Thursday, December 18, 2008

Snow anyone?

I have written about 5 blogs in the last week. I finally have the time to get them down and.... Nothing.. really nothing.. not even a bad joke. I blame the snow. Seems like the thing to do!

The main topic of conversation this week has been the crazy weather.. we have feet of snow which seems to have all arrived over about 72 hours.. with it wicked cold temps! Lots of complaining, including me one morning when the heat was busted at work and at 5AM I was working at 5 degrees.. ergh. It did get warmer, but not till about 7am. Just imagine if you had no escape.. which brings me to this: I challenged everyone that every time someone complained about the cold to donate a pair of socks to The Gospel Misson or a homeless shelter of your choice. How many socks got donated? No idea, but if it helped remind people of what was happening outside of their warm beds and closed doors it will have helped.


Monday, December 8, 2008

Good Grief how many buses need stuffing?

A BIG thank you to all who came out to "Stuff a Bus" for the KGM on the weekend! Good work! Please if you can drop off a package of clean socks to the Gospel Mission or shelter closest to you. I learned that the homeless often have to deal with "street feet" basically due to the wet and cold their feet can rot out from under them. Simply horrible. You can make a difference.. it's pretty straight forward. Go to local department store. Buy socks. Donate socks. Done. Can you imagine? Horrible. Boots are also needed. Another good point to remember is that when you live on the street to stay warm and dry you dress in layers, so if you are pondering what size to give (while anything is appreciated) bigger is better! More info on giving to the Kelowna Gospel Mission at

Now .. another bus is being stuffed! All week SUN FM is "Stuffing a Bus" for the foodbank! Dan and I are on location all week long. This morning we were at Mr. Lube.. OK we were supposed to be! Technology can be a huge PAIN to say the least!!! With the reno's happening at the radio station we think one of the antennas was amuck and the signals weren't connecting.. my hunch is an engineer would correct me.. but that's what I understood from the explanation! So we had to go back to the studio.. but tomorrow we will be at Kelowna Hyundai - look for the snazzy new building on 97. I hear if you donate 35 bucks worth you get a free oil change - NICE!

BTW: Recently we were talking about respect and how you know if you are getting it. My thought on this. Respect is in the details. When the little things are taken care of, when actions are followed completely threw (much like a good golf swing!) that is a sure sign of respect. If you feel the details are not being taken care of around you the question is: is it because you don't currently deserve the respect? Check the mirror and think about it. It could also be that you do deserve the respect, but for whatever reason the person in question is unable to give it to you because of personal failings of theirs that you have no control over. One of those options you can do something about.. the other perhaps not, but at least you can stand on a firm foundation of knowledge that will help you make rational decisions when you feel like ripping someones face off.. and 1,2,3, breathhhhhhhhh...


Sunday, December 7, 2008

OK class .. this week..

So just for fun every week I am going to focus on something new. This week is a doozy.

Can you disagree, and I mean REALLY disagree, with someone and still not judge them? We know that judging other people is wrong. But it seems pretty tough to think someone is fundamentally wrong, yet not judge or feel superior to them. I recently figured out that you can forgive someone yet still be angry with them, so perhaps the same philosophy applies. What do you think?

Friday, December 5, 2008

The Shack.. and other lessons learned

I LOVE holidays. I just spent the morning in bed finishing a book. LOVELY! What a book it was. Have you read "The Shack" by Wm. Paul Young? If not, please do. It's not a long read, and it's as deep as you will let it be for you.. really read it. I get very VERY frustrated with the "rules" of religion, they never made sense based on what I thought (& at one point was taught) that God was all about. It is truly thrilling to have someone put what I have felt for so long into words, not just words but a story, a beautiful story. I do want to clarify one thing.. just because it reaffirms what I have believed for so long.. and what my frustrations have been with the types of churches many of my family attend that does not mean I have been very good a "practicing what I preach," still PLENTY of work to do there! Anyhoo.. my point.. read the book. If enough people do of ALL faiths and nonbelievers it could change the world.

Onto some other stuff this brain has been working on!

I had a Program Director once named Geoff Poulton. Geoff loved his "self help" books and loved to put into actions things he learned from them.. Truly it was a joy. Stop rolling your eyes, I know the whole "self help" world can get a touch over the top but you can't kick a guy who's heart is in the right spot for trying. Try he did! He was VERY successful in many many ways. Some of his ideas backfired - BIG TIME, some of those backfires I am pretty sure he still isn't aware of, but other ideas were fabulous.. but even better.. he had ideas and tried to make the world a better place! I learned three very important lessons from Geoff that I still carry with me to this day, lessons that were just readdressed in "The Shack". First. We can't see in every ones backyard. Sometimes it gets pretty frustrating.. decisions are made that make no sense to you what so ever. You react with frustration and angry. But here's the deal. You only know what is happening in your backyard. I ran a promotions department at the time.. I knew pretty intimately what was going on in promo world.. and in programing to a certain degree.. but decisions would be made that didn't seem to make sense. Why? Because I couldn't see in every ones backyard. You forget that the person above you makes choices on a bigger picture.. and so on up the chain. If you can remember this it will help you deal with choices that you don't like, choices that you can do nothing about and/or present your distress in a MUCH better manner if you truly feel something in "your backyard" has been overlooked! This brings me to the second lesson.. Get the facts. We react so fast to a direct hit, we rarely get the back story.. that guy that blew the red light is rushing to the hospital where his daughter was just admitted.. BOOM that changes how much swearing you are doing in your car.. If we took the time to understand why someone is doing what they are.. or if we can't find out rather than assume they are morons assume that there is a reason life would be so much more peaceful! Number three. You are not as important as you think. Let me clarify: You are not any more important than the person next to you. This lesson started with Geoff and has evolved over time. Yes we can make an impact on peoples lives, but that doesn't make you anymore important than the next guy when it comes to the bigger picture. At this moment I am at a loss of words to explain what I mean without using another person as an example.. and that would be mean. Sometimes I feel weird about blogging because it seems a touch ego fed.. So let me ponder and I will fill in the blanks another time.

Have a great weekend! And please. read. The Shack.


Thursday, December 4, 2008

Hissy Fit 101

Anyone know what is going on with the government? Here's what I have.. Harper is throwing a hissy fit! I would of been grounded for that behavior! Guess it's a waiting game at this point. I like the idea of a coalition government.. mind you I am happiest sitting on the fence. Push me off and I will kick your ass, but happiest on the fence!

Here is a link to a utube video that gives a pretty basic explanation of what's going on:


Monday, December 1, 2008

Day 1 of holidays Plus BRIT in Vancouver!!

It's odd taking holidays the first week of December. Holidays usually go hand n hand with R&R. Not so much if it's the first week of December! Christmas shopping is waiting, house CLEANING is waiting, Christmas cards need to be sent, and in my family 4 Birthdays need to be addressed!! I didn't take holidays to relax.. nope, it's called survival!

I am having a tough time getting motivated. Christmas shopping has been started which is good.. but money is required to finish that.. which is bad. HA The house cleaning REALLY needs to be addressed as we are in the middle of a reno and it just keeps getting worse!! Plus we are putting the place up for sale in the early spring.

Tentative plan for today: Dog food - buy some. The pups are not pleased they don't have breakfast yet! Go for a run (5K) perhaps a swim and yoga tonight.. hmmm one of those will have to go. At the very least I will get the Birthday shopping done!

>>> Got in the swim, but was sidetracked by Christmas shopping and tiling the bathroom!! Here's some fun info for you!

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