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Do You Like ‘Em Poached?

Published May 7, 2014 by inanortherntown

In attempting to regain my sense of humour and get back into the blogging groove, for the month of May, I’m going to be blogging about the vast topic “Things That Amuse Me”….

Today’s amusement comes courtesy of my ride to work – a veritable chariot complete with wifi!

My private limo

My private limo

We moved here in January 2013 and in March, I secured a new job. There were a lot of “pluses” to accepting the posting: it was a good career move, it seemed like it would be interesting and varied and it was close to home and my daughter’s school.

It turned out to be a nightmare.

It could always be worse

My department was one of “good ideas” and no resources. After I was hired, the “good ideas” started landing on my desk and I was so! very! enthusiastic! about them. Then they began pouring onto my desk and I casually mentioned that in addition to the good ideas, I actually had a job description and duties to complete. *shrugs*

By the end of December, I was considering developing a gambling addiction for the faint hope that I might win the lottery and be able to quit.

In February, I did win the lottery…….I was asked how I felt about being poached by another company. I responded that I felt very positive about the possibility and with that and 10 days notice – I left.

I now work 30kms north of town in a very industrial setting. It’s like no other workplace I’ve every experienced; it’s high security, I have to swipe in/out of everywhere I go, there are ENORMOUS machines and huge buildings that house very important instruments. I’d totally take a picture but I’m worried that it’s forbidden and my ID badge will be taken away and I’ll never be able to leave the work site 😉 I’ll see if I can get a picture of something when I’m safely outside the security zone.

ANYWAY, back to amusing things: I’m chauffeured to and from work each day!

A large bus with big comfy seats, electronic plug-ins and wi-fi shuttles me to and from work; it is pretty much door to door service. The bus seats approximately 80 people but there are only SIX people on my bus route. It’s like a slice of heaven. No one speaks, in fact it was part of the employee orientation – “Bus Etiquette – your bus mate has had a long day, just like you. Please be respectful and refrain from engaging in conversation“. All this free time!!! I read, I play Star Mania (thanks sharechair), I stare out the window, and sometimes I do nothing. It’s like a mini-vacation every day!!

Oh, the job? It’s great 🙂

Out Of This World!

Published May 6, 2014 by inanortherntown

Tonight, all three of us went out to a lecture given by COMMANDER CHRIS HADFIELD.

A real life astronaut all the way up here in our northern town! I was pretty excited, I had the date of ticket sales circled on my calendar for months, it’s a good thing, because they sold out at the speed of light.

His one hour lecture covered a lot of ground:

Pursuing your dreams
Preparing for failure, the NASA way
Why astronauts wear diapers during take-off
Living on the International Space Station
What time is it in space (answer: Greenwich Mean Time)
The importance of Social Media when sharing our human stories

Canada prepared for 2 years prior to his launch ensuring that we could receive the videos, tweets, and pictures he sent from the I.S.S. He took 45,000 pictures while on the I.S.S., recorded educational and amusing videos (how to wring a wet washcloth, how to clean your teeth in space)

I think my favourite tweet ever is this one:
Hadfield Tweet

He is so proud to be a Canadian, proud of our country and our way of life. He spoke about how Canada is a world leader in space robotics and of all the achievements that have happened in science and medicine following the success of the –Canadarm.

Space achievements proudly listed on the back of our new $5 bill.

Space achievements proudly listed on the back of our new $5 bill.

Following a very inspiring talk with a few pointed digs at the movie Gravity, he picked up his guitar and sang a snippet of the song, I.S.S., he co-wrote with the Barenaked Ladies and recorded for Canadian aged school children.

Definitely a highlight of my life 🙂

Currently reading: An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth by Commander Chris Hadfield

Baaj Likes To Walk

Published May 4, 2014 by inanortherntown

The snow and ice are almost mostly

gone or not, wait five minutes – it will change, from the sidewalks and lawns and we are trying to get back to our regular routine of the walking every night.

Baaj walking

This picture was taken at 8PM. Two hours later, the ground is completely covered with snow. Whee! Every minute of every day is a new adventure!!

After dinner and cleaning up the kitchen, as soon as someone says the word “Walk”, Baaj’s ears perk up and he starts to pace.

It has always taken us forever to get out the door, we need jackets, does anyone need to go the bathroom? should I wear a hat? has anyone seen my other glove? and then finally our shoes need to go on and we all crowd around the back door. The entire time this is going on, Baaj sits at high alert, watching our every move and hoping that we are indeed going for a walk and that he is invited.

As soon as the back door opens and he hears the magic words “Let’s go”. He proceeds to sniff and spray every available tree, bus shelter, fence, blade of grass, twig……. He is a study in bliss. We try to do a loop of approximately 5kms and I’m sure he does twice that amount darting from smell to smell.

Last night, at dusk, as we stopped to let Baaj sniff ALL THE THINGS, we happened to look up and there, dancing across the sky, were the Northern Lights. It was so beautiful just to be still for a few moments and watch.

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
LittleHedgehog

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?

1. PANDA COW

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.

 

Winterfest – Day 1

Published February 14, 2013 by inanortherntown

There were FIREWORKS!

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There was a DOG skating on the ICE

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There was a FIREPIT on the ICE

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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:

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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!

Not A Snowball’s Chance

Published February 12, 2013 by inanortherntown

Baaj has a new game – he wants to go outside on the deck and have you throw a snowball – then he digs all through the snow trying to find it. Crazy dog.

This afternoon, he ventured off the deck and climbed up a 3ft snow bank and then got “stuck”. He was walking back forth trying to find a way to get down.

Baaj is stuck

Never fear Baaj – here comes Search & Rescue:

There she goes

There she goes

And down:

Down she goes

Down she goes

There were impassioned pleas for help:

Help meeee

Help meeee

It was too bad that I was firmly behind locked doors, drinking coffee and laughing my head off. If only I had heard her cries for help 🙂

It was the best hour of my life.

My neighbour just told me to check my sump pump to make sure it’s working because “when it thaws, it thaws fast”. I don’t know what a sump pump is, where it would be located and how to know if it works. *fingers crossed*

Pecora Nera gave me the best news of the day: Apparently snowmen will help prevent flooding! Thanks BBC!!!

I have enough snow for a complete Calvin & Hobbes montage:

doom

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