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The planning and laughing.

Everything seems so very simple at this moment. I am listening to Andrea Bocelli sing Ave Maria in Milan.

I know all of the words. I do not sing along. 

Millions of people around the world tuned in live to watch this man sing in a church in an effort to feel part of something together, while we are all distanced from one another.

I can't count the number of times that I sang this song as second soprano in the Knights Of Columbus All Girls Choir, while our Choir Director, a tiny little lady with an odd shape of a haircut would jump up and down, sometimes yelling,  sometimes hitting her stick so hard on her music stand that I don't know how either didn't break, practicing sections of each part of the song, over, and over, and over again. (I remember one time she made us say, "I am not a fat cow" because we were singing like fat cows, however the fat cows sing).

Andrea probably didn't have to practice as much as we did, a group of 25 or teen girls.

I can't r…

How to set up your April

Blog post on the fun blog here. How to set up your April for COVID

Fear

Remember way back when I started writing this blog. Life was challenging. Fifteen thousand kilometers from home, living in a world with no tall buildings (I remember the first time that our city got an escalator and people would ride it for fun), spotty electricity, cyclones, you name it. I remember that I would occasionally find peanut butter in the grocery stores and buy a few to have on hand and later learned to buy some while on vacation and store in our duplex...I remember that for months it seemed like Tuesdays were almost impossible, almost always leaving me in tears.

Slowly I acclimated, with the help of friends that quickly became my new expatriate family. I was no longer alone in this new world. I had my share of ups and downs, all kinds of new experiences - some bad, some good, some terrible, some wonderful, but I did it with my new family. I'm fortunate enough to still be in good contact with a lot of them, even chatting with one of them this week. We would be seeing e…

Shaking things up

I have loads of information to post...all good, I guess? Or less somber at least.

But for a little humor, please check out my VIRUS blog's latest post HERE
If you are one of the stragglers still reading this blog...now almost ten years old and find yourself innovated and overwhelmed with topic of THE VIRUS , it may be worthwhile to skip this post. As always, I'm writing for me...and I finally need to write about the status of today's world.

It's scary out there. I take PD (Physical Distancing) seriously and this weekend, I went grocery shopping and went and got supplies. My first experience started off nerve-wracking but I was quickly put to ease as both the store and the shoppers complied with all of THE VIRUS prevention rules. It was as if the shoppers and I had some kind of secret meeting outside.

"Ok, Black Kia, You'll start with aisles 8, 9, and 10, and then Green Nissan, You'll taken them once follow her once she's done. And guys, don't touch your face!" 

I posted my story and thanks (and how it was handled on the store's Facebook page because it truly made a difference in my day.

Sunday I w…

Mags & I

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A little lightness to post this morning. I decided that finally Maggie decided a « real » haircut. 
She ended up at some frou-frou salon that was affordable but well rated. 
Ahhhh. Less of the dumpster dive look!

We decided to hang out with some friends for a couple of days. They have 2 young kids & Maggie gets PKAYED OUT & is ready for bed at 10pm! 
And it often means that sometimes we go to bed....feeling like we live in Salvador Dali’s house. But in a good way way. 
Take care everyone. Stay calm & I hope you’ve stocked up on all you need to. ❤️
I'm back in Edmonton with a long to-do list. The regular stuff, plus the other stuff that came up while I was in Mexico, madly scribbling in my notebook instead of typing away on my little iPad.

I had a meeting on Monday with a new recruiting firm. I was anxious, because as it turns out, I need a little adjustment on my medication, and that became VERY clear on vacation. While in Edmonton, I was able to busy myself with little chores and distractions and extra dog walks and...well, I could blame a lot of my anxiety and mood swings on what was going on at home...but when I was away from it all, I could see that while yes, I'm going through a hard time, my meds need a little tweaking. My doctor had mentioned as much before I left and she had noticed it before I did, but there were quite a few anxiety attacks on vacation. I'm happy that I have so many tools that I've learned, but on the way home, I had an anxiety attack that lasted about 4 hours. That's very exhaustin…