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I’m Baaaack!

Hello everyone,

Aimee here. I’m back from a two-week vacation, and now it’s just me here in the office. Earlier this summer, we had such a full office, and now there’s just me. It’s so quiet! So rather than just talk to myself, I’ll tell you all about what’s been going on at Them Days.

So, if you’ve been following our twitter feed on the side of the page, you’ll know that Kelly is gone, and we are in the hiring process for another Administrator. Kelly was the first to leave out of everyone in the office this summer. Bye Kelly! We’ll miss you!

Kelly, of course, got her sugar cookies before she left. We’ve given so many to our Katimavik volunteers and to summer students…and now it was Kelly’s turn!

Bye Kelly. 😦

(And after taking this photo, I decided that every new photo of me is going to be taken in the presence of a fan so my hair can blow around like a model’s too!)

Then, on the day that I was leaving for my vacation, Heather had her final day. Unfortunately, NorthMart was all out of sugar cookies, but they did have some sort of cookie sandwich made from two cookies and a LOT of icing in between. Surely that counts as a sugar cookie! Oh, I was so sad to see Heather go. She started before the other girls, and it was just me and her in the office at the beginning. Then at the end of her time with us, it was just the two of us again because Kayla and Breanna were on vacation.

Bye Heather. 😦

Then, while I was gone, Jess left. No photos from that, but we did have a very sweet phone conversation. I’m going to miss talking with her over the phone and magically getting her faxes and e-mails…work would appear out of nowhere, even if I couldn’t see it getting done! Amazing! Jess did a great job, and I’ve got to thank Toni and the rest of the crew up at Torngâsok Cultural Centre in Nain for all their help with the project. I still haven’t met her in person yet!! Hopefully soon though, since she is now attending college here in the Valley. So maybe I’ll have a “Hello!” photo soon. 🙂

And then it was Kayla’s turn! 😦 Oh Kayla, I was so sad to see you go too. You’ve been a real joy to have in the office and you did even the most boring tasks with a smile! Because I was in St. John’s, I couldn’t see her off in person…but I was sneaky and arranged for sugar cookies to be brought in for her last day! And I got to see it on webcam too, because I had a webcam brought into the office and I had one on my personal home laptop too. Unfortunately, the laptop brought in by our volunteer turned their image upside down, but still, I got to see Kayla eat her cookie! And I had one too!

Bye Kayla. 😦

And then, last but not least, it was Breanna’s turn. I’m going to miss her too, and her wry sense of humour and drive to get the job done. Breanna was willing to take on some different tasks, like the book reviews you’ve seen on the blog. Again, I was gone for her last day (this time, I was in Moncton) but I was sneaky again and we had cookies via webcam. My sister joined in too.

Bye Breanna. 😦

I was so sad to see the girls go, I didn’t even read their blog entries until now. I couldn’t bring myself to read their goodbyes until I got back to the office. I guess I’m just a big sap that way! Now that I’ve read them, I’m so proud of them all over again. Anyway, enough with the sad stuff, on to happier things…like…uh, what I did on vacation – besides saying goodbye to the girls, that is! 🙂

First, I went to St. John’s for a Backstreet Boys concert, and to spend time with some friends. Just hours after arriving in St. John’s (by the way, it was really hot and beautiful here in Goose Bay, and then I got to St. John’s and it was FREEZING and I didn’t even have a jacket with me!), I met Howie from the Backstreet Boys with my best friend Stephenie! (She’s from Goose Bay too, but she lives out there now.)

Me and my BFF Stephenie with HOWIE FROM THE BACKSTREET BOYS!

Then we did some stuff for her wedding and saw some beautiful bed and breakfasts and scenery around St. John’s.

My friend and I went to Portugal Cove while doing some wedding planning for her wedding next summer. Isn't it beautiful?

Funnily enough, I ended up seeing more Labrador people in St. John’s than people from St. John’s! A cousin of mine from Makkovik was in town for her summer job with Women In Science and Engineering, and I got to see the final presentation for all the WISE students in Newfoundland and Labrador. This year was the first year they had a project in Labrador, and I was so proud of all the Labrador girls there (even if I just met them for the first time while out there!)!

Welcome to the Women In Science and Engineering Final Presentation!

Then I went out to New Brunswick to visit my immediate family, so I got to spend time with them too, which was great! Always good to see family. My little sister is getting so big…today marks the day when she is exactly the same age I was when she was born. I can’t believe it.

Me, shaking the hand of a giant blueberry in Nova Scotia.

There’s much more to say about things that happened before I left on vacation (we were so busy with getting the magazine, Christmas cards and calendar out to the printer, there was no time to blog about it before now), but I’m going to leave those posts for later this week. For one, there’s not enough time left in the day to do that right now. Two, I’d rather spread it out a bit, since there’s so much to see. Come back to the blog again for some pictures of Battle Harbour and Mulligan!

Aimee

P.S. I was going to say something else, but I forget…don’t you hate that feeling??!!

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One MORE summer student!

So…remember awhile ago when I was looking for a summer student up in Nain? Well, we found one! Her name is Jessica, and she’s totally ‘pumped’ (that’s one of Heather’s words) to start interviewing people up there. We are totally excited to be working with her from afar, and I can tell already that she’s going to be good! She’ll introduce herself on the blog probably tomorrow, and then she’ll be updating all our readers on what’s going on in Nain. 🙂 Welcome to the Them Days team, Jessica! We may be far, but remember, we’re only a phone call or an e-mail away!

Today we had an interview here in the office – Heather conducted her very first interview! It went very well – I’m so proud of my students this year!

Anyway, I must run…time to go!

Aimee

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Interviewing and transcribing

It’s been fun around here the past week. All of us have been keeping busy with one thing or another. Filing, transcribing, organizing- there’s always something to do. I think I’ve found a topic for an article so I’ll be writing that for the next little while (among other things). Hopefully the idea hasn’t already been taken. This week, our hard work was rewarded by getting paid. In celebration, Aimee, Kayla, Heather and I went to Pizza Delight for dinner. It was delicious!

(l to r) Heather, Kayla, me, and Aimee paying for our meal.

Yesterday morning, Heather, Kayla and I went with Aimee to interview her grandfather, Morris Chaulk. It was the first interview us summer students had been on so Aimee was the interviewer. She demonstrated how to properly conduct an interview. It was great because her grandfather was a wonderful speaker! We spent the morning there with him, listening to all of his stories and learning how to do an interview.

Aimee's grandfather, talking about his early life.

The transcription of the interview has already begun so we’ll all be kept busy with that for a while. Also in the future, Heather and I have to go through several interviews ourselves! We’re going to have to hurry up and find some people to before the end of the summer. I know I can’t wait! I will hopefully get to talk to seven people. Now all I have to do is find seven willing candidates.

I suppose I should go work on researching again… Bye for now!

– Breanna

p.s. My apologies if the pictures are a tad small. I’ll have to make them bigger next time!

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Welcome Heather & Mailout!

Summer must really officially be here. This week, we welcomed Heather to the office, our first summer student of the season. Fresh from graduation, Heather is eager to do lots of work here at Them Days. Her first few days were occupied completely by the process of getting the magazine back from the printers and out to our loyal readers.

First, we went and picked up the boxes of magazines from Provincial Airlines Cargo.

When Heather and I went to pick up the magazines, we saw this big plane at the airport.


It’s unusual to see such a huge plane here in Goose Bay. I mean, it happens from time to time, but it’s exciting to see them when they come in. They’re bigger than everything around!

After loading the boxes into the car, we were set to come back to the office!

When we get back to the office, we have to go through each box and make sure that our readers and retailers get magazines that are free from errors. Sometimes with printing, pages can get upside down or mixed up before stapling, or a page will print blank. It doesn’t happen often, but we make sure that you don’t find one of them in your mailbox. (And if you do, let us know!) Then we stuff the envelopes and put mailing labels on each envelope.

When we get the magazines back, every available surface is covered in the reading room

...really, every surface. No comfortable sit-on-the-couch-and-work day for us!

Hello Heather! Welcome to Them Days! Here, Heather prepares magazines for a retail store.

Subscriptions ready to go out!

Magazines for retailers ready to go out

Also, on a final note, watch out for Them Days in the 2010 Labrador Canoe Regatta in about a month’s time! We’ll be racing in the novelty race. Woo hoo!!

Aimee

P.S. Jenna and the rest of her Katimavik comrades left town today — no more Katimavik volunteers until the fall! They have a long day of travelling ahead of them (Jenna doesn’t arrive in Calgary until 1:00am Calgary time), so wish them a safe and happy journey!

P.P.S. Tomorrow is Canada Day, so we’ll be closed tomorrow and then open again on Friday. Have a happy Canada Day! (And happy anniversary to my Nanny & Poppy Chaulk, who will be celebrating their anniversary tomorrow as well. They met on the S.S. Kyle many moons ago!)

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