Thursday, October 22, 2009

Moving day...check, Ralph Duct Tape..check, Air North Tix For Sale..check

This past week and half flew by! This morning after what I like to call a non-sleep night the movers came. Now these guys cleared out what we referred to as the "pile" in an hour. Those of you who don't know what the pile was it was a heap that took over two car parking spots in our garage, that managed to get out of control and turned into chaos. Not only did it look like and actually still looks like the backroom of a party rental shop or Martha Stewarts crafts gone wrong space{wedding crap}, it looked like an episode of Oprah or Dr Phil when they go through hoarders houses and condemn them for their love of old china dolls or whatever their fetish is. My fetish was clearly Tide, Bounty and Charmin. Thank god for movers. I can finally open the garage doors and not feel ashamed or worried of what may be behind the doors. Seriously it was a mess. I tripped and launched and hurled myself into the not so soft cement floors several times this past week. Ralph also aided in the tripping and falling as whenever I turned around his head was almost, yes right at my behind and when I'd carry a box he'd somehow in a matter of a seconds bolt in front of me when I couldn't see then stop until I tripped over him and the contents of the box and I ended up on the floor. Speaking of Ralph the reject in so many ways from the RCMP to Air Canada....He and I will be flying West Jet. I'm happy about this and Boooo to Air Canada who lost my dog and were going to put him on a plane that was not safe for live animals or actually I should say did put him on plane not safe for live animals. Billed us twice and apparently their complaints department doesn't get back to us for 45 days, wonder how many complaints they have for it to take 45 days eh? Anyways things could have been worse and I was and am very happy to have my big bonehead here with me (No Special K isn't here, I'm referring to Ralph):) So my Special K is enjoying Cambridge Bay and he says I'm going to love it too. Though today when I was conversing with the movers Special K sent me an email saying that the sun was setting at 11am, and I was quite happy to take my coffee and sit on the ocean in my backyard and enjoy the daylight:) So this will be my last weekend here and my Mom who is visiting from Japan is coming to stay with me. My Mom has lived over in a very small fishing community on the sea of Japan for 10 years so it will be a good visit and I'll get to share the beauty of the Sunshine Coast with her and she'll see why I'm going to miss it....and she can put some hours in on some wedding crafts as I plan to put her to work on pure guilt, and thats a joke well not really. Oh I should mention how Ralph has learned to open the gate. The other morning while I was awaiting the pot of coffee I heard screams of girl and barks of a dog and then it occured to me in slow motion it was my dog. As I bolted outside to see Ralph chasing down our 13 year old neighbour I was confused at how our gate got open and was pissed at myself for being so careless as Tyra our neighbour is already terrified of the dumass dog of mine and can't wait till he won't be around to bark at her on her way to school. So this morning when the movers arrived I went out to show them the "pile" and of course Ralph ran back and forth from each side of the house to bark at the movers through the fence. His bark sound terrifying but really I think hes just saying "hello!hello! hello! wanna play!? wanna play!? wanna play!? hello !hello! hello!" He's actually having a big bark fest while I'm typing this at nothing. So the movers are backing up the truck when barking german shepherd comes a running down the driveway, so somehow the smartass got over the gate. I was puzzled because the gate was open and I clearly locked it, so I put the sprinkler on, which can occupy Ralph for about 30 mins like a toddler to tv and it was quiet for those 30 minutes.(My dog chases the water coming from the sprinkler, sounds funny but watching it live is a riot) So I get the guys some coffee and we are just chit chatting about how they can only find 3 boots because Special K must've thrown mine into the black hole of the pile since we never found it, when I notice Ralph the dog...I see him put his paws on the top of the gate, now he's on his hind legs at this point and then he drops his paws so that his body like what would be our arm pits are resting on the gate and he pushes down hard on it making the lock come unattached then he walks backwards pulling open the gate, jumps down and runs through. So I'm glad Special K bought that family pack? that doesn't sound right of Duct tape from Costco, because thats how I'm locking the gate now:)
So I wanted to mention when I was a kid I had an obsession with the Franklin Expedition and the book Frozen in Time was on my moms bedside table, anyways I ended up reading it and wishing I could go try to find Franklins ships. So I decided to pick up a book, I wanted something to do with the Franklin Expedition as I wanted to remember and feel those same feelings that I had as a child so I picked up a copy of The Arctic Grail by Pierre Berton and I haven't been able to put it down since. If you love history and a good read I recommend this book. Did it bring back those same feelings I had as a kid?...sure did!
So we begin, well Ralph and I, our adventure up North on Tuesday night. We fly from Van to Edmonton then the next morning to Yellowknife then on to Cambridge Bay. I'm looking forward to getting there and am thinking all sorts of nice things about West Jet and just praying this time everything will go smoothly and there will be no lost dogs. Anyways I'm going to crash and burn but before I do Special K bought some tix for Air North at an auction up there they are Two Round Trip Tickets to anywhere Air North flys for 5000 or best offer, if you're interested then contact me. Nighty night peoples.


  1. Glad to see that you went with Westjet. How did Ralph make out? We were worried about our fur-kids too when we flew North - but they were troopers although on the Canadian North/First Air planes you can hear them voice their concerns loud and clear.
    Hope you have having a great time in Cambridge Bay!

  2. Do you mean Canadian North when you say Air North? Hope you have a very uneventful trip up north!

  3. Ralph made out just great. He's pretty calm on planes, he's just like how he is n a car. West jet did have a problem fitting his crate on and I missed my flight but they had me on the next flight out:) No it's Canadian North I flew with and they were great.