Top 10 things I miss:
(No particular order)
10. Family & Friends. It is hard to be so far away from everyone, and even if something did happen; to be able to jump on a plane and come home is very nil. You loose your independence when you have to put your trust in First Air or Canadian North.
09. Driving. Some would wonder why, as I use to travel up to approximately an hour a day (total) from work. I was one of the few that would jump at the chance to go for a drive or drive my own car for something minimal. The gas prices hit me hard when they were so high but I could definitely justify the amount of gas I used. There was nothing more theraputic to me then spinning out of the driveway cranking the radio (my car DID not have a Cd player...)and singing out my frustrations or trying to wake up before I got to work.
08. City life. I am no means a social butterfly but there was something about deciding at a moments notice to head to Silvercity, Kenaston Commons, Moxy's for a night or afternoon away from the house. Heading to the local Co-op here in town doesn't have the same "Je na sa qua".
07. Foils & Waxing. I am by no means a girly girl...but there is something to be said about taking 2 hours to get your hair foiled and cut that just screams relaxation. You sit in the chair and just listen to the hair salon around you and all the gossip that takes place. Especially when you can hear stories about people you know! No some may wonder how I can find Waxing relaxing; well it is not but a smooth face with no stray hairs is WONDERFUL.
06. Coffee. Now I can perk my own special coffee here at home; Caribou, Tims & even Starbucks but there is something to be said about Latte's or Foams or Cappucino's that just makes my mouth water at the thought of them. Sure they are a bit on the expensive side but add one to a walk around of Chapters or Futureshop and that right there makes for the best (and cheapest) afternoon date there is.
05. Working. WOW some would say but I say No-wow. I enjoyed the social interaction, the routine and working across the hall from a coffee house (see #6). I miss the daily demands and the stress that went with it. Getting paid on top of that was just a bonus. Now I know you must all be thinking why can't I work here... and eventually I'm going to throw my name in for Substituting which from what I hear will take alot of my time - but to get a full time job in this community will be very unlikely as I'm not Inuit.
04. Trees. I miss not being able to look outside and see greenery, trees & shrubs. When I look outside now I still see beauty but it lacks that extra something. I look forward to the summer to see green moss grow on rocks and bolders to make it seem less dull.
03. Fresh produce. (Fruits, Vegetables, Berries) We are still able to order or take our chances and run down to the Co-op on Wednesdays to see if any came in on the cargo plane but the quality isn't 100%. I miss running into Safeway for a fresh Yellow Delicious apple or a Barlett pear. The first thing I do when I get back to civilization is to hit a produce section and just stare at all.
02. Sun. As you can see from my past post, we are now back to having a "sunrise & sunset" unfortunately the sun doesn't get up high enough yet to peak over the mountain range that almost surronds us, although within a couple of weeks we will have the sun shining down on us making things seem bright and cheerful. There won't be much heat from the sun for a couple of months yet, but at least it will seem warmer out.
01. Downloads. We are very limited in our downloading, not saying we downloaded alot when living in Manitoba, but when you are reduced to having dialup speed half way thru the month since you used up the amount of downloading space it isn't fun. Even just doing the basics, facebook - hotmail - webpages will used up the amount allotted quite quickly. We can upgrade; but at the price it is offered at - it is like highway robbery.
Although when this list is all said and done, I am not upset, unhappy or sad to be here. This is definitely an adventure; one that I get to partake with my husband. We will forever have stories from this place that we can sit down and tell our grandchildren someday. You can't take something like this for granted. When I walk outside, cold as it may be, you take a deep breath and the air is fresh and the water ice cold. The community is beautiful even when it is covered in snow.
Sure there are things that I miss, but there is So Much More that I have gained by being up here. I will keep that list for when I see you, as not to brag!If you ever get a chance to go somewhere outside your comfort zone, don't over think it just take that opportunity and grasp it with your two hands and hold on tight. You won't regret it.