Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Today is the day

After years of bad flying experiences, I finally went and had myself hypnotised a few weeks back.  Two sessions that were pretty interesting to say the least.  It is not what you think it is.  You're not "out", you are always aware but time and things move slower when you are in a relaxed state.  ANYWAY, without getting into it in detail, today is the day I fly.  It will all come to a head today.  Will it work or will it not work.  In a few hours I take off on a long travel day and hopefully my new outlook on flying will kick in and I will be just fine.  Drug free.

Can't wait to get away for a few days.  It has been a horrible winter here and I need the break and the company.  Pics to come.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

More to come

I know I know, it is totally my fault.  It's just that I have been so busy lately I can't find the time to sit and gather my thoughts.  But I will, I promise....and you all know how much I hate using that word.

I have a handful of clients this year that are taking up most of my free weekend time.  They have requested house visits for their workouts so it makes it challenging to get my own errands in on those particular days.  But I can't complain, they are paying customers and the money helps pay for the ridiculous fees to remain certified... which I have decided I won't be doing anymore.  I don't need a piece of paper to justify what I know.

Just back from Mexico and it was just what the doctor ordered.  Although the minute I returned, it felt like I had never left.  Sigh.  More on that later.

Vegas and a ticket to see "O" by cirque de soleil for VD day.  Awesome and grateful.

Work is work.  Meh

I haven't touched my paints in weeks.  I need to find some time to get that re-started before it is too late.  There isn't many weeks left in painting season.  Need to get on it.

Gym is awesome.  Finished my bulk and have put on some serious size.  Now for cutting.  The hard part.  Calorie counting and adding cardio back into the mix.  Argh.  Hate this part but summer is around the corner and I need to trim down for cycling and skating season.

So I'll try to add a bit more later.  Hope everyone is well.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Life is Life

So much going on but isn't that what its all about?

Gym and tennis life is awesome.  I have put on noticeable size which is great.  Finally have arms!!  No more twigs.  ;)  Although with the diet of bulking comes a pant size.  So I will be switching things up in Mexico and starting my cutting phase of the program a week early.  By April, I should be wrapping up my weight season and be in top notch shape for the competitive summer.  Not that I need to be these days.  With the extra muscle, I have been powering past tennis partners left and right.  Serve is faster, ground strokes are more punishing and opponents who used to give me problems are now buckling easier than ever.  Still have some adjustments to make but overall I couldn't be happier with this side of life.

Dad will be getting out of the hospital this weekend after a successful tumor removal from his neck.  Damn cancer.  It will get us all eventually.  I guess I have that to look forward to as the years pass.  Having my own skin issues in my 30s, I am sure I haven't seen the last of the big C word.  Anyway, he is doing quite well and the side effects are minimal.  He should be back to 100% in a few days.  So that is good news. 

Mexico is coming up and I can't wait.  The beach, fruit smoothies and the sun have been on my priority list for a few months now.  I am done with this winter nonsense.  ;)  I don’t care for it at all.  Will be nice to sleep in, walk along the beach and have yummy food for a while.  If only I didn't have to fly to get there.  But it is a small discomfort for the benefits it reaps. 

Art life is also going well.  I have been enjoying the new process and results.  Doing my first print is also exciting.  Although I am not sure it is going to be lucrative.  Because of the cost of getting a print made (about 65), I am unsure as to whether buyers are willing to pay more than that for a glossy poster.  For an original, people are more than happy to pay since my prices are so low but for a print I am not sure how they are going to react.  I hope I am pleasantly surprised.  Crossing fingers because the originals are too heavy for out of town buyers.  The shipping costs are far too high and the concrete is far too fragile when being moved around.  Either way I am happy that I get to be creative.  I should just be grateful for that…which I am.

Here is a view of my latest piece:

I need to travel.  I know I am about to embark on my yearly vaca to Mexico but I am already itching to head somewhere else.  I am undecided on whether to go to Vancouver to visit my bro or not this spring…as in March.  Should be nice there by then right?  People at work are trying to convince me to go back to Cuba.  Although admittedly, Cuba has the best beaches I have ever seen, I haven't been back in over 15 years and there is a part of me that is wondering how it all changed.  Then again I feel the same about Puerto Vallarta.  It has been a lifetime since I have gone there as well.  Plans are going ok for my Spain-Italy trip this fall as well so that is getting me excited.  Barcelona, Rome, Pompei and maybe Milan to name a few visits.  Will cost me a small fortune but you can't take it with you right.  And life is far too short to live in a bubble.  Seeing the world….what better way to experience life.  I am lucky I have the means to do this. 

Other than that things are good.  Friends are having babies and others are enjoying their winter sports.  Pfft, they can have it.  ;)  I'll glady wait for the plus 40 heat thank you very much.  All in all the world is turning and I'm just trying to find my place in it. 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Best of 2013


Okay people, I know you have all been waiting eagerly to find out what tunes made my lists this year.  It wasn't a great year in music but there were some standouts.  I try to include some tunes you may not have heard on US radio just to broaden your horizons.  ;)  Here you go…

First list is the remixes.  In no particular order:

1.  Ke$ha:  C'mon - Cosmic Dawn Radio Edit
2.  Christina Aguilera:  Let there be love - Full HQ Edit
3.  Icona Pop:  I love it - Wayne G Radio Edit
4.  Rihanna feat David Guetta:  Right now - Ralphi Rosario Radio Edit
5.  Selena Gomez:  Come and get it - Cosmic Dawn Radio Edit
6.  Paloma Faith:  Picking up the pieces - Moto Blanco Radio Edit
7.  Bruno Mars vs. Daft Punk:  One more lucky treasure - Brian Cua Mashup
8. Calvin Harris feat Florence Welch:  Sweet Nothing
9.  Pink:  True Love - Craig Welsh Pop Bootleg
10.  Jessie J:  Wild - Cosmic Dawn Radio Edit
11.  One Direction:  Kiss You - Sharoque Radio Edit
12.  Danny Mercer feat Pitbull:  Outta Nowhere
13.  Ariana Grande:  Baby I - Cosmic Dawn Radio Edit
14.  One Direction:  Best Song Ever - Kat Krazy Radio Edit
15.  Lady Gaga:  Applause - Liam Keegan Radio Edit
16.  Ke$ha:  Supernatural - 3rd Impact Radio Edit
17.  Leanne Rimes:  Spitfire
18.  The Saturdays:  Disco Love - Wideboys Club Mix
19.  Icona Pop:  All Night - Dilemmachine Radio Edit
20.  Britney Spears:  Work Bitch - DJ FMSteff 2013
21.  Jessie J:  It's My Party - Steve Smart and Westfunk Mix
22.  Little Mix:  Move - The Alias Radio Edit
23.  Ariana Grande:  The Way - Jody Broeder Radio Edit
24.  Demi Levato:  Neon Lights - Betty Who Remix
25.  Pink:  Walk of Shame - Craig Welsh Bootleg Mix

The Non Remixes:

1.  Pink - Try
2.  Matt Cardle feat Mel C:  Loving You
3.  Pink:  Just give me a reason
4.  Emile Sande:  Clown
5.  Walk off the earth:  Red hands
6.  Justin Timberlake:  Mirrors
7.  Danny Mercer feat Pitbull:  Outta Nowhere
8.  Justin Timberlake:  Take Back the Night
9.  Naughty Boy feat Emile Sande:  Lifted
10.  Labrinth feat Emile Sande:  Beneath Your Beautiful
11.  Philip Philips:  Gone Gone Gone
12.  Shane Filan:  Everything to me
13.  Rihanna:  What Now
14.  Walk off the earth:  Gang Of Rhythm
15.  One Direction:  Story of My Life
16.  Little Mix:  Little Me
17.  Philip Philips:  Home
18.  Ed Sheeran:  The A Team
19.  A Great Big World feat Christina Aguilera:  Say Something
20.  Serena Ryder:  Fall
21.  Shane Filan:  Knee Deep In My Heart

** notable mentions

1.  Glenn Morrison:  Goodbye  (there is just something about this song...)
2.  Passenger:  Let her go (this song reminds me of Kermit the Frog)
3.  Bruno Mars:  When I was your man  (looking forward to a deeper voice covering this song)
4.  Sugababes:  Royals  (only on youtube)
5.  Katy B:  Crying for no reason