And the newest member of our family…….

21 Feb

And he shall be named:
Professor Clarkson “kitty” Mcallister

And he shall be loved (heart)


Happy happy Presidents Day

21 Feb

Almost couldn’t get out of the driveway this morning and the roads are covered in 2′ of snow! But at least it’s warm! 21 degrees! Should be snowboarding but gentry has teeth to drill…

Adventure No.1: ice ice baby

3 Feb

Stars were aligned this weekend when it was warm (above -18)

AND it was bright and sunny so we took advantage of our good luck and planned out our road trip up to the ARTIC CIRCLE

First to answer your questions:
No. There  wasn’t any ice cream

No. Santa doesn’t live there, or his elves either

No. There weren’t any penguins

Yes. you can look down and see the entire rest of the world, it was awesome

Okay, having that out of the way, I’d like to recall the highlights of the trip:

#1. Ice Road Truckers – for reals

#2. Moose Butt – it ran away so fast we only got a picture of the bum

#3. A forest of Christmas trees that were perma-flocked- looked like something from Who-ville

#4. The Elusive ARTIC FOX – well it was a black arctic fox but it was pretty flippin awesome anyways

#5. THE ARTIC CIRCLE – actually just a sign indicating that you have come to an invisible line on a globe which people refer to as the arctic circle

#6. Streaking across the arctic circle line because there  was no one for 200 miles

#7. Cruising on fumes into fairbanks because there weren’t ANY people let alone gas stations for the entire 8 hr round trip journey 🙂

Nutella….the devils butter

30 Jan

Mmmmm spreadable chocolate….my favorite.

I think the best part about being able to eat 500 calories of chocolate spread in one spoonful is that Nutella commercials insist that it is part of a healthy nutritional meal…In the commercial, some mom is handing this stuff out to her kids on toast insisting that it is good for them because it has, omigosh, HAZELNUTS in it!! Oh and SKIM MILK!  So it must be good for me….too bad it’s helped me put on 5 lbs…but it’s healthy….right?

I think the ad for Nutella should read:

“Nutella, like eating frosting out of the jar, except more socially acceptable, exactly what jiggly Americans have been waiting for.”

or maybe

“Nutella, increasing the prevalence of Type II diabetes, one child at a time.”

PS: Nutella I heart you

Poop for sale

28 Jan

Fairbanks Craigslist AD reads:

WANTED- Dry Moose Poop (fairbanks) looking for dry moose poop for crafts…..if you have been collecting I have a use! I will trade you a few of my Christmas Ornaments for the poop! Very good deal indeed! Please call me as I will be in Fairbanks WEdnesday and Thursday, otherwise I live a few hours away…thanks! Dana


Only in Alaska…

home is where it’s 30 below zero

27 Jan

When I am reading I sometimes find it hard to visualize the characters or their locations despite the descriptions laid out by the author in the book, call me crazy but I would love if more books would include pictures of some kind, drawings, photos, anything that would help the reader visualize the likeness of the hero or heroine of the book.  Same with restaurants! Why do they refuse to include pictures? Many a patron would be less disappointed with the meal laid before them if they but had a picture to prepare them for what was coming…..

And in that line of thought I am including some recent pictures of my new home.  Of all the apartments I have occupied in my years (and there have been many) I must say this is my favorite….mainly because of the large window in the front room which provides not only much needed light and vitamin D but a view nice enough to be on a postcard…..that and this apartment is our first with free laundry!!! My wildest dreams have come true. So here we are with the grand tour:

We will start with the boudoir….mostly bed with heavy blanketing

As we leave the bedroom we enter the kitchen, newly remodeled

Once in the kitchen if you turn to your left you will see our spacious living room with the large widow that was afore mentioned as well as our dining bench with room for not only one but two people… you come around the right side of the couch you can see our comfy 3-seater couch and the ottoman with 1 million uses (not limited to computer table and storage bench)

As we walk around the sofa to the corner of the room we find what every home in Alaska should have…a sauna with complimenting shower and palm tree shower curtain

And at last the piece de resistance our rather large bathroom with up and down WASHER and DRYER….

And there you have it…our home for the time being.

the Final Frontier

27 Jan
New place, new blog

Sometimes you may sit and wonder “how  the heck did I get here”, I find myself wondering that each and every day and inevitably come to the conclusion that I have no idea and I suppose it could be much worse….

So here it is, Fairbanks, the final frontier, hopefully all this spare time will allow me to actually bring out some interesting things about myself, my family and the crazy new place I have found myself in.  This is mostly for me to amuse myself and maybe create a record of the ups and downs of living in a town where snowmobiles are as common as cars, anything above 0 degrees Fahrenheit is considered warm, dog mushing and  curling are everyday occurances and plugging in your vehicle is a necessity 4 months out of the year.

This is where I find myself after years in sunny Hawaii and California, and I am determined to not only survive but to find the good the bad and the ugly and document my findings.