June 2014 Remark

Hot List
Car sashing
Grand March
Kids on bikes
Pita bread sandwiches
Downtown patios with lots of flower boxes
Sprouts in the garden
A good bathroom mirror selfie
Cher at the Saddledome
No pain laser hair removal at Fernie Medical Spa
Wapiti poster
Produce prices
Summer menus

Brace yourselves, summer is coming! Depending on your forte, stock up on earplugs or light sticks for those Koocanusa late night bush raves.

Pizza is to cure rejection.

Lead visitors by example BCians, clean your campsites and respect the land and your neighbours. #youknowwho

The Perfect Ceasar
Do Caesars have a season? Bartenders will tell you that Caesars are in high demand in the winter, especially with folks of the Albertan decent. I personally can’t think of anything more satisfying than a patio Caesar on a Sunday! Well, I guess a Jack lemonade on a patio after a day of work is more satisfying, but hey, that’s just my opinion. What’s your opinion of Caesar time?

Good Bye Limes
Did you know there is a lime shortage this year? Last time I purchased a lime, it cost me $1.25 for one and it was a small juiceless ball with spots. So, I Googled it. It turns out 97% of Canada and the US gets their limes from Mexico. Unfortunately, Mexico’s lime season was ruined by excessive rainstorms and a nasty tree virus that spread and killed lime trees. On top of that limes are in such demand that trucks loads of limes in Mexico are being seized by drug cartels to be sold on the black market. Limes are gold!

Bartenders in New York have already re-vamped their menus to include drinks with no lime ingredients using all sorts of replacements. They have been perfecting the lemon and grapefruit margaritas for this summer. It’s a sad state. Don’t say I didn’t warn y’all! #embracethelemon

Things to Do When It’s Raining
Re-watch your fave ‘90s movies, like Wayne’s World.
Cook a dish you never have before, like Chicken Wellington.
Redecorate a small area, just a one-day, little lipstick makeover.
Visit the mineral pool at Spa 901.
Go outside anyway and stop whining.
Take up fencing.
House of Cards or Game of Thrones marathon, see what all the hype is about.
Perfect your own Caesar (we garnish with a Pepperoncini at my house).
Go for a pedicure or do your own, clean up those dogs for sandal season.
Cut off some old jeans and make the perfect pair of cut offs.
Have a garage sale! Or go find some treasures on sale.

Advice to the Graduate!
As you head into your 20s, this is the best advice I have.

1. If all of a sudden you realize you’ve gained weight, chances are it’s your alcohol intake. Losing weight in your 30s is much harder, nip that sh*t in the bud now. Keep up your exercising and healthy eating routines. When I was 28 I went from a size 28 to a 31 in one summer, I know it was from the considerable amount of beer I drank. It took me running five days a week from October to March to lose the weight – not fun!

2. In your 20s you have lots of time to figure out who you really are. Explore everything. Raves, heli skiiing, skateboard tours, ballets, roller derby, biking, half marathons, kundalini meditation – I’ve been there, man!

3. It’s okay to drift apart from some friends, in your 20s you all choose paths – some are very different. It’s okay to move on; it happens.

4. Finding a career can be rough. Don't waste time moping about it. Work as many different kinds of jobs/volunteer gigs as you can. You will discover your strengths and what you don’t want – which is very important too. All of that experience will guide you into a career that makes you happy. When I came to Fernie ten years ago, I applied for a job to coordinate the Relay for Life. It wasn't my ultimate job, but I didn't have anything else going on and I needed the money. That job connected me to the community of Fernie in such a valuable way. I gained best friends and met just about everyone. Years later when I opened my boutique, I had a community behind me.

5. It’s who you know. This is so true. Make friends, make nice, be social and have good manners, because you never know who will introduce you to that wonderful life-changing experience – or it could be as simple as getting playoff tickets or a table at a coveted restaurant.

6. Travel. I came from a family that didn't travel. I didn't take my first trip until I was 26 – and it was only because I won a trip to Mexico through Board Stiff. Now I'm hooked. It’s changed me for the better, and I want to learn and change more. Argh, I’m so mad I didn't travel as soon as I was 19! I’m making up for it now.

7. Say no to doing things. Say no to being treated badly. Get comfortable with no. This is something people can take a lifetime to master, get a leg up on it in your 20s.

8. You are always learning. I’m in my 30s and I’m still learning. I still eff up all the time and all I can do is learn from it and move on. Patience is key.