I’ve been wanting to blog for several weeks, but really haven’t had much time. And on the days where I have had an hour or five to spare, I just simply never thought to write. (How journalistic of me…)

The truth is, when I touched down in Vancouver after an exciting couple of weeks in Wainwright, I was raring to continue to write and produce stories, to read news and to tackle my big long list of journalism-related goals.

But to be frank, life here just isn’t anywhere near as exciting, and my energy soon dissolved into a missing-the-military funk.

And then I saw this Buddha quote: “Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life.” (That is a complete lie. I just found this on wisdomquotes.com. But I really should have seen this quote.)

Anyways, I decided to let things happen, and happen they did. Here is a big long update on everything I have been doing since my last post.

I tweeted not too long ago about my new job: I am a sales associate with a development company called Genex, pre-selling units in a South Surrey apartment building called Gemini. It’s a fantastic job with great hours, and it’s a good opportunity to learn a little about real estate, the market and the process that takes place from construction to home ownership.

At the end of May, I played my first round of golf. I also tweeted about this (see, I’ve at least made a small effort to remain in the social media loop) and about how ridiculously unprepared I was.

I had volunteered to golf for a Kwantlen Eagles’ golf club fundraiser, and was in the only student foursome there. I was grouped with three male golfers, all of whom had their own clubs, and was one of the few women actually golfing. I also wore a dress and cute pink-snakeskin flats because I was under the impression that golf was a classy affair.

Long story short, it rained, my hair was disgusting, and so were my cold grassy feet. But I had a great time, and outshot some of the guys on occasion. Unfortunately, everyone now knows me as the girl who wore the girly shoes.

More recently, I went to see Bruno Mars in concert. He was absolutely phenomenal, and I swear he was singing directly to me the entire time. Janelle Monae was one of the opening acts, and she was very entertaining as well.

Even more recently, I was fortunate enough to receive one of Surrey’s Top 25 under 25 awards through the Surrey Board of Trade. I knew five of the other recipients, and it was nice to see some of my peers be recognized for their achievements in the community.

This past weekend, I attended a Miss White Rock reunion, which was organized by my sister, and current Miss White Rock, @ChloeWoodin and her team of ambassadors. The pageant has been running for over 50 years, and has drastically changed since its days as a beauty competition.

It was nice to meet some of the women from years ago, and swap experiences. The current ambassadors are compiling a scrapbook of all of the years, which I’ve heard may eventually find a home in the soon-to-be newly renovated White Rock Museum.

These have been the highlights of my summer thus far, and I’m sure there will be more to come.

However, I will not vow to blog as they happen, or to update you any more than I have been, because, as Mark Twain always says, “to promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.”

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I spent this past weekend in the Tournament Capital of Canada, Kamloops B.C.

I drove up with some of the White Rock ambassadors and organizer Donna Friday afternoon. We made it just in time for the dinner and dance (no impromptu Graces).

It was way too hot to dance, so the evening ended early.

Saturday morning was spent in the park where we had a lovely breakfast at the community centre, and a scavenger hunt.

Once again; way too hot to get too competitive.

Next we had some free time.

Last year, I went to the Kamloops pageant with Donna and my White Rock princess Niki. Donna took us to the Sun Rivers golf course where we drove balls on the mountain driving range and drove the golf kart in circles.

This year, I made a point of going back to the golf course with the girls.

For my second time golfing ever, and my last time being a full year ago, I did quite well. My swing and follow-through were good, and I consistently drove the balls 75 yards and in a straight line.

After lunch at the course and the pageant in the evening, we went out to dinner in downtown Kamloops before heading to bed.

I woke up Sunday with extremely sore muscles.

I don’t know how I did it, but I pulled my left hamstring. My right shoulder was also super stiff.

But the golfing experience was definitely worth it: all in all it was a fun weekend.

Next stop, Kelowna and Oliver. Three days away!

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