Monthly Archives: January 2012

A Northern Chapter Closed…

Part of the reason I love blogging is the community that is created that can stretch far across boundaries over the internets.  In 2009 I joined that Northern Blogging Community, when I was blogging as Newbie in the North…and soon started commenting on other Northern blogs.  Morena’s blog was one of those… then I got to travel to Cape Dorset for work and got to meet Morena in person! Since then we’ve kept in touch, via Facebook, emails and blogs…

Morena, Oliver, Tank and I...Cape Dorset- September 2009

Since moving back to Pang I’ve really enjoyed how our “online” friendship has turned into a “real-life-in-person friendship”!  I’m going to miss our girls nights…hanging out with your boys….and the dance parties that randomly start (plus many more things too many to list!). Thanks again for making me climb Mt. Duval–that was one of the days that was put into my memory bank! I’m glad for all the times we got to spend together over the last 6 months.

Today my friends Nick, Morena and their boys-Oliver and Issac and pets- Tank and Zazu headed south for the last time. Morena shared some of her last moments in her final Northern Blog Post. When one chapter closes, another one is waiting to be written…  All the best as you start writing that next chapter in your lives, as you settle into your new house…with PAINTED walls…and living close to family again.

I can’t wait to come visit you out East and have a few new adventures…ROAD TRIP!


...this is what you look like after walking 20mins in -30C! (my glasses were frosted over for most of the walk!)

Yes, I still can’t log onto Facebook.  Despite the photo above, which was taken on Tuesday evening…I’m not that happy about it at all!  Yesterday all day I had a headache…by 7pm it was bad…I was dizzy and the room was spinning and my head well I thought it would explode.  I ended up taking some meds and sleep but still woke up with an icky headache, and seeing some black spots but wasn’t dizzy anymore.  I’ve decided that this headache must be a side-effect or some kind of Facebook withdrawal symptom.  (Not from a migraine, that I suffer from once in awhile! LoL) Tonight it’s just a dull ache… but I hate how these headaches take it all out of me.

I did attempt to log into Facebook again a few hours ago…because well I thought maybe it would work!  When I hit the ‘enter a phone number’ button… this popped up!

That’s a new option the “call me” option… so I entered my phone number…and then this screen popped up…

Yes, I think FACEBOOK hates me.  Seriously? what is the problem.. I’ve only asked for ONE code… and they think that’s too much? I’m not really sure what to say or do at this point!  I waited an hour and the same response.  So that means it’s been 36hour and 21mins without Facebook.  I’ll be ok, I mean it’s just a social networking site right?

If you are reading this… the best way to get ahold of me is through regular email.  There’s an email  listed when you click on the “contact me” tab!

Thanks for the suggestions from the last post…apparently even if I did input a number, Facebook still has me on a timeout chair.

EDITED: Thanks to the use of a friend in the south’s cell phone…I was able to get a code to activate my Facebook account again.  This happened at about 8:40pm on Jan 26th!

Dear Facebook,

Maybe I should start off and say.  Hi, I’m Sarah and I’m a Facebook Addict.  We have had a great relationship the past few years.  I must admit at times this relationship has become a bit co-dependant but for the most part since 2007 you have been a daily part of my life.  This morning that changed.  As I woke up and reached for my iPhone to check-in on my friend’s happenings (via my wifi connection) before I got out of bed. (This has become one of my stalling tactics routines before I get out of bed… I check email, Facebook and Twitter from my iPhone) The updates were starting to be downloaded–and then my FB app suddenly logged me out.  (this happened a few days ago…) I clicked back on my FB app and got this wonderful notice.

No, I wasn't flying...I keep my iPhone in airplane mode, but WiFi on... so it doesn't drain my battery searching for a signal that doesn't exist up here in the Arctic!

Great I thought to myself…so I dragged myself out of bed…shower and then as I was making breakfast I attempted to log in with my computer from the website. ( Side Note: when this happened 2 days ago… all I had to do was confirm that it WAS me, not someone else…by identifying friends names via their pictures that they had been tagged in. It was a pretty straight forward fix.)

After I logged in this is what I saw…. (have to love screen shots eh?)

So no big deal… I hit continue and then got this message…

My first thought was of my friend Jen and the second was “Facebook, you ain’t gett’n my numba” !  But then going back to Facebook’s main page and attempting to log-in again… I got to this point again.  So I clicked on “Enter a phone number”….

Here’s the problem… that last little bullet with “send me a text”.  That’s the ONLY way I can fix this… if I give them a cell number, and have them txt me a code.  That’s I don’t have cell service where I live (and I’m not planning on visiting southern Canada until at least the summer–I can’t fathom the Facebook withdrawals…if I have to wait that long!)

I searched around Facebook’s site and found a place I could “request” log-in help…I filled out this info then sent it off.  Within minutes I had this reply…


Thank you for submitting this bug report and taking time to help us improve the site. Please reply to this email to verify that you are the owner of the account that you referenced in your Facebook support inquiry. This security step must be completed before Facebook can respond to your inquiry.

If you can respond to this email with a screen shot of the issue you are seeing, this will help us diagnose the problem. To take a screen shot, please follow the directions listed here:

Once you have saved the screen shot, please attach it to your response to this email.

Unfortunately, we are unable to reply to every bug report at this time, but we may contact you for more details as we troubleshoot the issue. We appreciate your assistance.

The Facebook Team

Ummm, Facebook Team… you BEST be getting back in touch with me ASAP.  I live in the Canadian Arctic..I NEED contact with my outside peeps!  Or I’ll be making a lot of fudge for loneliness  and that’s going to not help my get fit campagin and then the lack of sunlight (even though it is slowly returning)…might do me in.

But in all seriousness folks… I don’t know what to do about this situation.  I didn’t realize how much of an addiction Facebook has become…I’m getting shaky and it’s only been about 5 1/2 hours that I haven’t been able to check in.  I have no clue if I’ll ever ‘check-in’ again.

Does anyone else have any suggestions or feedback? Can anyone help me out? Please leave me a comment… or email me because I’m currently not on Facebook. I know that this post will automatically post to my wall…and I keep getting emails about various things in my account, but I can’t log in. So FRUSTRATING!!!!

Thanks in Advance,

Sarah who is now experiencing a time-out from the Facebook Team of unknown length and is trying to be a ‘big’ girl about it and not cry.

Friends in the Tdot…

When I was in Toronto, I stopped by my friend Chantal’s house and had an awesome afternoon visit. It had been a whole year since I had been in town long enough to have a visit. Chantal is one of my friends that  I can always count on to be able to instantly catch-up and then carry on with. It is the type of friendship that no matter how much time elapses between emails, phone calls or visits…when we are together again, it’s like no time has passed at all.

After finishing all of our catching up, I pulled out my camera and took a few photos of Chan and her kids.  It was pretty fun to see all the changes in her kids and how much they have grown in the last year.

Stella is now 15months and still a charmer!

Luciano and Massimo have grown so much too…in February they will be 4 and 6!  Time sure flies when you are having fun…or watching cartoons.It seems like yesterday that they were babies and toddlers.

Here’s Chan and Stella… 

Reading stories, Stella is wearing the baby sweater I knit her! 

One of the things I’ve come to realize that doing a group shot of children is really hard.  I suppose I need more practice…but how are you suppose to get everyone to stop moving? Look at the camera? and smile? ALL at the SAME time?  Anyone? how do you do it… When it was all said and done…I was pretty happy with this shot…(hope you are too Chan and T!)  

Last year when I tried to take a family shot Luc decided that he NEEDED to have TIGGER in the photo.  A year later, Tigger still is his friend and who am I to argue? I think Tigger is pretty awesome too.  

Then the photo shoot was all about Stella…in her Christening dress and the Ballet Barre! Let’s just say there was music playing and she can DANCE!
A self-portrait with Stella…

It was so great to visit and catch up Chan… I took a few more photos and will pop a CD in the mail as soon as possible.

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