Monthly Archives:September 2013

Just STFU. If you don’t like where you are. Leave.

September 28, 2013




Best advice I ever figured out: If you don’t like where you are, MOVE. LEAVE. VAMOOSE! 

I recall being taught as a child that people, while interested in where you are from, get mighty annoyed if the constantly hear about how great it is compared to where you currently are. To the point where they will hope you go back, and soon.

As a radio personality (or “presenter” as they say in the U.K. I love that.) I have lived in many different provinces and cities. I have lived in tiny towns, capital cities, and resort communities. I have lived in year round mild and I have lived in nasty nasty cold. I have lived in towns that smell bad and places with amazing culture.

Have I loved them all? No. Did I enjoy them all? Yes.

Recently I have had a rash of acquaintances that don’t seem to be happy where they have landed, and will happily tell the world how much better it is where they are from. They seem to do so without a care in the world about feelings of the people around them that take pride in the place they call home.

Seriously. If you don’t like where you are, I will say it again: MOVE. LEAVE. VAMOOSE!

But Suuuuusannnnn they whine.. we can’t leave and are stuck here. (Insert an excuse about love, work, or planetary alinement)

Fine. Just shut up about it, otherwise it becomes clear you don’t want to be happy.

I have friends, that are aware that I seem to be pleased where ever I lay my hat. Some have enquired, when on the verge of a big move, how I do it, and if they will be able to as well.

The answer is YES!

Every place has a bit of magic that can touch your soul. You just have to find it.

I can sing a song of love for Sudbury Ontario. They massive lake! The winters snuggled up inside with friends! The deep mines where you can actually here the miners taking in the pipes of your home if it’s in the right place!

I can sing a song of love for Squamish BC. The people who love their forest, loggers, mountain bikers and first nations alike. The moss that hung from trees like full sheets of massive paper. Mountain biking to work with a lynx running by my side!

I can sing a song of love for Victoria BC. Spring year round! Capital city busy! Ocean wind, spray and creatures! Best pub ever! Historical brick homes!

I can sing a song of love for Kelowna BC. The lake! The lake! The lake! Fruit! Wine! The lake! Early spring’s! The lake!

I can sing a song of love for Streetsville, Mississauga, London, Toronto, Chatham, Welland and other places I have had the privilege to call home.

When you open your soul to the new places in your life your heart will find away to call it home. The wonderful bonus is the people you will meet! The people that celebrate life and joy, the people that will be interested in where your travels have taken you and will have immense pride in showing off the place that they call home!

Yes, the weather will be different, yes it will be hard to find new doctors and dentists, yes sometimes you will feel the pull of the place you identify as home and it will hurt. If you truly can not get past the pull of home, go back. No shame, no foul, just a much happier you, and a much happier everyone else who no longer has to pretend to care.

If you want to grow, and perhaps change a nasty pattern you have developed, I have a few tips.

No more… But in “city name” we always…

No more… Well it’s not too bad in “city name” but in “former place” it’s SO much better..

No more… I really don’t belong here, “insert reason that somehow says you need to go to former city.”

Yes, you may have some valid points, but people are no longer listening.

If you have an idea based on a something your former city did.. just present the idea. No need to quantify it with a city name. The sooner you stop the comparison game the sooner you will start to see the positives of where you are now.

Join clubs, do tourist stuff, try something new! Make a list and turn it into an adventure, either solo, with new friends or as a family. Rejoice in what you have today.

This philosophy can be applied to more than geography, you can also apply it to relationships or a job anything in which you need to deal with change.

If you still find yourself whining, you need to take a solid look at where you are and why, Is it worth it? My hunch would be no. In which case.. MOVE. LEAVE. VAMOOSE!

I truly hope you can find the piece of joy in the place you are right now, because in the bigger picture you are here for a reason.

Embrace it.




We interrupt the regular scheduled programming..

September 22, 2013


Amazing condo in the heart of downtown Kelowna!

Waterscapes ~ Osprey 1 ~ 1086 Sunset Drive

This gem has a spacious covered patio with a landscaped backyard that even backs onto the bird sanctuary! Watch for deer, beaver and migrating birds from your back porch!

Inside you will find, high end engineered hardwood floors, and the added touch of granite counters in the kitchen and even a built in wine rack! This condo has 2 full bathrooms and 2 comfortable bedrooms along with in-suite laundry. Extra touches include 2 mounted flat screen TV’s with surround sound in the main living room and a built in reclaimed wood desk in the master bedroom.  The placement of this condo is perfect! Only one wall and ceiling are adjacent to other condos making it very quiet.

It is called “Waterscape Resort” for a reason! Along with Mother Nature just out the back door, out the front door you will find it is a 15 second walk to the resort’s billiard room, gym, swimming pool, hot tub’s and BBQ area, proceed another minute and you will be at Tugboat Bay and beach! Plus; Prospera place, Kelowna’s best french restaurant and everything that downtown brings is within another 5 minutes of your doorstep!

Getting groceries in is a breeze with an extra large underground parking spot next to the elevator.

For the right tenant: 

$1400.00 monthly plus utilities (about $50.00)

Please keep in mind this is a non smoking condo

Dog friendly

1 year lease preferred.

Ready to rent for: Oct 15!

Contact: if this sounds like the place for you!

I hate warehouse shopping. No deal makes the smell better.

September 18, 2013

We all have something that we will pay a bit more money for; yes even you, the coupon clipping warehouse shopping thrifty person.  It is simple in my world. I will pay more for: SERVICE.  This is bad. Very, very, very, bad; because everything is affected by service from cars to candles.

I love to shop in boutiques and appreciate any extra attention that is sent my way in the process. Let me make one thing clear, I do not appreciate someone blowing smoke up my you know what! I want a honest response, albeit one that is gentle and well thought out. If I don’t get above and beyond service in a shop with higher prices I will be the first to let everyone know how much they stink and not to shop there.

I digress, back to today’s story. I knew I had to get glasses. I had my prescription in hand. EVERYONE told me to order online because I would save so much money. I did a little research and discovered a few things that confirmed my choice to consider buying in an actual store I can walk into and try them on, especially for my first pair.

I went to the usual suspects at the local mall. The service was crap. Come on, if I am going to be buying something in a fairly competitive market give me a reason to buy in your store!

Enter: Banker’sVision.
Enter: Up to 90% Off
Enter: Susan trying on a million frames

Seriously, it is so worth it to have someone spend the time with you to figure out what you need and want, and what is actually going to work on your face. Really we narrowed it down to a few pairs that represented; funky Susan, conservative Susan, sporty Susan, sexy Susan, and even leave me alone I have work to do Susan. I ended up with a pair that is a gentle blend of it all. I figured I am new to the world of glasses so to start safe.

Did I pay more than I would of online? Yes. Was it worth it? YES! The pair I ended up with is 360 degrees from what I thought I would get. Plus they are having a “Up to 90% off sale” at the moment that defiantly helped the pocketbook.

If you are considering new frames I urge you to consider popping into Banker’s Vision and don’t just poke around, talk to someone and figure out what you need and why you might consider getting frames at a store over online shopping.

I love feeling part of the community I live in, and I get that feeling with boutique shopping. If I want people to listen to me on the radio because it’s great to support local business over something like satellite radio, why would I shop at a place that wasn’t home grown?


These aren't mine, but it is what the frames will look like.

These aren’t mine, but it is what the frames will look like.

P.S. Bankers Vision had NO idea I was going to write this blog.. or that I could be a horrible fussy pants 🙂

Share.. share.. and share again!

September 16, 2013

Busy day in internet land! I was going to blog about my powerlifting meet on the weekend.. but that will just have to wait because I have happy things to share!

Let’s start with this:

Yup. You are awesome.

Yup. You are awesome.


I realize that it is totally uncool, unproductive and will do nothing but create weak people in our society to acknowledge that we are all awesome in one way or another, but dangnabit we are!


And… here is a wonderful lesson, that is well done and may cause a few tears:

… and just for fun the next time I have the urge to get in the “is there a God or not” debate, I will direct myself and others to this little gem:

“Just Don’t Be a Dick!”



You mean great uncle Albert didn’t try to colonize the moon with the help of pixie’s?

September 11, 2013

Every family has some crazy stories. In my family tales have been told of train robbers, pilots with islands named after them, and crazy sibling rivalry that would make your hair stand on end!

One of the gifts my family has is basically an official family story teller. My Uncle Gordon is a well know author with a series of wonderful books, most of which draw on his family life! You can check out his work —-> HERE  (Awesome Christmas gift for any readers in the family.)

Now on the other side of the family it’s the more traditional verbal passing down of stories. Do you remember the “Telephone Game” from when you were a kid? I’m pretty sure everyone’s family history is a version of that, including mine.

My sister was in gales of laughter on the phone recently when we were talking about the fact I have a birth mark in my eye. It’s cool and leads to many questions when people first get to know me. I was telling her how I loved the story that in the distant past a gate keepers son had run away with a gypsy princess and that the birthmark was in the eye of the oldest daughter of each generation to mark the gypsy magic that still runs in our family tree.

SILENCE on the phone… I was wondering if the cell phone connection had dropped. Followed by gales of laughter. Side splitting, tear inducing, stomach cramping, laughter.



She might have had a point. It was a story that I had told for so long I don’t even know anymore where it came from. I’m pretty sure it has it’s roots in some truth, but had twisted in a child’s mind who was known for a pretty solid imagination.

Sigh… I do still love that story.

You can see the birthmark, please excuse the lack of make up!

You can see the birthmark, please excuse the lack of make up!


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Does your family have any “tall tales?” Do you think they are true.. or have had some help?