Monthly Archives: November 2010

Does this look like me?

>Last night, I went to a work party which celebrated the diverse group of people I work with… It was a fun night with great music and food (once it got to our table!)… Some of the acts were “Sher-E-Punjab” which was an Indian Bhangra Dance group… so much fun!  “Ca Claque”…which brought in some of the Franco-Manitoban culture into the mix… (the fiddle always makes me want to dance, break out the spoons and you so know it’s a party!) Then there was some greetings from various people who were hosting the event.  Then some more music…from “Caimiro Nhusi Band” which was a drumming group from various parts in Africia… and that was also so much fun!  To end off the evening there was a little bit of latin flare… with the “Cubanisimo” latin dancers… and then “Papa Mambo” which is a Latin Jazz Ensemble…  I was pretty tired after a crazy week, but I’m glad I decided to go… it was worth it! 

While there I also had my caricature drawn…. I had only ever had it done once before..(and it really wasn’t that nice of one done!) There’s a bit of a back story, when I started two of my co-workers have this really cool caricature on their office door–of themselves… and I was like.. that’s so cool, I want one! 

Well last night I got one… (I don’t think it will go on my office door…but I think it might find it’s way into my ‘cozy corner office’ onto my book shelf..) 

Here is Tom Andrich hard at work… (by the end of the night, I’m sure he did tons of these…I had mine done early on in the evening..) Here is his website…

Yes, that’s me… it was so weird having to sit and have some study my face, being a photographer it’s so wierd being the ‘subject’…
Here’s a shot of me last weekend from a mini-shoot I did…
photo by Ryan Bealer
The end result… but the question is, does it REALLY look like me?

…my answer is a little bit YES, and a little bit NO!!! (but isn’t that what caricatures are all about?!)
It was a great night.. and I’m glad that I have this reminder of it!

Home Routes Take 2…

>Well, I’ve been going through photos…and realized I never blogged about another “Home Routes House Concert” I went to back at the end of October…  I went to one early October.. and blogged about it HERE!

On October 30th, I headed north of the perimeter to Conni and Brent’s house for another concert!  I brought a friend with me this time…so I was lucky, I didn’t have to drive!

This time I was able to make it in time for the opening act… Brentin, Barry, Terry and Joe warmed up the crowd !!!

…I only took a few photos…partly because it was so dark, and I think flash is evil…(and there was just too much blur happening…) and partly because the room was so full, and I didn’t want to draw attention to myself, and not on the performers! 
But I do like this shot…

The ‘pre-show’ was amazing… and then we had a brief break before Lynne Hanson the main act came on to perform…  as I write this I’m listening to one of her cds…and am brought back to that night! 

Lynne got up and quietly started to share her stories at first with words, then with her songs…but she had amazing stage presence….

Most of my friends who know me know that I don’t actively go out in search of new music, styles, to listen too… I just get stuck in ruts, listen to what’s on the radio, or what friends listen too.. that’s what I’m really enjoying about these concerts is finding new stuff to listen too!  I’m getting to hear some pretty awesome music that I never would have heard in my own little ‘bubble’!  I’m happy to say that Lynne has joined that ‘bubble’ of  music I like! 

I’m not 100% sure if it was my frame of mind…but her music really spoke to me that night!  Something about the words and stories was something I could relate too…and its something I can’t quite put into words. But what I will do is leave you all with one of the songs Lynne sang… “Rest of My Days”

>Love the way you FLY!

So yesterday while I was driving to work…listening to my fave morning show in Winnipeg ( Hot 103)…with Ace Burpee, Chrissy Troy, and LTI (Loyd the Intern)….seriously they are the funniest of all morning shows… Ace played his new song for his Christmas CD..(I think in the past Ace has recorded a ‘Holiday CD’ and sold it to help out local Charities…)

… it made me LAUGH OUT LOUD while driving in Milo! By the end I was singing along to the chorus, not an unfamiliar sight…and by the time I reached work, parked and walked to my office…I couldn’t wait to look it up…and see it on YouTube for myself!!!

I hope you enjoyed it… and it put you a bit more into that ‘holiday’ frame of mind…

I can’t wait to see the other ‘songs’ on his CD!

Brought to you by the letter I…

>Everyone knows that the way to a girl’s heart is through IKEA right?

Shortly after I arrived in Winnipeg I was crazy shocked to find out that there is no IKEA here.  The closest ones are in Minneapolis approx 8.5 hours and a boarder crossing away! Calgary, approx. a 15 hour trek… or Edmonton about 16 hours.  (these times were given to me by a friend… so if they are wrong.. it’s not my fault!)  Although there has been a sod turning, and at some point in Winnipeg’s future there WILL be a store here.  These facts did not help the fact that I was without bookshelves!  (I sold them when I left Nunavut!)  I was pretty upset, even on Craigslist and Kijji I couldn’t find the coveted IKEA stuff I wanted!  (I did manage to find my RED inserts to the shelf I wanted…but alas… no SHELF could be found in the city…that people did want to give up!)

I know I could have ordered it online to be shipped to me…but the shipping cost just over the cost of the shelf… I just couldn’t justify paying more in shipping than what the shelf originally cost!  On a side note, a blogging friend, Jordan,  in Iqaluit recently tried to order a sofa from IKEA… check HERE to find out his delivery cost… yes, 1 billion dollars!!! Another northern blogger, Townie Bastard, (one of the god fathers of northern blogging) has picked up the story.. and apparently it’s been on APTN…click out that blog HERE….

So my shipping wasn’t exactly that much…but still I waited… and waited… and mentioned it a friend that I knew drove occasionally through Calgary…. and past an IKEA! Then became the standard joke, he’s say I’m going to Calgary, and I’d txt him… Ikea? Ikea is a great place!? you should go there… etc…

Well Ryan FINALLY made my day when I received a photo txt of the front of the IKEA store!!!  (this happened on a really rough week (Oct. 18-23).. I was going through a lot personally…and well this news that my IKEA shelf that I wanted was being purchased…and on it’s way back to ME in Winnipeg… was awesome!)

I drove over on Thursday October 21st to Ryan’s to pick up my shelf, hoping that it would fit in Milo…there were 3 boxes all about 6 feet long!  That’s when the fun started!!!!

 One box in… 2 more to go!!! Ryan picked up the shelf on Monday morning, (after driving all night)… then had to put them in his truck on his bunk… and slept on them for about 3 nites… so my shelf got to go to Vancouver and back…. Thanks Ryan… your extra special delivery has helped make my house more a home here in Winnipeg!!!

 Yes, I lugged the boxes too!!!

I couldn’t contain my excitement!!!

My Expedit (still can’t pronounce that) shelf was HERE in Winnipeg!!!

 Ryan also brought me what he referred to as my “IKEA Porn”… aka the IKEA 2011 Catalogue!

 …hmmmm I think I found something else? Think you can bring this back? hehehe (he did say as long as it fits on the 2nd seat, he might be willing to make another trip for me!)

After we got all the boxes in my car… I left Ryan at his house and headed back to mine.. not 100% sure how I would get all three boxes out of Milo and into my apartment!  I was lucky… as I pulled up I saw our assistant super.. and asked him if he could give me a hand… he did, and even put the elevator on service so it was quick and easy!!! 

I left the boxes on the floor of my apartment for 2 1/2 days… and on Sunday I decided it was time to put the shelf together… I cleared away the furniture, got a big enough floor space to put it together…. and then started assembling it…

adding more boards, and pegs…

Then came the screwing in the top boards…..(have to love the IKEA do-hickies that screw things together eh?)

 So I had my shelf assembled on the floor… and there was NO way I was picking that guy up… it was HEAVY and HUGE (6 feet by 6 feet)… So what does a single girl do? Well she goes knocking trying to find someone available on a Sunday afternoon to help lift up the shelf…. I didn’t find “laundry boy” but did find the man across the hall that came in to help me lift it up!  And volia!!!

The Before….

And the AFTER…

I have since unpacked those last 4 boxes of books.. and filled up the shelves… All in all, I’m a very happy woman!!! Every time I look at it… it brings a smile to my face… who would have thought that all it could take was a little IKEA shelf…. now there’s just fact that I need bedside tables… Ryan, when isyour next trip to Calgary? hehehe…

Go Moose Go!

If you are a friend on Facebook… you will have noticed I’ve been going to a lot of the Moose games lately… this is because of two reasons.  The first being that I enjoy watching a game of hockey… the second reason is on Thanksgiving weekend my cousin moved to town…and is playing on the Moose right now!  It’s been so fun to go to the games and cheer for him and the team!

…a between periods game… really really funny to watch…and looks like it would be a lot of fun to run around the ice in a ‘giant’ puck! I’d so love to do that!!

iPhone self portrait…Go Moose Go!!!
Its been awesome having my cousin in town… because of that I’ve gotten some visitors too! My cousin’s girlfriend was out for a weekend, that was neat to watch the game and have some girl chat!! Then my aunt and uncle, and two more cousins came out for a weekend… it was fun  visit with them and be able to show  my apartment to family!  I’m sure that there might be more family that is coming out!
But for now… I’ll just enjoy going to the games, watching my cousin do what he really loves to do!
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