One Month to Live

Well not quite.

After last year’s blog project fell short of it’s goal due to the death of my camera in late October, this space has been largely dormant. By largely, I mean completely. It’s always been sitting there, poking me periodically to redefine it’s purpose. Today, I found that purpose.

Yesterday, I had set a goal for myself, fitness-wise. I wanted to be under 200 pounds in time to go to the Sasquatch festival at the end of May. I’m currently 206, so this would require losing 7 pounds. I did the math. The festival is 23 days away – this is just over 2 pounds per week. Difficult? yes. Unrealistic? no. This would be a great dent in achieving my long term target of 185, and a great start to the summer.

Today, though, I dreamt of more. Yes, this is a good short-term fitness goal, but I could do more. Not necessarily fitness-wise, but in terms of taking control of my whole life. I live in a beautiful city, work in the most exciting industry in the world, and am surrounded by fantastic people. However, I have the problem that plagues many – I’m not satisfied, and I’m not motivated.  There are many reasons for my lack of satisfaction and motivation. Many of them are out of my control – the weather, the economy, the actions of others – but many more are fully in my control. My health, my career, my involvement in the world around me, and ultimately my outlook on my life, are all firmly within my grasp.

So, for 17 out of the next 23 days, I will post on a specific area of my life that I can control, and how I am working to improve it. They are broken into 3 categories – Personal, Professional, and Relational. I will also give periodic updates on past posts, as a benchmark to see how far things have come.

I will also use a musical theme as a backbone – each post i will list a song that fits the theme in a way that integrates into my life, loosely based around the “30 day song challenge“.

By May 26, I hope to be fitter, healthier, with stronger relationships, more motivation, control over my career, and a happier life over all.

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More Housekeeping. Time to get up to speed.

First things first – This is a late summer morning taken outside the apartment. For some reason I took this photo as I was walking to work, I was inspired for whatever reason. And now when I look at it some months later on a rainy, miserable Monday, I’m still compelled to post it, as, I guess, it reminds me of long warm days when rain jackets and frustration are miles away; the furthest thing from your mind.

So around this time, I was getting very frustrated with my camera. The reason is because somehow, not naming names, someone borrowed my camera and scuffed up the lens. so now all my pictures have these dust-spot type blemishes on the center-right. Frustrating, because it screens out a bunch of the photos from eligibility for this blog, because they aren’t up to my scrutiny and high standards. You know,  because of my excellent photography skills.

So anyway, jump forward to a busy first week of October, starting with a night out with the Arkells who put on a stellar Commodore show.

This one was a fun one all around. Great night, some very sweet mixed drinks and pizza, and a ride home from some of the nicest guys in the music business.

Then on to the dentist. Not normally something I like to document and remember, but there were some mitigating circumstances I suppose. A rough autumn had me in an introspective mood, and in between meeting at the bank and going to the dentist, I had about 45 minutes to kill out in Steveston. I took some shots out at the south arm of the Fraser river, historically one of my more preferred spots as the peace and quiet allow for an escape from everyday hustle and bustle.

 

I need to get better about posting. And taking photos in general. It seems I’ve let a lot go.  In one weekend, we had both Hayley’s birthday:

This was the least ridiculous photo I had.

And the Kyprios Peak Performance Project showcase:

That was a good week.

Fun played in October too. That was a good show. 

 

Oh of course, Halloween costumes and pumpkins.

First Bieber pumpkin, which is NOT done justice through this photo:

You can’t really see it, unfortnatley, but one hand has a lazer-tag gun. Topical, and geographically relevant!

Next up, Hall and Oates. ON the right, the album cover. on the left, our interpretation.

Last up: November sun. 

To be honest, we’ve had a pretty good run this autumn weather-wise. This is from our roof at about 5 PM in early november. Usually it’s rain and ugly at this time.

Coming soon: Seahawks weekend.

 

 

 

 

September 21 – Time for some housekeeping

I’m behind. So here is a collection of key photos from the past 4 weeks. It’s been slow and busy….

First things first. Canadians game for a birthday is a great idea. Friends, beers, heckling, spilly-talking, all great. Sept 3.

Next up: Gaslight anthem at the Commodore. A day of football, all day beers, and bruce springsteen influenced punk music, I’ll take it. September 12.

August 21 – ICED

Come across a Smirnoff Ice, you gots to chug it start to finish. Andy demonstrates below.

August 16 – Smokey Sunsets

In mid August, there were a ridiculous number of forest fires burning in BC. Unfortunately, when it’s sunny for weeks on end, the air isn’t moving around much. So the smoke just sorta sits in the air, to the point where you can taste it. But it does make for some fantastic sunsets….

Also unfortunately… my camera seems to have some crap on the lens. I’m trying to clean it off, but in the meantime I’m stuck taking photos with an iphone….

August 8-15, Cannon Beach

Vacation: Cloud, sun, beach, cheese, surfing, cold water, wet suits, darts, Trivial Pursuit, shopping, zoos, fun-cycles, eating (lots), drinking (lots).

August 7, Time to Party

We have a fantastic baseball team.

Correction: We HAD a fantastic baseball team. The season is now over. We won our division, and had an undefeated season. The division winners were invited to a year end fun tournament that was supposed to happen on Saturday, August 7. The rain changed those plans, and postponed the tournament to Sunday, a day that I couldn’t play due to travel plans (Cannon Beach, next entry). The league wrap party was still happening saturday night, so we hit that up hard. Hard enough that i was fully drunk for the first part of the drive sunday morning. Fortunately we had dependable Rich to take the driving duties on….

Saturday night. I’m realizing that too many of these photos are taken at Lola’s. Not good.