Productive downtime

My time on the bench is coming to an end. I worked Monday and Thursday as full days this week, and Tuesday and today are half days. Due to a rodeo kicking off tonight in Stettler, I'm also working this weekend. I'm okay with it though, I love covering rodeo! I've been out shooting in … Continue reading Productive downtime

Time off…

Well, I've been benched for a few days. My publisher is having me take a few days off to burn off some overtime I've accumulated. As frustrating as it is, as I have things to do, I definitely appreciate it. I don't think I realized quite how fatigued I was. I'm off for three days … Continue reading Time off…

An update, new photos

I need to do better at writing on my blog; after all, it is where I got my start. Life continues to be busy with work work and school. As far as work goes, there never seems to be enough hours in the day to get everything done that I need to, but for the … Continue reading An update, new photos

A Break from Routine

Well, Calgary Comic Expo is done for another year. The fact that I was able to handle three days of crowds tells me how far I have come in m mental health recovery. I did have a four day pass, however due to the crowds on Saturday, and how badly overwhelmed and over stimulated I … Continue reading A Break from Routine

Why I am all in on the Apple ecosystem

So, I’ll admit, over the last year or so I have turned into a bit of an Apple fan-boy. Okay, maybe it goes a little further back than that…. Having had enough of PCs, I saved up and purchased a MacBook Pro for myself in 2018 and it is a move I have not looked … Continue reading Why I am all in on the Apple ecosystem

Another course down…

So, a lot has happened in the three weeks since my last post. Work has been continuing to push me and challenge me in positive ways, and with the health restrictions across the province I've been given the opportunity to cover more and more events. At the end of March, I completed the English course … Continue reading Another course down…

Finding my path…

Photo by James Wheeler on Pexels.com I can't believe that it has been nearly a month since I've written here last. I think I have finally found the path I am meant to be on. Work has been keeping me busy. I've been making inroads into the community of Stettler, and people are starting to … Continue reading Finding my path…

Stress test

Photo by Giancarlo Rojas on Pexels.com It's been a minute since I've had a chance to collect my thoughts and do a blog post. The last couple of weeks have challenged me both personally and professionally. A local firefighter with the department I used to volunteer with was killed in the line of duty at … Continue reading Stress test

Checking in…

I'm entering my third week as a full time journalist, and I am feeling great. The last two weeks have been great, though busy. Hell, last week was insane, but I'm not complaining. I'm just grateful that I managed to get some downtime yesterday. Aside from doing some social media posting for work, yesterday was … Continue reading Checking in…

Over sharpening a blade…

Photo by Los Muertos Crew on Pexels.com My first week officially working full time is drawing to a close. Truth be told, there hasn't been much change from previous weeks aside from the security that it is full time, and in fact my workload has decreased a bit with no longer having as many regional … Continue reading Over sharpening a blade…

Finding routines…

Photo by Polina Zimmerman on Pexels.com I think something that has been helping my mental health so much lately has been a matter of routine. Getting up and going to bed at around the same time every day has really helped with that. Usually, my first alarm goes off at 0640-hrs, with me normally out … Continue reading Finding routines…

Changes afoot…

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com It's official, sports fans. My permanent part-time position is transitioning to a permanent full-time position effective next Monday, with my new position as the new multi-media journalist for Stettler and Castor. The only real changes between what I am doing now and the position is that the new position will … Continue reading Changes afoot…

Finding positive stress…

Photo by Pedro Figueras on Pexels.com It's hard to describe, but this week has been equally frustratingly busy and agonizingly slow. This was was my first week doing layout for both papers, which was definitely some added challenge. Still, being so early in the new year, combined with cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 … Continue reading Finding positive stress…

Feeling Driven…

Photo by Ivan Samkov on Pexels.com Today was a sharp contrast compared to the day off I took yesterday. Unfortunately, we said goodbye to Lynn's mom early this morning. With cold and snowy weather moving into the region again starting tomorrow, she decided to take off a couple days earlier than planned. After she left, … Continue reading Feeling Driven…

A blank page…

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com Today is the first day of a new year, a blank page in a fresh chapter of life. What will be accomplished this year? What highs will elevate us beyond our highest expectations? What lows will challenge us to the edge of our ability to cope? Regardless of our expectations … Continue reading A blank page…

Learning, Quickly…

Photo by Soubhagya Maharana on Pexels.com It is that time of year again where time seems to have little meaning; that twilight zone between Christmas and New Year's where the days just seem to bleed together. While Lynn is taking some much needed time off -she closed the store from Dec. 24 until just after … Continue reading Learning, Quickly…

Another Christmas done…

Some birds in our backyard, Christmas Day, 2021 Another Christmas is done with. I actually turned my alarms off and let myself wake up when I woke up, which was just after 9 a.m., definitely late for me. It was nice being able to not have to worry about getting up. When I did eventually … Continue reading Another Christmas done…

Pleasant surprises…

Photo by Vladislav Murashko on Pexels.com Sometimes I succeed in surprising myself. I woke up to my Communications exam marks in my email box first thing Saturday morning, with pleasantly surprising results. Due to the few questions in the exam that I was drawing a complete blank on I was expecting a mark somewhere in … Continue reading Pleasant surprises…

Time flies…

It has been a minute since I've been able to come up for air long enough to write. To say the last couple of weeks have been busy is an understatement. Work has been keeping me busy. It has definitely been more hours than I was expecting, but I am not complaining. The work is … Continue reading Time flies…

Contemplating life’s pathways…

Photo by Eva Elijas on Pexels.com As another week draws to an end, I find myself in a contemplative mood. I'm feeling better than I have in I don't know how long. I'm feeling stronger. Calmer. At peace. Yet, this fall has been brutal. I've lost friends to cancer and friends to COVID. Regardless, I've … Continue reading Contemplating life’s pathways…

CMNS 201: Reflective BLOG

Photo by Tracy Le Blanc on Pexels.com Through eight modules, at least twice that many readings, and five months worth of studying, I'm on to the final assignment of a journey started on July first. Re-reading my some of my blogs from August, when my journey through the course was still in its infancy, I … Continue reading CMNS 201: Reflective BLOG

R.I.P. Wolf Man… You will be missed.

Photo by Ryutaro Tsukata on Pexels.com My heart is heavy this morning. I got word last night that a friend had passed away. The Wolf Man was around two decades older than I, but we were kindred souls. We shared a lot of interests, and a lot of the same political views. Unfortunately, this is … Continue reading R.I.P. Wolf Man… You will be missed.

Grateful for the journey…

Photo by Craig Adderley on Pexels.com How the hell did it get to be the end of November already? Suffice it to say, the month of November has been an extremely busy one. I admit, I am enjoying my new role with the paper, though the transition maybe hasn't been quite as smooth as I … Continue reading Grateful for the journey…

Closing in on the end…

Well, the end is in sight for another of my courses. I completed the seventh module -of eight- of my Communications 201 course yesterday morning. Which it complete, and still around six weeks left of my contract, I am in good shape to complete the course by the Dec. 31, 2021, deadline. With the module … Continue reading Closing in on the end…

Hell of a ride… Climbing through life in my Three-foot world…

Photo by u0410u043du043du0430 u0420u044bu0436u043au043eu0432u0430 on Pexels.com Well, it's been a week. A busy one at that. I hit the ground running at work, working out of the paper's Stettler office both Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday, Thursday, and half-day on Friday I ended up working out of my home office doing a bunch of … Continue reading Hell of a ride… Climbing through life in my Three-foot world…