Pushing Through Hard Days

Work days are the hardest days to blog. I feel like nothing happens that is worth blogging about. Someone yelled at me within the first 5 minutes of my shift today though, and I dragged the frustration of that around the city with me. It made for a super long day. Then I came home and had dinner and got ready for bed. I did however have a really important moment of self-discovery while recording today’s vlog.

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Battle It Out

I really wish that I was able to enjoy days off, but it always seems like there are so many tasks around the house that I need to get through. Today was no exception. I am suffering the consequences of having moved everything into the dining room and trying to get everything reorganized. My evening was wonderful as I had the opportunity to attend RuPaul’s Battle of the season with Mike T and then headed over to Club 200 for a drink afterwards. There was an interesting emotional moment that happened though when I realized that I was in a gay bar which I have always felt was my safe space.

Getting Back To Normal… Whatever That Is!

  

Look at me go… writing a blog again!

I meant to sit down and write a blog yesterday, but I ended up sleeping most of the day so that clearly didn’t happen.  I figured I should pick a day of the week for updates and somehow that ended up being Wednesday because it is the only day of the week that starts with a “W” and I’m writing.  However, it is Thursday and I don’t really feel like Googling “T” words that mean something about writing… so we are just going to go with it.

This week has been amazing.  I am super thankful for all the nice things that people have said and done over the last little while to help me process all the craziness that happened. I am feeling incredible and am ready to resume my version of “normal” even though I feel like nothing in my life is really that “normal.”  I think I live on a pretty awesome version of “special” where I find myself presented with opportunities that are pretty out of the ordinary.

I am going to be resuming full work days starting tomorrow which I am really looking forward to.  I have missed my routine of knowing what shifts I am working and what time I have to get out of bed.  It will also be nice to see some of my regular passengers again that always have something nice to say to start the day.

I am going to cut this blog a little bit short today because I am going to be late for an appointment if I don’t get myself out the door like 3 minutes ago.  I hope you all have an amazing week and I will chat again soon! Until next time, Be Super!

-M

Time for a Fall Update!

  
Well good morning friends,

Life has been crazy busy lately, but things are still amazing in my world. Any free time that I have had in my life has been recently dedicated to the preparation of the 2015 Reel Pride Film Festival. 

Reel Pride announced our full festival lineup on September 18 and our festival programs will begin to appear around Winnipeg later this week. This year I helped to build the online program as well as bring our ticketing system online. It took a lot of effort to setup initially, but will make things so much better and faster throughout the festival. All the details are available at http://www.reelpride.org. 

I have finally had the opportunity to stop and breathe now that the program has been launched. I have invested in a new cellphone  which has helped curb much of my technological frustrations. I was experiencing  insufficient memory issues on my old phone resulting in it not doing anything helpful.  I am really satisfied with my decision to upgrade. I am much happier and feeling much more productive. 

I am on day 6 of 7 of work. I am looking forward to having Tuesday & Wednesday off more than you can imagine.  I need to do laundry as I have officially run out of clean socks this morning. Wednesday is also the first film for Reel Pride at the University of Manitoba. The film A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Project, directed by Sophie Deraspe, is a free event in partnership with the Women’s and Gender Study department.

Otherwise, things are great in my world. This is one of my two favourite seasons. I love how colourful autumn is. It is beautiful driving around the city surrounded by the multicoloured canopies provided by the rows and rows of trees that line our streets!  

I hope you have an amazing Sunday!  Don’t forget to be a superhero to someone today! 

A Trashy Story

  

We have arrived at May. Unfortunately, Mother Nature is feeling a little frosty today and has turned down the temperatures here in Winnipeg. It was so incredibly disappointing to have to pull my work pants out of hibernation. 

While the rest of the world is celebrating their Friday, I am sitting here on a street corner waiting to start work. A woman just approached me and asked if I could help her retrieve her bus pass which she accidentally dropped into the trash can. I could see it clearly laying there on the bottom and the trash around it appeared to be just paper. 

I reached my arm in very carefully so as to not touch anything. Slowly my arm went deeper into the bin as my fingers got closer and closer to the pass.  Just as I was about to grab it I bumped a cup causing the pass to land flat on the bottom of the trash bin. I knew at this point there was no turning back and I had to help this woman retrieve her valuable transit pass. 

I extended my arm and tried to get one of the corners of the pass to lift just enough to get a grip on it, but it wasn’t going to cooperate. I held my breath in anticipation of whatever my hand was going to contact as I used my fingernail to get under the ticket to lift it up. Sure enough, I felt something sticky touch my finger. 
I have no idea what I touched, nor did I leave my hand in the garage bin long enough to find out. I grabbed the pass and handed it back to the very thankful woman. 

Have you ever had to do something for someone that you dreaded doing, but did it anyway because it was the right thing to do?

 

How do you change your attitude?

Have you ever had those days where everything frustrates you?  Let me rephrase that, have you ever had those days where everything makes you angry?  Nope, that still doesn’t sound right. Have you ever had those days where everything just makes you want to yell and scream and flip over tables?  Ya that was me yesterday. 

I accidentally put on my cranky pants when I woke up yesterday. I didn’t mean to, but I let every little interaction, event, and thing get to me. I chose to have a bad attitude, and it made for a really exhausting and challenging day. Especially since I work in a job that involves working directly with the public. My interactions with the people provide a sufficent number of challenges that are made so much more difficult when I start with a poor attitude. 

I managed to get through the day without yelling, screaming, or flipping over tables. However, it wasn’t an easy task to accomplish. I quickly realized that I needed to find my happy place so I made a list of my five favourite things in the world that can always put me back into a better mood. 

  1. All you can eat Sushi
  2. Starbucks
  3. Puppies
  4. Hand made slippers
  5. Cuddles

I find that staying positive can sometimes be so hard when faced with challenging situations in life. Yesterday was a really challenging day, but I came home to find my puppy and we cuddled while I was wearing hand made slippers and sipping on a earl grey tea from Starbucks (yes… I actually ordered a simple earl grey tea).  

It was a pretty rough day that I had to use four out of the five things on my list, but it worked and I went to bed feeling like everything would be okay when I woke up this morning. As it turned out, today is a pretty good day!

What makes you feel better when you’re having a bad day?

Better late than never

Man this has been a long week, but I finally get two days off starting tomorrow. I decided to take a nap today rather than writing and I think that it was a brilliant idea. However, it doesn’t help me accomplish my goal of writing a blog a day.

Unfortunately, I don’t have anything exciting to share with you today because I went to bed straight after work last night, went to work this morning, took a nap, and am now back at work. I am really excited to finish my last trip on the bus and get to the garage and put on civilian clothes. I don’t think I have ever been more excited to put on jeans.

Time to go! I look forward to sharing my adventures of my days off with you tomorrow.