Wednesday, May 24, 2006
I talked to a guy from Northwest today. We're thinking that some "Joe Schmoe" picked up my suitcase that was going on that Princess cruise that most of the people on my flight were going on. In that case, my luggage is on a cruise right now. I hope it enjoys itself and comes home soon. :P I have to go to the airport tomorrow to go file a claim. Fun times.
This weekend I'm going to Talkeetna and Denali with the roommates and neighbors. We're renting an RV! And we will probably be going rafting up there. I've never gone before so that should be fun! Luckily the costs aren't bad since there's 5 or 6 of us going. So definitely look for pictures after this weekend! :)
That is all for now. I'm watching American Idol right now - ten minutes until we find out who wins! GOOO TAYLOR!!!
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
The roommates and neighbors and I are planning to go to Denali this coming weekend since we all have Memorial Day off. Denali is where Mt. McKinley is for those of you who didn't know. Should be nice and fun!
Jim mentioned possibly him and Carla coming down to Anchorage June 16th-18th to visit! Jim is my cousin who lives in Fairbanks. Fairbanks is about 7-8 hours from here. That will be awesome if they can come down then, and I eventually want to go up to Fairbanks also. Maybe catch some rays of that 90 degree weather! (yeah it gets hot in parts of Alaska! and VERY VERY cold in the winter too!)
Work today was interesting. It only took me 35 mins to bike to work. I thought it would be longer so I got there a bit after 7:30. My co-workers are SO much fun and very down to earth. We all went "out to lunch" today to a local hot dog stand. Apparently this one stand we went to is the best in town, haha. Because we all know how different hot dogs are. :-P In any case, my coworker Tom bought lunch for me which was super nice. They are all super welcoming. It feels like after a day with them that I've known them for months! I still don't have a project for work yet. They want to use me for my GIS skills while I'm there because none of them know how to do anything. That could be interesting. Hopefully I will live up to their expectations. At PSU I've always had "mentors" getting me through my GIS projects. Hopefully I'm ready to tackle what they're looking for. Today though, Steve and I got to make ethernet cables! (woohoo??) It was actually interesting making them for a bit. It's just one of those tedious jobs though. Much harder than it looks! It was nice though after staring at a computer all morning. Overall though I love my job mainly for the people.
So yes, today was the day of the moose. It made me happy and now I can happily be an Alaska.
By the way, I don't think I mentioned this, but Alaska smells AMAZING. I wish I could capture it in a bottle and bring it home. Well.. someone did have an idea of cutting down and branch and sending it home... it's a thought!
No news on the luggage yet. Tomorrow is day 5 so I can file a claim with the airport. Anne and/or Sue from work is going to take me to the airport either tomorrow or Thursday to do so. I just hope my bag comes back. Preferably before this weekend! I've surviving without it but it's an inconvience. Since you have all been sleeping for hours, I think it's about time for me to sleep also. :) Goodnight!
Saturday, May 20, 2006
As we neared Anchorage yesterday on the flight, mountains were just peeping out of the clouds. It was amazing. Just like it looks on Google Earth :) Coming off of the plane and seeing the mountains was INCREDIBLE. We're just surrounded by them. They look so big because we're at sea-level even though they're only about 3000 ft up. The bigger mtns and Mt McKinley are in Denali which is between here and Fairbanks. I'll get up there soon.
I have three roommates, one of which is from Bloomsburg, PA! She is somewhat familiar with Penn State so that's nice having someone who knows where you're from. Two of them are grad students (one is almost 26) and the other is also going to be a senior like me. They're all super nice so far. We have our own rooms but have to share a bathroom. (eek! 4 girls to a bathroom!)
IN any case, it's nice having people to wander around town with and to go hiking with.
I haven't been able to get my bike completely assembled yet -- the rear deraulier does not want to cooperate with me. Hopefully I will be able to get someone from the Arctic Bicycling Club to help me out with that tomorrow. It's hard to get around town without a bike or car. Or maybe I just have an awful sense of direction! (i wasn't kidding when i said i wanted a compass for Christmas!)
The roommates and I are went to the Moose's Tooth for dinner. It was yummy
More updates later. I start work Monday. Might go hiking tomorrow. Farewell friends!