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Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Best Policy

A couple of weeks ago, Jen from 3 Little Monkeys gave me my first ever blog award.

Yay! Bloggy bling!

We're supposed to list 10 honest things about ourselves. And then pass along the award. So, here goes...

1) I am not a patient person. Anything that impedes my progress throughout the day results in much grumbling, muttering and general cantankerousness. Thankfully, I'm also not an outspoken person, otherwise I'm sure I would have been taken down by some large biker dude long ago. I tend to keep my opinions of how inefficiency and disorganization are at the core of everything that is wrong with the world to myself.

2) This being the case, my children are often at the receiving end of my mutterings and grumblings. "Come on", "Let's get going, please", and "Eye on the ball!" are often heard around our house in the morning. Because, let's face it, children are not known for their efficiency. At least mine aren't.

3) I love my job. When I graduated with a Geology degree 10 years ago, I never dreamed I would be supervising a team of 2 engineers and a junior geologist. I never dreamed I would be spending less than 25% of my time in a geological role, learning more and more about engineering and management every day. And enjoying it. I've got some great young people working with me.

4) I love my company. I graduated in April of 1999 and joined them in October of the same year after a brief stint at my Dad's small oil & gas company. I haven't looked back. Not once have I thought I would have it better finding oil and gas than being a consultant. They have believed in me, they've walked beside me as a junior geologist, to professional and senior geologist, to supervisor, and to partner. They had the faith in me to ask me to invest alongside them and help take the company to the next stage as the original partners start to retire. I cannot express what that says to me.

5) I am a morning person. I chatter, I bounce, I annoy Hubs and my night-owl friends. I want to have in-depth conversations about the passing priority on the Autobahn. I can often do this without the aid of caffeine. When we drive to work in the morning, I am often shushed in favour of the sports report. Sad.

6) I can watch Food TV all the live long day. I love them all (well, ok, except for the 'reality shows'. And Rachel Ray). French Food at Home, Barefoot Contessa, The Main, Fresh, Chef at Home...I could go on for pages. Canada has such great kitchen talent (yes, I know Ms. Garten isn't Canadian, but the rest of the list is!)

7) I'm a bit of an Okanagan wine slut. If it has the BC VQA label, I'm all over that bottle. None of this Niagra stuff for me. Hey, Canada has great wines! BC has great wines!

8) I am scared of clowns. They creep me out to no end. Oddly, Cirque du Soleil clowns don't. But, a rainbow afro, giant red shoes and colorful clothes? Gah! And don't get me started on the haunted casino clown on Freemont Street in Las Vegas two weeks ago.

9) I love, love, love having two sons. No, we are not planning to "try for a girl". No, I don't want "one of each". I am looking forward to years of Lego, comic book superheroes, and sci-fi geekdom.

10) I want a tattoo. I know exactly what it is, and where it should be. But I refuse to do it until I have lost some weight. About 35 to 40 pounds to be exact. Hey, I've lost 2! I'm on my way!

Thanks for sticking around! Now, to pass along the award. I always enjoy reading what these ladies have to say. I hope you do too:

G's Blue Eyes
Interrupted Wanderlust
Just Another Mommy Blog
Kami's Khlopchyk
Mimi on the Breach
R Royal Family



R Royal Family said...

Thanks for the award. I love getting to know people better. Now to sit down and write my own post ;-)

Kami's Khlopchyk said...

This was great, it was wonderful to learn more about you. You inspire me as a fellow introvert because you have clearly been very successful in your career. I tend to use it as an excuse to be happy in the status quo - terrible I know.

Thank you for the award and right back at you, I always enjoy what you have to say too!

Hubs said...

Let's be honest! Hubs loves your banter in the mornings. It is very cute! I just enjoy my Mike Richards in the mornings. My shushs are meant with the highest degree of love and respect! I am sorry! I will try and be better in the mornings.

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

Nice list!

Kami said...

Oh! Somehow I missed this post and didn't realize you awarded me! Sorry! I love these kind of posts. This is one of the best parts of blogging, getting to know total strangers better! (I know that sounded dumb, but it's true.) I will do my post in a couple of days, after the Halloween cuteness has been posted. Thanks!
P.S I didn't know you were a geologist. How cool! I have always loved geology and totally geek out on all TV shows related to such!

Mimi said...

Hey! I'll do the ten honest things tomorrow -- thanks for thinking of me.

Dude, I'm very cantankerous and impatient too; here, Munchkin hears a lot of "MOVEITMOVEITMOVEIT" when she dawdles. And she dawdles a lot. She's three. And she knows it bugs me :-)