Grand Sault, New Brunswick, a Photo Essay

Hi Bloggers, on Oh-Canada day, I was in Grand Sault (Grand Falls in English – Grand Sault is the French name). It’s quite the sight. I was up there in the spring and the falls were really flowing very heavily. Now that the spring melt off has subsided, there is a very modest amount of water over the falls. I hope you enjoy my photos.

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The Early Summer, Fredericton, NB. A Short Photo Essay.

Hi Bloggers. I haven’t ‘served you’ with a photo essay for a while, so here’s something to keep you all entertained for a little while! Enjoy!

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Power clean overhead press – to lunge, to deadlifts, and my yoga headstands!

Hi Bloggers, I work out a fair bit. Gym, yoga, swimming etc. So I have wanted to get my headstand done for a long time. I have a friend who can just nail it. I have tried for a while but only recently I have got the coordination and ‘core strength’ required to pull it off. It wasn’t so much an issue of strength before, but certainly coordination and balance are required.

I encourage anyone to have a go at it!

Ok, meanwhile, a bar exercise to challenge you and inspire you! I put some photos below. Try this:

Power clean – from there lift the bar up overhead – lower bar to back of shoulders – do a lunge on each leg – lift bar overhead, and lower to floor – then do 5 x dead lifts. Super fun and a real variety movement! Enjoy!

 

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Ariane Moffatt – Les Apparences Too Good Not to Share! On n’change pas, c’est toujours pareil.

Bonjour blogguers,

J’ai entendu cette chanson a la radio (CBC Radio Canada). Je pense que c’est peut-etre la plus belle chanson j’ai jamais entendue! Je voulais le partager avec toi!

I heard this song on radio Canada. I think it may be the most beautiful song I have ever heard. I wanted to share it with you. Enjoy! 

On n’change pas, c’est toujours pareil = “We do not trade, its always the same”.

 

 

 

My Journey In Learning French – Mon voyage dans l’apprentissage du Francais…

J’t’aime le Francais!

The key here is immersion.

Hi Bloggers, as most of you would know, I am learning French. I think I am always going to be learning French, but it should be acknowledge that there is a time when you transition (successfully or otherwise?) from ‘just learning’ to speaking and using the language somewhat effectively.

I am sort-of somewhere in that neighbourhood.

After about 6 months of reading as much French as I can, listening to French radio for two hours five days a week, doing an introductory 10 week night school class, and countless ‘bad’ conversations in French, I can say that I am, without question, a beginner!

This thing will kick your arse!

Perhaps I am being a little unfair on myself. Here’s my own self assessment of completely in-quantified level of French proficiency:

Basic conversations in French – doing pretty good really. I will talk to anyone anywhere and attempt a conversation in French.

My listening comprehension – ok. I can get lost in a French dialogue very quickly. Other times I get a lot more of what is being said. I find that if I am in the conversation, it is a lot easier than say, listening to the radio.

Reading comprehension – decent for where I am. I read a lot, and write a lot and look for every opportunity to understand new words when I come across them. That is of course very slow and exhausting when you are getting started. Better now though.

Writing – not great. There are a lot of nuances. I find that I have no trouble having a text to text conversation in French on my cell phone. I understand a whole bunch of words in French that are common in every day language.

Speaking – oh, this is challenging. Biggest problem? Pronunciation. As an Anglophone, the fact is that words written appear to ‘us’ to be sounded a particular way. In French, those words take on a whole new sound with phonetics that don’t translate at all. There are a lot of silent letters in French. You cannot simply learn French from reading the words, translating them and sounding them out ‘in English’ phonetics. It just doesn’t work. You need a Francophone to help you with that.

Overall, I’m having fun with it. I was at dinner with two Francophones this week, and the exciting thing is that I can maintain a decent conversation in French now. We flip flop back and forth between French and English, and sometimes English words are used in French and vice versa. Totally butchering the language but having fun too!

One of the best things about learning French? Discovering the francophone music artists. I highly recommend Ariane Moffat, and also Joseph Edgar.

Here’s one of my favourite for you to enjoy! It’s a song about a guy who falls in love with a Russion spy! Nice. 😉

ui j’l’ai laissé là dans la mousse pour guérir

Et en deux temps, trois mouvements, j’me suis mis à courir

Maintenant c’est à mon tour de n’pas pouvoir dire plusse

J’ai tombé en amour avec une espionne russe

Oui j’l’ai laissé là dans la mousse pour guérir

Et en deux temps, trois mouvements, j’me suis mis à courir

Maintenant c’est à mon tour de n’pas pouvoir dire plusse

J’ai tombé en amour avec une espionne russe

Tomber en amour avec une espionne russe

Today’s Workout and Some Random Bullshit

Hi Bloggers,

Last night, it was Friday night. After a long work week, I was feeling pretty tired so when I got home I crashed for a solid two hours! Normally, I feel really groggy after a sleep like that but I was feeling recharged after my long nap so I got my fav pair of hot shorts on and jumped on my bike to ride up to the gym for my work out. IMG_0802

At about 8.30 pm on a Friday night, my gym is kind of quiet so that’s nice.

Here’s what I did in my workout. It was mostly biceps and triceps. They are small muscle groups, so normally, you can blast through this workout without taxing yourself too much!

Preacher curls on bench

Concentration curls with cable

Incline bench curls

Cable triceps

Cable rows

When I came home yesterday and parked my car, the sun was filtering through a very large tree in the yard at the back of where I live. There was very little breeze, and the temperature was perfect. It was a nice sunny day all day long. Totally awesome! I snapped this pic for you all. I hope we are going to have a couple of really nice days here in the Maritimes. IMG_0801

Still not dead yet! Checking in… and some thoughts on tonight’s meditation…

Hi Bloggers, it’s been a while eh? I guess my new life here in Eastern Canada keeps me busy many days, so I don’t stop so much and blog as much as I used to.

So I’m still learning French (Ca va bien?). It’s not a small project. Sometimes I feel like ‘I got this’ and other days It’s like I don’t know shit! It’s challenging and fun and inspiring and it gives me an interest in life that I can actually use, which is cool.See the source image

Other than that, still working out. Swimming, weights, riding my bike quite a bit now that the weather in New Brunswick has turned to ‘awesome’.

I meditated tonight after my workout. I didn’t really have a theme. It was a pretty rough couple of work days with problems galore. Nothing new really, just the on going challenges in life.

I realised, about 10 minutes into my meditation, that I have been holding on to some stuff. Some resentment, some frustration, some anger. I’ve been through a lot in the last couple of years, and some of it has pushed me to the edge.

What I realise is, and what I have realised several times before is, its up to me to let go of that stuff. I know this. Sometimes, we need a little reminder to ourselves.

Let it go.

Let. It. Go.

Breath.

Let it go.

ok. Good.

Let it go.

Hugs.

 

High and Dry on PEI (Prince Edward Island)

Hi Bloggers,

I’m not dead yet, I’m living in the Maritimes (Eastern Provinces of Canada).

Life is good. People here are very nice. The place is beautiful. There is a kind of ‘east coast vibe’ thing going on. This weekend, I travelled the short distance to PEI. It’s across the Confederation Bridge from New Brunswick.

It’s Canada’s smallest province, the birthplace of Confederation, the home of Anne of Green Gables, and absolutely gorgeous!

More coastline, rocky shores, red dirt, green fields, potatoes, and pints of beer than you can poke a stick at!

Muuuuahhh! 😉

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Arrrrggghhhh – Shiver Me Timbers. 

 

 

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Anne of Green Gables’ house! 

 

 

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Cheers big ears

 

 

Bisou pour toi (a kiss for you!)

Bonjour bloggers,

I have been a pour correspondent lately. Lots going on. I haven’t blogged in ages. I am ok. You can call off the search party!

Ok, last week I have been in Paris. It was a great trip. I will post some more pictures and share some of the experiences with you all here.

Meanwhile, I was walking down the street in Paris, and I saw ‘Bisou’ written on the pavement beneath my feet. Perfect-selfie-moment. Une bisou for tout le mond (a kiss for everyone!).

A plus tard. Bye for now!

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My First Anniversary of Blogging

Hi Bloggers, it has been a year since I started this crazy, occasionally scary, daring, stupid, emotional, regrettable, fun, inspiring, embarrassing, arousing, and sometimes baring roller coaster called “The Random Blog of Irreverent Thoughts.”

Ok, so the blogging itself wasn’t so scary etc. but life, during that time has had enormous ups and downs. There is no doubt about it, my life looks completely different today from when I started my blog.

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For this piece, I’m going to interview myself, as there is no one here to interview me, and in any case they aren’t about to write in my blog, so please, bear with me!

 

Mr Random: So why did you start?

Moi: Great question, thank you. I think I’ve always enjoyed writing. I read a book about a guy who started a blog – he was into building a fitness empire or whatever, that was never my thing. I just wanted to write and reach out to people. Also, it provided a kind of chronology, a semi public journal if you will, and in this I documented a lot of my most personal experiences.

Mr RanImage result for relationshipsdom: What motivates you?

Moi: Well, I have been inspired by a lot of great photo blogs, but for me, that would not have floated my boat on its own, I wanted a photographic, travel meets residential collection of stories, an erotic literary playground, a fitness room, relationship clinic, etc. Really, I just want to be me, and to be accepted by the world.

 

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Mr Random: What have you learned?

Moi: Nothing. No, wait, um. For me, its a realisation that your blog can affect people, even if you didn’t ask them to read it, or preferred that they didn’t. I mean people close to you. If you are writing shit about latest handbags and your resort stay in Thailand, no one is going to be upset by that. If you write about stuff you’ve done and feelings that you have, and that doesn’t jive with those closest to you, be prepared to take some shit! 

Mr Random: All those pictures – what was that about?

Moi: Ok, this interview is getting sticky, who made up the questions, anyway? Ok, honestly, I’m an open book. That kind of means that I am proud of my body and a bit of a poser. I enjoy showing it off. There. It’s just the human body. People have enjoyed it in sculptures, film, theater, strip clubs and other seedy places. Let’s just celebrate being human.

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Can we just celebrate human sexuality and leave out the baggage?

 

Mr Random: What’s your favourite thing to blog about?

Moi: Well I like writing about everything. Photography, travel, sexuality, emotions, experience, animals, cooking. I’m a bit all over the shop.

Mr Random: Do you worry that your readership (as small as it is!) might be confused or even alienated by your apparent ability to genre jump?

Moi: Yes, sometimes, but also I find one dimensional blogs a bit sort of, one dimensional.

Mr Random: Any regrets?

Moi: No. This is me. It’s take it or leave it. Hopefully someone out there can appreciate the craziness and beauty in what I do. If not, then it’s a great outlet for me.

1 Year Anniversary Achievement