Twilight

I know we promised more updates and random observations but once again I’ve neglected this blog in favor of spewing my thought vomit all over my other blog. I can’t just post anything over here. It’s a hump I can’t seem to get across. It was easy to babble on when we first arrived because there were so many new experiences and sights. That’s not to say it’s become uninteresting now. Far from. We’ve just become so immersed in the town that we’re not only far busier than we’ve ever been but are starting to take for granted some of the things we see and hear because they seem “common” now. I keep forgetting that this blog is primarily geared towards those who haven’t been up here, plan on coming up here or just want to know what it’s like up here.

I had a busy week at the shelter last week. The Katimavik volunteers were off and the regular IHS membership had to fill the gaps. I can’t stress how much disarray ensues whenever they’re not around. Those who don’t know about what the Katimavik program is all about I invite you to read up about them. They are an amazing group of young people (gah… did I just refer to them as young people like old people do…) who are the life blood of this community’s volunteer efforts. They do tons of backbreaking work for virtually every event and not-for-profit organization in the city and to be quite honest I don’t know how things would get done without them. With that said with them off and our illustrious leader Janine out of town on business, those that remained had to pick up the slack.

We live literally a construction yard’s walk away from the shelter so armed with a key to get in now I covered a week and a half’s worth of shifts over there. There are 4 primary shifts – 8am, 12pm, 5:30pm and 9:30pm – and I managed to try my hand at each one, sometimes multiple times in one day. Let’s just say that by the tail end of my tour of duty I learned about as much as I could about the whole operational procedure and was dead exhausted. The shelter has some really great people who volunteer so you’re almost guaranteed to meet people you’re bound to get along with. I mean how bad can people who love doggies and volunteer their free time to tend to them be, right?

I was starting to lose track of days after a while. When you work till 10:30pm one night and go in again at 7am the next day and it looks exactly the same outside, it starts to play tricks on your mind. I absolutely love it up here but the one obstacle I seem to be having the most difficult time overcoming is the whole Endless Day thing. I had reservations about it prior to coming up but it’s nearly impossible to account for how it will affect you mentally unless you experience it first hand. It’s not even that bad right now and I’m feeling like a space case. The month of June marks Hell Month for me because we’ll be marching our way towards the longest day in the history of mankind (or something like that).

It’s hard to explain the dementia that results from the sun being the annoying houseguest that won’t go away. I can sleep just fine with it being light outside. That’s not a problem whatsoever. It’s when I’m awake that the psychosis sets in. It’s incredibly hard (for me at least) to ween myself off the southern Ontario “it’s supposed to get dark at night” mindset and as a result my body just keeps forcing me to stay up throughout the night sometimes. I think I chose to overwork myself at the shelter in the hope of tiring myself out so I can get on some kind of a regular sleeping schedule, but it only served to dislodge my pattern further. I can’t say this is an issue I can’t overcome and it certainly isn’t something that’ll make me regret coming here. This place is far too intriguing to have something as miniscule as insanity thwart me.

However I wanted those who really can’t visualize the whole concept to see what we see. I took some time-lapsed pictures of the night (ha ha) sky over an 8 hour period last night. The only setting I had on the camera was Auto ISO. The shots are taken from our balcony with the first one at 8pm and the last being 3am.  I’ll do this once again on June 22nd – 23rd and we can compare the changes.

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18 thoughts on “Twilight

  1. That would reeeeallly mess with my brain. I’d probably be up for five days and then sleep for two. It would be cool to experience this at least once in my life, though.

    • No Amy. It’s not cool. Not even once in your life. You will become a zombie…there’s no question. 😉

      Okay, just kidding…I’m biased now since we’re going insane with all the light. But you shouldn’t be able to stumble out of a bar (or friend’s house) at one in the morning and it feel like it’s 10 AM…or 2 PM…or ANYTHING like that. Wierdest mental mess my head’s ever been involved with…

    • You’re more than welcome to come up. Save up those Air Miles because the flights are expensive but at least you know people in town and have a place to stay.

  2. If I ever go completely insane and decide I want to spend a winter/spring in the Arctic Circle, then I will totally give you guys a call!

    • Yeah, from the looks of it. Then again many don’t seem to have issues with the sun to begin with. Either way it gives me hope that I’ll adjust… eventually.

  3. I would have a terrible time with that whole situation…I’m a creature of habit! When it’s light out, that’s when I’m up…if it’s dark, then I’m asleep…

    Hope you get accustomed to it soon, guys!

    Wendy

  4. Nice timeline shots. I watched the photo slide first looking at it then looking at it with the timing. Then one more look to make sure I did not miss anything. Man that is mess up. I can tell when it is morning and the sun is coming out than it get a bit dark but not dark enough. Dark as if the sun is slowly going away never did. The light hang in the sky as if it was stuck.

    Sleeping to would not be a problem for me indoor but leaving work or going for a walk I be so dismay of what time is it and be a little bit off balance internally with my mental clock perception. I always heard of this but have not truly seen it. Your photos gave me a good insight.

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