Welcome to the first post of Fortnight Living! Fortnight Living is a blog where I will be sharing things about my life and getting back into writing. In particular, I will be writing about several of my passions: Home decorating, cooking, fashion, shopping, and life! There will probably be posts on career stuff, marriage, dogs (especially my Pembroke Welsh Corgi Newton), and other random topics too. I am so happy to have you here so I can get all chatty about things that make my heart sing, and hopefully yours too!
A little about me – I’m Rebecca Cousineau; a woman who lives a double life (oooh mysterious). Since May 2012, I have worked as a geological engineer at a remote gold mine for two weeks at a time. After my two weeks of work are done I then I return home to Toronto for two weeks of time off (hence why this blog is called Fortnight Living). I married my university sweetheart Eric in January 2015 and we (and Newton) live in a house we purchased in Toronto in October 2013. As you can imagine, two weeks off every month leaves me with a lot of free time on my hands – so I generally use it to work on decorating the house, cooking and baking, shopping, and long walks with Newton. Back in school I used to write for the engineering newspaper (Eric and I even wrote a beer column together), so it is high time that I get back to writing again!
Now that wedding planning is over (I had so much fun with that!), the house has been bought and fixed to the point where it is functional, and Newton is no longer a puppy – I all of a sudden have a lot of free time on my hands. Which you would think would be a good thing, but it turns out that I am going nuts not having something big on the go. So instead of driving myself and Eric crazy I decided it was time to start a blog! Eric has two beer blogs that made me realize I really missed writing.
The House: I am sure I will write more about this later, but Eric and I had a long adventure buying our house in October 2013 (after a long house hunt we ended up in a bidding war and had to beat out 9 other offers to nab our fixer upper). Toronto’s real estate market was hot, and it has only gotten crazier since then! We are slowly starting to win the battle in turning our home into the updated vintage charmer it has always wanted to be. The house was built in 1962 but has a more 1950’s vibe partly due to the fact that a lot of it is in it’s original state – it only had two owners before us. That was a big part of the appeal of this house; it has very good bones. The house has a lot of windows and space for us to eventually grow into. Cool features of our home include: Crystal doorknobs, a fully functioning brewery in the basement, a very old kitchen with white laminate counters with gold stars (not even joking, I will post a picture once I do a post about our future kitchen remodel), and a door painted to look like the Jamaican flag (we DID NOT do that, I swear I will paint it soon). There is still a lot of work to be done and I have made it my mission to make this house a cozy, bright and welcoming home!
I look forward to writing this blog and seeing where it goes! And don’t be strangers, there is a comment section for a reason 🙂