Friday, February 26, 2010

Better Day, New Hair

8:09 sunrise
18:17 sunset

And the purpose of this post is to share a couple of the nine bajillion photos of myself that I took last night after getting my hair cut. It took awhile for my stylist Chantal (big thumbs up by the way - my first happy hair moment in Whitehorse) to get me to this medium-blonde so I didn't get home until after dark (hence the flash photos). I like it lots, sorta rocker-chick (in my mind anyway) but we'll see how I do with it once I am left to my own shampooing and styling devices. I did tell Chantal that my beauty routine includes occasionally washing my hair at night, sleeping on it and then getting up to go to work, so hopefully this cut will look okay after that level of effort. I am likely to go even shorter eventually, but for now this is good.

Oh - the orange wall behind me is still the test colour for above our fireplace. The grey is the colour going up our stairs. More painting should be in the works in a couple of weeks.

In other news, it's Rendezvous weekend. I am super happy to have today off as it was a bit of a stressful week work-wise. That said, the day is going to involve a few trips to the dump (our floor is being installed as I type!!) and some work for a national grant review board I sit on. Tomorrow I'm planning to enter the Mad Trapper event which is sort of a pentathlon of the north. The events include Flour Packing, Axe Throw, Chainsaw Chuck, Swede Saw and the Log Toss. The combined winner wins some cash and of course fame and fortune throughout theYukon. How far do you think I can toss a chainsaw? Should be good for a laugh if nothing else. I'm also going to do my best at ousting Sierra from her dominant position in the hairy leg competition, but to be honest....that girl's got it all sewn up. After her 3rd win in 2006 she was actually banned! I think she sees this as her comeback year and I am not sure I can do anything about it.

Am I allowed to file this one under sporty? Maybe that's for Sunday once I post a report of the actual Rendezvous events. Stay tuned...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Bad Day New Hair?

8:15 sunrise
18:11 sunset
I had one of those days today. Actually, I am preparing for another one tomorrow. Sigh. I feel like hell.

The purpose of this post, however, is to record what may be the last, for awhile, photo of me with long dark hair. I am braving the wilds of the hair salons in Whitehorse tomorrow and I am contemplating short and blonde. But my general lack of self-confidence of late may result in just shorter and lighter brown. We'll see.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


8:39 sunrise
17:50 sunset

Ah ha! I think this is what's happening to me. The
Sap-O-Meter explains it all. In terms of Alex Bilodeau and his brother and their story at the Olympics (seriously, read this article) I cry. Easily. If you don't know, Alex Bilodeau's brother has CP. To quote the Olympian: "It puts everything back into perspective. I’ve got that chance to train, and maybe one day will be an Olympic champion, and I’ll take it. Even if it’s raining, I’ll take it. I’ll go train. He doesn’t even have that chance, and he has a smile. Every morning he wakes up, and he’s got all the right to complain, and he never complains.…We can learn from those people.

(photo is from 2006,

So yeah, you've got me NBC. I'm mot definitely a sap.

Sunday, February 14, 2010


8:44 sunrise
17:45 sunset

I covered most of the misery on sticks sports this weekend: cross country, alpine, moguls and biathalon. Granted, I was only physically involved in two of these sporting events, but hey, we can all live vicariously through the Olympics, no?

Marsh Lake Loppet: I run 10km faster than I ski it. That's not how it's supposed to work:

Ski Patrol: Gorgeous warm and sunny day on the slopes:

Men's and Women's Moguls: Go Canada! I hate overt patriotism (how many of us choose the country we can home? it's luck I was born here), but it was pretty awesome to be in the bar at Sima watching Alexandre Bilodeau win his gold medal: (AP Photo)

Biathalon: The men's 10km sprint. It took me over an hour to ski 10km. These guys do it in less than 25 minutes and they stop twice to shoot 5 targets, which if they miss, they have to ski and extra 150m. Insanity. And weirdly compelling:(photo from

I have to admit it....I am being sucked into the Olympics against my better judgement.

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Whole Pipe

8:50 sunrise
17:59 sunset

So usually The Onion actually makes me feel weirdly sad (the humour just cuts too close for me) but I did laugh pretty hard at this:
I recommend clicking on the image to see it larger or, better yet, go see the original (and part II) here.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

30km, 5 hours

9:03 sunrise
17:26 sunset

Dear Mt McIntyre,

Fine. So you won today. That pretty little ascent trail sketched out on green on the xc ski club map looks like it might be fun - an adventure even. And granted - not your fault - Julie said the ascent wasn't that bad. And the sun was shining and it was super warm for February. But even with those things in your favour, you still kicked my ass. I am not impressed. But be forewarned: I will be back in the summer and I will be bringing my bicycle.

At least I can thank you for contributing to the deep sleep into which I will soon be falling.



Monday, February 1, 2010

Aloha ʻoe

9:18 sunrise
17:09 sunset

How fabulous - home from vacation and the sun sets after 5pm now!

Hawai'i has not gotten old for me. Our third visit in six years - the last two were less than a year apart - and I still love the place. The islands suffer from an embarrassment of riches and it is so easy to enjoy them: to soak up the weather, the plant and marine life, the aloha.

I feel like a bit of a new age dork saying this, but seriously, I think it's the aloha spirt that makes Hawai'i such an amazing place. And exactly what is aloha? I'm not sure I can explain it in words, but the vibe is abundantly clear when you're there. There was a book I browsed through while waiting for our departing flight from the Kona airport. Titled "What is this thing called Aloha," the little volume offered up the following:

Much like the scent of a flower, aloha emenates from the heart. Those who are centred in aloha cannot help but shower unending love and beauty on the world.

Aloha is found in silence, lived in peace and passed on in love.

Corny? Yup, but it seriously feels like that.

In terms of the nuts and bolts of the vacation, we spent 6 days with our friend Wade on the island of Maui and then 4 more days on Hawai'i (the big island) on our own. Weather was excellent (although we had "vog" on Hawai'i), the water was warm, the company fantastic. Here are the highlights:
- We got a great hook up for ridiculously inexpensive surfboards (thanks Chucky!) and spent three days flailing around in the surf. When it's warm and sunny and you occasionally stand up on a wave... now that's a little slice of paradise. When you do all this while whales are breaching in the distance behind you - it's beyond anything you think should happen. You should be able to tell, due to my lack of photoshop skills, that this is a real photo.

- kayaking while spinner dolphins lept and played in front of us.

- snorkling in warm, clear water and seeing multiple turtles, more fish than I can name (although I do like the name of the official state fish: the humuhumunukunukuapua'a) and a moray eel!

- eating shave ice - usually coconut flavour. The best version was from a store in Hilo on the Big Island where the machine used to shave the ice looked to be vintage 1950s. This version of the delicious frozed treat came with cream poured on top of the ice rather than having ice cream placed underneath it. Fantastic!

- Ending each night on Maui in the hot tub with a piña colada in hand. Looking up at the night sky and being slightly confused at the constellations (we could only actually identify Orion with any confidence). It was an awesome place to chat and relax.

- Buying 6 gloriously ripe papayas for $2 (that's a mere $0.33 each!) at the Hilo Farmer's Market. I thought this was a good thing; Ben was practically ecstatic.

- buying 4 new bathing suits (I only went in for 1) and a beach cover-up for a mere $65 total. Oh America, how I love your bargain basement prices at stores like Ross. Even Hawai'i can seem cheap when you live in the Yukon!

- Cycling the road to Hana with Wade and Ben: such fun! Less fun was the fact that I only had 2 chain rings and I really could have used a third. And yes, I am the geek who forgot to take her helmet off for the photo.

- Driving home from Hilo after sunset listening to Lava 105FM and singing cheesy 70s rock tunes with my love. Boston and Meatloaf were high points :) "I poured it on and I poured it out/ I tried to show you just how much I care/ I'm tired of words and I'm too hoarse to shout/ But you've been cold, to me so long/ I'm crying icicles instead of tears..."

So suffice to say that we had a great time. Hawai'i was, once again, a place of rest and respite from the real world and I returned to work today feeling like I had been away forever. Can't wait for the next adventure.