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(no subject) [Mar. 14th, 2014|01:54 am]
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5 days until I make it back to Edmonton for TWO WEEKS OFF!! I barely even have any plans. Just a lot of unwinding. Time to clear my head and think things over. I make a lot of life choices on very little sleep. The way time flies by I rarely let my brain catch up. This summer I plan on taking as much time off as possible while still making enough to go to my forest at least twice and go to Ontario at least once. Also trying to squeeze in Robson Valley Music Fest again. Oh..and Iceland before the end of the year. I wonder how much of this I will manage to pull off.
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(no subject) [Mar. 8th, 2014|10:57 pm]
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I made some awesome cookies today. Double chocolate, mint and cranberry cookies. These things are insane! I felt inspired when I came across a bottle of mint extract in the kitchen today. Luckily the boss is gone leaving me in charge the last few days so I was free to get to baking. I have never imagined something and then created it so expertly. Normally things just don't compare to my imagination. Reality tends to let me down. But this time it was perfect. I ended up finding some Martha Stuart recipe online for double chocolate cookies and altered it a bit before adding the peppermint extract and cranberries. I dumped some shit and measured nothing so recreating them may never happen. But they are truly amazing. I am being as humble as possible.

Right now I am at work for longer than expected. I wanted to come for two weeks and then take two weeks off since this is slow time. But everyone else wanted time off too so here I am. The boss left too so I am in charge so thats nice. No one will ever question my methods. Everyone does what I tell them too. As a whole we have actually all worked harder than we would if the boss was here. I swear if people like you they will work hard for you. If people hate their boss they don't have that extra encouragement to do a good job. I care a little more about my job because I like my boss. If I hated him I wouldn't care nearly as much if this place runs smoothly. But if I hated my boss I would be inclined to fuck shit up just to get him in shit from the higher ups. This has been going on with our housekeepers and our miserable head housekeeper lately.

I have other reasons for taking care of the place so he could take off for a while. I want extra time off this summer. In May and Sept and probably July. I have done more than enough favours around here for everyone, working nonstop and stuff for over a year. I need to make sure no one questions all my time off. I have a forest to attend to!
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(no subject) [Mar. 6th, 2014|12:21 am]
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I am starting in on a plan. I have a rough plan made with no details. Here it is!

In the second half of May I will get on a plane and fly to Sydney, Nova Scotia. When I get there I will order everything I will need to build an 8x8 shack. I will show them where to deliver it and will make arrangements to have it delivered a day or two later. I will then get someone to take me to Canadian Tire or somewhere to pick up a few other things and then get them to take me to my forest. There are at least a dozen adds on kijiji with people with trucks willing to deliver stuff. I am sure I can make an arrangement with one of them to deliver me and my stuff to my forest. After that I will spend a couple weeks building my shack. It will be a place to crash and store stuff as well as where I stay when I go back to build a full size cabin next year. I am also picking up a motorcycle out there and I can keep that in there when I am not around.

So it needs some details, but thats the basic plan. I will contact people before as far as delivery and making sure I can get all that stuff ordered and someone to take me to my forest all on the day I fly in. At the end of the first day I want to be sleeping in my tent in my forest. At the end of the second day I want to have a pile of lumber and stuff delivered and me trying to figure out where to start. Day 2-10ish I plan on working hard to make it awesome. Then after that I want to relax a bit.

After that adventure I will stop in Ontario to visit friends and family, then head back to work. I want to go back to Ontario and Cape Breton in Sept too. Also a midsummer trip to Cape Breton would be nice. The midsummer one miiiiight not happen. But the other two trips are a must. May/June trip to build stuff and plan bigger stuff. September is to see Hawksley Workman in Stratford Ontario and check out Cape Breton in the fall and make sure my shack is winterproof.

The rest of the time I will work. Because that is just what I do. I work a lot. But once I build the full sized cabin I hope to work less or at least work in Cape Breton. But for now the plan is work out here in the winter and spend all the nice weather times out east.

Plans! It's what adults do!
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(no subject) [Mar. 2nd, 2014|01:47 am]
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I have attracted the attention of a 20 year old french girl. Not totally sure what kind of attention. But I have no real preference haha If she were to climb into my bed naked I would play along. She has announced she will become my roommate. She wants to live with me. This got her a single raised eyebrow. She ended up curled up in my bed watching a movie until 3:30am the other day. But I behaved. Work isn't really where I choose to do things. She already spent like 4 days before I went on time off not speaking to me for reasons I forget. I think I pointed out she was a spoiled brat and she didn't understand due to the french/english thing. She is pretty french! Of course this just adds another girl to the list of girls people have made that they assume I've slept with. It's a rather large list...and in reality I have slept with zero girls in this camp. But you can't go behind a closed door or even eat a meal with anyone around here without the chances of a rumor starting. And I tend to do more than that.

That's really all that's new with me. It's slowing down at work after almost a year of nonstop busy. Actually it hasn't slowed down. But the slow down is on the horizon. I am planning an extra week off. I haven't told anyone in charge of making it happen. Just waiting on real news of actual numbers regarding things slowing down. But once I hear some numbers I am making a break for it. Just two weeks off and I have no real plans. But it's something! My brain needs it.
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(no subject) [Feb. 13th, 2014|03:15 am]
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here i am at work. nothing better to do so i agreed to stay a fourth week. life right now is just work work work and waiting for summer. at some point i will take 6 weeks off to go east and scout out my land, build a treehouse and get a motorcycle and a license to drive it. i just found out i dont need a real drivers license to get a motorcycle license. dont even know what kind of address i will have on my license. i will be living in a treehouse this summer haha once its built that is. until then it will just be a tent haha
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(no subject) [Feb. 6th, 2014|01:16 am]
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I'm going to stay out here at work for four weeks. We could use the help and I could always use the money. Plus there is nothing going on for my week off. So might as well put it off a week. As usual the newest girl in my life is slowly leaving my life the more I spend all my time out of town. She won't be around my week off so that's another reason to put it off another week.

I think I have got to the point that the only thing I care about is my forest. It's only a few months away and there is seriously the only thing I am looking forward to. I am just taking 6 weeks off for now and saving up about $5000 for the adventure. This is a random bunch of numbers for now. I usually get too busy to get real numbers and go with the random ones. They work well enough for me.

Oh. Also....I love you! You are all wonderful people! I don't even know who could possible be reading this but it doesn't matter. Everyones got a pile of good in them. Make sure you look for everyones pile of good...even your own.
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(no subject) [Jan. 20th, 2014|04:58 pm]
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I finally got my 2012 taxes done. Today was an exciting day.
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(no subject) [Jan. 19th, 2014|12:54 am]
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Tonight was the 4th of 5 Hawksley Workman shows. Well The God That Comes is what it actually is...Hawksleys one man musical show that is all sorts of awesome. I've been jibbering on in excitement about these shows all week on facebook and twitter. I guess Hawksley and Christian (the producer) noticed me on twitter and tracked down me down on facebook to see what I looked like so they could meet me. As I was about to leave tonight Christian comes up to me and asks "Are you Mark??" and thanked me for coming to all the shows and told me I had to come backstage. So I did. I got back there and Hawksley popped out the door saying "Is it Mark?!?" hahaha

Someone just asked a few days ago if over the years I'd ever met Hawksley and I said no and pointed out I rarely meet anyone because they're just people and just because I love their music or movies doesn't mean I will like them as people. I don't usually want to risk their personalities ruining the music so I don't go out of my way to meet people. But Hawksleys life shows show a lot more of his personality than the average musicians live show. After 15 years of shows I knew he would be cool. And he was. I hung out with them talking about all sorts of things then a few other people showed up later so we hung out for a bit and then I made my way home.

For a week where I am staying in Edmonton the entire time it has turned out really great. I was worried I may get sick of the Hawksley show if I went to see it that many times but luckily it hasn't happened. The show just gets better the more comfortable he gets I guess. I'm kind of sad there is only one more. After that I have to go back to work. There are still 5 more shows, but not til I am back at work. But 5 Hawksley shows is still amazing. If I can remember things right the last 5 Hawksley shows were over a span of 8 years. So this week has been amazing. Especially for a week where I am stuck in Edmonton. Somewhere I have decided is not a bad place to live a life but not a great place to just show up for a week here and there.
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(no subject) [Jan. 17th, 2014|10:45 pm]
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I've got to see Hawksley Workman 3 nights in a row. I get to see him the next 2 nights as well. No one can match Hawksley when it comes to a live show. Even when I am going to see the same show 5 nights in a row. His last album is based on a story so he basically just plays the album/acts it out. There are little things that change night by night. The little things are what make Hawksley awesome though. The little things make up everything that is Hawksley. He is a collection of awesomeness. 2 more nights. The last night is actually going to be a first date with a girl I met on plenty of fish. Seriously haha I've been texting her since the beginning of December or maybe the end of November. My schedule has made it hard to meet up but she is worthy of a Hawksley ticket. I think. I hope.
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(no subject) [Jan. 17th, 2014|06:27 pm]
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So I bought 42 acres of forest, not 33. 33 was pretty close to my low end as far as the amount of land I wanted. So finding out I have 42 is a nice surprise. Still going to be keeping an eye on neighbouring land, hoping to snatch it up once I get the money. A kingdom can never be too big!
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