I am chronically late, I always under estimate how long it will take me to get places and I am always later for everything. I don’t know where I got this from, my mum is a lady who shows up 15 minutes to a half hour early for everything! So I really dug this article on Works by Nicole Williams called “9 Ways To Be on Time, Every Time.” Here are the tips!
1. The first step is acceptance. Admit you have a problem and enlist help.
2. Surround yourself with clocks (not just the one on your cell phone).
3. Bring something to read or occupy you, so if you arrive early, you don’t feel like you’re “wasting time.”
4. Give yourself a handicap. If you’re a bad estimator, double the time you think it will take to get there.
5. If you’ve never been where you’re going, look up directions beforehand (not at the time you’re supposed to be walking out the door).
6. Before you accept invitations for engagements, ask yourself if you really can, or want to, attend. If you’re hesitant, perhaps it’s better to politely decline than rudely arrive late.
7. Don’t try to do too much. Keep a detailed schedule and don’t be distracted by tasks not on it.
8. Fine yourself a dollar (to your piggy bank) for every minute you’re late.
9. Hypnosis. Hey, it can’t hurt, right?
I leave for Calgary tomorrow morning to finally get Lasik on my eyes! I have been looking forward to this since November when my grandparents told me they would foot the bill to fix my eyes. I had gotten a check up and my optometrist said my blood vessels were a little swollen from wearing contacts so much and that I should minimize how often I wear them. i was so upset! I am an active girl (in the summer anyway). My grandma was worried that when I started to wear contacts often again for working out and playing outside that I would permanently damage my eyes so she offered to pay for it at Gimbel Eye Centre.
I am working on several posts now for the week so I can set publishing dates and not have to worry about it when my eyes are all blurry from the surgery. Wish me luck!
I have always wanted to surf and during my Hawaii trip in November 2009, i finally took a lesson and learned how to catch a wave. I have been hooked ever since. The problem? I am a land locked girls stranded in the prairies. So I get my surf fix through a number of online magazines and blogs and I figured I would share them with you.
Roxy Blog- My personal favourite. I love my Roxy snowboard and looking on their site looking for snowboard stuff is what introduced me to surf culture online. Finally! A way to get my fix.
SurfGirl- This awesome UK mag covers surfing, lifestyle and fitness for surfing. It also covers snowboarding so it’s another double win!
Womens Surf Style Magazine- How have I NEVER found this before in all my trips to Hawaii and bookstores? This is a fantastic magazine that they let you read online for free and it is so great in terms of interviews, surfing tips and fitness.
Foam Magazine- This magazine is what really caused my surfing bug. i had always wanted to try it, but after picking up an issue of this I was determined to surf. It has slowly started transitioning into more of an art magazine though with emphasis on music and art. But there are still some surfing items thrown in so I continue to read it.
Vancity Allie- Aw I love Ally! Her blog is a lot of fun and her two favourite hobbies are the same as mine, snowboarding and surfing! She is also a photography enthusiast so her pictures are always gorgeous.
Billabong- This blog tends to focus more on promoting their clothes, but they throw in news updates on Billabong riders so I like to check in on it once in a while
So I have only gotten to go snowboarding twice so far this winter and neither for very long. I am extremely bummed out and am hoping that Feb/Mar will get me up to the mountains as many times as possible.
The first place I got to check out was Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, BC. This was the coolest place I have seen, really I went to Whistler for the Olympics and was more impressed with Golden. First off, the resort is literally a 10 meter walk from the gondola. They provide you with lockers to keep your stuff in, so you suit up and head out to the lifts! The resort itself is really nice, condos with full kitchens, very comfortable. It had three restaurants in the resort, Peaks Grill being my fave. The mountain itself is incredible with a restaurant at the peak and had so many runs. Now, this was my very first time in Rocky Mountain snow and I don’t know if I can ever snowboard in that slush in the Cascades every again. It was so dry and powdery, perfect for long, easy turns. Sadly I only had an hour, and it took my fat butt 40 minutes to get to the bottom and I was exhausted!!
The next place I went was Castle Mountain, close to Pincher Creek. I had planned to meet up with my friend Catie and her husband but had a series of mishaps that made me an hour late. So they
weren’t at the rental office. I figured I would potentially spot them on the mountain and off I went with my ipod. There were some great runs, and again the snow was amazing but it was COLD!!!!!! -20 at the base, so who knows what it was at the top. I put in a few runs before I had to go in for a half hour. After that I got in two more and said “Nuts to this!” and headed to the car. It felt like such a waste of time and money but I just couldn’t enjoy myself fully when it was so cold. My little nose had a vicious wind burn on it too. So I am goin to wait a couple weeks for things to warm up a little and try again. Yes I know the snow won’t be nearly as good on a warmer day, but I will enjoy it so much more!
So there you have it, My snowboard adventures thus far. Sadly no pictures, I have to bring my phone next time I go and snap a few shots.
Gah! I think I officially take the title as the WORST BLOGGER EVER! I was doing so well for a while and then just stopped. A lot has changed since my last posting. I am no longer living in Waterton Park, i am now in the tiny town of Magrath commuting to Lethbridge for work. I am also working on starting up my own marketing company on the side and so a lot of my online time is spent reading career blogs. And then of course, adventure and lifestyle blogs too. I promise to get better now that I am settled into my new life and trying to plan as many adventures as possible.