Friday, June 26, 2020
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Friday, June 19, 2020
It has been quite awhile since I have visited my blog, I do keep an eye out for spammers and zap their posts because the notifications come to email.
It has been well over a year since I have blogged anything, the reason is that life has gotten so busy, that there just was not enough time to do anything other than work, eat, sleep, survive. So here we are today after experiencing a pandemic and still in the midst of it. This has brought change in my life by way of finding time at home to be peaceful and filled with art. I have taken up painting, mostly rocks, but canvases and drawing. We have been asked to stay at home and not do any non essential travel and to physical distance. I was still working through this time period as I was the only one in my office.
Covid did pay a visit to our house and I had one very sick family member, but all is well now. I have to say it was very scary and worrisome. I have never been this afraid ever. So keep washing your hands and physical distancing, mask wearing is also smart, keep those droplets in!
So here is what is happening with me, I decided that I was no longer going to teach motorcycling and retired this year before the season began. I did love teaching and loved mentoring, but did it for 5 years and all on weekends and evening extra training sessions. Over the last two years I had upgraded to teaching classroom theory and traffic instructor taking newbs out on the road. I work full-time and by the time of the end of riding season I was exhausted because I was working almost 7 days straight and was no logging any seat time on The Duchess. My hub would say "Let's go for a ride" my response usually was "Can't I'm teaching". There comes a point where you have to find balance and that time has come. I want to ride for fun and not have to worry about what kind of mayhem my student(s) are going to cause or get into - trust me I have seen some hair curling stuff. So that part of my life has happily closed, but I will always be around to mentor and support new riders and be a safety advocate. Here we are and it's June 19th and I still have not insured my bike! Gotta get on that!
Another change that has come my way is that I am in the process of a career shift. The change came back in December when my employer became seriously ill. I finally wrapped up our office last week and walked out of there for the last time after sitting at that desk for 27 years. It has been emotionally draining because it was just my boss and me, and I am still worried for my friend. I have been anxious and at times downright terrified of the 'last day' at work. But after intensely working to close the office and looking at options, something shifted and I actually found peace.
Go figure in a pandemic fraught with chaos and fear, I take up painting and that has been my godsend and given me a quietness and contentedness. I have been looking at options because right now job hunting is difficult. I am still looking at everything and thinking I no longer want to work in a solo medical practice. I am ready to venture into a work place where I am with others. The last 6 months being alone in my office has been truly tough and not having any contact with anyone was starving my bubbly soul.
I'm actually quite excited about finding this new path, I never thought I would say this, particularly thinking back 6 months ago. I think it feels good to have some forward direction, instead of being stuck to a spot. I have some leads, I've revamped my resume and have had a few interviews (which after 27 years at one place was interesting). I have decided I am going to take what is right for me and it may be awhile, but that is perfectly fine.
Hopefully soon you will see some motorcycle pictures, but we are keeping it local on our island due to the pandemic. I can't say how often the blogging is going to be happening, because now in my side cases is an art set with pencils, sketch pad, watercolours and watercolour pad. I'm savouring life a little bit more than I have in quite awhile.
I hope you are all well.
Saturday, March 30, 2019
On another note, I kind of lost track of blogging and almost ditched it all because I was having trouble logging in and even posting. I'm not the most techy person, but in the end it just came down to changing to a more compatible browser. Jeez if only I had figured that out a year ago! So I'm back to blogging! Woot!
I am no longer a part of Farkle Garage and it may be finished as well, tv land is hard and very competitive. It was fun while it lasted and I think I still have some stories to tell, who knows you may see some vlogging and a youtube channel.
Thursday, March 28, 2019
It has been an exciting start to the New Year! I taught my first novice class early in the season and Scooterpie Junior was in the class learning to ride with my partner instructor. I have to say there is something a little surreal watching your kiddo learning to ride. At one point I was practicing a bit for a demonstration I was going to be doing and I saw Junior go whizzing by me. In that blink of the eye I saw my little teeny tiny girl all of a sudden grow-up! It seems just like yesterday that she was a babe coming home from the hospital, my how time flies!
My lovely daughter passed her motorcycle skills test and has completed part one of her training, now she is waiting for her traffic class which is mid-April. I have to say I am extremely excited! I can see some beautiful long summer evening rides with my hub and daughter. Life is definitely coming full circle.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Update on what's up with me, it has been a very busy year and it has been filled with personal/professional growth and a few health challenges thrown in on top (nothing dire) just physically challenging.
I have spent a good chunk of the early part of 2018 studying and upgrading my motorcycle instructor skills, which included three teaching practicums, two in the classroom theory portion of our curriculum and one for motorcycle traffic class for a two day 16 hour guided riding session for our newly graduated novice (basic) motorcycle students. I passed my three practicums with flying colours and haven't really looked back too much since then, actually I've been too busy to look back or do much else since undertaking this in the spring.
It has been an extremely busy year teaching for me. Our season is drawing to a close and to date I have taught 4 novice classes & a theory class, which encompasses two weekends per course, 5 Theory A introductory sessions for would be students, and 6 two day traffic classes, as well as numerous extra training sessions for students who need a little more seat time to work on skills. This year alone I have taught or mentored about 100 students through the course of teaching in 2018, that's a lot of teaching! Add onto this my full time job, and I have to say I am feeling worn a little thin, so I am actually kind of happy that this weekend will be my final traffic class as the season comes to a close.
I didn't get in very much riding for pleasure at all, which saddens me quite a bit, and next year I will be needing to find a better balance to my work life. My hub and I didn't get in too many adventures together either due to my schedule and we need to remedy that, as he has a new to him BMW F800GT, which is pretty exciting for him and I'm still trying to figure out how to pry the keys from his hands and take it for a rip, he is a little protective of it. During the summer we did escape on two mini adventures, the first was in June when we rode up to Tofino for a weekend getaway and the second was in August where we escaped to ride the Sea to Sky Highway and Duffy Lake Rd t& Thompson Okanagan, we were planning at least a week on the road, but the forest fire situation in BC quickly curtailed that and we rode about 1,000km in two days and called it a day due to the heavy smoke/ash from the majority of our province being on fire, so that was that.
After we returned and hub went back to work, I took on another novice course and unfortunately hurt my right knee. At first we thought it was a meniscal or ligament tear, and after a week being laid up and not being able to ambulate well an MRI was ordered and visit to an orthopedic specialist. The findings are not what I was expecting acute osteoarthritis with the meniscus being displaced. The MCL and ACL were not torn and were intact, that is the good news. However, the structure of my knee is not very happy at the moment, I have narrowing in the joint canal, edema in the surrounding structures and a joint effusion. What this means is that there is nothing surgical to fix at this point and is going to keep on declining because of it being osteoarthritis. In retrospect if there had been torn ligaments or meniscal tear, it would have been easier to manage. The current treatment plan is to moderate activity with low impact exercise, wearing a brace for walking/hiking, I guess there goes my budding basketball career - just kidding. I am going to see the orthopod for some cortisone injections and synvisc (hyluronic acid) joint lubrication injection. All of this may have a large impact on teaching motorcycling due to the amount of walking and stop/go impact that I sustain through teaching and adding the physicality of pushing motorcycles around. So life might be getting a little slower for me in the near future with regards to teaching, and that has me feeling sad, but on a brighter note I can still ride and it has impacted my seat time.
So now I'm gearing up for winter and the quieter time of the year and actually looking forward to a little bit of down time and maybe I can get the knee to settle a bit more and get into a more comfortable state and start building up muscles with some pool therapy and low impact exercise.
All in all though despite the wee knee setback, I have had a really good year and am excited about adventures for next year.
Monday, May 14, 2018
The adventure continues!