Thursday, July 6, 2017

Back in a big city…

…even if only for a short getaway.

Visited my dear aunt in a wonderful Calgary, Alberta this past weekend. Loved every minute of it.
Elbow Falls
Flowers&Rocks
Few drops of rain, didn't spoil the visit
Calgary girl:)
Happy 150th, Canada!
Thank you, auntie Julia, for such an amazing time!
P.S. There was nighttime! Such a treat for the whole four days!!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Midnight sun

I t's 12:30 am and look how bright out. 24 hour daylight has it’s effect – I’ve never felt this energetic in my life. NEVER.

I go to work every morning, drive to spca to walk the dogs right after, quick dinner/lunch prep, gym or go for a run – still light out. There’s this constant feeling that since it is not dark outside, you should be doing something.

Yesterday I moved to a new apartment. It is my third move in the past nine months...I couldn’t be happier with this constant change...heck, I’m getting addicted to it!

Birds are chirping. Nature is awake and so am I.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Saying goodbye

Iwas warned about this… first few weeks I arrived in the North and started meeting new people, I was told that one of the realities of living here is having to let go of your friends when they leave.

It’s a transient town. People always come and people always go… I get that. I just have a very hard time getting used to that.

Oh the North, you’re more challenging than I ever imagined you’d be!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Finding self

It's been almost two months since G left Yellowknife. Whole two months off of motherhood for me…

I’d be lying if I said I don’t enjoy this time. Time on my own. Every passing day I realize how much I needed it. Filling in days with experiences – no interruptions, no (serious) cooking, changing diapers, entertaining and taking care of a little human.

For some reason, I always felt that once I become a mom, I’d be “complete”. How can you not when everything around you screams that “marriage + children” = social norm. And yes, there was part of me that always felt so, that I needed to fulfill that void, expectation, whatever it’s called.

What about another part? Am I capable of experiencing joy and being happy outside of family life and motherhood? Am I contributing to the community I live in? Spending time on matters I care about? My thoughts and desires? My dreams? In other words, have lost myself without even realizing it?

I’m trying to figure it out. I take a dog from a nearby dog shelter for a walk while I think about that...wilderness is all around us… I feel centered. I feel mighty. I feel free…

Monday, April 17, 2017

Fort Myers, Florida

Last Friday we have returned from our 10-day vacation in Southwest Florida. What a treat it was!

Pictures will tell the story better than any words:)I took about 850 this time (not all here, of course), enjoy!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Power cut

This morning – just like that – all the lights in the whole town went out for almost an hour! What’s the big deal you might think – power cut. But let me tell you, when it’s -35 outside and the apartment starts to cool off in about 20 minutes – it’s a big deal! I couldn’t cook – the stove was not working, I couldn’t go online to check anything – the modem was out. Scary!
Thankfully it went back on, and life moved on in its usual pace.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Nobody said it’ll be easy

Four months in the North. Two full months of solo parenting. One day can pass by like a minute, another – like an eternity. It was a hard weekend. We both were sick, clingy and miserable. Saturday the babysitter came in, so I could get out for some groceries and a much needed break. To say the least, G wasn’t thrilled about my merely an hour absence. By the end of day Sunday, G lost it and scratched my face in the heat of a tantrum. I probably deserved it...

Grateful it’s Monday! even though it’s -29 outside.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Start

I feel that before talking about our recent change, I should at least bring you up to speed on the past two years. To say the least, they weren’t the easiest.

After my maternity leave ended in May 2015, I went back to work. Little did I know that my happy working self would merely last five months – things at work had changed while I was away and it was time to move on…

At the same time, V was starting up his new venture – a custom wood furniture shop and needed help with branding/website. G was just little over 17 months, so we decided that I’ll stay home, indefinitely.

We took him out of daycare and with that, my stay-at-home-mom days begun.
At the beginning it wasn’t bad, pardon me my straightforwardness; I was busy helping out V, it was wintertime and days were filled with social engagements and events. I barely was noticing the change. In February, we went to visit my parents in Maine, stayed with them for about a month and before you know it, it was springtime. Coming April, we went to Mexico for a short getaway. Only after our arrival, the reality of staying home kicked in.

How exactly was it for me? Well, I was pretty much driven by the sheer thought of “husband will eventually come home”, and I’ll have some me-time, some time for activities other than cooking, laundry, walks to the playground. During the days, every opportunity I had to get out of the house with G – I took. Funny, but looking back on that time now, I was the most social self☺ I’ve met some very awesome mothers in the community and always had somebody to go with for a coffee, for a stroll in the park or just hang out. That’s what actually helped me through those tough times – support of women around me.

I was also deep into new job search. I was determined to find something that will bring change…not just a change to my “stay-at-home “status but to our life in general…not sure how to describe it, but for some reason I knew that relocating would be a new start. So I applied all over Canada. Without going too much into the detail about the job search (I’m sure you’ve all been through it), I was offered a position in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

So here I am, a working mom with a job that makes me smile and a toddler who smiles back at me at the end of every work day when I pick him up.

This is our story… let’s begin.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Out of the blue, I know. But better late than ever, right? And look, it's only been two years:) I can’t wait to share the latest news of our little family. Just need to wrap my head around where to start…

Oh, this place is our new home. Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. We’re loving it here so far☺

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sorry, blog, I am having way too much fun with Instagram

This was probably inevitable – new mom with not so much time on her hands but too many ambitions, switching to a much easier to maintain platform.
Well, maybe I’ll be back someday, maybe I won’t. But at this time of our life blogging seems to be a drag rather than an experience. And maintaining two social accounts – well, that’s just not an option for me at this time.
So, I hope to see you on IG, folks! Whether we like it or not – it is there, and with a right way of handling can be a fun and great way to meet like-minded people!