Regardless of the skeptics, Vancouver is a "fun zone". Starting from February 2010 through to immediately RIGHT NOW, there has been something going on in the sports world to keep the city alive. No matter whether you are a sports fan, there is always a reason to party! The Winter Olympics in Vancouver were full of exciting times. Welcome visitors from all over the globe settled in this humble little jewel of a city to compete and enjoy the sights and sounds of Vancouver. Working in the hospitality industry made for busy times, always on call ready for the next event, and Gold Medal, pumping sales up into record breaking history. We were warned of the upcoming chaos and were sufficiently staffed and prepared. Graveyard shifts and extra staff covered every moment of excitement. The preparations and experience gained over the two months became a distant memory during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Every game seemed easy compared to the nights of Hockey Canada Olympic mayhem. So easy to plan for the next game. Every Canuck game brought in the people and all the hockey fans from the Olympics. Unfortunately, the Canucks lost in the second round of the Stanley Cup run and business again slipped. Luckily Vancouver had a boost of good weather, making the patios for all the bars and restaurants full and lively again.
Just as Vancouver was about to relax for te usual lull between NHL and summer, World Cup 2010 comes around and every bar is alive with more sporting fans. Even people who hate 'football' are into the excitement of the live action on CBC. The colors of every country in the tournament are displayed in full force. The continuous hum of the horns in the stadium resonate through the broadcast like a swarm of bumble bees. Cheers are sudden and chanting is accepted at all times. I am still waiting for the singing to break out.
In the end, Vancouver is still fun, regardless of the time of year. The weather is the damper but World Cup seems to win out everytime. Vancouver is known for its rainy days and nights. This weather justs makes everyone enjoy the sunshine so much more when it shines its warm rays on our many faceted diamond of a city.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Well, I slept very well last night in await of the morning birds chirping in my ear, the sun hitting my face through my bedroom window, and the spray of water hitting my face from my cat, who enjoys drinking from my water glasses with her paw. Of course the sleep was so sound do to the double dose of muscle relaxants I took before bed to ensure my dazed dreams. So, as I opened my eyes and pushed my cat away from my water glass, I noticed immediately, that my neck was amazingly better.
As my chiropractor said, "You'll be better by Friday". I didn't believe him because I was in so much pain still. Well, surprise, surprise....I can turn my head. I am still tight but at least I am not in pain. Stretch stretch stretch. On my way out yesterday I remember his last words. "Don't over do it tomorrow".
Today was like a day from Hell. What a surprise. Of course it was, considering my haunting echo of my chiropractor's last words. We had a prep board that was enormous, a busy day of welcome customers and a huge order to put away. Not to mention the party of 50 I had to cater on top of all the other prep. There was a NHL Playoff game too. Anyways, I got quite a work out lifting and lifting and lifting some more. Over do it? Let's just say I am unaware of the meaning of that saying.
Now, 10.5 hours later, I am happy be off work, drinking a Red Roof cider in my other living room...Checkers Bar and Grill. Hopefully I will feel better again tomorrow.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Ever had a stiff neck? No really, like so freaking stiff, that you can't move your head AT ALL!??? Gawd! Over the past week I have a stiff neck until one morning, two days ago, when I awoke from my slumber in absolute agony. The pillows with which I boosted my head, managed to be so supportive that they completely reshaped my spine! My neck was so crooked it had immobilized my head.
After a half a day at work, I called a number I should have called much earlier...my chiropractor. I went to see him a couple of years ago when my muscles in my neck were so tight that I lost the feeling in my fingers. Weirdly enough, I enjoyed the cracking sound of all my vertebrae but the cost of that combined with massage therapy, was digging a very deep crevasse in my savings plan. The bruising routine of trying to break through my superhero bullet proof back and neck was becoming too expensive for my wallet so I had to quit the routine.
So today, after another intensive test of my pain threshold, I was told by my doctor to treat my body better and use the medical services available on my insurance plan. I must start a strict weekly regimen of massage again and a bimonthly cracking appointment. I am like a golf ball, tightly wound, which, if damaged, will create an explosion. Hence my neck is in the shape it is, with those muscles seizing up and misaligning my spine. Geeze, those damn pillows. If I don't do this, I will be like those crumpled hunchbacked women walking along, looking like the crazy old cat lady everyone remembers from their childhood. With the mount of cat hair on my clothes sometimes, I'm halfway there!
So, having nothing to do but relax yesterday and today, I managed to watch two movies and surf the web, while heating and stretching my neck to no avail. My pain continues but my mobility is getting better. On my studies on the net I discovered things I wanted to buy for myself. Of course, I can still shop while sitting on my couch. Both items are gadgets. I have lost some interest in shopping for clothes, shoes and housewares lately and now am focusing on other fun toys.
The first fun must have was a netbook. Now I know you ask, why, since I have an ipod touch. I continue to tell people how great it is, but I do find its limits are irritating. In a previous blog I spoke of the inability of my ipod to support flash player. This drives me crazy and I finally decided if I want a better gadget I need to go a bit bigger. I tried a friend's netbook the other day and enjoyed it, regardless of the ever irritating Windows XP OS. This little taste of a new toy made me rationalize my way into buying a hardly used ASUS EEE PC 701 netbook from Craigslist.
The first use is to be able to place my online orders from home, as the safari browser and firefox browser are not acceptable with the website for my main online orders for work. Also, inventory and other paperwork can be much faster on the netbook. My memory stick for work fits in the netbook with ease.
The second use is faster easier uploads of my photos to the Hancock Wildlife website immediately. The netbook takes memory cards from cell phones and digital cameras. Cool!
The third use is faster and immediate blogging, as I am doing now. I can just begin writing, which tends to be another hobby of mine.
Finally, the size of this little netbook is perfect for portability. It fits in a purse and it is a tough little unit.
The second item on my wish list is not attainable. The Nokia N900 Rover Smart Phone and Tablet. It is absolutely amazing, that is in comparison to the iphone/ipod touch. Multitasking, Flash Player, memory, speed, etc etc. Check it out!
So, injuries make me inactive except my brain. I get restless when I can't move around or do stuff. I guess it makes me determined on my focal point. Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing is still in question...