My work bio and new head shot

by Carol Browne on July 2, 2015 · 2 comments

in Photos

I’m telling you, writing a bio is hard work – especially the worky work kind. I need to submit my bio and headshot for work, so Mike got his camera with the flash on and took my photo. I like it a lot. I have to admit that my LinkedIn photo was not the best. I was wearing my winter jacket in it. Not very profesh. But now? Much more professional.

Updated headshot

Seeing that I take plenty of photos for other people’s LinkedIn profiles, I should have a decent one myself, not a selfie taken in a bathroom somewhere.

Here’s my bio. Man. It takes ages to write like 5 sentences. Why?

Carol Browne has several years experience assisting candidates to find employment in the applied arts – in Animation, Interior Design and Fashion as well as many years in the high tech fields. Her specialties include: a strong knowledge of the Vancouver labour market, recruitment, technical recruiting, prescreening and interviewing candidates. With over a decade of experience in arranging and administering wage funding for local BC companies on behalf of the federal and provincial governments, she was able to make many contacts in these industries. In her spare time, you can find Carol with her camera taking photos of just about anything.

Well, this is the first draft. I’m sure it will change.

Everything but the camera comment. That stays.

Carol Browne says, good night!

This is the last time I’ll be writing in the third person. It’s AWFUL!


My favourite Canada Day parade member

by Carol Browne on July 1, 2015 · 0 comments

in Festivities, Photos

My favourite Shriner

So, even though I MAY have been complaining last night about not getting to sleep in today and being a lazy slug – WAIT. Are slugs lazy? Or just slow? I guess that’s not fair to slugs. Sorry to any slugs I’ve offended with that comment. It was based out of ignorance. ANYWAY, we got up this morning early and hit the road to Steveston for the Salmon Festival and Canada Day parade. The weather was more than awesome. It was full sun and there was a chilly wind coming off the ocean right down the parade route. It could not have been more perfect.

The man above is my favourite character of the day. I love anyone who wears a fez and even though there were no Shriners driving tiny cars or little motorcycles, this moped was just as entertaining and it had a good horn. Also, What’s up? 7 Up!
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So much for sleeping in.

by Carol Browne on June 30, 2015 · 0 comments

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I was HOPING to have a leisurely Canada Day – just sleeping and watching movies. Instead, we’ll be leaving the house at 7 am and heading over to Steveston with some friends to some kind of Salmon Festival thing. Tomorrow will be well documented as I’m sure there will be many fun things to see. I’ve never been to this festival before and haven’t even googled it. I trust we are in for a great time.

I’m cutting it short tonight. I’ll hit the hay now so I’ll be well rested for the Canada Day celebrations. And hydrated. We’ll bring lots of water because it’s going to be a hot one!


A Barn in the Distance

by Carol Browne on June 29, 2015 · 0 comments

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Red Barn

No idea if this was in Surrey or in Langley. I kind of lost track yesterday. I’m pretty sure it was still on the Surrey side, but who knows? Doesn’t really matter – both spots are beautiful in the country side.

I had 2 interesting things happen today.

1) I met someone who recently moved here from San Francisco where she was paying $5,000/month for a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment. I can’t remember which. The shock of hearing 5 thousand dollars in rent made me forget the number of rooms. She had a roommate to share the cost. And I thought Vancouver rents were expensive. That is just bonkers.

2) Thanks to Facebook, I was in contact today with someone who was in my 5th grade class in Saudi Arabia. I recognized his name from one of my other friends and got into a nice conversation with him. Fifth grade was a long time ago for me. VERY long. I can’t believe I remembered his name.

This week is starting off well and, thanks to Canada Day, we’ll be getting Wednesday off. I don’t think I’ll be doing much – maybe another short road trip around the countryside? Maybe see the fireworks?

No decisions have been made yet.

Also, how weird is a day off in the middle of the week?

We’re about to find out.


Ghost Riders in the Sky

June 28, 2015

I was listening to a podcast about business stuff (on the Freakonomics podcast) a few weeks ago and the guest on the show was a business owner of an online magazine. He compared his success to a game of poker – sometimes you get a good hand, and then you play the hand as best […]

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The fishermen

June 27, 2015

The more we visit Ladner, the more I absolutely love it. It’s only about 20 minutes from our place in Surrey and there are all sorts of lovely little parks and views, there are eagles everywhere and farmland for miles and miles and miles. The air feels fresh and smells good. Heavenly. Today we found […]

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A teeny exotic bird

June 25, 2015

Here’s a tiny little bird from The Bloedel Floral Conservatory. This is not an ornithology blog, but I think he’s a Zebra Finch – an exotic finch, not a boring old local finch. He’s fancy! Looks like he’s from Australia. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Australia (OH MY GOSH! Nearly 20 years! […]

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Right down the middle of Water Street

June 24, 2015

This was pretty fun. In fact, I’d love it if they’d shut down Water Street every day. There were musicians on every block all the way though Gastown. The band stationed outside our office was a head banging band – there was lots and lots of long hair being whipped around and then a few […]

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Making everyone else look like a plucked chicken

June 23, 2015

Meanwhile, back at Queen Elizabeth Park, these fish were thinking they were about to be fed. That was a bit mean, but all we did was walk by. I guess that usually means somebody throws fish food at them. We had none. Poor guys. False alarm. And then over at Queen’s Park in New West, […]

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Waka waka waka!

June 22, 2015

A man in a movie theater notices what looks like a goat sitting next to him. “Are you a goat?” asked the man, surprised. “Yes.” “What are you doing at the movies?” The goat replied, “Well, I liked the book.” [SOURCE] MAN. I had to read A LOT of corny goat jokes to find this […]

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