Tuesday, October 20, 2009

How I Met Your Mother

We love . . . This show.

In fact, if there is anyone reading this that doesn't watch this show, it has been decided that you are not living life to its fullest. We've spread the phenomenon to our friends, now it is time to inject the Northern Blogging community with the glory of all that it How I Met Your Mother.

It's a quicker, wittier, more modern "Friends-like" sit-com. It's an easy watch, very light, and comes with a lot of feeling. Neil Patrick Harris plays a womanizing character named Barney Stinson who completely steals the show, every show. He's followed by a great and familiar cast consisting of Alyson Hannigan (Band Camp Girl from American Pie), Jason Segel (Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You, Man), Cobie Smulders and Josh Radnor. Not to mention, Bob Saget Narrates!

How I Met Your Mother is a comedy about Ted (Josh Radnor) and how he fell in love. It all starts when Ted's best friend, Marshall (Jason Segel), drops the bombshell that he's going to propose to his long-time girlfriend, Lily (Alyson Hannigan), a kindergarten teacher. At that moment, Ted realizes that he had better get a move on if he too hopes to find true love. Helping him in his quest is Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), a friend with endless, sometimes outrageous opinions, a penchant for suits and a foolproof way to meet women. When Ted meets Robin (Cobie Smulders), he's sure it's love at first sight, but destiny may have something else in store. The series is narrated through flashbacks from the future.

We're going to put our "Northern Couple Stamp" on this recommendation. The Seasons are available very next to nothing on BestBuy and/or Future Shop. It's a great show to stay warm to! There's also a TON of Canadian References!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Pang Jealousy

I've just discovered why it is so expensive to fly to Pangnirtung . . . it's just that gorgeous.

Daily, Steph and I read about our blog-friends in Pang' and our minds blown with just how great it is visually. Tara and Sarah have continually posted some unbelievable pictures, especially of the Northern Lights. Since traffic is traffic when it comes to blogs, I suggest that anyone reading this, read theirs.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

My Gig!

Well, it appears I'm due for some shameless self promotion!

For those of you who I don't know very well, I'm a little bit of a musician. A recent cancellation at work has led to my first Northern Gig. It'll be at The Waters Edge Lounge/Kickin' Caribou Pub, Wednesday October 21st at 8pm. I'll be hosting the Open Mic/Jam Night there . . . They told me to spread the word!


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Arctic Ventures vs. North Mart

Dare we?

First thing: We shop equally at both. We don't buy into the "I like this one better" rants we hear. So, put your gloves away for now . . .no judgements here!

These are the two Grocery/Department Stores of Iqaluit. They have your everyday grocery needs like Dairy, Fruits, Vegetables, Meats, Breads, etc etc. Both are generally in the same area and are equally essential in your survival!
The last thing you need to do is try to price shop or pretend one is cheaper. This isn't the south . . . there aren't price wars. There are clearances and sales just like anywhere else, but everything is relative to your individual needs. If you eat a lot of cereal and it's a few dollars cheaper at North Mart, well, obviously you'd find North Mart more appealing. Both have electronic stores, have kitchen and housewares, and both have distinct differences that make for them to be equally important.

We've found that there are pros and cons to each.

North Mart:

Definitely the bigger of the two. It's also seems to be a little bit newer. We've found that all produce and meats are much, much more fresh and the expiry dates are a little more trustworthy. It's an easier place to shop and the aisles are more organized in a standard grocery store format so, it's easier to maneuver around. We do our big shops here and find that it's a great one-stop-shop. They have a lot of stock for a lot of items and their frozen meat and fresh produce sections are far superior to that of Arctic Ventures.

They have a clothing section, kids toy section, electronic section, fishing section . . . it's basically the closest thing you'll find to a Wal-Mart in Iqaluit.

They don't have music playing out front . . . we'll get back to that in a moment.

Arctic Ventures:

This is where you will find all things P.C. (Presidents Choice) and a lot of things you won't find at North Mart. This is why there are so many strong opinions on which store is better. Ventures has been here longer and has a lot of local items as well. We found their selection of Kitchen/House wares to be a better quality and a better selection. Ventures has a Source (By Circuit City) . . .North Mart has a tiny electronics section with staff that aren't specialised in the electronics field. The Source has a great manager with a great staff. All the cables, games, phones, batteries and essentials you need and they'll order just about anything in for you. Also . . .they have GUITARS AND GUITAR STRINGS. This is huge for musicians.(Like I said, they have great management)

They have a Video Rental area as well as a gift shop/shoe store/book store on the upper floors. We sent home some very interesting souvenirs for family members and even picked up some much needed new shoes.

Another huge perk is their bakery. They do fresh bread, pies, and other baked goods fresh daily. We've enjoyed these delicacies on a few occasions, in fact, I'm eating a piece of fresh apple pie as I type.

The Ventures Music:
Ventures plays this horrendous, annoying, brutal, torturous, deafening, flat-out makes you want to kill yourself-music in the inner doors of their entrance. It's a preventative measure for loitering but, it is the loudest and most awful sound you've heard in a while. It's hard to explain . . . you just have to hear it for yourself. You don't hear it unless you're near it and YES, they shut it off after they close but, it's amazing how many people walk in with their fingers in their ears, let's just put it that way.

So there you have it . . . every one's got an opinion and each opinion has a preferred store. Like we said, we shop regularly at both and enjoy both equally. They offer a lot of items that are the same and a lot of brands that are the same but, they have different niches. We suggest using them both to their fullest. If you ever have any specific questions for us, don't be afraid to ask.

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Dribble.

Blogs, Blogs, Northern-Northern Blogs!

Hearing: (Songs)
Train - Hey, Soul Sister
Ryan Adams - Desire
Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Pheonix (Entire Album; Song on Repeat: Lisztomania)
David Gray - Fugitive
Robbie Williams - Bodies
Muse - The Resistance (Entire Album)
Saosin - On My Own
Thrice - Beggars (Entire Album)
Pearl Jam - Just Breathe

Veronica Mars: Season One (Judge all you want, it's just plain good)
Dexter: Season 4
Californication: Season 3
District 9 (Wow!)
** which reminds me to make a note on just how good Neil Patrick Harris was hosting the Emmy's

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Thankful for Thanksgiving

We would like to full-out say a public wide thank you to our two gracious hosts Sunday; Mr. Townie Bastard and Mrs. Townie Bastard. We drank, we ate, we plotted, we laughed, and most of all we spent hours in great company.

Since we've arrived the two of you have been nothing short of supportive, encouraging, compassionate, friendly, welcoming, and just great people. We've learned more from you these few months than anything or anyone else and we'll forever be in debt to your wonderful hospitality. You both have made this transition to Iqaluit very easy for the both of us and we'll always appreciate it.

Whether it's DVD lending or great meals, we both look forward to a great online and offline friendship with the both of you.

Thank you both again so much.

Monday, October 12, 2009

"Rookie" Blogging!

I will take full responsibility for the lack of posts. I just work a lot.

I tend to struggle with the way we'd like this to be presented. I love reading the dailys from all the amazing northern bloggers and I envy their discipline, I just don't get as inspired as often. Obviously there was a lot to write about leading up to our arrival here, and now, we're forced into the inevitable crossroad that I imagine most (if not every) first time bloggers. What to write about now?

I always imagined it would be an account of our findings, adventures, discoveries, and time here so, I want to try and do my best to keep up with that. I do apologise for the lack of updates and posts. It's such a great feeling when you hit the ground running and that's what we've both done here. We love our life here in Iqaluit. So, from this moment on, I've decided to give a full out, rant free, detailed blog regarding life here lately in Iqaluit. I still hope our niavety and inexperience will result in some amazing posts . . .so here goes.

There are people who are far better writers than us, and people who are far more experienced when it comes to blogging so, we'll leave the experts to deal with matters of expertise. We'll stick to writing about our rookie moves, mishaps, mistakes, misfortunes, mayhems, memorable moments, methodical plannings, and mostly how much fun things are up here!

So here's to words starting with "M" and to the few of you who read. More to come . . I promise.

Rookies, Out!