I am badly in need of an internet sabbatical, so I am only bringing my iPod Touch with me to Inuvik. I’ll Tweet updates whenever I have wi-fi access and do a full write up with pictures when I get back. I’ve added my Twitter feed to my blog at the top of the right hand column, so check there to see where I’m at and what I’m up to. I’ll be back August 23rd!Share on Facebook
Today started off slooooooowly. I needed to go in at noon, rather than my usual eleven, so, of course, I woke up quite early by my standards: quarter past nine. I then made up for that by spending more than an hour in bed with the cats reading, checking my email and getting work done on my iPod Touch (I wish I was kidding. Or maybe not!).
Our fishmonger left today and I thanked him once again for a gift he gave me yesterday: a big bag of frozen shrimp!!! I’m going to have them on the grill soon as I take the time to get it set up.
The morning was pretty sedate, but active, since I needed to do some work on the property, including sweeping which really feels like a futile endeavour. The best way I can describe what the property looks like is to imagine the set of the show M*A*S*H, only with RVs instead of tents. There are a lot of similarities in the layout (including mountains in the background) and that ever present coating of dust that turns to mud soon as it’s wet out. Whenever I’m put to beautification detail, I think of the episode where the colonel had the camped spruced up for a general’s visit, which culminated in a fountain being made with bed pans. I suggested we make a fountain with gold pans, but that didn’t go over so well. Hmph! 😀
Just before I went on my afternoon break, I was treated to a slice of watermelon. It was a tad pasty, but by Dawson standards it was excellent and I savoured every morsel. I’m almost at the time of year when my junk food cravings are going to give way to an insatiable appetite for fruit and salad and the watermelon was a nice way to inaugurate the season.
Unfortunately, we’re also at that time of year when the sun is really bad during my time off (3 to 5), so running to the post office and back was quite a chore. I was glad to return to Miranda’s cool interior and get some work done on my contract. As a side note, I received an email a couple of days ago that the contract had been canceled. I was understandably devastated! But some inconsistencies in the correspondence I got made me ask a few questions and I was able to learn that only part of the contract has been terminated. So, I can still count on some hours a week, just not as many. This served to show me that I really can’t rely on that contract for any sort of income this winter which led me down another alley for the winter. It’s much too soon to start on that subject, however.
When I came back to work, late afternoon, I snagged an apple (Golden Delicious!) from the manager and then attempted to show her how to transfer ebooks to her iPod. I believe I may have added ‘ebook transferer’ to my job description. 😀 We were interrupted when a caravan rolled in and I had fun watching the RV ballet. Once everyone was squared away, the organizer came in with treats for everyone–a huge container of cashews and a cinnamon bun the size of my head! It came from the Braeburn Lodge… known for their huge cinnamon buns. A couple of us tore into the bun right away, but we left more than half for the morning folks (ain’t we nice?). I had thought of making shrimp for dinner, but between the cashews and cinnamon bun slice, I think I’m done for the night. 😀
So, needless to say I was thinking breakfast, not dessert, when one of my colleagues (who was a neighbour in Oliver!) handed me two beautiful carrot cake muffins with cream cheese icing when I handed her the night phone. They are going to be soooo yummy with my coffee in the morning!
Been a good day; slightly crazy, which is what passes for normal around here. 🙂Share on Facebook
Tiny keyboards annoy me. I have big, clumsy fingers with little dexterity. Ease of controls is foremost when I buy a device like a camera. So when I first saw the tiny touch screen keyboard of the iPod Touch I gritted my teeth and resigned myself to frustration. Instead, I am amazed at how smart the keyboard is and how my fingers feel almost nimble. Sure one fingered typing is slower, but this post is writing itself at a reasonable pace, and on a WordPress app to boot. I am convinced that there truly is an app for everything. Pity they have to be bought through the app store. 🙂Share on Facebook