Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
and heres Ralph in his typical look out the window and bark position...
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I finished painting the kitchen yesterday and I decorated my tree in the tacky american style. Which means tons of ornaments and none of them match. Most of my ornaments were from both of my grandmothers you know all the old 40's and 50's german glass ones and mom...every year she stuck a new one in my stocking. As I decorated my tree I came across ornaments that I made with my girl friends...which brought back memories of listening to Adam Sandler sing his Hanukkah song, drinking rum and egg nogs while trying to decorate theses glass balls. Ahhh I miss you guys!!!I also came across one that my last german shepherd Kelsey had chewed...a smiling seal with a wreath wrapped around his neck. I wrote on the bottom of it chewed by Kelsey 199- either a 1 or a 2. That year she knocked over our X-mas tree, opened and ate a majority of the presents, barbies heads were chewed off and even a silver candelabra that was for my grandmother...she managed to chew the actual candle holder part off. She even ripped open boxes of chocolates, leaving the chocolates and eating the boxes. She ate poinsettia's and I remember the panic that happened afterward that our delinquent dog may be poisoned from the plants. She wasn't, and some how that dog who would take knives out of the knife block and chew the handles off never had a major accident or rush to the vet like my Ralphy has. Ahhh Kelsey I still miss you and your retarded ways. I also have my Dads bubble lights from the seventies which make this a complete retro tree. As I pulled stuff out of the rubbermaid bin I discovered Ralphs santa costume which he enjoyed strutting his stuff in, his tail wagged as soon as he saw it. So some of our stuff has not shown up, the movers are trying to locate it. I was pleased that a box of our brand new mec gear had shown though and the other half of K's bike.
Anyways I must get back to this chaos and try to post pics when its all done for now heres a couple of Ralph and our kitchen. Cheers and Happy Holidays to you and yours!
Monday, December 14, 2009
I'm heading home to enjoy spring in early February, its been confirmed. Yay! I will be bringing our furry friend to meet his new owners, who are excited to meet him. I know I can't save all the dogs here but I feel good knowing that I've helped one. Everyday I see an improvement from his looks to his confidence. As well I couldn't live with myself if I was just to turn my back and be OK with this, that's just not me. I spoke to my lawyer in Vancouver and I'm well within the law, laws are not that different here we are still in Canada. I really don't give a damn about a town blacklisting, the people who would blacklist are too drunk to show up to work so really I don't think they'll waste their energy on me. Special K can protect himself he's a big boy. As well I can always take a plane home, which is what we had planned for when we try to get pregnant. I've been to the Gaza Strip and lived through it, Northern Canada does not scare me one little bit. Enough dog talk...We are at the new place and our hotel still, as I so far have had to fix the toilet here since the plumber left on his holidays down south. We started painting yesterday and today I will be fixing all the light switches that are put in wrong... just damn strange...Everything else seems to be working fine and its actually quite a nice layout, although I miss my kitchen back home. So now I must get back to painting and making this place look purdy!!! Hope everyone is having a wonderful monday!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
This is what $135.00 looks like from the Northern Store...theres is a $25.00 Roast, and $15.00 chicken breasts, and a family pack of ground beef $15.00 and of course a delissio pizza at $15.00 in there.
Now the box full of bread below is $35.00 and I get our bread at the Co-op, theres 4 bags of bagels, 1 loaf of garlic bread and some whole wheat bread. The Co-op is nextdoor to the post office, hence the package jammed in there. I will get to that package on my next post.
Ralphy likes em!
Good morning all. So I'm completely excited to move into our house. I've enjoyed my stay at the Green Rows but its a damn hotel! It's a good one at that, the staff here are friendly and they even brought us a box of chocolates for Xmas which I of course devoured.( I know that when my mother reads this she'll be thinking about how is she going to fit in her wedding gown? LOL. Those of you who know my mom will get that.) I want my home:) I'm looking forward to getting our stuff and settling in. I've even got the graph paper going and figuring out the furniture lay out and what will be hung where. I can't wait to see what we actually brought with us. In the weeks before moving here I had so much going on from having my mom visit from Japan to making sure all our wedding stuff was ready for when we returned, I can't really remember what we've brought up from the pile of chaos that sat in our garage. As well we had to purchase new stuff so that we left our kitchen in Halfmoon Bay loaded with everything for when we came home or if any friends and family felt like having a little vacation. Back to the excitment of moving into the house....I've picked the paint colours and I'm all ready to go. I've asked Santa #1 (Dad) to send me some stuff from Ikea. Like a pendant lamp to replace the fake late 80's brass one thats hanging there, tormenting me with its reminders of the bad late 80's designs and of what the early 90's fake brass fad was going to bring. Guess who likes it???.....Special K of course, but we all know he'd be happy with a showroom created by zellers, whereas I want the mod italian contemporary home;) I've figured out a timeline for paint and I'm going to do something a little different in the bedroom I just haven't figured it out yet. Gross, the pump truck just came by and all I can smell is sewage....reminds me of the open sewers in Japan....yucky. Speaking of Japan I spoke with my mom last night and apparently theres a chance she may move back to Canada if a healthcare bill of sorts is passed. I couldn't really understand what she was talking about but it would end up costing thousands and thousands of dollars a year and she would have to pay back for previous visits which was what I really didn't understand. I hope for her sake nothing is passed as I know Japan is her home. Though I did tell her of Nunavut being a cash cow and how her education would land her a great job here. Yesterday I finished playing with the antlers for now and Ralph was all up in them, smelling like crazy and watching them like a hawk. Especially when I put them on my head and did a little dance, he seemed quite confused by this and he was growling and wagging his tail at the same time. I will mount these ones once we've moved and I have the space to do so. Apparently theres a free wood working shop class here on Wednesday nights so K and I are going to go. Its free and it gives us something else to do. We received our first package by foodmail and it was all of our produce, our milk exploded apparently so we will be getting another shipment later today. I have to say what a damn difference, the produce was like what I'd buy at Claytons or Marketplace IGA in Sechelt. From now on its food mail all the way. After paying some crazy prices for red and green peppers here I'm happy we have discovered foodmail. Foodmail is pretty basic, we send a fax of what we want and credit card# to sunspun and they get it at the Extra Foods, we place the order on a monday and it arrives thursday, at very little cost for shipping, thanks to the Department of Indian Affairs, I curse them for making it hard to buy booze but hey I love em if my fruit ain't moldy or mushy. From now on this is the way we will go. We also bought 2 heads of romaine and they are so fresh. We've had only iceberg as it was the only lettuce that is actually fresh here but unfortunately has no nutritional value. The head of romaine I bought here was 10 bucks and in the end it wasn't worth eatting. As well I found out my favourite spice place in the US http://www.penzeys.com/ will mail me my spices!!! Yay!!! To save on the shipping I will not be ordering their jarred spices but the bagged ones which are actually cheaper in the long run. So for those of you who like to cook check em out, and I recommend BBQ 3000. Now that its light out well like twilight I'm going to take the beast out for his walkie. Have a great weekend all. Oh and Happy Holidays! and Kassy answer your damn phone, even if it says private! I've tried to call you for a month!!! You call screener you!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Hey all. We had a hilarious day yesterday as we got the truck stuck out in the middle of nowhere, it didn't seem so hilarious then but now it is. Driving down a road that really doesn't go anywhere we hit an area that K thought was unsafe but I told him to go for it...typical me...but all of a sudden we came to a jolting hault. Getting out we noticed the snow was actually pretty deep and the back tires weren't touching the ground. Ooopps! After a ridiculous attempt to dig out the truck, drive out, and push out we gave up before all daylight was lost and decided to warm up in the truck before setting out to walk back to town. Unfortunately I was not dressed for the elements and it was quite a painful walk to town. My knees from kneeling in the snow to reach under the truck were so cold they were burning and the closer to town we got the more pain I felt. As soon as we reached a road that the backroad runs into we spotted a truck coming towards us in the distance and we eagerly flagged this man down. Willy, the man who saved us in my mind was happy to help us out. I was so happy to get in his damn truck. Special K wasn't as hard up as I was. His military training I think really comes in handy in situations like these since hes had to live out in the elements in -40 weather before. And me with my spoiled west coast weather had no idea of what cold was before I arrived here. Almost how I had no idea of what heat is until I got off that plane in the middle east. It was COLD yesterday, teeth chattering, shivering, burning hot cold from winds that slapped us in the face when we reached the tops of hills kind of cold. Once Willy returned us home it took so long for me to warm up. K went back with a tow truck and they managed to pull it out. We definitely made the right decision to start walking back then, the tow guy and K almost didn't get the truck out but eventually with the help of a chain and some sheer determination they pulled it out. Anyhow K brought home some antlers and I just had a guy we know here Chris show me how to remove the scalp and meat so that I can hang up my antlers. All is good and I've gotten over my Christmas blues as our renos should be finished by the 7th and I will be able to decorate for X-Mas and move into our new house. Yay!!
Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Have I ever been having some weird dreams. Partly due to my mix up of reading my prescription wrong, I'm just guessing. I had a dream that I was with My Aunt and Uncle, Tracy and Paul and I was like 8 and their dog Fred (Fred passed away ten years ago) was there and so was Ralph and we were in a mall and apparently there was aliens invading...yeah..and I was more concerned with the dogs being off leash in a mall than aliens invading...Then another dream of swimming around a lake and I know it was a bizarre dream I just can't remember all the details. Last night was another weird dream, it was also scary but I wake up just so weirded out by the dream, it was no longer scary it's just weird...like I was downtown in the Eatons department store and its been gone for a LONG time now. So after I fell back asleep from that dream I woke up from another one that something bad happened to Special K and my friend Kas was there with blue hair. BIZARRE! I just got off the phone with my Doc in North Van and she thought the dreams were brought on by the mix up. Also she figures thats why I'm feeling sick today. I woke up feeling ill and extremely tired. So yeah...exciting stuff eh? Anyways I'm not up to much today, I even denied Ralph his morning walk. I'll have to take him out before 2 so that at least he gets a bit of a run. Oh and as for the lump, it is a reactive lymph node. So I'm feeling better about that. Anyhow since I'm feeling under the weather I'm going to sign off and hope all of you have a great weekend. Also I will leave you with some pics of Yellowknife. One of the pics is the giant beaver skull that once lived in the Yukon Basin, I can't believe how big the skull is! You can compare it with our regular sized beaver skull in the background. Have a great weekend!!!
Monday, November 23, 2009
I want to touch the subject of religion one more time as I've read the comments on my last blog. To each their own. I said I was shocked, and I'm human and from a liberal family and from a big city. As well I'm not dissing anyone. I have read up on the history as I'am a history buff and understand how Religion has shaped these communities, in both negative and positive ways. As well I'm not a guest here as this is home now. As for the rapist dude and his victims I wish them the best in rehabilitation. As a victim of rape myself I feel for the women who may have to face their offender one day. I can't imagine that. As for locals reading my blog I welcome that it doesn't worry me one bit. While waiting at the airport a man took an interest in Ralph and Ralph took an interest in his wolf boots. We spoke a bit about our dogs and my experience here and about how he hunts still with a harpoon and I told him about K's and my background and my love of history of this area. We boarded the plane and we find the three of us are sharing the row. He recommended the Prince of Wales Museum in Yellowknife to me and how the main exhibit was the 'We were so far away' exhibit which is about the residential schools program. We had a great time talking with whom I will call 'J' and 'J' is married to the woman who said grace at the event that inspired my last blog. Anyways I need to walk the dog and myself. Hope everyone is having a great day oh and a Happy Birthday to Shannon! HAPPY 30TH!!!WE LOVE YOU!!!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
This morning Special K and I went and had our H1N1 flu shot and our regular flu shot. I was kind of afraid of having the shots since I haven't had a flu shot since I was in my early teens but Special K reassured me and so far so good. The nurse said I may experience some pain in the arm that the H1N1 shot went into but I have none as of yet.
Now I'm just waiting for Special K and one of his bosses to come get me. They are apparently taking me to see some Cariboo and maybe some Muskox, and over to the historical side of Cambridge Bay that I'm dying to see. Roald Amundsen an explorer of the arctic, known as the first to traverse the North West Passage. One of his ships lay shipwrecked across from where I'am. Now the ship at the time it had sunk had been bought by the Hudsons Bay Company and was no longer in Amundsens possession, but it was once his, therefore I need to go see it. The Maud was her name when Amundsen had her. Amundsen is known for his openmind and immersed himself with the Inuit culture and learned arctic survival skills from the Inuit. He must've been a very interesting man to talk to.
A few of our friends have inquired on what the daylight is like here, so every morning we lose I think 15 minutes of light and same with the evenings so like right now its 1:30 and the sun looks like its going to start setting soon. It will be completely dark here by 4. Some have inquired about our house, its hopefully going to be finished by the first week of December and I love our house. As soon as its done I will post pics! I'm enjoying our stay here at the Green Rows Executive Hotel. We have a housekeeper here and its quite nice and strange. I'm so use to cleaning up after myself and doing stuff and they won't let me. Very nice people.
I also have to say I went out with one of Special K's friends from work. Carla and she is awesome she took me to this Partylite/ Epicure? party, where Imet a wonderful group of ladies who filled me in on some of the town gossip and tid bits of things I should know if I plan on living here a while. I do love it here and can see us staying here for a long time. The Arctic is the last frontier and I'm loving it.