There’s ups n’ Down’s

This blog post is well over due and I apologize, there’s been good bad and great happening and a little bit of laziness to be honest. This will probably be a lengthy post as there’s a lot to catch up on… or I may just blast through a few things.

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Cold creeping down the mountain

Let’s start with a few weeks ago I signed my lease agreement for my business to solidify thing for February now I’m just waiting for some financial stuff to come through once I apply for it.

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One of my hostel mates has a cute kitty named Panda I’m sure I’ve spoken of her before, but she’s pretty much welcome everywhere at the Hostel and she goes pretty much anywhere she desires. Panda’s an amazing cat and is very loving and I feel bad sometimes when she’s outside because it’s getting cold… she does adore being outside though. My buddy does bring her in every night so it’s not like she’s stuck out there. Anyway where I was going with all of this is I let her in my place a week ago and she always just looks around for a bit rolls around for some attention and then kind of takes off. Since it’s been getting cold she likes to just hang out by the window now and just scan the yard behind my place. The other night when I let her in she came and cuddled on my couch and took a nice couple hour nap in my cozy warm place and it was super cute to say the least.

One of the Rogers/ Fido reps. from my work had set a goal  for our store to meet and promised us a dinner and we of course met this goal so we were treated to a nice dinner… On Rogers ;). I had some awesome jambalaya that I scarfed down… elegantly; this place was also kind of upscale so obviously the food was scrumptious.

Big surprise… I cut off my hair and beard! Why? Some of you may ask well it was starting to get hard/ a pain to maintain and if I took a bath at night I had to wait for my hair to dry or it would be all crazy the next morning. Oh yeah and I was kind of missing my short hair and stubble. I actually let a girl that I was on a date with do it, it’s not like there was any real way to mess it up I was just chopping it all off… or buzzing it since we were using my clippers. She asked if she could cut the back with scissors and I said ‘sure why not‘. I have to say that it was a really weird sensation of the scissors cutting through the hair… it kind of gave me chills.

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I fooled around with my long hair at different stages while cutting it, t’was was pretty funny but once there was just the mustache and long hair… it grossed me out… so much for Movember. Ultimately I’m very happy with my decisions other than my face and head being cold outside, I like it. Most people didn’t recognize me anymore, the people I worked with just stared for a bit and were thrown off even my hostel mates were blown away… I went from a Jesus look to clean-cut I don’t know what you’d call it look. I actually had a hard time seeing myself in the mirror it was totally weird.

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So my book, the much awaited book… No it’s not done yet and I’ve once again kind of fallen off of the writing curve mainly because I’ve been so tired lately from lots of working. I did speak to a publishing group called Friesen Press and I may go with them for publishing and sales as it could bring in some royalties and it would be good to have especially if I decided to write more books. They are little bit costly but through much research, the most reliable and the best potential to make some coin back… unfortunately we are looking at a book release maybe in the summer instead of Christmas; sorry for the let down!

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So much typing

I finally picked up a new phone as my old one has had a cracked screen for several months and was starting to eat the dust. I picked up a Nexus 5 one of the fastest phone’s… actually it is the fastest phone I’ve ever had and it’s one of the top phones on the market today. I’ve run into a few issues with my carrier about misinformation on my plans and Tab etc… but I’m waiting for a resolution before I leave any reviews on them. *update* They contacted me and fixed the issue that they created… but we’ll see how the next bill shows up.

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I managed to pick up a TV so that I can play my PS3 which I’ve been itching to play for a while… It was a steal $150 for a 52″ DLP HDTV, it works perfect! I did have to drive with it hanging out of my trunk from Lumby (45 mins away) and then get someone to help me bring it up into my place… It’s huge to say the least but all the other TV’s were so much more expensive and for a quarter of what I currently have, so it was so worth it… I watched “Ocean Predators” last night and it looked so awesome; I also fell asleep just goes to show how tired I am.

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So what’s currently going on in my life..? A lot more than usual I’ve started seeing a girl… wait maybe that’s why I’m so tired, from texting her all night hmm girls…. they complicate everything but so far she is so worth it. The other day my cell phone invoice was very very wrong and it really upset me as I’ve been putting myself on a strict budget so that I can run my business on time. Luckily Mariam was able to help me vent a bit and my day slowly got better. The other day we made dinner together which was a lot of fun, steak, mashed potatoes and asparagus. It was such a good dinner… the mashed potatoes were interesting to make as I was short on salt so we just threw more cheese in them and it was still not right. I went and borrow some more salt from one of my Hostel Mates and we dumped a ton in there… there was a lot of potatoes (I’m still eating them) but that was honestly what was missing… the salt!

Life’s full of its ups and downs and I’ve experienced many downs this past week which really surprised a lot of people (I’m always smiling apparently) but I had to remind myself don’t forget to smile”  and it made things a little better. Keep an eye out for the people who care for you, they will always be there to help you out when you really need it. Treat these people like they are special and they will return the favour.

Keep an eye out for my daily posts about 21 habits of happy people on my Inner Paths Facebook page.

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Days Become Weeks

Days Become Weeks

This post was a little delayed being posted because I wanted to add pictures since I don’t have a card reader and I didn’t have internet. Sorry still no photo’s I’ll update when I can

It’s been a few days since my last blog, much has happened it’s just hard to keep track of what has. There are so many things that go on in just a single day here at Kè Kontan.

Jodnice is out of the hospital for starters. We’re still trying to get her into the Children’s hospital… still no luck. The past few days that we’ve had Jodline without her sister because of the hospitalization she’s shown a lot “growing” she actually laughs now, and wants to play; Emily and I seem to think it’s because she felt she lacked attention when her sister was around (I feel like I already wrote about that in my last blog, oh well).

It seems everyone around the house has been sick… except me *knock on wood* . Sorry don’t have much else to report on that.

I started working on the back corner of the backyard for the chicken coop that Val and I are supposed to make. Let’s just say the garbage never seems to stop showing up, I’m pretty certain that’s where the last tenants used to throw/burn… most likely just bury their garbage. I actually mentioned in one of my previous blogs, before I arrived in Haiti about the garbage issue that there’s here, not from personal experience at the time but from another blog I had read from other people who had been living in Haiti for many years. The analogy that was given went along the lines of “using a garbage pick to pick up garbage in Haiti is like trying to clean grease out of a pan with a fork.” Today I think I felt this analogy, I would finally think I cleared out the area or a section and pull up another layer of trash and then another… and then 3 more layers. Let’s just says to give the chickens a clean area to live it may take a few days. I’m hoping I get it cleared by the time the eggs hatch.

Pardon on my writing, I’m on a slight sugar high right now, Emily and I and a few of the kids made a Gingerbread House. Eating that thing is the most sugar I’ve eaten in… I want to say years; Must say it was a blast and my section of the house turned out rather nice, Emily’s on the other hand I think she just wanted to hurry and make it so she could eat it. We’re both feeling the effects of way too much sugar. Side not the kids loved it, they’d never seen one before 🙂

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in a few days there’s going to be a large amount of volounteers showing up all at one, well within a few days of each other. We luckily found a cheap place to get some bunk beds which is great, saving money is key. We had to go through the downtown area to get to where we were buying the beds and let me tell you that was something else, seeing thousands of people within minutes and for a couple of miles as well, it was something else. By the time we returned back home I was exhausted,

There’s a lot of factors in Haiti that make you tired and the days turn in to weeks, you kind of lose track of the days in a sense. The heat alone sucks the life out of you despite it feeling great (I don’t miss the snow/ cold at home). Then you have the kids which run around non stop and seem to never run out of energy and drive you mad, but yet they make everything worth it. Any time you step out of the orphanage and go traveling the way I would describe it is “Over Stimulating” if that makes any sense? There’s so much to see and so much happening your mind can’t soak it all up. These are the major things I’ve found to drain you energy in a single day. I’m not complaining… well maybe a little, but you have to feel the bad before you can experience the good, so far I’ve felt more good than bad <3.

I know there’s probably a ton that I’ve missed on sharing with everyone but don’t worry there will be more blogs for you. I hope everyone is enjoying the reads so far.

“There’s no good without bad”