Hiking

Jan. 4th, 2017 06:38 pm
glacier_kitty: (the eiger)
Like a lot of other people, I made a Dreamwidth account (same name). I don't think anything will happen to LJ (I would die!!), but a backup is always a good idea. I've been here since 2004 and would be devastated if I lost everything. I'll definitely keep using LJ though, it's the best! I'm sure the Russians would love my endless posts about Cherry LOL, so not too worried about security stuff either :P

Yesterday and today the weather was finally decent enough to go hiking! Yesterday we went to a place with giant boulders (I like that boulder. That is a nice boulder. Haha) and explored and found a couple geocaches (before that, we'd only found one on this trip! It's pretty hard to geocache when others in your group don't care about it lol)

Today we went to a place about an hour south of Payson. Mom decided to go down there because it's warmer and Ryan's super cold blooded (even today, in the 60 degree weather, his hands were still cold!). Except Ryan was like "I don't wanna drive and go out to eat and geocache etc etc." Ugh, he's one of the least fun people I've ever met..it's really frustrating! He just wants to stay home and watch TV. Meh. He did go anyway though. The weather was sunny and the perfect temperature for hiking. We were in the desert, and all the holes made by burrowing animals (snakes?) were creepy. O_o I kept feeling like something was going to bite me at any moment haha. It was a nice hike though (I think we did 3 or 4 miles maybe) and we found 13 geocaches!! (Sorry Ryan, we can't pass them up when they're right by the trail lol.) The mountains were so beautiful on the drive back to Payson. <3 So nice to see the sun again!!

some pics )
glacier_kitty: (mountains - sunset)
Yesterday mom and Ryan and I saw Rogue One (Payson's theater is tiny! Haha). It was pretty good. We didn't realize the showing we wanted to see was in 3D till we got there..not a fan of 3D movies, but we were already there and I was bored, so we watched it anyway. 3D doesn't really make it more special..I can't see right and it makes the movie harder to watch. Diego Luna though?

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Yum YUM *drools*

pokemon update )

Awww, today's Cherry's birthday!! Squee! :D :D
glacier_kitty: (alaska - we grow ice)
1. What did you do in 2016 that you'd never done before? Went to a slot canyon, etc
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year? It was to read "longer" books, which I did. I'm not really making any this year..
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Not super close..
4. Did anyone close to you die? Does Snowy count?
5. What countries did you visit? Just the US
6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016? *shrugs*
7. What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Dana's wedding, Hawaii, etc
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Reading 52 books, etc
9. What was your biggest failure? *shrugs* Gaining weight?
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Just like bruises and stuff lol
11. What was the best thing you bought? Books, etc
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Anyone who did good things amid all the craziness
14. Where did most of your money go? Rent, groceries, etc
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Dana's wedding, going to Payson, etc
the rest )
glacier_kitty: (big books)
Wow..I can't believe it's the last day of 2016 already!! The year started off rough, but has been pretty great after discovering Prozac..I can live instead of exist and enjoy things again! Otherwise 2016 was crazy! Too many great people died..I hope 2017 is kinder

Here are all the books I read this year (one of my favorite parts about the end of the year LOL). I read 52 books..my second best year, woohoo! My goal was to read longer books I had been putting off, and I read at least three of them: The Worst Journey in the World, A Dance With Dragons, and Alaska. I never thought The Worst Journey would have affected my life this hugely though, wow..

January
The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard (Jan 4-18) (100/100. <3 Can't give this book enough stars LOL)
Kitty Cornered: How Frannie and Five Other Incorrigible Cats Seized Control of Our House and Made It Their Home by Bob Tarte (Jan 18-21) (3/5)
Home by Nightfall by Charles Finch (Jan 22-29) (4/5)

the rest )

I don't think I'm going to set a specific reading goal for 2017 except to read as much as I can (I can't believe I only read 27 books in 2012, when I first started tracking my books haha. Being happy makes reading nicer too :P). See you next year!
glacier_kitty: (northern lights 2)
Yesterday we indeed went to the plaza downtown and had lunch and went shopping..I found the PERFECT shirt..it's blue and has mountains and says "Santa Fe." It was screaming my name when I saw it haha. I also went to a "new" bookstore (and was happy to see many people shopping there). I like "used" bookstores better..they're more interesting (still won't say no to a bookstore though lol). After that we just hung out at Cindy and Dean's house. They watched The Worst Journey in the World docudrama with me (my 5th time!! I wish I had thought of it sooner, so Julie and the others could have watched it too..oh well :P). Now that I know more about Cherry and Antarctic history in general, it made more sense (like meeting Angela and the quartz thing and stuff). At the end they showed a pic of Cherry I had only seen in Sara Wheeler's book, so I had to take a screenshot to share LOL. When I went to my little trailer thing where I slept I was super hyper and just kept yelling "stick it!!!" haha! It's crazy Cherry still has that big of an effect on me..fun though :P

Today we drove back to Payson..so sad leaving, even if we had an extra day. It was super fun and I'm glad we could get together again! We stopped at the Petrified Forest again to stretch our legs..yeah, I am officially tired of looking at petrified wood now LOL. Still nice to get out of the car though. We got back in Payson just in time for it to START RAINING AND SNOWING AGAIN WTF. It's supposed to do both all week!! Wow, the weather is usually nicer than this here! Not cool :P

a few pics )
glacier_kitty: (kitty - yarn)
Hi from New Mexico! On Monday we drove there..it was finally a beautiful day, yay! Ryan was all stressing out and saying how he had to ~talk to people~ if he went and stuff..so irritating, ugh. He's not the best person to travel with, but he has ended up having a great time so far I think (shh don't tell him though ;)). On the way we stopped at the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest..such beautiful and interesting places! We just continued on to Santa Fe after that..it was so nice seeing everyone again!! The last time I saw my cousin Joelle (almost 10 years ago) she was like one or two years old and now she's 13! She said she didn't remember me, but that's alright, she was too young lol (Jessalyn said she remembered me though). Cindy and Dean made margaritas and Gina was like "I am SO happy you can drink with us now, I've been waiting years for this!" I felt the same way haha, it was nice lol. We had dinner and talked and I think just went to bed (it's been a busy few days, it's hard to remember everything haha)

Tuesday was a beautiful day, so we went hiking at Tent Rocks, which is a slot canyon with formations from volcanic eruptions. It was my first time in a slot canyon, and it was AWESOME. It was so cool!! I'll describe it more with my pics (easier lol). Very unique! After that we hung out at the house and then went to dinner at a Mexican restaurant that (except for the chips) wasn't very good at all..wtf, we're in New Mexico! Mexican food in *Fairbanks* is better than the food at that restaurant! Ew. After that we looked at the Christmas lights downtown (pretty!) and went home and did our White Elephant (we also called it Dirty Santa haha) gift exchange. Funnn..there's been LOTS of laughing these past few days lol. I stole this glowstick thingy, a tiara and chocolate covered cherries from mom ("CHERRY!!" *hugs it*). Gina called me Queen Cherry haha (yep, everyone knows all about Cherry now LOL). After that we decorated gingerbread cookies and went to bed (so tired!! Having fun is exhausting :P)

yesterday, and pics under here! )

And here's me reciting (from memory!) the last passage (one of the best) of The Worst Journey in the World! I hope I don't look dumb, but I think it's pretty good myself ;)
glacier_kitty: (abby 3)
Merry Christmas! Yesterday it snowed like crazy..beautiful, but I'd still rather have warmth and sun lol. I got a quilt mom made with cats on it (her very first quilt, it looks awesome! I'll get a pic one of these days lol), a wallet, and an Amazon gift card from Dana (I've been saving up books there till now, since I knew I'd probably get a gift card haha. Must add to my polar exploration collection :P)

Tomorrow we're driving to Cindy and Dean's house in Santa Fe! Not only will it be nice to see everyone again, but I'm also very tired of being cooped up in the house lol. Hopefully we'll get lots of pics!

Speaking of pics, I looked at a lot of old pics today..it's so weird, and sad since I can't remember a lot of the events in the pics (or very little). I'm taking some back to Alaska with me, I like having them around lol. Here's one of me and Snowy when he was a kitten!:
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Aww. I wanted to take a pic of this picture (haha) last time I was here, but didn't for whatever reason. I made sure to this time! Mom made that cat outfit I'm wearing LOL..as you can see, I've always loved cats :P
glacier_kitty: (dana and i - meares glacier)
I got to see Dana for a couple hours today, yay! (I smell like her perfume now haha.) We had lunch and then went back to my house for awhile..I showed her some of my old school stuff, which she seemed genuinely interested in! I love that about her..no matter how obsessive I am, she's always supportive and interested. <3 She left when the weather started getting ugly..it started sleeting, eww. It's supposed to snow today and tomorrow..guess Payson will have a white Christmas lol

Here are a couple pics!

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Yay, always nice seeing her again :D
glacier_kitty: (kitty - purr purr purr)
One thing I've learned when going through stuff in the garage: we never threw ANYTHING away..I've found price tags, empty boxes, and we still have our baby clothes and toys! Wow lol. It's interesting to see my old journals and schoolwork and stuff, but it's also..strange. A lot of projects I don't even remember doing. When I was bored in class I wrote out entire scenes from Lord of the Rings from memory. I must have driven my teachers crazy with my obsessions with Scotland, LOTR, Viggo Mortensen, etc..I constantly mentioned them. I found one of my swords though, which was pretty awesome. It's just WEIRD seeing all this stuff again lol

I get to see Dana tomorrow, yay! It's also supposed to snow..not fairrr lol

I'm loving the LJ Revival!! I'm always worried it'll shut down and I'll lose all the memories from here, so I'm glad people are rediscovering it!

a couple pics, and the pokemon update! )
glacier_kitty: (glacier - greenland)
Yesterday we arrived at Payson! Getting up at 5 something was totally fun..yuck (you know you've gotten up too early when you put your glasses on and your vision is still blurry LOL). I wish I could have seen Denali or something, but between the darkness, clouds and moisture on the window from the de-icer thingy, I could hardly see anything lol (yeah I know I've flown around it many times, but I never get tired of seeing it :P). When we landed in Anchorage we had to RUN to our next flight, since the plane arrived late in Fairbanks to begin with (they let everyone who was going on that flight get off first..thanks Alaska Airlines, you are awesome!!). I hadn't run that far in years LOL. We made it just in time, phew. The captain of this flight was a woman, heck yeah! She was super awesome and nice and funny. I looked for glaciers after we took off, but I only saw one for sure. I wish I knew which one it was (I couldn't get a good pic with my phone, booo)..it's so hard to tell when you're not exactly sure where you are and when everything's so snowy lol. It was pretty big and ended in water though, which was cool. I wanted to see more, but apparently when you fly directly to Phoenix you go over more of the ocean than land (direct to Phoenix is almost 5 hours from Anchorage). On the flight I watched Kubo and the Two Strings (very, VERY good movie) and Ice Age: Collision Course ("the ice is too icy" LOLOL)..pretty ridiculous but still amusing lol. After we landed and got the car and stuff we ate at a yummy barbecue place near Phoenix and then drove up to Payson..it was cool seeing everyone's Christmas lights! Sleeping was nice lol (Also after I opened Pokemon Go at the airport like 10 Pokemon showed up at once haha..lots of Ekans and Sandshrews here lol..I got at least two new ones, yay! At the BBQ place there were two Pokestops right on top of each other! I'd never seen that before :P)

Except for going to the store, today's been pretty lazy lol. Ryan has a cold, ouch. I hope he doesn't give it to us! Being sick on vacation is awful. The weather's cloudy and it's supposed to snow this weekend..noooo, I came here to ESCAPE the snow, not find more LOL

One thing I love about coming to Payson is reading stuff I wrote when I was a kid and stuff, even if I read it last time I was here lol (dad put a box by my room that had school binders in it..pretty sure I had written on every inch of those things haha). I found a school journal entry that I have to share here:

Feelings about The Diary of Anne Frank: I learned that you should have a positive attitude no matter what situation you are in. Anne Frank always had a positive attitude. Even when she was in the concentration camps she never gave up hope that she would get out of there. While she was in hiding, she never gave up hope that they would go back to their normal lives. I think everyone needs to have a positive attitude like Anne Frank had

Wow..WOW. That's deep for a middle schooler!! I guess I got my positivity from Anne Frank then..there aren't enough "wows" in the world to describe how I felt after reading that..

lastly, some pics! )
glacier_kitty: (adventure)
Tomorrow mom and Ryan and I are flying to Arizona for our vacation! (The flight leaves at 7 something AM, so we have to get up early..ughhh. D:) While we're there we'll also go to Santa Fe to visit Aunt Cindy and Uncle Dean..Aunt Julie and Gina are going to meet us there too! I saw Cindy and Dean a couple years ago, but I haven't seen the other two (and Julie's children) in years! It'll be cool to see them again. I'll also see Dana again, since we'll be there at the same time! I so love that we can see each other in person more often than once every few years lol (how did dad manage to buy a house in the same town her husband's parents live in?! We'll never get over that lol). One of my favorite things about going to Payson is looking at old pics I haven't seen in years (it's weird though..my life is so completely different now that it feels like my Texas life happened to another person, in another lifetime haha). Dad said there's lots to look through, yay! We have Internet at the house now (we can turn it off when we leave and pay like $10 a month, so that's nice). Looking forward to nice weather and more sunlight too lol. It shall be fun :D

Today's trivia: Yakutsk, Russia, is the biggest city built on continuous permafrost. Its population is almost 300,000 and its average winter temperature is (−30 °F), which makes Yakutsk the coldest city of its size or greater in the world
glacier_kitty: (alaska - we grow ice)

(Wow, that was quick lol.) Aww. I think Abby and Greyboy are like..the only cats ever that don't care about boxes haha

Speaking of Abby..
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I love snuggling with her! <3

2. an electrical outlet )
glacier_kitty: (glacier - perito moreno)
1. From what stores is it impossible for you to emerge empty-handed? Bookstores usually lol
2. Where do you go when you need to spend a little bit of make-me-feel-better money? A bookstore, or I'll get a smoothie
3. What store did you used to frequent but no longer find appealing? Limited Too LOL
4. If you opened your own retail store (not a food-service establishment), what would be its theme, name, and target clientele? A bookstore, everyone!
5. If you had to purchase all your friends’ gifts at one store for the rest of your life, which would you choose? Amazon.com maybe..

next meme: pictures! my favorite lol )
glacier_kitty: (jon snow 2)
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Aw, Weezing is allergic to Abby! Hehe

bold = new )

It got above 0 today! Much nicer than -20 haha. Too bad the clouds made the 3 hour and 46 minutes of sunlight still seem like twilight :/

Today's trivia: In France, Captain Sarret made the first parachute jump from an airplane in 1918
glacier_kitty: (apsley cherry-garrard)

Just me reciting a great passage from The Worst Journey in the World lol (what I decide to do at midnight..haha). Filming yourself is hard, I always feel dumb lol. I'm suuuuper uncomfortable watching/listening to myself, so you'll have to tell me if it turned out alright. :P I'll type the passage here too!

A hard night: clear, with a blue sky so deep that it looks black: the stars are steel points: the glaciers burnished silver. The snow rings and thuds to your footfall. The ice is cracking to the falling temperature and the tide crack groans as the water rises. And over all, wave upon wave, fold upon fold, there hangs the curtain of the aurora. As you watch, it fades away, and then quite suddenly a great beam flashes up and rushes to the zenith, an arch of palest green and orange, a tail of flaming gold. Again it falls, fading away into great searchlight beams which rise behind the smoking crater of Mount Erebus. And again the spiritual veil is drawn...

Beautiful. *swoons* Like I said in the video: "Cherry is awesome!" hehe (he was such a great writer!)

Day 20-Handwrite a letter to somebody )

Today's trivia: Vultures have stomach acid so corrosive, they can digest even anthrax
glacier_kitty: (nature - yes please)
Everything you ever wanted to know about me!! Hehe

Your name starts with:
A-G
H-P
Q-V
W-Z

Your age:
13 & under
14-18
18-25
25+ (27)

Gender:
Female
Male
Non-Binary

Sexuality:
Straight
Bisexual
Pansexual
Gay/lesbian
Asexual

Year you were born:
‘84 or more
‘85 - ‘90 ('89)
‘91 - ’95
‘95+

the rest )

Day 19-Handwrite your five favorite bands )

Today's trivia: The word comet comes from the Greek kome, meaning "hair." The ancient Greeks called them "hairy stars." This is because the tail of a comet was thought to look like long hair streaming from a woman's head (Omg hairy stars that's amazing LOL)
glacier_kitty: (arctica)
I finished Frozen in Time, so I'm going to share some passages from the book I found funny/interesting lol

Greenland makes no sense. First there's the name, which as most schoolchildren know should be Iceland, but that was already taken. Almost nothing green grows in Greenland, where more than eighty percent of the land is buried under deep ice...Greenland's colorful name is blamed on a colorful Viking called Erik the Red. Erik went to sea when he was exiled from nearby Iceland in the year 982, after he killed two men in a neighborhood dispute. In addition to being an explorer, a fugitive killer, and a lousy neighbor, Erik was the world's first real estate shrill. He christened his discovery Greenland in the belief that a "good name" would encourage his countrymen to settle there with him

In a world where size generally matters, Greenland's doesn't. The island is globally overlooked despite being enormous: more than sixteen hundred miles from north to south, and eight hundred miles at its widest point. Greenland could swallow Texas and California and still have room for a dessert of New Mexico, Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania, and all of New England...Yet Greenland is the world's loneliest place. With fifty-eight thousand residents, it has the lowest population density of any country or dependent territory. Only Antarctica, with no permanent residents, makes Greenland seen crowded. If Manhattan had the same population density of Greenland, its population would be two

more )
glacier_kitty: (christmas tree)
1. You know those delicatessens that name sandwiches after famous people? What would be the ingredients of the sandwich named after you? Uhhh..turkey, onions and cheese??
2. What’s your favorite part of staying in a hotel? The novelty of being on vacation, etc
3. What was the last book you read, and how was it? Frozen in Time, about WW2 airplanes that crashed in Greenland. One group survived and were stuck on the ice for like 3 months!! The people trying to rescue them crashed and died, and a guy led a modern expedition to find the plane. It's pretty good!
4. What’s something super-unhealthy you’ve recently eaten? A cupcake
5. What do you do with all those Christmas cards with photos of friends and their kids? I don't really get those, but I would keep them

Today's was work's annual Christmas party..usually we do a White Elephant but this time we did it differently. We sat in chairs across from each other and had to pass the presents in the direction the story Paulette was reading said (like "grandma LEFT the house and went ACROSS the street"). It wasn't really that fun to me, but other people seemed to like it. I definitely prefer White Elephants. We opened the gift we ended up with one by one and got to trade them at the end if you wanted to. I got a really nice green and blue fluffy scarf..the person who brought it told me she made it!! That is SO cool, that makes it extra special :D

oh yeah, and worst journey in the world #4 LOL )
glacier_kitty: (northern lights 5)
I didn't post the update last week since I didn't catch anyone new, but this week I did!

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I can't believe this Pokemon's name is Lickitung haha! (Grr, Photobucket won't let me resize the pic..it has been annoying lately..)

bold = new )

Another copy of The Worst Journey in the World was donated to the bookstore! Now I have four LOL..my coworkers probably think I'm insane :P

Day 18-Handwrite a few words that sum you up )

Today's trivia: The longest sneezing fit ever recorded is that of Donna Griffiths who started sneezing on 13 January 1981. She sneezed an estimated million times in the first 365 days and achieved her first sneeze-free day on 16 September 16 1983—the 978th day (wow O__O)
glacier_kitty: (carcassonne - bridge)
I love doing this at the end of the year lol: Post the first sentence of the first post of every month in 2016 (as usual not counting the books I read lol)

January: 1. When were you last up on the house top?
February: This list may seem small compared to my lists last year, but The Worst Journey in the World was over 500 pages long haha
March: Reading "longer" books makes my monthly book lists look sad :P
April: That's more like it :D
May: Only one book finished this month?
June: The Fur Person by May Sarton (May 16) (I read this one in less than an hour..I read May's book in May!) [Well nevermind, I guess that one does count lol]
July: How is June over already? D:
August: Antarctica by Kim Stanley Robinson (July 8-24. Loved!!! A novel, but full of Antarctic history, and lots of mentions of Apsley Cherry-Garrard, who wrote The Worst Journey in the World)
September: Crossing Antarctica by Will Steger and Jon Bowermaster (Aug 23-31). This book sounded like a modern Worst Journey in the World..I'm surprised Cherry was never mentioned!
October: I probably could have finished a 7th book this month, but it just didn't happen lol..darn :P
November: Some guy in the introduction to The Home of the Blizzard said that book outshone The Worst Journey in the World..umm no lol
December: Also, my job is awesome

I love that The Worst Journey in the World was the first book I read this year. :D I didn't know it would change my life so dramatically though!

I just discovered the song I've been loving on the radio lately is "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana. It's weird to Google a song to see if you've heard it before and it's one you hear all the time haha

dashing cherry is DASHING )

Day 17-Handwrite on something other than paper )

Today's trivia: Dachshunds were originally bred in 1600 to hunt dachs, which is German for badgers

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