Saturday, August 30, 2014

Missing the Man

While we were fortunate enough to get tickets to Burning Man this year, I'll be watching the Man burn from Whitehorse. Chris and I made the difficult decision to skip Burning Man when we found out I was pregnant and our home renovations suddenly had a looming deadline.

Burning Man 2012

I'll be watching the live stream and wishing I could be there on the playa with my little brothers and all the other crazy burners while the Man goes up in flames. But honestly, I'm a little relieved I'm not stuck out in the heat and dust in my current state.

Next year will be awesome!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Legal Anniversary

City Hall Wedding

Because the rules in Ontario are pretty strict, the wedding we wanted wouldn't be legal. So a year ago today, Chris and I were legally wed in the Ottawa City Hall.

I was still on crutches thanks to broken toes and only our parents and a few close friends were there.

City Hall Wedding

Our awesome friend Mike was kind enough to take some photos and film the ceremony.

City Hall Wedding 

While the legal wedding was really just a formality for Chris and I (the wedding with all our friends and family is what mattered to us), tonight we celebrated our anniversary because Chris will be working on what we consider our real anniversary.

1st Wedding Anniversary

We went for a delicious dinner at Antoinette's and talked about much much our lives have changed in the last year. It's been an incredible year!

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.