Tuesday, December 29
Thursday, December 24
Hello Everyone! The weather subsided today, just in time for Christmas Eve. I decided to take a walk out to Hut Point, where the Discovery Hut is, and took some nice photos. To illustrate how clear the air is down here, those mountains that are forcing that warm South Pacific air to condense are almost 80 miles away!
Sunday, December 20
The first pic shows the center of town, which in the middle of the summer months, November to January, is the happy home of 1000 scientists, engineers, and us NY Air National Guard guys, hopping from glacier to glacier in our ski-equipped LC-130 Hercules aircraft.
Ahh, you gotta love the 5 star accomodations down on the Ice, featuring a twin bed (my first twin bed since basic training), a wall locker, and a 13 inch TV that gets the base's local weather channel, transportation schedule channel, and a terrible movie channel. I have a US Army issue wool blanket tacked over the window, because the sun never sets down here in the summer months, and it's rather hard to sleep with that bright sun blazing through at 3:30 in the morning.
And finally, my work station, aka: Hut 25. Here us engine guys wait out storms and check our email when we're not out on the frozen icepack that is the Pegasus Runway, making sure our beloved Hercs are ready to fly anywhere on this continent.
The NY Air National Guard has been an awesome assignment. Only here was I able to trek to the Fjords of Greenland and to the bottom of the planet, where so very few people have ever been. Life is good.
Friday, December 18
I personally turn to free therapy - online catalogues of proof that there are other sane people in the world as appalled and entertained as I am by the catastrophies that are our fellow human beings. If you have not checked out People of WalMart, you absolutely must - now.
Another fantastic option (especially for the observant or detail oriented) is PhotoShopDisasters. This one is new to me, but I literally laughed until I cried. (August 09 has my favorites so far.)
If you're like me and feel a tad bit guilty about spending time on entertainment, remember what the philosophers and poets say: "No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humor." (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
Thursday, December 17
Wednesday, December 16
I couldn't help but think how much promise that apartment held when we first saw this simple picture online. How little of that promise actually unfolded!
Our time in Albany definitely caused us to grow - individually and as a couple. I can see already things that God taught us because he knew we would need to know them now.
That said, I am incredibly grateful that our time there has drawn to a close. It was a very hard two years; not in the prosiac man-against-the-world kind of hard either. Just ugly, drudging-through-the-desert kind of hard. I am thankful for the kindnesses of the people God sent to help us along the way, and for a puppy who never failed to lavish us with love and encouragement. I am blessed to have a wise husband whose determination saw us through to a respectable, clear-conscious parting from the area when I would have just told them all where to go and how.
With that chapter of our life closed, I turn my eyes this morning eagerly ahead. I don't know what the new year will bring, but I am praying and believing for good things and fresh joy!
I picked up Ecological Intelligence at the library as an audio book, hoping it would make the drive back from Albany go faster. It's tag line "How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything" sounded like a lot of the food books I've known and loved. The first chapter was excellent. After that, we reverted to eigth grade got-to-meet-the-word-limit syndrome. I plan to finish it anyway - with the author's dilligent thesaus usage I should at least learn some new vocab words!
Sunday, December 6
Fast forward to this year. As I perused a Christian book catalog, I flipped randomly through the pages of Bibles and was astonished to find a fresh printing of the 1560 Geneva Bible!
Those faithful public servants, diligently working their three day work weeks, multi-tasking important state concerns - Freecell, Solitare, Facebook and baseball scores, as seen above – have been inundated with 8.25 MILLION pink slips! Each slip bears the name of an American citizen fed up with the lunacy and arrogance of our representatives, pointedly reminding them for whom they work and what we want.
The full story is available here if you’re interested: (http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=117885) What I find the most interesting about the whole thing is that no one is covering it. All that paper, stacked on top of each other, would rival the tallest buildings in the world for height… but no one wants to talk about it. I guess that's okay. We don't need their mindless blathering anyway. Either they shut up and vote with a little common sense and some basic morals or we'll do as the best new bumper stickers recommend:
Thursday, December 3
There hasn't ever been a good place for the kit, since it's too big to be tucked under a seat or anything, so for years I've just been moving it around between the back seats and trunk based on what other cargo I was carrying. If it fell over or slid I just ignored the noise.
Then, I loaned my beloved Jeep to my even more beloved husband to move some heavy stuff. When he returned it to me, this is what the back looked like:
How awesome is that?! I would never in a million years have thought to do that. But it's so perfect! No more thumping, sliding or moving. Plus, a set of jumper cables that I had mentioned I wanted magically appeared.
This is why it's so wonderful to be married to a talented man. Little suprises in unexpected moments that totally brighten the week. I am blessed.
Saturday, November 28
Thanksgiving! My favorite holiday. Not only was it an excuse to spend the entire day in the kitchen, making all kinds of culinary creations, but a day to be thankful for all we have . . . and also an excuse to dress up. This was the first year we were ever in charge of the family celebration, and it was a smashing success. Everyone is now 5 pounds heavier, except for our furry companion, Arthas, who's still ailed with Starving Puppy Syndrome.
Wednesday, November 18
Tuesday, November 17
So here it is. My best shot at keeping in touch with the people I love now that we're all across the far corners of the world. I ask forgiveness ahead of time for the rants and you're welcome ahead of time for the adorable Arthas pictures. :0)
Oh, and the title? It means "the stuff of everyday life" and I discovered it in the book Stoneheart. Fantastic word from an amazing book. If you haven't read it, you should. But since my everyday life includes a pretty long to-do list today, I'll keep this first post short.