Monthly Archives: February 2011

Surprises! Oh My…

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 About a month ago, I received an email from a co-worker…telling me about the Red River Deep Freeze (Roller Derby Event!).  She was wondering who else wanted to come out.. I was totally in for going to a new event.  I looked at the date of the event, and realized my mum would be out… so I booked 2 tickets… and then had to tell my mum that she would only be able to go to 5 of the 6 Moose games that were scheduled.  (She of course asked why… and I kept it a secret…) until just before we left for dinner! 

We met up with 2 of my coworkers for crepes.. at this amazing crepe place that is like a 10ish min walk away from my apartment! (I so love that my place is a walk away from so many good places to eat, and have coffee!). 

We drove to the Winnipeg Convention Centre…met up with another co-worker, and her two kids… we were all pumped to see what the night would bring…. I must admit I was pretty amazed at what a big crowd was there! And was thankful for my co-worker that was able to get us seats–that had a good view!

I took the following photos from the program… to show you the ‘team rosters’….
Here’s Winnipeg’s Murder City Maidens….

 Who took on Red Deer’s Nighshades!

 As we watched the players warm up…. we looked at the “Quick Derby Primer’ in the program… which is below…it’s a good thing that was there… but even reading.. I wasn’t 100% sure what was about to happen during the ‘derby’…..

Here’s the “zebra crew” also known as Referees…
A quick shot of the warm-up/introductions…

 The acoustics were pretty bad–It was way loud..but you still couldn’t understand what the announcers were telling you!

 Here you can see the “Jammer” (with the star on her helmet)..moving through the “pack” to score points–they get one point for every opponent they pass legally–but they have to make it through the pack once before they start to score…. the first jammer (there are 2 one from each team)… through becomes the ‘lead jammer’ they have the ability to call of the Jam at any time… (usually if their team isn’t in a scoring position but the other team is!)…

 I think the funniest part of the night was when mum turned to me and told me that my dad was a big fan of roller derbies back in the 70s/80s….another random fact that I know about my dad I suppose!?

 There were some falls, a roller skate fell off at one point… and lots of yelling…. (Once I figured out how the derby worked… there also was some cheering!!)

 In the end… the Red Deer Nightshades… won…. 🙂 it was a fun night…

I think my mum really enjoyed her surprise as much as I did!  Unfortunately, we don’t have any photos of us at the derby… but that doesn’t mean we didnt’ like it… even though the popcorn was a bit too salty!

Happy Valentine’s Day…

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my heart and the globe… a gift from my mum that she sent to me in Australia…
and I’ve carried them around to other places all over the globe!
I received the best gift this year.. and that was having my mum come and visit me for 12 days!! It’s been almost 2 years since I’ve lived in the same province as my family… and I have come to realize that time with loved ones is precious. 
Today is a day that has become a bit commericalized… but let’s bring it back to the heart of love… spending quality time with loved ones… that’s what this day should be about! I hope everyone out there can surround themselves with the people they love today! (Whether via Skype, in the living room, or by picking up the phone… it’s all about reaching out.. and bringing those people close to you… even if you live a million miles away!)
We did exchange cards, and some chocolates… because it’s always a good day when chocolate is involved!

Happy Valentines to all my family and friends… may you have an awesome day.. and know you are loved, today.. and more importantly all the other 364 days of the year! 

Luv, Sarah

Mum’s HERE!!

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On Thursday morning.. my mum arrived from Ontario…
taken today at the Forks during our Ride!
 I had a crazy day at work..so wasn’t able to pick her up at the airport. So organized her with a list of instructions/address to my apartment, arranged with the super in my building to let her in… and then I had to wait for the super to call to say she arrived! Her plane landed at 9:37am.. and by 10:35am I had a call–mum was at my apartment.  Let’s just say the rest of the day was good, but I kept thinking I can’t wait to get home!!! 
Sunday at the Forks… self portrait…
We headed out for Thai…where I had my B-day dinner… and had a ‘FEAST’ of food!  Friday, I got up and headed to work… and then we headed to the Moose Games on Friday and then Saturday night! 
These shots were taken with my iPhone… a quick shot of the warm-up!
Saturday night the Moose retired Mike Keane’s #12 Jersery, and raised it to the roof.

 
 Mum and I were there… had tickets in the ‘upper’ bowl.. it was sold out house!

 My cousin got a goal in that game.. and then we all went out to dinner after! We didn’t get home until 1:30am…(apparently my ‘late’ nights are rubbing off on my mum!)

Sunday morning, after a lazy start we headed down to the Forks!  I had what has become my FAVOURITE thing… from the Pancake House!  Banana Choc. Chip Pancakes—have you had them? If not.. you NEED to try them!  which always remind me of Jack Johnson’s “Banana Pancake” song…

We wandered around.. up to the look out… and then sat on a bench where we sat at Easter last year when Mum came out to visit.. You can look at those photos HERE (I had a bit redder hair!) it was a gorgeous way to spend the afternoon…it was about +5C!

 There were TONS of people out on the River Trail…

 ..a shot of the look out tower, at the Forks…

 We decided to go on the ‘free’ wagon ride… pulled by two horses!  It was great fun… during our short ride.. it started to snow, the temps had dropped as well!  After some hot chocolate and a look at the fantastic toy shop… we headed home! 

All in all it’s been a busy but FUN few days!! 🙂 I’m sure there will be much more fun happening over the remaining days she is out visiting!!

Music is the best therapy…

Monday Night I headed north to Clandaboye to Conni and Brent’s house for a House Show… it was so cold outside.. I was in a crazy grumpy mood–ask Ryan…but once the music started.. my grumpiness slowly started to fade…and was replaced with a smile..

Our opening act was Gabbi and Joe… it was my first time to hear/see Gabbi sing.. she has an amazing voice, and presence on stage!

and a shot of Joe…

Tonight.. the main act was the “Sultans of String“… “Sultans of String are Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity. The band romps through an energized adventure of Latin, Gypsy-jazz, Middle Eastern and folk rhythms, celebrating musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity…” was how Lynn Thompson described the group after a show.  I’ll be honest, it wasn’t my typical go-to-listen kind of music… but that’s the thing that I love about going to these House Shows… I get to see/hear stuff I’d never pick for myself!

Tonight only two of the five members of the “Sultans of String” were in Clandaboye… I can’t imagine what a show with ALL of the members would be.. because having only 2… was amazing!!

Here’s Chris McKhool…

and Kevin Laiberte…
Check out the YouTube link… This song was “written as a tribute to Luna (First Nation name Tsux iit), the famous killer whale in the Nootka Sound near Vancouver Island.   The Mowachaht/ Muchalaht First Nation belived him to be a reincarnation of their late chief Ambrose Maquinna, who said that after he passed away he would come back as a killer whale to bring them traditional teachings.  Four days after his death, Luna showed up.  This song goes out to the spirit of this beautiful whale” (from Luna, Sultans of Sting)…
As this was played last night.. I could totally close my eyes and HEAR the whale calling… it was so beautiful….it reminded me of THIS day.. and the first time I saw and her Bow Head Whales playing in the Cumberland Sound…
I love coming to the House Shows…but they are always challenging for me to take photos, but that’s not really why I go…but it’s still a bit of a game to see if I can get a decent shot of the performer–with the lighting/ motion… but I always surprise myself! It’s pretty dark…and I try to take the shots without flash.. so that makes it always interesting!

…this shot was exciting..because another camera’s flash lite my shot! (and I totally didn’t see Conni about to take the photo as I did… pretty neat….)

I’ve included this song… because it made me smile… I could totally picture the sunrise in Auyuittuq National Park.. (I’ve been there see HERE, HERE or HERE)… I looked at the Pang Pass…out of my living room window for a whole year!  So I’ve attached a few photos from my days living just south of the arctic circle for you to look at…. as you listen to the next YouTube clip!

Sunset… June 20, 2009… longest day of the year… (this was taken about midnight on the top of Mt. Duval!)

Self portrait… top of Mt. Duval… June 20, 2009…

From my trip to the Auyuittuq National Park… (unfortunately, the sun did not rise nor set on this trip!..it was covered in fog/snow!)

Leaving the Park.. the sun started to show itself…

Thanks Chris and Keven for sharing your amazing music… you look like you have as much fun in the making of it… as I did in the hearing of it! 🙂

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Thanks again Conni and Brent for opening up your house…it was an awesome night! Sarah

Queen of the Hill…

Just found these photos from my phone that I took at the end of last week…

They are pretty weird photos… just snow piles around the parking lot at work.But they have a bit more meaning to me than that!  But early last week every morning and night as I walked past these snow piles… my mind slipped back into the past…and memories of recess at my public school…

That’s when a pile of snow would transform into anything we wanted it to… Often it became a test of who could race to the top of the hill…and then stay… Oh the games of king/queen of the hill..
Other times it wasn’t as violent… but more a spot to stop and create steps, and/or caves in the side of the huge hill…and get lost in the fantasy world my friends and I would create…
On Friday, it was way warm.. (around +2C) and the snow banks were starting to diminish in size… I took these photos… wishing that I had taken the time earlier in the week to RUN up to the top of the hill. It would have been better because the snow would have been still solid—because of the crazy cold temps!  Maybe next big snow… I’ll be going out there, and reaching the top…perhaps I might even shout… I’m the Queen of the Hill…of course just for old times sake!

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