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I know, I know. I’ve been gone a long time. Here’s what I’ve been up to the past…what? Nearly four weeks??:

My best friend’s dog died after having him shipped in from the bush to go to the emergency veterinarian’s.

Busily Christmas shopping, online and in stores.

Practicing patience one day at a time while my 2-year-old figures out how far she can push me.

Reading The Hour I First Believed and Couch.

Impatiently waiting for my Nook to arrive. It was supposed to ship out on Monday but still no word from B & N.

Buying our first “real” Christmas tree. That means that it is more than 2 feet tall. (It is fake but gorgeous!)

Following Palin’s Excellent Adventure across the country (or should I call it The Trail of Tears?).

Cooking for 8 hours (in 2 4-hour shifts) for Thanksgiving. Man, my back hurt after that one.

Helping with the 2nd H1N1 clinic at my school. The preschoolers remembered what happened last time and THEY DID NOT LIKE IT.

Here are a few things that I haven’t been doing:
1. Exercising
2. Sending Christmas cards
3. Cleaning
4. Sleeping in (when, oh when will she sleep past 7 am?)
5. Blogging (I guess you figured that one out by now)

So, now you’re all caught up. Now I need to get my act together and finish preparing for Christmas. Happy Holidays everyone!

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I Know What I Want for Christmas

Introducing SurvivaBall. In case you need to survive global climate meltdown or similar.

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1. SHF Atenna with Supplementary LF Annennae
2. Receiver and Data Processor
3. Protective Headgear with Visor
4. Drinking Straw
5. External pores (defensive)
6. Defense Enhancement Unit (1 of 3; primary)
7. Food Reprocessor (receives nutrients from Nutrition Refunction Centre, 21)
8. Maniple Pods (for interaction with people, technology and the environment)
9. Nutrition Utility Transfer (conveys nutrients from Food Reprocessor, 6)
10. Electrical Grafting (secures against power loss)
11. Dynamo
12. Motors (powered by Dynamo, 11, and Maniple Pod, 8, plug interfaces)
13. Electromagnetic Strips (generate electricity for Dynamo, 11, and allow external linkage)
14. Maniple Pod Deployed as Rotor (applicable to all MPs)
15. Defense Enhancement Unit (2 of 3; non-lethal)
16. Power Converter
17. Defense Enhancement Unit (3 of 3; rear)
18. Power Conduits with Inline Power Converters and Dynamo)
19. Medical Analysis Unit (runs constant scans on health and energy)
20. Personal Trapment Unit (conveys cast-off to Nutrition Refunction Centre, 21)
21. Nutrition Refunction Centre (extracts nutrients from cast-off)
22. Persistent Nutrition Unit (delivers small amounts on an ongoing basis)
23. Suspension Grid (elasticated cable system)
24. Hyperfine Elasticity Units (impart added momentum)
25. Medical Stability and Emergency Unit
26. Communications and Infrastructure Monitoring Assemblage

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Anyone want to converge to form a managerial aggregate with me?

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According to The Telegraph, the dye in blue M & M’s help cure spinal cord injuries.

“The compound Brilliant Blue G blocks a chemical that kills healthy spinal cord cells around the damaged area – an event that often causes more irreversible damage than the original injury.

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Those treated with BBG were later able to walk, although with a limp. Rats that did not receive the BBG solution never regained the ability to walk.”

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Oh, I wish I’d found It’s Lovely! I’ll Take It! when I was looking for houses this spring. The tagline is “A collection of poorly chosen photos from real estate listings.” Very, very funny. I might just have to go back and look for that house that was floor-to-ceiling wood paneling to send in.

A few fine examples:

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It’s got to make you wonder what they were thinking when they chose those photos.

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Freaking Hilarious

If you’re tired of reading about you-know-who or health care, take a mental break and watch this video. It’ll make you laugh, and if I know one thing for sure, we all need more laughter in our lives. Enjoy.

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Stewart the New Cronkite?

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According to an online poll over at Time.com, Jon Stewart is the most trusted newsperson in America right now.

I bet if you did this as a phone poll or any other kind of poll, the results would be very different. Good to know that my man Jon came out on top, though.

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Palin-Free Monday

Today is an absolutely beautiful day here in Anchorage. The sun is shining brightly (after almost a week of haze), the sky is blue and the winds are calm. Perfect.

I refuse to soil today with any posts about Palin, even though there is plenty to talk about. Just go to Huffington Post and you’ll see the link to the new article in the New York Times. There’s one about Levi on the Today Show, too, if you’re interested.

Me, I’m going to spend the day playing with my daughter, enjoying the sunshine and of course, cleaning.

Have a wonderful day, everyone! See you tomorrow.

In the Sprinkler

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Goin’ on a Wild Ride

A friend of mine recently asked me to come with her to the Wild Ride Sled Dog Rodeo. She is a tour guide and she sometimes gets free tickets to things like flightseeing, rafting and other excursions. The idea is that if the tour guides enjoy the show, they’ll talk it up to their customers who would then purchase tickets to see it themselves.

Once I found out that this was a dinner show, of course I said yes. I’m not one to pass up a free meal.

So we headed over to the show, which is in downtown Anchorage near the Ulu Factory. The tourists were thick in the waiting area, and we decided that we fit in pretty well except that we weren’t sporting an Alaskan hat or T-shirt.

A young man let us in to where they keep the puppies, and I got a few pictures. There were two pens of puppies- one with 5-week old puppies and one with 9-day-old puppies. They were so cute I almost stuffed one of them in my purse.

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After holding the 9-day-old puppies, we got to visit with the 5-week-old puppies for a few minutes before heading in to the show. This was the cutest one:

Sled Dog, 5 weeks old

We were called into the arena (a gravel-covered oval with bleachers) and the show began. The operation is owned and operated by Dallas and Jen Seavey, son and daughter-in-law of Mitch Seavey, an Iditarod veteran. In 2005, Dallas was the youngest person to ever run the Iditarod and in 2009, he came in 6th place. He is only 22 years old.

The show consists of mushers racing around the track on dog sleds, a weight pull, and a lead dog steering demonstration. My favorite part was when they hooked up a full team of 16 dogs and they pulled a 10,000 lb truck out of the arena.

Jen Seavey and Hugo, the star of the movie "Snow Buddies"
Jen Seavey and Hugo, the star of the movie “Snow Buddies”

After the show, we were invited into a tent which was decked out and served a delicious meal of roast beef, potatoes and sauteed vegetables. The chocolate cake with raspberry sauce was to die for. During dinner, Jen and Dallas mingled with the crowd, answering questions and visiting. After dinner, they told the story of how Dallas came in 6th place this year, which was fascinating. We also watched a great video about the Iditarod on flat screen TV’s.

Inside the Tent

Inside the Tent

Dallas and Jen Seavey telling the tale of Iditarod 2009

Dallas and Jen Seavey telling the tale of Iditarod 2009

I would definitely recommend this show to visitors from out of state, but as an Alaskan, I found it interesting and entertaining, too. I do have to admit, though, that snuggling the puppies was my favorite part.

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Just for Fun

Here are some of my favorite links, just for fun:


Awkward Family Photos

“Spreading the Awkwardness”

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Saturday Night Special: Bon Family Blowout


This is Why You’re Fat

“Where Dreams Become Heart Attacks”
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Junkyard Dog
Two diced hot dogs covered with peppers, onions, cheese, and topped with two pieces of bacon.

Totally Looks Like
“Funny Look-Alikes: Celebs, Famous People, Objects and Animals Matched With Their Long Lost Twins.”

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What are your favorite “just for fun” sites? Please share them in the comments.

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I have kept out of the David Letterman/Sarah Palin kerfuffle up til now because I didn’t want to give Palin the publicity is she so desperately seeking. Her fake outrage at Letterman’s joke was enough to put me off my breakfast, and I didn’t want to hash it out again here.

But I do want to take a moment to highlight who has truly been putting their money where their mouth is, so to speak, when it comes to the health and safety of others.

Sarah Palin:
-As mayor of Wasilla, she charged victims for rape kits.
-As Governor, she is residing over the state with the highest number of sexual assaults in the country, and doesn’t seem to be doing anything about it.
-As Governor, Palin is underfunding Public Safety, which contributes to a high incidence of sexual assault.
-As a mother, her 17-year-old daughter got pregnant.

David Letterman:
-Is the president and primary contributor of The American Foundation for Courtesy and Grooming (AFCG), a private foundation that has donated almost $2.5 million dollars in the past four years.
-AFCG has donated to the following organizations:

Indiana-based organizations

* Child Advocates of Indianapolis, Indiana
* Broad Ripple Haverford Little League
* Broad Ripple High School (Letterman’s alma mater)
* Damar Services
* Marion County Children’s Guardian Home
* Indianapolis Art Center
* Indiana Historical Society
* Indiana School for the Deaf
* Little Red Door Cancer Agency
* Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation
* Special Olympics of Indiana
* Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson United School (in nearby Trafalgar)
* Protective Order Pro Bono Project
* Riley Children’s Foundation
* University of Indianapolis Center for Aging and Community

Montana-based organizations

* Choteau AYSO Soccer
* Choteau High School
* Choteau Youth Special Olympics
* Montana Wilderness Association
* Montana State 4-H Horse Show
* The Nature Conservancy of Montana
* Special Olympics
* Teton Medical Center Foundation of Choteau
* Yellowstone Valley Cycling Club of Billings

Universities

* Ball State University (Letterman’s alma mater)
* Butler University
* Case Western Reserve University
* Cornell University
* Rutgers University

Celebrity-affiliated organizations

* Earnhardt Family Foundation
* Michael J. Fox Foundation
* The Larry King Cardiac Foundation
* Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

Other organizations

* American Cancer Society
* American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
* Being Kind of New York City
* Bennett Cancer Center of Stamford, Connecticut
* Breast Cancer Foundation
* Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
* Retinitis Pigmentosa International
* Giving Back Fund of California
* Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
* Doctors without Borders
* New York-Presbyterian Hospital
* North Salem Free Library
* North Salem Open Land Foundation
* North Salem Voluntary Ambulance Center
* The Buckley School Parents Association
* Congregation Beth Simchat Torah of New York City
* Connecticut State Police Academy Alumni Association
* Holy Trinity Orthodox Church of Danbury, Connecticut
* Martha’s Vineyard Hospital
* Martha’s Vineyard Historical Society
* Silver Shield Association of Greenwich, Connecticut
* American Red Cross
* Friends of Karen of Purdys, New York
* A Place Called Home of South Central Los Angeles
* Salvation Army
* Seattle University Mexico Mission
* Shoes That Fit of Claremont, California
* World Vision

Now, I ask you, which of these two people would you rather have as president?
I know which one I’d vote for.

(Hat tip to Letterman Beat Sarah Palin Censorship on Facebook for the great information.)

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