I’ve finally done it! I’ve moved off wordpress.com to my own site. Please start following me at http://www.actuallyhere.com. All my new posts are on the new site. Unfortunately, I can’t move my community of followers so I have my fingers crossed you will sign up once again.
Actually Here is a bit of a work in progress so some features, like my slide shows (grr….not working!), are still not functioning. I’m not a techy so this whole exercise has been one of frustration. Several times I’ve gone for a walk…and then come back to try again. Its not for the faint of heart…or for those who don’t like going for walks with purpose.
In the end, I’m pretty happy with the look and feel and I hope you are too. See you there!
Sometimes it really is good to complain. This is not to be confused with self indulgent whining which we all can admit to doing even if briefly. Complaining is different and can be necessary.
Here’s a case in point. Someone in my family, who I love dearly, recently had a 4 hour surgery for her lung. It’s serious stuff. She is immobile, hitched up to tubes draining fluid from her lungs and her breathing is laboured. She is worried too. A year ago, similar surgery resulted in a life and death fight with a superbug she contacted while in hospital.
Not long after her surgery the hospital staff move her to a co-ed shared room. Her roommate is an older man who is most certainly mobile as are all his male friends that are coming to visit. From the smell brought with them into the room, its obvious they are all smokers. To top it off, the little curtain between their beds doesn’t block off her view of the roommate or his view of her. I should add she is a beauty…immobile..in a hospital gown that doesn’t promote modesty.
Her stress level is rising. Her blood pressure is too high and the surgeon has asked her to not get stressed. She asks to move rooms. Wouldn’t you? Did I mention she can’t sleep as her room mate keeps the light on all night?
What do the hospital staff note on her chart? Not that she is under stress. No, they note that she is a ‘complainer’. They meant it as a negative descriptive and in this case that is SO wrong.
While complaining can be unwarranted, it also is a way of looking after yourself..and in the most positive way. Its a healthy sign of self-esteem to make sure your health, your boundaries, your rights etc are respected. So complain away. And thank yourself for it. Its a good thing.
There is no denying it..we are officially in wet season here on the coast of BC. From now until spring, there will be dark days with deluges of rain.
What to do? Plan a getaway to a beautiful, cozy hotel…indulge in sleeping in, hot steamy.. breakfasts (you thought I was going to say something else?), don your wet gear and go for long walks on the beaches and after a soak in the hot tub linger over a delicious dinner with a stellar bottle of BC wine.
I prefer to leave the big city behind and head to Vancouver Island for my hideaways. Here are some favs guaranteed to relax and rejuvenate.
Black Rock Oceanfront Resort, Ucluelet Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa outside Victoria Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, Sidney
This past week I submitted these images for a photographic exhibition and sale. Only 50 photos were accepted and mine were not. But I like them anyway so I thought I would share.
These were taken on a rainy, cold evening last February but when I look at them I see only the warmth of the neon lights.
Vancouver is blessed with a world class Aquarium. This is a personal opinion but I’ve been to aquariums in Monaco, London (England) and Sydney and the one here in Stanley Park is not only comparable but I give it high scores for variety, the overall appearance (including the flow of visitors and cleanliness) and a 10 out of 10 on the sheer fun-o-meter.
When you visit, try to catch the Beluga show, the Seal show, the new Penguin Point exhibit and a good 15 minutes at the Otter pool where “aww……they’re so cute” will be said numerous times by anyone who sees them. Oh..and to my friend Christine..in the gift shop the “Otter bottles” are back!
Go to Vancouver Aquarium to learn more about this incredible marine sanctuary.
Posted in British Columbia, Travel, Vancouver
Tagged Belugas, Clownfish, Green Pythons, Jellyfish, Otters, Penguins, Seals, Stanley Park, Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver attraction
Yes! Get your secrets here! Ok the title to this post is a bit of a joke. But it’s not far off from all those crazy, blaring magazine headlines you see when you are waiting in line at the grocery store. Headlines like “6 Foods that will melt fat” or “Lose those last 10 pounds in a week” or from this month’s Cosmo “Burn 200 calories in 3 minutes”. Good grief! It all makes you wonder..is there some freakin epidemic going on?
And sorry to say the answer is yes. We have an obsession with our weight and yet our weight is going up. According to Stats Canada, obesity in our population is hovering around 25%. And sadly the number of overweight or obese adolescents has doubled since 1978.
I am lucky to have genetics on my side for staying slim but even I have struggled with an unhealthy relationship to food. When I was young, my mom (who has dieted most of her life) told me I would have to do the same. When adolescence hit and my hips gained shape the diet began. Monday to Friday I ate minimal calories but by the weekend my starving body demanded food and I gave it what it wanted …and more. Then the guilt and shame would settle in. I felt I had no self control, no will power and my body was still hanging on to a good 10 pounds it didn’t need. Even worse I wasn’t enjoying food. I viewed it as the enemy out to destroy me! An invite to a restaurant meant a whole, obsessive strategy of what I could possibly eat from a temptation riddled menu. I hated it and I hated myself for it.
Eventually, I figured it all out and now I love food. Its a gift of nature and it has my gratiude and respect. Out of my diet journey, I do have 8 ideas to share and if they help great. I pray they will. If not…well.. sometimes you have to try different things until something works its magic for you. Don’t give up!
For those 8 ideas check out my next blog post “Top 8 Diet Secrets! Part II”
Yesterday I took an early ferry (7am..omg that’s early but great sunrise) to Vancouver Island to visit friends in Victoria. Luckily they are outdoorsy types so we took advantage of the warm, sunny day and dragged the kids on a hike up the backside of Mt. Finlayson in Goldstream Park.
You can scramble up the front side which is the most popular way to scale the 420m elevation but the last bit is steep and you have to cling to the cliff to make the last 100m. Not a good idea for anyone with a fear of heights. The backside doesn’t have the views but you get there just the same. Its 2km so not a big hike but perfect for families or occasional hikers. We did have in our group a foreign student from Shanghai who made the trek but not happily. We loved the hike but for her it was a slog. Apparently, they don’t have hills in Shanghai.
We also stopped a few times on the way up the mountain to geocache. This is basically looking for treasure that other geocachers have hidden. The treasure isn’t really treasure but it gets you off the trail and because sometimes you have to follow clever rules to find the cache it gets the brain going too.
You will notice in the photo with the BC Parks sign board there also is a bright yellow sign saying a cougar is in the area. I’m happy to report we didn’t see one.
A few days ago I suddenly realized I had to celebrate. I won’t tell you why and it doesn’t really matter why. But when you have reached a milestone, taken a risk (whether or not it gave you what you wanted), stepped bravely into the unknown, or just feel like you’ve done your best..then its time to celebrate.
Maybe this is a part of Thanksgiving – being thankful to ourselves. So I bought some beautiful flowers and I am relishing their colour and presence in my living space. I really LOVE flowers. Enjoy this Thanksgiving weekend. Be thankful for successes, big or small and celebrate the richness of life.
Vancouver is full of outdoorsy types and for good reason. The ocean, the mountains and everything in between makes getting outside a piece of cake. And you don’t have to go far or be a super athlete. There are hikes on the local hills that everyone can tackle and one of those is the 2 hour hike to Dog Mountain.
The trail has enough ups and downs to get the heart pounding a few times. And yes, there are rocks and wieldy roots from giant trees that you have to scramble over from time to time so you feel like you are doing a genuine hike. But its still only 2 hours and it comes with the prerequisite of any good hike – a spectacular view at the top!
It was a perfect day with blue, sunny skies, lots of smiles from friendly hikers with their dogs, and a good friend along to share the trail and spice it up with conversation. Oh..and a stop at the new MEC store on the way home to check out the coming winter’s new outdoor gear. A perfect Vancouver day.
Posted in British Columbia, Health and Lifestyle, Vancouver
Tagged Dog Mountain, easy hike, hike, hiking, Mt. Seymour, nature, North Vancouver, outdoors, Vancouver