Monthly Archives: December 2011

Happy Birthday to ME!

If all has gone well… yesterday I left Pang in the evening arrived in Iqaluit… and then Today in the early afternoon, I’ll be sitting on a plane heading to Ottawa…connecting and then heading to Toronto!  Where my mum and Kat will be waiting for me…

Before leaving Pang, I shared a birthday dinner with Morena… her birthday was earlier in the week.. so we picked Saturday night and had a dinner!  She makes some amazing lasagna, another friend made an awesome pizza, put together with the cake I made (thanks Becky and Stephanie for the mix!) it was a yummy celebration!  Despite the ‘icing’ emergency I encountered when icing the cake…it all tasted good! It was an awesome dinner with amazing company!

A birthday message wouldn’t be complete with me rock’n the paper party hat (just like all my family members had posted on their various birthdays over 2011!)…

This year has been amazing… I can’t wait to see what the next one brings!  I might start thinking up a list of 32 things to do when I’m 32…but we all know how I hate lists, and like to be pretty spontaneous!  But I might think about my list while I’m on my vacation…

The blog might be pretty quiet for the next week or so… I’m heading further south tomorrow, to Cozumel, Mexico—nothing like some FUN in the SUN to help celebrate your Birthday!  Add a few GREAT friends, beaches and sun I’m looking for a pretty fantastic week!  I’ll see you soon… all tanned and relaxed!

Santa comes to Pangnirtung!

I love parades!  Growing up my family had a tradition to go over to friends of the family.  There we would gather around the TV and watch the Santa Claus parade from Toronto.  At some point the paper and pens would come out and we’d all write our letters to Santa Claus. Even when I lived in Toronto (for about 5 years)…I never went to the parade to see it live, but would watch the TV broadcast from my house, baking cookies and write my letter to Santa! I think at some point I need to go to the Toronto Parade in Person!

Northern parades are even more special… often there is more people IN the parade than standing around WATCHING the parade!  Everyone climbs in their vehicles and take part!  I remember being in the Canada Day Parade in 2009! In 2009 I also watched the Santa Claus Parade in Iqaluit… (I was there for my Birthday Weekend Getaway!)

This morning I HEARD the parade start in Downtown…then go to UPTOWN, and finally CROSS the bridge to my part of town!  The inner kid in me was SO excited… I couldn’t wait, to get a glimpse of Santa…even though it was so cold!

Some of the vehicles decorated their cars…. Most people in the cars had Santa hats on and were excited to wave to myself and my neighbours! There were firetrucks, RCMP trucks, Hamlet vehicles, cars, trucks, ATVs and Snowmobiles that were all part of this parade!  

When the RCMP vehicle came close… Oliver’s voice boomed out, “Merry Christmas Sarah!” too cute!!! I’m sure he was helping with the lights and sirens…. 

In Pang, Santa leads the parade… but I decided to put his photo at the end of my post!   Santa was throwing out ‘goodie’ bags of candies… and had some awesome tunes… I might have just done a little dance!  My one regret this Christmas is that I won’t be able to go to one of the Inuktitut Dances…and practice up on my scottish reels and fancy footwork! 

I’m so glad I got to see the Pang Parade… Now that I finished the last-week-of-work-before-my-holidays AND now that I’m officially on holidays, it makes Christmas seem that much closer!

Happy Birthday Kat…

Happy Birthday to YOU…


HaPpY bIrThDaY Dear Kat…

Happy Birthday to YOU!


I hope you have a FANTASTIC day… Can’t wait to celebrate with you in person! (one more week!)

We SO need to HIT the MALLS and do some SHOPPING!

You SO know how to Rock a PAPER Crown!

Hope all your dreams come true come true when you blow out your candles!

Luv ya, Sarah

Green Carded…

Travelling up north is never a given that you will get from Point A to Point B.  Today I was ‘green carded’ on my boarding pass before I got on my flight back to Pang.  The Green Card is NEVER a good sign.  Basically this sticker tells us that ‘landing is subject to weather’ and that if we don’t land the airline is not responsible for our hotels, meals etc.  This is a common practice of the airlines that flight up north! Our flight was delayed for about an hour because of a cross-wind reported in Pang (this isn’t a good sign!)  and then it was reported that  there was a low ceiling–but the flight went on hoping to land! As we flew closer to Pang, we started to fly above the clouds.  Then ducked down at the beginning of the Fiord to fly under the clouds. In Iqaluit there was no clouds or wind… and you could see tons from the windows.

Everyone on the plane had ‘crossed their fingers’ hoping as we would land…it was like everyone was holding their breath. Wishing with all their beings that we would land.  As I looked out the window I got to see some of the ice has been forming on the fiord!

…then we pulled up and started to circle Cumberland Sound for awhile above the clouds!  After a moment the pilots made an announcement and told us that we had gotten fairly close to Pang, but the airplane was started to ‘ice-up’ so they pulled up.  They were in contact with the ground and were going to circle the Cumberland Sound to see if they would attempt a landing a second time.

After making a few circles over the Cumberland Sound, above the clouds… we started to pull up.  The pilots said that we were heading back to Iqaluit, as they  weren’t going to attempting a landing again. 

So after arriving at the airport at 8am… about 2 hours and a bit in the air… I was back in Iqaluit-and  checked back into my Hotel by 12:40!  Weather delays are a bit annoying, but they don’t stress me out.  It’s just something you have to ‘roll’ with the punches with.  There’s nothing that can be gained from complaining! You just embrace it and make plans with friends… (which I have done!)

I’m just glad that I rebooked my flights to leave Pang for holidays… this will give me a few extra days to leave Pang before I need to fly to Toronto.  This ‘window’ should probably work fantastic so I won’t be delayed!  You just have to travel smartly… and also make friends in places where you get ‘weathered’ out frequently!

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