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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Jupiter & Venus

On our second night of Aurora hunting (with no such luck), we did get a pretty awesome view of Jupiter and Venus!

Not a very exciting photo, but it always amazes me that you can actually SEE other planets - Living in Alaska may force me to purchase a telescope and investigate astronomy as a new hobby...

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Aurora Borealis

I finally saw the Northern Lights last night, and they were even more amazing that I had imagined!

They were so strong we first saw them from our backyard when we were letting Willow outside before bed.

Karl was nice enough to hop in the car with me and head outside of Anchorage where it was a bit darker.

To finish out the evening, a mama moose and her baby walked within feet of our car before we headed back home!

Friday, February 17, 2012

An Alaskan Sunset

Sun setting over Cook Inlet, across the hay flats.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Sun on the Mountains

This view just never gets old...

As seen from the Glenn Highway, at the amazing hour of 5:30pm - finally!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Big Dipper

Can you see it?!?

I wish it wasn't such a blurry photo, but when you're trying to take pictures of stars (with your shutter open for 25 seconds) and you've left your tripod at home, you have make do.  In my case, this was wedging the camera between the dashboard and windshield of my car.  Ideal? No.  Sufficient? Yes.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Something in the air?

Maybe it's because each day is getting a bit warmer and a bit brighter, but my motivation was sparked this week and I FINALLY updated my Etsy shop.  This was wayyy overdue - I have all of these soaps and lip balms nicely arranged on shelves, but it's obviously not being sold to anyone if I don't get it listed....  In any case, I'm also running a sale on bar soaps for the next week: Buy three, get one free!  Head over and check it out, if you're interested.  

Sarah's Soak Shoppe also has a Facebook page, which you can check out here.

Monday, January 23, 2012

I'm Famous!

Last week I had the amazing opportunity to be included as a guest on Kids These Days, a public radio show here in Alaska.  The topic was adoption, and since that's what I do, I had a lot to offer!

It's an hour long show, but I hope you check it out!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Still Kicking...

No worries,  Karl and I haven't died - just continuing to hibernate.  It is COLD!  I'm not sure we've made it above zero in the last week.  The furnace is definitely planning to die, but hasn't quite kicked the bucket enough for the landlord to give a hoot.  With my luck it will stop working altogether on a Friday night, and we'll turn in to human (and puppy) popsicles overnight!

You know it's cold when there ice build up on the INSIDE of your house:

You know it's cold when your dog tries to keep one (or two) feet in the air while going to the bathroom outside:

You know it's cold when said dog ends up here immediately after coming back inside:

In any case, we haven't been doing much of anything lately.  My car has been at the dealer for a multitude of problems - fried battery, non-working airbags, a dislocated axel, and no brakes.  Oh, and it's in need of an oil change, too.  What a crybaby, that car...  Perhaps it's experiencing some delayed anger at having been driven so far this summer.  I've been working pretty late every day while I wait for Karl to get off of work to come get me.  I finally get to pick it up tomorrow - just in time to take it back in next week for my remote start to be installed.  Fun times here in Alaskaland!

At least we're not in Valdez - 27 feet of snow!  Check out for some pretty spectacular photos.  Hey, they're paying $20 an hour to help dig the town out, if you're interested!

We don't have quite that much snow here, although we've already surpassed the average for an ENTIRE winter.  It stands to reason that my first AK winter would be excessively cold and snowy!  Our street is slowly becoming one lane from all of the snow piled up, and I see people cross country skiing down the sidewalks.  Only in Alaska people, only in Alaska!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Willow the Acrobat

Karl and I had some fun tormenting Willow by throwing snow balls at her this past weekend.  Her reaction when she actually caught one is too funny to even put into words.  

I'm continually amazed at how she manages to be going two different directions at the same time.

Part dog, part kangaroo...

 "What? Do I have snow on my face?"

"Hmph.  It's not like I'm eating it or anything..."

Saturday, January 7, 2012

I'll just go ahead and call that a winter break...

Oops.  It would appear that I've been rather neglectful in my blogging.  Fortunately, I was reminded by several friends and family members that they've missed my posting, so I rushed home and promptly ignored my blog for another week.  Oops again.

It would appear that I'm entering hibernation mode to some extent.  It's cold here, and oh so dark.  I've been going to bed at like 9 pm all week.  I'm such a party animal.

In any case, I haven't been doing too many fun and exciting things lately.  I have very few photos to share, because it's far too dark by the time I get home to take any.  And I'm sure you don't all need to see a hundred photos of Willow laying on the couch!

So here's what I've got - It's somewhat of a backlog, and there's not much rhyme or reason to it.  Enjoy!

The view from my backyard
BIG Bear!
Gives new meaning to 'icicle lights' 
Louie Louie
Jeg Elsker Deg!

The only thing I miss about Michaels
mmm.... sugar!

Home Sweet Pitsburgh

Kitty Kitty

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