Hi everyone! I’m still alive!
A lot has happened in the last year, and I stopped writing because of it. There were a few pretty significant life changes for me (which may be obvious with the new title of my blog!), and truthfully, posting here was bumped to the back burner… And then stayed there… For a year. For that, there’s no excuse! I can see now though how people just fall out of blogging, because once you’re gone for so long, it’s hard to work up to coming back.
My goal was to “never let it be over a year since I posted”. Today is April 22; my last post was April 17. D’oh!
So to summarize my last year, winter finally came to an end and we had another incredible, sunny, warm, amazing summer. I squeezed a trip home in there, as well as my first ever trip to Newfoundland. I’m now living in a beautiful house with a wonderful man. I bought my first car (so exciting!), and we took her on her (and my) first roadtrip to Edmonton in December. My mom came up to visit in February, followed by my sister and brother-in-law in March, and now it’s April again and the snow is melting! It’s been a big year, but I’m back, and it really does feel good.
Having my family visit me twice in one winter really helped break it up, since I didn’t go away anywhere. This winter was a very, very long and ridiculously cold winter. Too cold to do anything outside ever. I went for one winter run (when it warmed up to -17ºC one day), but through the winter I discovered the Racquet Club, which also helped break up the monotony of the dark and cold. Only last week did we see our first above-zero temperatures, which has created a lot of water and also a LOT of excitement. The only thing better than Yellowknife summers is the anticipation leading up to Yellowknife summers, which is happening now. More and more people outside, neighbours chatting, and just more happy smiling people in general. I think I had a touch of seasonal affective disorder this winter too, cos it was so brutal. I went a few weeks where, unless I was working, I would sleep until 11 or 12 and just be slow-moving and crabby. And I didn’t even realize it until the days started getting longer, and I started waking up earlier and earlier, and now it’s a miracle if I sleep until 9.
The sun is staying up longer and longer each day. Today, it rose at 5:49am and won’t set until 9:24pm. In contrast, in Halifax the sun came up at 6:18am and will set at 8:07pm. Our days are already about two hours longer than back home, which makes me very excited. I could talk for hours about the sun and the weather and the length of the days because, like I said before, the anticipation for summer is almost as good as summer itself!
I’ll keep this first post short and sweet. I need to update a few pages in this blog, which I’ll try to do tomorrow. And thank you to the people who have been commenting, telling me to get my butt into gear and post more! I appreciate your support and your motivation. Keep watching for new posts, I promise I’ll keep writing!