Treena's Travels

This blog was set up to journal my experience of living in Nunavut and keep friends and family up to date on these happenings. It's a wonderful place, this hideaway in the north, and I'm loving my time here. An unforgettable place with unforgettable people. I'm lucky to be here.

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Location: Baker Lake, Nunavut, Canada

Friday, December 08, 2006

Temp: -23
Windchill: -38

Well, it's Friday night and in 8 days I fly down south, and in 13 days I get a haircut!! Holy cow, I am so looking forward to it. Baker Lake has no hairdresser so literally you don't get a haircut until you fly down south.

Anyway, the Christmas concert at school is coming up and we've been busy getting ready for that. The teacher I work with has been out on medical with her Granny in Winnipeg since Nov 25th and so I've had to take on getting the kids ready by myself for the concert (we have a wonderful sub in for Bertha but she's a mom of a student so we want to keep it a surprise from her). We're doing 'Joy to the World' with hand bells and signing 'Little Toy Train' in ASL. Seven year-old kids with bells and absolutely zilch for self-restraint. Sigh... I should have clued in when Bertha looked at me like I was crazy back when I suggested it. 'How hard can it be?' I said. Now I know. Oh, it's hard all right. I've always thought I had patience but let me tell ya, I'm exhausted after our practises. And, I have a much stronger appreciation for teachers than I ever had before. You all just don't get paid enough.

This weekend, I'm volunteering to take pictures for 'Hockey Night in Baker Lake'. Actually, I kind of was volunteered to do it but it should be fun. Although, four hours at a hockey rink on a Sat night wouldn't likely be my first choice of things to do, I think it'll be hilarious to see all the little ones looking like Bambi on ice as they struggle to remain upright while trying to maneuver a puck around. Too funny.

As for the weather, it's been chilly here and the weather office has teased us a couple times predicting blizzards but they didn't pan out. But, being that it's calling for temperatures of -3 and the like for Mon - Wed, I'm feeling nervous that we are going to have a whopper of a storm just when everyone is trying to get out next weekend. Fingers crossed that I'm wrong.

Oh, something that's new to me and to Baker Lake is Food Mail. It's a program set up in conjunction with Canada Post and the Sobey's in Thompson. They supply groceries to remote communities through priority mail at really reduced rates on both food and freight charges. A 4 L of milk costs only $4.27 vs $14.99 here at the local stores. Even though you pay freight on it, it's still way cheaper than shopping locally. You submit your order by Fri morning and it gets shipped out of Thompson on Monday, with arrival by Wednesday in Baker Lake. Supposedly. My order arrived two days late via Calm Air on a freighter that showed up at 12:30 in the morning. Unfortunately I wasn't able to pick it up that night so had to wait until the next morning (after Calm Air had conveniently stored it outside in a pickup truck in -40 weather) and all of my groceries were frozen. Eggs, milk, lettuce, lemons, etc... Anyway, after some confusion it seems to have been sorted out and with any luck in Jan I'll try it again and it will go off without a hitch. Again, fingers crossed.

Here are just a few pictures.

Me at the craft sale.

An albino Muskox that was sighted a few years ago.

Pretty amazing Sundog although the picture doesn't do it justice.

A picture from this summer that I love and helps me get through until I get home (and until the summer when I see green grass again).

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Temp: -28
Windchill: -42

Well, today was the craft sale and it went really well. I sold a fair amount of my jewellery so I left pretty happy. And, I got a couple of nice Christmas gifts from the local artists so the holiday shopping is coming along nicely.

Nothing else new here really but I'm takin' it easy tonight after a very busy week of work and making crafts. Oh, something worth mentioning I guess is I watched 'An Inconvenient Truth' by Al Gore. Definitely a must see!! It made me all that much more aware of the fact that Nunavut has no recycling program in place whatsoever (which is ironic since we are pretty close to that big ole hole in the ozone).

Here are a couple of pics of the sunrise at 10:00, the sun not so high in the sky at 1:00, and sunset about 2:20.