Monthly Archives: April 2012

Friendship, ICQ and Blog Changes

Just before Easter Weekend I was talking online with my good friend Lisa about some changes I wanted to do my blog.  Over the last three years Lisa has helped me out numerous times with the  behind-the-scenes-stuff on my blog.  Often I’d have an idea of some changes I wanted on my blog, or an idea for a header…and Lisa would come to the rescue and sort out all the details!

Talking online is something that is the norm for us…perhaps I should ‘back-track’ a bit.

We met thru a mutual friend, a roommate of mine during my second year of university.  She had been part of my roommate’s youth group during high school…and was her ICQ list.  Me being nosy one day asked “Who is this Squidgee, person?”…and a friendship was born and grew through ICQ.

Side Note: I’m hoping other people remember that chat program. It always brings back memories for me of my early university days…until it just sort of ‘died’…I think that can be blamed on MSN Messenger! But remember those glorious “Uh-OHs” for me they were such a wonderful procrastination tool that helped me put off writing so many university essays.  After chatting online for a bit…we finally met in-person… months later and have been friends ever since. She blogs over at Learning Titus 2 and The Canadian Homeschooler. She is a mom to three very active boys ages 8, 6 and 4!

Here's a photos of us together...circa 2000..

 

When you are a blogger, live in the Arctic… often you will end up reading and looking at other people’s blogs.  This might have left a bit of ‘blog-envy’…see there were a lot of features that I wanted for my blog.  But every time I went behind-the-scenes to try to ‘change’ something on my blog format I’d run into a road block and wasn’t able to make the changes I wanted to make.

During that Facebook Chat before Easter…Lisa mentioned the only way to make the changes I wanted…meant in a change of hosting.  Lisa was the one that helped out with my blog’s switch from wordpress.com to wordpress.org.  This change means I can ‘self-host’ my blog and have more ‘freedom’ with plugins and widgets. If you want more info about this…check it out HERE! The only other difference is I have to pay for the ‘hosting’ of my blog….but it was a reasonable price!

Over the last 2 weeks I’ve been slowly working on some of the changes to my blog format. I say ‘I’ but really Lisa was the one that has done most of them. The changes have been slow in happening…some of them noticeable like adding the ‘linkwithin’ widget, have the ability to change fonts…and others are behind-the-scenes and a reader wouldn’t even notice the difference!

One of the last changes Lisa helped with was with her mad photoshop skillz and created my new Spring HEADER!

Thank you Lisa for tech-support with my behind-the-scenes stuff in blogging.  Lisa is incredibly gifted in web design/photoshop stuff.  If anyone else needs help with websites, blogging, photoshop etc… feel free to send her a message via her blog, Learning Titus 2.

 

Fall of 2008...at my celebration party for completing my Masters

I’m thankful that you are part of my life Lisa.  I’m glad that over the last 12 years despite living in different cities, provinces and countries…we have managed to stay connected!  Your friendship means so much…thanks for being you.

Wordless Wednesday XX: my back-yard…

My house is the 'dark-grey' house on the far right of the LONG town house...

*it’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these…

Gone Fishin’

Today at work we had an IQ Day. When I worked here in 2009 I got to participate in two IQ days.  I went fishing in the SPRING and in the SUMMER.   IQ is short for Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit is traditional Inuit Knowledge. Below is a bit more about these societal values…

Inuit as a people have a long-standing code of behaviour based on time-honored values and practices. These values were communicated to younger Inuit at a very early age through stories, songs, direct modeling of behaviour and legends that spoke of the success associated with remembering them. *Source*

Today my coworkers and I headed out on the land to go ice fishing at Iqalukjuak.  Iqalukjuak means Big Fish in Inuktitut.  It’s about a two hour (maybe a bit more) drive from Pang.  Here’s a shot of the lake….
We met at the ‘beach’ early this morning around 7am before heading to the lake! There was some organizing of who was going in what kamotik or skidoo… then we were off!
Views from the trail… today was such an amazing day!  Blue skies…great people…and tons of fish… It’s finally warm enough to be able to head out to enjoy the snow.  And there’s still heaps of it up here!
The kamotik that was my ‘ride’ for the day.  I actually don’t mind riding in them… it’s a fun, a bit bumpy… but alright.  Today this was the part of the trip that worried me… I fell last week wearing my kamiks inside my friend’s kitchen.  I fell hard, legs went out from under me…and went from standing to sitting with my legs out in front of me in a V.  It was a HARD fall… and my tailbone isn’t happy right now.  For the ride out I knelt in the kamotik, holding the sides of it to steady myself on the bumps… then coming home I was tried resting on my side/hip… and ended up coming home that way.  So that’s the way I got around SITTING and bouncing on my tailbone for 2+hrs!
…it was amazing after getting to the lake, we started getting holes in the water…and fish started getting pulled out of holes everywhere!
My Iqalukjuak..it was the 2nd fish I caught today, but the 3rd in my life I’ve EVER caught. I gave it to my friend to share with her family–it was just TOO big for me to eat on my own and I didn’t want to waste any.  Char is always better FRESH…For my family, don’t worry when I come south in the summer… I’ll bring some ‘big’ ones to share with you!
There were three prizes given today.  1. First Fish Caught 2. Biggest Fish and 3. Smallest Fish.  I won for the ‘smallest’ fish… I’m holding it below!  Also there’s a photo of me just after I caught my first fish…literally happened within the first 5mins of starting jigging!
These are the two ‘biggest’ fish from the day… Mine is the bottom one, not quite the biggest-but close!  My coworker and I showing off our catch!
One of my co-worker’s made her amazing bannock…she calls it “Move over Tim Horton’s” because it’s WAY better than any Tim’s donuts I’ve EVER had!…Here’s mine that has a big bite out of it!
Here’s some views from around the lake….
We stopped at the River on our way back to town…overall it’s really shallow, and the ice was really thin with some ‘open’ spots!  But that didn’t stop people from catching fish…I just wandered and took photos!
It wasn’t very ‘bright’ and the photo doesn’t really capture what I saw, but there was a FULL rainbow around the sun!
Then it was time to head home… a shot of me ‘kneeling’ in the kamotik!
Today was my first time on the Kulik River Trail… I’d heard stories about it. There’s a spot at the beginning of trail that’s incredibly steep, and very narrow… going up I was a bit freaked out, but totally trusted the person driving the skidoo that was towing the kamotik!  Off to the side… is a very ‘steep’ crazy drop to the river below.  Below is a photo from the bottom of the ‘steep’ part.  (it’s hard to actually see the trail.. and how crazy-narrow-steep it is… the trail winds up to the top of this photo…) Someone has constructed a ‘fence’ to stop you from going off the trail and rolling off the edge!
The view from across the fiord, almost home!  Today was an amazing day…I had a BLAST…the bumpy ride in a kamotik was so worth it.  I had many reminders today of how blessed I truly am to live where I do, and experience the things I am experiencing.  I work with some amazing people, it was great to spend a day out on the land fishing with them.  Can’t wait until the next time.
UPDATED: I just realized I crossed off another thing on my “List of 32 Things to do when I’m 32”…Number 19: “Go ice-fishing and catch an Arctic Char..or at least attempt to”… YAHOO for checking another off the list!

Waiting for Baby…

I’ve been trying to figure out a time to get to Iqaluit to take some ‘baby bump’ photos for my friend Josefina. Baby is due very soon on April 25th…Josefina you look fabulous.  On Sunday I was able to get together with Josefina, Eduardo and their son Lucas to take some family shots!

I started off taking some shots at their house… Lucas showed off his trains and there were some family stories too!

After some shots inside… we bundled up and headed to Apex to the Hudson’s Bay Cabins.  It was such a gorgeous afternoon!  We didn’t even need jackets…

After Lucas had a quick ride on the kamotik… he decided to pull his mum and dad for a bit.  (He did get a bit of help from me!)

It was a fabulous afternoon!   

Thanks again Josefina and Eduardo for letting me capture this moment in time for your family to look back on!   I’m glad I finally was able to get the baby ‘bump’ on camera before baby comes.  Wishing you all the best, can’t wait to meet your new addition next time I’m in Iqaluit.

Getting Published…

When I got home from my day spent celebrating Pang’s 40th Hamlet Day Anniversary I had an email from a friend.  This friend had been contacted by someone from Nunatsiaq News and they were wondering if there were any photos from the day’s celebrations they could use in their publication. I emailed them a few photos that evening and more in the morning…and 4 were chose.  These photos were posted throughout the day on Nunatsiaq’s Facebook page…and on Nunatsiaq Online, their website!

Because I’m a bit of a ‘geek’ I took a ‘screen-shot’ to remember seeing my photos where in an online publication!

It was so exciting to see some of my work published in an online paper for lots of people to see!  While I was in Iqaluit celebrating Toonik Tyme some more of my photos from my experiences were also added to the Facebook Page, online website…and possibly next week’s PAPER edition of the paper!  (That should be REALLY exciting to see if some of my photos make it to the actual newsprint copy of the paper!)

It’s been a bit surreal and crazy amazing experience… It’s been an amazing opportunity to allow more people to see more of my photography work!

The other really nifty thing is that tonight I realized that having this happened has helped with #27 on my List of 32 Things to do When I’m 32… two things done-still many more to go!

If you want to take a look at the photos they are all on Facebook…check out Nunatsiaq News…”like” their page so that you can get news feeds from happenings around the north!  Once on their page…check out their ‘photos’…and then ‘search’ through…there should be some of mine in there (a photo credit is given for each image!)

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