Night Photo


Taking a photography course makes you get out and try things you wouldn’t normally do. With two assignments a week the course has forced me to get out and use my camera and slowly we are becoming friends.

One assignment was a night shot at a slow shutter speed to show movement. I was pretty happy when this FINALLY turned out. So glad I am taking up this hobby in the digital age. I can’t imagine the frustration with a camera that uses film. Being able to see your photos right away is helpful and frustrating. When it does work though it’s a great feeling.

I’m also taking a writing course and that one we are only on week one. So far not much writing, some reading to do and writing a short introduction of myself for the class. Which is fine but the course is only five weeks and if the whole course moves this slow I’m a little worried about how much I’ll get out of it. It is getting me back to thinking about writing which is good and I’ll give it another week or so before I make a decision.

Also have an interview tomorrow, which I hopes turns out well. I’d like to get back to a routine. A friend and I were talking about it on the weekend about how when you have a lot going on it seems easier to get more stuff done and when you have a bunch of time it’s like everything stretches out. Not as much seems to fit into a day and suddenly getting up seems like the big chore for the day.

I remember working, taking classes, making it to yoga, walking to and from work, meeting up with friends and now that just doesn’t seem possible. I know it is and I hope to get back to that place.

Since the New Year I’ve been getting better at doing more. Lists are magical things for getting stuff done, I love lists and the satisfaction that comes with marking off all of the items on a “To Do” list. Maybe I should get myself some gold stars to boost my motivation, I work well with validation. That’s why the fitbit works so well for me, I can see my progress and it rewards me with badges everyday and also ones for larger milestones. I need a fitbit for life tasks, then I’d get everything done.

Today This Is Where I Wish I Was….

On a beach in Honolulu, playing in the surfing and soaking up some sun.

Honolulu Beach

Instead I am at work having to deal with a situation that I thought was over. On the bright side I get recognized at the company town hall for fifteen years of service. I can’t believe I’ve been at the same company that long (well April 1st is my anniversary date) and with that comes mixed feelings. On the one hand I’m proud of being there so long, on the other I wonder what happened and when I will decide what I want to be when I grow up.

If the situation turns messy I’ll just close my eyes and think of the beach.


After the personality assessment at Canada Olympic Park in the morning and after lunch we got to go and ride the bobsled!

Very exciting, we had to pick out a helmut and then four go at a time. You figure out who you’re riding with and then where you get to sit. I got to sit in the front YAY! Then the one guy who actually knows what he is doing tells you to hold on keep your head up and hold on.

The bobsled reaches speeds up to ninety km an hour, the ride goes by SO fast and the corners are crazy. It’s a bumpy ride and you do get jostled around quite a bit. All I could think of is the scene in “Cool Runnings” about the Jamaica Bobsled team where they are all sitting in the tub practicing and now that scene makes a lot more sense!

You have no time to react you just go with it and get knocked about a bit from side to side.

It was fun and I’d totally do it again!

At the start:

In the bobsled:

Ready to go!

We were suppose to do the zipline as well which I was REALLY looking forward to but the wind picked up and they shut it down for the day : (

The good news is that we do get to go back and do the zipline in September so all is not lost, I’m really looking forward to it! I went ziplining in Costa Rica and it was really fun, I wrote about it here Ziiplining Costa Rica.

Okay The 7 Habits Has Been Enjoyable

I signed up for the course and wasn’t really looking forward to it. I’ve fought the “7 Habits Of Successful People” by Steven Covey for years. Showing up yesterday I thought we’ll get stories, instruction and the dreaded group work and presentations.

Upon arrival I grabbed a coffee and settled in for three days of pretending to pay attention. Something happened, our instructor is really nice, very engaging. The other people from the office were really nice. The course is really useful and I can see implementing many of the habits into my life. Not just work but every day life. Actually probably more my personal life, I care more about my personal life.

Much of it is common sense but sometimes we need a reminder of what’s important, priorities and also how to treat people. All of this is in the course. Focus and figuring out what is important, coming up with a plan and staying on track. All good lessons. Perhaps the best lesson is that I work with people. Sometimes you forget and just show up to your job, get it done and go home. I realized over the past two days how little I engage with the people I work with. Many in the course are outside of my group, people I don’t get to talk to and it was nice to see some familiar faces I haven’t seen in awhile and also meet some new ones.

Have one day to go with the course and I’m looking forward to it. I’m now glad I took it not just for the instruction on the 7 Habits but also for reconnecting with people in the office. Sometimes just stepping away from work and getting a more personal conversation going can make a huge difference, also looking forward to going back to the office and keeping up some of the friendships I’ve started to form.

A New Week

I don’t have to go to work for three days!

Don’t get too excited I get to go to a 7 Habits course. Do I understand that the 7 Habits are suppose to make me a more productive and organized employee? Yes.

Do I still think I’m going to want to stick a pencil in my eye? Yes.

I am going to go into it with as good an attitude as I can muster. Also I could use some reminding lately of organization and priorities. I’ve been scattered and a little muddled for months now. Perhaps this will pull me back and put me back on track. Also I get to spend time with some coworkers. It’s become so easy to hide at my desk and perhaps it’s also time to get out from my cubicle and get to know my coworkers again.

The company since I’ve been there has been through so many changes and I guess I need to figure out if it’s changed too much for me to be happy there again or if its time to move on. Either way the 7 Habits should come in handy both professionally and personally. Curious how it will go, I know there will be participation and that always takes me outside my comfort zone. Wish me luck!

Toe-May-Toe, Toe-Mah-Toe

It happens a lot in an office. You ask somebody for something or to do something and they forget or just don’t get to it. Now it’s late and you’re behind but all they have to say is “Oh I’ve been so busy, I just couldn’t get to it”.

Really? Or is it that you can’t manage your time, don’t care because it doesn’t affect you, isn’t a priority for you  and you are just generally incompetent?

I recently had this happen. I needed numbers, an update on costs before I could do my part. Had sent out a request, sent two reminders and still on the day it was due it hadn’t arrived in my inbox. Asking the person where it was and when I could expect it they informed me they had been busy and hadn’t gotten to it yet. Furthermore they were so busy they didn’t now when they would get to it.

It was at this point that I mumbled something like “You say busy, I say incompetent, toe-may-toe, toe-mah-toe”.

They didn’t hear me and asked “What?” I just told them to have it to me as soon as possible.

Turning around my boss was looking at me. Uh oh. My boss had heard me and I got a short talk on how not every one in the office would get my sense of humour. Humour is that what we’re calling it today? Also that maybe, just maybe, my attitude was a little off.

Okay I admit, I shouldn’t have said it.

Then later in the day somebody was explaining to my boss about how they didn’t have something done because they were too busy. That’s when my boss looked at them and said “Toe-may-toe, toe-mah-toe”.