All posts for the month February, 2013


Published February 28, 2013 by inanortherntown

The area of the world has been given the title “largest project ever undertaken in mankind’s history”.

Until this week, I’ve never really given it much thought about what equipment would be needed in order to undertake mankind’s largest project.

Take a look at what is currently being driven up the highway at 25km/hr and affectionately nicknamed “Modzilla“.

The module is 11.5 metres high, 8.9 metres wide and 85 metres long, nearly twice the length of an Olympic swimming pool. The payload weighs 780 metric tonnes, which is the equivalent of 290 pickup trucks.


This picture doesn’t really do justice to the mammoth beast – click here to view Modzilla in all its glory.

I’ve heard of “wide loads” and even had to pull over to the side of the road at one time or another – but this takes the meaning to a whole new level!!


Baaj Is Bored – An Update

Published February 26, 2013 by inanortherntown

I recently made a petition for another dog.

This dog isn’t for me but for Baaj.  I only have Baaj’s best interest at heart. He’s b.o.r.e.d. and lonely and I worry about him. 

Not only was my petition was flatly denied but I was also informed that we are never ever ever getting another dog.  There was no mention in the ruling about other playmates so I’m surmising that we can get Baaj a friend as long as it is not another dog.  I’ve spent days scouring the internet for Baaj’s perfect partner. 

Here’s the document I’ll be presenting at the next regularly scheduled “Animal Welfare In The Igloo: Progress & Strategies” meeting.  You’ll notice that cats aren’t listed simply due to the fact that cats are the only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible* and we all know what that means**.

In order of importance:

5. Pot Bellied Pig
Pot Bellied Pig

Pros: So cute!!

Cons: It might be considered insensitive to continue to cook and consume bacon.

4. Little Hedgehog

Pros: They fit in your hand. Imagine all the peoples of the world each holding one – this could bring about world peace.

Cons: Baaj has a sensitive nose. Those quills look dangerous.

3. Pygmy Hippo
Pygmy Hippo

Pros: I’d get a little bathtub for the living room – waaaaay better than an aquarium.

Cons: Scat. The scattering of the scat. Copious amounts of hippo scat.

2. Flemish Rabbit
Flemish Rabbit

Pros: Look at those ears.

Cons: It’s bigger than Baaj – he might develop an inferiority complex?


Panda Cow

Pros: It’s a PANDA + a COW. 

Cons: What? Aren’t you paying attention? It’s a PANDA + a COW. There are no cons.

Who else wants one? Maybe we could get a deal – a bulk discount?


*Mostly true. True-ish. Lions are mentioned though – but I don’t think a lion would thrive in our climate.

**I have no idea what that means – but just look at the state of my life, I better not take any chances.  I’m kidding. It’s a joke. I’m joking. Mostly.


It’s STILL winter in Alberta

Published February 20, 2013 by inanortherntown

It’s winter in Alberta
And the gentle breezes blow,
50 miles per hour at 10 degrees below!
Oh, how I love the frozen tundra
When the snow’s up to your butt;
You take a breath of winter air
And your nose is frozen shut.
Yes, the weather here is wonderful,
You may think I’m a fool.
I could never leave Alberta,
Cause I’m frozen to the stool.


PS: Knock it off with your pictures of spring crocuses already.

Thanks to Michelle for sending this along!

Electo Math!

Published February 19, 2013 by inanortherntown

We were literally down to the wire before the science project reached its shocking conclusion!

In case you ever need to complete a Grade 5 science assignment – I present to you (no charge)
Simple Circuits for Grade 5 Science

Electo Math – has 8 questions and 8 answers glued onto the presentation board:

Electo Math

Close-up view – there are brass fasteners placed at the end of each question and beginning of each answer:

Close up Electo Math

Here is the simple circuit using two 6-volt flashlights (would you believe it if I told you that we bought the last two 6-volt flashlights in town? Believe it. I was almost to the point of having someone FedEx us some flashlights. Seriously.)

Electo Flashlights

We placed everything in a simple white box – so it would be a look less re-volt-ing during the presentation.

In action – correctly answer the question and the board lights up 🙂

Electo Ta Da

Behind the scenes – the snarl of wires:

Snarl of Wires

Tonight our school board made the decision NOT to shorten our school week to 4-day (Monday to Thursday) week but keep it at the current 4.5 day schedule. I am very pleased about this decision – a shorter school week would mean more of these type projects on top of everything else.

This project is due tomorrow complete with a report and schematic drawing. On Thursday, the King Tut report and PowerPoint presentation is due. Is this a crazy amount of homework? What happens to the poor kid who doesn’t have the resources and/or parental time in order to shop, plan, create, and complete these huge projects?

I’m getting all amped up.

I’ll pull the plug on this rant and step off the lecture circuit.

Good night!


Winterfest – Day 1

Published February 14, 2013 by inanortherntown

There were FIREWORKS!


There was a DOG skating on the ICE


There was a FIREPIT on the ICE


Look at this block of packed snow [Mr. N-T is 6′ 3″] ready to be used for the Ice Sculpture Competition – I promise to take a picture of the finished product:


Unfortunately we missed the fire dancers, I keep forgetting about the horrid traffic in this town, it took 45 minutes to drive to the site, 2 years to park and then literally 6 minutes to drive home. Rookie mistake.

We had such a freezing cold fantastic time 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Canada Reads 2013

Published February 14, 2013 by inanortherntown

I made a momentous decision that this was the year to join in the CBC’s annual “Battle of the Books“. In a new twist, they picked the books by region which is a genius idea.

From British Columbia and Yukon: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

From Prairies and North: The Age of Hope by David Bergen

From Ontario: Away by Jane Urquhart

From Quebec: Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan

From Atlantic Provinces: February by Lisa Moore

I can’t wait to get started.

The local “WinterFest” starts February 14th to the 24th and I am going to make every effort to attend/observe as many activities as I can and report back. The Opening Ceremony theme is Fire & Ice featuring fireworks choreographed to music by the international award-winning Fireworks Spectacular, ice-skating, fire dancers, bonfires, and ice-dancing demos.

This is all happening on a FROZEN RIVER.

I know I’ll lose all Canadian credibility but I’m going to say it anyway – it boggles my mind that a place can get so cold that a river will freeze and a festival, that includes FIRE DANCERS, can safely take place. Maybe I’ve watched too many cartoons because, to me, this has all of the makings of a Wile E. Coyote disaster.


I’ve got my toque, scarf, thermal unmentionables, wool socks, layers upon layers of clothing, fleece vest, and my heavy winter jacket and snow pants ready to head out into the COLD to celebrate winter. Hopefully we are celebrating the departure of winter 😉

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