Thursday, November 27, 2008

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!!!!

Eric and I spent a quiet morning hanging around the house. About 11:00 am, Eric went out to check on a few of his muskrat traps. At 1:00 pm, we got in the vehicle and drove over to Greg & Amy Ponsness' house for a mid-afternoon turkey feast. The dessert spread alone had 7 different types of pies/cakes/bars. We met some new people that work with Greg at the pharmacy at YKHC. We sat and talk and then played some dominoes. Greg & Amy have 1 boy Lars (10) and 2 adorable girls, Ashley (8) & Karlyn (6). Karlyn's birthday is the day after Eric's. We teased her that she was going to have a joint birthday party with Eric.

Well, I think it's time to relax a little and then go to sleep. I hope everyone had a great Turkey Day.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Dog Days

Well, our dog sitting days are a little early this year. For the past 2 years we have dog sat over the Christmas holiday for one of Eric's co-workers. This year they have decided to go on vacation early. They are leaving for Anchorage tomorrow and then for Hawaii on Saturday. They will be gone for a 3 weeks. The cats are in a re-acquintance period with Sadie, the dog. Sadie has been her for about 2 hours and she has spent the whole time downstairs by the entryway. Poor thing.

We had our Thanksgiving potluck at work yesterday. Oh my gosh, did we have food! One thing we know how to do well is potlucks. We had it all from bacon wrapped scallops to pumpkin pie! I'm so excited we get off early tomorrow from work!!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Happy Birthday Eric!!!

Well, today is Eric's birthday. His mom sent us a wonderful present..... Pizza Corner pizza!!!! This is one of the best pizza's there is in the midwest. It just so happens that there is a distributor in Anchorage and Eric's mom got in touch with them and had some shipped (as in cargo plane) to us!After we picked up the pizzas at the Cargo place we stopped at the post office and I hoped that my gift for Eric was in the mail. It was! For a few months now since his supervisor brought one with him to work, Eric has been wanting to get a SPOT Satellite Messenger.

This is actually a very practical gift for him because during the winter he likes to go out trapping on the snowmachine. He can send me email messages be to me to let me know he's okay. I was able to get a good price on this because I'm a certified Hunter Instructor. Plus, 10% of my purchase goes back to the IHEA (International Hunter Education Association). I also got a year of tracking (normally $50) for free. Yeah IHEA!!!!

Well, I better go check on the Angel Food cake that we are having as a birthday cake. Catch y'all later!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Stamping Sunday

My stamp group got together yesterday and we had some fun. I was working with a set of papers called Bella Rose and the colors Pink Piourette, Riding Hood Red and a little bit of Kiwi Kiss. The Bella Rose paper is much better in person then what photos show.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Can You Hear Me Now?

This is a line that some of you may be familiar with. If you aren't, you haven't had the chance of watching Brock Lesnar on UFC. Last night there was a pay-per-view fight for the Heavyweight Title between Brock Lesnar and Randy Couture. So naturally Eric and I had to get it. We invited a few people over, had some good food and watched some good fights. Some of you may be asking what is so important about Brock Lesnar? Well, Brock kinda grew up down the road from me in a sense. He went to school in the next town over that was only 20 miles from my parents' farm. I think we might have even gone to CCD (catechism) classes together when we were younger. Anyways, back to the fight. Brock towers over the guy he's fighting. Randy Couture is only 220 lbs and stands 6'2" while Brock is 270 lbs and stands 6'3". I don't think these heights are correct though because Brock really towered over Randy. Weight wasn't the only think that was a major difference. Randy is 45 years old, while Brock is only 31. Round 1 was a very good round with both of them showing strengths and weaknesses. Round 2 is where it all happened. Brock caught Randy offguard and it was them his for the taking. The punch floored Randy and Brock got on top of him and started wailing away. Randy didn't have a chance. If you get a chance to see the fight it is worth watching. I can just imagine the excitement around Webster, SD today. Nothing like a hometown boy making it, especially with a Title belt around his waist. Good job Brock! Make South Dakota proud.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Harlem All Stars

I'm sure you have all heard of the Harlem Globetrotters. Well, the Harlem All Stars are kinda like a branch of the Harlem Globetrotters. MeadowLark Lemon started the All Stars after he retired from the Globetrotters. And now what does this have to do with me? We were lucky to be graced by the presence of 4 of the All Stars on Monday night. They were up here to go to one of the small villages (Goodnews Bay) to boost village moral and it just so happened that someone talked them into doing a show here in Bethel. Since it was a Monday night, Eric and I didn't have anything going on and thought we would check out the show. It was a 7:00 pm show so we left the house at 6:35 pm. When we got to the high school there was a pretty long line already. We stood in the line for about 15-20 minutes. By the time we got to the doors, the line was even longer then where we started at. The show itself was pretty typical of the Globetrotters. The figure 8 passing, the audience purse trick, the water on someone in the crowd, the "we want you to make a basket, down there". We couldn't hear alot of the banter because the guys weren't wearing mikes. The show was done as a fund raiser for the Bethel Rec Center/Pool fund. They raised over $8,000! We desperately need a Rec Center or someplace in town where the kids can hang out at.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Friends of the NRA

Bethel had their annual Friends of the NRA banquest last night. For those of you that don't know NRA states for the National Rifle Association. Eric and went with another couple. We got to hear about some of the things that the Friends of the NRA are doing in Alaska. Sponsoring shooting programs and such. FNRA has sponsored a few of the programs that we had Olympic winners in. We had a young lady from Valdez that won a silver medal at the Junior Olympics in shooting. Also at the Bejing Olympics we had an Alaskan women take home the bronze medal. She also benefited from some the of FNRA monies. It's good hearing that the money goes to support programs like this. Way to go WOMEN!

Now back to Eric and I. We didn't win any guns :( We bid on a few things in the auctions, but stuff went pretty high. It was mostly going to get out of the house and talk to people you know. Eric was the only person from his office to go. There were a few people from the College, maybe 6 of us. I wish more people would get involved with events like this, especially since gun accidents are a major cause of alot of emergency room visits. There was just 2 boys up in Little Diomede, which is an island really close to Russia, that were playing around with guns. It was loaded and one accidently shot another and he died. We always hear about the bad things like this, but we never hear about good things. Good things which are actually because of programs like the Eddie the Safety Eagle program that the FNRA does. A girl up in Aniak (a village upriver from us) had spotted a loaded gun of some sort somewhere and called the State Troopers to let them know. This was directly because of the the FNRA program.

Anyways, that was my Saturday evening. I'll write more later!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

What Have You Read Lately?

I thought I would do something different here and write about a book I have recently read. For months, my older sister has been telling me about a book series called The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer. Well, I was finally able to get my name on the hold list at our library for this book and let me tell you, it was definitely worth the wait. Once I started the book I could not put it down! I read the book (about 500 pages) over a 2 day span. Just to give you a little background on the book, it's about a teenage girl who falls for a vampire. It may not sound like much of a book but believe me it's worth it! Now I'm just waiting for the next book in the series to get brought back to the library. I made the mistake of not going to the library to check out the book when I saw that it was in. I check about noon on Monday and there was 1 of the 2 copies still available. I decided that I would go over about 3:30 pm to get a little break in the afternoon. SOMEBODY CHECKED IT OUT!!!!! I can not believe that. Now I have to wait about 28 days to read the next book in the series. Actually I won't because I'm not that patient and I order the rest of the series on Amazon.

Going back to the Twilight book, they are making (actually have already made) a movie out of the book. It comes out on November 20. From the previews it looks pretty good, but I love the book so it will have to be pretty great.

So if you are in the mood for some quick reading, but a great story I highly recommend the Twilight Series. But if you get to New Moon (the second book) before I do, don't spoil it for me. I'm trying my hardest to stay away from the spoilers on Stephenie Meyers website;)

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

History is Made

Well, most of you should have heard before you went to bed, but it looks like history was made today. Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States. This means that you all are making us take back VP candidate Sarah Palin. How dare you all! Just kidding. She actually has been pretty good for the state of Alaska. Rumor has it if Senator Ted Stevens gets re-elected and then booted out, she may replace him with herself. Guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween Everyone!!!!
We had a pretty good halloween up here. At work we always have a halloween party. A good portion of the faculty, staff and students dress up. Here is a picture of me as Wilma Flintstone with one of our Financial Aid coordinators as a punk rocker. She wanted to go for the spiky hair look, but couldn't get it to stand.

This picture is of our other Financial Aid coordinators. She came dressed as a tornado. She used her kids toys with pins and thread to hold them on. She also did a great job of getting her hair to go straight up.

And finally here is a picture of our Campus Director sitting on our Wellness Coordinator who was dressed as a Whoopie Cushion. She had a little can of noise putty that she would play around with.
All of my hard work must have paid off on the costume. I ended up tying for Most Creative costume as voted by Employees and students. I ended up tying with Jaclyn the Tornado.
When we got home from work, I got all the candy ready for all the trick or treaters. Yeah, I guess you don't get too many trick or treaters when the High School has there carnival on the same night. Something I will never understand though is the trick or treaters that come out after 10 pm. We had the doorbell ring at 10:10, 10:30 and 11:00 pm. Needless to say, we didn't answer them. So that was my Halloween, how was yours?