370 Days Later…

Hi everyone! I’m still alive!

A lot has happened in the last year, and I stopped writing because of it. There were a few pretty significant life changes for me (which may be obvious with the new title of my blog!), and truthfully, posting here was bumped to the back burner… And then stayed there… For a year. For that, there’s no excuse! I can see now though how people just fall out of blogging, because once you’re gone for so long, it’s hard to work up to coming back.

My goal was to “never let it be over a year since I posted”. Today is April 22; my last post was April 17. D’oh!

So to summarize my last year, winter finally came to an end and we had another incredible, sunny, warm, amazing summer. I squeezed a trip home in there, as well as my first ever trip to Newfoundland. I’m now living in a beautiful house with a wonderful man. I bought my first car (so exciting!), and we took her on her (and my) first roadtrip to Edmonton in December. My mom came up to visit in February, followed by my sister and brother-in-law in March, and now it’s April again and the snow is melting! It’s been a big year, but I’m back, and it really does feel good.

Me and my mom, about to go dogsledding

Me and my mom, about to go dogsledding

Me, my sister and brother-in-law at Aurora Village

Me, my sister and brother-in-law at Aurora Village

Just about to slide down the ice slide! SO FUN!

Just about to slide down the ice slide! SO FUN!

Having my family visit me twice in one winter really helped break it up, since I didn’t go away anywhere. This winter was a very, very long and ridiculously cold winter. Too cold to do anything outside ever. I went for one winter run (when it warmed up to -17ºC one day), but through the winter I discovered the Racquet Club, which also helped break up the monotony of the dark and cold. Only last week did we see our first above-zero temperatures, which has created a lot of water and also a LOT of excitement. The only thing better than Yellowknife summers is the anticipation leading up to Yellowknife summers, which is happening now. More and more people outside, neighbours chatting, and just more happy smiling people in general. I think I had a touch of seasonal affective disorder this winter too, cos it was so brutal. I went a few weeks where, unless I was working, I would sleep until 11 or 12 and just be slow-moving and crabby. And I didn’t even realize it until the days started getting longer, and I started waking up earlier and earlier, and now it’s a miracle if I sleep until 9.

The sun is staying up longer and longer each day. Today, it rose at 5:49am and won’t set until 9:24pm. In contrast, in Halifax the sun came up at 6:18am and will set at 8:07pm. Our days are already about two hours longer than back home, which makes me very excited. I could talk for hours about the sun and the weather and the length of the days because, like I said before, the anticipation for summer is almost as good as summer itself!

I’ll keep this first post short and sweet. I need to update a few pages in this blog, which I’ll try to do tomorrow. And thank you to the people who have been commenting, telling me to get my butt into gear and post more! I appreciate your support and your motivation. Keep watching for new posts, I promise I’ll keep writing!

A Lazy Blogger Playing Catch-Up, Part II

I hate that I had to break this post into parts but I
a) didn’t want to have one long and drawn out post
b) didn’t want to bore you to death and
c) am just that important.

In the beginning of June I went home to Nova Scotia. I know, right? Back-to-back vacations. Lucky me! Chris wasn’t able to come unfortunately, so I went alone. I was home for two glorious weeks and while there, I was able to see my sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephew, my mom, my dad and step-mom from Colorado, my cousin from Toronto and my aunt from Calgary, plus a bunch of friends and Chris’s family, too. It was so, so, so nice to be home.

My brother-in-law’s surprise 30th birthday

Since getting back to Yellowknife, it’s been a whirlwind summer so far, hence the extreme lack of blog posts. The summer in YK is beautiful beyond belief, and the great thing about this town is that everyone knows how perfect our summers are. They’re definitely not taken for granted! We’ve had sunny 20º-something days for the last five weeks, and coupled with 24-hour daylight, there’s no reason to do anything indoors, ever. (Except work.) The bikes are always on the go, being driven to and from work, out the 20K to Yellowknife River, around Frame Lake trail, through some Tin Can Hill trails, and then some. We go for walks and runs all the time (I just ran my first 10K last week!), and of course… Softball!!

Last year we both played on a D-League team for Chris’s old company. This year we were lucky to join a C-League team (aptly named “I’d Hit That”), and for a bunch of strangers who hardly knew each other at the beginning, we’ve formed almost a family and have been doing really well at our games. We still play for Arctic Sunwest, and I also sub in for another D-League team regularly. Playing for three teams sounds like a lot but I love the game so much that it doesn’t feel like enough! I’ve also gotten out for some (much-needed) batting practice with a few of the guys from the C team, which one day resulted in a ball to the mouth and a very, VERY fat lip.

Immediately after it happened

And four days later. –Note the baseball hat – on my way to a game :P

After a sick day from work to ice it for six hours, a bit of makeup and a lot of jokes about getting into a barfight, it finally healed and all is well. And now I have a good story. :)

So just yesterday Chris bought a little 1971 Honda mini-bike from some guy in town. It’s his summer restoration project, and it’s not a piece of crap! (Hooray!! Spouses of mechanics, rejoice!) It actually ran last summer, its’ tires still hold air, and there are over 4,000 parts on eBay which should make this a quick and easy fixer-upper.

And finally, just today was the Yellowknife International Air Show. It was a perfect day for it, though after six hours in the sun I’m completely wiped. Definitely worth it though, we got to see the CF-18 team, the Skyhawks, an F-86 Sabre, Griffon helicopters, SuperDave and his MX2, and the fan favourites, the Snowbirds. I didn’t take much for photos, but here are a few of the ones I did take!

The Skyhawks

The Snowbirds

Me and a DC-3

And from this day forward I solemnly swear to post more and be lazy less. Signed, Heather.

Thanks for reading!

Yellowknife Hiatus

I’ve been back in Halifax since May 13, which (partially) explains the lack of posts recently. I am graduating in 6 days and writing my RN exam in 8. It’s a little unbelieveable yet I feel like it took an eternity to get here. I can’t wait to walk across that stage and get my degree; it just might make these last four years worth it!

It’s been so nice to see my family and friends. (I finally met my niece Charlotte who is an absolute doll!) Surprisingly though, I didn’t get the whoosh of nostalgia that I was expecting when I arrived in Halifax. I suppose it’s probably because I have only been gone 10 weeks – we’ll have to see what it’s like when I come back for Christmas, 7 months from now! Maybe the weather will be better.. ;)

I’m home alone at Andrea’s and Ashley is on her way over so we can study for the RN exam, so I should get my butt in gear. Stay tuned for photos and stories from grad. Eeeee!