Saturday, September 25, 2010

Settling in...

Yay! I got my things aka "personal effects" on Monday. I am done unpacking and am organizing. I was hoping to get everything done and cleaned this weekend, but my little guy has a double ear infection - so, organizing and cleaning is on the back burner. They had lost my bed, my couch and my brand new flat screen TV. I got my bed Friday, my couch is in Yellowknife and will come when there is room on the plane and my TV, well no one seems to know where that is. Sniffles. I checked the price of the same TV here and it is 1400.00!!!!!!! OKay, no way on that one. The cheapest TV here is 600.00, so I guess I am going to do without...

I am loving my job - though I am not sure how I am going to learn everything. I have never done policy and standards before because I have always worked front line. I must say that I do miss the front line work - seeing how people learn and change has always been fascinating. I have been thinking alot lately about my life and wondering why sometimes I am not good at saying things. I can advocate for clients with lots of energy and passion, but when it comes to me saying something in my heart... thats another story. How did I get so complicated??? I listen well when Elders speak and the philosophy of truth from the heart has made me start to wonder why I can't say certain things... what is holding me back? Why am I afraid that others won't see me as I am? I know the answer to the last question, but I'll leave that for another day!

On to happier things, I am still on my quest to see the Northern lights... either the sky was clear and it wasn't cold enough, or it has been cold by cloudy, foggy or snowing. I have been looking at some other bloggers pics of the lights and I am soooo envious. Maybe I need to get a babysitter for late at night and go walk out of town a bit... perhaps I'd be more lucky then!

Well, should go for now, but will write again soon!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

We're here!

Okay, so I have not been a good blogger since I have been here, but I am writing tonight! We have been here for 2 weeks and almost 3 days. We are doing relatavly well, except the following:
1. Ellyott is crying alot at his daycare - probably getting used to so many more kids - at his dayhome, there were only 6.
2. The first week and a half, he had a tummy flu and now I have it.
3. Which is probably number one, our things are not here yet. They were supposed to come on August 30, but here we are at September 16 and NOTHING....
4. I am stressed about money because I have not gotten paid and I have had to spend TONNES of money on diapers as again, they are in my shipment
5. I do not have my warm clothes either, and capris and sandals are not cutting it in the snow. Seriously!
So, I have learned an important lesson about the North... here goes...


Okay, so now that is off of my mind and I can share some wonderful things. I went on a walk for suicide awareness day with the community who chanted "Embrace Life". It was amazing to see how a community, so very intimately affected by suicide, gathered so closely for something so special!

We went out with a co-worker to her family cabin "out on the land" and it was a huge honor to spend time with her and her parents, who are 1st generation Inuit. It was an experience that I will hold true to my heart forever.

We are finishing up our orientation tomorrow, during with time I met the Assistant Deputy Minister. She attended our week long orientation. We met with 2 Elders and went through PILES AND PILES of documents. This is going to be a great job - hard, busy, and challenging, but honestly, I don't think I would get this experience at home. I am honored.

I also ordered food mail for the first time, which was supposed to come in Tuesday - but planes were cancelled as it was too foggy here for them to land. It did not arrive today, so I do hope it comes before it all spoils!!!!!!!

I have put lots of pics on my Facebook page and will continue to add more. One thing I want to say is that there are soooo many employment positions here that are not filled, if you want to come up North, it would be an enriching experience and you should seriously consider it. I learned on my first day here that the Inuit have a motto. The motto is as follows...

Regardless of your life situation is - no food, no money, bad health, relationship problems etc... we wake up everyday with a smile, and continue that smile throughout the day and that smile warms others as well as our own hearts... magnificient!