Calgary Weather – Hedley – Work-vvp2

Calgary Weather, is it warming up? Cooling down? Snowing, What?! The confused weather pattern lately.

In the News…Hedley? Canadian Idol falls

“Arm Chair Expert”? Or should I say…

Small Company, Big Problems?

Calgary Update:

The weather, there’s never a shortage of things to discuss about the weather here. One day like yesterday it was plus 5 (celsius) and another day it’s minus 11 (celsius) like today. if you suffer from headaches of any amount, this weather is a killer – as the barometric pressure messes with your senses. This can be the case in migraine sufferers as well as non-migraine sufferers. I’ll tell you a story about this happening to me when I first moved here…more about the weather. Today we have yet another weather system moving into the city, if you’re listening to this next week or in the coming weeks, this has likely passed already however were expecting 10-20 cms which is equivalent to 4-8″ a $hit tonne of snow. So weather stationed are cautioning us to from travel.

In the news:

I just want to touch on how Hedley has hit the news a lot this week. This is such an unsavoury moment to happen to anyone including a celebrity. You know I’m a fan of this great Canadian musical act corrected, was a fan, However when a band thinks they can act in this manner and possibly get away with this kind of conduct, it’s just one of those things you add to the unthinkable list. Here’s some background on Hedley. Jacob (lead singer) was born in Surrey British Columbia in Western Canada, one of the most beautiful provinces in our great country. He won the second Season of Canadian Idol – which in itself is a feat! Plus he married his high school sweetheart is now divorced.

So how does something like this happen, is it fame, is it feeling like you won’t get caught or no one will expose your bad side? being invincible, I’m sure at many times you likely feel this way as a celebrity, and possibly due to the recent #metoo moment we are all living in, this he has thought and the band has thought and reflected about changing their liberal lifestyle. What a shame for such an amazing group of musicians to come to and end overnight.

This kind-of leads me into my second thought for this episode.

I recently came upon another podcast while reviewing Calgary themed (variety) podcasts (and realized there’s more bible and evangelistic-church-centric podcasts than any other podcast reflecting Calgary) Not that I mind, but where’ the rest of Calgary content on podcasts for iTunes?

Dax Shepard and the arm chair expert was one that came up in my scroll feed – This podcast has quickly became one of my favourites with Dax,  I’ve always been a big fan of his earlier acting on “jackass” (don’t hold this against me) and later on in Parenthood, great actor and character role here. The thing I love the most about this show – psst DAX would you like to be interviewed on VsquareD? is the fact that he’s just so grounded and genuine. I’ve only listened to one show so far and not the first or second show but episode 6 with Pete Wentz, who btw is from Fall Out Boys, the was an excellent insight to this guy’s life of making it big. He is calm, humble, and very interesting at telling a story, he’s a huge fan of his son – who btw pulled him out of depression. I agree with this wholeheartedly as being a mom of a 6yo has taught me to be more patient, have more fun, realize things in a new way…totall Pete I get the feeling.

So, I’m in the process of implementing policies in my company for Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S)as currently we have a really high rating with WCB due to a number of factors and claims over the years. I’m working on building a program to help put us on the path of COR (Certificate of Recognition) and man is this every going to be an interesting path. Have you done this within your company – please share your thoughts and struggles with me.

Why a Podcast? Calgary-Work Safety-vvp Pilot

Valerie’s Variety Podcast

Welcome to Episode 1 -PILOT 

  • Why a Podcast
  • Living in the Calgary area
  • Working as a project manager.

Why a podcast? I’ve blogged for years even surpassing 200 posts on quilting, sewing and my own opinions  -now that’s a feat!. VSquareD is a new outlet for me because I have something to tell and have an opinion that I want to share and I listen to so many excellent podcasts on my daily communute that have inspired me to do this. Variety is what I’m looking to put out there for your opinions, your feedback, teach me something, influence me, challenge me and I hope to do the same. LIVE WORK PLAY, what makes you TIC

Podcast also known as autoblogging started in the 1980’s – there’s more than 250,000 podcasts on iTunes in more than 100 languages,

some of my favourite podcasts are (not necessarily in this order)

  • Someone Knows Something a podcast about unsolved crimes in Canada. David Riggen is now on season 4 of this intense excellently produced podcast, he has a great way of telling a story
  • The Minds of Madness – True Crime Stories an investigative discovery, uncovering event, circumstances and state of mind which cause ordinary people to do unthinkable things. Tyler’s voice  is edgy but soft spoken and slightly slow however the stories never let me down
  • S-Town– S.Town or shit town is a podcast from Serial and This American Life, Host Brian Reed about a man named John who despise his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks Brian to investigate the some of a wealth family who allegedly been bragging that he go away with murder, but when someone else ends up dead, the search for the truth leads to a nasty feud a hunt for hidden treasure and an unearthing of the mistrials of ones man’s life.

Calgary, also known as cow town located in the southern part of Alberta in Western Canada. Where  prairies and mountains meet, oil fields are in abundance and destination skiing and winter sports is what everyone talks about. Calgary is home to the most famous Major in the world, Mayor Nenshi – who’s been on the ballot box line up for 3 consecutive votes and won each time. why because he’s grounded, fair and fearless. Isn’t this what we all want in ourselves. Known for the Calgary Stampede and the Calgary Flames Hockey Team – Living in Calgary for almost 20 years, my entire career is here, my history is here – we have roots here. I love it here, the weather is hot and dry in the summer  getting up to mid to high 30’s (low 90’s in fahrenheit  in the summer and mid to low -30 degrees celcius in the winter is -22 F, for you southerners it’s super cold, for us yep is super cold too. Have you been to this awesome city? If so share your story and I’ll share it out (or now depends how you feel)

Work?  Something most of us are committed to and can’t avoid I’m a Senior Project Manager for a Signage Company, my first task was to install 7000 signs into the new International Airport Expansion project in Calgary, the 4th largest Airport in Canada. Our scope of the project was supposed to be completed in 6 months was eventually completed in 3 years – we had 160 change orders and 170 sign types. the majority of our change orders happened in the last 3 months of the whole project, just before opening. Talk about pressure. The best part was completion, the worst part was being bullied, harassed and put to the test every single day on this job. Looking back I basically received a whole lifetime of experience as I was the superintendent on site, a female, in her 30’s among 1500 other trades and all men – life lessons were learned. Have you worked on a constuction site? which site?

Thank you for listening to Valerie’s Variety Podcast I hope you enjoyed this pilot episode, please leave me a comment, a rating on itunes . Please visit for show notes, links to today’s topics.

this episode is written through WordPress, researched and produced through Garageband by me, Valerie, edited by Jeff and added to in our b, roll by London.