I was very nervous to start getting tattooed by different artists. At the start, I mainly stuck to one shop and the same guys for all my art but after getting a piece done at a tattoo convention by an artist I had never met before I wanted to really start expanding on my "collection"
I loved getting work by guys at Blacksmith Tattoo and It was very important to me, to stay with the same theme/style so I was nervous to let someone else stick colored needles in my skin.
I always tell people who want to get tattoos... DO YOUR RESEARCH! Obsess over the artist you are thinking of getting a tattoo from... Creep the fuck out of all of their pictures and make sure you LOVE their work. You may not be interested in getting the exact tattoo they are showing in the pictures, but you're looking at their level of artistic talent. Can they do multiple styles? Realistic/Portraits/Traditional/Ext - Some artists only focus on one specific style and it may not be the type you are looking for. Do. Your. Research.
Also, don't expect an artist to copy someone else's art. You can't hand them a photo of someone's tattoo and say "do it exactly like that" - you are hiring them to come up with your idea in their own creative style, not replicate something someone else has already done.
If you come across an artist where almost every tattoo they've done is a "winner" you've found your artist. (By that I mean they have everything you are personally looking for) For me: They have straight lines, they work well with colored ink and have their own artistic style that makes every tattoo they do, unique different.
I don't have any "script" tattoos but want some in the future... So when the time comes, I'll be specifically researching artists who specialize in that, make sense?
I had my eye on Ashlie's work for a while and was so excited to get her to come up with a custom mandala for my arm. Those are the kind of tattoos she is an EXPERT on! This was different from any other tattoo I've ever had done. I'd say it was a much more... spiritual experience. We sat down and got to know each other, and she drew this using my energy.
This was also the first tattoo I could not complete in one sitting. I had to heal up the lines before coming back for round 2! Elbows man... Or I guess I sound say... Swellbows! Ow!
If you are in Regina, go visit Ashlie for a custom mandala!
She's a sweetheart
What a terrible 8 months that was. I don't regret it.
Forgive me for my lack of photo progress, I focused more on recording video which you can watch below
I wanted to write this blog, to tell you more about what it was like going through the Six Month Smiles treatment - why it took me more than six months - what it cost and all this fun stuff, that only really matters to people considering going through something similar!
Let me start by saying I DIDN'T HATE ALL MY TEETH BEFORE! I hated one on the top row but I really didn't mind the rest. I have always been obsessed with straight teeth though. I remember going to the theater to see the movie 300 and I feel in love with Gerard Butler because OMG HIS TEETH ARE SO PERFECT AND BEAUTIFUL! Yeah, while all the other ladies were swooning over his meaty man muscles, I couldn't look away from his pearly whites. Super unrealistic to have such nice teeth back then but WHATEVER THAT DOESN'T MATTER... CLEARLY I'VE THOUGHT ABOUT THIS TOO MUCH.
Everyone. Is. Different. I cant stress that enough. No two experiences will be the same, so keep that in mind when reading.
I have a very deep over bite, cross bite, and extremely tiny mouth (The dentist once said it was a child's size mouth, so I feel bad for my boyfriend) I had gone in for braces consultations in the past but back then I still needed to remove wisdom teeth and it just seemed like way more than I was ready to take on, all at once.
I finally got my wisdom teeth removed. One removed randomly, because it was popping through the gums. I got it out in Regina, and I was awake for that. Not my definition of a good time. When I moved back home to Ontario, I started having problems with my jaw, and pains... and I eventually went in for the wisdom tooth surgery. Had the last 3 removed while I was put under. Here was the X ray of my head while they were still hangin' out in there...
So after those came out and I was all healed up *that's a story for another time, my god*
I was getting my teeth cleaned and my dentist asked me "Is there anything you'd fix about your teeth?"
Great Sales Tactic. I Bit!!
They told me about Six Month Smiles, which was a procedure they just started to offer and since I had benefits with work at the time that was going to help cover some of the cost, I was all for it. I believe it ended up being somewhere around $3,500
Yes it hurt. Wax. Wax. Wax. I got many canker sores and mouth boo boo's... Getting them put on hurt, getting the wire replaced hurt... It all was kinda owwwwie. The best way I can explain the pain, sometimes it feels like you have cavities in some teeth, but its not a cavity, its just the teeth moving/pulling in directions that are new. This comes and goes. Getting them cleaned was a great feeling!!
Yes It was hard to eat. You constantly get food stuck in them, you don't want to eat out in public because its gross... Sometimes *If you don't clean them properly after eating* you can end up with food that's been stuck somewhere for hours and its NASTY. Keep them as clean as you can. There's an intense cleaning process after ever meal and before bed.
Oh yeah, you cant eat a lot of normal foods, I lost 15 pounds... Braces diet is posted below
I know these aren't the best pics *I look super tired and have no makeup on
But I don't have many photos of me smiling "before" because I never really liked showing my teeth. Now, I cant stop smiling
You sign a contract to get the procedure done, which says it can take anywhere between 6 to 12 months to complete. For me, it took 8 months however my dentist hurt her back and had almost 4 weeks off which delayed my treatment. If you decide to get this done, make sure you ask the dentist office that is looking after you if they have more than one person that is qualified to do what is needed, just in case your dentist takes time off or gets sick!
Here was the information sheet they gave me on the day my braces were put on
I'm really stubborn and as I read this, on my way home I thought "I can eat spaghetti with red sauce, wtf they cant tell me what I can and can't eat" I didn't really care about stains either. After cooking a huge pot of spaghetti that evening, I couldn't properly chew it and I sat at my dinner table crying because I was so hungry.
There ARE THINGS YOU CAN AND CAN'T EAT. Spaghetti is on the "can't" list sadly.
Mac N Cheese is OK though!!
Some of my favorite foods to eat when I had my braces:
Greek Yogurt, Apple Sauce, Soft Breads, Strawberries, Bananas, Soup, Chicken Soup, Tomato Soup, Any and All Soups, Any Soft Cookies, Jello, Pudding. Cheesecake. Soft boiled veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots - Did I mention soup? LOTS OF SOUP. MASHED POTATOES AMEN, Lots of baked salmon and chicken for dinners, pancakes, smoothies *I dont like eggs*
Basically you are avoiding anything hard or sticky. *Sigh Again, My poor boyfriend.
Check out the video below to see my full progress and feels on the entire situation...
Here are a few more pics!!
What it looks like with ONLY the clear brackets on the teeth (Not the wire)
First photo was from the first day getting them put on - Second photo was before getting them removed!
And a photo of what it looks like to have the wire ON the brackets
The last photo is of me at the dentists office holding the mold of what my teeth looked like "before" SUCH A HUGE CHANGE!! My teeth look like dentures. They look fake. THEY LOOK TOO PERFECT. THIS IS SPARTAAAAA!!!
I'm happy to answer any *non dentist* questions you may have about the process, leave a comment!
I feel like I have SO MANY PROJECTS on the go but I love it... Being busy means summer has arrived. In the winter, I become a shut in and am usually pretty bored so I am very excited to get outside and get dirty - IN THE GARDEN!
I have a big gardening video coming up but I wanted to show you guys what I've been working on. The little plot I made in my backyard! I'm really picky with where/what I wanted to plant. Abra uses the grass/yard to #1/#2 so I didn't really want to be planting FOOD where he was doing that business. Last thing I want is dog shit strawberries... whatever maybe it doesn't matter but I was concerned.
The previous owner of my house had a hot tub (which unfortunately they didn't leave for me to enjoy) BUT they had a stone area with some other bricks set up in the yard. Since we weren't using that area and Abra had never peed or pood there - I figured it was the prefect spot to dig up and start a little garden.
In this photo, I had already started digging up the patio stones. You can see the difference between the left (stones removed) and the right (untouched)
I did this all on my own. I had never done something like this before and It took me pretty much all day to set up... Here's how I did it
Removed all the stones & dug out the junk! Cleared the area of the weeds/plants that were already growing there and moved the dirt around a bit...
I used dirt from The Big Yellow Bag *Not sponsored*
I ordered a few weeks ago to fill it in and create a bit of a raised bed.
Once I was happy with the amount of dirt and height of the garden I covered it with a black mesh to keep in warmth and make it look super professionallll. I used the left over bricks to hold it all in place...
NOW THE BEST PART! BRING IN THE GREENS!
I was posting progress on Instagram and asking you guys what we should plant here! We decided to go with the things we eat/use the most that are fairly easy to grow. Again, this is my first time doing something like this.
I cut holes in the mesh and planted... from left to right: Zucchini, Rosemary, Thyme, Swiss Chard and Two Strawberry Bushes (Hopefully not Dog Shit Strawberry Bushes)
I noticed immediately the robins taking a liking to my new garden and I wasn't having the birds benefit from all my hard work so I got a few U shaped bamboo sticks to wrap some mesh around to keep away anything that is also "hungry"
I carefully cut small holes in the mesh and pushed the sticks firmly into the ground... I used more than I probably needed to, but I wanted extra support just in case, I donno, Wind? Or a bird (fat robin) actually does TRY to land on it *sigh*
Here's what it looked like before adding the plastic chicken wire
I used zip ties to fasten the mesh to the bamboo sticks... I didnt tighten the zip ties all the way, so I could later adjust the mesh if needed. I had to cut 3 strips of mesh, One for each side and one for the top.
The side facing the grass cant be accessed. I mean it can be, but it'll be difficult. The mesh is placed under the stones (in hopes that the animals stay away too) The side that we are looking at CAN be lifted up so I can tend to the plants inside. It can be watered easily from above, without having to move the mesh.
Overall this project cost me about $120
I had some free materials like the stones and used some things from the dollar store (the black mesh for the soil/plants and the zip ties)
I got the plants, bamboo U sticks and plastic chicken wire from Canadian Tire
I didn't use all the soil from the Big Yellow Bag - I still have enough to do this two more times if I wanted to. Oh and the zucchini was grown from a seed in my laundry room (who knows if it'll grow or give us hini's, its an experiment)
I love my garden - I've got other grow projects on the go! Check my Instagram story for daily updates and keep an eye on the site for more updates!
SUNFLOWER GARDEN BONUS
Let me explain my plans with this weird thing in the background of all these photos...
Bobs tutorial was a 27min long video that we had to watch at least 3 times to get our final product. Maybe it was more difficult because we decided to paint it on a mini canvas?? *Sigh
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE BOB ROSS TUTORIAL WE FOLLOWED
Brittany's (Left) - Amanda's (Right)
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After working in Radio for almost a decade, I wanted to get something to represent that time but I also wanted it to be more than just that... I didn't want to just get something representing the places I've worked, I wanted it to have a deeper significance to me and my life.
I remember my parents owning an old school radio, it was always in their bathroom.. for shower music? I guess? Mom said it was given to them by my grandparents and I loved the way this thing looked ever since I was a kid.
When I was coming up with the idea for this tattoo, I just knew I had to get a photo of that old radio and make it the main focal point of the piece. I also have a "nature" theme going on, on my body, and for now I'm planning to keep going in that direction, so I needed to work in something "floral" - The flowers in this piece represent each of the province's In Canada that I've worked in. I got this done while living in Regina so I still need to add an Ontario Trillium to complete the piece.
Done by Jesse Zaboz who works at Art Sharks in Saskatoon
Oh, if you're wondering... Yes it hurt, especially the hand job part!
This tattoo even ended up winning some awards (It was done at the Pile O Bones Tattoo Convention in Regina)
To this day, I am still IN LOVE with this tattoo and can't wait to add to it!
Record store day was this Saturday - To celebrate, I wanted to show you a few records from our collection PLUS this extremely simple craft *If you have records laying around that are unusable*
The records I previewed in the video:
Something Silly: Dorothy Provine – The Roaring 20's
Something Serious: The Arctic Monkeys - AM
Something Local: The Lucky Ones - Better Late Than Never
Always love getting recommendations for different music to listen to, and it doesn't matter what style - I'm always open to something with a funky beat
HOW TO TURN AN OLD RECORD INTO A BOWL:
Find an old useless record and grab a medium/large steel bowl
Heat oven to 200C and place the record flat, on top of the bowl for 8 to 10 mins
*No hotter than 200C that or you may release toxic fumes into your oven
Check progress at the 4 min mark, see if the album becomes "flexible" and can be pushed into the metal bowl you've picked to use as your mold. If its not flexible enough yet, put it back in the oven...
You'll be able to push the vinyl into the metal bowl to create a smaller bowl out of the album... you can use a smaller bowl or glass cup to do this, or just fist it with your oven mitt! Yeah, you read that right... I said fist it.
Let things cool... and TA DA! Record Bowl!!
This was the FIRST matching tattoo I ever got with someone and I cherish it so much! It means something different than the other tattoos because I know it DIRECTLY links me to one of my best friends and I always think of her when I see it.
The story behind this tattoo is... interesting. The first thing people ask when they see it, is "Are you a hairdresser" to which I usually respond "How does my hair look?" and if they say "Good" then I say, "Yes.. I'm a hairdresser"
Spoiler alert... I'm Not.
Siarra and I got scissors because the guys we were dating at the time, didn't like that we hung out so much and would call us "scissor sisters" so we always just went along with it and made super inappropriate jokes when we would have sleepovers.
This tattoo was done at Gaslight Tattoo Parlor in Regina
The scissors point to each other when we put our fingers together in the "scissoring" motion haha!
This was my second time ordering a box from Hello Fresh and this on was delivered April 3rd! I turn into a kid at Christmas waiting for this thing... is that strange? That I'm THAT excited to cook new things? Our first meal from the new box was definitely not a disappointment... I give you MELT IN THE MIDDLE MEATBALLS!
Looks fuckin' glorious doesn't it? That's what I thought too when I saw the picture... and this was one of the 3 meals I was most excited for. The other two I chose this time were the Sweet Potato Coconut Curry and Turkey Milanese
The real challenge for me with every Hello Fresh meal, is getting it to look as much as I can, like the picture provided. That's the "fun" in it for me... besides eating the food, fuck I love eating - Usually I get a pretty close match...
Even more important than appearances... WAS IT EASY TO COOK? HOW DID IT TASTE AND WAS IT WORTH THE $? Kinda. Yes. and Yes. Uh... I should elaborate
Cooking these meals (as a skill level:mediocre cook) is still a challenge. I always try to cook my meals by making the least amount of dishes/mess and I find myself using tools I'd never regularly, to make some of these hello fresh meals. They also put heavy importance on using fresh spices, which I can appreciate - but taking the time to shred basil leaves or pick tiny parts off a rosemary stem can become the time consuming part of the recipe. It definitely requires some patience and work to put together and some extra clean up at the end. If you are the type of person who defines cooking as "putting a pizza or lasagna in the oven and done" this may be a little bit of a frustrating process for you, but we should all learn basic cooking skills just in case the robot overlords who cook for us one day, break down and we're left helpless. *Am I the only one waiting for robot chef's to cook for everyone one day?
The ingredients all looked great to start and instructions were clear - It did take me a little longer than a half an hour because I had a mix up with the sauce *We will get to those details... You can read the steps and ingredient list for the MELT IN THE MIDDLE MEATBALLS BY CLICKING HERE
Once I started washing and cutting up my ingredients, I noticed my shallot had a small yucky spot... I just cut it off and kept cooking (It wasn't a problem)
If you order a food box like this I recommend opening each bag of food you've received and going through the ingredients, also check your best before dates. Sometimes things are more fresh than others, and you may want to cook a recipe first depending on that.
Here I had completed step 1: prepping and cutting all the ingredients
(Garlic, Basil, Mozzarella, Shallot)
Mix them in a bowl with 1/2 the Italian spice provided and the ground beef - When its all mixed up, grab some to roll into a meatball... put a mozza cheese cube in the center of each one! (thats where the "melt in the middle" part comes in)
I cooked them on low/med and for a little longer than the recipe said - While the balls harden, start softening the spaghetti and get the sauce goin'
This is where I got a little confused... In the recipe it said to add the broth concentrate to the tomatoes - ON THE BROTH CONCENTRATE it says add 1 cup of water - It never said to do that in the recipe, but do I follow the instructions on the broth concentrate? I did. The sauce was a little too watery and needed extra time to simmer down and thicken *Not that big of a deal*
They also wanted me to add the basil stems in for flavor, and remove them later. Knowing me, I'd forget - or miss a stem and have an unpleasant bite of my meal, so I just skipped that step and left the basil stems out (I did add the basil leaves to the sauce near the end as directed)
In the end, I was very pleased with this meal. It turned out so good and my kitchen smelt heavenly. I will try to recreate this meal in the future, but I may modify the ingredients. The sauce wasn't my favorite thing in the world and I felt like I didn't have enough of it for these two plates. We also had a baguette with butter to go with this that *WAS NOT PROVIDED BY HELLO FRESH*
This meal cost $9 each from Hello Fresh *not taking into account the baguette I bought from the store for $3* I got my box at a discount - We order the Pronto plan: 3 Meals for 2 people delivered right to your front door! I got a discount for you to use too! Sign up with my coupon code to get $$ off your first order
*You dont have to, but using the code gives me $25 off my next order, so help spread the food love!!
I have memories of him letting me drive the boat, catching fish... going up north and catching frogs and accidentally letting them all loose in the cabin! Listening to him gracefully play piano and not so gracefully clean out his fish tanks while my grandmother would run after him with towels to clean up the split water. He had the most amazing energy. It was a party where ever he went and no one was ever a stranger, as he could strike up a conversation with just about anyone over anything. His presence will be missed.
It's never easy losing a loved one. Over the weekend my grandfather passed. It was the best possible way to go, too. He was at home surrounded by loved ones and had one hell of a party on his last day. He said the most beautiful thing to comfort me about his passing, click play below...
He also said, if anyone asks, tell them "That old fuck passed away"
MAKKREEL, HENDRIK (HANK)I would like to announce the passing of my husband Hendrik (Hank) Makkreel on April 7, 2018 at his home in Fenwick, Ontario. Born in the Netherlands on November 29, 1929, Hank came to Canada in 1953 and started his business as the “The Piano Doctor”. Hank would like his friends and customers to know he has left his business in the capable hands of his son Michael in Ridgeville, Ontario. Hank is survived by his “Beautiful Wife Marie” of 63 years, and his three children Terri, Mary Ellen and Michael. Also, we would like to thank the staff at the St.Catharines and Welland Hospitals and the PD and Hemo-Dialysis Unit for their wonderful caring and concern! Hank had stated fondly to his friends and family, that he had come “TO THE END OF HIS 88 KEYS”. In keeping with Hank’s wishes, cremation has taken place.
I don't know where to start with this blog... because I'm so excited I'm jittery. This is such a big part of my life and im so stoked to be able to share the videos and stories... EEP! Breathe in, Breathe out, Just write.
I left my first radio job in Peace River, Alberta to be a hippy, live in a van down by the river. Okay that isn't 100% accurate but since I was living with my comedian boyfriend at the time, we heard that Chris Farley joke a lot. A LOT.
I met Matt Billion when I got the chance to interview Mike MacDonald for the radio station, they were coming to peace river for a comedy show. I hit it off with Mike in that interview right away, making many back and forth jokes and looked forward to seeing the show... At that time I didn't know who Matt was. (Also a comedian, who did a lot of booking and touring with Mike)
When the time came, I went to the comedy show... and after Matt's set he walked off stage and to the back of the room, which was where I was standing. A conversation started and we were instantly infatuated with each other.
Matt and Mike didn't stay in Peace River, as they say "the show goes on" and It wasn't a one night stand situation at all, we hung out, chatted and were sad that we couldn't spend more time laughing with one another. We never stopped texting and calling after he left and Matt made plans to get back to my small remote town as fast as he could - so we could see one another again.
We really got along well, Matt got tired of the grind driving and flying to shows all over Canada from PEACE RIVER, AB... Its really a small northern town and makes no sense to be there for someone who needs to be constantly traveling for work, but It was a great opportunity for ME to have gone there for my first radio gig.
In relationships you sometimes need to make compromises and sacrifices and you ALWAYS need to make sure they are things you are comfortable with. Matt took some time off from comedy to leave in Peace River with me but after a while, I felt like I was holding the team back... I really wanted Matt to do his comedy thing, but he didn't want to have to be away from me for long, so I just decided to say FUCK IT and live on the road with him.
We talked A LOT about this beforehand and did A LOT of planning. I was in charge of helping with everything he needed me for, basically... I sometimes did cold calls for bookings and stage set up. The first tour we did was with Frank Moffatt - Yeah the 90's band The Moffatt's dad... LOL! He did his own comedy routine as Canadian Country comic "Lefty Nelson" - We had an RV sponsorship at that stage so we still hadn't found our van sweet van (home sweet home?)
It wasn't until the Country Friend and City Baked comedy tour ended did we travel down to Nelson, BC to find our home on wheels. We didn't find it right away and did some test drives in some really dumpy things... But it was love at first sight when I spotted The Vanguard. We bought it from a thrift store/pawn shop with all the money we could spare at the time (They sold it to us for less than they were asking because they really wanted the thing out of their parking lot)
We took that van across Canada and the US. We did two BlackJack comedy Tours with the van and Matt and Mike... And when we weren't touring Canada with Mike we went down to the states and tried to get Matt time on stage at the Comedy Store and other rooms around LA.
After almost a year of doing this it became very stressful and difficult. We had SO MUCH FUN and I have so many amazing memories from this time but it couldn't go on forever. Mike had his liver stuff going on, he wasn't in the best health and I felt it was time for me to get off the road and back into Radio
No epic love story here, Matt and I parted ways. He sold the Van to a nice old couple. I wonder if it's still runnin' today or on a junk yard somewhere....
It's safe to say THIS experience is what started my obsession with campers and living in something you could also drive. You're kinda living like a turtle, with your entire home on your back.
I had all this footage on a hard drive I couldn't get access to and just recently had a friend of a friend restore all the data for me (THANKS RICHARD) On the hard drive was all my travel footage from driving down to LA in the van with Matt for the first time. I didn't edit the clips, I just put them all in one after another in chronological order. I am forever grateful for the experience and the people I got to share it with.
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Snap's are supposed to go away after 24hrs but sometimes a story is too good not to share! Here is my attempt at cooking a hello fresh meal, let me know what you think in the comments!
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With a coupon my first box cost me $40 total for 3 meals for 2 people delivered to my front door. Totally worth trying for under $7 a meal (I'd usually pay that amount with ingredients I went out and got from the grocery store myself)
Have you tried Hello Fresh and did you like it?
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I really wanted to try this food delivery service! A lot of my friends have and I kinda felt left out... I can see how this would be great for someone who is useless in the kitchen but wants to learn how to cook or for people who have a busy lifestyle but still enjoy cooking at home (and doesn't want to cook the same stuff every time)
Not all of us have every ingredient ready to go in the cupboard!
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I'm thinking of signing up my grandma for Hello Fresh... It's good for people who don't drive!
2 Cups of Flour
2 Cups of Bread Crumbs
1 Chicken Breast
Set the oven to 400F
Line a pan with foil or parchment paper
Put the Flour and Bread Crumbs in separate bowls.
*add salt and pepper and/or other spices to the flour if you want more flavor
Crack the egg into its own bowl as well, add a tablespoon of water to the egg and whisk with a fork
Cut your chicken into nugget size pieces, dip them in the flour bowl, then into the egg&water mixture and finally into the bread crumbs and onto the pan. Once you've done this to all the chicken, put it in to bake for 15 mins. Flip the nuggets and put them back in for 10 mins (25 mins total) When they're done enjoy with celery or a side...
*For a side, make pink mashed potatoes! Learn how, click here
*For Dessert make Rice Pudding like grandma does, click here
Comment below and let me know what you like to dip your nuggets in! Ketchup? Ranch? Plum Sauce? MUSTARD? YOU CRAZY!
I felt like I had an advantage in this... because of my history working in radio but I wasn't good with all of them! Also, Ignore that pimple
My boyfriend has wanted this stupid piece of tech for A LONG TIME. He's been talking to it when we didn't even own it. He'd come home and say "Alexa turn on the lights" and I'd yell at him and say "IM ALEXA RIGHT NOW, STOP IT" - So instead of stopping, he just went and got Alexa so I don't have to do basic human stuff like turn on the lights or set the thermostat or ask him what the date it. I can just yell at Alexa... I AM RESISTANT with this kinda tech because
I AM NOT A TECH PERSON. The stuff just doesn't seem to work for me. Maybe I've got too much iron in my system and my body works as a magnet and fucks with the tech when it gets too close to me? I KNOW THAT MAKES NO SENSE BUT YOU BRAIN MAKES UP SHIT WHEN THING SEEM TO ALWAYS FUCK UP FOR YOU. Tech always seems to malfunction on me but so far, Alexa has done her job... man, she's sassy. I don't know if my boyfriend paid extra for the bitch feature but we need to disable it asap
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I may not be in it anymore... but after almost a decade in the industry, I kinda felt obligated to write something today. My radio career took me all across Canada on weird adventures, as it does with most people trying to make it in broadcasting. You take whatever you're offered to start. I worked and lived in Peace River Alberta, Fort Saint John BC and Regina SK. I have a different and special kind of love for each of those places.
Peace river had some crazy wild life. Lots of deer, packs of wild dogs... And I don't mean a pack of wolves. Well yeah, wolves but there were also Pomeranian's and German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers, random household dogs... wild. In packs! Maybe they were just homeward bound?
Is it weird that most of my Peace River memories are of... garbage? There was a place at the dump called the Put'N'Take (It was a little shed that you could leave items that were of no use to you any more but weren't garbage) I don't know why someone wouldn't just start up a thrift store... I probably could have with all of the thing I took from there to furnish my apartment. To this day, I still have a pair of cowboy boots I found sitting on a dresser beside a dumpster. They were illuminated by streetlight when I found them and they JUST SO HAPPENED TO FIT PERFECTLY. Little did I know, Id get a lot of use out of them while living in Regina.
If you ever pass through Fort Saint John, BC you must visit Cheers Pub. Bring a roll of Toonies to toss at the girl's - they usually have fun prizes for you to win like nude photos on magnets and stuff... (Oh, this is a strip club) FSJ Locals stay busy in the summer with Drag Races at the Northern Lights Speedway and Yard Sales. I picked up the pair of old KOSS headphones (In the pic below) from a yard sale.. They were sitting on a table in a barn and they do still work (most of the time)
The people in Regina love to drink and eat... And I love to eat and take care of drunk people (Like tuck them in bed, mom instinct type stuff) If you're ever visiting the Centennial Market get some of Larry's buns from Going With The Grain! Larry makes good buns.
There's nothing like being "home" in Ontario, living where I grew up. I like to regularly visit the arcade in Niagara Falls and get cheap Wonton Soup. Plus having my grandma a short drive away means a the world to me. Maybe one day I'd move again! I want to see more of Eastern Canada! Have you ever moved to a new city to start fresh? Where was your favorite place to live?
I've written about our dog Abra in a blog on this page once before... to read it click here! I wanted to show off some of the tricks that Abra knows. Everyone seems to get a kick out of the commands we have for him