glacier_kitty: (abby 3)

That is totally Greyboy, he loves being under the covers for whatever reason haha :P

Day 16-Handwrite whatever you want, filling up the whole piece of paper )

Today's trivia: The Castilian and Burgundian flags of Spain, the Mexican flag, the Confederate flag, and the flag of the United States have all flown over the land area that has become Arizona

Friday five

Dec. 2nd, 2016 03:42 pm
glacier_kitty: (glacier - aletsch)
1. What are you too short to do? Everything :P
2. What are you too smart to do? Walk on top of a car going 50 mph. LOL
3. What are you too fearful to do? Skydive, etc
4. What are you too lazy to do? Clean my apartment every week..oops lol
5. What are you too young to do? Retire? Haha

Day 15-Handwrite 'hello' )
glacier_kitty: (bookworm patronus)
The Sea Shall Embrace Them: The Tragic Story of the Steamship Arctic by David W. Shaw (Oct 30-Nov 2)
Farthest North: The Incredible Three-Year Voyage to the Frozen Latitudes of the North by Fridtjof Nansen (Nov 3-13)
The Last Viking: The Life of Roald Amundsen by Stephen R. Bown (Nov 14-20)
In the Land of White Death: An Epic Story of Survival in the Siberian Arctic by Valerian Albanov (Nov 21-22)
A Negro Explorer at the North Pole by Matthew A. Henson (Nov 27-29)

Also, my job is awesome:
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Aw yeahh, I love when books I've been wanting to read come in! Whoever donates books must read my mind, because that has happened a lot haha (another reason I love living in Alaska: books about polar exploration are easy to find!!). Epic win lol

Day 14-Handwrite your LJ crushes )

Today's trivia: Jim Morrison, singer of the The Doors, was the first rock star to be arrested on stage
glacier_kitty: (kitty - winter)
FAIRBANKS — The skies began clearing Monday afternoon over the Interior, and the temperatures began dropping.

In addition, the National Weather Service is predicting several snow storms will move north across the Interior, starting tonight.

Monday’s high temperature at Fairbanks International Airport was 1 below just before 6 a.m. Since then, the temperature steadily dropped to 10 below just before 2 p.m.

According to the Weather Service, lows Monday night were to drop to 25 below zero. The north wind could drop the temperature to 40 below with wind chill in areas.

It’s likely Fairbanks won’t have 30 below weather until early next week, Fischer added.

It’s been more than a year since Fairbanks experienced temperatures colder than 25 degrees below zero.

For reference, the coldest temperature recorded last winter was 29 below, in November 2015. It marked 2015-16 as only the second winter in 109 years that did not see 30-below-zero temperatures. On average, Fairbanks experiences 25 days at or colder than 30 below during each cold season.

Temperatures for the next week are expected to be highly variable, with lows around 25 below to highs in the single digits above zero.

It was weird..yesterday it was 0 and when I woke up today it was suddenly -21! Me and a coworker were also talking about how warm it was last winter (compared to -40, -29 is warm lol). I should probably start wearing my goggles now (so I can cover my face without my glasses icing up), but I feel so ridiculous wearing them lol (maybe pretending to be Cherry trekking through Antarctica would help haha). I guess that's better than worrying about frostbite though :P

Yesterday Becky was like "I have a book for you in my office, it was written by your boyfriend!" haha. I was like "you found The Worst Journey in the World??!" She and Denise were laughing because I kept hugging the book LOL. Now I have three editions of the book, yay! Haha (well, I went one day without mentioning Cherry at least :P)

Day 13-Handwrite the first 10 things that pop into your head )

Today's trivia: The Toltecs, 7th century native Mexicans, used wooden swords in battle so they didn't kill their enemy
glacier_kitty: (apsley cherry-garrard 4)
OMG I'm glad I'm going back to work tomorrow, I've spent waay too much time thinking about Cherry lol. Since I had luck with Ponting's pictures, I decided to watch his video of the expedition also to see if I could spot Cherry (where he's not named of course :P). Plus I just wanted to see him in "action" LOL. I'll post some screenshots, then I'm gonna try not to talk about him for the rest of the week :P

squee cherry! )

One of these days I'm gonna find something else to talk about.. :P

Day 12-Handwrite your name using the opposite hand of what you normally use )
glacier_kitty: (aragorn 2)
look a new pic of cherry i found!! )

a survey too! )

Dad's flying in later today! I can't wait to have yummy food lol

SQUEE!!!

Nov. 25th, 2016 04:32 pm
glacier_kitty: (apsley cherry-garrard)
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OMG I can't believe my local bookstore actually had Cherry's book haha. I was completely freaking out LOL. I own it already, but I bought this version anyway..because Cherry. :P Day = made :D

pokemon update )
glacier_kitty: (chaaaarlieee)
Happy Thanksgiving! (We're having Thanksgiving dinner this weekend since dad's in California and couldn't get a flight in time, but that's alright.) I am soooo thankful I found an anti-depressant that works..I feel happy, alive and like a new person. This year by far has been better than last year. I know how depressed I was, but it still surprises me to read old posts and surveys and stuff and see how miserable I was. I would cry in bed and was getting in a scary state of mind..if I hadn't got help when I did..*shudders* It was hard just existing. I am NEVER taking happiness for granted again, and I'm definitely not going to let myself get depressed like that again. I'm sure everyone who has known me long enough has noticed (mom was getting very worried). Thank you, Prozac. :P lol

I'm also thankful for Cherry (shut up LOL). He is also a source of inspiration and strength..if I'm in a tough spot, I'll think "stick it stick it" or some other quote in my head (such a weird saying, but it really does work lol). He was an amazing person, and I love him <3

There are so many other things to be thankful for (family, my job, etc), but this post would turn huge lol. I love them too <3

speaking of cherry, have more pics of him :P )

Cherry?

Nov. 22nd, 2016 04:03 pm
glacier_kitty: (apsley cherry-garrard 2)
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This picture is in the book of Ponting's photos I got (the pic is online too, but this version is better lol). The caption says something about officers unloading the ship..Cherry wasn't an officer, but the second person to the right sure looks like him..that hat is one he wore, and it somehow looks like he's wearing glasses haha (either that or I'm imagining things, because I want it to be Cherry. :P I feel like I have a good idea of what he looks like now though). But..it FEELS like Cherry, and his smile is the same as it is in this picture. Dana said she felt the Cherry Aura too when I showed her the pic..I'm glad I'm not the only one that can feel it haha (I've spent waaay too much time staring at this picture LOL). He seems to be the right height in this pic too lol. I could be completely wrong, but I really feel like that's him :D (Yay, pointless Cherry posts :P)

I'm pretty sure apple apricot applesauce is one of the most disgusting things I've ever eaten. D: I got it by accident thinking it was normal applesauce..NEVER AGAIN. SO gross lol

Day 11-Handwrite all the websites you’re signed up with )

Today's trivia: In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving one week earlier than normal, believing that doing so would help bolster retail sales during one of the final years of the Great Depression

O HAI

Nov. 21st, 2016 11:44 am
glacier_kitty: (glacier - greenland)
When you read this, you're tagged. Take a picture of you in your current state, no changing your clothes or quickly putting on makeup. NO PHOTOSHOP. Show your flist the real you!

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AHH HIDE IT'S THE REAL ME. Hahaha

and a long cat survey! )

Today's trivia: In 1888 Thomas Edison invented the talking doll. After six weeks into production, the dolls were deemed too scary and pulled from the market
glacier_kitty: (forest - creek)
1. What is your favorite 'food' holiday? Thanksgiving
2. Do you prefer ham or turkey (or tofu turkey)? Turkey
3. Do you anticipate or dread seeing your relatives for the holidays? I don't necessarily like to listen to dad rant about politics and stuff, but it's still better than being alone lol
4. When do you start listening to Christmas carols (for real, you can tell us)? I just keep them in my regular playlist, so I guess all year LOL
5. How are you feeling right now with regards to the upcoming holiday season? It came up so fast that it doesn't even feel like the holiday season..I'm still wondering where summer went haha (it was 1 degree when I went to work this morning..brr!)

pokemon update )
glacier_kitty: (mountains - aerial)
Marc's funeral service was lovely, and definitely sad. He and Paulette had been together for 46 years..wow. Paulette said she was not going to "shut down" her emotions..she wants to always feel the deep love they had for each other. I didn't know Marc like some of the others did..I'd only met him in person once, but he was definitely super kind and caring like other people there said. He'd always welcome me back after I got back to work after a vacation..aww I'm gonna miss his phone calls. :( Paulette said to look at the pictures of him at the back of the room and look into his eyes and see the love from them. I looked, and there was *definitely* something deep about his eyes. She also brought in the watch he was wearing that stopped the moment he died..wow. He will always be remembered <3

Day 10-Handwrite your lucky number )

Today's trivia: The longest battle of WWII was the Battle of the Atlantic, which lasted from 1939-1945

Snow!!

Nov. 14th, 2016 04:02 pm
glacier_kitty: (jon snow)
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For whatever reason, I'm ridiculously happy it's snowing right now lol (I couldn't wait to take pics after I got off work haha. I really like this one!). It's peaceful and beautiful and magical! I probably looked ridiculous staring at the sky and smiling, but I don't care LOL. I totally understand when someone told me once they moved here from Hawaii because they missed the snow..I'll definitely take this over 100 degree weather!! (I think I've become Full Alaskan now haha!)

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I tried to walk home slowly since I was enjoying myself so much lol

Paulette stopped in today and told us the story of her husband Marc's passing..she was so grateful for her "work family's" support. It was good to see her and give her a hug. Marc's funeral is tomorrow..I've only been to one funeral in my entire life..it'll be so sad, but Paulette needs all the support she can get <3

Ewww it's only 4 PM and it's already getting dark :(

Day 9-Handwrite your favorite word )

Today's trivia: Between feeding, excavating nest cavities and drumming, woodpeckers can peck up to 20 times per second
glacier_kitty: (alaska)
1. What’s the tourist attraction nearest you that most people from other places are aware of? The Pipeline maybe..or the Northern Lights, if that counts lol
2. What’s a tourist attraction you’ve visited that was better than you expected? Maybe London in general..for some reason I thought it was stupid LOL
3. What’s a tourist attraction you’ve visited that was disappointing? The Alamo..I was young, but still not impressed lol. It was smaller than I expected..
4. What’s a tourist attraction you’re still hoping to visit? The Blue Lagoon (hot springs) in Iceland
5. Excluding restaurants, what tourist attraction you’ve visited had the best food and the best gift shop? lol that's hard..I've been to too many. :P Ones in Europe are pretty cool though..

The sunset was beautiful tonight:
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glacier_kitty: (northern lights 8)
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I do not like Trump, but I will not hate. I want to be a light in the darkness..I want to spread love and kindness. Even if I just help one person, it'll make a difference..love spreads and is stronger than hate. I cannot live with hate in my heart. I'm still worried, but all I can do is just..try to be a bright spot in the world. Like one of my Facebook friends said: "Love Trumps Hate one interaction at a time. Make someone else's day brighter, actively love those around you, and make the best of today." Exactly <3

Paulette's husband died early this morning. :( :( He had been sick the last few months..on Monday he went to Anchorage to get a pacemaker put in, but there must have been complications since he died. That is SO sad..I'm gonna miss saying hi to him on the phone (he called Paulette every day, it was adorable). He was so nice..wow :(

something happier: pokemon update lol )

Today's trivia: Sand melts at 3,002 °F
glacier_kitty: (apsley cherry-garrard 3)
Usually I'm relieved when Election Day is here (I get tired of all the political ads and stuff), but I am actually genuinely scared right now. I can't believe Trump is actually winning so far. D: I proudly voted for Cherry LOL, I couldn't help myself. :P After voting I had time to kill before work so I went to this shop nearby that sells old books and spent waaay too much money on books about Robert Falcon Scott/Antarctica (good thing I was walking and had to go to work, otherwise I might have bought the whole shelf haha). One of the books had an introduction by Cherry!! ("*GASP*" *tries not to fall off ladder* LOL) I definitely couldn't pass THAT up..another was one of Ponting's photos, I couldn't pass that up either lol. I asked the guy who works there if he was familiar with The Worst Journey in the World (I'll buy any edition I can find that's not $3000 like the first edition of that book haha), and he was like "I think you got the title wrong, it sounds familiar though." LOL no, that is definitely the title of the book. Then he invited me to the basement..he said he has over 1000 books down there! Unfortunately (or fortunately? Heh) I had to go to work, but it would be cool to look at the books down there (he's invited me down there before..one of these days lol). Me and my coworkers were talking about Cherry today, and they said we'd be a great match for each other too..siiigh :P

Day 8-Handwrite whatever you want with a black pen in capitals )

Today's trivia: The longest continuous sidewalk in the world is along Bay Shore Boulevard in Tampa, Florida. It's 4.5 miles long, and 10 feet wide

Friday five

Nov. 4th, 2016 05:47 pm
glacier_kitty: (mountains - trees/lake)
1. When did you last use the edge of a coin (or a knife blade) as a screwdriver? Hmm..it was sometime in the last few months I think..I replaced the batteries in my keyboard lol
2. When did you last use a wire coat-hanger to break into a car? Never..
3. When did you last use food or drink as medication? Does actual medication count? If so, this morning lol
4. When did you last use your cellular telephone as a flashlight? *shrugs*
5. When did you last use a paper clip for any purpose other than to clip paper? No idea lol

Day 7-Handwrite your three favorite songs of all time )
glacier_kitty: (aragorn 2)

I heard this song on the radio today, and I really like it! It's so catchy lol. I love coming across songs I just immediately connect with..

pokemon update )

Today's trivia: Just before the Nazis invaded Paris, H.A. and Margret Rey fled on bicycles. They were carrying the manuscript for Curious George
glacier_kitty: (kitty - books 1)
The Loneliest Continent: The Story of Antarctic Discovery by Walker Chapman (Sept. 27-Oct. 3)
The Home of the Blizzard: A True Story of Antarctic Survival by Douglas Mawson (Oct. 3-13)
Alone: The Classic Polar Adventure by Richard E. Byrd (Oct. 16-19)
Karluk: The Great Untold Story of Arctic Exploration by William Laird McKinlay (Oct. 20-24)
Fatal North: Adventure and Survival Aboard USS Polaris, the First U.S. Expedition to the North Pole (Oct 24-29)

Some guy in the introduction to The Home of the Blizzard said that book outshone The Worst Journey in the World..umm no lol. They're both amazing survival stories in their own right (not that I'm biased or anything :P). Mawson's Will was one of the first Antarctic survival stories I read, after I moved up here..I was excited when I saw he had written a book too! I think Cherry was a better writer though lol

Day 6-Handwrite your crush’s name )

Today's trivia: The founders of Hewlett-Packard flipped a coin to determine whose name would come first in the company
glacier_kitty: (night sky 4)
Fairbanks' acting Police Chief Brad Johnson announced that Sgt. Allen Brandt has died following complications from surgery in a brief, emotional press conference this afternoon [Friday].

"Fairbanks lost a hero today," Johnson said, with Fairbanks city Mayor Jim Matherly standing somberly next to him. "I'm sorry to have to let you know that earlier this afternoon, Sgt. Allen Brandt lost the fight. He had surgery yesterday and suffered complications afterward which continued to deteriorate throughout the day and from which he was unable to recover.

That's so sad!! He survived the shooting but died after surgery..wow :(

The Northern Lights were pretty awesome on Friday (I like to think they were in memory of the police officer). They started off dim but kept getting brighter. Around midnight they started dancing like crazy..it always amazes me how fast they can move! Beautiful <3

Day 5-Handwrite your best friend’s name )

Today's trivia: The average human body contains enough carbon to make 900 pencils

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