Wednesday, July 28, 2010
So naturally, when I found this article online from Cosmopolitan magazine, I was instantly enthralled by it. It's been bookmarked and is definitely one of my favorite sites to revisit. I'm sure I read it like a bible, once a week! Did you know that experts say that verbal utterances make up only a mere 7% of our communication? Tone makes up 20% (that in itself is interesting, watch HOW you say what you're saying if you want to get the right message across because tone means more than what you're saying sometimes)... and a whopping 73% of all of our communication comes from body language. If you think about this, it makes sense.. we don't talk all the time. There are always silent times. It's important to know how to decode those times to see what your partner is really telling you.
This particular decoder is fantastic, and it's about the most complete list of signals that I've been able to find online. So whether you're newly single and looking for love, just began a romantic relationship, have been married for years, or are wondering if things are on the rocks, take a gander at this article and be able to know, rather than second guessing it all.
The next time you go out on a date, take a little notepad with you and when your partner's not looking, jot down all of their movements, then take your list home and find out exactly what you need to know... Is s/he into me or not? AND, what does that tell me about his/her prsonality?
Let's face it, dating nowadays is difficult and you can't go by the set rules from even 10 years ago. People are much more reclusive and preoccupied in this day and age, and we all could use some help in determining if that person is our Mr. or Mrs. Right. But, while technology might make the rules of dating different and slightly unpredictable, one thing remains consistent through the ages, and that's Body Language.
Finally, here's the article. When you're reading it, take note, there are about a dozen slides under each tab. I just don't want you to miss the volume of this article.
June 22 - July 22
Someone may challenge your mental capabilities today, Cancer. Your natural tendency might be to take the information, mull it over for a while, and come back with your decision or opinion at some later date. The truth of the matter is that things are moving quickly and decisions must be made quickly and efficiently. Stay on your toes and have confidence in your mental processes.
Holy shit. Really?? Come on people.. do you really want to challenge me? Well, there are less than 8 hours left in my day. Hit me with your best shot!! Fire away!! LOL
Monday, July 26, 2010
I wasn't ready to leave the mountains, so on the way home, I went through a different border patrol and wound up heading to Waterton Glacier International Peace Park. I never knew the whole name of it till this day, I always just called it Waterton. This was a nice drive, still integrated in the mountainous terrain. I thought I would just refresh my memory of it, as it had been many years since I'd been there. Unfortunately, Red Rock Canyon, where I really wanted to go, was closed to public traffic and it was too late to get the last shuttle, but I still had a good little look around.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
We hadn't been hiking long when we came across this group of Bighorn Sheep. There were 16 of them. I got several nice photos, but I like this one of one of the younger ones. We stood and watched them for a while and then continued up the steep slope to the top.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Besides... the next day of holiday was a bit of an emotional day for me.. and then the last day, well.. that was emotional too. So I'll take a little break and then post the last 2 days in a couple of days.
Don't go away... see you soon.
Friday, July 23, 2010
There were just tons of these little critters, little ground squirrels. This one shared some of my grapes. I know you're not supposed to feed the wildlife, but I couldn't resist.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
We went around Big Island and had a peek in all the bays along the way, I was told stories of Thor when he was growing up there. I just soaked it all in. Here were some sailboats that had dropped anchor in one of the bays.
After we finished going around Big Island, we drove around Knotts Island and saw a bunch of the "campers" getting ready to take sailing lessons.
Just at the tip of Knotts Island, we spotted a big beautiful bald eagle. The water was a bit less settled by now, and I was in full zoom, so this was the best photo I managed to get of it. I saw 3 the whole time I was in the States. There's something fulfilling about seeing the National Symbol of the country you're visiting. In Canada, we say that it's good luck to see a bald eagle. I guess this was my lucky trip.
Seems like things are just not going well, nothing's going smoothly, everything is a hassle.
Life shouldn't be a series of this many crappy things all in such a short amount of time.
I'm over reacting because I have PMS right now, I realize this.
But did the glass have to break and give me a glass sliver to top it all off??
Whatever. More Vacation photos coming later.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
After sailing, I was vibrating with excitement, so I thought today would be a great day to go try shooting a gun. Okay, you have to understand, I'd never even held a gun.. and only ever saw a real gun behind a case at Canadian Tire! LOL So being where I was, and having spent time with an ex-gunsmith who was so excited to show me several guns from his collection, I knew I couldn't leave this vacation without learning how to shoot a gun. So Thor and I drove to this super secluded spot past Camp Tuffit. Little did I know I really would have to "tough it" up this SUPER bumpy road for an hour, and an hour on the way back too. We bounced all over the place, I thought I'd either fly out the window or have an orgasm on the next big bump. LOL
This pic is me with the 22. I shot the 308 6 times and hit the target 3 times (one right near the bullseye!). I was scared each time I shot it, but it was the biggest rush EVER! It was ridiculously cool. I howled after I was all done (I put little J's where mine hit).
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The campus was really cool, a mix between old and new. Because of it being summer time there wasn't a whole lot of activity, and the department that would have been of the most interest was under construction, receiving some renovations for the ductwork. Still, I liked the tour. We stopped in the Bookstore and I bought a pair of flip flops with the campus sports team written on them. Here's a photo of the campus.. you could hike up the mountain to the M and look down on the city, but we were running late on time, so we didn't do that.
And if you know me, you know my love affair with rocks, so I couldn't resist taking this photo too...
We ate supper at a restaurant that was literally built over top of a creek of crystal clear water, lined with trees. I gave it an A+ just strictly for that atmosphere. The company was outstanding too. Thinking back, there were some things that were said and done that really gave me the giggles and still do. LOL
On the way home, there was this incredible sunset. It seemed like all the days I was there, the skies were magnificent! We pulled over to take photos along the way.
When we got back to the cabins we went for a calm serene sundown canoe ride along the shore to see if we couls spot this bear that was supposed to be wandering around. We didn't see it. We got back to the cabins, sat around a fire and visited some more. It was a great way to end the day.
Monday, July 19, 2010
After breakfast, and after lots of studying the lake and wind patterns, Thor said it would be a good day for my first sailing lesson. So he went and got the Hobie Cat ready for us to go out on. I forgot to take a photo of the whole boat as it was ready for us to go out on (I was too excited to just get out and learn), so I'm just going to throw this one on. There will be one later in the week of the whole sailboat, instead of this small part of it. Still a cool photo though.. and it shows the color of it.
Knowing I was going to be sailing, I should probably have looked at some links like this one before I went to the lake. Thankfully, Thor is an experienced sailor and great teacher and we didn't capsize. Sailing is unlike any other form of being on the water. The Hobie Cat glides through the water like a knife through butter. It's smooth, fast.. almost has a silky quality to it. The water splashes up into you and your every sense is energized. You feel more like you're part of the water than when you're on any other kind of boat. When it comes time to do a turn, there's lots to remember to do in the right order, but I did make two turns (with help). It was a real thrill. I totally loved sailing.
This was the major event of the day. The rest of our time was spent relaxing around the cabins. We visited with the neighbours for a while and had some quality laughs about the beef on Mr. Talky's ranch being well hung, said goodbye as some of them had to leave, and then after that, we cast the fishing rod off the dock until supper was ready.
Thor had to remind me how to cast the line. We didn't catch anything, but it was fun holding a fishing rod. It's been YEARS since I've fished. The water was so clear that you could see all these little premature fish trying to bite the hook as I reeled it in. It was fun to tease them. This is what the lake looked like just after I was finished fishing.
After the sun went down we enjoyed a nice big roaring fire down by the water front, visited and had some coolers and beer until quite late. Ahhhhh... so good. So relaxing. Well, relaxing except for the bats that were flying over head once the sun was down completely, trying to catch their share of the bugs. They left us alone though, and that was nothing like the bats in this one zoo I went to once.
That's the end of Day 2. See you again soon for some more journalling!
Sailor Jules :OD