Too Excited to Sleep!

Yes, it’s five minutes past midnight and I’m posting on my work blog! I can’t sleep because I have a gazillion thoughts running through my head, things I don’t want to forget before I go to the airport tomorrow morning, etc. You see, I’m travelling to St. John’s (and surrounding area) first thing in the morning! This is my big trip for our upcoming special issue on the Labrador Fishery. I’m going to be doing research in other archives (this is a first for me in the seven years I’ve been working at Them Days) and interviewing people about their experiences fishing in Labrador. (Or their parents’, etc.) Ahhh!!

If you know of anybody who has a story to tell out on the Island (particularly Conception Bay North or Trinity Bay areas because I have people lined up out there already), please let me know!! I would love to talk to them!

Aimee

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Marketing Meeting…

Our lunchtime feast...yum yum yum!

Our lunchtime feast…yum yum yum!

I don’t usually post about our committee meetings and all that, but I had to today…because THIS is what greeted us at lunchtime. A catered meal at our meeting! (Made by our treasurer, Jennifer, and her mother, Donna.)

We’re getting ready for our 40th anniversary year…and today we discussed the groundwork for what should be a very exciting year! I’m not going to share what we talked about just yet…but soon!!!

Aimee

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Them Days is Breastfeeding Friendly!

We always have been, but now it’s just official with a sticker. :)

Beatrix affixes the decal to the window.

Beatrix affixes the decal to the window.

This week, we received our Babyfriendly NL Breastfeeding Friendly toolkit, which included this decal to stick on the door. Many children (including Beatrix…actually, probably especially Beatrix, haha) have been nourished by breastfeeding in this office, so we were always okay with it, but now we have a sticker on the door just so everyone knows! If you’re breastfeeding and you happen to be in our office, you’re welcome to do it here!

Aimee

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GAFTTIC Foundation Donation

Last night, I went to the presentation of five cheques to organizations in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and I was happy to receive a donation on behalf of Them Days. The money is from the GAFTTIC Foundation–GAFTTIC stands for “German Air Force Technical Training In Canada”–and it was money fund-raised by members of the German military when they trained here in Goose Bay. The Germans were here from the 1980s until 2006, and when they left, the soldiers wanted to leave a legacy to commemorate their time here. So one of the ways they did that (besides that fancy table at Maxwell’s) was to collect a large pot of money that gets distributed annually to various charitable organizations in the area. For the last few years, we have received our cheques with little fanfare, but this year, there was a bit of a celebration again. You see, some members of the German military are in town again doing winter survival training (they sure picked the right time of year for it!) and the Defence Attaché from the German Embassy in Ottawa was in town to visit them. So I went down and had tea and cookies (yum) with the other local representatives, the German delegates and the GAFTTIC representatives.

They gave cheques to Them Days, Kids Eat Smart, the Perrault Place Community Centre brown bag lunch program, the Lake Melville Ministerial Association, and Libra House.

Receiving the donation from Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Heimrich, accountant Gary Parsons of Grant Thornton, and GAFTTIC representative Hans Lindner.

Receiving the donation from Defence Attaché Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Heimrich, accountant Gary Parsons of Grant Thornton, and Hans Lindner of the GAFTTIC Foundation.

Back row: Batten Broomfield of the Perrault Place brown bag lunch program, Paula Dawe of Kids Eat Smart, Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Heimrich, Gary Parsons of Grant Thornton, Alan Mills (the new Padre on Base), Hans Lindner. Front: Sandra Earle of the Perrault Place brown bag lunch program, Glenna Tasedon of the Ministerial Association of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and me (Aimee).

Back row: Batten Broomfield of the Perrault Place brown bag lunch program, Paula Dawe of Kids Eat Smart, Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Heimrich of the German Embassy in Ottawa, Gary Parsons of Grant Thornton, Base Padre Alan Mills, Hans Lindner of GAFTTIC. Front: Sandra Earle of the Perrault Place brown bag lunch program, Glenna Tasedon of the Ministerial Association of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and me (Aimee) from Them Days, of course!

The GAFTTIC money will likely run out in a few years, but it’s amazing that the money raised almost ten years ago is still making a lasting impression on the community organizations. Here at Them Days, we are very appreciative and thankful for these donations, and I know the others are as well. Vielen Dank, GAFTTIC!

(On a personal note, it was lot of fun to discuss German fußball with people who like it just as much as I do! Loyal readers may know that I’m a big fan of the die Nationalmannschaft [soccer and film were two of the main reasons I studied German in university], and I had a lot of fun chatting about the men’s and women’s teams, as well as a bit about the Bundesliga!)

Aimee

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Busy, busy, busy!

Last week, I took some annual leave and went on what will be my last vacation for awhile, because I know it’s going to be busy, busy, busy until at least the summer. Probably after that, really, because summer is always hustle-bustle with summer students and that sort of thing.

Before I left, I managed to (almost) finish the new edition of Snowblind and Seal Finger (the days before I left are one big blur of work, work, work, no breaks), and now that I’m back, I’m finishing it up, and working on the March issue. After that, It’s full steam ahead on the Fisheries special issue, which the lovely and dedicated Tabea has been working doggedly on. I’m going to be travelling around Labrador and the Island, getting stories all about the Labrador fishery. I can’t wait!!

So I’m going to be really busy, but also, having a lot of fun with it. I hope to post more on the blog than I have in recent weeks! (Seriously, my recent silence is a testament to just how busy we’ve been lately, between computer problems, regular issues, and the Snowblind publication.)

And let’s just hope that the weather will co-operate…I was supposed to arrive home on Sunday, but ended up with a cancelled flight, a rescheduled flight for late-night Monday, overnighting in the St.John’s airport,and an early-morning flight back to Goose Bay on Tuesday, after which I went straight to the office, luggage and all (with over a metre of snow and two storms while I was gone, my driveway was NOT accessible!!!). So I’ve been a little tired this week, as you might imagine.

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Not something you want to see after sitting around the airport all day, waiting for a flight that is delayed and then delayed again…Credit for the photo goes to John Gaudi

And with that, dear readers, I really must get back to some 19th century correspondence….

Aimee

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year, everybody!
Them Days will close at noon on New Year’s Eve (today) and then stay closed for tomorrow (New Year’s Day) as well. We will reopen as usual on Friday, January 2. (And then we’ll be off for the weekend!)
Be safe!
Aimee

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Non-Stop December!

Between the computer issues (all fully resolved, thankfully!) the magazine mailout, working on new projects, and the Christmas rush, it has been one BUSY December. I feel like I’ve neglected this blog! I haven’t even shown all the decorations that Tabea and Daphne put up one day when I was out, and I haven’t even said who Tabea IS, just yet. I will! But for now, let’s get to Christmas decorations:

Our tree, decorated with handmade things (mostly)

Our tree, decorated with handmade things (mostly)

Our retail space

Our retail space

Retail space

Retail space again

Aimee

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