Saturday, January 29, 2011

It's been a while

So I went home to NS for 4 weeks, back to Cambridge Bay for 2 days then went off to Ottawa for duty travel meetings. Ellyott stayed here in Cam Bay with his daddy, who left last week. I am trying to get back in the swing of things, but for right now, I feel a bit off...

I have been spending a lot of time thinking since coming to Nunavut and I really see some wholes I am working on. During my trip home and since being back, I really have not spent time working on those things. I am going to start back at it now...!

I bought a book to start writing poetry again... I have all kinds of ideas in my head of things I want to say, but I had forgotten about the courage it takes to write - courage to find the words, get them out and process the concepts. Tonight I saw, in the quiet after Ellyott went to bed, pen in hand and could not write! I al working on downloading some new tunes and I will try again - while listening!

The other passion is music. I lost my love for music - not sure how, when or why... but it is back! Trust me, the iTune charges to my visa prove that! Ha! There are so many beautiful words, songs and messages in songs and aside from death metal and country twangy music, I am happy!

I am working on learning photography as well. I bought an entry level SLR - Canon Rebel with an extra zoom lens. I am doing okay with taking indoor pics and still daytime outdoor pics, but pics of Ellyott moving or Zoey running, turn into a blurry ugly mess! Also, I bought a tripod to use to get pics of the northern lights... I have not figured out how to use the night setting or how to use the slow shutter speed option.... usually my trips out to get pics of the lights last about 5-8 mins and a super painful case of frostbite on my fingers! HA! Great fun - but I am still smiling!

I really appreciate my time in Nunavut, my job, my coworkers, people I have met through Ellyott's daycare and people from the community. I love that time here is slow - I am able to spend quality time with Ellyott in a different way than at home in NS. I love how the air feels here - it is so fresh and clean...not only fresh because it is cold, but fresh because it is not filled with the same pollution as at home. I love it when my eyelashes freeze and when I see people doing kind things for others. I love the fact that I am so close to the tundra - free land, uninhabited land... when I go walking ion the tundra, sometimes it feels as though I am the only person who was ever there... I know that it not reality, but it is exciting to feel that way.

I have decided that I am going to start checking the boards in the stores and post office for a second hand Honda. When it gets warmer, I want to be able to go out on the land with Ellyott, go to Mt Pelly and out to the camps at the Gravel Pit. I want to go to water lake and out by the dump to get pics of the foxes... I want to be mobile to travel around the community and see how the spring comes to the North... These thoughts make me have butterflies!

Well, I am off to check my downloads (soooo slow!) and to try another go at writing... take care all and I promise to write again soon!

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