My Oma berated me for neglecting my bloggy duties. Oops! I have been dropping that ball quite a bit this summer, haven’t I?
Highlights for the last few weeks:
- Visiting with Gran and Buddy (Michael’s parents)
- Playing tourist in our own town by visiting the Beringia Centre, the S.S. Klondike (as documented by Michael), and the Takhini Hotsprings
- Sailing on Atlin Lake (check out Michael’s picture-ful posts of Day 1, Day 2, Day 2 continued, Day 3, and Day 4)
- Letting Jade ride our neighbour’s horse, which she took to like a duck to water. Everyone exclaimed that she was so comfortable on Rocky, it was clear she is destined to be a rider. I wish I weren’t so darned allergic to them. (Horses, that is, not riders.)
- Lots of musical activity, including playing at Arts in the Park twice. The second time at Arts in the Park I was part of the finale show, which was broadcast on CBC radio, which was exciting and terrifying all at the same time.
- Having a girlie morning with my mother-in-law getting pedicures
- Trying to mentally prepare myself for returning to work which starts… tomorrow! Ack!
As you can see, Michael has been blogging, and I have not. However, somebody has to do the dishes. Plus Marian and I were too busy visiting with each other while Michael and his dad worked away on their respective computers.
I had to take Gran and Buddy to the airport today after what seemed like and all-too-short visit. (I must insert here that I completely lucked out when it comes to in-laws. I love Michael’s family!) They were flying out on the very aircraft that brought up four more visiting family members: my aunt, uncle, and two cousins from Germany.
I am so happy that these guys have tacked on a few extra days to their three-week holiday in the US of A just to visit me. I also find myself at a loss to explain to them why I love living here. They’re bewildered as to why so many Germans come to the Yukon every summer and wonder what the heck there is to do around here, anyway. How can anyone stand to live so far away from everything? (Just what exactly is the “everything” that is missing?)
Of course, the stuff that you do when you live here is not necessarily the same as the stuff that you do when you are a tourist, and the answers get all jumbled up in my mind. But either way, I truly cannot comprehend the idea of being bored in Whitehorse. I know I’m a bit of a Debbie Domestic these days, what with cooking, sewing, dog-walking, child-rearing, and some flirtations with gardening, and that might not be everyone’s cup of tea. But, the music scene here is amazing. Okay, not everyone loves jazz as I do, but there’s also folk, rock, country, classical, and hip-hop, just to name a few. We have belly-dancing. We have breakdancing. We have roller derby. We have a kick-ass recreation centre with swimming, yoga, soccer, hockey, skating, volleyball, and Lord knows what else. It’s true that we don’t have a Princess of Wales Theatre, but there is theatre and there is film, with some pretty awesome cutting-edge stuff happening. We have artists and artisans galore. And history. And culture. And community. (Okay, so that’s not something to do, per se, but I’m reeling myself in from a full-on lecture here. And I haven’t even mentioned the hiking or other “bush” activities.)
Anyway, I’ve got two days to show them what the Germans, Austrians, Swiss, and Japanese flock here to see every summer. Just a whiff, if not a taste, of Yukon life. In between some good old-fashioned visiting, of course.
Oh, right, and that going-back-to-work thing.