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Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Stampede 2012 - 100 years!

My family went down to the Calgary Stampede last weekend. I usually go with friends but my dad really wanted to go this year. Well every year he wants to go but he always puts it off but since it's the 100 year anniversary we made a day of it. There were of course the midway rides, colourful and bright. Some are definitely more relaxing than others. I can't handle the accelerated down feeling on roller coasters so I can't ride too many rides. There was a small black one that I don't know the name of that almost made my dad throw up. My favourite ride of all time is the Hulk roller coaster at Islands of Adventure in Orlando FL, USA. I like the upside down bits, odd since I can't handle other coasters. It's probably all psychological, or maybe not. >.< 

There's also the food, like mini donuts, deep fried pickles, deep fried waggon wheels and huge turkey legs. Too much food for one person so plan ahead! Safe to say you can't be on a diet at the Stampede, not without ridiculous will power.

There's also the shopping and lotteries. We toured the show home but my dad said "No Thank You!" lol. I thought it was a nice though smallish house but the layout wasn't our cup of tea. We did buy a few things, I mean how can you not. Candy and jewellery mostly and my mom was dearly tempted by a $70 silk pillow cover! 

There was also the Heavy Horse Show. We happened in during the middle of it just to get out of the sun and we saw some dolled up horses. The runner up of the youth division was there because of something like the Make a Wish Foundation for his area and a donation was made in his name to the Make a Wish Foundation of Southern Alberta to pay it forward. It was a touching story. If I wasn't so afraid of getting kicked by a horse I'd love to ride them! Maybe in the future I'll try it out anyway.

That's not all, there so much more, like games and zip lines and art and craft and music and shows of all kinds. I didn't get a chance to see it all, maybe you will?! It's a little late in the game but if you get a chance check out the Stampede or maybe go next year. 101 is lucky after all! (Maybe for Dalmatians only. :P)

one of a few artists at work

Thursday, 5 July 2012

National Holidays

We just had the Canada Day long weekend up here in the northern lands. I didn't stay in town for most of the festivities but my family did make a day of it none the less. Alas for me I wasn't feeling so good that particular day so I was kinda bitchy! I feel bad about it.

My family and I went to Banff national park and hung out by the lake a few kilometres outside of the town. The water was beautiful, a lovely blue green and it was just the right amount of sunny. My dad climbed a rocky out cropping along the shore. I didn't post pictures of it  because I'm not sure he'd like me putting his picture up even if I have at most a dozen readers.

Times like this I wish I had a dog so I could take him with me and walk the park. There were a lot of families there that day being a long weekend and free admission to national parks and all. Next year I hope I'll feel better, not that I'm really sick or anything.

Anyway after the park I got to rest and I eventually felt well enough to venture out to see fireworks. My dad and I went but neither of us knew what time they were starting so we sped a little. Bad I know but we didn't go that fast, I swear. There was already a small crowd gathered at the hill and we should have brought chairs or blankets since we were an hour and 45 minutes early. But we found space and sat on the concrete and took some scenic pictures of the city while we waited. I found out on twitter when the show would start so we just sat and waited and compared photos of the day. I've got to say they weren't that great, the fireworks that is, my photos look amazing. (lol just kidding they're both mediocre.) But that's ok because I got over my bitchiness and we had a good time. 

I should have taken more video, I will at the international fireworks competition in Aug. Hopefully I'll get around to posting it; seeing as how awesome (not) I am at posting regularly. 


Lake Minnewanka

the smoky after haze of fireworks

Well here's a little poem about national days. Happy Canada Day and 4th of July.

National Holiday

National jubilation
flag colours abound,
we cheer to the heavens
as trumpets play our pride.
Hard fought and dearly protected
soil of my heart,
rich with stories
both ancient and young,
fruitful on all fronts
harvests of life.
Freedom songs in the air
enshrined for the masses.
Let your peoples join hands
Happy Birthday my home.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Home base



So I've been unemployed for sometime and as such I venture out once in a while in search of oh so elusive job, and on such a fine day I stumbled into UPPERCASE a publishing house mistaking it for a store. I was searching for part-time work at the time and retail is one of few options open to me, so there I was handing out resumes in boutiques and art gallery's and boom I drop into UPPERCASE... I hand Janine my resume and she asks me what line of employment am I looking for and I reply retail. She informs me that they're not a store anymore but an office for her publishing company. I'm a little embarrassed but she looks over my resume anyway. Here's the serendipity: Janine was about to post an ad for help wanted, office administrative aid-namely data entry, and here I was with office experience-mostly document control in my background looking for work. I'm invited to sit down for a quick interview. YAY! UPPERCASE runs a quarterly magazine by the same name and publishes various books. Due to time constraints and simply too much for one person to do she's built up somewhat of a backlog of orders which needed to be entered into their database. This was the primary mission followed by answering emails about the magazine, fulfilling orders and corresponding with subscribers and stockists etc. I talked a bit about my work experience and after a few minutes I was told I'd get a call back later that week. What are the chances of walking into a place just as they're going to advertise the perfect job for me?!
Serendipity part 2:
Later that week I was downtown after an appointment when I realize I have voicemail. There waiting for me was a message from Janine left a few moments ago asking if I wanted to come in to talk more about the potential job. I call her back probably much faster than she expected and ask if she's free. I'm downtown and close by so I could drop by in 5 mins. She gives the ok and 5 mins later I'm in the office definitely faster than expected. We talk more about the job and all that comes with it and I'm invited to start the next day! There's a trial period of 2 weeks or so to see if it's a good fit which ended about 2 weeks ago so here I am, new job in tow and happily employed. Uber YAY!


search a world of no endings
musing to myself,
when will the world turn over
send my knots beyond worried tides,
clear in mind for futures
not a cloud in the sky,
move to warmer climates
never dull in mercury lines
compatible for all us users
the visions blur in turn,
crouch and stoop to outstanding levels
let those measures go an inch,
curl up the sandy toes
and loom over the undone stages,
when rain comes to the city
we'll leave the multiples behind
now be here with me and my races
call no one to the scene
we'll peel the universe into layers of dos
appeal to all the masses.
Eleanor Cheng

 A peom from Homunculi to Slave Number 23

Don't be afraid of me,
I am small and inconsequential,
barely a thing at all.

Trapped in a glass cage
unable to reach out,
watching the world through my tiny window.

I have no fangs to tare,
nor claws to slash,
nor venom to subdue.

And though my nature is mysterious,
a little dark in shape,
I swear my content is quite benign.

I will freely share my secrets,
for I have great depth of knowledge,
only my edges are undefined.

Listen close my vital twin,
my life giver,
my principle donor,

Let me pour a little back.
This world can be ours,
if only I can plant the seed.

Disseminate my word,
I swear you'll be glad you did,
forever and always.

Now come closer
and fear not.
I will not betray you!
Eleanor Cheng
(the pictures are not mine)