Thursday, August 30, 2007

Internet Is Finally Working!!

I finally figured out how to get my wireless adapter to work, hooray!

Here's a rundown in pictures of recent activities:

Before I left Pittsburgh I played Big Brain Academy on Wii and took some silly test and it told me that I had the mind of a meteorologist. Coincidence or fate?
My bike returned the day before I was to return to State College. Not in very good shape.
The drive to State College was on a very hot and hazy day. Yuck!
Sarah had her wedding shower and baccalaurette party on Saturday. It was quite a fun day!
Sunday Brent, Clay, Lee and I went on a 6 hour bike ride through Rothrock. Started at Shingletown and ended up on the ridge and shot down the gas line. I loooooove the gasline downhill, it's a blast!
There was a wildfire on the ridge a year and a half ago, and as everything is growing back the dandelions are everywhere! I should have grabbed some fireweed seed and spread it around! Note the fire scars still on the trees.
This week's theme seems to deal with spiders. Here's a big old one on our lamp post out front.
I've almost taken out at least 30 pedestrians on campus this week. It happens every year - the new students come and don't look when they cross the street. And then you have the irresponsible cyclists who don't know the rules of the road. It's a big mess but I see it as a fun game, like the biking version of Frogger.. except that there's people in the way instead of cars.
Jake and Maggie make a nice welcoming committee. Maggie is just a pup and gets overly excited about everything.
My new toy!! A Kelty 0 degree sleeping bag.. I'm getting geared up. ;) It was on super sale because they're phasing out the model. Manushkka had fun dragging me across the floor in it.
Classes are great so far. MWF I have a GIS programming class, a humanities gen ed which is actually quite interesting so far. The class is called Science, Technology and Human Values and over-analyzes things, which I'm very good at doing, so I think it will be a cool class. Then I have Yoga, a decent break for lunch, and tropical meteorology. Most of my teachers rock, so I think it will be a very good semester. I'm back working at the climate office for one last time. I'm hoping to really push forward on the NPS project that I started two years ago and get it to the point where everything will be pretty much done or in a format for a non-GIS person to be able to handle. So far so good. I'm also taking choir one last time. It felt great to press the "intent to graduate" button on Elion, and my grad school stuff is more than halfway done.

So in a nutshell that is the most recent news. My bike is going in tomorrow for a diagnostic lookover by my buds at Freezethaw. Racing starts next weekend at Lehigh! Bring on the dirt!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Internet Is Down

My computer and the internet at my house haven't made friends yet. Therefore I haven't been able to post any pictures yet! I have taken a lot of random shots at school. I know at least one person in Maine is waiting for pictures.. so hang your horses! :-) I'll be back blogging soon..

P.S. I'm taking YOGA this semester and it ROCKS!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The baby girls

Here's a picture of my nieces Rosalie and Gretchen in the suitcase I just emptied. They want to come along next time! :-)
In May I thought it would be funny to plant pumpkin seeds all over the garden and not tell anyone until after I left.. here's what I came back to!
A little pumpkin, but healthy and still growing!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Rainy Days in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh hasn't stopped raining since I got here. We've gotten over 3.5 inches of rain in our backyard in the last 4 days. My plan was to soak up the sun at the wave pool if I had to deal with 90 degree days, but that chance hasn't come yet. Maybe tomorrow. :-) And maybe tomorrow my bike will make it's way back from wherever it's vacationing right now. I'm freaking out a little bit about it being lost since I had planned on doing a couple good long rides before race season. I'll keep you updated on that.

I've been able to hang out with my baby nieces over the last two days. They are so adorable with their big blue eyes and cute happy faces. I don't have any pictures of them yet.. what a bad aunt I'm being!

Moving into school on Friday.. new place and new roommates. There will be four of us and two dogs in a fairly roomy place. I'm pretty excited to have new roommates.

I already miss Fairbanks a lot. I finished my UAF general application two nights ago, and filed my intent to graduate this semester just today! I'm pretty pumped about that! It's about time, hmm?? Walker building will finally rid of its most loyal student/tenant (practically), ha ha. I can't wait to see everyone there but I do look forward to moving on.

Three more days til PSU!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007


I am amazed how easy blogger is to use! I should have started this awhile ago since my old blogs on my PSU account will be deleted 6 months after I graduate. But no no no, of course I had to be different. Oh well, you blogger lovin' people finally sucked me in. So here is the new masterpiece, ready for a billion adventures along the way...