You know how they say the camera can add 10lbs, well for the sake of my sanity, it can also "remove" 10lbs or maybe 30 (even without photoshop). This post-pregnancy weight has really been getting me down. I know that it took a year to gain and I'm going to give myself a year to take it off, but talk about a bummer man. I also don't want to do any radical diets, in fear it may deplete my milk (isn't that the best excuse ever, like I could ever go on a radical diet!). Breastfeeding so far has done absolutely nothing in terms of weight lose. Sure, I haven't been dieting, but I also haven't been over eating. Even with cutting out most treats and not eating after supper, nothing is happening. The worst part, is that evil little piece of junk in my bathroom, the scale. One day I had actually thought I lost a pound, but then I stepped back on 10 seconds later and was up a pound. I don't know what to believe, maybe it's just broken. I think the best place for that evil hunk of crapola, for my sanity and self esteem, is in 1,000 little peices after I've blown it to bits with a shotgun. How empowering! I think I might do this, stand by for that story.
Ezri and I have been playing around with the camera on my laptop. I think she might be a blogger one day. She likes to stare at herself on my computer and has little conversations with her mirror image. This is the way I've been making movies for myself to document her, but I'm finding it very limiting. You don't know how frightening it is to hold your lap top over a bath tub full of water, just so you can capture bath time (you know, so I can show it at her wedding, because I'm evil like that). This calls for a Movie making camera. Any suggestions?
This is what the weather has been like the last week, I took this photo on Mother's day. Every time I pick up the phone and talk to my family down south, it's flowers blooming this and barbecuing that. Well looks at this! I'm torn between telling them to keep it to themselves, or begging for details, so I can live the warm weather through them.
It's been even harder to get out now because of the baby. Nathan goes to work. I stay at home. I could get out to the store, but it's hard to get the baby all bundled up or even get her in my amauti by myself. If I was determined, it would happen. Really it's just that much easier to stay in my pajamas in the warm house. Though I think for my sanity, I need to get out more. Since it isn't warm here and I had this bathing suit that my mom sent, we did a dress up & pretend we're at the beach day (except I didn't dress up, that would have been silly). Why did my mom send a bathing suit to the arctic you ask? Well it's a 9 month suit, and Ezri is 4 months. She thought it would be perfect for this summer when we come down south. Unfortunately she will be unable to wear it at 9months, perhaps it would fit on of her legs by then. But for the meantime, a photo shoot gave us a good reason to try it on.
Well for anyone that thought it was atmospheric pressure that was destroying my food mail (dad), here is finally some clear evidence. I wasn't kidding, the box itself is destroyed also, not just the product inside. Here we finally have clear evidence, two foot prints, one on top of the other. No, it's not a vendetta against me. My neighbours box came completely smashed open also, so much so, my husband described it as "so you could do an entire inventory of everything inside". Nothing was destroyed in the foot stomping box, it was all frozen stuff, so all the products survived. I think I might just cut back on food mail all together, it's really becoming quite a risk. And the prices have really gone up recently. I had a mini heart attack at this weeks bill, and this is coming from a woman who shops in the north. Food prices should rarely scare me these days.
Here is another list for all you online shoppers. I have made purchases from most of these places, excluding a few of stores listed under Kids Stuff. Feel free to give your input and add any other sites you shop with in the comments section.
If you are an online company searching for new ideas to attract shoppers, what Nunavummiut want most, free shipping. It's simple, ship for free and we will shop.
As a general rule, do not get the expedited shipping. It's good for nothing. Shipping will happen on it's own time up north, whether you pay more or not. However, what will effect the speed is where your purchase is coming from. If you're on the Baffin side, things from Ontario will reach you faster then from British Columbia. The estimated shipping times in my list below are most accurate for the Baffin area.
Amazon.ca Shipping: Free over $39 Estimated Time: 2 weeks Pros: You don't have to be part of any rewards "club" to get the deals. Their items seem to run slightly cheaper then their competitor. Cons:They do not sell toys like Chapters.
Chapters Shipping: Free over $39 Estimated Time: 2 weeks Pros: They sell toys. Cons:You have to be part of their "Club" to get the discounts. So not cool.
Jen of Nunavut thumbs up goes to Amazon.ca
Drug Stores Well.ca Shipping: FREE!!!! Let me say that again FREE!!! Estimated Time: 1 - 3 weeks Pros: Super customer service. FREE SHIPPING (listen, this is a big deal in the north!). A wide variety of products. PLUS they actually sell medication unlike London Drugs. Cons: Not as many non-medication items sold. For example, items I will have to get at their competitor's site: electric razor. London Drugs Shipping: $30 for 4.5Kgs (base, meaning you better get 4.5kgs of stuff to make it worth while) Estimated Time: 2 - 6 weeks (seriously 6 weeks, I'm not kidding) Pros: This company carries a wide variety of items, food, health items, make-up. Prices are reasonable. They carry seasonable items like Christmas candy & decorations. Cons: Their Shipping is definately not great. The worst part is that they call themselves a drug store and they do not sell over the counter medication. They show you that they have it in stock, but you can NOT purchase it online. Buying medication online is a big deal for Nunavummiut, it's not available in most small communities, except with a visit to the health centre.
Jen of Nunavut thumbs up goes to Well.ca Bath & Body
The Body shop Shipping: $5 Estimated Time: 2 - 3 weeks Pros: They have all kinds of promotions and sales that you can take advantage of. Their products smell heavenly. Great price for shipping items north. Cons: To shop you have to find the itty bitty text at the bottom of the page that says "Take me shopping". Seriously it should be more prominent then this. Discounts and free items are only taken off your bill at time of charging credit card. Though they do honor these discounts, it does not seem like it at first when checking out, if feels slightly sketchy.
Lush Shipping: $8 - $17.50 (2 - 4.5kgs) Estimated Time: 2-3 weeks Pros: How do I describe this company other then YUMMY! Website & checkout is user friendly and straight forward. Cons: Shipping isn't great & they deter you from ordering some "meltable" products in the summer time. Bath & Body Works Shipping: $9.99 - $12.99 (Based on how much you spend) Estimated Time: 2-3 weeks Pros: YES, they finally sell online! They sell inexpensive hand soaps and body products. Cons: Prices are in US funds. This company has some overwhelming scented products. It might be better to shop for products down south where you can judge a scent before using the online store.
Jen of Nunavut thumbs up goes to Body Shop!
KidsStuff Toys R Us Shipping: Based on weight when shipping north. Estimated Time: 2 - 3 weeks Pros: You can get EVERYTHING a kid needs. The best part is that they sell baby furniture, I got a crib sent up with only $40 shipping! Cons: Shipping seems inconsistent. Add a pack of batteries in with the crib and some how the shipping charge is $50! Balancing purchase & reasonable shipping is a challenge. You might have to tweak your cart to get the best possible purchase/ship result. The American site has way MORE stuff. Don't get confused about which site your on (.ca or .com). You might end up in tears when you can't buy that particular item for that really cheap price.
Gymboree Shipping: $10 - $54 (Based sales, but if your spending $1,400 on baby clothing, you have a problem. More likely you're going to spend $10) Estimated Time: Unknown (meaning I haven't made a purchase with their online store....yet) Pros: REALLY FREAKING CUTE KIDS CLOTHING and some kids toys. Their bubbles are of the best bubble quality (Yes, I've tested many bubbles, just like a fine wine). Cons: Their prices are US and their prices are REALLY FREAKING EXPENSIVE. Others: Raspberry Kids - I just found this place, shipping is reasonable and there are some totally cute things. If your a mom, you MUST check this Canadian company out! Scholarschoice - For those kids that like to learn stuff. Funky Monkey - Cute, but overpriced baby attire, toys and doodads. For those fashion obsessed moms. Shipping is overpriced.
Jen of Nunavut thumbs up goes to Toys R Us
Victoria's Secret Shipping: $14 -24 (Based on Sale) Estimated Time: 2 - 4 Weeks Pros: They have a large variety of woman's clothing, in a large variety of sizes. Some good sale items. Cons: Prices are in US funds, and some of their fashion is questionable 1990's "Fresh Prince" style.
L.L. Bean Shipping: $5 - $13 (Based on Sale) Estimated Time: 3 - 4 weeks Pros: Sell good quality Men & Woman's clothing, shoes, outdoor gear & Luggage. Cons: Items are in US Funds and are expensive. Some clothing items are "old lady", no one should ever wear tapered pants, and waste lines shouldn't sit above the belly button. Pant buyer beware. Mark's Work Wearhouse Shipping: $5 Estimated Time: 2 - 3 weeks Pros: Reasonably priced, good quality men and woman's apparel. $5 SHIPPING! Canadian shipped, no duty. Cons: They have a serious lack of selection, some times better, especially during the Christmas months.
Others: American Eagle - Popular, skinny people fashion. Buycostume.com - Halloween Costumes. Eddie Bauer - Men & Woman's preppy and expensive fashion. La Senza - Canadian, lady's pantaloons. MXM - Bootylicious plus size woman's clothing, Canadian shipped.
Jen of Nunavut thumbs up goes to Mark's Work Wearhouse!
Photo Shutterfly Shipping: Depending on item, price increases with each item. Estimated Time: 3 - 4 weeks Pros: They have a wide variety of Photo products to choose from. They have easy to use layouts when creating photobooks. Cons: Their shipping isn't fantastic and prices are in US funds. Their photo books are not nearly as well priced or done as Blurb.com. Their free shipping is a joke by the way, not for Canadians. No, Canadians must pay.
Cafepress Shipping: Depending on item, price increases with each item. Estimated Time: 3 - 4 weeks Pros: They have more variety when it comes to photo products then Shutterfly. They have a new Canadian site with Canadian pricing (however I'm not sure if shipping is within Canada or US). Cons: You do not know if you are working on an "out of stock" item until you try to add it to your cart. It's a waste of time designing something that you can not buy. Their travel mugs have been out of stock for a while. I also do not like the quality of their ceramic mug printing.
Zazzel - Photo printing on all sorts of items, I found them when Cafepress was out of stock on travel mugs. Blurb - Great price & quality photobooks.
Jen of Nunavut thumbs split in the middle Shutterfly & Cafepress, depending on item.
Costco Shipping: Depending on the item, FREE! Estimated Time: 2 - 3 weeks Pros: Some large items ship for FREE!!! They have a wide variety of items that you just can't get anywhere else online. Cons: You have to be a member to avoid and extra fee at checkout. But really they are amazing so don't even worry about that little extra fee, or just become a member, I did.
Costco.ca ALWAYS get's a thumbs up! Online Shopping to Avoid (I'm not linking. Seriously, don't bother visiting)
Canadiantire.ca At the moment I'm not sure exactly what's going on with their website, it doesn't seem like you can purchase anything online. However previously Nunavummiut were excluded COMPLETELY from all shipping deals and promotions. Also when talking with customer service, they had no idea where Nunavut was. Hello your company name is CANADIAN tire, shouldn't you know all of the provinces and territories. Really, there aren't that many.
Futurshop.ca SERIOUSLY, who researched your shipping costs? Lets pretend that we are in a big city, somewhere in the middle of southern Ontario. Then lets pretend that we live a sneeze away from one of your stores, as do my parents. Why would you give them the options of ground or air? I'm pretty sure no one is going to fly that single DVD across the street, even if we pay $9.27 versus the $1.99 for ground. Now lets take our journey back to Nunavut. If I want that SAME DVD, I am now paying $31.24. For one DVD? Costco will ship me an entire TV stand for FREE and Futureshop wants $31.24 for one DVD. Forget it. Please, if you need CDs and DVDs shop amazon.ca and you can find a full list of electronics at Costco.
Yeah there's still snow here for all you losers down south enjoying the warm weather. Yep, and that's also the OCEAN, still frozen solid. Still cold. But warm enough that I can go without a hat or mitts...for a few minutes anyways.
I took Ezri down for her 4 month shots yesterday, that's always a bag of fun. She was also weighed and is growing like a weed. Now 18lbs we are past 6 month outfits and going into 9month. I'm wondering when this is going to slow down. So many unused clothing items, it feels like such a waste. At this rate, give her another month and she'll be looking in my closet for something to wear.
It was so warm walking in the amauti yesterday that my back was soaked from sweat and so was Ezri. It was only minus 5 and that's too warm for my amauti. It's time to switch up to something a little lighter. My friend Meaghan makes summer vest amautis and has promised to make me one. Here is one she made, modeling Ezri. Here is another one Meaghan made, Kim is modeling Oliver, as this vest didn't fit Morena or myself. Meaghan makes the vests different sizes to fit the individual, that's how the baby stays in. This particular vest was way too small for me. As my friend Naomi pointed out, it was just big enough with me wearing it to put a 12 week old fetus in the back. So too small. Kim fit it nicely. If anyone is interested in getting in contact with Meaghan about Summer Vest Amautis, send me an e-mail, or leave your e-mail in the comments section.
I moved to Nunavut 3 years ago with my husband and Alaskan Malamute. Here we started raising our first daughter Ezri and shortly before we left, became pregnant with our second.
As every journey has an end, we found ourselves back south again, dreaming of returning north one day. Please read about my adventures and continue to feel free to send me e-mails.