As of today…

June 25, 2010

They must have heard my griping, because suddenly, things are starting to move! They now have the walls all textured and primed just WAITING to be painted. If we get all our ducks (and pocket books) lined up today, that can begin tomorrow! The siding is 3/4 done now and should be completed today. Apparently the decks will be started next week (as long as the siding gets finished today) and the rest of the rocks for the retaining wall and dirt work is scheduled to happen the 2nd week of July. The rest of the interior finishing will happen once the decks and the painting is done. Not much visual change that would do pictures any justice, but I will post some new ones as soon as there is something to see! It’s getting close….!!! 😀

Funny stuff

June 21, 2010

Not really anything new to report on the house – seems they don’t have a ton of motivation to move quickly, so they’re just sort of ticking along. In the mean time, I thought I might share some funny photos from this weekend. It was an unusually warm sunny weekend, and I was lucky enough to have my hubby take most of it off work, so we mostly hung out outside, poked around town and just plain old vegged! (Apparently there are no Kings to be found, or we would have been out fishing…)

Leaving Auk Rec, a gorgeous public beach we saw this funny little squirrel come bounding across the road and then drop half his load. Clearly, he had too much to begin with, but he managed, 10 mins later, to get everything back in his MOUTH! And off he went!

Then, from there, we went by the new house to dream, and between trying to smoke old cigarettes and eat rocks, the Yorkie got a little covered in dust and plaster:

Ahhh…simple minds, simple pleasures! 🙂

‘Till next time…!

Well, the sheet rock is all hung, so we now can see just exactly the size of everything! I think we were both a little worried it would seem even smaller once it was all enclosed, but we’re thrilled with how it’s turning out. They are starting to drywall as I write, and siding should be starting to go up this week. I have all my flooring, cabinets, counter tops, paint and fixtures picked out so it will be exciting to watch those go in too! Check out my album for the updated pictures! (I’ve mixed them in with the old ones so you can see the progress with each room)

Home sweet Home

May 19, 2010

I finally have something to blog about worth reading! It’s been a pretty low key winter/spring, but now I have news! 🙂

Andy and I are officially home owners! We sold our condo in January, and resorted to renting for a while, having a hard time finding anything that suited us. We had our eye on this place even at that point, but the process seemed to be so long and drawn out, we tried to keep our options open. At any rate, here’s the deal: This house is being built with the construction class of the local high school assisting in the process. It will be a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom (albeit small – Andy calls it “the double-wide”) 2 story house in our favorite part of town, called Twin Lakes. The lot is very small, but we are a hop, skip and jump away from a park with a long cement promenade along the “lakes”. The coolest part of this place is they have gone to the extreme in making it 5 star (the highest) Energy Rated to the extent that the insulation is 1.5 times the requirement. It is super close to both our works, but still a bit out of town so we can get away from downtown. We never thought we’d be fortunate enough to not only live in our favorite neighborhood, but also to get a brand new house out of it. I’ve attached a link to some pics, but they’re a bit old. Currently, they have all the plumbing and wiring in, and the drywall should be going up this week. I will attach more pix when I can get some. Now, all we need are some visitors to come stay with us!!! Any takers?!?! 🙂

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You can also check out the blog they’ve been keeping about the house.

Only in Alaska

September 3, 2009

Every once in a while I see something, or something happens that reminds me that I’m not living just anywhere…I’m living in Alaska. (Which, I know, most of you think crazy the way it is…) 🙂 Today was one of those days.

I was driving home along the highway (which, by most standards is just a double lane road with a median) which runs alongside the Channel. Suddenly, there was a whale cresting right beside me. And when I say, right beside, I mean RIGHT beside. Those of you who’ve been here know how close the highway is to the channel, so this will mean that much more. He was just cruising along, most likely enjoying all the spawning salmon that come up the channel to the fishery this time of year. The thing with Alaska, especially south east, is you exist WITH nature. You don’t even have to go past your front yard to see deer, bears, in fact, at one point, I had a porcupine living in the tree just off my deck. We went camping last month on a little island only about 20mins by boat off the main land and I spent an hour the next morning watching whales cresting and breaching all around us. This may not be your booming metropolis of a city, but I’ll trade that in for green space and fresh air any day.

(Note to my family: That doesn’t mean I don’t miss home…) 😉

P6100027PS This is not the whale I saw today, but I DID take this picture…

Spring in Juneau

May 22, 2009

Long time since my last post…time flies when you’re having fun!

Indeed, it has been a fun spring. Since my last post, way back in March, I’ve been back to Vancouver for the month of April, which absolutely flew by, and had my formal wedding on the 24th up in Osoyoos. (Some informal pix can be viewed through my Picassa albums.) I arrived back to Juneau on April 30th, just in time for the May 1st start of the Annual King Salmon Derby!! Sadly, however, we’ve only been out 3 times and only caught one measly little 15lb King. I still find it amazing how much meat you can still get off such a modest sized fish!

Spring here has been, apparently, out of the ordinary, but it’s certainly been right up my ally. We have had day after day of cloudless sunny skies and temperatures upwards of 18C, which is understandably not the norm for a rain forest. Typical or not, it has made it nearly impossible to not fall in love with this town with this kind of weather. I’ve even become so domestic as to plant my own little flower planters…we’ll see how long they last in the absence of my green thumb!

I’ve been continuing my attempt of learning to run; A “hobby” I picked up while I was home in April due to a slight fear I’d out grown my wedding gown! What amazes me the most here is how fresh and clean the air is, even after days without rain. Definitely one of my favorite things about Juneau is how little (if any) pollution there is.
Andy has headed off for the weekend (it’s a long weekend here: Memorial Day) with the guys (including my father) for a mass fishing trip. They head over to a massive “island” where there is a little bay called Elfin Cove which apparently has some of the best fishing in the area. It’s a 4 hour, by boat, journey. I haven’t quite decided what I’ll be doing with myself for the next 3 days, but I think I have a fairly good idea…

My latest guilty pleasure has been the Twilight series. I scoffed and how much publicity it seemed to be getting and at how all the “silly” girls were swooning over “Edward Cullen”. Sadly, I have become one of those “silly” girls… Ok, so maybe I’m not the swooning type, but I can’t lie, I’ve definitely become addicted to the sickeningly pathetic romance and suspense. I’ve made it through both of the first 2 books (500+ pages each) and just broke down and bought the last 2 in hard cover because I’m too impatient to wait until August for the paper backs!

So that’s been my last 2 months in a nut shell….I’ll try to be better at more consistent updates, providing life is exciting enough to have something to update! 🙂

Taku Winds

March 16, 2009

Something I’ve been hearing about for a while, but never experienced (until last night) are the Taku winds. Because of how the mountains are situated in the downtown and Douglas area (which just so happens to be where I live) wind get funneled down the channel at gale force speeds. Taku wind season apparently is between October and April, and occur on average 4 times during this period. I guess that makes last night one of those 4 times as wind gusted up to 50mph! (Again, my metric friends, that’s upwards of 80km/h) 🙂 It really was wind like I’ve never experienced before, not to mention the fact my house sort of juts off the side of a hill, making me feel a tad more vulnerable. Apparently, though, you get used to it. My hubby didn’t even flinch all night long as I lay wide awake and worried about our house popping off the mountain and ending up in the channel. (My imagination works in wonderful ways in the middle of the night!) This picture shows what looks like clouds around the top of the mountain, when actually that’s a full blown snowstorm going on up there. (Not unlike a dust storm in a dessert, I imagine…) Wouldn’t want to spend much time on the tops of those mountains during these little out bursts!

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March 13, 2009

Well, I promised updates, and then I go AWOL…what do you do? We all have our weaknesses right? It may because there really hasn’t been much to report recently but I’ll see what I can dig up…

I think the most impressing “thing” (for lack of a better word) that has happened since I’ve come here is the Thane Road avalanche. First, I’ll give you a little background on the roads here in Juneau. Or maybe I should say, the lack thereof…

Although Juneau is not an island, by ANY stretch of the imagination, it is “landlocked”. The main road through Juneau is about 40 miles (64 km for my metric friends…) from end to end. Yes, it ends at both tips. From downtown Juneau, you can head north about 30 miles (albeit beautiful miles) and then you run into the ocean. Or, you can head south about 10 miles and just plain run out of road. That 10 miles is known as Thane Road and as become one of my most feared roads. As you drive out Thane you have the Gastineau Channel on one side and a steep mountain side up the other, and as a result it is known for it’s avalanches. A dear friend of ours, in his mid 90’s, having lived here 70 odd years out on Thane, is able to predict to the day when an avalanche is coming. Apparently, when it snows heavily one and then warms up a few degrees and turns to rain the next, an avalanche is as good as guaranteed, in his mind.

On February 8th that’s exactly what happened. We’d had a huge dump of snow, 8 inches or so, and then it go beautifully warm and yes, poured rain. This is a picture a few weeks later from across the channel, even after a bunch of avalanche shooting and plowing.

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Luckily, no one was hurt, but that hasn’t always been the case with Thane Rd avalanches. It is the only road into town for the residents out there. Another good friend of ours had a scare of a lifetime when her late husband was caught in an avalanche and swept out into the channel. Luckily the tide was out. (Let it be noted is was NOT the avalanche that killed him!)

Nothing like adding a little excitement to your drive into or home from work! 🙂

New Blog, New Theme, New Life

February 24, 2009

So, a little change of scenery on here for you all! I fell drastically off the blogging bandwagon sometime last year and of course lost all my avid fans. (All 3 of you…) 😉 However, since starting my new life way up north, I’ve had many intrigued friends curious about what it’s REALLY like in Alaska. Have we bought our slew of sled dogs, is it warm enough in our igloo…you know how it goes! Well my friends, I hate to disappoint, but none of the standard stereotypes hold true. I have moved to one of the most beautiful places on the earth, I am sure of it. And yes, we get winters, we get snow, we get cold…but hey! so does Kelowna, and so far, nothing beats that place! But, when the clouds clear, the sun shines and I lie in bed looking out the window, I see the greatest snow peaked mountain at my doorstep and a bald eagle flying by and coming to rest in the tree just outside. Life could not be more breath taking.

And so, this is now the new theme of my blog. I will, to the best of my abilities, walk you through my new found life in one of the most beautiful, yet best kept secrets of the world.

Welcome to Juneau, Alaska!

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Our non-shotgun shotgun :)

September 6, 2008

The demand has come in regarding my supposed new marital status. Ok, so it’s not “supposed”, it’s for real. *gasp* Corinne Pernisie is finally married…much to the disbelief of many, I’m sure! lol Anyways, here’s the deal. It was actually planned all along. Seeing as I’ve bitten the bullet and agreed to become a local resident in our friendly neighbouring country, there’s this wierd concept called “immigration”. Funny that. We were warned that this process can take up to 9 months to complete, and during that 9 months, I am unable to legally live, much less work in the US. I continue to find it amusing how difficult the States make it for Canadians to come into their country. And the best part is, their fear is that we’re just going to waltz in, use a partner to get our citizenship and then ditch them. As if we’re just DYING to be American. At any rate, I can’t comment on whether it’s much easier for them to come to Canada so I better be nice! 🙂

I digress…

So it just made most sense to get married and get the paper work started. Our original plan was to be all coy and keep it a secret until our formal wedding in April. But for those of you already married, I’m sure you can agree that it’s the happiest day of your life and the LAST thing you want to do is keep it a secret. (Besides the fact I’m TERRIBLE at keeping secrets) 🙂 Our official date was Friday, August 29th, and it was absolutly perfect. We had it at my parents place in front of the fire with my puppy at our feet. Mom and dad, Heather and Kyle and Granny were there. So intimate, so memorable.

Our wedding in April will still go ahead as planned. I am, of course, your typical female. I want the dress, the flowers, the dinner…everything a girl has always dreamed of. It’s going to be in Osoyoos at Nk’Mip winery and resort but again, we’re keeping it small and intimate with pretty much just family. I am still so excited to get everyone together and it’ll be great to be up in the Okanagan one last time before I leave the country! 🙂

Thanks so much for all your love and wishes. We are so happy to have started our lives together…the only thing that would have made it better is if we could have done it “normally” and already be co-habiting, but hey! normal is so over rated right?! 🙂