Sunday, October 26, 2008
General Admission tickets are on the second tier. Next time we are getting reserved seats!
Nook and Lil' Nook helped direct "traffic" on the ice during the 1st and 2nd period break. Remote control car races on ice! Sweet!
So how did I do with this year's sweater? It kept me pretty toasty warm at the game. I didn't need the hat the whole game but it came in handy coming home. The last couple nights have been getting a little chilly. In fact, tonight I plugged my car in. Don't want it to not start coming morning. Have a great week everyone!
Then I spent the next two days wondering if I had made a pact with an ax murder who was going to take me out into the remote woods of Alaska and chop me into pieces to feed to his dogs. I reasoned it over in my head, told several friends my plan, and googled him. He's a real musher, real school pyschologist. Decided what the heck. I made sure I had my Road i.d. on, had my cell phone (and it even had signal at the place), and some matches in my pocket in case I needed to plan a night in the woods.
Today's temperature reached at high of 7 above zero. My clothing to go dog sledding consisted of one layer cold gear from Under Armour, one layer running pants, one layer North Face snow pants plus two layers of socks and my snow boots (all on the bottom half); then I had on one layer silky long underwear on top, with a zip up Under Armour jacket, then my fleece and liner Cabela's winter coat with fleece hat and scarf. My thinsulate gloves were upgraded with hand warmers and I was ready to go.
I had a great time and am back home, freshly bathed (smelled a bit like wet dog and diesel fuel) and I have the still warm hand warmers tucked in my Sherling wool slippers and am quite toasty.
Here are a few pictures from the day! It was beautiful! Enjoy!
My chauffeurs were Tazman, Yoda, Helen, and Pearl. Their owner drove the snowmobile, I just held on. And yes, we tipped it over once but we weren't going very fast and the worst part of it was getting up and hitting the little spruce tree just enough for it to "snow" all over my head.
Pearl also knows it's time to go!
There isn't enough snow yet for a sled or the four wheeler so we used the snowmobile.
Taking a little break. Clockwise from the dog rolling in the snow you have Tazman, Pearl, Helen, and Yoda. When Yoda runs, she lays her ears down and looks just like the little green guy except for that green part.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
So yesterday we threw ourselves a potluck to say good bye. Participating in a pot luck when you only have a kitchenette to cook in can be interesting but I borrowed my boss' crockpot, browned the sausage at home and then mixed the cream cheese and tomatoes up at work. A little sausage dip complete!
Here are a few shots of the crew and the wonderful Miss Tawnya. We'll miss her but at least we get to hang out with her for a few more months before she leaves. She's even offered to keep me sane while the mover's move my stuff in to my rental house next week!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
My friends are spread near and far across the country. There are those from childhood. Then college. Then grad school. Then the first job. And now...I'm in Alaska! There are friends you talk to nearly daily. There are those you might catch up with once or twice a year. There are those whom you talk to and every time you do it's like you were just together a few minutes ago even though it might have been months or years. There are friends for situations and then they disappear back into the list of "those I've known". There are the friends who make up your safety net; the lifers in your life.
I think I've started on the right path here. Last night I saw the results of putting a bug in the air on Friday. "Hey, anyone interested in a girls' only dinner on Saturday night?" Eight of us met at a local brewery for laughs, new beginnings, and old pals. Everyone in the group knew at least one other person but not everyone knew everyone else. We managed to have a lively dinner and a fond farewell with a "see ya later" at the end. It is a start, hopefully, a start which goes somewhere farther. All friendships must begin somewhere and to me over food and microbrews is a great place to start.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
The Honeycrisp apple was a new apple they created several years ago. I was able to get them right off the tree in the orchards back in Rochester. You can imagine how elated I was when I found them at Safeway on Sunday. I've had one a day since then....I won't need a doctor for a while but I'm sure my dentist would frown!
I missed out on pumpkin patches and fall hikes b/c fall was pretty much over and we have winter here in Fairbanks. You can buy pumpkins in the grocery store but it's not the same. Definitely no corn field mazes either. So I'll settle for caramel covered Honeycrisps to remind it's still fall.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
With the stuff I ordered and what Lynnae sent me I think I can get some fall cards together too. My accessories are limited but I have papercutters, some ink, stamps, and a square punch. It's all about making do with what you have...at least for three more weeks.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I miss you, Mom!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I found this on Anne's site and figured I could manage it.
8 favorite tv shows:
1. CSI: (All three)
2. Law and Order: SVU
4. Criminal Minds
5. Grey's Anatomy
7. According to Jim
8. Army Wives
8 favorite restaurants:
1. The Windbag, Helena MT
2. City Cafe, Rochester MN
5. The Hopleaf, Chicago IL
6. The Brewhouse, Helena MT
7. Pad Thai, Fairbanks AK
8. Eva's, Casa Grande AZ
8 things i did yesterday:
1. Saw patients
2. Finished all my notes
3. Had birthday cake for breakfast
4. Took one of my techs to lunch for helping me with my CBRNE training
5. Called my dad
6. Learned how to do my timecard
7. Took a great nap
8. Watched The Starter Wife and this week's episode of Grey's
8 things i love about fall:
1. Pumpkin...chai, latte, pie, ice cream, carving, seeds
2. All the pretty leaves
3. Crisp mornings
4. Apple orchards
5. My birthday
6. Homemade blankets...quilts, afghans, whatever to curl up on the couch with
7. Hay rides
8 things i look forward to:
1. Selling my house (any one want a house in Rochester, MN)
2. The three day weekend
3. Moving into the log home I'm renting
4. Getting a routine at the new job
5. My first Alaska winter
6. Getting an automatic car starter for my car for said winter
7. Skiing on Birch Hill
8. Getting to visit Helena to meet Quincey Margaret in person
8 things on my wish list:
1. My house to sell
2. A trip to New Zealand
3. Enough money to pay off my student loans
4. Someone to love
5. A safe winter
6. An Alaskan Huskie
7. Friends to come visit me
8. Time to read all the books I have on my shelves (the pile never gets smaller!)
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Today, tried another new place to eat today. The Thai food last Friday night was amazing. The Chinese food I got last night for my birthday feast was pretty good. Today, a few of us went to this little Mexican joint. Very yummy!
Today, I found out the check for my travel payment is soon to be on it's way.
Today, I signed paperwork on a place to rent. I'll have a home!
Today, it snowed some more!
Today, I got a care package from Minnesota! This little guy and his little brother were in the box but more importantly a TON of stamping goodies were in the box. I get to stamp now! I can make cards.
Today, I found out I have a three day weekend b/c Monday is a "holiday". I am going to stamp!!! Cards!! Crafts!! YEAH!!!
Thanks to my friends Lynnae and Tammy for hooking me up and sending the hugs and goodies.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
You are Justice
Equity, rightness, probity, executive; triumph of the observing side in law.
Justice is about cold, objective balance through reason or natural force. You can't keep smoking and drinking without consequences to your health. It is the card that advises cutting out waste and insists that you make adjustments, do whatever is necessary to bring things back into balance, physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually. It is a card of balance and harmony; if there is imbalance, the correction may
require recourse to the law.
What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Fuel oil is used for heat. Water is either a well with a required water softener and sometimes also a purifier. Electricity is normal. Cable is not available in more remote areas. The same with internet. Some places have floor heating, some have a wood stove. Multiple paned windows are a good thing.
My criteria were fairly broad but a few things I want just because if I'm living up here I want to live like "they" live. I did not want to be "in" town. I did not want a crowded neighborhood, city traffic, etc. I wanted a log home or at least a home that looked "Alaskan" inside (hardwood floors, lofts, whatever). I did not want to be so far out I couldn't make it to the hospital in decent time, in the dead of winter, in the middle of the night. I had to have room for all my Stampin' Up things.
I think I have found "it". It is off the main road up on the hill. It's a log home with triple paned windows, a Toyo stove, electric backup heat, gas counter top stove, and TWO ovens. The second floor is lofted and includes great work space, the master bedroom with full bath, and great storage space. The main floor has the other two bedrooms which I can keep colder to save on energy until I need them. Plenty of space for my craftin' stuff. A little backyard with elevated garden boxes in already. Owners will full the fuel, propane, and water tanks before they leave so I will have those taken care of. They owners are "normal" people (as in I do not feel the need to check with the FBI to see if they are hiding). Overall, the whole place is very homey and just what I need. Would love to buy a place just like it but not with the market and not with owning one home already.
So these are the roads in the hills. Trees right up to the edge. Snow always at the higher levels even when it's melting in town. Moose supposedly. I haven't seen any yet. If it's clear you can see Denali National park even though it's 200 miles away but I wouldn't say it's been "clear" since I got here. We have had sunshine but not clear enough to see McKinley. But at least I can say I'm getting settled. It's a good feeling.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Don't forget to wear pink this month and shout one out for Breast Cancer Research.