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The Road Less Travelled
Saturday, 12 September 2009
Two Years. Wow.

Two Years. Wow.

I can't believe it has been two full years since posting on here.  I can remember the day I typed my last post.  Facebook has dominated my correspondence and connection with the outside world so long, it's hard to imagine that so much time has passed.

So, an update is in order.  I'll skip a bit to keep it simple.

The 20th High School reunion was great.  It was fabulous to catch up with some people I hadn't seen in years - since graduation, really!  Of course, most of us are keeping in touch over Facebook.  Such is the way it rolls these days.

I travelled to Toronto in November 2007 for the Grey Cup match between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.  Awesome.  I only wish my mom and dad could have been there too, with the rest of the extended family.  Dad's brothers and nephews all had a great time, as did I, but I made the unexpected trip to NB after Toronto because Dad was in intensive care.  I spent a few weeks there until he was able to come home.  What a relief.

Over the Christmas holidays, son #2 came to Labrador for two weeks.  What a great time!  In January, he went to Afghanistan as part of the Infantry.  It was tough times for a while there, but he did come home safe and sound in October.

In the Spring of 2008, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Ottawa and be part of a project funded by Pauktuutit, the national Inuit women's organisation.  What a fabulous week.  I also got to catch up with a dear friend from NB whom I had not seen since 1989.  Great times there, for sure!

In the late Spring, it was becoming painfully obvious that my back troubles were not going to go away and in fact were getting much worse.  I had surgery in May in St. John's and did not recover until late August.  In the meantime, we decided to move closer to family and proper medical care.  So, in the midst of a demerol induced haze, I vaguely remember being aboard a ship going down the coast of Labrador to Goose Bay, spending five days in the hospital in Goose and then getting on a plane headed west.  We ended up in Edmonton for a couple of weeks so I could get some much needed physio, then we headed to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.  We bought a little house, all the doggies and the cat are happy here and we are in the never ending reno phase of home ownership.

Overall, things have been good.  I can't believe I managed to buy a house before I turned 40 - in March of this year!  There is much to do and I am currently moving on in my career away from Child Protection, which tends to seriously suck the life out of anyone, and into more community based projects.  We shall see where it leads!

Posted by zippy at 1:27 PM EDT
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Saturday, 2 June 2007
Oh the poor neglected blog - nearly succumbed to facebook!

Ok, so truth be told, I have been trying to log on to here for a little over a week and there was something freaky going on.  Lots of pop-ups (which there shouldn't be as I pay for the privilidge to write here) and endless looping of pages reloading.  Most annoying, but it appears as thought the problem is fixed.

Carolynn persists in her, holidays.  She heads to Calgary this week to fulfil her babysitting duties.  Then she is off to Natuashish to fulful her housesitting duties.  I am hoping to get down there for the weekend of the 16th of June myself.  A lot of friends are leaving for the summer and not coming back.  I figure if I want to see them I have to go there.  Some others are going off for the summer and coming back.  That gives me hope that maybe they will have to come here in the upcoming school year for some reason!

It snowed last night again.  Yes, that's right, snowed.  I have the heat cranked in the house because it is also damp right now.  Spring snow is not pleasant snow.  I want to put the plants outside in a cold frame, but it is too cold for that even.  This is not good as these plants are rapidly outgrowing their little styro cups.  The windowledges will not support the cups much longer!  We will have a disaster on our hands and dirt on our floor.  And it will be exclusively my fault.  Poo.

Only a few more weeks until I leave for my reunion.  I guess by now I have lost all the weight I am going to, I still haven't quit smoking, I haven't a thing to wear, and I don't even care.  I am just glad to be going to see all the people I didn't speak to in High School but have now been on Facebook with for over a month.  Funny thing that is.   

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Monday, 23 April 2007
Bemoaning the demise of my skidooing season...

I am having some difficulty finding anyone to look at my semi-dead skidoo.  The one mechanic that everyone told me to talk to is currently on a sealing vessel somewhere in the Labrador sea.  Poo.  And so, the machine sits in my yard, too close to the front stairs to be convenient, and waits for the tender hands of a qualified mechanic...


In other news, the reunion plans are coming along.  I have to put another ad in the paper to get those slackers who haven't RSVP'd to get their registrations in!  Oh, wait...I am one of those slackers!  OMG! (Note to self: mail the damned RSVP that has been stuck to the fridge for a month!)

Things at the ol' office are slowing down tremendously!  With the great weather and fear that the ice will soon leave us, clients are taking advantage of the opportunity to "go off".  This it the local expression for anyone going anywhere to fish.  At first, it was a little alarming to hear clients say there were going to "go off" on the weekend ... I was wondering if I should alert the authorities!  Now, I find myself saying it too, much to the delight of the locals.

Carolynn is subbing all week at the school - grade fives.  Even though it isn't her chosen field, it is a good opportunity for her to meet some friends other than the people I introduce her to - and there haven't been many of those, I can tell you!

I f anyone can tell me how to repair a busted chain drive, I'd be happy to give it a go myself!

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Wednesday, 18 April 2007
facebook junkie

So, by now, some of you may have noticed that I have joined facebook.  I like, I like it a lot!  Naturally, this means that my blog has been neglected. 

For those of you not using facebook - here's the latest:

Carolynn and I had a fabulous time on the weekend skidooing out and about the surrounding area.  Today, sadly, the skidoo is immobile.  I think the chain drive is kaput.  All I can say is - thank all the gods that didn't happen when we were out about 30 km from town!  That would have been disasterous!

In other news, I am going to Goose Bay on May 8 and 9 for a workshop - oh how I cannot wait for a Subway sandwich!  Sad, eh?

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Thursday, 12 April 2007
Where's the Sun, I say, Where IS the Sun?

Yesterday was a beautiful, bright, sun-shiny day - no one wanted to be at work as it was perfect fishing weather.  Now, since I have changed jobs and am working for an organisation that recognises that there are some days when going fishing is preferable to being at work (we get five hunting, fishng, gathering days per year), it made sense that a couple of people would take today off in the hopes that the weather would hold.  It didn't.  It is colder and cloudier and windier and generally, not as nice.  I am glad I didn't go off today - and I feel bad for those who did!

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Wednesday, 4 April 2007
The Long Weekend Ahead!

things are different working for Nuntsiavut.  They take religious holidays seriously here and as a result, I have Thursday, Friday, and Monday off.  Sure is different from LGH - they only give Good Friday as a day off - not Maundy Thursday or Easter Monday.  Carolynn wants to go fishing and we are going with one of the women from my office.  Yay!  Hopefully we catch something this time!

Otherwise, things are ticking along.  I have been doing research, starting groups and getting geared up for a  conference that we are hosting as Mental Health workers.  While Carolynn was away, I managed to get three doghouses built (which are the talk of the town, apparently) and I am looking forward to finishing all the "around the house" things that I have put off (shovelling out hte back door area is definitely one of those things!).  I have made some plans for the summer and am hoping also to finalise our trip to Grey Cup in Toronto soon.  Yee haw!  So much to do.

I also was put on to a really cool community development project in Craik, Saskatchewan.  Carolynn mentioned it and I am intrigued.  Check out their website - building lots are for sale for a dollar!  The adjacent community is selling lots for $10.  What a bargain!  Now, if only there was work available, it would be perfect!

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Thursday, 29 March 2007
Funny Ol' Week...

With Carolynn in Natuashish, I am doing things I don't normally do - eat cereal for supper, cut lumber in the kitchen, watch Married With Children first thing in the know.  Of course, I am dead bored without her here (and this is only for a week and a half; what am I going to do when she is gone for six weeks in the summer?) and she is likewise wanting to come home due to a severe shortage of things to do. 

Sounds like the snowbanks in Natuashish are close to twenty feet high all around the town.  This is what happens when everyone wants to drive cars and trucks instead of skidoos, like they do here.  this is making it very difficult for Carolynn to walk the dogs - access to the field behind the house is virtually non-existent.

I am working on the dogs houses for our creatures.  I want to get them finished before the rain starts falling.  All this winter, they were in and out most of the day, so it wasn't too bad for them - we didn't leave them out if it was too cold.  I hope to have at least two finished by the weekend so I can go fishing on Saturday - hopefully catch my honey a fish for her return.  Isn't life grand?

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Thursday, 22 March 2007
The good news and the ....oh, come ON!

The good news - our windscreen is due to arrive today.  This is the NEW windscreen that Provincial Airlines Cargo purchased to replace the one they took off the snowmobile when they sent the machine up, and subsequently lost.  Yay!

The "what the hell?" news is that when I got home last night, there were a bunch of skidoos parked in front of the neighbour's house, so I didn't back into my new regular spot.  This meant that I was about a foot closer to Pipun (our youngest dog) when I parked.  I didn't think it was that big a deal, as I was just going to run in the house, get the dog food ready and then bring all the creatures inside to eat.  I went and got the dishes and the food (no more than five minutes to do that) and when I looked out the window, Pipun was having a go at the skidoo seat.  It is now ripped and has a fist-sized chunk missing from the corner.  Honestly, I couldn't believe it!

This morning, Pipun defied me again when she broke her tie-out chain (heavy gage clothesline) and was on the lamb for about an hour.  She did come home - but man, is it ever difficult to praise a dog that has defied you for an hour when they finally decide to do what you want!  I managed and she is now in the house - probably terrorising the cats or something!

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Wednesday, 21 March 2007
What a difference a day makes...

So, the snowmachine is found.  Amazingly, it was parked beside some guy's house not too far from where I work.  Nice.  It doesn't appear to be damaged - just a little low on oil.  Now, I just have to thaw out the starter connectors so the key will work - oh, it will start without the key, but it isn't good to advertise that the machine is THAT easily started by driving it around without one!

Carolynn is happily settled back in Natuashish for a few days.  Unfortunately, our good buddy Ken is down with the flu.  Carolynn still has a few people to visit though, so she shouldn't be too bored.  Not like me.  Holy there is nothing to do when she is not around!  What am I going to do for a month when she goes out west in May?

 I shudder to think of it.

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Monday, 19 March 2007
It's a sad day...

The horror...our skidoo is gone.  Someone stole it during the night.  Now, I ask you, what is the point of having FIVE dogs if not one of them will bark when you NEED them to?

The RCMP have been notified and if the weather wasn't so crappy, they would be out looking for it right now.  As it is, the wind has whipped the newest snowfall of about 10 cm into near white-out conditions.  Double damn.

Fortunately, I did get out on our staff retreat on Thursday of last week and it was a blast.  I didn't catch any fish, but it was good fun and I am glad we braved the wicked wind and cold to go.

Where, oh where, has my new skidoo gone/ Where, oh where, can it be?With its gas tank half full and its windscreen full off/ Where, oh where can it be?

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