Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I went out boating last week, the ocean is starting to freeze up. The salt water freezes differently than the fresh water that I grew up with. It gets sort of thick and slushy before it freezes. Sometimes the surface almost seems like rubber.
Monday, October 27, 2008
I first heard about him from someone who had had a good experience getting his musk ox hide tanned. He recommended a man named Angleo. Only a few tanneries will bother with the very long hair on a musk ox skin, and Angelo is one of them. So a few years ago, I sent him an old dried out hide that Brian Crockett had given me. Angelo did wonders for it. He soaked it in his special stuff and scrapped it, soaked it and scrapped it, until it was beautiful. It was the hide that would later become C.O.'s parka lining.
Angelo is wonderful in so many ways, he does beautiful work, has very good prices, does his work by hand, but the best thing about him, is his accent. He's from Greece you see, and has the most wonderful way of saying things. Both his accent and his phrases are adorable. For instance, shortly after sending him our most recent furs, Angelo called. One of the hides was not scrapped very well (we're far from being experts) and he would have to do some extra work and charge us $50 for his time.
"No problem," I said, "I understand."
"Yes, o.k., you are very wonderful lady," replied Angelo. =)
I'm so fond of him that I even sent him a Christmas card a couple years ago. If I should find myself in Clackamus, Oregon some day, my dream is to stop by and visit good ol' Angelo.
We recently sent off two hides to be tanned. They should be returned to us shortly. We just heard from Angelo and he said they look wonderful.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
When 400 Bering Strait School District employees are stuck sleeping in the school, sharing 2 showers and 3 phones for 4 days, what do you do to keep them from going insane? Keep 'em busy, busy, busy. I've been running from event to event and have hardly had time to eat. Tonight was open mic night in the gym. I couldn't believe the great musical talent that's floating around the Seward Peninsula. John was one of the first to get up and perform. Of course I thought he did a great job. Turns out John's a natural performer. He started by playing a Finnish folk song and ended up playing quite a bit of classic rock with Terri, Chick and the band, "The Love Puppets".
Very tasteful as far as mohawks are concerned.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Since I am actually in Unalakleet this week and spending this time away from my family, we celebrated Harold's gotcha day early. Over the weekend, we had a nice ham dinner with our teacher friends who all adore Harold.
"Harold the glutton."
Notice the TWO sippy cups. He insists upon having both a juice cup and a milk cup and he alternates between the two.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
"Location: Our school is only two blocks from Central Park in a safe neighborhood close to all the hotspots. The school is recently renovated and refurnished, providing a beautiful, comfortable environment that is conducive for learning. You may study in our courtyard, inside, or on our second floor balcony that over looks the mountains. We bake fresh bread daily (we're known to have some of the best banana bread in Antigua!) and provide coffee and tea – all complementary.
Education: We recruit some of the best teachers in Antigua. Many of our instructors have over 20 years of experience and have taught thousands of students just like you how to speak Spanish no matter your skill level. We teach everyone from absolute beginners to advanced conversationalists. Because the instruction is one-on-one, the course is adapted to your interests and needs. Our program is organized with clear daily and weekly goals for our students at all levels.
Activities: At Academia Colonial you will never be short of things to do nor people to do them with. We are always planning exciting activities for our students ranging from climbing active volcanoes to cooking or salsa dance classes. Most activities are free, others cost a few dollars in the case of transportation, entrance fees, or splitting the grocery bill for our cooking class/cook out! We also plan nights out as well as arrange weekend trips for our students. There are plenty of travel opportunities from Antigua: Pacific beach, high altitude lakes, horse back riding, surfing, scuba diving, you name it.
Family Stays: Our families are very carefully chosen. You will find the houses beautiful, clean, comfortable, and well located. You will have hot showers and delicious meals while getting a chance to practice your Spanish with an engaging family. Meals are provided three times a day except for Sunday. Most of our host families are within just a few blocks of the school."
Thursday, October 16, 2008
The Iditarod Show will air every Tuesday evening, just after Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe.
Who’s Aaron Brown? He’s a smart, insightful, entertaining, writer. (I don’t put it as well as the numerous articles written about the book but . . .) You can get a taste of his writing style at www.minnesotabrown.com. He also writes weekly guest columns for the Hibbing Tribune and is a regular contributor to KAXE.
What exactly is this book about anyway? As Aaron explains it, “This book is a mix of personal stories, observations, interviews and history all driving toward the central theme of a unique region and people as they were, are and might become.”
Even if you can’t make it to the opening tonight, why don’t you go ahead and buy his book. (Unless you’re a close family member, then I just ordered a copy for your Christmas present.) It’s a great way to support a local guy and, though I haven’t read the book, I’m sure it's great. Ours is already on order.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
When you stay with James and Amy, they keep you busy. On Saturday, I joined Amy and her friends for water aerobics at the Nome High School pool, which was a lot of fun, even though there wasn't an instructor. The ladies were experienced and helped each other lead the class. After that, C.O., Harold and James joined us at the pool. In the evening, Amy and I went to see a movie. It's been ages since I've been to a movie theater. Then out for pizza at Milano's.
I think Amy and James worry about their dog, Chili scaring or hurting Harold, but we always say, kids and dogs will come to an agreement on their own. And it's true. Chili and Harold got along just fine.
On Sunday, we attended church, then had lunch at Airport Pizza. James and Amy were kind enough to watch Harold while we did some business around town. We stopped out to see our friends, Roger and Cheryl for a bit. Then stocked up on some fresh produce to take back with us. Let me tell you, we've been eating good since we got back. BLTs, salads, tacos, grapes etc. I even have 3 pumpkins and 2 squash. Yum!
When we got back, Harold was just waking from a nap. He had some pretty crazy hair for a while.
I think James and Amy will make good parents, don't you?
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
It really isn't the most important thing who the governor is and it's totally believable that people don't know our governor's name. The clip of the school girl telling about Big Diomede being in Russia and then giggling, is very cute. Our kids are shy like that. I also LOVE the part when the guy is throwing his garbage in the ocean. When the incinerator is down, it's the only reasonable option out there. Environmentalist are totally going to dig that. When our friend was visiting Diomede, his host asked him to help take out the trash. They walked the the edge of the water and threw it in. It's an experience he'll never forget.