Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Vacation

I'm officially on Christmas Vacation!  Whoop Whoop!

Today was my first day of Christmas Vacation since Public Health is closed from Dec 22nd to January 2nd.  It's actually awesome because it means I get to go home for Christmas without missing any days of work.  They have Mandatory Leave with Pay days up here which means you're not allowed to work but you still get paid as if you were.  So technically I got paid to ski today!  Have I mentioned that I love the North?
Getting Paid to Ski :)

Meg and I headed out to the Hay River Ski Club to hit the trails.  It was more of a social ski than a workout since Meg was on classic skis and I was on skate skis but it was still fun.  I am anxious to get out and actually get better and get a good workout in though.  I guess I just need to find someone roughly my speed...aka not very fast!  I'm still learning so it's tough but I love that it's an activity that allows me to spend hours outdoors in the middle of winter.  I bailed pretty hard on one of the hills but other than that I managed to stay upright.  Unfortunately we had a pretty rough windstorm a few days ago and haven't had any new snow since then so the trail was covered in a lot of debris so I spent most of the ski terrified that by the time I was done the basses of my skis would be destroyed.  There are a few scratched on 'em but I'm hoping they'll brush out.  Fingers Crossed!

Last night we celebrated being on vacation by having a big bonfire out in Old Town at a friend's place.  I'm still really bad at whipping out my camera all the time in fear that I'll look like a huge looser so I only have a couple of blurry, dark pictures.  It was fun though!  We roasted hot dogs and marshmallows on the fire and had a nice low-key night.
Bonfire Night!

1 comment:

  1. Ah.. you're lucky to have missed "Donny Days"

    GNWT axes Donny Days
    April Robinson
    Northern News Services
    Published Wednesday, April 29, 2009
    SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - Territorial government employees will now get paid for the mandatory Christmas shutdown and get three years of pay increases under a new tentative collective agreement.