Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Glow of the Sun

Here are a few shots of my walk into town.
The sun was spectacular today!

General Happenings at 4am.

Lately all I can think about is the backyard and the hammock, and how pretty soon rain or shine, I will be in it. SOON HOME SWEET SOUTHERN HOME:) I keep forgetting to take the time and write a new post...so here goes. All I've had on my mind is WEDDING. Wedding this, wedding that, honeymoon this, honeymoon that. So my grandmother Caroline was a big fan of the French Polynesian and I'd never been so that was my first choice..Ahh Bora Bora an over water bungalow..a butler...a glass floor to witness the action below the bungalow...alcohol that doesn't require a permit or a shitload for shipping..did I mention the butler that serves it to me on that silver platter?...ahh now that's my paradise. Then I needed to factor in travel. The areas I wanted to go were remote, dangerous, unsafe and 4 tiny plane rides away, after taking 2 big planes just really didn't seem right. Places you want to see before you have kids, but whatever my future off spring will learn to love adventure:)just like Mommy....Then we thought hmmm Hawaii 4 hours on West Jet whom we are fans of because so far they haven't lost my dog....Thanks Air Canada! and Dog the Bounty Hunter is in Hawaii...Special K so wants to stalk him. Anyways we were both totally into it until we realized we just wanted to chill in Halfmoon Bay and hit some of our favourite restaurants, have some quiet time together and stay in the most luxurious and most unique accommodations that BC's coast has to offer. No car rental as ours is at home. Ralph the dog has his Grandpa taking care of him for 4 nights and his Grandma for 1(Yes Mom that's you, I was going to mention this today had you answered your phone:) So this gives us time to enjoy our tent cabin at Rockwater Resort, where we are getting married. See tent here: http://www.rockwatersecretcoveresort.com/site/accommodations/tenthouse_suites.html That's just one of our luxe places to go without Ralphy. After that we are traveling North to a few different cabins and then sailing to Texada, Cortez, Copeland Islands Marine Park, Refuge Cove and just hanging out on the water in Desolation Sound. The more I think about it the more I like it. With guests arriving from all over the globe and even Vancouver it just didn't seem right to see them so briefly. So for those of you out there who are coming we will continue the celebration the next morning at Rockwater and have a scrumptious breakfast and just spend some quality time with people instead of running/rushing off to catch a plane. Then before you know it we'll have to head to our second home the Great White North, which hopefully won't be so damn white when I return. I plan on camping and fishing and god knows I'll do whatever I can outside before the winter sets in. Oh but I will be back in Vancouver briefly in July and again very briefly in December as we are doing Hawaii then.

This pic I took 4 days before I left for Cambridge Bay. You can see here why I miss BC and also why I was such a damn early bird. How the hell could I miss this? I remember being in the backyard in PJs, coffee, tripod and camera in hand trying not to step where Ralph had dropped one of his "morning presents" for me.

This pic was at Frances Peninsula. This is Ralph in being his typical self. We'd say 'ok Ralph time to go', and he looks at us and just sits in the water. What a jerk. Ralph having a moment.
I so can't wait to see how he reacts to being home. My chillaxing bestfriend.

On to other topics of interest. Baby Deo our foster dog is doing very well and I'm happy to say he looks amazing. I haven't mentioned him much on here because I found people reacted dramatically and a little odd to my posts. Its been a good thing not only for me to have Baby Deo here but for our dog as well, Ralph acts as if hes Baby Deo's Dad and protects him, plays with him and Baby Deo in return mounts Ralphs face and just gives it. Yeah hes a humper, but hes a dog humper, he hasn't once tried to mount my leg unlike other dogs that I've known or owned before. I'm so glad I stood up and did the right thing and didn't just pretend he was someone else's problem. At the end of the day I'm the one who gets to live with my actions. If you want to make a difference you need to start with yourself. Thats the only way you are ever going to make a change. He will be a great pet for our neighbours in Halfmoon Bay. I can't wait for them to meet him.
Ralph and Baby Deo playing tag. If I could only show you how much this dog has recovered from the suffering and abuse that no one should have to endure. He looks damn happy and probably mounted Ralph 10 seconds after this pic was taken.

So I'm back to school...Thank God! I've read books here so fast its crazy. I just can't get enough! So I'm taking on some history courses through http://www.athabascau.ca/
Hmm what else..oh my wedding gown just arrived in Vancouver from New York, now lets just hope I fit in it!

So its around 4 am here. For some crazy reason my sleep schedule is not on time and punctual as what it once was. I've been told that people when they move here have this issue/problem with sleep. Well now I'm officially one of them. I was told not to fight it but to just adjust with it so that's why I'm up writing a post at 4 am. Anyways I'm going to load up a few pics, post this, knock a pill back and hopefully pass out into psychedelic dreams that this tiny pill brings me.

Peace Out Ya'all! and Sweet Dreams wherever you are.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Cabin Fever to OCD

Our led tealights on our INDOOR windowsil !

Hello all! I hope 2010 is treating you all well. Our 2010 has been somewhat interesting in good and bad ways. I myself have discovered cabin fever and wow it may be the weirdest fever I've ever had! It also brought some demons from the past roaring out. In my teens I was diagnosed with OCD obsessive compulsive disorder. The movie "As good as it gets" stars Jack Nicholson as a person who suffers(I hate the word suffers) from the disorder. His is different from mine where he has to open, close or lock doors a certain amount of times. My disorder deals with cleanliness, and I'm the type who becomes obsessed with cleaning, over planning and confirming things over and over again. I haven't used medication for it for 11 years now. I found the cleaning, the planning and in general making sure certain things were in order was a benefit to me. I stopped being medicated because at the time I thought the world was over medicated. This past week I've felt the frustration that comes with OCD, like when you do something but you don't know that you've done it right so you do it over again...well I do it over and over again until I'm tired, exhausted and mentally frustrated. Add the stress of holidays without friends and family, planning a wedding and my daily ritual of cleaning and I was a mess. Which only brought Special K and I to a war of the roses routine. After speaking to friends and family we went and met with a counsellor and a doctor, who found that the stress of moving here and all the other stress that goes along with it had brought my disorder out. I have kept this disorder a secret from most of my friends and family but now I'm sharing it just so you can see the negatives and the positives of my move to Nunavut. I can't really classify this as a negative, as I just don't see it that way. I like having a clean house, and I like things in order. I'm already feeling better as we have started to slowly switch to a new medication, which actually allows me to sleep!!! Yes a solid 8 hours of sleep! Wacky dreams do follow and that is an entirely different blog....but I'm glad because I don't feel as tense or as frustrated as I've been feeling. We had my birthday party here last night and it was nice to hang out with our closest friends in Cambridge Bay and I baked a black forest cake which turned out better than I thought it would! I took a few pics but I forgot to pull out the camera until the end of the night. Anyways heres a few pics...

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy 2010!

Ralph out playing on the tundra.
Ralph and I passed out.

Ralphy telling off our neighbours dog.

Happy New Years all! In recent years I haven't partied up on New Years Eve as much as I would've say ten years ago, and for good reason I just don't have what it takes anymore. On New Years Eve I had no intention of consuming what I did, (big sigh) but I did. My twenties were spent seeing how far I could go and in general living on the edge, complete with a variety of different drinking games, martinis on the go and all nighters that went on for days. I partied like it was my generations Studio 54 all over again. This past new years we bought tickets to Cambridge Bays New Years bash par-TAY and we had ourselves a great time over at the community center, which presented the first error of my judgement...all they had to serve was beer, which usually I would have no problem with but before our arrival I was sipping on crown....so here's my first mistake...mixing. I did hesitate and for a minute there and I could feel what the hangover was to be like the next day but its New Years Eve and really I'm in the arctic, I had no obligations the next day so hey why not drink it up? Six beers later in a dark gym with Fergie pumping the clock struck midnight and everyone waited for the balloons to drop from the ceiling, which didn't until some of the rowdies, Special K included tried throwing and reaching up to release the improperly hung tarp, 8 minutes later it fell and next all you heard were the popping of balloons. During all of this I was sitting with an elder named Ana having a very deep conversation about Kayaks, yes a deep conversation on Kayaks...Anyways the night was far from over, we ended up bringing the party home with us which included screwdrivers, rockband and eventually the night came to an end when we ran out of mix and K noticed I was resorting to mixing crystal light with rum....That would be another of my fatal mistakes. You know its time to go to bed when you mix anything with crystal light. So off to bed I went and I basically stayed there until today loaded on whatever our medicine cabinet could offer. Minus the hangover it was a wonderful New Years Eve. The one thing I did notice here which is different from a typical Vancouver New Years event is that everyone came up shook hands, embraced in hugs and wished each other a happy New Years and I'm talking about complete strangers. We both noticed how friendly everyone was and how that would never happen in the Southern towns we're from. Happy New Years to all of you out there and We wish you the best for 2010!