The start of the snowboarding season

My first day of the season at Sunshine Village consisted of several small triumphant “firsts”.

It was the first time in almost two years that I went riding solo (it doesn’t happen very often but when it does, I appreciate the time alone in the mountains).

It was also the first time ever that I made first chair of the day.

And, most importantly, it was the first time I attempted snowboarding since learning that I do not have an ACL anymore. Pretty sure this means I’m invincible.

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~C.

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Procrastinating by writing about procrastinating

For years, I’ve branded myself as a procrastinator.

This self-deprecating term isn’t entirely accurate. I feel as though it makes me sound lazy. Unmotivated. Uninterested.

However, when I proclaim I’m a procrastinator, what I’m not conveying to people is that I haven’t done a particular task because my focus is scattered, not because I’m lazy or don’t want to do it. There are SO many different things that I want to do, that they are all contenders for my attention. I’m not certain which one to do first.

Take this very moment, for instance. I have some days off, and there is a race going on in my head. A fight for priorities. I am writing, but I’m also doing laundry and thinking about all the emails I need to clean out of my inbox, and how I need to finish my maid of honor speech today, plus the workout/physiotherapy exercises to do, the errands that need to be run, and the house that desperately needs to be cleaned. There are those books I want to read, but it’s so beautiful outside and I should be taking advantage of it because these summer days are limited and I want to plan some hikes and bike trips and camping. There are unfinished projects, like going through travel photos from the past seven years that I am going to sort and print, and the beat-up sideboard table that’s sitting in my garage (half-sanded). I’ve been neglecting yoga lately, to the detriment of my hamstrings and hip flexors, but wouldn’t mountain biking be a great activity to take up? Also, I’m long overdue in catching up with some dear friends I  haven’t seen in quite some time, plus there’s that obedience/scent detection course that I think Leila-dog would really benefit from attending, which I should look into. I have pretty much forgotten how to use my DSLR, so I’d like to brush up on my camera skills. I have some new cookbooks to try out and I’ve always wanted to learn how to crochet because, you know, throw blankets are a necessity. I miss horseback riding and would love to regularly visit the farm and have my mum coach me back into an acceptable riding form, and there’s that big trip my sister and I are planning for next year that I need to start researching. I want to brush up on my professional skills too and take some more courses. And, this blog layout annoys me and I want to make it more interesting.

That’s not even the entire list, of course.

Am I unwittingly a candidate for an ADHD diagnosis? Or am I just interested in too many things and need to narrow my focus?

Prioritize, organize, and finalize. Short-term vs long-term goals.

Sometimes, I get so overwhelmed with all the possibilities that I start doing several things at once and don’t finish any of them for a prolonged length of time. Or, I just sit at the computer and list everything I want/need to do, to avoid making a decision.

Hmmm. Maybe I am a little bit of a  procrastinator after all.

~C.

 

 

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Time-out from the city

Sometimes, spontaneity is unexpectedly staying overnight at the family farm….

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….and going horseback riding the next morning in borrowed jammy jams.

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It’s becoming increasingly more difficult to envision my future self living in the city.
Despite the fact that I’ve been living in a city for more than 10 years (and I certainly do appreciate many of the urban conveniences!), I have always been drawn to a rural lifestyle.

What more can I say? It’s in my roots.

And, apparently it’s illegal to keep a pony in my backyard. Fun-spongey city bylaw officers.

~C.

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Firsts

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First weekend of summer.

First run since my knee injury in February.

First yoga workshop, focusing on arm balances and inversions. (For the record, I’m much better at inverting than I am at arm balancing….for now.)

I’m sore and bruised, but it was just the push I needed to remove myself from my comfort zone.

And, really…I’m bettering myself one face-plant at a time.

~C.

 

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And I said, Hey! Girl with one eye…

At the risk of sounding like an absolute phony, I generally don’t mind Monday mornings all that much. New week, fresh start, blah de blah blah.

This particular Monday morning though, I feel like I could have done with an extra day off. My eyeballs are on the verge of falling out of my head. Some last-minute, urgent documents appeared on my desk Friday afternoon (which needed to be done for Monday morning, naturally), so I had a technical writing marathon this weekend.

This doesn’t happen too often. And it probably wouldn’t have been so bad, had I not had eye surgery the other week. Just a touch-up on my right eye though, which is now super clear compared to the gentle fuzziness of my left. As a result, eye strain ensued while I was parked in front of my computer for a total of 16 hours. By the end, I was doing this tragic sort of drunken lurch towards the computer screen and back again, squinting with mouth slightly agape, closing one eye for better focus. I was also perched upon this wonderful Sit Active cushion – gifted to me by my sister on my 30th birthday, as a pre-emptive strike against poor posture that apparently comes with ageing – which also happens to look like something made for hemorrhoid sufferers.

I glammed up the whole situation though (well, lets not kid myself – made the situation somewhat enjoyable), by setting up office at my sunny kitchen table, lighting some deliciously scented candles and putting on a beautiful playlist (Ambient Icelandic Stargazing on Songza), while drinking mugs of warm lemon water and wearing slipper booties.

While it wasn’t the most ideal way to spend the weekend, I got ‘er done. And, this upcoming weekend is a three-day break for me, so guess who’s going to be making up for lost time?

~C.

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Laid up

Today is a day I’m working from home, in my pyjamas.

Last night I had the misfortune of reigniting my ol’ ACL injury. Which kind of puts a damper on this upcoming weekend. I’ve had this girl’s snowboarding weekend scheduled for over a month! Instead of riding in -30 degree weather though, I might be booking myself in for a spa session.

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Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise.

Also, I’ve just booked flights for a little getaway in April. I’m temporarily not bummed out!

~C.

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Snowshoe to Troll Falls

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If you’re not a winter activity enthusiast, I can empathize with how miserable and long this season is.

I’m fortunate in the sense that most of my interests centre around ice and snow. From when I was a wee little thing, ice rinks were my second home (I dabbled with figure skating before getting involved with ringette, then continued to hone my skating and endurance skills with Power Skating sessions). The coulee hills at my parents’ farm were the best tobogganing hills for miles around. And now, I happen to live very close to the mountains, which means I can get in a day of snowboarding with minimum hassle.

After this past weekend, I can add snowshoeing to my repertoire, too! It was my first time out, so the brief trail to Troll Falls was a suitable distance. Also, it was pretty cold. I had to keep my camera close to my body (read: tucked into the waistband of my pants!), to keep the battery warm enough so I could get a few pictures.

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~C.

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We adopted a kitten. Except…

…his mannerisms are suspiciously similar to those of a dog.

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We named him Loki and he plays fetch. Which, most of the time, turns into a competition between him and Leila-dog. Leila often wins because of her size advantage. Loki’s quick enough (and smart enough) to stay out of her path. Most of the time.

He eats food that is inadvertently dropped on the kitchen floor. If no food is dropped, he begs for it by meowing persistently.

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And, he drinks out of the toilet bowl! I’m trying to discourage this behaviour (and not just because I think there is going to be the inevitable fall into the bowl).

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We brought him home two months ago and it took him no time at all to settle into his new surroundings. He’s also doubled in size already! And, he’s proven to be the perfect addition to round out our little gang.

~C.

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Five

It's that time of year again...

Snapshot from the latest farm visit. It’s that time of year again…

  • It’s the one year anniversary of me moving back to Canada. It’s rainy and dreary here today, which reminds me of Auckland in the winter. The more time that goes by, the more I miss it. But I’m incredibly happy for my life here in Canada.
  • It was Phil’s and my two year anniversary a few weeks ago. I gave him a Smith and Wesson Extraction and Evasion hatchet (nothing says I love you like a murderous, aggressively named weapon). We went for brunch at our favourite breakfast place and then zip-lining at Canada Olympic Park (I like more adrenaline-inducing things, but this was a lot of fun and we’d definitely do it again!).
  • I finally procured a new-to-me vehicle. It’s been two years since I had one, which is pretty unbelievable considering how much I love to drive. I bought another 4runner, as I love how durable, trustworthy and practical they are for my lifestyle. I support the import!
  • I had my first camping trip of the year last weekend. Phil’s friends took me out to Red Lodge (I think they felt bad that our trip to Nelson, BC had to be cancelled on account of Phil being exiled out-of-town for work. It was a beautiful weekend and they took such great care of me. No burgers and hot dogs for us – some pretty gourmet dishes, they surprised me with coffee in bed and we had dance parties around the campfire.
  • My two-month hiatus from work has officially come to an end. Not only did I get one job, but two! I start a full-time technical writing contract next week and I also have a freelance copywriting job on the side. I’m pretty excited. I’ve enjoyed being able to spend more time at my parents’ farm, having day-long Dexter marathons and book-reading sessions and doing pretty much whatever I want, but it’s time to put on my grown-up pants and get me a steady paycheck again.

~C.

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