Tuesday, March 31, 2015

night of fun with aurora's...

 i probably won't drive to Talkeetna in the wee hours very often. it's worth the drive for sure. just very tiring.  happy i went this night. when the numbers are showing really good potential...well then for sure worth the drive.
 thanks to KR for my rapid training session in aurora photography.  my pictures pale in comparison to hers and many other folks out there..but still lots of fun to get some shots of this amazing gift from mother earth!!
 they should be on everyones bucket list.  the mountain range in the background here is the Alaska range and the big mountain is Denali...pretty sweet!!
 shooting star in this one.
 it's pretty amazing sight.
 i wandered around a bit in the place we were at trying different settings.
 did make a few appointments today.  not all of them . how much can one person actual do in one day...if it's this person it's not much.
 pretty stars..
 i made the dreaded tax appointment.  so that will be Monday and Tuesday i will get the tires changed over and put a tow hitch on my car so i can put on my bike rack thing and get out biking more this summer i hope. those seats are still dang uncomfortable but biking is good.
 goal is to be in better shape by the end of 2015..can't stand this fat...!!  i have no expectations of having some 20 year old body, but then i never had that anyway.  i think i was in pretty decent shape in my late 20's-early 30's for sure.  i was hitting the gym, biking, hiking...
 swam again today.  it always feels so great.  i did 52 lengths.  funny my little app for tracking this stuff doesn't know that a lap is different from a length.  thought the mileage seemed off.
 not too long of a walk today so i didn't get my 10,000 steps in these past few days.  bummer. met with a friend and we did a loop around westchester lagoon.  have never done the loop around so that was cool.  always fun to walk with a friend too
 back to work tomorrow night for 3 more so i'll have to up my walking and get some mileage i tomorrow.
 hit REI after the walk. had my eye on some new hiking boots. i walk quite a bit so i like to keep fairly new on those for the sake of my feet.  so i bought some new boots. wanted to wait til i could use the 20% off and the dividend.  so that meant i got boots costing nearly $250 for $54.  i was cool with that.  i don't have any bigger items i'm looking to buy.
 well, i do, but they would be a remodel in the upstairs bedroom.  make it more of a master suite with a walk in closet and maybe even a tiny 3 piece bathroom.  would be great to have an extra shower for when i do have guests.  will need to do some research as to costs and contractors.
 and if i do that i can't ignore the roof that needs to be done. neither is cheap so sadly i may have to work some overtime if i do this.  maybe i could pull partial shifts in the ER.  i think that would be easier than full shifts.
 the kitchen is desperate for a remodel as well, but i think the upstairs may come first.  we shall see. a few years back now i did paint and flooring in my office and guest room, those weren't too spendy and came out nice i think.  i also got all the new california closet inserts, which are super nice.
 my place is small, cozy i think is the way one would describe it.
 liked the aurora through the trees.
 long way to go on my skills in this but it was still a fun night out there!!
 i think these next few are just when i pulled over on the way into the main town of Talkeetna.  they lights were dancing so i got sucked into pulling over and attempting more shots.  hard not too...the lights are pretty addictive and just draw you in.
 some women was accosted and stabbed on one of our local bike trails. Anchorage is growing as a city which can mean more crime.  hopefully, we select a new mayor that isn't going to cut the police force.  early in March a convicted rapist with a cruel and violent history escaped prison.  he was only out a few hours apparently but was already attempting to take another woman.  she escaped and a brave 16 year old tracked him and thus helped police recapture him. always scary.

 i pulled over again on the side of the road as the lights really went nuts for a bit.
 there seems to have been many nights like this of late if the "aurora notifications" page on fb is any indicator.
 today i also finally stopped by the local Sees Candy store at the nursery.  it is pretty small but they do have my favorite milk patties.  i got 1/2 pound, which didn't seem like very much candy.  :-)  haha.  i was pretty excited though.i also bought some tiny suckers which are also always tasty!!  i can now get my milk patty fix locally...how cool is that!?!
 hope you have enjoyed my little light show.  perhaps i will be able to bring you more in the future now that i have caught a wee bit of the bug.
 thought i would take a day off of the dogs and Fairbanks.  will get back to it and just mix it in with other fun stuff.  there is just always cool stuff out there in Alaska and so i can get behind some times...
 above is from a walk out at Campbell Airstrip. i think it's gotten more slushy than icy at this point. i may be making my way there tomorrow.  perhaps start to test out my new boots.  break em in a bit.  there were some other hiking boots for over $500...for one pair of shoes!! WHAT?  that is crazy!!
 one last from Talkeetna...the Roadhouse...a popular eatery there.
 with these warm spring days i gate off the front porch and let the animals chill while i read or whatever on the deck with them.  would close this off with glass i think or something similar after my "remodel" happens so that it would become more of a sunroom?
 miss breezy really enjoys her deck time with the dogs.
 i now have an old bed out there so that makes Rio super happy.  the dog beds get rotated.  house, car then finally deck bed...then trash.
 a guy was using a drone to follow kids home from school in Eagle River a few weeks back..nice.  pretty sad that everything that gets invented gets twisted and used by idiots.
 a day at the beach with Blossom.  beautiful day as you can see.
 a stop at my favorite tree.
 took a nap this afternoon before hitting the pool.  i dreampt that i bought a new car and drove it home and then returned to the dealership to pick up my element, which i had no intention of selling.  a salesman there seemed to have decided he wanted it.  it had a trailer attached to it and was tinkering with it.  as i went to take it, he tried to get me to sell it to him.  i gave him an outrageously high price and he walked away.  i started to drive off and then the brakes weren't working so i was driving in reverse for some reason trying to get the car to stop and it wouldn't.  finally got it stopped and then the guy was walking around in his underwear...totally nuts. that is typical of my dreams.  always strange and disjointed.
 i get chased a lot in my dreams.  not sure what that means.
 a happy pup...just before we hit the beach.
 that clean dog didn't stay clean long.
 this is the beach here.  many beaches that i have seen are rocky or have black sands.  especially southeast.  Nome had more lighter colored sand.
 Anchorage has mud.
 will have to sit down and pay bills tomorrow. this month is almost over...where did it go?  time sure flies. the seasons change fast and it's summer, then fall and then right back to winter again.  we have meltage, but the soil is still frozen.  probably be some early planting this year but it's still a ways off.
 ice is still melting on the beach as well.  it was low tide and the ice had been left by the tide.
 fun to explore...the beach looks so different when you go.  huge tides up here so beaches come and go.  nothing like the tides i grew up with in California, those seemed like big tide changes, but compared to this place, they seem pretty small now most days.
 California does have some beautiful beaches too.  used to love driving up and down that coast camping out and walking the various beaches. probably wasn't always safe then or would be now but i felt and continue to feel like you can't let the evil in the world totally dictate how you live your life.
 shouldn't avoid all things on the chance that something bad could happen.  prepare, be smart and then just go for it.  most of the time nothing bad will happen and if it does, you react.
 did bad things happen to me....a few, but not bad enough to make me stop venturing out there in the world.
guess i should head to bed. bills tomorrow, walk and back to work.
grateful for:  1.  living where i've been able to witness the aurora...it's pretty amazing.  2.  milk patties...nummy, thanks sees for coming to Anchorage 3.  new boots, i'll feel like a princess on the trails..my old boots actually squeak when i walk.  haha.

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