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My favourite shoe:

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Hotel Loneliness

One of the perks of my job is that sometimes I get to travel. In the past, I have always traveled with coworkers or have shared hotel rooms or suites with them. The company I work for now believes in privacy, therefor, I got my own hotel room. It is GREAT to have my own space but it can get a little lonely at times. Back home, I’m up before my boyfriend and usually have to comply with his quirks.  Solo time can be very nice…..

So, here are some solo travel tips that came up from this trip to help keep you distracted:

  • If you have 2 beds in the room jump back and forth from bed to bed
  • Order room service and eat breakfast in bed (this will be done on my next trip)
  • Spoon with 1 of your 23 pillows
  • Sleep in the middle of the bed
  • Listen to music while getting ready in the morning (loudly)
  • Talk to yourself
  • Leave your room and solo-dine at a local restaurant
  • Take a long and hot shower
  • Spread your crap all over the counter in the bathroom
  • Build a fort out of pillows and sheets
  • Exhibit single girl behavior (that normally occurs behind closed doors)
  • Facetime with friends, family or significant others
  • Hang out in the hotel lounge and meet strangers (maybe even change your name?)

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I’m sure there will be many more trips. Do you have any tips to add to the list?

Off the Service Road

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The best part of living in rural BC is the many handfuls of hidden paths and roads. Friends had told me about a great beach, by  Green River, in between the Big Sky and Pemberton Meadows golf courses. To get there you need to go down a forest service road.

All summer I meant to go there but always ended up on a patio (having a cold bevy). So, on a Thanksgiving bike ride, I decided to check out this spot. It wasn’t too far off the main road and once I arrived I was taken away by it’s perfection. It was beautiful and has a large beach. Nothing is better than a hidden beach surrounded by nature.

Next summer I will be here on my time off. Join me for a swim and tan?

Fall is here and I’m getting ready for a Pemberton/Whistler winter while holding onto summer. Follow me on my journey! Check back every Wednesday (ish) to see what I have been up to.

Diabetic Alert Dog Guides

As you may or may not know, my boyfriend is a Type 1 diabetic. He found this out at age 10 and has lived with it for 27 years. I have now been with Shayne for just under 2 years and I have done a lot of learning. He wears an insulin pump which  delivers  short-acting insulin 24 hours a day through a catheter placed under the skin. He also has to monitor his blood sugar levels frequently. He needs to make sure he is not too high or low. Both are bad and make him uncomfortable.

When you are low blood sugar it is also called hypoglycaemia. Some of the symptoms of this include: seizures, unconsciousness and dysphoria (most common for Shayne). The worst of it happens while he is asleep, either napping or during the night and it can be very scary for both of us. When this happens, I shut off his pump, (try to) give him sugar and if it is too hard to get his sugar levels up, I call 911.

After doing a lot of research I have learned that there is such a thing as a Diabetic Alert Guide Dog. This is great news! If we get approved, I won’t have to worry about Shayne having low blood sugar and suffering the symptoms, when I’m not around. The dog will be able to sense low blood sugar and alter him or go get help. This is what the website says:

Diabetic Alert Dog Guides assist people aged 10 or older who have type 1 diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness. They are trained to detect sudden drops in their handler’s blood sugar through scent and alert them so that they can ingest something sweet. They can go get help within the home or activate an alert system if needed. Their ability to detect and react to hypoglycemic episodes helps their handler’s avoid loss of consciousness and subsequent life-threatening effects. Ultimately, these specially trained Dog Guides provide increased safety, security and independence. 

Diabetic Alert Dog Guides can be identified by their red harness.

So, we are going to work on an application and hopefully we get approved! It may be a long process. Do you know anyone who has a Diabetic Alert Dog? If so, I’d love to talk to them! Wish us luck!

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A Photo A Day

Once a year I like to do an Instagram/Twitter photo challenge (this being year 2). I chose to do one put on by YYOGA because it just seemed like they had fun words, the Fall time is a pretty season to capture life and when I lived in Vancouver I LOVED practicing yoga there. Why should you hop on the photo challenge train?

*Each day there is a new word that inspires you to capture a moment of your day and share it with your network.

*It makes you think about what you see and experience differently.

*It allows you to connect with others who are participating in the challenge.

*You can exhibit a side of your personally that may be suppressed.

*You can be as creative as you want.

*If you commit, it allows you to hold yourself accountable.

*You can include words with your images and this may inspire you to be passionate, creative and witty.

*It’s free.

*It’s fun.

*Sometimes, there is a prize.

Click on the below image to see what inspires me each day (note: this links to YYOGA’s Facebook page because I couldn’t find this on their website:

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So, if you are on the photo challenge bandwagon with me, give me a follow: @blairfromblairland (Instagram) or @BlairKaplanPR (Twitter) and let’s share pictures and ideas.