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…

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

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

Learning to make adjustments…

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com The last few days I have fallen into a fairly easy rhythm. After getting knocked off track for a few days, I've gotten back in to the groove of my workout routine, the reading is for my coursework is going well, and work has slowed down enough so as to … Continue reading Learning to make adjustments…

Feeling fortunate…

This has turned into a crazy week... Aside from a doctor's appointment on Monday, the day was pretty light. I got some reading done for school, and got my first assignment done and submitted for my communications course. Tuesday is where all hell broke loose. I had a pair of meetings on Tuesday, as well … Continue reading Feeling fortunate…

Enjoying the challenge of the assignment….

The entrance to the town I live in. I am five days into this media tracking assignment, and it has been an eye opening experience. It has made me re-think what and how much media I consume on a daily basis, as well as my contribution to it. Even in my job running our used … Continue reading Enjoying the challenge of the assignment….

Going through the motions

Photo by Victor Freitas on Pexels.com Mental illness recovery is challenging. It's ugly. It's hard. It's a day-to-day grind with no real finish line. I've been contemplating a lot about my mental health recovery, and the journey I have been on. The fact is, I am doing well. Actually, I'm doing a hell of a … Continue reading Going through the motions

Finding growth in challenge…

Photo by Olya Kobruseva on Pexels.com As usual, this last week has been steady, if not overly busy, at least compared to some weeks. Work has slowed down some, which has had me focusing my efforts on my next, and final, twentieth century history assignment for the current course I am working on. The assignment … Continue reading Finding growth in challenge…

Running…

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com I can't believe it has been over a week since I've written last. After my quick trip to Saskatchewan last week, I travelled home last Friday, and haven't stopped running since. The last week has been pretty busy, with interview and photos last Saturday and catching up on some work … Continue reading Running…

Complications…

Well, it has been a week. I'm still in Saskatchewan, helping out my mother-in-law as she recovers from surgery, which she had last Tuesday. While the surgery went well, she ended up having some complications in the days after the surgery, necessitating an overnight admission to the local hospital and an urgent trip back down … Continue reading Complications…

Unstable sense of self…

I wish I had more faith in myself. Surprising me incredibly, I got my exam results back yesterday for the twentieth century history final I wrote on Friday. First off, I was surprised that the exam was marked and back to me so fast. Secondly, I was surprised that I passed, and by a fairly … Continue reading Unstable sense of self…

In good stead…

I am feeling somewhat relieved tonight. I received an email from my school today, notifying me that my essay, which I agonized over for a month, was graded. The resulting mark was a much needed confidence boost. The mark for the assignment was 84 per cent, which was consistent with the 82 per cent for … Continue reading In good stead…

Crawl before I walk, walk before I run…

Photo by Snapwire on Pexels.com Well, after a much needed break, I am back at it again. Despite spending some of Sunday in the office working on my school stuff, I did manage to take it mainly easy, watching some television with Lynn. Monday was supposed to be an office day, working on school stuff, … Continue reading Crawl before I walk, walk before I run…

Needing a recharge…

Well, this stupid busy week is drawing to a close. Between work meetings and errands to run, this week has kept me hopping. I still have a couple of stories to finish writing, but thankfully the end is in sight. I just keep reminding myself that I have got this. And, I do. The fact … Continue reading Needing a recharge…

The year that was 2020…

Photo by Karolina Grabowska on Pexels.com As 2020 winds down, I find myself contemplating the year that was. Several adjectives can be used to describe 2020, and not many of them are suitable for this blog. The year has been long, tiring, and trying, thanks to the trials brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic that … Continue reading The year that was 2020…

Looking for compromise…

Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Christmas was quiet, thanks to the pandemic necessitated lockdown our region finds itself in. About the only good news is that despite the restrictions in place across the province, small businesses have been allowed to remain open. I did some reading, and some playing with with the array of Adobe … Continue reading Looking for compromise…

Comfort and growth…

I've said before that the only constant in life is change. Dr. M and I connected for my six week post-discharge appointment. It was a good, positive, discussion and he agreed to follow up with me again in the middle of January, post holidays. The one thing that he did say, which has my brain … Continue reading Comfort and growth…

Learning balance and time management…

Photo by Aphiwat chuangchoem on Pexels.com This evening finds me in a contemplative mood. Today was a pretty light day. I let myself sleep in, then did a few hours of coursework. I managed to finish off another module of my 20th Century history course, this time studying how Hitler used the 1936 Berlin Olympiad … Continue reading Learning balance and time management…

Figuring out how far I can push myself…

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Well, this has been a week. I've definitely been pushing myself hard this week. It seems like events and newsworthy activities have exploded in the region this week, and I've had a lot of articles to write as a result. As well, I spent some time attempting to make some … Continue reading Figuring out how far I can push myself…