Friday, November 30, 2007


So I have finally sold my 18th century DOS ipod (ok it wasn't that old, in fact if was a photo ipod, but it's size and clunkiness made it feel really out of date). Now I am hoping I am going to get one of those cute little ipod nanos, according to Nathan I have hinted pretty hard about getting it for Christmas, so I am pretty confident I will get one. Now some might say hey, your down sizing, but really I don't need 10 thousand songs on my ipod at one time. Especially because I hate things pretty fast, if I don't like a song, I don't want it and the rest of a CD stuck on my ipod just as filler.

The most irritating part of this whole thing is trying to retrieve all my music off of my ipod just so I can put it on a different ipod. HELLO APPLE I LOVE YOU, BUT WHY MUST YOU SUCK at file sharing? All I want to do is move songs from my old ipod on to my NEW ipod, I am not trying to start an illegal CD coping ring! And I would prefer to do this within the law. But no you force me to a) buy all new songs or b) download pirate software to remove the songs from my painPOD. I will give you 3 guess what I did. I am usually the first person to stand up for everything apple, but this is where they are going too far. Can't they develop a system just to move your songs from your old ipod to a new one? Like a package that comes with the new pod? My old ipod is at least 4 years old, we are talking songs that I no longer have on my lap top or CDs I have sold. Having the files already on my computer also saves me the hassle of ripping all my CDs again as well.

The new year should be about cleaning house, so I have started with the ipod, cleansing it of crap songs. As I move songs from the old ipod into itunes, I am deleting junk. Unfortunately the way apple hides the music files and the way I have to get them on my computer is time consuming. I have to open each and every single one of the 3000 songs to see what they are. When you see them in the files you retrieve they are coded with 4 letters, so you have no idea what song you are opening. In a way it's kind of fun, like you are opening a kinder surprise, anticipating each song. I have noticed a few things about my tastes in playing every song, I have way too much Smashing Pumpkins, Radio Head and Danny Elfman and questions like what possessed me to like Collective Soul or Dave Mathews Band? Painstakingly I have worked through each song, stopping occasionally to listen to a song I haven't heard or forgotten about that had been hiding in the cob webs of the pod.

I was reunited with my Danish boy band Nik og Jay and their song En Dag Tilbage, Jeferson Airplane's White Rabbit, and few other obscurities.

But ultimately I searched the deepest crevasses of my old ipod for one nameless Nine Inch Nails song. A song that I got from a friends mixed CD a hundred years ago. I know it only as track 01. And don't think I haven't tried for years to figure out it's name or what CD it came from. I own most NIN CDs, so my only thoughts are that it must have been a collaboration with another artist on their CD. All I know is that it's only instrumental and it's beautiful. I am happy that it won't be lost forever.

The best part of this whole ordeal is the guy that bought the old ipod is getting it with the pink skin and all! Shhh no one tell him Tallinn pooped on it when he was a baby (it's clean and it works fine)! :)

Thursday, November 29, 2007

MaKiNg ChRiStMaS, MaKiNg ChRiStMaS TiMe

For all of you who know Nightmare Before Christmas;

Won't they be impressed, I am a genius, see how I transform the old rat into a most delightful hat

Hmm, my compliments from me to you on this your most intriguing hat. Consider though this substitute a bat in place of this old rat. Huh! No, no, no, now that's all wrong this thing will never make a present it's been dead for much too long, try something fresher, something pleasant
try again, don't give up

It's almost Christmas, and my middle name is usually procrastination. Living in Nunavut however has slapped that quality right out of me. You need to plan, plan, plan in the land of mail and delay. Last night I was up until 4am buying stocking stuffers on, I am not going to get into details because Nathan does read this, so shhhh! I have also found a new and FANTASTIC website that I was previously unaware of, American Eagle! This place is unfortunately more Christmas for me then Nathan, but I have still been looking anyway, they have free shipping for over $100 spent.

Nunavut Christmas tips:

Candy Canes ALWAYS break in the mail, just buy them at the store, even if they cost more.

Darkness sucks, decorate your house with 10 thousand Christmas lights, have them on all day.

Is your house dry? Boil water on your stove with cinnamon sticks, cloves and cardamom. You not only put moisture back into the air, but you infuse the air with Christmas smell.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Sunday Morning

The sun is just about the best studio light a girl could ask for, it makes any subject look good, and best of all it's free! I am glad the clouds parted and it made a last appearance before it leaves us for good in December. I know I shouldn't complain because other communities are in pure darkness now, but it's been cloudy here for the past month and that's just as depressing as having no sun at all.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

What I didn't know about Syllabics

The Inuktitut syllabary is a writting system, used by Inuit people in Nunavut and in Nunavik, Quebec. In 1976, the Language Commission of the Inuit Cultural Institute made it the co-official script for the Inuktitut language, along with the Latin Alphabet.

O.K. so what I didn't know was that Syllabics weren't evolved by the Inuit people, "they are a variety of shorthand once taught to secretaries, which was used by missionaries to teach writing to Cree, and then to Inuit." (Nunatsiaq News)

Short hand? What kind of short hand are we talking about here? This ain't like no short hand I ever seen! Who knew people who can write syllabics were actually super secretaries? I wonder if this short form is still being used in some office somewhere. It's way to complicated for me, I am going to just stick to my spoken one word sentences.

Taima (that's it folks)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Smoooosh Face

OMG do I really look like this every time I take a photo? That would make about 10 million times I have made this face then, I hope I don't get wrinkles from it! That isn't the most plesant profile, but I guess that's why I work behind the camera. One very skilled talent I have learned living north of 60 is how to take a damn good photo with mittens on. Those fingerless gloves don't cut it up here. Check out my HOT down filled purple hand savers. The only thing I can manage is to take the lens cap off with these babies.(Photo courtesy of the other Jen, what is sister for, but for taking funny looking pictures of her sister!)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Sick in Nunavut

(Sung to the song "It's oh so Quiet" by Bjork)

It's oh so Dry
It's oh so Hot
You're all crusty
And you wonder what you've caught

You Blow your Nose
Zap sting
Wipe away what Flows
Zap Sting
You have a cold
Zing Owe
You don't want to move too much, you wanna die
There's no moisture in the air, you can't even cry
There is no place for cough syrup to buy

Your sick in Nunavut
Your stuck inside
The snow sits over a foot
A mountain of Kleenex by your side

Your nose is red
Zap Sting
Your stuck in bed
Zap Sting
Can't seem to drain
Zing Owe
Your stuffed up head

It's oh so Dry
It's oh so Hot
You're all crusty
And you wonder what you've caught

Friday, November 16, 2007

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Hi Ethan

Here is a picture of my youngest blog reader! Hi Ethan, Mommy, Daddy, Nay Nay and Jen all miss you!

Monday, November 12, 2007

The 30 Second Freeze

We only had to hold our breath for 30 seconds as this shot was taken and control laughter through all burping and muscle pain. But this is definately the coolest shot of the northern lights I have gotten yet. Rock out!

A couple of Jens

My sister in-law Jen and I always joke that Nathan married me because he would have one less name to remember. Wherever we go it's like a force of Jens, a force on shopping, on eating good food, but most of all a force for having a good time. We have been having a relaxing time (indoors, because the weather is crap right now) laying around the house and eating good (um I really mean junk) food, but we have also been getting out. Jen came with me to help out at an elders gathering the high school had set up and we had a great time doing it. Although we always have a great time doing whatever really. We have also been to 3 Remembrance Day ceremonies with Nathan and took many photos. As a huge surprise Jen brought her husband Jordan along. We had no idea he was coming until we got to the airport and Jen said "look who I brought!". Nathan has been having a blast taking Jordan out shooting (with the real gun) and then continuing with shooting on the x-box. Boys!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Saturday, November 10, 2007


Ok folks, the first recorded picture of Tallinn and Norman together, taken tonight. Their fights are becoming less frequent and Norman is less aggravated when Tallinn sniffs him out, but it even shocked me when I caught Tallinn giving Norman a small "bath" the other day. Or maybe Tallinn was tasting him. Either way Norman was partially enjoying having his back slobbered up, getting to those places he just can't reach by himself.

Also if you want to hear something like the sounds Norman makes when he sees a bird check this out!

Friday, November 09, 2007

This Week in Pets

Tallinn's Auntie Jen brought him the most wonderful presents. A bunch of rawhide and also a stuffed basket ball and football. The first night was too much to handle and he had his mommy up at 3am, not because he had to go outside, but because he NEEDED to have his stuffed football. The next day he tried to steal a chocolate cherry, one with a toothpick! His mommy had to chase him down and retrieve the toothpick half way down his throat. It's been a fun week for this puppy.

Norman has been spending a lot of time sitting in the windowsills. The winds here have made the birds (I mean giant children eating raven monsters) glide by the windows at a much slower speed and this has caught the eye of a certain neurotic kitty. Maybe the monster ravens thought Norman was a cheesy sitting in a drive through window. I wish you could all hear the way Norman chirps...yes CHIRPS, when he sees a bird.


You can still get all your fresh fruits and vegetables in the North, whether or not you eat them is up to you.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

A Grey Day

The sky is dark and gloomy today, a member of the RCMP lost his life yesterday in the line of Duty here in Nunavut, in a community not far from ours.
Story Here
A few members here had the chance to know him in life. My greatest sympathies go out to his family, friends and fellow members.
I will remember you often
You will not be forgotten
Because you lost your life
Fighting for all things right
A voice telling me to cherish
God forbid my husband perish
A job to serve and protect
For this you have my respect
I will remember you often

You will not be forgotten

Monday, November 05, 2007

How far the rabbit hole goes...

Linking from one blog to another is like falling down the rabbit hole. Seriously how did people live before blogs? How did you get advice for a specific issue? I have received more first hand knowledge and advice from reading blogs (that is relevant to my life) then any other kind of search tool out there. Eat your heart out Wikipedia!
The other night I was on Adventures of Matt & Kara's Blog and some how linked off their site to another blog about almost to be parents. They had another link that was pretty interesting. Next thing I know I am on some website that is a calculator to determine how much money you might spend on baby during his/her first year. That really got me thinking as hopefully in the near future Nathan and I can start our own family. It got me thinking and also closing the shopping cart window on the Victoria's Secrets website(that took a lot of will power). Huh maybe we should be saving money right now? Nathan's wallet is so lucky blogging is free! :)

Free Arctic Fun Tip: Dress up in your snow suit like "Thomas"(make sure to pee before), go outside after dark and lay in the snow(snow makes things sparkley and quiet). It's a) better to do this on a clear night, b) in a place away from snow machine noise pollution, and c)stay closer to home (just in case a bear wants to make you into a humanpop)! Now behold the Universe!

Friday, November 02, 2007

The Art of Being Cozy

Oh boy GEEZ it's getting cold out there. Tonight I stepped into our front porch to kiss Nathan goodbye as he went to work, and all of a sudden the cold greedily grabbed onto my stocking feet. Thoughts of slippers, scarves and mittens danced through my head. It's time to break out the warm stuff. And this year I think I am going to get myself some snow pants or another pair of fleece lined jeans, so I don't always have to slap the life back into my pin prickly legs as they defrost from being outside.
The art of being cozy is taken seriously up here. Getting warm and cozy after being blasted with cold is one of those things you need to treat yourself to. Always having a blanket hanging around the couch is key, even if it doesn't jive with the living room decor. Slippers are a must, but ones with rubber soles are best so you don't build up that ominous static electricity. A hot cup of coffee, hot chocolate or tea will top off that cozy moment. Aleks prefers to boil Chi spices in milk on the stove to make the whole house smell like, as he says "Christmas".
And then the phone rings, you have been called into work, must go outside and your cozy bubble has been POPPED!

"MUSHING" On Into November

*Tallinn is hooked to a harness that is strapped to his body, not to the collar around his neck.*

Aleks left us today! We had lots of fun! It was too short, thanks for coming! One more week until Nathan's sister comes up....who is also named Jen, just so no one starts thinking I am talking about myself in third person. I can't wait to see you Jen, from Jen!