Life

Golf by Neil Blake

I was on my phone a few days ago when it beeped because I had just received a new message. It turned out to be from an old very good friend from high school. She was wondering if I had plans for today, and when I told her I didn’t, she invited me to play in a golf tournament she was setting up at a Timberwolf golf club, about a 15 mins walk away from my mom’s, so I said yes! I’ve never played Timberwolf, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to catch up with some old friends and have a chill, low stress day in the sun!

Polypharmacy by Neil Blake

    I was doing some of my daily reading yesterday morning in Flipboard when I came upon an article with a title of the exact same question i’d Been asking myself, “Are MS Patients Using Too Many Medications?“. In the very first sentence it also introduces a new to me word, “Polypharmacy”,  that I’d never heard before but could totally and instantly relate to for the exact reason that Is also mentioned in the title, my MS. I haven’t quite finished reading it yet, as I wanted to write this and get it posted as soon as I could to hopefully start building a bit more of an audience, but am definitely going back to finish reading it.

Snowing Again! by Neil Blake

I love watching the snow fall when I comes down heavy like it has been all year this winter in Sudbury. We’v already had over 304cm of snow this year, which has meant a ton of snow this winter and it’s snowing again this morning. Now, I mentioned how I loved to watch it fall, but that’s a lot easier to do when you’re not going to have to shovel it all away from walkways, the driveway etc...

Oh well, welcome back to Ontario Neil!

Another day, another bit of snow to shovel. 

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Art Battle by Neil Blake

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   Last night was my first Art Battle event. I’d never heard of it before, but as an artist in a new city, was it fun to go out and meet some people. I showed up a bit late becuase I had other engagements i needed to attend before the battle. I ended up getting there a little late, so I missed the first round, but was there for ths rest. Each roucnd of painting was 20 minuteses long and the artist coud paint anything they wanted.

  Unfortunately,  I didn’t get any photos of the winning art the was produced, but my favourite was an amazingly beautiful sky with the silhouette of some trees in black. 

   The other thing I really enjoyed was getting to meet other beautiful artists while having a drink and talking to the artists and their partner.

   At the end all of the art produced that night goes up for sale, which is why I want to participate next time.

Earthquake by Neil Blake

   There was a small 2.9 MN earth quake here in Sudbury last night. It was a loud rumbling noise while the floor beneath my feet just started vibrating, I mean everything was shaking. I’ve lived in Sudbury a large portion of my life where mining has been going on for a long time. I’ve even lived in a very active earth quake zone, Vancouver, BC but I have never felt anything like that before!

 

Busy Weekend by Neil Blake

well, there you go, an entire weekend where I only got to stop at night to sleep except for also getting to watch the Super Bowl. I’ve watched about 15-20 of them in my life, and the game yesterday was a joke and an embarrassment to the NFL and what it is supposed to be like. I read that it was the lowest scoring game in Super Bowl history. In my opinion, it was definitely the least believable from a confidence point of view. The New England Patriots still won, but it was such a shady win. 

Teedot by Neil Blake

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Back in my younger days, when I used to “rave”,  I’d try to get to “teedot” as often as I could afford. “Teedot” is what all of us candy kids would call the City of Toronto because that’s where all the best parties, I mean raves, were, and even if there wasn’t a party that weekend my girlfriend at the time was going to school at Seneca College and lived there, so I had plenty of reasons to go.

Today, I still have reasons to visit Toronto, but I live in Vancouver, so when my 40th Birthday party at home with all of my good friends from school and my family, I jumped on it.

So, almost 20 years later I’m on an Ontario Northland bus on my way to Teedot to catch up with the same woman whom I haven’ spoken to in an easy 15 years... I can’t even remember speaking to her since I moved to Vancouver.

That being said though, it’s 2018 and social networking is everywhere so I do still know a little bit about what she’s been up to.

Really? by Neil Blake

I've always taken public transit to and from work, especially once I realized how much less stress, expense, and in Vancouver at least, traffic I would have to deal with. Taking transit has always meant there was a lot ore walking in my life. When I was working as a software developer, I'd be sitting at a desk all day which meant that I wasn't getting a lot of exercise. 

Now that I am a lot more conscious of my health and my body, I set myself a daily step count of at least 13500 steps a day. I use my Apple Watch Activity App and Carrot Rewards app (if you want to earn more reqards, please use my user code "neilb6398") to keep track of all my step numbers everyday. 

Once I saw that I could earn Airmiles and Aeroplan miles just by walking, I'd joke I was going to walk to Hawaii! The only problem is I doin't think my shoes are going to make it. If i haven't somehow punctured a whole through the upper of the shoe like I did with my last brand new pair of Adidas shoes. Hopefully the shoe repair guys can fix them up real nice!  

This Is Us by Neil Blake

One of my best Friends RT recently introduced me to a new show, available on Netflix, called "This Is Us", which, even though I am only a few episodes in, is definitely some of the best TV i've ever seen, by far! I just love the stories and subjects it deals with, the characters, and how those characters deal with some very real, and very difficult situations. If you haven't seen it yet, i could DEFINITELY start at episode 1 of season 1 and go from there. If you love TV with really good, interesting and relatable stories, you'll be hooked before you even finish that first episode.