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.

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.

Not a thing to do!

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I slept in! This is amazing. I managed to sleep until 06:18am this morning. I haven’t slept in past 05:30am in what feels like months! I feel like I am the only one that appreciates how big of an achievement this is.

Today is the first day of the winter schedules for Winnipeg Transit, which means that, as drivers, our shifts have also changed. I am officially no longer a spare operator and have my own regular work. I managed to sign nice late start times in the morning which will hopefully assist with the return of my social life past 7pm.

Yesterday was an awesome last day of being a spare driver though. I scored a straight shift (same bus for my whole shift) on the 15 Mountain- Sargent bus. It is one of the busiest routes, but that definitely helps to make the day go by faster. It was exceptionally busy yesterday with everyone out shopping. I can only say that there was no lack of stories that came out of those 8 hours, but it was a great shift that flew by.

Before going into work, I had time to meet up with my friend Clif for breakfast. I was running super tight on time. We went to 2 Kelly’s restaurant in Fort Garry Place. They were so accommodating and rushed my breakfast so that I could make it to work on time (I also ordered the fastest easiest breakfast they could make to accommodate rushing). Breakfast was amazing, and it was great to spend it with one of my best friends (who even spoiled me by paying for breakfast). However, running on a full stomach to go catch the bus I was supposed to take over was quite painful, but I made it on time with two minutes to spare.

I’m off today and have NOTHING on my calendar which is really exciting. I’m sure that will change when I get bored of watching old episodes of Gossip Girl in about two hours. Until then, I am going to enjoy my coffee and relax on the couch curled up in my warm blanket. Unfortunately, someone forgot to pick up milk yesterday like they said they were going to. I used all the milk in our house in my first cup of coffee, and now have to wait for the stores to open so I can have more caffeine.

Hope you have as great of a day as the day I have planned!

Is your name Matt?

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Yesterday was my “Friday” (the last day of work I was scheduled before having a day off – aka the day before Saturday).  I couldn’t have been more ready to have a day off work and was trying to get through my shift without incident.  I wasn’t in a bad mood, but I definitely ready to be finished work for the day and on my way home to my nice warm bed.

For those of you that didn’t know, I drive a transit bus.  I love what I do and find it fascinating to meet different people.  However, the most challenging parts of my job are traffic, construction and dealing with customers.  While some customers are more difficult to deal with than others, there are a lot more amazing passengers that ride the bus every day.

Yesterday evening, as I was nearing the end of my shift, a man came up to me as he was preparing to disembark at the next bus stop.  He asked me “Is your name Matt?”  Now the first thing that went through my mind is How does this guy know who I am?  I glanced in my mirror and realized that I had driven a different bus on which this man had been a passenger.

After briefly chatting with this passenger, it turns out that this passenger had taken time out of his day to call my employer to provide a commendation about me and my friendly attitude towards him on his last bus ride.  It was amazing to be able to thank him in person for taking time out of his day to provide positive feedback about my performance about which my supervisor had already followed up with me about.

I was having a less than stellar day, but having this passenger remember my name and express his gratitude for the service we provide as bus operators certainly improved my mood and made me feel awesome.  I am always fascinated about how life is able to put the right people in the right places at just the right time to make everything seem just a little better.  I am really thankful that this passenger was able to remind me why I love my job.

I missed the one month mark again!

Well I should start by saying HAPPY NEW YEAR! I am so incredibly late. Life seems to be really good at distracting me from writing. I wish I had a valid excuse for it, but I don’t.

So much has happened since the last time I was online and actually wrote a valid post that I don’t even know where to begin. For the sake of getting this posted before next year, I am going to crack a bottle of wine and give you the Cole’s notes version.

Beginning of December brought a week of vacation which Mike and I used to go back to Winnipeg to visit family and friends. It was a rushed visit in which there were many hugs given to many important people in our lives. As always, there were friends that were missed, but we did get to share amazing food and gifts with both his and my families.

The holiday season is the busiest time of year in the travel industry, and as a result both Mike and I were working. We did have the pleasure of sharing dinner and way too many gifts even after we said we weren’t exchanging anything.

January brought more work as everyone tried to get home after the holidays. Luckily I was on days off for the majority of the Toronto ice storm so I can say I survived. Mike picked up a tonne of overtime this month and worked as many hours as he essentially legally could.

I feel like I have been working non-stop as well. I was dispatching almost every day it feels like in order to get myself 26 days of freedom from work. However, the bus driving has kept me busy and I feel like I am working full time for them even though I am supposed to be on holidays. I shouldn’t complain though as it will hopefully mean paying off Christmas and the last few pieces of furniture that we need for the house.

I did get the opportunity to go up to Edmonton for the last two days which feels like a bit of a wasted trip. Although I did get to see Mike, I was sick and felt like death. However, when I did venture out, I was involved in a minor car accident. I am okay and there is very little damage to my car, but I have to figure out how to deal with that tomorrow.

I have attached the video of the dashboard camera in my car. I am fully aware the date on the film is WAY off, but I sure am glad that I have it since she backed into me and I can prove it.

Hope you all are well!

XOXO

-Matt