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Fernival Announcement – Five Alarm Funk

It’s the moment I forget I’m waiting for every year. The announcement of who’s playing Fernival! Last year was Sloan and I missed it. What a sad day that was. This year, it’s Five Alarm Funk, a band I’ve heard so much about and have still never seen, even though they play in Fernie quite frequently. Maybe, this is my year.

From FAR’s website, the whole weekend schedule:

Fernival Weekend Schedule: (subject to change)

Saturday, April 13th:
11am: Raging Elk Powder, Pedal, Paddle Relay Race @ Resort/Town
2pm-3pm: Live Music – The Runs  @ Plaza Main Stage
3:30pm – 5pm: Live Music – BCDC  @ Plaza Main Stage
5pm: Raging Elk PPP Awards @ Plaza Main Stage

Sunday, April 14th:
1pm – 3pm: Slope Soaker Slush Cup @ In Resort
3pm – 4:30pm: Live Music – Five Alarm Funk @ Plaza Main Stage

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Photo credit: GABRIELA GONZALEZ-MILROY

Music Break : Sjowgren

I’m digg’n it. But I have no idea what she’s saying.

Anticipating The Worst Outcome

So often I think the worst is about to happen, especially when it comes to my kids, traveling, work and life in general. All the time, generally. When one of our mobiles took a long time to get from Fernie to Massachusetts, I was expecting 1 star reviews, angry messages and responding with free products and large discounts to smooth things out.  It’s my least favourite part of running a business: anticipating bad experiences.

What I’m learning, to try and avoid these bad experiences, is to just be open and honest and communicate with the client. Check in, tell it how it is and pray they understand. I’m learning that most people do!

My old business partner is an inspiration and often I think to myself “What would Albertine do?” and then I try to put myself in her shoes and it usually works. Our customers loved Albertine because she communicated and created these awesome relationships with people around the world and she did it by email. They would come back and use our business again just so they could work with Albertine.

W.W.A.D.

What I’ve Been Reading : The Home For Unwanted Girls and My Absolute Darling

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I’ve been reading books very quickly lately.  My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent was a page turner for me. I was drawn into this strange world and even stranger circumstances and hoped for a happy ending. I read this book in just a few days and I recommend it if you’re up for reading through uncomfortable and unimaginable situations. Curious?

The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman was read in 3 days, thanks to my new reading chair. This historical fiction had me in its grasp almost immediately. The story is interesting enough but the whole part about the Quebec orphanages turning into mental institutions, and its orphans into patients, in the 50s was fascinating and sad. It’s a book I highly recommend if you can stomach a heart-wrenching story of abandonment and greed.

Reading anything good? I’m on a roll!

A Clean House

I have only one problem with cleaning my house. I become a monster about every crumb left sitting around on the counter, even a small ring of water from a slightly wet cup needs to be dried up.

We hosted a little shared dinner the other night so I did a quick clean of the house. It was needed and sometimes having people over is the motivation I need to make it happen, you know, more than a tidy up. Once I had it clean, I couldn’t stop making my kitchen counter perfect. I was obsessive! I was thinking, no wonder I don’t do this all the time. It’s so nice to have a clean house but I hate always watching and making sure it stays that way. It’s exhausting.

It’s said that a clean house gives people joy but it, honestly, turns me into a snappy, tired, crazy person.

And then, Rod comes down and reads what I’ve been writing and says “You should clean up every drop of water.” and my response is “You should!” because I’m super mature.

Music Break : Rostam’s Bike Dream


He has nice eyes.