Warrior Wednesday – Fighting for Freedom

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It’s really hard to feel free when you’re in the position I am right now. I suppose I have some options, but many of them have things to weigh carefully. Financially, I need to make a serious change if I don’t get a regular job soon. I’m at risk of losing my home.

It’s not that I don’t have desirable skills. There is one particular skill that is making it difficult for me. Which one? I don’t speak enough French. I’m learning it, but I mostly know basic etiquette and swears. One of those is helpful for work.

I’m waiting to hear on the results of a job interview.

Options if I don’t get the job:

  1. Drive Uber: I’m already delivering food through them, but delivering people makes more money. There are drawbacks. One being that I don’t love driving enough to make it my main career. The increase in car maintenance costs needs to be considered. If something happens to my car, I’m back to having trouble paying my mortgage. But the schedule is flexible, which is great for writing. The varied clientele could be inspiring for a story. I could end up working less to pay my expenses. Note: I also recently applied to another type of delivery service that pays more.
  2. Relocate: I could apply to jobs in another part of the country. Peterborough would be my first choice because it’s closer to my family, closer to Toronto (a major film hub in Canada), and there may be more English speakers and less of a need to be bilingual. Also, I really like the dojo there. I could even get back into karate as they do that too. But moving means selling my condo. It needs a bit of work before I can really do that. It also means not seeing my movie club friends much, missing my little buddy, and his sister. I’d miss my dojo too, but I know I’ll see them eventually at a seminar at least. But I could go through all the work of moving again to end up in the same position. It feels like regardless this French issue will continue to pop up in my life. Selling includes extra costs like legal fees that would eat into any equity I’ve accumulated. Moving to Peterborough would put me closer to my family. My parents are in their mid-seventies, so it could become important to be closer to them.

I feel like if my car was paid off, everything would be easier. I’m feeling pulled in a couple of directions and I don’t know what the answer is for me. On the one hand, one of the options has a lot of potential, but on the other, am I done with Ottawa? The only thing I know is that I can’t stay in this limbo state forever. What about the other things I’m already working on here? I think some could be done from anywhere. I’m less worried about the cost of moving than I am about the possibility that no one will buy my condo. That could put me in a worse position.

I think if I don’t hear anything by the end of this week, I’m going to try option 1. Or maybe I should just set that in motion now via email…

The idea of getting back to karate is tantalizing. My life is rather busy for it right now though.

I’ve hardly been able to write lately 😦

I really don’t know what the right decision is on this. I think I can try option 1 for a bit, see if I can make enough doing that to support myself, and if not, go for option 2. I may try both and see what happens.

R~

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Merry Monday – Merry Christmas

Well, my pie crust attempt failed again, but at least it tasted good despite it falling apart. That’s a step up from the last two times. The scotch also tasted good. 
I was given several Lego games for my Xbox 360, Blade Runner, Wonder Woman, and an Instant Pot. I’m looking forward to all of that when I get back home. 

My mom watched a lot of Wonder Woman with us and says Linda Carter was better looking than Gal Gadot. I’ll have to finish the old series when I get back to Ottawa. 

I’m not sure when I’ll have time to game or watch anything given all the homework I have, but I’ll manage somehow. No homework today though. 

My parents’s chocolate poodle has been into the tree all weekend. He’s such a character. He couldn’t go to sleep the other night without first coming out to say goodnight to me 🙂

My brother got to just relax for once on Christmas. He’s a snow removal guy and it didn’t snow bad enough for him to have to go in. It was nice having everyone together. 

Except for mom having a red eye and not using her drops, everyone has been in good shape this year.

Off to get my chicken and stuffing ready. 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

R~

Merry Monday – Christmas Party Season

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I’m sorry. I totally sucked this weekend in regards to blog posts. Christmas Party Season has started and made me rather busy on top of school work.

I saw Star Wars on Friday. I love it despite some seriously WTF moments. The music is fantastic, as usual. There were several awesome combat scenes. I felt like some things came too easy to certain individuals and you’ll know what I mean when you see it. I won’t say anything else because I’m not the spoiler type. I don’t know if I’ll do a lengthy review at some point or not, but maybe.

Also on Friday, I boosted my own car! Life skills leveled up. And then I had to boost it twice more because I couldn’t drive it long enough to charge the battery between getting gas and going to Star Wars. After Star Wars, I drove across town to get Sensei and Sempai some sake. That has brought Pixie back to life so far. The Eliminator boosting thing I got for $99 at Canadian Tire is now my favourite car thing. I feel much more at ease about traveling in the winter.

Saturday was spent on homework and our dojo dinner. I had a premium sake sampler. Many of the shots were rather strong like vodka, but I was feeling pretty good by the time dinner came.

Sunday was the Christmas edition of B-Movie club and I almost really messed up because I had forgotten I was bringing a potluck item. I hurriedly invented a rice stuffing recipe from several Internet recipes. I put the rice in the rice cooker while I showered. It finished shortly after I was done and I rushed to the store to get the rest of the items for the stuffing. We watched the Star Wars Holiday Special and that has to be one of the most painful things I’ve ever seen. I get to try and top it next month.

But I also got to spend time with my little buddy. We chatted about Iron Man, Spider-man, and Star Wars. He walked about with his “phone” which was apparently telling him jokes. He also made sure I knew he is now 4.5 years old and told me tales of the toys he had when he was young. Yes, that’s how he phrased it. Too adorable!

Oh, AND I conquered my hand wash dishes. My kitchen is close to clean!

It was a great weekend 🙂

This week, I’m finishing up a few things before heading off to visit the family. I’m not sure if I will have the second act of my South Park episode written, but I’d like to try. Each assignment I finish early is one less for the last couple weeks of school. My 10-minute play needs a little more work. I talked about it with my teacher today to get ideas on how to make it a little longer. Hopefully I can figure it out.

Off to wrap gifts and do laundry.

Guid cheerio the nou,
R~

 

Symphonic Saturday – Musical Plans

I’m back in my hometown this weekend to celebrate my brother’s 40th birthday. I figured that one was kind of an important one. He’s pretty relaxed about the whole thing. We all figured he’d be wanting to go on a drunken adventure, but he’s saving that for the work golf tournament next weekend. 
Anyway, most of the friends I hang out with when I come to town have all flown the coup.

My brother managed to get through torrential downpour to get me a ticket for the finale of Big Fish performed by TOROS. This group is called Theatre Out Reach On Stage and I was part of them back when I was in high school. Most of the actors are high school students. They do musicals. The music is also mainly played by high school students. They practice nearly every evening for about two months and put on a spectacular performance in August. 

I usually miss when it’s happening. I haven’t seen a TOROS production for about a decade, so I’m excited!

Hopefully, the weather calms down as parts of my hometown have seen some canoeing-in-the-street level flooding. Luckily my parent’s house is not in that area of town. 

I wonder if I can get a run in before more rain hits…

Guid cheerio the nou,

R~

Merry Monday – Family Day

heart-462873_640I almost wrote the title of this blog post as “Merry Christmas”. My brain may be a little tired today after a long weekend filled with training and libations…

Friday began with finishing my packing. I had a chat with a nice older lady who lives in my building, then picked up a friend. We grabbed some food items and a gift for our beautiful Montreal hostess before heading out of town. The drive was an easy one and I thoroughly enjoyed the conversation. We reached our destination and it wasn’t long before we were having a delicious meal with Black Forest Cupcake wine, St. Germain liqueur, and homemade Limoncello.

I had a little trouble sleeping on Friday. It’s hard for me to sleep around other people and especially in strange beds.

Saturday brought an early rise, a quick shower, and a tasty breakfast before heading over to Concordia’s Loyola campus to train. We had a brief break in the morning and lunch. Other than those, training was near constant with only short stoppages to listen instead of performing exercises and kata. Our warmup was over an hour long. We were all happy to reach dinner at Kanda where we gorged on sushi and sake. So much sake. Black & Gold from Gekkeikan is still my favourite thus far. After dinner, a group of us visited with the senseis while having tea and chocolate treats. I seem to be one of the few I know that don’t yet own an iron tea set. Something to remedy in the future.

I slept excellently on Saturday and didn’t wake up until 6:30 when I had to pee, but couldn’t bring myself to move due to the protests of my upper body.

On Sunday we had a half day of training in the morning. I couldn’t make it through the full period and watched from the sidelines as my shoulder and elbow couldn’t handle the weight of my aluminum or my wooden sword anymore. I saw a lot of little things I have been doing wrong and I am going to work on correcting them.

Following training, we went back to our hostess’ place for lunch and conversation before making our way back to Ottawa. But my weekend didn’t end there.

Shortly before arriving in Ottawa, my friends asked me to come visit and play card games. I was happy to see them on this family day weekend and get to read their son a story. It was the perfect ending to the family weekend as I got to spend time with some of my martial arts family and one of my oldest friends and his family who are like my Ottawa family.

Robaxxacet helped loosen the knot in my shoulder and let me sleep pain-free.

Speaking of family, I didn’t get to see my own this weekend. My aunt is very ill and expected to pass away at any time. She told my dad that she didn’t care if he was at her funeral and wanted him to come see her before she passes because after she will just be a body. So my 73-year-old dad took a trip on the bus to see his sister. They thought it was best I not travel up there given that it is winter and it is an area of Northern Quebec best accessed by first traveling to North Bay as it is in the Temiscamingue region.

Now, I best call my mother because Family Day falls on her birthday this year. She is 74 today!

Salut,
R~

 

Superb Owl Sunday: An Alternative to Super Bowl

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Maybe Super Bowl isn’t your thing, but you’re craving that oneness that others achieve on this day by gathering to watch the last American football game of the year in pubs and “man” caves all around the world. I’m here to talk about an alternative.

Superb Owl Sunday is an opportunity to do the same things only centered around the noble and majestic owl. You might be thinking that owls can be rather creepy with their too large eyes. And how about what they look like without feathers? But there is much more to these birds that can be learned about and celebrated on Superb Owl Sunday. With over 200 species of owls in the world, there is a lot to learn!

A Suggested Itinerary

  1. Eat owl-shaped pancakes for breakfast
  2. Bake and decorate owl-shaped cookies for the evening festivities
  3. Owl crafts could include paper mache, clay, construction paper, knitting/crocheting, macaroni, wood, costumes, painting, and more!
  4. Make owl-related snacks. These could look like mice if you want to pretend to be owls.
  5. Check out a documentary or visit a place where owls live in sanctuary.
  6. You can try to bird watch for them, but they prefer the night and only the snowy owl will be possible to see during winter as the rest hibernate.
  7. Watch owl movies. Here is a list of potential films*:
    • Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
    • Grey Owl
    • The Cry of the Owl (1987) or its remake (2009)
    • The Owl (1991) or its remake (2014)
    • The Owl and the Pussycat
    • Night Owls
    • Night Owl
    • Owl and the Sparrow
    • Skellig: The Owl Man
    • The Owls
    • Hoot
    • Owl River Runners
    • Harry Potter series
  8. Hold a hooting contest. You’ll have to figure out the judging criteria. Maybe whoever can hoot the most like the type of owl chosen should win.
  9. Play an owl-related board game.

*Disclaimer: Some of these movies may have little more than owl in their name or metaphorical owls. Also, some may not be suitable for children.

So you can see there is a lot that can be done today for those that have no interest in the Super Bowl. For those that must watch it anyway, if you find men attractive, you can get through the whole thing simply by snacking and judging nice bottoms 😉

Salut,
R~

Merry Monday: Father’s Day Weekend

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For Father’s Day, I took a trip to visit the family. The drive was frustrating as people wanted to go about 10 below the speed limit. Also, there were some motorcycle enthusiasts who couldn’t pass cars in an appropriate amount of time.

I arrived Friday around 4:45pm, chucked a gluten free pizza in their oven, ate half the pizza, and got gussied up for a wake. My next door neighbor of almost thirty years passed away earlier in the week. He was very ill due to diabetes and kidney disease and is no longer suffering. But he will be missed. He made a mean Rusty Nail and loved getting into mischief.

On Saturday, I shopped. I had forgotten my phone charger and was trying to make plans with friends as I watched the battery dwindle. It shut off mid conversation with my brother. I bought some other things as well such as several new to me LPs between $2 and $5 each including:
– Fine Young Cannibals “Fine Young Cannibals”
– Bryan Adams “You Want It, You Got It”
– The Buddy Holly Story
– The Sound of Music
– Tales of Mystery and Imagination – Edgar Allan Poe
– Amadeus
– Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons
– Warsaw Concerto
– Beethoven “Moonlight Sonata” and Chopin
– Classical Music for People Who Hate Classical Music (Boston Pops Orchestra)
– Morton Gould and His Orchestra “Greensleeves”
– 101 Strings Play The World’s Great Standards

Yes. My music taste is all over the map, though it’s predominately Alternative Rock if I had to pick a favourite genre.

I also got the two other Uncharted games for the PS3 and one dungeon crawler because those are fun and bring me back to the Dark Age of Camelot and Diablo days. They were used games, so inexpensive too 🙂

Oh, yeah it was Father’s Day Weekend, but also it’s close to my birthday, so I got presents too. My mom got me the parts to make pasta and grind meat for my mixer. Also two gluten free cookbooks. And all that stuff I bought was with my birthday money.

Saturday afternoon had me relaxing in the air conditioning while watching Thor 2. Somehow I didn’t know it existed but 2013 was a rough year for me. Next was dinner with the family. Then I hung out with friends and played the commander format of Magic the Gathering, which was a lot of fun! Now I want to find a green deck…

Sunday morning, a brother and I took dad to hit some golf balls. I didn’t do too bad! I should definitely check out the places in Ottawa this year.

I arrived back home on Sunday to sweltering heat. It wasn’t fun cleaning up for the maintenance guy to install a door this morning. I took it slow and drank plenty of fluids. Once the sun began to set, I opened my windows more. Also, not wearing pants helped with the high heat 😉

I didn’t get a chance to fit in some geocaching with the family commitments and the outrageous heat warnings. I’ll hit some up soon, though.

My allergies are killing me today!

Still waiting on the install guy. If he doesn’t contact me by 10, I’ll be calling him because he said 9 or 9:30.  I’m supposed to be getting my balcony screen door today…

Ciao,
R~