Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Conversations at Husky

A couple of weeks ago we went to Husky, the gas station, to get there Amazing chocolate malts.
We pull up to the side of the gas station and the boys are like,
"Erika, park the car on the other side of the parking lot. There is no way I'm getting out of the car here, we are going to get attacked!"
Erika and I are just give them a look that says, You guys are dumb. Now get out of the car.
There was a truck parked next to us, with an old man (55-60) sitting in it.
The moment I open the car door he says...
"What I wouldn't give to be seen with 2 beauties like you girls. If only I was younger, richer, better looking, and had more hair, and I don't mean on my back. Yup then I would be able to get 2 girls like you.
I look into the car and the boys have the look of, We told you so.
We started walking up to husky and at the edge of the store there is 2 guys sitting there and they ask us for some change.
Ethan: What do you need money for?
Guy 1 puts his hand up to his mouth, meaning he wants some alcohol.
Ethan: Sorry I've only got a card, I don't have any change.
Guy 1: I just really need a drink. Looks at me...
Me: I've only to this lip chap sorry.
Guy 1: Hey give me one of those cigarettes
Me giggling: No it's just lip chap
Guy 1: Saaaa you're just drunk.
Then I think we just said our good byes. 
Alright well that's my story about that night.

One time I went to get the mail at work and I ran across a lady that I'm pretty sure was drunk at 3 in the afternoon, or she was slightly handicapped.
She said hello to me and told me I looked really pretty. Then she kind of started singing "It's such a sunny sunny day" And I agreed and said it was beautiful day. Then she told me it was almost as beautiful as me. 
Well she sure boosted my confidence that day, even if she was drunk, handicapped, os maybe lesbian. 
Okay I'm sure I bored you out of your mind. 
I'll leave with this funny quote so that maybe you leave my page laughing
Here are some funny warning labels
Caution: Hot beverages are hot!" -- On a coffee cup
"Do not use in shower." -- On a hair dryer.
"Warning: This product can burn eyes." -- On a curling iron.
"Warning: Do not climb inside this bag and zip it up. Doing so will cause injury and death." -- A label inside a protective bag (for fragile objects), which measures 15cm by 15cm by 12cm.
"Remove plastic before eating." -- On the wrapper of a Fruit Roll-Up snack.
"Do not put lit candles on phone." -- On the instructions for a cordless phone.

You know that at some point there was an idiot (sorry if that was you) that did one of these things so they are required to put them on their products.

The end.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


I hiked Chief Mountain again yesterday with my friend Carson.
This really shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone.
It's my 7th time doing it. 
I'm not lying when I say it gets better every time I do it!
Here are the pics to prove it.
 Yoga in a rock field
 Beginning the decent up the shale

 Carson may be smiling, but he hated that shale a lot more then I did.

 At the top. To bad there were forest fires and it was really hazy. Kind of lessens the view.

 Meditating on the Holiest Mountain.
 This rock is help up precariously by 3 smaller rocks. Don't know how that happend.

 Picking the Indian Chief's nose. Trust me, he needed it.
I believe the Indians make these rock circles to protect them when they sleep at night.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Something new

Alright. I'm trying out a new style. I don't know how I feel about it yet. I don't feel like I can really customize it and make it me you know? Like add bright colors and a fun header to make it's CHANEL'S blog, not just anybody else's. But I kind of like that you get an overview of all my past blogs so you can browse around easier. More organized. Opinions?

P.S. I couldn't fall asleep so I came back to see if I could make this more colorful. Until it is officically fall I'm keeping the spring/summer colors. Then I'll change it up a bit. So "Boy" you can take back your boring comment :)

Saturday, August 25, 2012


These pictures are all on facebook.
I just put them on here for my family that doesn't have facebook (Yes there is still people that don't) and keeps up with my life via my blog.
 We went hiking and naturally you have to reward yourself with ice cream

 Hiking akamina. Seriously beautiful.
 The unfortunate souls I convinced to come with me. The one next to me was not impressed. We haven't talked since this fateful day.
 This little butterfly could not leave me alone. He sat on my foot for a good 20 mins in total.
 I also coaxed him onto my nose. I've always wanted to take a pic with a butterfly on my nose for some reason.
 Jumping into the mountain creek.
 Story time. I decided I wanted to take a picture of my sitting in the tree because it's the perfect spot to sit right? So I'm trying to find a way to get up there and I notice a group of people forming behind me. I'm kind of thinking like "did you seriously have to take a break right now? I'm so embarrassed cause I can't get myself into this tree" Finally get myself up there and just as I'm posing for the picture a lady behind me says "An interesting fact about this tree"... I soon realized that she was giving a tour and I just became a part of it. Just made me slightly more embarrassed then before.
 We hiked summit. Usually you can see a pretty sweet view from the top, but not that day. I was standing in a giant cloud and you can see it all behind me. It was neat seeing the cloud flow over the mountain cause on the other side the sun was shining and it was HOT. But it was like 10 degrees cooler on the other side.
 Just a lovely scenery shot.
 Sam OWNED that mountain obviously. He probably could've hiked it backwards.
 Dad, Eric, and I at goat lake. Another story. We were just walking along on the trail talking when I heard a branch snap so I kind of paused and looked in that direction. Thru the trees about 20 feet away I see a black bear standing on it's hind legs. DUN DUN DUN. So I tell me dad and Eric. And we get a little excited nervous and quietly walked past it. Then the bear started running at us, bearing his teeth so my dad grabs a huge stick to defend us and eric started crying like a baby and I started praying...okay that's all a lie. Nothing happened. He just watched us walk by.
I look at this picture and think how can you not love to hike. The views are incredible.

Okay that's some of my summer in review. Other fun highlights have been.
Ashley Lake with 30 Young Single adults.
Hiking Chief Mountain with Devin Austin and Becky.
Countless Rook nights.
Golfing with friends and family. I got my first birdie!
Kimbers wedding. SO BEAUTIFUL.
Seeing Jennica and Karli again.
Going to Walley's Beach.
The Pollock Frollock.
Going to Global fest in Calgary.
Picnic party in Calgary.
Sleeping on the trampoline.
Having all my family come home.
To be Continued.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


First things first.
You need to listen to the artist Shelly Fraley. 
If you like artists like Ingrid Michaelson, colbie caillat or Rosie Golan you will like her.
You can find free downloads of her music on line (Although it's not for all of her songs, but some good ones) and there is a music player where you can listen to the majority of her stuff found HERE
My Personal favorites are almost all of them. But to narrow it down I'd pick, seize the day, on her way, be brave, hi hi hi, crush, and Just don't want to be alone. (That was very hard to narrow down.)
Seriously, stop reading and go check her out. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

I love writing and getting notes in crossword puzzles

We have a pretty good time writing the notes and having competitions to see who can finish them first or get certain words.

Going back to Shelly Fraley. 
These lyrics describe a good portion of how I feel and would like to share with a certain someone else.
Seize the Day (Shelly Fraley, BMI)When you find your home is not your own, a bitter end took all you know. If along the way the wars we've waged, take us down a little ways,
Gotta let go. Gotta let go. Gotta let go and seize the day.
When you find your back against the wall, feeling broke and so dang small. When the fury's rising in your chest, from a bitter soul who took your best,
Gotta let go. Gotta let go. Gotta let go and seize the day.
When the doors are closing one by one, you can't hide, no you can't run. When the love you knew has gone away, you hold so tight but still it fades,
Gotta let go. Gotta let go. Gotta let go and seize the day.

This has been one of the best summers of my life.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Best part of this weekend.
I felt like myself again.
It's kind of a weird thing to try and explain.
Can anyone relate to feeling like when you graduate from High School you lose yourself trying to find yourself and sometimes when you find yourself you realize that a lot of the way you were before was really you? Does that long run on sentence make sense?
A few examples.
I ran into an old friend that I hadn't really talked to in probably 2 years and when he saw me he couldn't stop telling me how different I sounded and looked. I asked him what it was and he said that the Chanel he knew before was kind of quiet reserved, seemed more sad, but that now I was really happy and more alive. When I hear that I remember how I was always like that in high school. Maybe it was the comfort of my best friends and feeling accepted by them so I was just always happy and myself and then once that relationship was lost (to an extent) I became withdrawn because I was insecure with who I was. I was still finding myself outside of high school. Just a thought.
I hate being cold and I don't like swimming. So I surprised myself on a hike when I got into a freezing cold glacier made lake and didn't hate it. I later jumped into a water hole (in a creek that was run off from previous glacier made lake) multiple times and didn't even feel cold and miserable like I usually would.
That night I went to a swim party.
I was kind of nervous to go. I don't typically go to these things and enjoy myself, at least not in the last few years.
So I envisioned myself being that quiet withdrawn person that just kind of stood awkwardly next to people that I don't really know because I didn't want to make a fool of myself playing water polo, or was cold and just wanted to get out of the pool instead of participate.
But I was the complete opposite.
I was the one that got water polo set up. I was right there swimming from side to side trying to steal the ball, or trying to make goals. I even tried stealing a ball from a guy and ended up being in the middle of like a 5 person tug of war over this ball. And I was one of the only girls actually playing. I saw so many others playing the role I thought I would play.
After water polo I then got a game started on the swinging ball and again was the only girl playing.
After we finished swimming I was like WHO THE HECK ARE YOU. 
Then I got like the best compliment on our hike the next day. 
I was running down summit with 2 guys just joking around and having a great time when one of them turned to me and was like "Chanel you are just a firecracker of energy!"
I felt so alive in that moment. So like myself.
Years ago my family saw me as this girl who just loved life and everything it had to offer.
I really feel like I lost that part of me over the last few years and have slowly been gaining it back. 
I feel like I'm getting back to that girl who just loves having a good time and has endless energy (unless I've been playing all day and it's now past midnight, I just want to sleep then. Even the energizer bunny has to recharge at some point I'm sure!)
Anyway, in short, this was probably one of the best weekend I've had in a while.
 I laughed more, lived more, and loved more. 
(A touch cliche but true)

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Judging a book by it's cover.

Readers beware.
This post might make you think twice about checking out a book at the library.
No I'm not going to tell me about all the germs that are likely on your library book or anything gross like that. 
It has occurred to me that you can discover a lot about a person by the books they read.
Sometimes maybe too much and sometimes probably nothing at all, just rash judgements. (Judging a book (person) by a cover.. Clever yah?)
But it has become a sort of game for me when all the books that have been placed on hold by patrons, come in from various libraries to guess who has put the books on hold before I scan them into the computer.
There is a lady who loves to read those really mushy gushy romance novels. I can always guess which books are going to be for her. I don't know her but I like to think she's an older single lady and is living her life vicariously thru these romance books, I would probably do the same. 
I see books come in that are titled "How to boost your metabolism and keep the weight off forever" And I "assume" that person is concerned about their weight and trying to change that.
I know when a parent is trying to potty train their kids or teach them manners.
I know who wants to learn how to sew and is looking for tips on hair care.
There have even been a few occasions when I've learned who wants babies and who doesn't.
I try not to be to judgmental as I'm checking in the books and movies but it's really hard because you really do get a look at what people are interested in and what might be going on in their lives.
When I give people their books I'll sometimes ask them about them. Like if they are going on a trip to France because they just checked out 5 books about all the sights in France. I then learn all about their other travels or the ancestors they have over there.
I talk to people about cooking and some of their favorite recipes or learn about all the various quilts they have stitched.
It's actually kind of fun to get to know about people in this way.
So here's what the books I've read this summer say about me.
Nightingale by Susan Warren- I'm an old soul, interested in knowing more about World War II. Okay mostly I was just interested in the Love story, between an American Nurse and a German soldier/doctor.
Seriously I'm kidding, By Ellen DeGeneres. This one I think says I like to laugh and not take life to seriously. Her book really does make you laugh out loud. It also makes you think though. Usually the first page or so of the chapter is just Ellen rambling on about something making you laugh, but then she ties it all together in the last paragraph and you get so much out of it.
The Summer I turned pretty By Jenny Han. I haven't started this one yet. I don't really know what it says about me. Maybe just that I'm hoping it'll give me some tips on how to turn pretty this summer? I just heard it was a good book from a co-worker so I thought why not.
Forgotten. By Cat Patrick- This is about a girl who doesn't remember her past, only future events. Maybe it's a metaphor for my life. Wanting to forget about some things that have happened in the past and wanting to be able to see the future, to see what happens in my life. That would maybe be cool for a day but then I would want to forget about it and have life be a mystery again.
All the books I've read really don't say that much about me in all honesty. Non-fiction books do it better and Ellen's is the only one that I read. But I did just give you a list of some books you might want to look into.