Dose of Awesome # 247

1. Awesome was not only finishing my first drawing contract, but also finishing the most challenging portrait I’ve drawn thus far – 6 people standing in front of a fully decorated Christmas tree, from a photo that not only printed darkly (is darkly a word?), but was made even darker by the fact that 5 out of the 6 people were dressed head-to-toe in black (or dark grey). It took awhile, but this contract both kept me busy over the past few months, and made me close to 300$. Not too shabby for a hobby 🙂

2. Awesome was receiving my new bread maker (which I ordered after a third consecutive trip to the grocery store in search of baguette or something of the sort, to find that the only bread product in the entire store was a stale bag of pitas. I took my bread maker for a spin yesterday, and made a delicious loaf of honey whole wheat bread to go with the chili that I also spent yesterday afternoon cooking.

3. Awesome was sharing said bread and chili with my boyfriend and friends before we watched the hockey game yesterday evening.

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Dose of Awesome # 246

1. Awesome was selling another print. I wouldn’t be able to make a living off of it, but it feels good to earn a little extra spending money off of something that I love to do as a hobby.

2. I don’t know what’s more awesome – the story of the polar bear that made a brief “appearance” in Kuujjuaq Thursday evening, or the fact that the story was not true.

I signed onto Facebook Thursday evening to see a polar bear alert for the village, on the village’s local page. Within the hour, my news feed exploded with statuses from fellow Kuujjuamiut about it. Friends went on polar bear sighting adventures, Aqpik Road bustled with hunters, police and rangers driving out to find it, and the mayor went on the FM more than once to report on the situation.

It turned out to be a false alarm (for which I am thankful, as I don’t think I’d feel comfortable going on a hike or out snowshoeing again had there really been a polar bear)..

3. Awesome was another fantastic potluck with friends, full of conversation about travelling, trekking, and Iceland. It’s still awhile away, but last night, my upcoming, yet far off trekking trip to Iceland began to feel real.