Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Background: I am studying for a professional accounting exam this Friday. I failed this one (module 3) in October and it really sucked. I am behind compared to the other writers in my office, and feel huge pressure on me to prove that I am just as smart despite failing the exam. Also immense pressure as the accountant program in Canada is changing and I am the last round through this program - I have no room to screw up and it is truly a one shot deal from here out. Work is crazy, I’ve been really loaded down again for the last two weeks - a big reason I feel I failed my exam last time. I really miss Ben and have been feeling really lonely.
Today I got my confidence shattered by a co-worker, friend, and someone I admire as he casually mentioned right in front of me to another co-worker also writing a (the next level) exam on Friday: “I don’t even have to worry about you - if you can pass Mod 3, you can pass anything.”
I called him on it. But it completely upset me, shattered my confidence, increased the pressure on me, increased my suspicions that people at my firm think less of me for failing my module… and I am completely breaking down right now.
The logical thing would be to use it as fuel for the fire and get at it, but instead I am blubbery with fat tears making mascara run down my face.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
One incredible lady who is on my “If you could have dinner with anyone” list. Happy Birthday to her!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Holiday unstress baking has begun! Friday night got together with a girlfriend and some wine. We made Martha Stewart’s chewy gingerbread cookies and Canadian Living’s white chocolate lemon sandwich cookies. The latter sounds odd, but it is my favourite of the two! What are you favourite recipes?
Sunday, November 24, 2013
The most fantastic November
Weekend 1: Course in Vancouver in which I couch surfed to three different friends’. All of who I know from back East in Ontario. Amazing that they all live in Vancouver now. More amazing that two of them let me wine and dine them to crash given that have not seen one since 2007 and the other 2010! [Kintail people!]
Weekend 2: Ben was home for 5 nights (glory!). Went surfing in Tofino; crashed with old friends and new friends in Ucluelet; more friends from Ontario (now living in Calgary) came out to visit me; visited another coastal island I had not been to yet.
Weekend 3: Sloquet hot springs backcountry trip. 20 of our closest outdoor adventurer friends 4x4 into a remote hot spring. We live it up classy including mimosas, bbq cinnamon buns (I made them!), and a keg to compliment the all of the other booze.
Weekend 4: Chartered Accountant (Canadian CPA equivalent) final exam results are released on Friday, celebrate with my friends who wrote and passed = party no 1 paid by firm. Office Christmas party gala on Saturday = party no. 2 paid by firm. + Lunch with a girlfriend newly returned from traveling.
My Monday to Friday slog of overtime seems certainly worth it, when I can have months like that. I am so thankful that I have my friends and my health to be able to stack my weekends like that!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
On my way home from a getaway to see my man :) two flights to go.
Hiking in to the Hot Springs. Thankfully this is a pic from February and this weekend we were able to make it all the way in with 4x4. Great trip with 20 of my closest outdoors friends - still astounded that 20 of us came together to hit up a backcountry hot spring!
My company offers indoor parking, but every now and then I don’t feel like lugging my bike up and down two flights of stairs so I’ll park my bike just outside our offices.
Since I’ve been doing this more often, I’ve become friends with the handsomely mustached car service dispatcher who sits outside (sometimes he stands just inside the lobby) from about 4 PM until after midnight.
In the past few days, I’ve learned that my new friend’s name is Oliver, that this is his busiest time of year, that he never, ever misses work, that he has Saturdays and Sundays off, that it rains for weeks at a time in his homeland in India, that he hates the cold, that it didn’t take him very long to grow out his mustache (which, by the way, is snow white and is the same exact shape as the man on the Pringles can) and, most recently, that every day he carries his dinner in a bag which is always slung across his body because his boss told him if he puts it down, he can’t expect that it won’t get stolen. He even showed me his two impressive thermoses, which were nicely nestled in his bag. Last night he was having mushroom soup.
Last night he kindly said he’d keep an eye on my bike as I had a movie screening to go to and I had never left my bike on the rack for much longer than regular business hours.
Today I bought him some hand warmers because I know he doesn’t like the cold.
You know those people that make you remember the good in humanity? Lacey is one of those people. Jeez you are just so awesome!
Friday, November 15, 2013
dear santa, please get me one of these cuties
I want one. Also, their back feet! I did not know their back feet looked like that, because everyone takes pictures of their adorable faces instead.
Camp people: Do any of you remember Quokka the counselor? He did Arts and Crafts one year, I want to say it was 2000 or 2001?
I totally remember Quokka - wasn’t he Nature?
Winter is here!! All packed up for our first backcountry trip of the season. Hitting up another set of hot springs in the mountains this weekend.
Hauling 33lbs before food and water. Only my stuff pictured too. Winter camping is heavy! (My summer bag is 40lbs total on a 5 day trip.)