Missing England

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One of my really good friends overseas keeps sending me pictures of his walks. I miss England so much, and these pictures are really not helping! I just want to fly back, enjoy the cooler weather and some Costa again. I’ve been there twice now, and I just feel like I haven’t seen anything yet. I’m not much of a tourist and find myself mostly just visiting with friends or exploring Chesterfield. Every day there was such a different experience. Wandering around the market and seeing all the people every day was also just so neat. I remember walking down some side street, and we could hear a busker playing a violin. Jordan caught me on video just dancing as we walked right by.

Like, look at those views!

I was still blogging when I was in England last year. Man, it’s already been almost a year since I left… I wrote quite a bit now that I’m looking back. What I’ve Noticed was my first post from my trip. I love Chesterfield, it’s such a cute little town! That’s where I stayed the majority of both my trips. When I talked about it, I put in pictures from two other cities as well, but I guess I just never said anything? Our trip home was a mess! Oh gosh I remember that! Memories like that are part of the reason I want to go back so bad!

England is just so pretty!

The next trip I’ll be taking my lovely roommate as we both have friends there, and she’s actually from England. She wants to go back and smell the rain again at the very least. Plus I have a few other friends who actually like to be tourists that I may try and drag along. Two weeks isn’t enough time to travel. I shared so many pictures on my Instagram. All of these pictures like I said we taken by a friend of mine who lives over there. He doesn’t social media or I’d tag him.

All of these were not taken by me

But yeah, that’s all I’ve got time for today. Thanks for stopping by! Be safe and have an awesome day!
— Deryn

Normal Hours and General Rambles

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As of Saturday, I’m moved to five day work weeks. If you don’t know, I’ve been pulling extra shifts for the past couple weeks. You can read up on my complaining in two different places. Don’t worry, now that I’m through the fire, I’ll complain significantly less. My paycheques are nice for sure, but I’m excited to have a regular schedule going forward. Having the two days off means I can have time to do new stuff again.

Myra Canyon Shots

Remember when I went hiking all the time in July? Myra Canyon was so beautiful I went twice! Or Scenic Canyon? And then the (more of a walk) Knox Mountain? I miss going out and exploring, but with the weather getting cooler I am totally going out again! I’m hoping on Monday to register my car so I can get back into that groove. That may however put Bus Adventures on the back burner for awhile. Meh, whatever, it’s all fine.

So much hiking was done over the summer!

My lovely roommate likes to ski, and Big White isn’t too far from my place. Hopefully this year I can take her up there once. I don’t ski or snowboard myself, but that drive would be so much fun! Plus all of the pictures after fresh snow fall. I’m investing in some boots to help with the winter weather, like these Timberlands. (Granted these may not be the most practical, but damn they’re cute.) I might try skiing at least one this year, but I’ll have to prepare, knowing myself I have literally nothing I need at the moment. That’s a list I’ll have to make later.

I’ve been sorting my photos, and I miss these views

Another side note thing, I really want a VR gaming unit. I have to upgrade my motherboard I believe, so I should start saving up for that. Plus, I could stream that for everyone! I love the idea of streaming, and I tend to just talk a lot so I feel I’d be good at it. I don’t know any of the tech sides of it but I didn’t with phones either before I started working here. And, actually doing it is another thing.

These shots are stunning though

But yeah, that’s all I’ve got to talk about today. Have an amazing day and be safe out there!
— Deryn

The Past Few Days

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Wow, I work a lot when I actually try. I’ve been putting the extra hours, hence my post where I was complaining, as I do. And even though I’ve been working my ass off, I still have another week of extreme hours before I’m free. I enjoy what I do though, so I can’t complain too much. I still have my shift today, tomorrow, and Saturday to get through before I’m done for the week. 

My buddy went for a nice walk. He got some pictures for me!

Tuesday was like any other Tuesday. Answering the phones for twelve, long, hours with a hint of paperwork to spice the day up. Cab drivers are such funny humans, and honestly so are customers. I get the best complaints, don’t worry because I have examples. The second one is a little long, sorry in advance.

“It’s be there in just a few minutes,” this is me talking.
“A few? Like five or fifteen?” That’s a fair question.
“Less than five, I have someone nearby,” we’re efficient.
“That’s too long, I’m calling someone else.” 
Interactions like this leave me making ??? an actual expression.

“I’d like to file a complaint,” calls that start with this are just … fun …
“Of course, what is your complaint?” 
“Your driver helped my mother out of your cab,” this caught me off guard. “That breaks the ‘social distancing’ that’s been put in place!” 
“So, let me get this straight,” because I was so confused, “you’re upset, because my cab driver helped an older and probably feeble customer out of their cab instead of letting them risk breaking something like a hip getting out of a high up vehicle?”
“Well yes, he got right up next to my mother!”
“And was doing his job? I’m sorry but I don’t quite understand why you’re upset. I understand social distancing, but older customers are at a real risk of hurting themselves. My driver helped a customer out of his cab. I don’t know what you want me to tell you,” what does one even say to that?
“I’m going to sue you guys for this,” angry customer is angry…

England is so pretty! I miss it so much!

Wednesday was definitely more fun. All of the bosses were in the office, and they’re a lot of fun. In my office, we’re a big family of total dorks. Humor and a hint of bullying (like siblings, I promise), this office is fun to be in. I had piles of paperwork that the front office needed help with too. All in all, I was busy all day. 

Like, Look at it!

Today, or Thursday depending on when you read this, so far has been quiet. My phone hasn’t been ringing much, the bosses are not here yet, and my paperwork is pretty much done. I’m low key watching League of Legends videos while reminiscing about England. It’s not even noon yet though, so we’ll see how the day goes. 

I’ve got to go where ever this is

That’s all I’ve got for today though! Y’all are amazing and I hope you’re being safe! We’ll talk again soon! Check out my Instagram and Twitter until then! 
— Deryn

The Southern Neighbours

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Almost every year, my province, and in particular, my city catches fire. We’re known for really bad forest fires all the time. The other morning I woke up to a text saying “look outside”. If you’ve never seen a smoke filled sky, it’s surreal. The sun is red, and the air quality is actually so bad even I am struggling to breathe, but what can you do really?

The view outside my job this morning

Looking it up online, the three states directly below me are on fire. That’s Washington, Oregon and California for those who don’t know, which is insane, and I’m sure that’s not all of it either! To my friends down there, be safe. If you want to see some drone footage, I found some for you. As for closer to home, New Westminster, which is just north of Vancouver, is also on fire. News outlets capturing this footage are brave and you can be sure I’d flee if I lived there.

It’s frightening to see the damage and chaos created by these wildfires, and by the shitty humans who made the one in particular. Skies are literally red from the amount of smoke polluting the air. I can’t imagine waking up to something like this. People are dying out there and that’s scary.

My dad got this shot.

There’s a huge amount of news sites covering what’s going on, I recommend looking into it, and I know not everyone can directly help, but if there’s anything at all, even just educating yourself can really help in the long run. The air quality scale going to ten and we’re at an eleven which shows just how bad everything is.

Be safe out there, and be kind to the people around you. And don’t be outside if you don’t have to if you are near those fires. We’ll talk again soon!
— Deryn

Exploring by Myself

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I’m by myself today, and I don’t know what else to do besides go out and try to enjoy the day. Can’t start my day without a snack though, so I guess the mall is my first stop. Craving poutine today, so I have to deal with that. My journeys always start with a bus ride I’ve noticed.

Got to the mall safely. Complimented like four people along the way. Stopped at New York Fries for lunch, they’ve got a nice poutine. Now, I’m back on the bus headed to City Park. Or maybe Starbucks first. This week was the start of pumpkin spice. It’s not my favourite but it’s alright, and I’m feeling thirsty.

Got a trente? Trenté? Got a super sized cup from Starbucks. Did it give me a headache? Yes. Did I regret it? Not even a little. Sitting under a tree in City Park now. Going to read for about an hour and a half, then head home. Actually I’ll go right to the roommates job, then we can walk home together.

This book is actually pretty good. About a third of the way through now, and it’s getting spooky. I’m super into it, and with my headphones, I’m getting lost in it. There’s too many people walking through this park, so hiding under a tree was a great idea. The closest person to me is about twelve feet away, so I’m safe.

I’ve read fifteen chapters, granted, they’re small, but this book is great. I’m super digging it. 10/10 recommend if anyone is looking for something new to read. I’ve got to put it away for a bit though, I’ve got to go catch my bus.

Guess who literally just missed their bus? But that’s okay, because I caught up with a friend! We’re chatting all the way to my stop, his is one after mine. It’s cool to catch up with friends, especially with the world being where it is right now.

Back on my side of the bridge, got here a bit early, so I’m going to loiter and read until the roommate is off work. This book is great, have I mentioned that yet? I’m enjoying the almost plot twist going on. I’ve got like twenty minutes to read!

She doesn’t know I took this picture…

My dad got us, and we’re headed home now. So, that’s it for today I guess? I love y’all! Have a great day!

— Deryn