Spiritual Cleansing

Hi Bloggers, today I went for a haircut. In my younger days I used to let my hair get a bit ‘moppy’ but these days its more of a monthly trim to keep it neat.

After my haircut I walked down Broadway avenue. The air was cold and I could feel the cold seeping through into my thin jeans. I had a good winter jacket on but only a t shirt underneath and i could feel the cold coming through. I took my book with me – The Urban Monk. I stopped in at Sharkbucks café. It was busy and there was no spare seating. I crossed the road and went into Museo café.

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There were two guys in there. The barista, and some old guy sitting in the corner with his books. Once in a while he mumbled something incoherent. I ordered a medium latte and a Nanaimo slice. It was too sweet!

I had a feeling of calm and contentment. The barista was clinking away noisily. Putting cups and saucers away after a day of trading coffee and slices. Soon a couple of young guys came in and took a seat nearby me. They were talking about music scores and classical movements and acts in different keys. The barista took a mop and bucket and was mopping the floor from back to front.

I had to get going as they were closing soon. It was worth the 8.25 to sit and have a coffee and read a couple of sections from my book. I felt unrushed, with no where to go, and not really in need of anything.

Last night, T bird did some spiritual cleansing of our house, and my daughter, my son, and even me. She had a concoction of herbs that she burned in a sea shell. She used a feather to waft the smokey mixture around the house. She went around each of us a couple of times. She said it was to ward off evil spirits. I’m ok with that. The house has retained a faint odor of the herbal smoke mixture.

So bloggers, there you have it. I’m off to get a work out in. Peace. Hugs. Namaste.

 

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Buddha knows best. Look inside yourself for your calm. 

 

 

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Broadway Av, Saskatoon, 4.45pm. 
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Medium latte and a Nanaimo slice. 

 

 

 

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It’s Friday. That gets a high kick!

Oh yeah, it’s Friday.

Fuck yeah!

You know what I’m talking about!

Catching up on sleep, going to the gym, staying up late, and probably getting some yoga in too.

This is how I feel:

I’m thinking I could throw a few of these into my work out routine. I think I’d look fabulous 😉

Maybe mix it up with a little chorus routine:

Might find something warm to put my #### in?

Just kidding! Kinda hot tho, right?

 

 

 

 

Gettin’ on!

Hi Bloggers.

It’s turned ‘wintery’ here. Walking around outside at work today I thought I was going to freeze my face off. First day of wearing long johns under the work trousers. Normally its got to be about -20C before I will go to such lengths. In the still air its not to bad, but anywhere a breeze or wind is blowing the cold factor increases by a fair bit. I really feel for the guys and gals that work outdoors all day. It takes a special kind of energy and focus to tough out cold weather all day.

 

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Canada has a new $10 bank note. Looking good there foundation fathers/mother!

 

Recently I went to one of those Canadian mega chain cafe’s. Jim Shorton’s (or something). I had the chicken club sandwhich. I did get the combo with wedges. I waited patiently or at least I hacked into my club sandwhich expecting my wedges to be brought over, as if they were late coming from the cooker or something. I got up and approached the counter. I was in complete first world despair when the young lady told me that I got a shot of vanilla flavour in my latte, and that some how negated the value of the wedges. I disagree. I think that f’ked the tasted of the coffee, and I didn’t get my wedges! Damn.

I went to this other coffee mega chain – Sharkbucks or something. I got the salted caramel frappachia or something. A warning readers. It’s horrible. I’m down with frappe and good with caramel, but putting a bunch of salt in a sweet drink. Urrggh. It was disgusting!

At this point I realise I’m sounding like a whiny bitch so it’s time to change gears….

 

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Chicken club at Jim Shortons. It was actually quite spicy, which I like 😉

 

Ok, so what’s been going on for me? I’m getting on! Life has its ups and downs. I feel much more balanced, and content. There are moments when I fear the future, where I have apprehension, concerns, etc. I’ve certainly made some changes – for the better I would suggest. I’ve let go of a lot of fears – that feels pretty good.

 

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Ok, have to brush the snow back before I open the door and get the brush handled scraper thing out. Only need to do this for the next six months! 

 

Of course, I’ve been working out. I got a work out in today before work. The picture below is from the weekendIMG_6527. I also watched a documentary – Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. It’s about an Australian bloke who goes on a 60 day juice fast. Yeh, doesn’t sound very interesting but the guy is highly entertaining, and inspiring. I recommend that you watch it. It has even inspired me to include more fresh fruit and veggies in my diet. I have what I would consider a fairly balanced diet. I eat some junk but typically get plenty of fresh or frozen veggies in too.

Anyway readers, hugs, and Namaste.

 

Contentment….

Hey bloggers,

I came across this little sweetheart on a cold morning walk recently. I asked her if I could take a selfie with her for my blog. She didn’t seem to mind at all. We chatted for a bit. Actually, I did most of the talking. I can’t be sure but I think I might have put my arm around her at one point. It was a fairly innocent gesture. Flicking through my social media account I thought I saw her #metoo post. I never meant any harm.

It’s been a relaxing weekend. Too cold to do much. It’s been snowing its arse off here.  Have caught up on a lot of sleep. Got a work out in last night.

I listened to guided meditation for sleep on Y-tube last night. It talks you through relaxing parts of the body etc. Last thing I recall is point 13 of 32, relax that point between your elbow and the soft fleshy part of the inside of your arm… Next thing I know my friend calls me and I am woken by the phone call. Guided meditation was babbling about allowing things to be what they are and let go of all our self orchestrated stress. Pretty good advice I’d say.

So I woke up feeling very well rested, very content.

 

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C’mon sweetheart, give us a smile! 

 

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So last nights work out: incline dumbbell bench press, leg curls, leg extensions, dips, sit ups, hyper extensions….

 

Comes a Time…..

Hi Bloggers, as you might know, I’ve been reading Neil Young’s autobiography. Comes a Time has always been a favourite of mine. I don’t know what it is exactly, it has a nice mix of sincerity, nostalgia and reflection. A kind of honesty.

There comes a time for all of us. My ex – the T Bird came to tell me they will be here for only another 37 days. I’m trying my hardest to be present as a dad to my kids. A lot of  damage has been done. A lot of animosity has developed based on the situation between their mum and I. IMG_6494 (2)

I’ve spent the last year or so in a sort of holding pattern, knowing that the situation has been destined to be not-sustainable, and having many uncertainties in my life – work, domestic and external. Stuck yet unable to move due to financial constraints, or obligations etc.

I’ve spent a lot of that time looking inward. An examination of myself, if you will. I think this is healthy, to a point. Too much introspection can lead to self doubt and hesitation. I’ve put aside some passions. Making music, song writing, etc. All the while, just hanging on to a thread of whatever it is that keeps us going.

I want to be clear about one thing – I am not complaining, I am not bitter. The journey has been extremely challenging on many levels. At the same time, I have come through this still feeling for the most part like I am being true to myself. I’ve made changes. I’ve learned from some mistakes.

 

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So I went to gym today. I am doing my light workout – generally more reps and less weight. I did over head press, power cleans, lunges, hi step ups, and chainsaws.

 

Have a good weekend WP readers.

 

Namaste.

 

 

Today’s Workout, and some excellent doco’s on Nflix

Hi Bloggers, I did get down to the gym tonight. I did my Workout A – legs and biceps. It’s one of my favourite workouts. But I know I would be boring you to rant on about all that crap.

Having some downtime this weekend, I indulged in a couple of fascinating and interesting doco’s on Nflix. A few actually. I recommend them all.

Mitre Peninsula – a Spanish language (subtitled) doco about a group of 4 guys that hike into Argentina’s wilderness to surf remote waves. Just a joy to watch.

The Last Shaman. Ok this one is just really really well done. The story of an American young man who has been battling depression for a long time. He was suicidal. He took off to Peru in search of shaman rituals and spiritual salvation. He goes into the Amazon jungle and finds some people, and hallucinogenics, to aid his journey. It’s really interesting and really uplifting, and I recommend that anyone watches it.

DMT: The Spirit Molecule. Ok, this one is fascinating,  and it kind of ties in with the Last Shaman. Seems that the chemical that comes from a combination of two plants was studied at the University of NM back in the 90’s or so. It talks about peoples profound experiences in a hospital setting. People apparently literally check out of their bodies and enter a kind of cosmic universe realm. Absolutely fascinating. They suggest that the experience is like taking all the filters off our senses for some time and experiencing a kind of devine existence – free from time, free from material connection to the world, free in space and experiencing beings or entities that kind of exchange information or whatever. I know that sounds way out there. Just watch the program, please!

 

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Here’s me, just hours ago, at gym!

 

The leap of faith….

Hi Bloggers.

Life is changing for me. This represents risk, and opportunity. I will admit that I am a bit apprehensive. This might not end well.

But then again, it might work out awesome!

Sometimes you have to follow your instincts. Yes, there will be scrapes and bruises. My ego has been and will be further tested. Finances will be strained. Some time ago, my ex and I had made a life changing decision, to separate. The only thing being, we haven’t separated yet. Not entirely anyway. We still live in the same house. We are still pretty much full time parents to our children. We still eat from the same fridge.

There was a time when I was terrified of the possible ramifications of major change. I clung to normality and routine. It was comfortable, but it was not inspiring. I’m not complaining about my past or current situation, it is what it is.

Sometimes, you gotta make a change.

 

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Current situation…. 

 

 

 

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I prefer to perform to a crowd… 

 

 

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Those speedos won’t protect you from a scrape on those rocks. 

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Thank F… it’s Sunday!

Hey Bloggers. Sunday. Ahhh. Had a short-ish sleep in. Hopped up, mess around a bit and headed down for a workout. As I entered my usual gym this morning I noticed the Halloween display on the entrance area. Spooky spider webs and yellow caution tape. As I was leaving I noticed some scary ghosts (the ghosts of my past??? yikes!). I’m pretty sure they were plastic sheets with balloons inflated in them and hung up with string. Close one! IMG_6377 (2)

So my gym experience this morning? Pretty good I would say. No really urgent things to do, apart from clean up the house a bit.

There was the usual assortment of regulars there – the fit couple that always work out together. He wears his hat on backwards and lifts pretty full on. He’s a grunter, and that’s ok! His GF is fit looking. They are always seen together which is nice.

I ran into one of the regulars when putting my bag in the locker. I said Hi, what are you working out etc? He was on leg day. I told him I was doing chest and shoulders. There were some other regulars in there, and some I hadn’t seen before. It was generally pretty quiet which I like.

The TV’s were off. Normally they are showing business news network or Sportsnet. Today they just had that little speaker icon that floats around the screen. I settled in for my workout. I was feeling somewhat inspired by watching part of Generation Iron on Netflix. IMG_6355 (2)

My first exercise was dumbbell bench press. I did 10 reps with 80 lbs then went to 5 sets of 5 for 100 lbs. After that it was incline dumbbell press, 5 x 5 at 70 lbs. Then I did lat raises, 3 x 10 at 30 lbs, and bent over lat raises, 3 x 10 at 20 lbs. Finished off with lying leg raises. sets of 20, 15, 10.

It was a good workout. Got it done easy enough. Some days you feel strong and able and some days the weights are heavier. It’s just the way it goes.

I retreated upstairs to the yoga room. I settled in for some meditation. It was fairly superficial, truth be told. I’d like to say it was deep and spiritual. I sat on a cushion and took about 10 mins to just settle. I was really feeling ok, and reflected on how for many times in the past 2 years, the meditation has been a rock that I have clung to – almost as if, in a personal crisis, or series of crises, it was all I had to stay sane. On this occasion, I was just feeling generally pretty good, and that’s ok!

Namaste.

 

 

Today’s workout, and one from the other day, and some other random bullshit.

Hi Bloggers,

We’ve been getting ready to put the house on the market – all part of the plan to go separate ways. So I’m at a crossroads of sorts. Not too concerned about the future, maybe a little apprehensive but also kind of excited too. The last month or so has been about fixing up houses and other loose ends to prepare for the next chapter in life.

Had a little misadventure with dishwashers. We’ve had one in the house since we bought the place, but it hasn’t worked worth a shit since some time soon after we moved in. It just stopped cleaning dishes. It ran, it made dishwasher noises, but every time you’d open the door the food was still stuck to the plates etc.

Dishwashers. A total pain in the arse. 

 

So I thought, lets buy a cheapo off Kijiji (on line classifieds) and stick that in there and then we can sell the place with a working dishwasher. We found one and drove out to have a look. Forked out $140 for the used dishwasher. Got it in today. Guess what? The bastard leaks! Ok. Pull it out again, see if there is something obvious. Of course its all this plastic moulded crap with wires coming out of it so there is no hope of fixing this thing.

We reluctantly decided to go down to the hardware store and buy a new one. There were a couple of models for $400. Of course they don’t stock them and have to wait a week. Ok, which ones do they stock? One for $650, and one really high end one. So we had to make an executive decision. We bought it.

Got the new shiny one home and glad to say everything seems to work ok so far. Just another little adventure in spending time and money to get ready to sell this house. Such is life, eh?

Ok, enough bullshit, here’s my work out, and I lost my print out of my work outs so I was going from memory!

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From today. 

 

Squats – set of 10 to warm up, then 5 sets, 5 reps.

Ezy bar curls, 3 sets of 10 reps.

Alternating dumbbell bicep curls. 3 sets of 20.

Cable tricep pull downs, 3 sets of 10.

Crunches, elbows to knees. sets of 50, 26, 26.

Calf raises. 3 sets of 10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other night I got a work out after work too. In this one I did:IMG_6308 (2)

 

Power clean-squats to overhead press. 10 singles.

Incline dumbbell bench press. 5 sets of 5.

Close hand push up feet on bench. 3 sets of 15.

Lat raises 3 sets of 10.

Alternating front raises 3 sets of 20.

 

From the other night. Earlier this week.

 

 

Tumbler Ridge Road Trip, and Catching Up With My WP World.

Hi Bloggers, I went away for a week or so, and have been so busy that I haven’t had much time to catch up on my blogging obsession. But, I’m back.

Last week, I went out to visit my old home-town-in-Canada, Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia. I say home town in Canada because it’s the place where my family and I lived for 5, 1/2 years after arriving in Canada. The place is awesome and beautiful. It’s very small – a town of a few thousand people. Having lived there for so long, I got to know everybody in town, and they got  to know us.

 

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Somewhere in Alberta….. 

 

Its a long and fairly uneventful ride from Saskatoon, across the prairies of Saskatchewan and Alberta. A stop in Edmonton. On the road again. It starts to get interesting once you cross into BC and the terrain gets more hilly and scenic. Alberta has lots of awesome scenery, but in the north the mountains are more into the BC side of the border.

 

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Tribute to a young girl who has a cross of remembrance near these teddies on the road side. 
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The wind farm project – there are a lot of these turbines around TR now. 

 

It’s in the north of BC. Largely away from any major centres, relatively remote. It’s tucked into the mountains and foothills of the Rocky Mountains. It’s a refuge from urban living, and even farm land as much of the country is bush. It’s a centre for mining (coal) that is exported to markets in Asia. Being that it’s tucked away, and not on any major thoroughfares, its kind of like a world unto itself. There’s no traffic lights, no Starbucks or Tim Hortons, no Walmart, or anything else for that matter.

 

 

 

 

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On the road from Dawson Creek to Tumbler. 

 

What it lacks in services, it makes up for in natural beauty, and the people are truly wonderful. After being away for 4 years, I was surprised to run into a LOT of people that I know from my days living here. It was really nice to see people at the hardware store, and the grocery store, and the community centre that I knew and worked with.

 

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View from the town. 

 

I got back into the gym there. I put in lots of workouts at the community centre gym. Its small-ish, and quiet, but has all the equipment you could need, and being small its quite social so people are inclined to say hi and chat a bit too.

 

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I hiked up to the Bald Spot overlooking town. 

 

 

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View from the cabin I camped at. 

 

 

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Endless trails for hiking with views like this. 

 

 

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I camped overnight at this cabin.