Monday, January 14, 2013

Speak Up

Last week I did an interview with the local community access television channel. On camera. At the pool. In my bathing suit, towel, and bathing cap.

I was minding my own business, doing laps, when one of the lifeguards asked me if I would mind doing a quick interview with CVTV (I had seen the cameras already, so it wasn't a total surprise.) I'm not sure if it was the endorphins, insanity, or total and utter confidence (or maybe a mix of all three) but I said "Yes." I was able to get a few more laps in while they took some B-roll (background shots) and then hauled myself out of the pool to do the interview. (As my lane mate shrank away from the cameras in utter horror.)

They basically wanted to know about how wonderful the community center is, how I use it for various activities, and if it has impacted my life in a positive way. I had done an interview with CVTV before, on behalf of Planned Parenthood, so I wasn't nervous. I tried my best to the answer questions thoughtfully without huffing and puffing too much. It probably took about 5 minutes and then I was able to hop back in the pool and continue my workout.

I'm happy to encourage Vancouverites to get out and enjoy what the city has to offer, and I'm happy to encourage them to be more active. But if I can't get a swimming lane anymore because they are all flocking to my pool, I'm going to be very frustrated.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Fluff It Up

I recently read that whenever you go out into the wilderness, you need to have at least 3 sources of fire. So, for our cross country ski trips I created a fire starter kit. It is composed of matches, a tea light, a lighter and 4 tampons. Why tampons, you ask? Well, they fit in a small space for packing but expand to a huge fire starter once you fluff them up.

But don't just take my word for it, here's a video that explains the whole thing:



What Jason forgets to mention, however, is that he first took the tampon out if its plastic applicator in order to prep it.

Tampons are also great for nosebleeds and other bloody wounds, so I highly suggest you bring some along on your next outdoor adventure.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Use Your ABCs

Whenever I have a hard time falling asleep at night, I* play a game. The game is distracting but also simple enough to let my mind calm down so that I can fall asleep.

It goes like this ... you pick a subject and must name items in alphabetical order.

For example, if you pick the subject: fruit
Apple
Banana
Cantaloupe
Dates
Elderberry
Fig
Grapes
...
 until you get to letter Z, or fall asleep, which ever comes first.

So far subjects that I've used include:
food
colors
things you find at the swimming pool
things you find in/on an airplane
song titles
items I've seen in TV commercials

You can determine just how picky you are about the rules ("Red apple" is/is not a fruit) since the goal is to fall asleep, not actually come up with correct items.

*The game also works with your bed partner, just take turns naming items.

This game has been a handy thing to have, and it works every time.