a step behind everyone sucks… Hands up if you’re a big kid!

Although, I will admit, I am slowing getting there with everyone. I will be graduating college in June, and Rob and I are slowing starting to move into our house. I cannot wait to have more room and more storage and to be able to decorate things how I want to… and to paint! Paint the walls how I want to. Add a Pallet wall…. these are all things that will be happening. As well as making the back deck bigger and fixing up the front porch. Ahhh. So much to do ! It will be exciting when it’s all done and looking like ours and not like every other apartment in the building.

I have been loving the weather lately. The birds are starting to sing in the morning, I haven’t needed to wear a winter coat in a few weeks AND I’ve already broke out the Flip Flops… Enjoying the weather outdoors… and starting to feel myself starting to get a little more happy. I find by the end of the winter that I start to feel pretty miserable and over winter. Even though this Winter hasn’t been too horrible, we have actually had a pretty decent winter this year… but still.. BRING ON SPRING & SUMMER!!

Anyways, since I am all done with classes and exams, this girl is going to enjoy a glass of wine and Pinterest… because she’s missed Pinterest Oh-so-much while being busy with school.

Remember, always stay humble and kind🙂

xo, bobbie-jo

Everybody’s Got a Little Dirt Road in ‘Em

Well, it seems to be that since starting school I am posting about everything 3-ish months. Last blog was December 15th. And quite a bit has happened since then!


Everything that has happened since that post:
– I finished semester 1 with a 4.0 GPA in result getting Academic Distinction!
– I got to go to Collingwood for Christmas and spent it with my family and friends
– I quit my job
– I adopted a second cat (Kyo – if you have me on Facebook or Snapchat or follow me on Instagram… you would have seen him floating around there)
– Rob and I are buying a house
-AND I am back to studying for exams for second semester.

Second Semester has flown by because it’s only been an 8 week semester… but that doesn’t mean that I am done after this week…. I have this week which is exams, then March break and then 8 weeks of what’s called Consolidation which is me working with a PSW for a certain about of hours in two 3 week blocks.

I honestly CANNOT wait to get moved out of this apartment. The apartment has been great and all because it’s my first “on my own” apartment, but I am so ready for a house and I am pretty sure Camo and Kyo are going to enjoy the extra room to run around since they don’t get to do that here too much due to it only being a tiny tiny one bedroom apartment.

Today is such a gorgeous day out. I have the patio door open to let in some fresh air. It honestly feels like Spring outside… I cannot wait for it to actually be Spring! Although, we’ve had it pretty lucky here this winter with it not being too rough of a Winter, I am ready for the constant warm weather and not this hopping back and forth from cold to warm, warm to cold, sunny to rain, rain to freezing rain, freezing rain to blizzard, blizzard to spring like weather. It is sure taking a toll on my body and because the weather has been hopping around so much lately I have gotten colds so much this winter.

Anyways…. I know this post has been a bit all over the place, and slightly short… BUT… I do have 5 exams this week and haven’t studied… so I guess it’s that time!


3 months of hectic

Wow. Hard to believe that my last blog post was September 21st. Hard to believe that it is already December 12th…. and it’s 13 degree’s Celsius outside (I’m in Canada, so it’s kinda a big deal).

Another thing that’s hard to believe? I have my first exam tomorrow too. Which means that this semester is coming to and end at the end of the week. This semester has flown by. I am already half way done my college experience and halfway to becoming a PSW.

First semester clinical proved that this job is physically demanding – which I knew when I started the program and was expecting it. I also went into the course knowing that I would be making a difference in people’s lives, but it wasn’t until I started my first semester clinical, that I truly believed it.

Last night, Rob and I hosted a Christmas dinner party for our friends… 12 people in my little one bedroom apartment wasn’t actually as bad as I expected, surprisingly! And, I also cooked a turkey… for the first time… all by myself. Okay, so I had my mom on speaker phone the whole time I was prepping the bird to have her walk me through it but, I still technically did it on my own and it turned out amazing! When Rob went to carve it, it just fell right. off. the bone. It was delicious and super moist too! And it was such a fun night where everyone had lots of laughs, drinks and food. One thing though, I cannot wait until Rob and I get a house and I have a bigger kitchen to cook a big dinner like this in. Although I managed in my little bitty kitchen I still cannot wait!!!

Anyways, I should stop procrastinating and start studying for tomorrow’s exam!

xo, bobbie-jo

Free tuition to Syrian Refugee’s? What about us Canadian’s?

Today, it was brought to my attention through one of my best friends who posted an article on her Facebook page that Fanshawe College in London will be handing out free tuition to Syrian refugee’s, (See article here) and honestly, I do not agree with it. This is my open letter to the college itself.

Dear Fanshawe College,

I am writing to you today regarding an article that I read today on the Blackburn news website regarding your facility providing free tuition to Syrian refugee’s. I personally do not attend Fanshawe college, I attend St Clair College – Thames Campus for the Personal Support Worker course.

To start, I want to take the time to break down what I myself, as a Canadian, has to spend to attend one year of school:
Tuition: $3,693.70
Books: $400 (estimated)
Required uniform: $152 (estimated)
Required certificates: $165 (estimated)
Required police check: $30 (one for each semester)
Medical requirements: $100 (estimated)
General school supplies: $150 (estimated).
Parking/public transit: $250 (estimated)
*Total: $4,940.70 (estimated)

(*Please note that this amount doesn’t also include the cost of living either (rent, bills, food, etc). Also that these numbers have also been rounded. I am not in anyway saying that this is the cost of the average student a year, I am going based off of what I as a student paid for my current studies)

This amount for a Canadian to pay to attend post-secondary is outrageous. The Canadian government also doesn’t help by raising the cost of tuition which makes it harder for a hard working Canadian to come up with the funds to attend post secondary school which then turns into to Canadian’s not being able to study a profession that would benefit the country which then leads to shortages in doctors, trade’s workers, nurses, and all other fields that are needed. This as an end result, puts Canadian’s either working minimum wage, part time jobs struggling to make ends meet. But, you’re willing to give that free tuition to a refugee instead of helping those in your own country first? If a Syrian refugee is wanting to leave their country to live in Canada for a better life, then they need to work for that just as hard as the average Canadian instead of having things such as tuition handed to them in a silver plater.

Another thing about this post that irked me the wrong way…. you’re wanting to give Non-Canadian’s free tuition, but expect hard working Canadian’s to send donations to the “Syrian Tuition Fund”. What makes you honestly think that a Canadian in their right mind is going to willingly support a fund to give immigrants free schooling?!

My main question for you, is why not start by helping your own first by providing Canadian’s who were born and raised and work hard in this country? To help make a stronger Canada. To help with our ratings of people being unemployed, on welfare, or even the homeless. Imagine the difference YOU could make by giving free tuition to a Canadian who is willing to better themselves to help create a stronger country.

An irritated hard working Canadian College Student.