Monthly Archives: January 2009

The Back Room

Sometime yesterday a hole (in the shape of a door) was made between what used to be the back of the building and the new addition.  Here are some pictures:

The Hallway

Entering The Back Room

Me In The Back Room

Back To Front

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The office . . .

Yesterday morning when I arrived at the office I was greeted by a sign on the door that said something along the lines of “due to renovations the office will be closed until Feb. 2”.  If it hadn’t been for the sticky note stuck to the door just above it that said “Come in Laura!” I would have felt exceedingly awkward as I walked through the door.  We didn’t stay in the office for very long that morning.  As soon as we got back from fetching the mail, we packed up everything we thought we’d need for the day (we did forget a few things though) and headed to Aimee’s place.  It was just too noisy and dusty for us to get much work done; the phone lines were down too.

This morning when I got to the office Aimee wasn’t there.  At first, I thought maybe I was supposed to have gone directly to Aimee’s and had resolved to wait for about 15 min. and if she hadn’t arrived by then I would attempt walking to her house.  Anyone who knows me would tell you that it was an extremely bad idea as I’m capable of getting lost anywhere (regardless of how many times I’ve been to my destination).  Fortunately, Aimee walked in about a minute after I’d taken off my jacket.  We spent a couple hours in the office this morning as the construction crew (being outside) wasn’t making all that much noise, but since we’d taken most of what we needed to work on to Aimee’s the day before there wasn’t a lot to occupy us.

We did, however, take some pictures of the construction to update this blog, which is, in fact, the only reason for this particular post . . .

A Hallway

A Hallway

The Bathroom

The Bathroom

From Admin Office to the Reading Room

From Admin Office to the Reading Room

In the Reading Room

In the Reading Room

Hope you didn’t mind my blathering too much.

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Hi!

Hmmm . . . well, my name is Laura Gillespie and I am the new Katimavik participant working at Them Days.  I am from Camrose, AB and am very happy to be here in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.  After spending 3 1/2 months in Quebec it is very nice to be, once again, amongst English speaking people.  My journey with Katimavik began on September 24th; weird! – it’s been just over 4 months.

I graduated from high school at the end of June 2007.  Last year I was at the Augustana Faculty of the University of Alberta.  The Augustana Faculty is in Camrose so, although I did move out of my parents’ house, I was still very near most friends and family; the past few months have been a big change for me.  While at Augustana I took a large variety of classes, but my major was drama, my minor English.  I have always enjoyed reading and writing but I never realized how much I loved the English language itself until I tried to learn French. The info packet my group received from the previous Katimavik group happened to contain descriptions of the different jobs here and I was instantly interested in Them Days.  By that point in time I had even begun to miss proof-reading my friend’s papers (his written grammar is atrocious).  At any rate, here I am (until the end of March) so I would imagine that you will be hearing from me again rather soon.

Pretending we're not in Aimee's basement.

Pretending we're not in Aimee's basement.

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words…

So this is a very wordy post indeed!

I was just at the office this afternoon and the inside is coming along quite nicely! Unfortunately, I had the camera here at my “home office” (it’s actually a desk from Them Days that I’m holding in my living room until construction is over) so I couldn’t take any photos with it. It did, however, remind me that I have more photos I wanted to post.

Geoff, Thierry and Dean, three of the construction workers on the site, taking down the walls of the darkroom.

Geoff, Thierry and Dean, three of the construction workers on the site, taking down the walls of the darkroom.

No more walls!...And no more running water (see hot water heater in the background...at least, that's what my untrained eye thinks it is.)

No more walls!...And no more running water (see hot water heater in the background...at least, that's what my untrained eye thinks it is.)

What power!  What grace!  (ha ha!)  Here I am taking a swing at the walls.  Thanks Linda for taking these photos!

What power! What grace! (ha ha!) Here I am taking a swing at the walls. Thanks Linda for taking these photos!

This wall was really hard (really!) but I managed to get the hammer through!  (This is where our kitchen cupboards used to be.)

This wall was really hard (really!) but I managed to get the hammer through! (This is where our kitchen cupboards used to be.)

Here I am admiring my handiwork, the fruits of my labour...a destructive side of my personality?

Here I am admiring my handiwork, the fruits of my labour...a destructive side of my personality?

You don't see Pepsi cans like this anymore.  Unless you're knocking down walls in the Them Days office, that is.

You don't see Pepsi cans like this anymore. Unless you're knocking down walls in the Them Days office, that is.

Up go the walls again!  And that guy you see there, putting them up, is the son of our last issue's cover subject (Douglas Jacque)...It's a small world here in Labrador!

Up go the walls again! And that guy you see there, putting them up, is the son of our last issue's cover subject (Douglas Jacque)...It's a small world here in Labrador!

And now, a little bit of news from the home office. (Indulge me a little.) This past week, I have had a new co-worker with me. He is needy (he whines when he wants something, he won’t go to the bathroom by himself), I’m pretty sure he doesn’t bathe himself, he expects me to prepare his meals, he follows me around constantly, and he spends most of his time sleeping on the job. But I figure that’s okay, since he’s really cute.

May I introduce to you…Chance, my loyal puppy dog. (I’ve actually had a couple of requests from readers to put him up since I started working on the last issue, which was all about dogs, so here you go.)

he's a purebred crackie!  (That's a mutt for those of you unfamiliar with local terminology!)

My dog Chance. I always get asked what breed he is, so before you ask: he's a purebred crackie! (That's a mutt for those of you unfamiliar with local terminology!)

That’s it for today! Have a good weekend, everyone!

Aimee

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Closed until Feb. 2

Good morning Them Days visitors,

I’m afraid I have some disappointing news if you were hoping to pop by our office in the next little while. Due to construction, our office will continue to be closed until Feb. 2. (I can’t wait to see the changes inside when it’s done!)

In the meantime, you can e-mail me as I am working from home, or leave a voicemail on the office machine since it will be checked regularly.

In other news, I attended the Inuttitut Bible launch yesterday and got to see some old texts and writings that were on display for the launch. Unfortunately, I forgot the camera, but take my word for it – it was a great event.

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Office update

Hello Them Days readers,

The office will be closed today due to construction. I’m working from home though, so if you would like to get in touch with me, the best way is by e-mailing me at editor [ at ] themdays.com. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.

I did find out which Katimavik person we’re getting though! (Thankfully she’s on house manager duty though so she gets to avoid all the construction stuff.) Her name is Laura and she’s from Canmore, AB. I’ll let her introduce herself properly next week! But in case you’re curious, she’s the one kneeling in the middle with the blue-grey jacket in the last post’s photo.

Welcome to Them Days, Laura!

Aimee

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A Day of Changes

The Them Days office has been hopping lately…the cold temperatures outside (brr!  It’s -47C out there with the windchill!)  have meant that the construction has started inside.  Where there used to be shelves and furniture and archive stuff, there isn’t, and where there used to be walls, there isn’t.  It’s crazy! 

To top it off, yesterday was the day when the new Katimavik group did their workplace tours and got to see what we do here.  Believe it or not, one of the top things on my to-do list for yesterday was “tidy up office before Katimavik group comes in.”  Little did I know that yesterday was the day for starting the inside work!  Well, at least I had good intentions!

Here’s a photo of the group, fresh from Trois-Rivieres, QC.  Many of them were interested in working at Them Days.  I was so excited.  They seem like a great group!

One of these people is about to start working at Them Days!  But which one?  Only time will tell!

One of these people is about to start working at Them Days! But which one? Only time will tell!

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