Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Well, this is a post for my sister really. She keeps bugging me about seeing pictures of my goodies I got this past weekend in Anchorage. I'll post a few pics and try to post a more detail trip post this weekend. So this one's for you Raquel!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Fun Facts about Alaska

Well, I'm here at work right now searching the internet for Fun Facts about Alaska that I can use for my camps. I'm sure there is alot of things that the kids don't know. I can across this interesting fact:

September 15 is Marriage Fidelity Day in Alaska
"Therefore, I, Frank H. Murkowski, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim September 15, 2004, as: Marriage Fidelity Day in Alaska, and encourage Alaskans to remember and observe their vows of marriage."

Guess Eric and I picked the right day to get married. Married on Marriage Fidelity Day!

On another note, for those of you that are just dying to see pictures of this humble town we call home, check out this website:

There are all sorts of pictures here that will amaze and shock you. The guy that takes all of these pictures is a native and he works for the local radio station.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Certified HIT

Sounds kinda cool, doesn't it? Certified HIT - could it be a hitman? Nope, just a certified Hunters Information Training Program instructor. That's right, I'm certified to teach Hunter's Ed in the state of Alaska. I spent all day yesterday, along with Friday evening in training. I though this was something I could do with my camp kids this summer. There is a definite need for at least firearm safety all over the YK Delta. I'm not sure how many deaths a year happen from firearm negligence (is that spelled right?), but it is probably a minimum of 1-2. Most of it is because the natives will leave their guns sitting in their artic entries loaded with something in the chamber. Doesn't take much for a curious kids to pull a trigger. It would be a little more difficult if the kid had to actually had to load the chamber. Last summer during my camps there were 2 kids (brothers, under 10) that got made at each other, so one of them got the gun and shot and killed his brother. This happens all too often here, so hopefully with some proper firearm use things like this won't happen.

On a side note, I'm breaking free from Bethel for a few days. Eric will be in Anchorage this week for a meeting and I was lucky enough to get a cheap ticket so I'm going to head in too. I'll head in Thursday morning and we'll come back on Sunday. I'm looking for the freedom, actually I need it to refocus, particulary on work. This past fall I was excited because we got the new grant and we had about $20,000 more dollars then we did last year. Well, now that I started figuring out costs of airline tickets and room and board for the kids, I'm in no better of a position then I was last year. It's frustrating. Anchorage's Talent Search program gets $514,000 to service the same number of students that we need to service and we only get $226,000. That sucks!!!!! Okay, enough work talk. I'll update when we get back from Anchorage. They have a JoAnns, Michaels, Walmart, etc. I'm so excited!!!!!!!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Spring where are you?

Borrowing the subject title from my sister, Spring - where are you????? Well, we definitely don't have it here. Temperatures are okay, hovering around freezing, but we got snow yesterday and today the winds are blowing pretty hard. It's nice to see the temperatures where they are considering it was -9 on Friday morning.

I had the opportunity to help out the Girl Scouts Women in Science yesterday afternoon. I did a little microscope work with them. At the elementary level here, students don't get to do anything with microscopes in there science classes so they had a blast looking at the pond water samples and the paramecium. I was having fun doing science with kids again.

On a sad note, my friend Letty will be leaving us soon. She applied for a biologist position in Nome and recently found out that they wanted her. Letty, what will I do without you!!!!!! I guess I might have to take a trip to Nome!

Well, I have a sweet little kitty sitting in my lap so I shall say farewell for now to enjoy my baby!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Being Crafty

Well, I have done quite a few crafts over the past couple of weeks and thought I would show you all some pictures. And I saved the best for last, so make sure you read all the way down.

The first ones are from my stamping group. We use all Stampin' Up supplies.Here is a little something I did for the people at work as an Easter treat. These were pretty fun to make. I even was asked to make some for a graduation present.And finally I've been working on an afghan for a work associate of Eric's. Him and his wife had a little boy 2 weeks ago. He's a wildlife biologist for the state office. I think it turned out adorable.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Where does the money go?

Well, I found that out the other day. I left my pursue open by mistake and this is what I found.

Guess I know who the culprit is now!

On another money draining note, the Bethel Ducks Unlimited Banquet is tonight. Eric and I bought tickets a few weeks ago with the plan of all of the moose captures being done. Well, moose captures JUST started yesterday. The biologist came in Sunday, the helicopter couldn't get in until Wednesday. Thursday was a snowy, windy day. Today is perfect. Clear blue skies with little wind. This means they will be out all day. Luckily I have a friend in town who doesn't have plans for the night. With Eric not going though, we may not spend very much money! With that being said, I should probably get a few more things done this afternoon before I have to get ready for the Banquet. I'll write more later.

Friday, April 04, 2008


Oh my gosh! Do you realize what those 5 letters mean? Let me refresh your memory.

I'll Be Loving You - No, still don't know.

What about - The Right Stuff

Nothing yet - this one should jog that memory
Hangin' Tough

If you guess New Kids on the Block you would be right. NKOTB is back! Oh boy, I can't wait. They are going to be doing some new music, along with the old. Rumor has it they are even going to be touring. I wonder if they would come to Bethel?

Okay, enough joking. I just couldn't resist when I read that they were reuniting. I used to be a pretty big fan. Good thing they didn't announce this a few days ago. People would have thought that they were trying to pull an April Fools Joke.