Friday, August 28, 2009

5 Things I Learned in Alberta

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Current Mood: Tired (and annoyed. I blame it on the bad dream).

Current Song: Paparazzi by Lady Gaga

Been here just over a week now. I'm getting used to the Albertan pace of life (which I don't really know I would take to in the long term). There's been a lot of eating and baking and lounging. Also too much shopping. I think I've reached my quota for the year. So here are 5 things that I learned while here:

1. It is never too early (or too late) for a barbecue. Eating barbecued meat at 11 in the morning, or eating it at midnight is apparently, not out of bounds really. In fact KFC is daily fare for breakfast for some around here. I miss vegetables.

2. Boys are smelly and weird even if you're not 5 years old. As you know, we don't have men in our house. Over here there are three tall boys who eat a lot, and subsequently create a lot of commotion. They are the ones eating said KFC for breakfast. Remind me not to have children.

3. The driving alone would kill me here. I'm scared of the roads here. I have no idea how I would navigate my way with fields on all 4 sides. Plus a sign that says "Maximum 110 km" is not my friend. I drive like an old lady and I like narrow Vancouver roads, and traffic.

4. One Tax Rules! If I buy a pair of pants for 10 bucks (as if!). It won't cost me 500 extra dollars in tax. Take that BC! In your face, Gordon Campell's harebrained HST idea!

5. I don't think they're finished building this place. There is a lot of land, and most of it is flat. Last week I went to a mall that was literally in the middle of nowhere. There were acres of land, and suddenly a Home Sense came out of nowhere and slapped us in the face. It was a bit of a weird experience actually.

I'm here for a some more time. I shall report back, and hopefully when I get home, I'll have some fun pictures to share with you all. Anyway, I'm off to go lounge around for a while. Until next week!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Be Brazen With Me and Brazen Careerist

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Current Mood: pretty awake

Current Song: Midnight in her Eyes by Joe Henry

Hello from Calgary! We've been here a few days, and mostly we've shopped. I even got a nice belt, so now I don't have to hold up my pants with rope! (Score!!).

Today I'm writing on behalf of my friends at Brazen Careerist. As a Gen Y (aged 19 to 30), we are increasingly managing our careers and reputations online (how NOT to have your boss see drunken pictures of last Friday night). With the advent of things like facebook and twitter, there is a need to create a sense of community. Being online is simultaneously isolating and overwhelming.

I joined Brazen a few months ago and have found a wonderful sense of community, with the staff and friends. I even totally got a feature blog on there! The launch promises some excellent features including a personal feed and the chance to create a professional resume. But beyond all that, you can connect with people from all walks of life (i've connected with fellow humanitarians, book lovers, writers and of course music lovers).

So whether you're job hunting, or need to connect and network with folks in your industry, come over and join Brazen. I'd love to more Canadians on there too! Come on over and join the Brazen network. We're all in it together :)

Until later this week, ciao!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Talking About Generations

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Current Mood: Awake, surpringly early

Current Song: Barely Listening by Pilate

Two posts in one week! Miracle of Miracles! It's a short one today.

Just wanted to let you know that I was asked to guest post for a site called Talking about Generations - a blog that is interested in intergenerational behaviours in and out of the work place - a little while back. Today my post appeared on the site.

You can read it here.

Thanks to Ines and her team for giving me the space to write.

That's all kids! Enjoy!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Look Ma! No Car!

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Current Mood: bit rushy

Current Song: Dirty King by The Cliks

Terribly sorry for not having blogged in such a very long time. August has been a bit of a whack job and I've been out and about and trying to do things every day for the last couple of weeks. As you know, I'm going to Alberta until the beginning of September, for what my family deems a well deserved holiday (I am yet to be convinced of its deservedness). Nevertheless, I'm off in about 2 days (packing yet to commence).

Yesterday, my sister and I got up to some trouble and tried out the Canada Line for the first time. It's the new line of the skytrain system in Vancouver that now links Vancouver International Airport to Downtown Vancouver. It is apparently, the first of its kind in Canada (woo Olympics for expediting a rapid transit system and simultaneously burdening us with debt!). It's such a lot of hassle to get to the airport, given the state of the narrowly crowded roads going there. And parking is even worse and exorbitantly pricey.

So I thought I'd share some pics of the journey, given that I'm taking it again in two days to go to the Airport, which I love so. Here goes!

We begin at Waterfront Station. Look! It's showing the time the train arrives, just like in London (Only the station doesn't smell like pee)...

And now we have a view of the Fraser River as we zoom on past. The train is underground for the most part through downtown and then goes back above ground once further south.


They even have self-check in along the stations for those heading in the direction of the Airport. Very convenient if you're in a rush or don't want to bother with people or something.

Okay, so this last one doesn't have anything to do with the Canada Line. But we had a craving for sushi, so we went to Kimono on West Pender and Granville after our escapades. We used to go here in ye olde choir days so it was great.
Okay folks, I'm off to do some packing (now, where did I put that suitcase...?). I shall blog from Calgary with pics, hopefully of exciting adventures (hah!). And I shall see you back in Vancouver in Early September! Go Team!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

What If I Am Good Enough? Fear of Success

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Current Mood: meh.

Current Song: Great Expectations by Elbow (great band)

So I've been away for a couple of weeks. Suffice it to say that I shouldn't ever stop blogging because the ideas have been brewing in my head since I hit the pillow post-blogathon. Anyway, August has been brutal already and I don't expect it's going to improve significantly on any front. But onwards and upwards right?

Last weekend was the long weekend, and when my family is around one another for prolonged periods of time, we suddenly turn into psychiatrists. This time it was my turn to play patient. I've always wanted to write a novel and having done lots of writing in the last year, my family decided to ask me why I haven't started on this said novel as yet. I thought about it it. For a while too!

It turns out it's not that fear of failure really that's been holding me back. Rather it's the ugly closeted brother we call the "fear of success". It sounds stupid to most of you I'm sure, but I think one leads to the other.

For most of my life, I've held myself to my own expectations (and subsequently extremely high standards). Nobody else really has I don't think. I'm afraid that I will write and I will succeed, and suddenly people will expect me to fit their standard.

Over the last week I've thought more and more about it. If I'm true to my own standards, it would be folly not to do it. If for nobody, then for myself. I would hate to look back at the end of my life and have a list of "shoulda's." It's likely more disappointing to let myself down than it is to think that I might reach the pinnacle and then veer out of control.

It's another trust issue I think. I'm just going to have to learn to put faith in myself and my abilities to handle whatever it is that comes my way: success, failure, hell, high water, locusts, bad makeup....

So I'm happy to report, I've started writing the novel. You can all shut up about it now :)

Will report on this event periodically as the mists clear. Until next week, happy week!