Random Ramblings

Friday, August 05, 2011
I have an overwhelming desire to write. Not some magnum opus of award-winning literature but blogging. I want to vent, express myself, or just plain get my thoughts down on the keyboard. It doesn’t even matter what I write about, I just want to do it. That hasn’t happened a lot lately. I find it frustrating that when I want to do it, I don’t have the time and when I have the time, I don’t have the desire.

Let's get the obligatory money grab out of the way first.  I only need $44 to reach my revised goal of $300 for the CIBC Run for the Cure.  If you can spare even just $5 (the cost of a medium latte!), I'll enter your name into the draw for my great gift bag of goodies!!!  You can sponsor me by clicking HERE.  The 5K Walk or Run is on Sunday October 2nd.  I promise (really!) that if I reach my new goal of $300, I'll keep the begging to a minimum (once/week?).  There's just under two months left but the sooner I get there, the sooner you can tell me to shut up!

It has been a surprisingly good week for me – things in the office have been humming along and I’ve been kept busy all week which is fantastic. I’m really starting to get into my job and enjoy the work. The people? My group’s definitely a unique cast of characters but they make for interesting times. I get along with the other people in similar positions to mine and I even have one with whom I seem to be able to chat about anything – yesterday at lunch (we went to McD’s…don’t judge), we discussed politics, Edmonton’s murder rate (with interjections from the guy at the next table who was so very obviously from Newfoundland and felt the need to be part of our conversation), all those wonderful topics that are considered taboo. Heck, last week we chatted about religion. We have so many different views on almost every topic but its fantastic to be able to discuss them in an adult manner and not feel forced to conform to the other person’s views. Refreshing! Having said that, I had another completely different conversation with someone else yesterday that had me completely riled up by the time I got off the phone. I’m not going to get into it but needless to say, I’m still a bit stunned and cheesed about it today.

 A friend is having a tough time at her office.  She's filling in for a coworker and the big boss is treating her like doggie doodoo stuck to her shoe.  And in front of the rest of the office (open workspace concept).  Sigh.  This upsets me not just because she's my friend but because it seemed like the perfect fit for her after some of the hard times she'd had when we worked together.  Our group of friends were all so pleased when she was offered the position but the past couple of days have been hellish for her.  And it won't be ending soon - her coworker's on vacation for another two weeks!  Sigh.  Must think happy, positive thoughts and send them her way.

Mom and I are looking at going swimming once a week at one of the local pools. There are two within walking distance (bus when its crappy outside). As you might have guessed, I’m loving the walking once again but I really want to do something in addition to the treadmill or roaming the river valley. I couldn’t afford a bicycle this year like I had hoped so that’s out of the question until next summer. However, swimming is something we can do all year round and once a week won’t get too expensive. I’m not a great swimmer and I have an intense fear of drowning thanks to a kiddie pool incident involving an inner-tube as a child but I'm looking forward to splashing around!  I'm NOT looking forward to squeezing my bulging bits into a spandex/lycra bathing suit obviously designed by a man to make women feel insecure about their bodies.

Whew, now my brain is empty.  I feel better.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

I've been considering starting up swimming again as well. Not swimming per se, but aqua flab class. I used to enjoy splashing around with the octogenarians, but since getting a stationary bike and elliptical many years ago, have been doing that exclusively. I need a change.

I hope you and your mom enjoy the pools!

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