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Sweet Home

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2014 at 8:12 pm


I grew up believing that the only acceptable kind of peaches to eat were the ones grown in Palisade, Colorado. To this day, I wait all summer, until late August, for what I’m convinced are the most amazing peaches in the world. I almost never buy peaches anywhere else, and the few times that I have, I’ve always been disappointed.

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Last Moments in Alaska

In Uncategorized on June 30, 2014 at 3:17 pm

IMG_6146It seems, in so many ways, like I just got here. I was in Anchorage first, of course, but it really feels like I just arrived in Kodiak. I can still remember the bumpy plane ride in, the bright sunshine hitting my face as I stepped onto the tarmac, and the amazement at landing right under this amazing, lustrous, green mountain. I remember driving in, marveling at the water, (being a little bit more amazing at the greenery), seeing the harbor for the first time, and crossing the bridge onto Near Island for the first time. I remember my first walk through town like it was yesterday, and in so many ways, I feel like I shouldn’t be leaving just yet.

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Bells Flats and Momentary Fame

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2014 at 9:56 pm


It’s been a while since I did an update from Kodiak, and it’s definitely overdue. The last time, I mostly talked about the surroundings, and while I always have more to say on that subject, I figured I’d throw in a little bit about my research this time as well. Things have been going well – I’m certainly busy, and I am increasingly feeling like, while there are limitations to this town, I don’t really want to leave. I want to find a cute semi-Victorian and obviously coastal house, settle in with a hoophouse and my dog, and spend time growing veg and knitting. And maybe doing research, because that’s obviously why I’m actually here. Read the rest of this entry »

Fish, Bears, and Whales, Oh My.

In Uncategorized on June 11, 2014 at 3:23 pm


IMG_5728For the record, I have seen exactly none of the above. It’s probably with a fair amount of relief that I say I haven’t seen any bears, although it is with quite a bit of disappointment that I say that I haven’t seen any whales. Fish – I can take it or leave it, although if you ask most people on Kodiak about that, they’ll tell you I’m blaspheming.

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Colorado to Alaska

In Uncategorized on June 2, 2014 at 4:58 pm

I got home to Colorado three weeks ago. I spent ten days at home, helping Sirius transition, unpacking and packing, and (best of all besides my family), got to run the Bolder Boulder. I wasn’t in great shape for it, but it’s one of my favorite things to do at home, and I felt lucky to be able to do it this year, especially considering my schedule for research. The day after the Bolder Boulder, I got up bright and earlier, caught a plane to Seattle, and another plane to Anchorage. Read the rest of this entry »


In Uncategorized on October 22, 2012 at 11:55 pm

First of all, I apologize for the later update; the weekend somehow got away from me, and because we camped last week, I was unable to write as the week went. Monday started out with a great amount of running around as we began to prepare for our camping trip to Chillagoe. Chillagoe is approximately a four hour drive west of here; as when we went to Daintree, we passed through the town of Mareeba. Instead of continuing along the main road, however, we turned west and headed into the savannah. The land steadily dries and flattens as you head west. While you may start in the lush rainforest and rolling hills of the Tablelands, within an hour or so, you hit the drier part of the Tablelands, and finally, the savannah. It was quite the change in landscape; while I like the rainforest, the desert, I’m realizing, is much more what I’m used to. Read the rest of this entry »

Kangaroo means “I have no idea what you mean”

In Uncategorized on September 16, 2012 at 3:00 am

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Do you ever feel like you know someone, even though you’ve only just met them? Our students arrived today, and that’s exactly how I felt. Looking at their (bleery-eyed, tired, but excited) faces, I already felt like I’d met most of them. This could be because we spent an hour playing a name game today, and I simply memorized their names and faces, but I did feel like I already knew them; it makes me optimistic for the semester.

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Arrival in Australia

In Uncategorized on September 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Settling into a new place is a different experience every time, for some obvious reasons. Settling into the new Centre is nothing like settling into Walla Walla; it’s nothing like settling into Jordan (where I’m pretty sure I never did feel settled), or settling into Mexico. The closest thing it is similar to, unsurprisingly, is settling into Mexico. The differences, however, are pronounced.

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Here and Gone

In Uncategorized on August 30, 2012 at 7:53 pm

All right, time to get real. I abandoned this blog again, and I’m sorry. It’s like the overwhelming guilt gets to be too much, and I simply jump ship. And it’s completely ridiculous, because: let’s talk about how much I cooked and baked this summer. It was ridiculous. I baked my best friend’s graduation cake. I made dessert every time my parents entertained. I thought endlessly about teaching myself to make macarons (it hasn’t happened yet, alas). I helped in my parents’ garden, and I ran until I was hungry (and then ran some more). No one can tell you that I didn’t cook and photograph my way through the summer.

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Travel: Amman Citadel, Coming Home, and Some Changes

In Uncategorized on July 13, 2011 at 2:10 pm

On our last day of touring, we stayed within the city of Amman (and had a short jaunt to the west to see another structure), and had a nice late start.  We began our day by driving down to the Roman citadel, which was the initial city of Amman.  The Temple of Hercules resides there, which is so named based on the large statue that was originally there.  All that is left of the statue is a massive hand, as well as a joint (either an elbow or a shoulder).  The citadel is still being excavated, so while we were able to see the Temple of Hercules, the massive cistern, and other aspects of it, it is still unclear how large the site actually was.  I have to confess additionally that, after nine days of seeing Roman sites, I was a little bit Roman-sited-out.  From the citadel, we drove west out of Amman to see another site that was related to a Nabatean occupation and tombs nearby, which had some beautiful carvings of animals (lions and leopards, primarily).  With that, we were officially done touring in Jordan!

We headed back to ACOR to finish putting away our materials from the field, and settled into a long afternoon of doing very little.  I also had nothing to do the next day until my flight left, and as a result, I was able to catch up on journaling (not here, clearly) and finished the last of my books from traveling.  I also had a little bit of time to process everything that we’d done and been through in the past forty days, and was so excited to have been able to enjoy such a unique experience.

Finally, at midnight on the morning of the eleventh, I began my journeys home.  I flew from Jordan to Frankfurt (my flight was delayed out of Amman by forty-five minutes, which meant that I made my flight in Frankfurt by a grand total of ten minutes), then Frankfurt to Chicago, and managed to miss my flight from Chicago to Denver.  Fortunately, United was able to book me on a flight from Chicago to Denver for later that day, so I was still able to arrive home on the 11th, and not at an unreasonable time.  I was also able to call my close friend who’s in Chicago for the summer, and we got to chat, which was really delightful.  I finally made it home to an amazing thunderstorm that essentially shut down DIA shortly after I landed.  About an hour after landing, I was safely with all of my family, with my luggage, on the way home through the greenest downtown Denver that I’ve ever seen (in mid-July, at least).  It was so wonderful to finally be home and to be with my family again.  I have now been settling back in for the past two days, including reclaiming my job and getting all of my paperwork filled out.  The weather here has been incredible – very wet and cool, which for July is extremely unusual.  I got to see my best friend last night for the first time in six months, and while a thunderstorm raged literally overhead, we talked about everything from the past couple of months.  It was so amazing to see her again, and so amazing to be welcomed home by such wonderful people.

Finally, as you may have noticed, I’ve been catching up around here; getting all of my posts up (I will start filling in the picture blanks shortly), and obviously, changing the layout.  I enjoyed the old layout, but feel that this one is actually a lot more fun; it greatly appeals to my fancy-Nancy side.  Look for some food updates soon – we have guests coming this weekend, and I am ready to bake up a storm.