Halfway to the High Arctic

It is just after 9 AM, and Ian and I are sitting in airport in Ottawa…awaiting our flight to Iqaluit.  This is a remarkably quiet airport compared to Pearson International.  It’s refreshing actually.  In about four hours or so we will be in our new home.  Ian is currently recording some video of an Air Canada Jazz flight with propeller engines.  It is quite possibly our plane.  Yikes.

Jemaine and Brit are resting comfortably – except for the occasional set of meows from Jemaine.  He was a little upset on the flight during take-off and less so during the landing.  I don’t think I heard Brit more than once, if that.  Both cats are exhausted from the long night spent making final preparations for the journey.  Ian and I are as well.

Thanks to everyone who came out to AC’s place last night.  It was really nice to have the pre-send off party.  Thanks to AC for helping with all of our laundry, and with the miscellaneous items that will be worked on now that we’re gone.  Thanks to Uncle Mark for making the extremely early drive to Pearson with all of our gear.  And thanks to mom and Dan for everything.  You guys have helped out more than you can imagine and we both appreciate it so much.

It would appear that we’ll be walking out on to the tarmac in less than an hour.  So I think I’ll be signing off until our flight lands this afternoon.  After a quick orientation around town and some much-needed rest, we’ll be back online.  Here’s hoping things normalize soon for us.  This has been an overwhelming day.  Week, even.

We miss all of our southern Ontario and New York friends and family.  So don’t forget to write…

When Cats Can Fly

We’ve been doing a lot of gearing up in the past couple of days.  Purchased a lot of items to ensure that we will be able to withstand the extreme frigid conditions that we’re likely to face in the coming months.

But, there were some other pieces of equipment that are very important for us to remember – and those are the cat carriers.  Since Sophie will be staying with my brother until either we get down to Ontario again to bring her back to Nunavut, or someone else is able to bring her up to us, we purchased two carriers for the kittens (who really are no longer kittens).

We had really hoped that they would take to the carriers well – so to prepare them, we’ve been leaving them open in the living room so that they can try them out.

We think they’ve taken to them quite well…don’t you?

Jemaine knocked out

Brit getting comfortable...

Jemaine with his posing arm...