Make-It Monday/Theatrical Tuesday – Coping with Stress

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I meant to post yesterday.

This is an insane week for me, so posting will be sparse and brief. Actually, maybe even non-existent as television and movie companies don’t allow electronic devices thanks to apps like Facebook listening.

Yesterday was Easter Monday in Canada. To some, it meant a holiday. To others, it was a Monday with sale chocolate.

Classes were running. I felt a bit dizzy and I decided the best thing for me to do was to take some time to prepare for the week ahead. I don’t usually miss, but there is a lot of stress right now and sometimes one needs to practice some self-care.

So I hemmed my jeans and did some folding. I did laundry and planned my outfits for the pitching trip. I also practiced my feature film pitch.

With the hectic week ahead, I didn’t travel home to see my family. I’m hoping to soon as I haven’t seen them since Christmas. I’m going to teach them Skype.

Since it was April Fool’s on Sunday, I tried to have my dad tell my mom that I was flunking everything, I was going to starve, but I found a job dancing, and Bruno says I’m talented. He relayed most of it and judging by his laugh, mom made a good face.

On Monday, I also completed the next stage of a job application. It was an online assessment. I hope I did well! I’m happy to have made it this far.

I didn’t sleep well last night as I was freaking out about thoughts of the transit system not getting me to the school on time for the pitch trip. My local bus is one of the worst in the city for suddenly not existing. And especially so when there is bad weather. We’re expecting freezing rain tonight and maybe some snow. I decided that the sensible thing would be to Uber or Lyft to school early, so I can ensure I won’t miss the bus. It won’t be cheap, but if I order it early enough, I won’t have anything to worry about.

I still have to rewrite my feature film’s cue cards. I’m so happy I got blue cards from my teacher!

Well, I’m off to finish packing. You might not hear from me until Friday or Saturday.

And that’s how life’s river flows today.
R~

Thoughtful Thursday – Winter, eh

thoughtfulSo I have a new friend in town from South America. I’ve been telling him for weeks that it wasn’t cold out yet.

Today it was cold out.

It wasn’t as cold as it will get around late January or for a good chunk of February, but the wind chill made it -31 Celsius this morning. That’s -23.8 for the Fahrenheit folks.

Anyway, I thought a post offering tips to new Canadians and visitors might be needed.

Welcome to Canadian winter. Officially, we’re a little more than a week early as the 21st is the day it starts. I’m sure they’ve noticed our sun is hardly around. That will slowly get better from the 22nd on.

Remember a few weeks ago when you joyfully frolicked in the snow because you hadn’t seen it much/ever before? You’ll likely be wishing for it to leave like the rest of us unless you fall in love with sports like skiing, snowshoeing, or snowboarding. Personally, I feel ice skating is the best of the options and the Rideau Canal doesn’t stay open all winter since it doesn’t stay frozen all winter.

Dressing in layers is an important skill to pick up. Fleece and wool are great for one of the layers because they keep you warm even while wet. You want to try to be warm without sweating though. There are some great athletic sweat wicking items for under layers. Long Johns are great and so are thermal weight socks.

Keeping your hands, face, and ears covered is important as frostbite can be severe. Google image search that if you want to have nightmares about your toes or fingers falling off. You should have something on your head because much of your body heat is lost there. Good boots like Sorel are recommended.

The bus is almost always late. Mackenzie King is a great bus stop with heat if you’re around Rideau Centre. A number of buses go through there and they have a digital schedule up that’s close to accurate. Also, if you take the bus from the North Gloucester area to the college, it’s worth ignoring every 95 you see and getting one of the others that goes there as the alternative is always being late for class.

You need snow tires. All-seasons are NOT good enough for winter driving.

A tea light candle can save your life if your car breaks down. The flame in a small space like a car can keep you warm until help arrives.

If you didn’t like hot beverages before, you might start.

Dry your hair before catching a bus. I didn’t used to in high school and now I wonder how I survived the 30 minute walk with frozen locks.

Electric heating pads that automatically turn off are fantastic.

Hot baths are wonderful things too.

You might want to put plastic on your windows to cut heating costs and stay warm.

Soups, stews, and chili are extra yummy this time of year.

There might be more, but I’m tapped out for the moment.

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~

 

Fortifying Friday – Going Places


After finishing my work today, I headed west to pick up a dojo mate for an iaido seminar. There was a lot of chatting about a variety of things before dropping her in Peterborough. 

Peterborough has a strange spot near the Trent Severn Lock where your options are a tunnel or a bridge. The thing is that the tunnel and the bridge are shared with oncoming traffic. I opted to avoid the tunnel, not knowing that the only other option was the bridge. It was strange and it scared me. I had the illusion of choice. I guess I should’ve done the thing that scared me.

After doing her in Peterborough, I headed further west to Oshawa to a friend’s house and we got delicious pho. I’d been thinking about our pho plans all week. We got them to add veggies to it. I need to remember to ask for this in Ottawa. Also, I don’t know if my pho place has glutinous rice balls. 

After that, she bought books off me, so I’ve made my first two sales. I should remember to sign them for her before I go home.

We played this game called Quirkle with her mom. It was pretty fun. It’s like Scrabble but with shapes and colours. I won, but I bet it was beginner’s luck. They introduced me to One for the Money. Seems like a fun story. I’ll have to check the books out. I could use more humour in my life.

It’s been a long day of travel and socializing and  we have to be up early, so sweet dreams.

Ciao,

R~

I didn’t drop off the face of the Earth.

I’ve been having adventures lately, so I haven’t been writing about proverbs or anything. Sorry if you were looking for them.

This weekend I visited a friend in Peterborough, Ontario. Peterborough is a lovely city with an unfortunate lack of jobs and a coinciding high incidence of drug usage. There are around 11 methadone clinics there. The province opens more clinics rather than bringing in companies that can give jobs. The social workers are busy, but not paid well. It would be wonderful if this issue could be fixed. The surrounding area is full of gorgeous lakes, fertile farm lands, and lush greenery. The people there are friendly and there is a strong sense of community despite the drug problem.

I had a lovely time with my friend and his family. They truly care about the planet and try to reuse anything they find rather seeing it go to waste. I think that’s awesome. They also have a bee colony that pollinates their own vegetable garden! Unfortunately, the bee colony collapses every winter despite winterizing the box. My friend’s wife told me some of them die in the middle of eating. Every spring she opens the box to find dead bees 😦

I initially went for the visit to practice my martial art at the Kenshokan dojo there. You can read about those adventures here. I ended up also officiating roller derby while I was there.

Twenty minutes from their home, I got my first speeding ticket. I plan to make it my last. Life has been a bit odd for me over the last couple of years and I had documentation in the car in two names and four different addresses. I also had only out-dated insurance information with me. I was transporting a sword, so that had the potential to be awkward… It probably would have been okay considering it doesn’t have a live blade…

It’s times like this where I wonder if I should just have one blog, but then I figure Iaido folks might not want to read about my writing stuff or roller derby stuff, etc. Also, a post about the weekend could be rather long… I’m not sure if three smaller posts is better than one long post or vice versa?

This week is rather packed with work things and some personal things, so I probably won’t write a lot on my blogs, but instead spend time on “Scion”, which is the working title for the novel I am working on. People often ask what my novel is about. Here it is, “A supranatural boy flees his home planet after he is marked as a threat to all existence.” I came up with that in the shower a week or so ago and kept repeating it to myself until I could write it down.

Well time to carefully nibble on some nourishment as my mouth is still frozen from dentist adventures. And I forgot to pick up light bulbs, so I will do that in the dark…

Ciao,
R~