The Daily EO: September 1st, 2013

I’ve told you before, September is the beginning of the new year for me.  Time to move from the languid days of Summer into the more focused Fall.  And time to sharpen my dedication to The Daily EO.  Yes, I’ve been a bit spotty in my updates.  Well, spotty is even a stretch.

But my mother told me “If you have to write, you’d better get paid for it”.  So, since I don’t get paid, I write when I want to.  And in August, I wanted to lay on lounge chairs, be outside, or doing things I actually do get paid for.   So, you wondered!  You checked your email often.  When or When will she post today’s update!!??  I CAN’T STAND IT!

I am excited to move from August into September because somehow I gained 5 pounds this summer and I’d like it to go away.  I say “Somehow” like it is a big mystery.  Hmmm.  Wine, Jelly Bellys, hamburgers, hotdogs, early mornings and late nights with reduced exercise?  What could have happened?!  This is so strange.

Well, to start me off right, I went shopping yesterday to get new running shoes.  An aside here: I don’t call running shoes “sneakers”.  That seems like such weird phrasing to me.  Like saying “garment”s or something.  It just feels like sneakers are what people wore back in the 1970s to play tennis.  I don’t know what sneakers are.  I just don’t say it so I don’t get caught in calling a non-sneaker a sneaker.  How Embarassing.

Anyways, I need all sorts of stability and support in my shoes, so generally I can’t get the sleek cute, wonderfully coloured modern “sneakers”.  (eep, is that the right usage) I asked the guy at the Running Room if I could get some really cute yellow & blue nikes, and he said “No.”  Just “No.”  So, I get left with the old style ones – from the 2000s.  Sooo Yesterday.

So, I tried on shoes I needed – with some weird metallic blue with teal blue trim and laces – and frankly didn’t even like looking at my feet.  And usually, I love looking at my feet.  I do it all day long.  What an awful colour!  (the shoes, not my feet)   Those laces!  I hate them!  We were going to try some others styles, when in the backroom, he found a different styling of the same shoe.  In my size!

September 1st, 2013 Extra Ordinary:  If you are going to turn over a new leaf, you have to look the part.

Yeah!  These will make me run fast!
Yeah! These will make me run fast!

The Daily EO: An Unexpected Hiatus

It’s been one full week since I undated The “Daily” EO.  I’ve been working, attending a trade show, battling a cold, visiting retirement homes, putting Vaseline on my flakey nose, and eating Ice Cream.

Saturday was an industry trade show – I was able to meet a few of our customer and a few of our suppliers.  I am not sure if I made a good impression because the Drixoral was – while unclogging my nose – clogging my brain.  It was right here in downtown Vancouver, so an easy walk with lots of samples.

Sunday was spent with more Drixoral, some Benylin and a whole bunch of time touring a retirement residence with my grandma.  She is finally considering moving to one, and it is slow going with a whole bunch of strategic moves to convince her it is her idea. We had our weekly ice cream delivery and this week the flavour was “Cracker Jack”.  Which was good, but not as good as Meyer Lemon Buttermilk.

Monday I was home from work because kleenex up my nose is satisfying only to me.

And frankly, right now, I can barely remember what I did last week, let alone come up with insightful or funny things that were extra-ordianry.

But I am starting to heal up and will be back my normal routine tomorrow!

The Daily EO: April 5th, 2013

I had the highest number of views of The Daily EO today than I have ever had.  Higher than the Cranbrook Wind Storm, Higher than my Vegan Caesar Salad Recipe, higher than my Burberry Sunglasses dilemma, higher than our drive through Sturgis during the Motorcycle Rally!  It’s 84 –  a record (that doesn’t include all of you email people).  But looking deeper into this, it appears I didn’t have an extraordinary number of visitors, just views.  So somebody out there is really, really interested in me.  Or something that I wrote about.  Which – in even further investigation – appears to be Emile’s Spring Flower pictures.

This reminds me greatly of all the children I know.  They like me, sure, but the LOVE Emile.  When I show up, they say “Hi.”  pause “Where’s Emile?”  This is until Emile gets all parental on them (he has very firm rules), and then they freaked out for a bit, but given enough time, they are back at loving him again.

So, I got 84 views, but it was really Emile’s work that earned it.

April 5th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  If you can’t get it done yourself, steal something from someone else.

The Daily EO: March 14th, 2013

I didn’t celebrate my First “blogoversary”, because in my mind, it didn’t count.  I set out to write daily and so when my 1 year anniversary came up, I hadn’t written a year’s worth of posts – thanks mainly to December 2012 month off.

But this is my 365th post and that seems a milestone that I should acknowledge in some way.  I am doing it by changing my theme from “Chunk” to “Superhero”.  I know – it’s a thrill a minute around here.  I am too value-conscious to even consider premium or custom designed blog sites, so I am sticking to basic WordPress ones.

My selection was limited by the fact that I have a font particularity that distracts me from content and I didn’t want fish, or babies, or worms, or anything else like that (I am not a fish, baby or worm blogger).  So, if you have a serif font, or a cutesy graphic I can’t use it to publish.

So, hold on to your socks and hats people, here you go – new format for a new year.    Next I might polish the cutlery.

March 14th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  365 posts and I still have something to say.  You must be right – I am opinionated.

The Daily EO: March 11th, 2013

I had great goals of not letting these blog entries pile up this week and my resolution resulted in  . . . well, like I didn’t make a resolution at all.

And though I have blogged about not been too tough on myself, sometimes I think I am not tough enough.  It’s funny how outside pressures to do something work towards a goal are often much more powerful.  Why is that?  We are born inherently selfish and somewhere along the line other people’s opinions matter more.  Be polite, consider other’s needs before your own, be kind.

March 11th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  It’s not okay to let my friends and colleagues down, but its okay to let myself down?  No don’t think so.  I need to blog and floss more regularly.

The Daily EO: February 25, 2013

You know those weeks where you sit at the beginning of it and wonder how you are going to get everything done.  This was such a week.  Which is why I am telling you about it at the very end of it, breaking my own rule of trying to write within 24 hours.

It wasn’t necessarily the number of things (though there are quite a few), it is a huge project that is due on March 1st at noon.   It feels huge, but it probably the same size as term paper and everyone knows you never do those things ahead.   Just exactly when you need to.  Just in Time.

February 25th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  The beginning of an insurmountable week – that I know now from age and experience  I will get everything done.

The Daily EO: January 21st, 2013

I have a tendency to draw squares with my mouse pointer when I am bored or thinking or unable to do what I need to do.

And that is what I was doing on Monday evening while trying to write the Daily EO.  I was exhausted, I was just wanting to not write it.

It was just then – 9:00 pm – that my husband came in the room, closed my laptop, said “Enough.  You need sleep.”  and turned off the light.   I laid there in the dark trying to get the gumption up to get my flashlight and laptop under the covers.  But before I could, I fell asleep.

January 21st, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  I like someone who knows best taking care of me – and I am so glad I have Emile to do that.


The Daily EO: December 31st, 2012

When I started the EO, I had 3 rules: don’t hurt anyone’s feelings, attempt to write about each day within 24 hours and write it until I didn’t feel like it.  And since I didn’t feel like it for the last couple of weeks, I decided to take a break.

On Christmas Eve, I was robbed.  Well, I wasn’t robbed, my car was robbed.  And with my black backpack and my smashed window, the thief also took some joy from my Christmas season.   First off, I was robbed.  Secondly, I didn’t handle it as effectively as I normally handle things (and that would be effectively) and third, it makes you feel like you are some how to blame (if I hadn’t have parked there, if I had taken my backpack with me, etc).

I figure the person who took my pack back (and my Kate Spade wallet, LG cell phone and a bunch of gift cards) was desperate and needed those items more than me and I should be thankful that I am not left in jeopardy because of the theft.   But that would be lying to you, because really I’m just really pissed off and saddened.   I didn’t want to speak of it to friends and family at Christmas, or write about it in the The Daily EO.  And believe me, it is hard to write of something extra-ordinary when you are wondering about what addict is selling your SIM card for drugs.

I only told those who needed to know (“Um, Susan, do you know you are missing a window?”) and even then I lied about the circumstances.   And kept my simmering anger hidden.

December – despite having a 2 week vacation at the beginning – was stressful for me.  What was stressing me out?  Nothing that in retrospect should have caused a problem.  I was worried about taking 2 weeks off after only 2 months in to my job, I didn’t have my Christmas shopping done on time, I don’t have a bed, there are so many boxes that remain on packed, etc, etc.  In the end it didn’t really matter, and I am uncertain why things that normally give me pleasure to complete, caused me high levels of anxiety.

Perhaps it is because my brain is finally catching up to my body’s geography.  Change is good, change was needed, but after 2 years of searching, deciding and frenetic action, I do not truly know where home is yet.  It feels that Emile and I – though holding on to the same life raft – are upon a vexing and fickle stormy sea waiting for our safe harbour.  We’re here, but we are doing that thing where you balance something and then hold out your hands as if to say “stay” and try to catch it when it all falls apart.

Security and the fibers of our new life will continue to grow, but I need to catch my breath.

December 31st, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  Getting over it already and so pleased that I got to spend Christmas with my mom and brother and my BC family.  The Daily EO is back.

The Daily EO: November 26th, 2012

I have started reading my friend’s blog. Well not so much that I started reading it as she started publishing it. It reminds me of why I started blogging in the first place. It feels like a therapist and a true friend all in one. She is trying to figure out some things and so writing and exploring through her blog.

When you write things done you process them. When you feelings are on the page there is no denying them. And it connects you with the world even if tenuous.

When you’re going through things, any connection matters. It is healing, it is positive and it is good.

November 25th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary: To all the bloggers out there who are writing to find – and keep on – their path, I am one of you. Keeping stretching. Keep writing.