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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!


Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?

Published February 8, 2013 by inanortherntown

A new assignment came home this week – I heard about it as soon as the car door opened. “MOM, I HAVE to make a math game for the GRADE ONE’s!!!!” She was shaking with outrage.

“Why?” I asked. I always forget that I need to ask very specific and very direct questions. All I really wanted to know was how much of her grade would be wrapped up in the assignment. However this was the question she was looking to answer. “I KNOW!! Can you believe it? They* are just so cheap and won’t buy the Grade One’s any games!!” The fury was palpable.

Apparently the assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to build a single circuit math game to finish the chapter on electricity for Grade 5 Science. The last hour of the day had been spent in quiet work sketching out the idea for the game. I would show you her sketch however I do believe it’s my ticket to fame and riches so elaborate a design and so clever in execution.

On the drive home, a cunning plan was hatched:
1. Talk to Dad to see how much time he can spend on the assignment.
2. Make a phone call to her beloved uncle who cleverly “KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT COMPUTERS”.

Thankfully, her uncle talked her down from building a computerized advanced level math game (apparently it takes longer than 2 weeks to build one and the assignment can’t be late). Also, very thankfully, she re-worked the design with her Dad to come up with an acceptable model of single circuit math game. She did mourn the loss of the “fun element” in this pared down version. My suggestion of each child receiving a shock for every wrong answer was deemed “Not Helpful”.

This girl of mine fills me with delight. The longer I think about her sitting at her desk growing more and more outraged by the idea that Grade 5’s would build games for the younger grades as an approved cost saving measure, the funnier it becomes. I am so thankful that her generous heart is larger than her sense of injustice, otherwise she would have designed and built a weapon of math destruction and mailed it to them*.

*They/Them – we are unsure as to WHO they are – it’s a working theory that they are direct descendants of the “Child Catcher” from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

**Oh! And to answer my own question: No, most assuredly I am NOT smarter than a 5th Grader. I consider my marriage as one the crowning achievements of my life. Not only can Mr. Northern-Town do anything he puts his mind to doing – he also comes from a family with more than their fair share of the “smarts”.

How To Find Your Life’s Path

Published February 5, 2013 by inanortherntown

As I am in the process of actively looking , starting to look um….thinking about starting to look for a new job, I find myself at a unique time in my life where I have the luxury to assess my past achievements, review my current goals and plan for my future happiness.

Dream Image

I was recently sent a 4-step tutorial on how to find your life’s path – I decided today was the day to begin the journey. Join me on my voyage of self-discovery:

1. Be Still
I’m on the couch, I’m very still

2. Know Your Truth
This couch is very comfy

3. Understand Your Deepest Desires
A book would be perfect right now

4. Trust Your Future to Unfold Perfectly

couch and book

This was a very rewarding exercise – I hope to incorporate this as a regular practice in my life. I only wish I had started sooner.

Happy New Year

Published January 1, 2013 by inanortherntown

You guys! Here’s my fortune:


I think I know what it is:


Also, it’s warmed up 25 degrees. This makes me ridiculously happy. I know I’ll toughen up soon but for today? I’m taking the zero degree temperature as a sign that 2013 will be a fantastic year!

Here’s to a year filled with adventures and over flowing with laughter xoxo

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