Not much is new here with us... fall is rapidly approaching, it's currently 9°C out and the sky is somewhat grey... still not a lot of rain, but at least the smoke has cleared up.
Sigyn is growing nicely- she's a little over 5 lbs today and she's getting more and more of a mask every day. She's recently discovered the joys of hunting the glow in the dark stars that are attached to the bedroom walls... and not just the ones that are close to the ground. After they'd been removed from the bottom few feet I witnessed something amusing... she started leaping off the edge of the bed towards the walls so as to get to her prey.
Aaaand speak of the devil, it literally just started to rain. Nothing like the rain you'd get down south, just a light sprinkling, but after this summer any rain is better than nothing.
Yesterday I cracked open a can of pumpkin for Sigyn and decided that I should probably attempt to use some of it up... naturally, scones occurred.
Roughly a 55 minute drive up the Ingraham Trail there's a trail called- well actually I was fairly sure it was the Cameron River Falls Trail but after extensive googling, now I'm not so sure. We've hiked the Cameron Falls Trail before- it's about 20 minutes before this particular trail (along a very rough gravel road) but I prefer this one. It's a much shorter hike but the falls are smaller and far more accessible. You can get off the marked trail and wander up through the bush to the top of the falls... it's always fun to throw sticks in the water and see what path they take. Earlier in the year we did this when the water was still partially frozen... it was cool to see where the sticks came out from under the ice.
Two photos of pretty much the same view on two different days. One with an air quality index in the mid 200's, one with an aqi less than 50. Can you spot the tower in the second photo?
So this post is a little more serious than usual... The NWT is having one of its worst fire seasons ever. As of July 13, 2014 there have been a total of 173 forest fires up here, only 30 of which have been extinguished. This has effected a total of 842,311.33 square hectares, or roughly 8423.1 square kilometres. That's an area slightly smaller than Puerto Rico, or roughly 0.7% of the total area of the Northwest Territories (total land area 1,143,793.47 square kilometres) but it's still an area large enough to be considered catastrophic.
So her name is officially Sigyn (pronounced see-gin, like begin with a see instead of a be). If you look into the name's origins it's a pretty cool name with lots of history.
So on Friday, she had her first bath. She smelled pretty bad so it was time... out came the baby shampoo and the tub was ready for the little stinker. She actually didn't mind the bath itself too much, at times she was playing with the water.
Certainly didn't stop her from looking up at R like she needed rescuing...
So, it's been quite a while. Months even. First off, let's give the 5 second run down of what's happened since February.
- worked in records, really enjoyed that but that's finished now
- went on vacation... one hell of a road trip down to Edmonton and back with R and C this past Easter
- saw the ice castle on Great Slave Lake
- lived through the unending daylight... and I thought unending darkness was hard to adjust to
- went on vacation... back to Toronto! Saw my family and got a kick ass sunburn at the cottage
- adopted the cutest kitten EVER