Thursday, December 23, 2010
Have a wonderful holiday my lovely blog followers!
I am one of those people who believes that Jesus is "the reason for the season" so Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings, but most of all, Merry Christmas.
Hold your family close. Rest. Reflect. Begin 2011 on a positive note and thank you for following this little blog of mine! :)
(A paradox if there ever was one!) xo
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
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Monday, December 6, 2010
After high school I studied theatre. I have acted in and directed dozens and dozens of plays. But the one form of theatrical performance that always scared me was improv. Standing on stage in front of an audience with nothing but yourself and your wit was a terrifying concept. Well, never one to let a fear get the best of me, I joined am improv troupe - The Crosseyed Rascals. Our Xmas show took place on Saturday night and it was a blast.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Generally, I have no trouble falling asleep. I love sleep. It is my favourite thing in the world to do. But lately I've been having a bit of trouble landing in dream world. I'm not sure why...so I think, and ponder, and end up here, at my blog, and I write a few things down thinking maybe someone out there will read this...perhaps they're battling with their own insomnia...and I end up posting a few pictures of some new items in my etsy shop that I'm really excited about. So if you're here and you can't sleep, check it out and thanks for looking. Now I'm off to bed.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Well hello my lovely blog followers! It's been awhile.
Did you miss me??
I am still in Winnipeg, MB, Canada. The Republic of Georgia did not pan out, so now I'm here searching for direction, unsure of from where it will come.
But I just wanted to let you know that I'm back and will be using this blog on my quest for a new life plan. And, right now, I'm wondering if it will be found at the local Starbucks, since I seem to be spending all my time here.
Talk at you soon peeps.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Hello blog followers and friends!
I'm taking a bit of a break from the blog as I let the rest of my summer play out in Winnipeg, MB.
But I will definitely be updating it as soon as I make a decision about where to go come September.
Right now the Republic of Georgia appears to be winning out, but one never knows where life will take them. (especially me!!)
If you want to keep in contact please feel free to email me anytime at:
Take care, Mahsi Cho (that's "Thank you very much" in Slavey) for following and Happy Summer!!!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Funny how life never seems to quite work out how you think it will...
I've been offered a job teaching English in the Republic of Georgia...now I must decide if I will do that come September. Yes, the Republic of Georgia. It borders Russia, but is also close to the western Asian influences of Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Talk about going from one extreme to the other.
But for now my attention is focused on saying goodbye to Fort Good Hope...something that is going to be very hard to do.
Friday, July 16, 2010
The Assembly closed today. It was here and gone so quickly!
Also, more importantly, Charlie Tobac's funeral was today. Fort Good Hope truly has lost one of its best. I think that, besides a way for family and friends to say goodbye, funerals are a way to remind those of us who are still on this earth to cherish every minute. It's sad that it often takes a funeral to do this though. Life can be over in the blink of an eye. And like Laura (Charlie's wife) said at his funeral today, "I wasn't ready for him to go." Are you ready? Am I ready? Am I ready to leave this world? Am I ready if anyone in my family were to suddenly pass away? These are the things I think about at funerals...but I don't want to think about them only at funerals...as cliche as it sounds, I do want to live each day as if it were my last. This is not something I have always done, but it's something I want to strive each day to do.
Here is a picture I took this afternoon as I was walking to the church for the funeral. It's of the older part of town.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Fittingly, the Ceremonies began with the Dene Drummers taking the stage and playing a prayer song for Charlie. Then there were some very amazing drum dances, of which I took part!! And a fun jig, twist and jive competition, of which I didn't take part. lol.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Arthur was one of the first people I met in FGH. At first I was kind of scared of him cuz he was very mellow and having a "not too cheery" day. ;) Little did I know that I was soon to become friends with a most trustworthy, loyal, intelligent and generous soul, who also has the BEST sense of humour. "Stop saying 'nice one' Arthur!!!" lol
In my quest to reach out, make more friends and become a better friend myself, Arthur has taught me a LOT!
Thanks so much Fur-Fur!! I will miss you soooo much! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
And in other news...I forgot to share another recent "Only in the North" story. While I was waiting for my plane from Fort Good Hope to Inuvik (delayed 2 hours!) I got to talking with Douglas who works at the tiny Fort Good Hope airport. I told him where I was going and he quickly exclaimed, "My sister lives in Inuvik. I'll give her a call and ask her to pick you up at the airport and drive you into town." Needless to say, Douglas's sister Keltie met me a couple hours later in Inuvik. She was sooo nice and did indeed drive me the 10 kms from the airport to town. Thanks Douglas and Keltie. Everyone knows someone somewhere who can do such-and-such for you up here! :)
Saturday, July 3, 2010
So the rest of my time in Inuvik was awesome! Whenever I travel, inevitably, I'll end up meeting and having great conversations and/or adventures with strangers who quickly become friends. Crystal is one such person. I met her in a shop in Inuvik. We instantly got along and she invited me to hang out with her on Canada Day. We had a BLAST!! I adore those perfect spontaneous moments that will never be repeated yet stay with you forever.
Here's one more shot from Inuvik. They have the most Northern community greenhouse in the world! I went and toured it. Awesome.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
The weather's been a bit cool and cloudy, but that did not deter me from enjoying my new HAIRCUT!!! Hooray! Thank you Stephanie from 'Northern Hilites' salon!! :)
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Here's couple shots from the journey:
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Wow! How can a friendship form so fast and a couple months fly so quickly?? Anouk, who I've mentioned in some previous blog posts, is the other recreation assistant that I've been working with up here. As her term was from Sept/09 to today! June 23/10, this morning she began her long journey back to Belgium, her home country.
Throughout these past couple months, Anouk became so much more than merely my co-worker. She was the person who met me at the airport when I arrived in Good Hope, and she guided me through the first weeks of this crazy journey. For that I will forever be in her debt. She was my roommate, and was often at the receiving end of some venting when I needed a sounding board. She helped me learn how to do a job that had no job description and how to be confident in a place where one is an obvious outsider! Not only did she teach me a lot about composting and cooking, but she taught me so much about how to be a friend. Aside from a best friend in grade 6, I never really formed close friendships over the years. There are a variety of reasons for this - I move around a lot, I tend to lean on the introverted side, I don't trust people very easily - but it is something that I've often wanted to try and change. I still have a long way to go, but hanging around people like Anouk (and other "Herd" members - Arthur, Ida and Angie) I'm slowly learning what good, solid friendships look like.
Anouk doesn't like pictures of herself posted on the Internet. So, sadly, you don't get to see what she looks like here...but just picture a beautiful 19 year old Belgian with shoulder-length brown hair, non-stop energy, sparkling eyes, and a sunny smile. I'll miss you Anouk!!