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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

Controlling the variables…

Photo by Emiliano Arano on Pexels.com I'm not going to mince words. I've been struggling over the last couple of weeks. This time of year is never good for me. Add in how busy I've been with work and school, and medication tweak, and the deaths of three friends in the community in the last … Continue reading Controlling the variables…

Movie Review: Free Guy…

Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko on Pexels.com Last week, Lynn and I managed to get some down time and sneak off to the movie theatre for a show. The movie we watched was the new Ryan Reynolds-fronted flick Free Guy, and it was definitely worth a watch. In Free Guy, Reynolds plays a non-player character in … Continue reading Movie Review: Free Guy…

A BUSY Couple of Weeks…

A Camaro marked up as Bumblebee from the Transformers movies, and an R-5 droid at Calgary Expo 2021. The last couple of weeks have gone by in a blur. Last week was fairly busy, with interviews and meetings for work, which I tried to get caught up on before Lynn and I headed to Calgary … Continue reading A BUSY Couple of Weeks…

Holding onto the feeling…

Photo by Leon Ardho on Pexels.com With work slowing down a bit this week, I have turned towards my studies. I am approaching the half way mark on both my Communications and my Prose Forms classes. All told, I probably have about another ten to twelve weeks of work to get through for each course, … Continue reading Holding onto the feeling…

Shining through…

Today was definitely productive. It honestly wouldn't have been anywhere near as productive if it hadn't of been for Lynn. Fortunately she was able to get someone to cover the store today, so I could settle into the office and catch up on some work. And catch up I did. I still have a couple … Continue reading Shining through…

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…

Progress…

Photo by Polina Zimmerman on Pexels.com Well, I managed to get my second assignment submitted for my Prose course, along with the first assignment for my Communications course. I've also managed to start on the first of three novels I'll be studying as part of Prose. Slowly but surely, I'm making forward progress. This week … Continue reading Progress…

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

Making the transition from living in crisis to just living…

Photo by Polina Zimmerman on Pexels.com It's been a minute since I've written. I actually can't believe my last post was the review I did for F9, back on July 18. The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind. Between the editor going on holidays for a week, and general gaps in staffing, my … Continue reading Making the transition from living in crisis to just living…

Changing chapters…

Photo by Markus Winkler on Pexels.com It is time to close one chapter, and begin another; at least as far as school goes. After an intense week of studying, I wrote the final exam for my twentieth century history class yesterday, and received my results this evening. I ended up with an 85 on the … Continue reading Changing chapters…

A bitter sweet day…

Photo by Anna Tarazevich on Pexels.com Today was bitter sweet. After nearly a year, I had my final appointment with the therapist from the local mental health unit. She is leaving the service as the end of next week, which has me sad. I had a good therapeutic relationship with her, and I feel that … Continue reading A bitter sweet day…