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Went camping at SNAFU Lake this weekend, and despite the lack of sleep due to freezing cold nights and way too much smoke in our eyes, we had a great time.  I haven't been camping in years!  We went on a hike yesterday and found a winter trapping line and an old camp site, complete with rusted metal fuel tank and cans.

We stayed in the camp ground, but next time we're going to find a random nice place in the bush with a nice view and set up camp there.  Being woken up at 7 am by the neighbours obnoxious generator was less then pleasant, especially since an hour later we could hear the TV they were watching over the drone of the engine.  Not exactly what I'd call camping. 

We came back early because holy crap cold, and arrived home just in time for a bunch of snow to dump down on us, so yay for a good call there!  Now we're cuddled up in the living room, reaquanting ourselves with our computers.  :D  I think we're going to get the fireplace going tonight and roast the rest of the mashmellows, so hurrah!

Also, I have eaten almost all of the smores, and will finish them up tonight.  Mmmm...smores.
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Went to a Halloween party on Saturday night with D's hockey team, and oh cripes I was pretty gone.  Had less than 4 beers, but I was addicted to the jello brains, and I suspect there was a lot of alcohol in it.  Could've also been the shots one of the big guys kept handing around.

So obviously I spent all of yesterday on the couch hungover.  It was great. 

(Not really)

Anyways, I had to go pick up my car since there was no way either one of us was driving and the party was only about a 20 minute walk from my place.  I refused to go yesterday, but I had to today since Quiet Roommate was flying back today on the 12:00 Vancouver flight and I'd promised to pick her up.

It is gorgous outside!  Mild temps, and we've had 3-4 inches of snow since Saturday night!  Everything is drapped in a blanket of snow.  I enjoyed watching a couple magpies playing in a snow covered tree until the fuckers dumped a bunch of snow on my head.  I've always hated magpies, it was nice of them to show that they're just as much the assholes that their Manitoba cousins are.

Still, it was a pretty walk, I'm glad I did it today.

Of course, then Quiet Roommate wasn't on the 12:00 flight.  I've texted her a few times, but I haven't heard anything from her.  Not sure what happened, but now she can take a cab home.
bare_bear: Heart-shaped sugar cube on spoon above tea cup (Tea Love)
Today was a much, much better day.  Right after writing that post yesterday, D convinced me to come over, despite my threats to cry on him.  Good man, D.  Anyways, he put on one of my favourite shows (Top Gear UK) and cuddled with me for a while before going to bed.  Cuddled some more this morning.  Put on a movie I wanted to see (The Hulk) and left me to knit on the couch while he worked on a project in the basement. 

We may not communicate well verbally all the time, but we're good at more quiet forms of communication, and I can't forget that.

I came home this afternoon to wash up my soccer gear before our game this evening, and thoroughly enjoyed a pot of tea.  The game was great and a lot of fun.  I was cramping up like crazy from running, but I was running a lot more than when we started, and I'm pleased about that.  I'm also less afraid of the ball, and my team is getting good at passing the ball around and talking to each other on the field.  I'm super glad that D recommended this league, because I love it.

D was playing hockey right after my game in the rink next to the soccer pitch in the Games Centre, so I went over to watch.  Not such a good plan, considering that I was sweaty and gross, and sitting in a cold rink gave me a chill, but as usual it was fun to watch.  Except that poor D's team got their asses handed to them, and got a bunch of time-outs for mouthing off to the Refs after play.  Still was fun to watch!

My stressors aren't gone, but the crash seems to have passed for now, and I have a couple ideas for solutions to the things stessing me out.  As has always been my stress moto, things will get better soon, just have to ride out the rough time until it passes.

ADVENTUR

Sep. 11th, 2012 11:17 am
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I'm off on an adventure tomorrow!

A good friend of mine's Mom is up in Faro, visiting her sister, and unfortunately, her sis can't get time off to do the 4+ hour drive (one way) to get her back to Whitehorse to fly back to Ontario on Friday.  My buddy contacted me and asked if I'd be willing to play chauffeur for her Mom and drive up to Faro to pick her up.  And I'm all, 'YEAH I WANNA SEE MORE OF THE TERRITORY', so of course I said yes!

Tomorrow I'm taking off first thing in the morning and stopping at Braeburn for their world famous cinnimon buns, then continuing on to Faro to see my buddy's Mom and Aunt, and will apparently be getting a tour of the area.  Then we'll drive back early Thursday, and spend a bit of time exploring Whitehorse together.  I'm even extending my chauffeur service to delivering her to the airport early on Friday morning.  :)  It's nice to be able to help someone else as a local Yukoner!  :D

Plus I love long drives and exploring the area, so it'll be a great trip! 

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Uh, so we sort of yarn bombed an airplane today!  Check out @yarnbombyukon on twitter for pictures and progress posts!  It was so much fun, and the cumulation of 6 months work by the organizers!
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I've managed to pick up a new hobby.  I've been putting it off for years, mostly because I so don't need another hobby.  But between a few projects friends have been making, and a gorgeous sweater on ravelry, I've gotten sucked into the world of knitting.

D keeps calling me a granny.  I keep hitting D.  Someday I will train him out of it.

I signed up for a workshop on cable knitting last week (held this past Monday), and then realized that this isn't a beginner's class, so I'd better figure out how to knit.  It was easier than I expected, but that's probably because I technically learned to knit at the same time I learned to crochet, and that was well over 23 years ago; 23 years of crocheting also probably helped with things like yarn tension and handling.  Anyways, I blogged about my first attempts here.

The workshop was really good!  I met some great people around my age who knit, and most of whom meet up weekly from Sept-May at a local pub to sit and stitch.  I'm looking forward to joining them!  And along the way, I learned how to cable stitch!  Actually, it requires less magic than I thought, although you do use a cute little wand needle to do it.

So yay, new hobby!

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That was a pretty good weekend, despite all sorts of plan changing. 

D and I were supposed to go to his best friend's place to camp overnight before the 4 of us (best friend and his wife) floated down the Yukon River from his place back into Whitehorse, fishing, sight-seeing, and camping along the way. 

Then D's friend and his wife waffled on and on, and then changed their mind Friday afternoon.  Okay fine.  D and I went out for dinner, and then to go see the Frantic Follies with his buddy instead.  Which was so much fun, I haven't laughed that hard in a long time!  If you're ever in Whitehorse for a visit, it's worth the cash to go see!  A beer or three and a couple games of pool at the local dive bar rounded out the night perfectly.

So the plan was to just head out to D's BF's place early Saturday afternoon to hang out for the rest of the weekend, having a bbq and chill by the fire.  D and I did our individual shopping and packing, and just as I was about to leave to meet up with D to head out, I got a text saying no hurry.  Turns out, the BF's wife decided that she was having a boring weekend and wanted to go out to this lake about an hour from their place, and did we want to go along to camp overnight?  Uh, no, because we weren't ready to go camping since they'd initially cancelled on us, and it would take a while to get everything together, not to mention a 2 hour drive to get to the lake.  Talk about not relaxing or fun at all.  So we bailed on them.  If you can call it that.

But that's okay, because D and I hung out and made Very Tasty Milkshakes (butterscotch ripple ice cream, ice, milk, vanilla pudding mix, and a healthy cup of coconut rum - YUM), watched a bunch of movies, and then went for a drive and mini hike up a mountain today!  :D  All in all, a good weekend.  Even if it wasn't driving down the Yukon River.

Although I won't be trusting any plans we make with D's BF and his wife anymore.  Geez, how fickle can you be?

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Ah man, I had a great day yesterday.

Rode into city centre to do some running around, and stopped at a little 50's diner for lunch. Mmm poutine (with real cheese curds too) and chocolate milkshake.  So good, and so damn filling, I could only eat half of the poutine.  I'm definitely going back there, and probably dragging someone in with me to share the tastiness!

Then, as promised, I checked out one of the museums.  Since I was meeting D (formally known as 'the Maybe' and M, and I really don't like using either of those when I'm actually here and trying this thing out - seems disrespectful) at his place to help with some renos, I decided to hit up the transportation museum since it was right across the street for him.  It was pretty cool.  They went through the history and challenges faced by early transportation methods in some of the most rugged and punishing conditions to get through )

I'm glad I went, because it's certainly sparked my interest in the history of the region.  It'll be cool to check out some of the other museums in town.

Heh, but man I almost died  riding D's bike to the museum. HINT: D's place and the museum are at a much higher elevation than my home and city centre.  I'm a prairie girl, we don't do hills.  My legs staged a revolt this morning when I tried biking home.  Wasn't too bad once I got to the downhill section (I've never ridden that fast on a bike in my life!), but getting over the small incline to get to that section was torture!  I am so out of shape, heh.

Alright, time to get moving (despite protest from my legs).  Cheers all!

bare_bear: Heart-shaped sugar cube on spoon above tea cup (Tea Love)
Going on an in-town adventure!  Local museums and coffeeshops, here I come!

Let's just hope I don't ride off the curb again.  Heh.
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Was coming here to write up a post of the low I hit today while job hunting.  But then I looked at my journal and saw that it's mostly just negativity lately, and that's not really good. Seems I mostly post when I'm frustrated or sad or upset about something; the happy times don't get posted as often.

THAT'S GOING TO CHANGE!

It's Canada Day long weekend, and while I'm mostly on my own as the Maybe has a bunch of plans that I can't quite crash (except for a date tonight - YAY!), I'm planning on joining in on Whitehorse's Canada Day Celebration, starting with a pancake breakfast on Sunday morning and ending in a music festival at night. I'm also going to go for a hike tomorrow (although I guess I should pick up some bear spray and a map). AND YOU GUYS ARE GOING TO HEAR ABOUT IT!  *CACKLES*

So whatever, negative Heather.  Your stories are not going to dominate this journal!

(Although to be fair, it's my journal and I can bitch if I want to. I just want some more happy to dilute the bitch. :D)
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Aww, my dinner date went really well.  :)  Okay, so dinner was an hour and a half late because I really suck at figuring out cooking times and time management, and also I was dumb and started WAAAY early because I sort of set my watch to Manitoba time. Don't ask me how I wound up late anyways, I totally lost track of time.  I don't even know.

Dinner was pretty good though (even if I really do think that meat looks so gross, but it tasted alright), and then we snuggled watching the romantic movie, Sin City.  Haha yeah.  I'm not a fan of gorey graphic movies, but this actually was pretty good and even funny in places.

But really, the best part of the night was just sitting and chatting.  We're so ridiculously awkward sometimes, but that's okay because we're still feeling things out (and up, haha), and tonight was just great.  :D

Next time though, I'm making KD. 

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Had a nice weekend not thinking much about the future.  Or trying not to. Everyone I talked to kept asking me what I planned to do now, but I just told them I'm not thinking about it much this weekend.

On Saturday I went to a stitch-and-bitch with a few friends of a friend, and it was nice to chill with new people.  Well, other than the fact that I dumped my drink all over the hosts couch, but luckily it didn't stain.  *facepalm*  Can't take me anywhere, apparently.

Then my brother and I took my Grandma out for dinner for her birthday.  It was nice, and I'm glad I could spend the time with them for a few hours.  My poor brother is so worried about me, and wouldn't let me help pay for dinner since I'm now jobless.  

But you know, I'm not that worried.  I have a good feeling that things will work out.  It may not be what I originally planned, but my plans rarely pan out the way I thought, and I don't normally put much stock into them because of it.  :)

For now, I'm parked in my favourite local coffee shop, tweaking my resume, writing cover letters, and looking up job opportunities.  Wish me luck all!
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My best friend's husband is in town for his birthday, the airline ticket purchased by a bunch of friends who have missed him.  I thought it was a really sweet gesture, and went to his birthday party last night to see him.  He's a great guy, it was nice to see him again.

On my way there, I stopped to pick up some cookies from the grocery store and saw a guy sitting outside the doors with a sign saying that he's travelling and broke, and anything would be appreciated. 
I was going to say that I don't know what struck me about it that I wanted to help, but that would be a lie... )
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What an absolutely gorgeous day!  I thought it was supposed to go up to about 10C and rain today, but it's sunny and considerably hotter.  :D  

This morning, I met my Grandma and Uncle at the McDonalds down the road from me for coffee before wandering around the Mulvey Flea Market.  They managed to refrain from buying anything, but I found a couple pretty pieces of art, a white bowl for dumping jewelry in (there's always little piles of earrings, rings, and necklaces lying around my place - I need something to put them in!), and a cut vase for my Mom's birthday gift.  After we parted ways, I hoofed it home, enjoying the sun.  

Sadly, the landlords haven't shut off the heat yet, so my place is hot and humid.  :P  But opening all the windows seems to help!  I plan to clean for a while, before getting to a sewing project.  

Perfect day is perfect (nearly - needs some tea)
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I got a call from my brother earlier this evening, telling me to come down to my favourite local pub for a beer.  Not having anything in particular planned and craving a beer, and also maybe a little curious about the "surprise" he had for me, I headed down right away.  It's like, a 3 second walk from my apartment.

Note: This pub is the best.  It serves something like 150 varieties of beer from around the world, including scads of the beers I've been missing from southern Ontario.  Plus it's the only place except for the Yukon and parts of BC that sells Yukon beer.  Hell yeah!  Let's see your local do that!

So the surprise?  My childhood best friend works there.  Has been working there for like, 8 months.  And she lives down the road from me.  How the fuck we never crashed into eachother is anyone's guess.  I haven't seen her since I started university, hell nearly 10 years ago.  Fuck me, has it really been that long?  She hasn't changed a bit.

We've tried to meet up a couple times, but I admit, I'd been terrified to do it.  How do you deal with something like that?  And I'm a chicken shit.  But the scariest part is over, and I'll be fucked if I'm not going to convince her to come out for a beer with me sometime so we can catch up for real without her having to work. 

Awesome evening was awesome.

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It's been cold as fuck lately, which is actually a good thing since this weather is more normal than the -5C we've been having.  For those who say that we shouldn't count the windchill when describing temps have never been here.  While the base temperature was only -16C (~3F)* on Friday, it felt like -40C (-40F)* with the windchill.  It's the joy of living on the prairies, where there is literally nothing to block or slow down the wind when it comes tearing through the province.

But today?  Today is quite lovely.  Clear blue skies, sunny as all get-out, and crisp -10C (14F)*.  Lovely day for a walk.  Went off to the local coffee shop for a latte and a chapter of Pride and Prejudice, then an hour long stroll through the residential streets.  My neighbourhood is one of the older ones in the city, with big trees lining the streets and gorgeous, large houses constructed in the 40's and 50's.  I've been itching to wander about for a while now, and today was a great opportunity.

And now I'm off to watch a Torchwood marathon while forcing myself to work on my winter coat, because I'm really tired of wearing my ever increasingly ratty work jacket when out in public.  I hope you all enjoy your day as much as I have been!


* I'm trying to force myself to finally get a grasp of Fahrenheit temperatures, because they always baffle me and I come across it often enough.  All conversions done using this site.

Coffee Date

Feb. 4th, 2012 05:13 pm
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Just got back from a short visit with my brother and his girlfriend.  Was nice to just get out for a quick coffee with people that I like (and I'm pleased to put my brother in that category now). 

Surprisingly, I really like his girlfriend.  This is surprising because I've never really liked most of his girlfriends.  Or at least, didn't really know them, and never really wanted to.  But this one, R, is fun and chill and the very first one I can relate to.  Probably because for once my brother isn't going for the hot bad chick, but a smart pretty 'good girl'.  I think even he's surprised by this.  I hope they make it, because I'd like to adopt her into the family.

Favourite part of the coffee date?  Bonding with R over Sims2.  Oh god, I can't wait until my brother realizes he's dating someone just like me.  It's only fair, my last boyfriend was basically just like my brother. 

Man we're a weird family.
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Ran to the post office this morning to mail off my friend's Christmas present.  Stopped at a local diner for a late breakfast along the way.  Excellent eggs benedict, I'm surprised.  Most of the time, eggs bene is hit and miss, but I was impressed.  And I got a few pages into my Marie Curie Biography, which I've been itching to read since the summer.

All in all, I call Sunday a success, and it's only half over!  :D
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I believe that even the stupidest little mistakes happen for a reason.  Okay yeah usually it's because you've done something stupid, but sometimes it's for other reasons.

About an hour ago, I rented an upholstery cleaner to clean my new (to me) couch (\o/).  If I'd read the instructions I would've known that I needed the anti-foam gel, but I didn't.  Stupid little mistake.

Luckily, I live 5 minutes from the store, so off I went to correct said stupid little mistake.

On the way home, I discovered a great little coffee shop that just opened between the shop and my place!  It's fantastic!  Good coffee, nice staff, tasty-looking stuff, and convenient location.  And on top of that, they're fair trade, have eco-friendly products, and a board where a notice was posted for a meeting on a community garden next weekend!

I'm in love.

And dammit, they open at 6:30 am on weekdays.  Guess I know where I'm getting my morning coffees from now on.  Screw you Second Cup!  :D
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Just got back from having lunch and going to see the Eaton's Fairytale Vignettes at the Children's Museum with my Grandma.  The outing was actually my Christmas gift to her, since I figured the best thing to do was to spend some time with her instead of trying to buy her something.

The Vignettes were actually some of the old Christmas window decorations that used to be on display at Eaton's, years ago.  When I saw the advert, I immediately thought of my Grandma, who used to work downtown, and figured she might like to go see them.  It was a much smaller display than I was expecting, but it was lovely to go see, and I even discovered a couple fairytales I hadn't know about until then (The Owl and the Pussycat, and The Little Match Girl).

Here's a link to the photostream at flickr if you're interested in the pictures.  Not too fancy, but lovely in their simplicity.  And they were all animated as well, which was fun even if it was just small movements.  My favourite display was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, with all the dwarfs in their wee beds and their wee blankets.

All in all, a fantastic day!  It was nice to finally spend some one-on-one time with my Grandma.  :)

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