Not a bad upgrade, especially since I didn't have to pay for it...
Monday, September 29, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
We decided that with our increasingly busy lives, we would have to schedule time to talk to each other, outside of email. So the invention of the "Coffee Date" was born. The rules of the coffee date are to be distraction free (no husbands, kids, pets, etc) and one of us would call the other at a set time on a set date while we both were sitting down to coffee in a coffee shop so we could fill each other in on our lives. If one of us needs to talk to the other, and email will not do, she will email the other to suggest a "coffee date soon," at which point, discussions of when happen. We usually do this when there is a lot to fill in, or we just miss each other's voice. The coffee dates saved my sanity while I was in exile (on Oahu...).
Of course, if something happens and we MUST speak to the other, we do pick up the phone and call the other. We know each other so well now, and our general conversation schedule, that if this happens, it is for a reason and the other person will drop what they are doing. We are very good friends.
With us both blogging now, it is much easier to keep up with eachother's lives. But, we still need our coffee dates. We are also planning on (sometime soon) taking a weekend trip together somewhere. We're hoping to make it a yearly thing if we can. I think (and correct me if I'm wrong, cause you know I'm a ditz) that we are planning the first "meet up" in Seattle. It's pretty much the middle ground for the both of us. So much has changed in our lives since we first discussed it, I'm not sure when it will acutally happen, we'll just have to see.
Friends are very special to me, and I find it hard to keep in contact with them. I always feel like I'm interrupting someone else's life by calling them, especially if they have children. I even do this to family. I know people want to talk to me, but I always feel like I'm intruding... So any way I can find to communicate with those I love best and stay in contact, I'll do it.
So here's a shout out to my BFF - you fat pig... you water-retaining sea cow!
They also told me today that they broke my desk in my office... I wasn't TERRIBLY upset, mainly because they just broke one of the shelves on the top of my desk, but it was the shelf that my "little" computer usually sits, so I can't use it at this point. They are going to replace it for me. I have to go out tomorrow and scour the stores (there aren't many here) to see if someone has a desk I like and then I'll call them up and they'll go buy it and deliver it to my house. He gave me a range of approx $200 for a new desk, which I can totally do. I was thinking like $100, but that's only because I'm cheap. I'll see what I can find. I'm being pretty reasonable about the whole thing because they didn't break any of my electronics (boy am I glad I moved everything off my desk and into my dining room last weekend) and I wasn't really attached to that desk anyway. It was a crappy garage sale find when I moved here and I was planning on replacing later anyway.
The living room is in a new configuration. Aaron gets home in a little over an hour and a half, so he'll get to weigh in on how it looks. If he doesn't like it, we'll change it back, but I hope he likes it well enough to keep it. The room is a lot more open. If it stays the way it is now, I'll take a picture and post it.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Today, he got the final word on the housing situation (we've been going back and forth about it) and he is not able to stay in the company housing as Anchorage is "his base" and the housing is for the pilots stuck in Anchorage from their base...
He can do a 2 week on/2 week off schedule, at a reduced pay...
He won't be flying the plane for 1-2 years (he'll be the flight engineer)...
All these things considered, he hasn't been happy with the decision. Then came a discussion with the chief pilot of another airline, one that happened to employ 2 other pilots from A's failed company. He wants A to fly PIC in a Cessna Caravan and Piper Chieftain (both of which he has massive amounts of hours in), working 2 weeks on/2 weeks off, housing provided in Bethel, AK. Bethel is kind of a crap hole, but this is looking better and better to us. Most of this company's pilots commute to work on this kind of schedule, so they are used to it.
So he accepted this position today. It means getting on a plane to Anchorage (he has been in Kenai for the last week and a half) to start ground school TOMORROW. Things are moving pretty fast. He has been talking with his company for a few days now, and they told him that if he were to leave, that they would prefer he did it before his Engineer checkride. So he told his now-old boss, but I don't know what was said yet. A called me afterwards, but he was getting on the plane to Anchorage so he didn't have time to talk. He wanted me to make the arrangements for a hotel for his stay there. Which is now done... Whew!
I know he'll be MUCH happier doing this new job than he ever would have been for the other. So it's a win/win situation for us all. :)
The final picture is the work they did on the peak, which is why they had to come inside in the first place. They needed to access the beam that runs the peak from both inside and outside to see if there is any rot present in the wood. I didn't get a chance to ask the contractors if they did find rot today, so I'll try to catch him tomorrow before I go to work.
I think this is just a patch to keep my house from getting too cold.
Monday, September 22, 2008
This is the "living room" as seen from the second floor, all cleared out. I took the boxes in the upper-left to the dumpster, so it's cleaner now than it was when I took the picture. You can see Noni in "her chair" looking out the window so she can growl at the roof-workers.
I'll post more as they progress... My ceiling will probably be open tomorrow when I get home from work. Now I'm off to remove the family pictures from the front entrance and take the stuff down from the top of my bookcase.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
I brought one of my 2 computers downstairs, to make a makeshift office in my dining room. This way I don't have to worry about them knocking over my monitor, etc. I can do what I need to do on my spare computer and have my main one back next week.
You may be asking youself, why does she have 2 computers? Well, one of my hubby's hobbies is building computers. He built me a tower like his when I decided that my laptop wasn't cutting it any more. He built the second one more as a second computer for him, since he is really picky about his system and wanted one for games and one for everything else. That way he wouldn't get a virus on his game system (or something like that). I pretty much claimed it for me. I had intentions of either starting a business at home or working from home for someone else. I wanted to keep my personal computer (and all our financials) seperate from a "work" computer. But now, it is a storage/server for me to put all of our stuff on (copies of pictures, bills, etc...) And because it is smaller (and MUCH lighter) than my tower, it was easier to move downstairs.
Anyway, now I am moving things around to make it easier on the contractors (and easier on my so they won't be breaking a bunch of stuff...) today. I'll post some pictures once I'm done.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
We had numerous adventures in the Pacer. At one point, we used it to go between Salt Lake City and Abilene, Texas to visit family. I remember our longest leg being between Salt Lake City and Cortez, Colorado. The airport in Cortez is really quaint. There used to be a truck stop a couple of miles away that we would get buffalo burgers from. Then it was a quick hop to Santa Fe, New Mexico. One of my favorite airports, but I remember thinking "man, they are proud of their gas here!" The gas prices was $3.00/gallon for av-gas... It's double that here at the Juneau Airport now... We also landed in Lubbock, TX. My first taste of Texas. It was a quick stop as we quickly went from there to Abilene, where we promptly fell asleep because we were so tired. I think we left Salt Lake just before dawn, and we landed mid-late afternoon. I think it was a solid 8 hour flight. The same trip by car is about 24 hours driving time.
We also got to take the Pacer to the Southwest Short-Wing Piper Convention that was being held in Durango, Colorado the year we got married. Since I was so sick at the time we got married, we used this trip as our honeymoon. The weather could have been better. We couldn't make it as far as Durango, but we did make it to Cortez, where one of the members lived. We all drove to Durango together. That was a great trip, one that we want to do again. We rode on the Durango/Silverton train and flew out to the Anasazi ruins (yes, we flew there, landed on the road with all the other members, and took some great pictures). It was a fantastic trip and we made some great friends there.
The Pacer is still in the family, as my father-in-law now possesses it. It'll be good to see her again when we take our vacation next summer.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
So, tonight, I decided to try something new. I don't really like beans, but I will eat them on occasion. There is a restaurant in Utah that we used to eat at all the time at my work there that has a really good rice/beans dish. It was like coconut rice with red beans, chicken and broccoli. I pretty much got it every time we ate there. So I decided to try Zatarain's Red Beans and Rice, just for s&g's. It was relatively easy to make, all in one pot. I added some canned chicken (which I usually have stocked in my pantry because I inevitably forget to take chicken out of the freezer for dinner, but it tastes like canned chicken, so I don't use it a lot), drained, to the mix while it was coming to a boil. When it was done, the chicken had seasoned well and I didn't need to add anything else to season the rice. It was really good. I'll keep the left overs for tomorrow night, to see if I like this dish the next day. If not, I'll relegate this meal for when A is home so he can eat the left overs (he makes a really good fridge cleaner for this picky eater). This dish would probably pair really nicely with a salad or some other veggies. It's not as spicy as Zatarain's Jambalaya, which we eat a lot of, but it does have a little bit of spice.
Correct me if I'm wrong on this. Maybe I'm just not looking in the right places, or I don't have all the "sports" channels on my cable that would show these games...
Maybe these games just aren't as popular as the Olympics, but it almost seems like the able-bodied public don't really care about those people who overcome adversity to compete athletically on a world level... Maybe I'm wrong, but it just seems weird to me...
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
However, when I got home, they had already started stacking wood in front of my house to set up the framework for the roof stuff. OK, not a problem. They left me room to park still, especially since they've been blocking my garage for 2 months now, so that was cool. The problem is, that A didn't do one of his chores for when he's home, and that is dog-doo pick-up. I get that it has been raining A LOT and that it's soggy and hard to scoop, but for crying out loud... I came home to the construction workers shoveling the piles out of my front yard. I was planning on doing it when I got home, but they beat me too it. I had to (shamefully) admit that I do, in fact, have a dog - They all thought all the neighborhood dogs used our front yard for a bathroom... Sadly (and embarassingly), no... When he's gone, I usually pick it up every couple of days... But it wouldn't have been so bad if, 1 - It hasn't been so darn wet, and 2 - If he took the dog away from the house like I asked him to after the last clean up so it wouldn't be bad for the construction guys. I mean, they'll be in my house next week... Like I really want dog doo all over my cream-colored carpet...
So, now that hubby is away, and it's pretty much all cleared out, Noni gets to go for a little walk, away from people to the field where I don't have to worry about pickup in the rain. I'm tired of fighting with A about crap (literally)...
That's one thing that sucks about only one airline servicing your home town. Alaska Airlines is cutting back flights in/out of Juneau, so they are pretty well full up on any flight out of here (except maybe the "milk run" as I don't usually check the status of those flights due to the fact that I don't want to make 5 stops between here and Anchorage or here and Seattle.) The weather can turn here in a matter of minutes, so flights are constantly getting cancelled. It's frustrating. It's also one of the reasons that we own our own airplane, but he can't fly it right now because it's down for maintenance. So we are at the mercy of Alaska Airlines...
I will be taking him back to the airport in about an hour or so, and then making my way off to work. I hope he gets out today. He has to fly tomorrow...
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Ode To My Friend
To my good friend
Through thick and thin
I would tell our story,
Where should I begin?
I'll start with the first,
Both painfully shy
Breaking out of our shells
Just to say, Hi!
We did things together,
Were rarely apart,
You taught me, I taught you,
Who knew what we'd start.
When I moved away,
I feared the worst.
But you wouldn't let me go,
Our fragile friendship you nursed.
You found your mate first,
Then I found mine.
We both went on seperate paths,
And we both were fine.
With children for you,
And travel for me
We've lived our lives,
But still together,
In mind and heart.
Always there for each other
Though miles apart.
I know I'll have a shoulder
Or an ear to bend
Just as you know the same
is here on this end.
Neither of us blessed
With a sister in blood,
We took it upon ourselves
And picked the perfect one.
I want my friend to know how much I love an appreciate everything she's done for me. Who knows where I would be in this world without her.
Friday, September 12, 2008
I've been to several air shows that have been enjoyable. We learned that I need to have earplugs if I want to have fun (can you say Thunderbird-Afterburner-Over-My-Head? What? Did you say something?). I get taken out to back-country airstrips, either to go camping or just spend the day. Sometimes that can be fun. Although, if there is camping involved, I make him take the air-mattress, tent, and cooking gear, and he can only go to "back-country" airstrips that have facilities (most of the ones in Idaho do). I'm not sleeping in the plane, he can forget that...
He's been making noise about making me go to Katzehin Flats. He says there's a cabin we can stay in there, but I'll believe it when I see it...
He's been making more noise for years about going to Oshkosh AND Reno every year. Every year he says "We're gonna go next year for sure!" We never have...
Although, I'm sure one of these years he'll follow through with his threat and I'll be at either one or both at some time.
Now, do you think with all the places I go with him, and all the stuff I have to put up with doing it, that I could get him to take me to a ballroom dancing class or to the theatre (not movies) etc...? Exactly....
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
OK, I laughed.... A lot.... I know it was a link to an online psychic or something, but I have an aunt by that name, and I am very close to her...
So, of course, I had to "call now"... I talked to my grandma who lives with my aunt and uncle and told her what the website said, and she laughed... and laughed... and laughed some more, then told me that my aunt was not home.... So we laughed some more....
I guess my problem was not as important as the great internet thinks it is, because if it were, she would have been home, but at least it made me laugh and got rid of my weird/bad mood I was in.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Then I had to buy gas. I hope I'm not the only one who thinks it's wrong to have to pay $47 to top off a stupid little Ford Focus. I'm not sure where everyone else's gas prices are, but here in Juneau, we are still at $4.33/gallon.
I had a pretty busy day at work. People need to stop getting hurt at the police academy. I think I have, like, 10 claims just from the academy, all within the last 3 weeks or so...
I know, I'm complaining a lot today... It's just been one of those days.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Just a refresher, I put a challenge out there to pick the "False" answer from 3 stories I told. In third place, with no votes, is the story involving Harrison Ford. In second place, is the Halloween story and the one you all think is the FALSE story is the Naked Mooning Experience...
I made this pretty tricky... All of these stories have a basis in fact, but one of them has an aspect to it that is incorrect.
The Halloween experience is in fact, true. We were living in Iliamna, AK at the time and we had only been there a short time (like about a month). We were still relatively new to the community, so we hadn't met everyone and they didn't know us. Well, that year (and probably every year), it was like 17 degrees outside, which is why no one was wearing costumes (at least that were visable, they could have had costumes on under their winter garb). I guess that with the vast majority of the population being related to each other, they were used to just going into peoples houses. So, there we were, sitting on our couch watching a movie on the satellite, trying not to eat all our Halloween candy, when here comes 6 kids into our small house! You can imagine my surprise! We didn't lock the door, mainly because we didn't expect that. We were both raised that you knock on the door first! We locked it after that, turned off the lights, and pretended to be asleep so they would leave us alone.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Hi.... My name is Tripacerchick... and I am addicted to Diet Coke...(your response - "Hi Tripacerchick!")
In the words of my doctor "Diet Coke is the Devil!" After she said this to me, I actually gave it up for about 2 weeks. Unfortunately, it didn't last long, and I am now back to one super large size a day, at least when I'm at work, hence the need for a Diet Coke Fairy. If I don't have time to pick one up on my way to work, I have to wait until lunch time to go get one. That's 3 1/2 hours without one... My co-workers can probably attest to the fact that my behavior is very similar to the woman in the movie when I'm craving one... As well as my behavior once I get one... (In retrospect, that's pretty sad... hmmmm....)
In all honesty, this is my one vice. I don't smoke, I drink on occasion (like if we go out to a nice restaurant for dinner or I make something special at home), and I don't do drugs. If I wasn't addicted to Diet Coke, I'd probably be darn near perfect and boring to boot.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
I will advise that it is not a movie you want to see if you are averse to swearing. There is a lot of it. But, I do have to say (not being a traditional Tom Cruise fan) that there is one of the best F-Word rants in the movie, done by Tom Cruise. I thought I was going to pee my pants I was laughing so hard.
I will probably buy this movie on DVD when it comes out. It can reside next to my "Team America" DVD (the extremely raunchy "unrated" version) and it will get watched when ever I need a good laugh.
Robert Downey Jr is so freaking funny in this movie. When he isn't "in character", his eyes are just freaking weird (like an un-godly blue).
This dream is a little weird for me because, in "real life" I very rarely wear makeup at all. I have it (spent lots of money on it), but for some reason, I don't like wearing it. Especially the eye makeup. I have lots of allergies (mostly to fragrances, which most makeup has in some form, no matter how lightly it is fragranced, I usually will start sneezing) and my eyes are teary a lot. I blow my nose a lot, which removes any foundation/lip stuff below my nose. I am always afraid that I will look like a freak or something. I always feel like I have to wash my face and start over everytime something like this happens. Which is why I usually only wear makeup when my hubby and I go out at night, to a nice restaurant or something (just to the store or the McDonalds doesn't count).
Maybe I had the weird dream because I was playing around with my Meez last night, where there are several "eye" options for mascara. I didn't find any that I liked, so I didn't use any on my Meez. Or maybe some part of me is repressed. Who knows...
Friday, September 5, 2008
Of course, because it was finally dark at a reasonable hour (look up "land of the midnight sun") and NOT raining (it's been a REALLY REALLY rainy summer here) and about the time that planes are still arriving and departing from the airport (which is relatively close to where we live), we just had to go the airport. All of these photos were taken just as twilight was going into full dark. The exposures on these are pretty cool. The first one is of the street outside our house. The second one is of a small airplane (I think it was a Cessna) coming in to land at the airport. The last one is of an Alaska Airlines jet taking off. The small twin engine plane on the right hand side of the picture is our Piper Apache.
Well, I would be able to sit at my desk and continue to work while someone else brings me a fresh, cold, fountain Diet Coke. It's not the same if it's in a can or bottle. There's too much carbination in those containers. I know, I'm picky. And Lazy. But darn it, I'm thirsty and can't really break away to go get one until lunch time.
I think I make a pretty cute Diet Coke Fairy, at least in cyber-space, don't you?
Thursday, September 4, 2008
My 3 little nephews have all been diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. 4 Paws for Ability trains service dogs, and they have dogs that are specially trained to help those with autism. I linked to several videos on YouTube spotlighting some of the ones that have these special dogs and it brought a tear to my eye. I love dogs and think that they can brighten anyone's life and to think of them having the ability to help the ones like my nephews, it is inspiring.
I'm hoping that one day, Noni can help others. I stand up and cheer for the people that care enough about both the dog and the person to do this kind of work.
I'll be speaking to Noni's vet next month when I take her in for her yearly visit to see if there are any programs here in Alaska that do therapy dog training. I'll keep you updated as things progress.
Lots of love to the little ones!
I'll tell 3 stories. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to determine which one of the 3 stories is FALSE. Post a comment with your guess. In a few days, I'll do another post with the answer. Ready?
A) One time, when we were flying back from a camping trip, we had engine trouble and diverted to an airstrip in Southern Idaho. While we were there, we met Harrison Ford, who flew there in his Beaver.
B) My husband flew me out to an area off the Great Salt Lake known as "The Beach" where we were mooned by several people who didn't have to drop their pants to do it (psst... they were already nude)
C) One Halloween, the neighborhood kids barged into our house to get their candy, and none of them had costumes on.
Good Luck! Have fun! Keep watching for the answers!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I can't belive that this is news worthy. Yes, her daughter is pregnant. Does that affect her ability to do her job? No... Does that make her a failure as a mother? No. Is it really any of our business? No!
I really could care less that her daughter is pregnant, or that she has 5 kids. What I care about is her ability to do the job (be it Governor of Alaska or VP of the US). I care about what she will do for the people in the position she's been elected to.
There... I've said my piece.