Sunday, October 11, 2009

UAF Athletics

While I don’t consider myself to be an avid sports fan, I do like to keep up with whether or not my school is winning.  This weekend, the Alaska Nanooks Hockey team played in the Kendall Classic down at the Sulliven Arena in Anchorage.  And while I wasn’t able to attend the games in person, I watched the spotty coverage of both games on TV.  We won both games! We beat the Michigan Wolverines and the Mercyhurst Lakers!!  And, WE WON THE TOURNAMENT!!! This is the 2nd consecutive year that we have done so, and hopefully we’ll continue to do so.  This coming weekend we have the Brice Alaska Goal Tournament in which UAA will come up here and we’ll have two other teams as well.  Last year, the first year of this tournament, UAA won it.  Hopefully, that’ll change this year and we’ll win it! With only 3 seniors on our team this year, hopefully we’ll only get better over the next few years!   If you’d like to read more about the hockey team about this game and all the others, check out The Alaska Nanooks Hockey Blog

I don’t know all the specifics of the volleyball team, but we lost to UAA last night.

Swimming lost to a Seattle team.

I don’t have any clue how the running team or rifle teams are doing right now. 

Now, at all the home games for basketball, volleyball and hockey, the Alaska Nanook Pep Band plays for you! This is probably the only reason to show up at basketball and volleyball games (sorry!!!! we really do love you)!  And I’ve got some pics of our AWESOME new shirts!!

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Jeanie is a faux-tenor sax player!

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Hannah is our amazing grad student conductor!

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Joy is being entertained by our mascot!

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The mascot is playing his imaginary trumpet.

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Game faces ladies! (aka face paint it up!)

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The Volleyball teams takes their bench

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The painted spirit boys!

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Yea, we’re official Alaska Nanooks! 

Monday, September 28, 2009

too many thoughts

so I started a blog entry this morning at work, but it's too hard to type when I'm scanning books because it doesn't take very long for the scanner to work.

My classes so far are going well. I guess. If you think that a low C- on the first A&P test is doing well. The first lab practical was today as well. Probably got a C- on that too. I like the class, but I'm not particular to the little details that are the basis of the human body. It sucks. and my Microbiology class is covering the same things in bacterial cells - which causes me to tune out in both classes. (that and there are so many other things going through my head) Other than covering the same things, lab is SO much more interesting in Micro because it's a lot more hands on, rather than just answering questions from a lab book in A&P. My nutrition for health sciences is also basically covering the A&P and Micro chapter 2's in a slower setting. I'm going crazy trying to pay attention to the same thing three times. I really, really like my Social Problems teacher. She brings things to life and the class itself is super interesting. I never realized how many things were considered to be social problems and where they come from. The first test is tomorrow and I have about half of the notes that I want to take into that with me. My sociology of childhood course is a little more frustrating. The teacher is hard to pay attention to, even though the subject is interesting. She says "uhhh or umm" about every other word. She also has a weird way of asking questions and it's frustrating when you answer, but it's not the one she's looking for and she says something derogatory about it. There is a test for that class on Thursday and I'm really not sure what is going to be on it.

My parents left Alaska today. I'm not sure when they'll be back and that's devastating to me. Their house had a showing today. Hopefully the lookers liked what they saw and buy it. That would make me happy. Hopefully they find a house sooner, rather than later in Aztec, New Mexico. Hopefully their drive is good and they don't have any problems with customs. Hopefully they don't kill each other on the way down. Hopefully their marriage does better in different circumstances. Maybe my dad'll find the perfect truck down there. Hopefully everything is better for them. I suppose I'd like to see New Mexico - since one of my personal goals is to visit every state in the country. I'm considering spending the summer down in NM and working/traveling.
APO has been a frustrating endeavor this year. Starvation Gulch went well on the fire side of things. In having the "egg" aka the Tradition Stone, it was frustrating because brothers only kept it visible for about 10 minutes and it's supposed to be there the entire night. Many people were upset because they didn't get to see the stone. Our fire was supposed to be the stone and it was somewhat bragging. On other aspects, no one wants to do anything. No one wants to volunteer to be the VP of Service. No one wants to fundraise for anything. No one has even paid dues which as due on Thursday. Everyone is very focused on the fellowship aspect and that's not just what we are about.
I emailed my little's teacher today, just to make sure she was in class. Mrs. Bedford's response was that Maxine had been withdrawn from school. So I called Big Brothers Big Sisters and they informed me that indeed Maxine had been withdrawn from school for complicated family reasons and is now living in Minto, which is about 150 miles away. This was devastating to me because I do consider her to be like a little sister to me. Hopefully she is doing better in Minto and everything will work itself out. BBBS is working on getting me some contact information so that I can call or email or write to Maxine.
Britton has been talking about moving and it's gotten me thinking about going somewhere else. But I don't want to. There are too many people everywhere else. No other stay pays its residents. There are high state sales taxes in addition to city sales taxes everywhere else. I'm perfectly happy here in Alaska. But, I have considered going somewhere else on an exchange. Just a semester, maybe a year. I'm not sure where and I'll have to make sure that all of my credits transfer back and forth.
I still want to get into a nursing program, but I'm not sure what the best way to go about it is. I've applied and am waiting for response to an associate's degree program here in Fairbanks, but I've heard from so many people that it isn't the best way to go. Bachelor programs or the military is the smarter choice. It's easier to advance that way.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

My parents are moving

Last night, I was informed by facebook that my dad verbally accepted a job in Farmington/Aztec, New Mexico. I really, really hope this clears up my parents marriage like they think it will, but I have feelings it will take some time. My parents are both really excited about it, even though I know the remaining repairs/renovations on the house will stress them out until they are done and have sold the house in Kenai. I love my parents and really hope they are happy down there, but I also feel they'll move back here soon. They are going to try to just have my dad work and my mom won't work, but I have a feeling she'll get really bored and will want a job fairly quickly. They'll be 800 miles from disneyland and dallas, depending on which way they drive, so that's kinda cool, but it doesn't mean I want to make those drives when I'm down there.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

car accidents

Today, AJ Evans died on site in a car accident. Last February, Mrs. Cindy Rehm died on site in a car accident. My car accident 3 years ago, I walked away from.

Why are some more lucky than others? It's not fair. I know that I need to be nicer to everyone because life isn't fair. Some people are not going to live as long as others and that's just the way it is. I wish I could change it, but I can't.

Monday, July 27, 2009


ahh. The sounds of disneyXD cartoons and harry potter on the DS! I love watching little kids and being able to give them back when mom/and or/dad come home. The little guy I watch right now, Joe, is 5. He's so cute, but right now I just wish he was just asleep. I'm also tired after working 9.5 hours. I'm sure he really shouldn't be awake too late anyway. Oh well. I'll sit and watch some random show while sitting on the computer because it earns me $10/hour!

Saturday, July 25, 2009


Quilting has totally been a passion of mine, but I can't find the time for it! This next semester is going to be crazy too, because I'm taking 17 credits, I'm the president of my fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, I have to work 20 hours to pay for utilities and such, and last but not least, I am a Student Ambassador which I will be volunteering for 3-5 hours each week. So, unfortunately, quilting may fall by the wayside! :( oh well, soon enough Christmas break will come and I can sew then too!

I can't wait to hear if I got into the nursing program. Announcements aren't made until September, but I'm getting excited. I keep telling myself that I'm not going to make it in this semester, which is fine because I probably won't. But secretly I really, really want in.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

I'm so happy.

One of the girls that I can't stand at work, no longer works there. Now, if only the other would leave.. life would be amazing! I really like the rest of the people I work with.

I finished a quilt for Janet, Britton's grandma and sent it to her. Jerry, Britton's grandpa opened it and questioned why I sent them a quilt. :( It was supposed to be seen as a nice gesture, because they are awesome people and I wanted to do something for them.

I'm almost done with Courtney's baby girl blanket! It is soooooooooo cute! It kind of reminds me of Easter. I can't wait to start on my next one, but I'm not sure who it's for or what it's going to look like. I also think that it will be bigger than a baby blanket but not as big as a queen size blanket.

I'm trying so, very hard to be patient about my nursing school application. I know I won't know until September, but it's something I am anticpating on. Although, I don't think I will get in, I really, really want to. I know it's a very competitive program - only 16 students are accepted to the Fairbanks program each spring. Regardless of if I get in or not, I will continue my bachelors program in sociology and my minor in biology. I'll try again and again if I don't get in here.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Today is the day I....


I'm super excited for this.. I'll know in September (I think that's what she said). Hopefully this will work out and I'll start in the spring semester. I'll be a part time student at UAA and UAF! So, I'll still be able to do pep band and APO at UAF! Those two things are most important extras in my life. Of course my most favorite and completely #1 is Britton! He is awesome. Anyway, time to get changed into daytime clothes, adventure in the rain and turn in my application!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

my parents want to move.

Back in November, my mom left her job at the bank (which she hated) and started working at a correctional facility (which she really likes). Only problem with the situation is that my dad isn't so into the situation. While we were on vacation in Texas in December, my mom said that she would like to be closer to the city. And my dad asked if they moved, would she willingly quit her job and she said yes. My dad has been working on getting a new job, and was recently almost given a position... Only problem being - HR put in a hiring freeze before the manager could put in the paperwork. (Thankfully for me...) I really don't want to see my parents move out of state. I'd have almost no reason to drive down to Kenai anymore. This whole family splitting up thing is weird and I just want to go back ten years. Everyone was happy and we were all together. Now, my middle brother just graduated and my youngest brother only has three years left. If we're all spread out over the country, we'll never see each other and that breaks my heart into a million pieces. My dad's job is supposed to be in Casper, Wyoming. It costs $1500 to fly there from Fairbanks. I can't afford that every Christmas. I can't handle being away from my parents for ever holiday either. I want my parents to be happy, but I really really don't want to see them go. Besides, I'm losing my childhood house. I only remember just a few things about the old trailer anymore, but I remember tons of things about my big blue house.

Don't worry, be happy.

another day, another blog.

So, I know that I really, really don't like some of the people I work with, but aside from that I really, really like my job. I really think I was meant to work with guests who have never been to Alaska before. And I know they appreciate knowing that I was born and raised here in Alaska, as many tour directors aren't. Unfortunately for me, I'm not a tour director. I drive 17 miles to work and 17 miles home. I work at the El Dorado Gold Mine in Fox. And I love driving, so that isn't the bad part. It's the fact that gas is almost 3 dollars a gallon again! And the fact that there are two people at work that I really can't handle. One is an uber bitch to everyone, except a select few people. And the other just has a negative attitude towards everything. AHHHH! It's obnoxious when the two of them are together. I just want to run away, and if I can, I do! I've considered getting another job... One that's closer to my apartment (which is amazing, by the way). One that I'd hopefully enjoy a little more. Only problem with that is I feel bad for quitting mid-season. And I kind of want that dollar/hour bonus that I recieve at the end of the season. I'm still like 10 weeks out though, and I'm pretty sure both of those girls I can't stand aren't leaving anytime soon.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Longtime, no blog.

So, since the last time I blogged, a million and one things have happened.
I graduated high school.
Quit the best job ever to...
Moved to Fairbanks.
Started college.
Broke up with Britton.
Shaved my head.
Got several different jobs.
-Library (both circulation assistant and interlibrary loan assistant)
- Conference services. one of the worst jobs. ever.
- Cold Stone in Fairbanks. next to the worst management ever. also a horrible job.
- El Dorado Gold Mine. some of the worst co-workers ever, but not a bad job.
Got back together with Britton.
Moved off campus.
With Britton.

Anyway, right now I have a pretty darn awesome life! The weather is amazing. My apartment is wonderful! I love being able to cook my own food, in my own kitchen, with my awesome boyfriend. I love the sun and my new bike. I love that my hair is finally growing out.

So short funny story: The day I shaved my head, I texted everyone in my phone at that time for their opinions. Most everyone said I shouldn't do it, but it was on my list of things to do before I die (not that I plan on dieing anytime soon, but still). So, it was about 20 minutes before my chemistry class and my roommate convinced me that if I didn't do it right now, I'd never do it. So, we did it. And it was weird. But I was bald, went to the last 20 minutes of chemistry class because Kim texted me and said that we were having a quiz. Then... at three, I had an interview! OMG, I forgot that I had that interview that day. Oh well. Kari, my boss, didn't care and a month later (thanks HR... slowest people ever.) I started my first job in Fairbanks. Mrs. Sounart said it was because I was deprived of band, which is probably true. That was the first semester that I didn't have a scheduled band period. Anyway, now my hair is almost shoulder length and even enough to put in a ponytail without any clips.