Monday, August 25, 2014

Building Permit Acquired!

So our home renovations are a little behind schedule (funny how a pregnancy and unexpected summer workload will do that) but today we finally got our building permit!

Building Permit

Friday, August 22, 2014


Chris and I didn't even have a chance to unpack from our trip before we were helping set up the YuKonstruct table at YukomiCon.

Yukomicon 2014

The first Yukon comic convention was a lot of fun! Hundreds of people stopped by our table to find out more about our makerspace. We had a 3D printer set up (which always attracts lots of curious folks), a diy comic creation station and a cosplay repair station so people could fix any wardrobe malfunctions before the costume ball.

Yukomicon 2014
Chris tinkering with the 3D printer

Speaking of the costume ball, Chris and I obviously wanted to attend but we only had a few spare hours to put together some costumes. Unfortunately I don't fit into most of the outfits in our tickle trunk at the moment, so we threw together a last minute Rick and Lori from the Walking Dead.

Yukomicon 2014
Don't look so happy Rick, the baby is probably Shane's
Yukomicon 2014
Enjoying a special YukomiCon beer from Yukon Brewing

Monday, August 18, 2014

What we've been up to

Things have been pretty quiet on this blog lately, but it's not because we haven't been busy. Chris and I recently got back from two weeks out east.

We were in Halifax for a week for my work and then we threw on a week in Ottawa to visit friends and family, and to get some shopping done, before returning to the Yukon.

It was really great to visit Nova Scotia since neither Chris nor I had ever been there before. Work kept me pretty busy, but we did get to enjoy a bit of the scenery and sea food. And we even squeezed in a quick visit with friends. It's a beautiful part of the country and I'd love to see more of the Maritimes in the future!

Nova Scotia Summer 2014
Theodore Tugboat in the Halifax harbour
Nova Scotia Summer 2014
Peggy's Cove
Nova Scotia Summer 2014
Peggy's Cove
Nova Scotia Summer 2014
Chris, ready for the lobster supper
Nova Scotia Summer 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

Yukon in the Summer

Camping in Dyea, Alaska, just 2 hours drive from Whitehorse

It's been a busy summer so far! When we haven't been hosting house guests, I've been traveling across the Yukon for work. Between playing tourist and my job, I've had a chance to see so much of our new home territory. Chris and I are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place!

YukonYukonEmerald LakeDawson City YukonWild iriseswild flowerswild flowersFireweed

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Whitehorse Nuit Blanche

This Saturday was Whitehorse's first Nuit Blanche. Chris and I were really excited about such a cool event coming up to the Yukon (we were already familiar with how awesome the Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto versions are).

We were pretty tired from a very busy week showing guests around town, and we were volunteering for part of the night, so we didn't get to see all of the installations, but what we did see was pretty cool.

Whitehorse Nuit Blanche 2014
Yukon Educational Theatre's Community Mandala
What really makes Whitehorse's Nuit Blanche unique is the daylight. The sun sets after 11 pm but it never really gets dark this time of year.

Whitehorse Nuit Blanche 2014

My favourite installation was Michel Gignac's Chiaroscuro. It was a small room with light bulbs full of water that you could "turn off or on" by pulling ropes that let in the sunlight.

Whitehorse Nuit Blanche 2014
Koovy & the Groundwork Sessions Crew

YuKonstruct, a local makerspace that Chris and I are involved with, was one of the host sites. It was a great opportunity to get people into the space, which will be opening its doors to makers in the fall.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Chris with Signs

My parents came for a visit this week and we took a day trip to Skagway, Alaska. It's the perfect excuse for another edition of "Chris with Signs"!

Carcross Desert
The smallest desert in the world!

Welcome to Alaska
Welcome to Alaska!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Being pregnant sucks

What to expect when you're expecting

I was recently reading a friend's blog post about how fabulous her pregnancy has been and I got really upset. So far, for me, being pregnant has been far from fabulous.

I'm sick to my stomach.
Calling it morning sickness is terribly misleading. For the last few months I've been sick in the mornings, in the afternoons, in the evenings and sometimes in the middle of the night. Vomiting is actually not so bad compared to the more frequent painful dry heaving or the almost constant nausea.

I'm too fat for my clothes.
I already couldn't fit into my normal pants early in the first trimester. Admittedly, some of that was probably some Yukon winter weight, but mostly I'm blaming the baby. Trying to get dressed in the morning was frustrating and I hated the thought of going out in public in the only pants in my closet that fit, frumpy sweat pants.

I'm not getting anything done.
I'm so tired and lazy the majority of my spare time is spent lying on the couch or napping. I'm used to being the type of person who has a bunch of projects on the go and has to keep her hands busy. Everyone says you're supposed to be active and exercise when you're pregnant, but it's not very appealing when you feel like you're going to puke or you're suffering from another migraine (migraines, yeah, I'm getting those now too).

I miss coffee.
I LOVE coffee. Coffee is delicious and wonderful and makes waking up in the morning slightly more bearable. And since getting pregnant I haven't been able to drink it because it tastes disgusting and makes my stomach turn. This might be for the best, since I know caffeine is bad for the baby and it might have been hard to cut back otherwise, but I still really miss my morning cups of coffee.

But thankfully it's getting better.
I got Dicletin from my doctor and while it hasn't made the morning sickness completely go away, it's been a huge help and has made my life much less miserable. I've also learned to control the worst of the nausea by eating constantly, so I carry snacks in my purse and keep a steady supply of crackers at my desk. Now that I'm heading towards month 5, the really bad days seem to be less frequent and some days I don't feel sick at all.
When my mom sent me a pair of tall-sized maternity jeans it was the best thing ever. Since then, I've added to my maternity wardrobe and the weather has warmed up, so I've been able to wear lots of pretty dresses and skirts.
For the first time in months I'm starting to feel more like myself again. I still haven't got all my energy back and some days are better than others, but it feels good to be getting stuff done. There's no shortage of stuff that needs doing at our house!

Chris and I are both thrilled to be bringing this baby into the world, and I'm so glad that I have an awesome supportive husband helping me through everything. It will be all worth it in the end, but sometimes it's hard to believe women willingly go through this multiple times! Do you forget it all once the baby arrives?