Spring has sprung

It is beautiful today. B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L.

I went for a long drive down through a neighbourhood called Mount Royal. The houses in Mount Royal are insane. They’re bold, beautiful, architectural works of art. No two houses are the same and I love that.

Does anyone else like to go driving through random neighbourhoods just to look at houses and pick out which ones you like/don’t like? Just me? Okay.

Last weekend it was -4 Degrees Celsius(24 Degrees Fahrenheit) and this weekend it’s +24 Degrees Celsius(75 Degrees Fahrenheit). I am LOVING this weather, and getting out to explore.

Even if I could afford it, I don’t see myself ever purchasing a house as large as any of these. But, they are nice to look at. When I drive past houses like these, I like to envision storylines for the lives of the people who live there.

All of these houses are presently for sale. Would you buy any of these if you could afford it?

Changing the game

A multinational, multi-billion dollar corporation is following my company’s digital footprint around the web.

Marketing matters.

You can have all of the money in the world and if your marketing sucks, it won’t matter.

If you can’t compete with someone else’s resources, change the game. The power is well within your means to do so. Money isn’t everything.

I applied!

A friend of mine recently suggested that it might be time I stop working for myopic thinkers. You know, he might just be on to something.

I mentioned earlier this week that I was considering applying for a position of Global Marketing Specialist with another company here in my city. Everyone in my inner-circle had already told me that I should. Everyone who commented on that blog post told me that I should, but I was doubting myself.

I applied this morning. I just decided that today is the day. I’m going to take the chance, and if this opportunity doesn’t pan out, I’ll find another. It’s time I stop working for myopic thinkers.

Onward and upward.

(I’m not quitting my present job, just to be clear. At least not until I line something new up. I’ve applied for this new position because… I don’t want to be stagnant in life.)

ENOUGH with the mansplaining already – a rant.

Every time, EVERY TIME, that I go into speaking about any subject, there seems to be a man right there ready and waiting to interrupt me so that he can explain to me just what it is I am talking about.

All day.

Every day.

Justin, from our Texas office, is particularly bad with this. Actually, all the men at my company are. If I’m being completely honest, I think they see their advanced degrees in specialized subject areas as a classification that they’re ultimately smarter than everyone with respect to every subject. Axel doesn’t just think he’s smarter with respect to everything, he KNOWS with his whole heart and every fiber of his being that he’s smarter than everyone else on earth with respect to every subject matter.

During our meeting this morning, I was drinking a smoothie. After being asked what was in my smoothie and not making it past the ingredient ‘protein powder’ I was promptly cut off so that I could listen to a tangent about what proteins are best for me as I’m female and I can’t just go to the store and pick a protein powder because the packaging is cute.

Apparently that’s all females do, select any and every product they buy based off what the packaging looks like. At least that’s what I got out of the 20 minute tangent I listened to this morning.

It’s getting to the point where I’ll avoid conversations outright and make up excuses to get out of conversations so that I don’t have to listen to people mansplain. I think I’ll be okay if you don’t interrupt me today. How about you go back to your own job and leave me alone.

My coworker, Kat, says ‘You just get used to it after a while’. Kat, I don’t really want to get used to it.

There’s a BIG difference between making a suggestion, telling me how to do my job and telling me why I’m doing my job wrong. There’s a BIG difference between asking me what I’m drinking and telling me that I shop based on what the package of a product looks like.

I’m annoyed.

Ugh

I made the mistake of looking-up what it was that Josh Duggar was charged with.

I’m not naive, I know there’s some seriously fucked up shit that goes on in this world. Do yourself a favour, though… don’t look up his charges. There’s a certain innocence to life that you just won’t get back when you learn what he was doing that lead to his arrest.

Couple of things

I’m thinking about applying for a job with a new company that’s here in the city that’s hiring for a Global Marketing Specialist. I’m thinking of applying.

Am I qualified? Sure am.

Do I think I’d have a shot? I don’t know. I’m doubting myself. I think I always doubt myself because I don’t want to get my hopes up for something.

I think it would be a really exciting opportunity though. The company creates the software that helps create autonomous machinery. They’re actually really well known in the industry they work. I’ve driven past the building hundreds of times since moving here. I never knew what they did until about a month ago when I finally looked it up. They’re entire company is really well established with offices on four continents. They’re also a company that is developing technology for the future, which the prospect of is really interesting.

Think I should apply?

Okay, maybe I don’t have a couple of things. Just one.

It’s snowing.

It’s May 8th and snowing.

I can’t deal.

I want to be lounging by a pool somewhere warm right now.

I love spring when it’s spring. It’s not too hot. It’s not to cold. It’s just right. Snowing is not right. Snow doesn’t work for me. It’s May 8th.

A small piece of really big news.

On January 1st, I laid out my New Year’s Resolution for 2021. That resolution was to pay off my debt. I didn’t fully know how it was going to happen, but I knew that I had 12 months and I was going to make it happen.

I’m happy to report that I am officially debt free.

I DID IT!

From here on out, all my pay cheques are 100% mine. (Minus rent and groceries, of course)

I DID IT!

It’s a very good feeling.

True Story (something about my mom ahead of Mother’s Day)

Never, in my life, have I ever witnessed, or experienced, my mother hanging up the phone.

She just doesn’t hang up a phone call.

I remember when we were kids, she always ensured that we had a (what was dubbed at the time) walk-around phone. She had so many kids running around her house, if she was on the phone she was often doing multiple things at the same time as talking on the phone.

Why I’m thinking about this now is because her and my dad actually got extra money from my Uncle’s Estate today and she was calling to share how dumbfounded she is that there’s “extra money” in an estate. Anyways, she says ‘Okay, bye’ and then she just sets the phone down on the table. I can hear her doing it, and I know it’s exactly what she’s doing it because I’ve seen her do it 10,000 times in my life.

She just doesn’t/won’t/can’t hang up a phone call.

I don’t know.

She never has.

She went from having a walk around phone that she would just set down and walk away from, to having a cell phone that she would turn over and put face down on the table. She never clicks to end a call though.

I remember asking her about it once when I was in university. She said she didn’t realize that she did that. Since she never stopped, she must still not realize.

Humans are weird.

What a funny quirk to have… unable to hang up a phone call.

Anyways, that’s my pointless story for the evening.