Monthly Archives: August 2013

Marbles…

The past two weeks the weather has started to change from summer to fall. It has been starting to get colder with the temperatures hovering around zero.  To make matters a bit worse, the days have been pretty foggy and if it hasn’t been raining—it has been snowing. (Have no fear the snow is not staying on the ground but three mornings this week I’ve woken up with snow.  It’s slowly creeping down the sides of the mountains…only to have it rain and disappear.)

Honestly, think snow in August is enough to make anyone feel a bit meh…

I’ve been writing and rewriting this post in my head all week. I’ll let you all in on a bit of a secret (or maybe it’s not so much of a secret, for those that know me well.) When I start feeling less positive about life…I tend to internalize all that crappy feeling and pretend that everything is A-OK! If I find myself starting into one of these spirals… it’s hard for me to see out of that spiral let alone blog.  For the most part I think I am a pretty positive person…and I don’t like to record the ‘down’ times.  So I find myself falling into old habits where I stop writing and posting updates on my blog.  I usually justify this with lots of different reasons like:  Maybe I’m not taking any photos I want to share? OR Maybe I’ve just been focusing on the home-work-home thing and not having any ‘fun’ adventures?  OR Maybe I just feel like I have nothing to share? Or Maybe I’m just trying to work through stuff in life that I don’t post about publically?  But honestly, it happens when I’m just trying to keep ahold of all my marbles.

“When you are stuck in a spiral, to change all aspects of the spin you need only to change one thing” Christina Baldwin

One thing that usually does help to change the aspect of the spin and help get of this spiral is the good old pep talk. Sometimes that doesn’t even work, but I push on and remind myself of what an awesomely beautiful place I live.  My home is in the Arctic…remote but so stunningly beautiful.  Friends and family of mine would love to have the experiences I’ve had…and I do get that.  Trust me I’m not ungrateful for what I have or the experiences that I have had. I love the adventures that currently are happening in my life, yet sometimes it just sucks.  Life is like that no matter where you live, or what your situation is sometimes it just sucks.

Part of my struggle is dreaming of the future, uncertain of the outcomes but at the same time trying to live in the present not getting caught up with the what-could-happen-in-a-possible-future.  As I type that I start to smile, it seems so simple and straight forward looking at it all on paper. But living it…well that’s a whole other story.  It’s a process and I suppose I just need to relax and maybe just stop thinking.  I know I over-think things!  I just wish I had some concrete answers.

Last night I was chatting with a friend, we were catching up on the end of the summer has gone.  We talked last at the end of July that was a time that there was a lot of stuff that was crazy up in the air in my life. After catching up and letting her know the dust has settled and balance has somewhat returned in my life.   She said, “Oh I’m so glad…in July I was worried you might be losing your marbles”. That statement in itself reminded me how awesome friends can be.  Because often when you are stuck in that spiral you can’t see out of it and can’t see the friends and family that are there helping you to change that spin.  I hope everyone out there has good friends that worry about if you are going to lose your marbles.  An even better scenario is when they listen to you when you think you are losing them, and convince you it’s going to be ok!

So where does that leave me?

Dreaming and wondering about a future…living in the present…looking for the next adventure in my own backyard…trying not to lose any more of my marbles!

Happy Birthday Gramma!

Happy Birthday to you…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!

HaPpY BiRtHdAy Dear GRAMMA….

Happy Birthday to you!

Gorgeous as ever... (December 2012)

Gorgeous as ever… (December 2012)

Hope you are having a fantastic day at the cottage!

(I have a feeling you are internet free there…so you will catch up on this at some point once you are connected again.)

I just wanted to send you a quick note to say how lucky I am to be your granddaughter!

You are the best Gramma ever.

 

One of my Favourite most 'recent' photos of Gramma and I... (May 2011)

One of my Favourite most ‘recent’ photos of Gramma and I… (May 2011)

The photo above is one of the most ‘recent’ shots I have of us together…and that was two years ago…so I think that means a photo shoot is in order next I see you!  (Though we both look fabulous in the photo above.)

Hope you have a fantastic day, sending you lots of love from Pangnirtung…wishing I was with you at Haliburton Lake today celebrating with you!

Luv, Sarah

World Photography Day

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Today is WORLD PHOTO DAY…I had great intentions of going for a walk after work, and taking some photos…but it was drizzling and kind of grey and cold outside.  So that kind of turned me off of going out to shoot some ‘new’ photos.  Instead I decided to go through my archives and share a few photos from my trip to France last September! I never did get around to blogging some of those…so without any further preamble, here are a few views from around France.

Notre Dame

View of Paris from the top of Notre Dame

Paris, France

Sunset on the top of the Arc de Triomphe nice views!

Versailles

Enjoying the Gardens at the Palace of Versailles

Bordeaux, France

Visiting a Vineyard outside of Bordeaux, France!

There’s just a peak of some of the gorgeous views I saw when I was in France.  Just remember that you don’t have to go to exotic locations to take photos…grab your camera and shoot your backyard, neighbourhood on a walk! Photography is art…and the more photos you take the more your photography style develops!

Bordeaux, France (1)

Yukon 2013

Photo Credit: Jennifer Eichenberg

Keno Hill, Yukon  (Photo Credit: Jennifer Eichenberg)

I realized today that it has been two months since I started my epic Yukon Road trip!  The trip was such an amazing one…filled with so many good memories and laughs.  Over the last two months this trip hasn’t been far from my thoughts.  I think a good holiday is suppose to be like that you fill up your memory bank so that when you need a little boost, you can start laughing about random memories with really good friends!

Indigo's RavensIndigo's Ravens

Throughout the trip I did do a bit of blogging and had heaps of photos from the adventure…tonight I went through my archives because I was working on another project and decided to post a few of them over here on “Sarah on the Road”…but with some links back to more photos and stories from the Yukon over at “Indigo’s Ravens”. Indigo's Ravens

So if you want to look at all the fun from the first day on the road…or adventures in Dawson City, the Order of the Sour Toe and then some Hangover Madness!
Indigo's Ravens

There was a race to be run in Mayo and exploring in Keno City!  Random times with bearded-lady-hats on the side of the road...With a few days rest in Faro and exploring the awesomeness of Kara’s hometown.  Indigo's Ravens

Then it was back on the road minus 2 of the crew to head to Alaska! Taking the White Pass train in Skagway... then a ferry ride to Haines, then exploring Haines, Alaska… the last travel day on the road!  Then there was two fun filled days in Whitehorse before the trip was over and it was time to head back on the plane.  Then there was a whole bunch of crazy things overheard by Little Raven on the trip! Indigo's Ravens

It was a gorgeous trip…so great to meet friends face-to-face for the first time…and the camping-road trip adventures was an awesome experience.  I just can’t believe it’s over…We totally need to plan another trip in another part of the country at some point in the future!  Until the next time I’ll have my memories and photos from the trip to tide me over! 

Overheard from the Road…

It’s Little Raven here and it’s been two whole months since this group of ladies were travelling around the Yukon. Little RavenWhat I will tell you from my perch in the car and other random places I certainly did overhear some crazy weird things over that two weeks.  Since it’s been a little while since this road trip wrapped up I thought it was time to let you know some of these wonderful things I overheard! Little Raven“I’m not a good blower…but I do like it hard.” (While one of the ladies was blowing up an air mattress…)

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“You can get the chips and I’ll totally chip in on that…”

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“Truck Honey… that seems legit!”

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“You love it when someone puts things in your do-hickey?”

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“I’m having a cape malfunction!  Lesson learned capes + backpacks + wind = bad scene”

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“Dirty?!  I do like it dirty…”

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“Did you guys still want to stop at the 5 fingered place…? I’m not sure what we are doing there… But it will be a group thing…and it will be fun!”

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“Can someone get me some diaper wipes for when I’m done? Otherwise I’m gonna stink like diesel…”

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“So you are saying there’s a pull out by the pecker wood trees?”

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“I so want to spend one more night with YOU!”

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“You can’t throw up and hold onto your stick!”

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“Guard rails are for pussies!”

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“You learn to play the banjo…I’ll learn to play the ulklalee and we’ll make a band called ‘the Ravens’!”

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“I just need to have a moment.”Little Raven“I soiled my napkin!”

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“I just ate some bug spray that was on my face!”

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“I licked my arm… I forgot!”

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“Warning: drinky al-e-chol”

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“I have no undies because I am chunking them as I go!”

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It’s 4:47am… “I gotta use the potty…”

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“…at least we are both in cased in our own sausages!”

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“The pirates are watching me I can’t sleep!”

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“The only person I’ve slept with has been my husband, so I may end up spooning you!”

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“I’m going to close the back door.  There’s a front door to this camper?!”Little Raven

“Sometimes you just gotta let a little bit out!”
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“This CHIT just got real…You’ve been messing with my lychee nuts?!”

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“Just One… It was just just one!” (referring to said lychee nuts)

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“Rumming is the way to go!”

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“If you can’t run a race you might as well take the free swag!”

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“Random hugging love it!”

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“But no one in the group has their underwear I haven’t broken them out yet!”

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“Look I made a penis! Ok so it wasn’t me it was the bits and bites…but still it’s a PENIS!”

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“Oh, fuck its only 4:34am…will this night ever end?”

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“Dude, I think there is a bear in that tent next door!”

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“Kennie’s carpet feels so good under my bare foot…”

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“Sarah I need to borrow your blower because my tool is dirty. It needs a good blowing…”

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“Why is my seat warm all of. Sudden? Did I piss myself?!”

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“Can I ask a stupid white girl question?”

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“I love trips where you can laugh about farts!”

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“Hard…. Straight!!!!!! (I like it hard an straight!)”

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“Nothing like a home cooked sausage meal”

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“We do get authentic jolts and jostles from time to time!”

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“He’s just whacking his weeds!”

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“I’ll fill your truck with gas— no problems!”

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“It’s a rod– a nice salty rod!”

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“It would be gummy…. Which wouldn’t be funny!”

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“Omg look at the bugs!!! I’m gonna dye from cancer because of all the deat that’s been on my body!”Little Raven So there you have it…some of the things overheard on this EPIC road trip!  Now if only I could find my way back to Nunavut…I seem to have been lost somewhere in the Yukon! 

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