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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Pictures of our new apartment

Okay, so I promised pictures of my apartment. So first, I'll show you where we started:

Here's the kitchen area, if you can tell...

And our bedroom!

Okay, so it was a bit of a disaster. After Chris and his friend Andy had spent about 8 hours driving from La Crete to Bonnyville, they began unloading the truck and trailer. To our surprise, U-Haul trailers are not very secure. EVERYTHING was covered in dust and dirt from the highway. So that's why everything is piled in the kitchen. We had to wash everything before it could be put in its rightful place. ANNOYING!

Anyways, after lots and lots and lots of work, both cleaning and unpacking and of course finding places to put everything, here's where we are now:

Here's Willy and Mimi enjoying some fresh air on the porch :)

Our new TV stand and lamps :)

Living room area :)

Here's our bedroom, finally put together.

So there are still lots of things that we need, such as a computer desk, gill/BBQ, coffee table and end tables, but they will all come. Then we can put up our pictures, paintings and photos and complete our apartment :)

Interview with Clayton Bellamy

While Clayton Bellamy, originally from The Road Hammers, was visiting his hometown of Bonnyville, I took that as an opportunity to meet yet another country music star and write a great feature.

In releasing his latest album, his first solo one, he decided to tour a few schools in northern alberta, providing a small concert and lecture about following your dreams.

To my surprise, he's quite a great speaker. Very inspirations and moving. His voice totally filled the room. He used video, song and his persuasive words to capture the audience. Even stubborn high school kids were totally getting into it!

I didn't have a long interview with him, it was more of an excuse to meet him and get my picture taken with him, but hey, it was great all the same!

Here's the article, enjoy! :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Adjusting to life in an apartment building and welcoming spring

Having moved in the winter, Chris and I haven't really had a chance to experience the beauty of Bonnyville. Judging by the name of the town and all the lakes surrounding it, we had hoped it would be a beautiful place to settle down for a few years.

Today it's about 13 degrees. Nothing compared to Ontario's 20-25, but we'll take what we can get. It's absolutely beautiful and bright; however, with the warm weather comes melting snow. So the muddy sidewalks have made afternoons walks a little challenging, but still worth it.

Last weekend Chris and I finally had a weekend off together - our first one together since before Christmas! It was nice. We relaxed, did a lot of cleaning and organizing of the apartment and watched a few movies. And on Sunday morning, we were even able to enjoy breakfast on our porch with our kitties! :) Now all we need is a BBQ so we can start grilling some steak and burgers and we'll be set!

Our apartment has been kind of challenging, but we're adjusting. We're not used to not having the basement for the cats, so that's been interesting. But it's been nice to be able to sleep with the bedroom door open and not have to worry about a room mate peeking in at you!

With apartments come smells. So many smells. So that's been my major priority right now. I've scrubbed everything and Chris has vacuumed and we've put up quite a few air fresheners. Now it's yummy every time you walk in - despite what the halls may smell like due to our neighbour's cooking or pets.

Now, if I could just convince the baby beside me to stop screaming all the time, we'd be set!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Interviewing and meeting Clayton Bellamy (The Road Hammers)

Above is a photo of myself and Clayton Bellamy, country music star from The Road Hammers, after a performance and inspirations speech at Bonnyville Centralized High School recently.

I had seen him perform with The Road Hammers years ago; however, never by himself. I really enjoy his solo music and couldn't believe what a moving, passionate and inspirational speaker he was. He's entertaining in so many ways with his words.

Clayton is originally from Bonnyville, which was something I didn't realize. Since I love country music, and am a huge supporter of local artists, I was excited when I heard he would be back in Bonnyville for a performance. He spent last week touring a few northern, rural Alberta schools, advertising his newest album and promoting students to follow their dreams - whatever they may be.

Bonnyville offers a lot of country music, which I really love. In April, Emerson Drive will be performing in Bonnyville and Ronnie Dunn (from Brooks and Dunn) will be performing in June. And we're just hours away from Edmonton, where so many other acts are going on, such as Lady Antebellum and outside of country music, my beloved Stars on Ice tour.

Ah Bonnyville, why must you offer so many artistic options. My bank account will soon be cross with you.