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>In the Car-Wash…

>Today I got a Birthday/Christmas present from my friend Ryan… he taught me how to use a car-wash… now before you all start think I’m a crazy girl or something… I’m not!  Remember back HERE when I told you about my fear of car washes? Then I had found THIS place… but I really wanted to conquer the fear, and learn to do it myself… and this is that story!  

After lunch, with our left overs… Ryan is all smiles for this adventure!

 Here I am…excited, but crazy nervous…with that irrational but REAL to me fear that MILO will loose his windshield in a car wash!

All that driving to Portage la Prairie, has made Milo really, REALLY dirty!!!

Exhibit A:

 Exhibit B:

At this point I was shaking.. and not really sure I could do it… but with Ryan laughing at me.. I managed to line up Milo’s wheels, and then figure out how to reach over and punch in my code–that was hard bc Milo is so ‘low’ to the ground… and it was so HIGH!

 As the car was sprayed with water… I took some photos… and snapped this.. I think it distracted me enough… so I actually started to sort of ‘enjoy’ the car-wash!

 mmmm the smell and fun colours of the soap, wax and what-not!

 …all washed away…

 TADA!!! look at Milo.. he’s soooooo SHINY!!!

Thanks, Ryan… I think I can possibly do this on my own now!! 

..and wouldn’t you know it.. just after this…it started to snow, and the roads got all icky, slushy… so Milo isn’t so shinny, but at least I have the confidence to take him through on my own!!

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…

Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

I have always been a HUGE fan of the snow!!  Winter has always been one of my favourite seasons… there are so many great things to do! Skiing (downhill or XCountry)…Tobogganing…. building snow forts, having snow ball fights… the possibilities are endless!

Driving in the snow has always been something I’ve had to deal with… where I grew up, there was always lots of snow and I got use to it.  I’ve had one accident in my whole driving career, it was shortly after I turned 17…(I had been driving about a year)… my mum asked me to take my little bro to go swimming (indoors)… I protested because it had been snowing a lot, and it hadn’t been cleared but she just looked at me and well I ended up on the roads… going to the pool was fine…but coming home I had an accident, caught ice, fish tailed, over corrected.. and well ended up banging into the guard rails, and causing a HEAP of damage to my mum’s car….

Ok so fast forward to yesterday… the day after the FIRST real SNOW here on the prairies!! I was driving to Portage la Prairie… taking it pretty slow… and out of now where, Milo did not one, not two but about THREE complete 360s on the Trans Canada….I ended up directly on the right hand side of the facing the right way, completely on the side of the road… (almost like I decided to pull over!)… I was shaking in my boots, put my 4ways on.. and the transport that was behind me went flying past…

my view…until I was able to ‘drive’ again without shaking!!!
not sure if you can see the truck in the ditch… I’m lucky that Milo didn’t end up there!

I must admit I pulled into the road that connects the two sides of the highway and sat for like 30mins… I’m not sure how I didn’t end up in either ditch… at a couple points I thought I was a goner…  but Milo and I turned around and headed back to the ‘peg….

and guess what? when I reached my parking lot… I got stuck… it seriously was one of those days…. Let’s hope the rest of the winter isn’t so eventful… I really don’t want to do crazy twists/turns with Milo again!

the Prairies are FLAT!

(well at least some of the prairies that I’ve been driving on lately!) I know that this is NOT brain science..but to this girl, who grew up in the Canadian Sheild… of hills, rock cuts, trees… rivers, lakes.. well the prairies are pretty darn flat.. and until I leave the city… I dont really think of where I’m living…(and how much I miss those hills, rocks, and trees)..until I’m driving and it HITS me…

That I get to live in this beautiful, flat land…. and I get to drive to Portage la Prairie.. two days a week til December!!

Its a good thing I dig driving on…. straight, flat roads… hmmm seriously…what’s not to like in that situation?

Milo likes the prairies too… but doesn’t really dig ‘big’ trucks that much!

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