Blessed Times

The last week has been pretty amazing, especially the other day everything just seemed to fall into place.

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First on the list of things, my landlord is back in town and winterizing the whole property including my Tree House; that means it will be nice and toasty in here when I do turn the heater on during snow season. I’m pretty fortunate that I really only have to turn on the heater every so often since the Tree House holds heat rather well.  Patrick and I had some good conversations and I expressed how amazing this place is and that he should count on receiving steady rent checks from me.

I had a few days off that were pretty relaxing, I forgot how fun days off are when you actually work… it kind of gives you something to look forward to after a few days of pushing yourself to do great!

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Fog over Vernon

During one of the days off I managed to nab myself a set of Encyclopedia’s… for free! They look fantastic and the owner was just going to bring them to the dump, I’m pretty happy with them so far. Going to get these books was pretty much what started my adventures up Silver Star road; the fog has been pretty heavy as the weather is slowly converting to Winter and I had to jump on the opportunity to take pictures (see photo above for reference).

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These were free!

I’m sure there was a lot more things that were some what eventful but yesterday just trumped it all. I’d have to say it was just one great thing after another… Also I didn’t write much on my blackboard this week.

The day started off by waking up to a video of the girl I’ve been talking to, which we’ve been connecting really well (I’ll explain kind of what happened in my next blog). I was a bit worried that I was to be another victim of Catfishing.

“A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Dating sites or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances”.

I won’t get into the boring details but it has happened to me before so naturally I was cautious… but I digress. The morning was nothing but smiles, it’s hard to explain the emotion… I was relieved and happy to say the least, maybe a bit giddy.. go ahead laugh ;). Following that I had a nice breakfast then headed up Silver Star Rd for some pictures.

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I stopped at a little subdivision that was on a hill that looked over the city but the fog was a lot stronger than I had previously experience a few days prior… it made for more challenging photo’s and it was a bit chilly out, but I made do with what I had.

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I had taken some pretty impressive photo’s, they impressed me anyway! I decided to head further up the mountain to see what I could get for a different vantage point and that’s when I decided to do a time-lapse for you. The intention was to show everyone have neat the fog looked, as I kept driving I cleared the fog and the sky was blue without a single cloud. What a surprise it was the higher I went, keep in mind I’ve never actually gone to the top to Silver Star Resort.

I had finally made it to the top where the Resort is and what a strange and cool little city it is up there, the houses look like something out of a movie and in the Winter it will probably look like the North Pole with elves running around… you’ll have to follow the blog to find out! I pulled up and there were huge mountain in the distance with massive peaks and snow on them. I left everything in my car but my camera and went for a nice little walk.

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After I did some rummaging through some bushes and paths I found a nice peaceful area that the mountains just blew open, it was nothing short of breathtaking. I found a comfy spot and decided to shoot a V-log (Video Blog). This is a new experiment and I think it’s kind of fun so let me know what you think… and don’t forget to share! Oh yeah it was like another world above the fog/ clouds… I could have worn a T-shirt and shorts it was so warm.

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After spending some quality time in Nature and just listening to the sounds of the wind and the mountains it was time to head home. It would have been really cool to have filmed my way down but my camera battery was dying… fail on my part for not charging it earlier. Heading down the mountain I stopped once or twice to pull off some great photo’s hoping my camera wouldn’t die. As I descended I had my windows open, wind breezing and a giant smile. As I continued downward I actually had to shut the windows because the temperature drop through the fog and under the clouds was astonishing… like I said a whole other world.

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I got home and spoke to my friend Satyama who does massage therapy, it was also her 40th Birthday and she looks great for 40. We talked about me getting a massage since my back was still sore from the 3 months of futon sleeping, she said let’s do it now; I procured some money and went for my therapy session. Satyama has done a lot of learning from around the world (Eastern Culture) and does Chakra clearing as well during the massage; I have to tell you I have never had such an amazing massage in my life!

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“There are no coincidences; life comes at you as it’s supposed to”

Long Haul

It’s been a month and a day since my last post… I would like to apologize for such a long time between posts but things have gotten rather crazy and there’s much to update you on.

So the whole Electric Forest thing has been benched, and it has made me extremely sad but it was benched for good reason. For anyone who doesn’t know I actually just moved out to Edmonton, Alberta. I had been looking online for work and wanted to move out West for a while. I had a friend that said I could crash with her until I got back onto my feet which was a huge help! I received an email about a job offer I called them up and had a quick interview over the phone… 4 hours later a call back came and I was hired.

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It was a Wednesday when I got the call and job offer and I was asked to start on the up coming Monday, and I wasn’t about to turn it down. I was super excited I told my mom… she wasn’t too happy; she was happy but not pleased I would be leaving within days and without preparation. I didn’t mind the lack of prep. it’s who I am I go and journey forward. The drive to Edmonton is a 30 hour drive from Windsor Ontario, I actually went through the U.S. because it’s 12 hours faster.

Here’s where things get interesting I had paid for a show in Detroit that was on the Friday night… that left me with less than 72 hours before I work my new job across the country! For one I got the tickets super cheap $10 for early bird and for 2 really great artist (Bare & Bar9). Getting $10 tickets to see these DJ’s is like getting $10 tickets to see The Doors or Kelly Clarkson. The venue was super small maybe 200 people tops could fit in there. It was such a small venue I had a chat with the 2 DJ’s and got they signatures… on my shoes (I had nothing else). Anyway I went to the show and left around 3AM the next day straight from the show… I was actually wired, the show was phenomenal and I just wanted to keep partying so instead I drove for hours… even made it past Chicago, and let me tell you it was worth it; I saw the most beautiful red sunrise and the city of Chicago glimmer around.

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I had to drive for as long as possible without taking breaks which I knew would be tough because when I lived in London just driving two hours from Windsor to London was a chore! Surprisingly my stints were averaging around 4-6 hour periods. I ended up only resting for about 2 hours at a time, I just couldn’t stay asleep longer it was way too hot and such a nice day out. A lot of the stops when I started to get really tired or hungry I pulled out my longboard which seemed to energize me huge. During the whole trip I felt a weird mixture of sickness and hunger, it was almost impossible to eat but I was sick because I hadn’t eaten; I knew the only way I could fix the issue was by sleeping… but I just didn’t have time to sleep.

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Driving through Wisconsin was probably the hardest part I felt like the road was never-ending. Three to four hours would go by on the road and there was still another 20+ or 15+ or 10+ hours to go… I felt like I was going to be driving for a week. Oh yeah did I mention it was kind of boring for scenery but much more exciting than south of London Ontario. I have to say that Minnesota was on of my favorite parts despite being one of the longest legs, it had such beautiful sites. North Dakota was nice as well but it got really dark because it was around 2 in the morning. I wanted to make it to Saskatchewan (Canada) before I took a rest. Unfortunately I was getting dangerously tired and finally found a rest stop…. it was massive there was even a restaurant attached, I decide to get some more fruit to eat (better than most gas station food right?). Then I forced my self to get some food to fill up on… real food not just gas bar stuff. All the food sounded so good I was so tired and had been driving for close to 18 hours the server probably thought I was high. I got some ham and egg sandwich that was super greasy, I finished it down with some chocolate milk. It was very hard to eat it all but I knew my body needed it. After everything I took another one of my two-hour power naps, the only thing was this time my body didn’t want wake up because it was cold out (around 3 AM) I was actually getting real rest. I got myself back up and headed North to the Great White Canada (not actually snowy where I was going ). I finally hit Saskatchewan got through customs with ease they check my car real quick and we talked about my trip and I was off. It’s a good thing I took a break when I did because there was no service stations for a few hours! Sask. needs to put up more speed signs I saw barely any every 20 or so miles.

Part 2 coming soon! keep following.

Little changes make big results

New Endeavors

New Endeavors

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Me working oh so hard! (It was actually really really hot that day)

Christmas in Haiti was definitely not something I’m used to, for example the snow that Windsor (home) got it was for sure too hot here for snow… pushing 85 Fahrenheit maybe more. The morning started by Emily’s friends coming over and picking her up and throwing her in the car… well not throw but you get the jyst/gist? of it. Then they told me to get in or they’ll do the same to me, all in good fun. So that whole morning the joke was Emily and I were kidnapped (Don’t worry there was people at the house watching the kids). The morning was great it was definitely a twist on the Holidays, we partied to music on the radio and stopped at a barber shop type hang out, had a Prestige or 2 and then were bought free food :). After wards we were dropped back off at home… best holiday kidnapping ever!

Emily went home to Canada on the 26th so that leaves me with the kids; Val and the nanny are still here. Emily and I had kind of talked before I came to Haiti about me staying here while she goes to Canada for a bit so that she can relax and get some family time. Although I already missed Xmas with family, won’t be spending New Years with them or friends and unfortunately missing my sister’s, brother’s & mum’s birthday, I’m kind of okay with it. I understand these are big events back home but since being in Haiti I find a lot of things back home as much as fun as they are don’t need to have such importance “forced” upon them.

Just the other day I was on Skype listening to a disciplinary argument and the person being spoken to was trying to defend themselves to the teeth which really wasn’t necessary, really she should have just accepted her mistake and moved on; she wasn’t even in any trouble. One of my concerns for when I return home is how frustrated I’m going to get when I hear people complain. Before I ever came to Haiti I was already really laid back and usually just accepted things if I had done something wrong and went from there. Since being in Haiti I think it may drive me crazy hearing people complain about stuff and just become frustrated with them. I understand that they have probably never dealt with sporadic power that the government decides when you need it, or to pay for water to take showers and if you run out you have to wait for the water truck, or especially worry about purchasing clean drinking water as to not get Cholera of Malaria. I’m not saying you can’t complain just try and think about what you’re actually complaining about; but I digress.

Let’s lighten up the mood of this blog! So Emily went home the other day and I have to try and come up with some activities for the kids while she’s gone. The kids got a bike for Christmas and the training wheels came off the same day, our yard isn’t really flat, there’s a big slope so it just caused issues for learning to ride on 2 wheels. The boys have already figured out how to ride on 2 wheels but today Jenny tried and she wasn’t able to. I attempted to teach her and she got a little better but eventually gave up. I understand the frustration because there isn’t much room to practice especially trying to learn on a hill.

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Wendel & the new bike

So example of sporadic power… the power went out, the computer shut off and I lost half of my blog. I re-wrote it as best as possible but now using the solar charger. Don’t forget to be thankful and try and drop the petty arguments you have with co-workers or friends :). Just want to add don’t feel sorry because it’s not what you’re used to, just be thankful.

I attempted to watch a movie with a few of the kids, I have to say it wasn’t as fun as I expected. Christine for one never stops talking… as usual and Norens likes to stick his head in front of the screen, even when you tell him to move back he does but only for 2 minutes before he slowly creeps back in front of it again. Despite all the troubles I faced watching a movie with them it was not that bad. Oh I forgot to mention half way through the movie they get bored and want to watch another movie… Oh they joy… to be honest I don’t think I’d ever been so excited for a movie to end. Lesson learned just let them watch a movie on their own, and I’ll watch movies by my self.

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Norens & his tower

Powers back on 🙂

This afternoon Maeve and I went to the market so we could pick up some food and so I could get some apples for Val. We ended up getting as Maeve puts it “Crunchy Bread” (baguette) and ham with cream cheese. Got home and made some super delicious sandwiches… I’m not saying spaghetti and hot dogs aren’t super yummy (inset sarcasm font to previous statement)-_- , but the sandwich’s were amazing! I also got some mini Reese’s peanut butter cups… they melted by the time we got home but I tossed em’ in the freezer and they should be good to eat soon! (They were scrumptious)

The chicken eggs I’ve been talking about… I don’t think they’re going to hatch -_-. Val says give it another week I think he’s wrong, it’s already been more than 21 days that it usually takes for eggs to hatch. One more week and I’m tossing them and Ms. Chicken can give it another go.

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Our chicken

If you’ve been following my Facebook at all here and there I mention getting hot dogs from the street/ around the corner and Emily keeps joking about getting Cholera or something of the sort here’s what they look like… But they taste AMAZING! (For those who think joking about Cholera and Malaria are not funny… it’s just a humour you pick up in Haiti. You have to try and make your own comedic relief) 

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Yummy Yummy Yummy!

I’m sure there’s bound to be many strange and exciting adventures while Emily’s in Canada so keep on checking in.

“What’s a great adventure without someone to share it with?”

Thanks everyone for following! Here’s some neat photo’s I took the other night.

 

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