Summertime

So the weather is finally starting to improve (it’s about time), and it’s actually starting to look like summer is upon us. I have to say that the good weather, combined with my finally getting a job, has DRASTICALLY improved my outlook on life.

Actually, now that the weather is better, I appear to have three jobs: writing this blog, my new job as a security guard, and my old job at Circus Delights, a carnival company here in Ottawa. I used to work there during summers throughout high school, and now that I’m back in Ottawa, I figured I might as well help out there again as well. It’s not full-time work, but it’s good extra money and the hours are flexible.

The other great thing about Circus Delights is that it gets me outside—I’m bad about this. I can be such a couch potato sometimes, even when the weather is good. The only drawback to all this sun is that, with the t-shirts we wear as our uniform, I get one SUPER attractive “farmer’s tan.”

So that is pretty much how I shall spend my summer: working for Circus Delights and Iron Horse (once I finish my licensing, anyway). I may also visit friends back in Toronto and attend a few anime conventions if I can afford them.

That’s another tricky thing during the summer—budgeting. You don’t necessarily have much to do, so hanging out with friends is a lot more spontaneous, since it’s not like you really have to worry about scheduling ahead. So you don’t think about it and go clubbing, or to a movie or whatever, and then suddenly realize you’ve spent a bunch of money you didn’t mean to. Also, during the summer, there are more things you have time to PLAN to do, like me with anime conventions and such. And you have the time and the ability to do them—but should you really be spending that money?

I mean, it’s silly to spend the whole summer doing nothing, just to save your money. You have to have fun at some point. But you do have to be careful with how much you’re spending. A few drink with friends here and there isn’t bad, but if you’re going out every other night, your tuition fund is gonna suffer.

So if you can, try to plan more of your hangouts ahead of time, so you can work out what you’re going to do, and how much it’s going to cost you. It doesn’t sound like much fun, but we’re all adults now. We do have to start being more responsible and budgeting out our money wisely.

That being said, I hope you all are having a great summer, and for those of you still in high school, good luck on exams!

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