What I Have Been Up To Monday, Dec 31 2012 

Happy NYE. I must admit though I prefer low key New Year Eves. This year especially since I am getting over a stomach bug. The two big events that took place since my last post is 1) buying a house 1 month before my 26th birthday and 2) taking another trip to Alaska to spend Christmas there!

Since it is New Years here are my resolutions for 2013- hopefully I can keep them (I don’t have the greatest track record):

Resolutions
1) Adopt a vegan diet
2) Complete all 3 races of the Louisville Triple Crown of Running
3) Do yoga at least once a week
4) Blog regularly- at least 3 times per week
5) Read one book for fun each month that is not related to my work or profession

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The End of Summer Monday, Jul 30 2012 

I am considering tomorrow the end of summer. I start professional development seminars at my school on Wednesday and then will be in regularly until school starts on August 15. Even though summer is at an end I have had some great last days of vacation. Here is a recap of the last week.

7-20: Still in Alaska-we went out to college town pizza and then returned to Cold Stone with a group where I enjoyed a massive peanut butter combination ice cream in a waffle cone.

7-21: cappuccino in Lulu’s while reading the newspaper. In reading the paper I discovered all about the “ear pulling contest”. After some java my sister and I headed to the farmer’s market. I had to get one more fix of goodies from the nice lady at Honey Bakery. I also got my Fairbanks falafel fix. Pita place seriously has the best. I promptly demolished it in the car, hence the blurry pic.

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7-22: my farewell dinner with the group at Lavelle's in downtown Fairbanks. I had the flatbread with rosemary, sweet red onion, and gorgonzola along with a Cesar salad. Dessert was chocolate Kaluha cake. It was good but I must say I liked my sister and brother-in-law's chocolate mousse better. I also had a bite of Creme brûlée.
Tonight was also the day I booked my ticket for a visit over fall break. That is right…I am returning in October!
7-23: marked my first overnight camping trip. My first time in a tent went well and I slept so good! Our destination was at Ophir Creek campground and we had the whole right side of the area to ourselves! Food included wild Alaskan salmon (that BIL caught), corn, s'mores, eggs, biscuits, and bacon.

7-24: back from camping and then headed to the airport for my overnight flight.

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Showering with Love Friday, Jul 20 2012 

Last Saturday was filled with family, friends, and food. My sister’s co-worker hosted a baby shower for her. It was so much fun and I am thankful I was able to be here to be apart of it. Activities included each guest designing a scrapbook page that would be put in an album, decorating onesies, and trying to guess various baby items hidden in opaque bags. The food was also wonderful and included various finger food. I made pizza dip

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Before the shower we hit up the farmer’s market again. Chocolate pie among some other goodies

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This day also marked one month til school starts

On Wednesday I made this

And yesterday I made this:

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Less than a week until I return to the heat and humidity of Louisville.

At Peace Thursday, Jul 12 2012 

On Monday my brother-in-law and I took a 2.5+ hour car trip (each way!) past Delta Junction to the Gulkana Glacier. We drove past Salcha, Eielson Airforce Base, and Fort Greely. The drive was very scenic and we saw moose x6!

We hiked around the surrounding area and it was so peaceful. With the exception of seeing a couple at the end, we had the whole place to ourselves! This I felt was so Alaskan. I also did hardcore hiking (compared to the trails we have in KY) and also walked along the stream a.k.a glacial runoff.

Now for some pictures, courtesy of the iPhone:

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Jeans and Sweatshirts Tuesday, Jul 10 2012 

First of all, I must say that I am loving the fact that it is mid-July and I get to wear sweatshirts and jeans mist days. It has been anywhere from the 50s to low 70s here in Alaska. I feel bad for all those back in KY (and across the country) who have had multiple days of 100+ degree heat. Let’s get to what has been happening here. I have been busy since the mid-week holiday of July 4.
On Thursday my sister and I had breakfast at Sourdough Sam’s. Rumor has it that when the building burned a family member went back in to get the sourdough starter. My sister had the sourdough pancakes which I tasted and were unique in a good way. I ordered the Belgian waffle with strawberries and whipped cream. Since that was not enough sugar for one day I also got a caramel latte shake from the “farthest north” Cold Stone ice cream store later in the day.
For dinner I made this recipe for baked spaghetti.

Friday involved going to Irasha for sushi and for the third time I got the Mount McKinley roll. I cannot help it-it is just so good that I never want to get anything different. While running errands my sister picked up this:

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Saturday involved a trip to the Fairbanks Farmers Market! It was quite large and busy which is always a good thing.
My sister found a beautiful bouquet of peonies:

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We got some veggies and stopped at the honey bakery booth for fresh bread, macaroons, blueberry cake and the most delicious cream rolls which were fresh cream surrounded by homemade waffle cone wrapping.
Later that day my sister made chicken salad

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I made my favorite pimento cheese

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I didn’t measure but used freshly grated sharp cheddar, real mayo, cayenne, and diced pimentos. Sometimes I also add diced jalapeños for a spicy kick.
Sunday was my brother-in-law’s 30 birthday. My sister made French toast

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We celebrated with dinner at Shogun Hibachi Grill and followed with homemade ice cream cake.

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My brother-in-law and I went on an adventure yesterday but that deserves it’s own post which will come soon.

Whickersham Dome Wednesday, Jul 4 2012 

On Monday July 2 I went with my brother-in-law and the 2 dogs to Whickersham Dome Trailhead. Despite the threatening clouds we decided we should try and get a small hike in since the next few days looked more threatening. Good thing we did because the next day it poured.

Despite being overcast it was a beautiful site to see. We only saw 2 other small groups the whole time so it was like having the trail to ourselves. The dogs thoroughly enjoyed it as well.

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The road that we took to get there is also the start of the road that is on the t.v. show Ice Road Truckers. On the way back we saw a moose on the road that made it’s way back to the wooded area. We also stopped at the legend Hilltop Truck Stop for a slice of their famous pie. I chose the chocolate pie which was chocolate mousse and covered in whipped cream. I wish I had a picture of this because it was amazing!

What a great day!

Play by Play Sunday, Jul 1 2012 

Here is a play by play of the last couple of days-more in words than pictures.

Wednesday: Dinner was sushi take-out from Irasha. I got the exact same sushi roll as the last time, the Mt. McKinley roll.

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Thursday: I was not feeling well this morning but somehow rebounded pretty quickly and enjoyed the day. I went with my sister to her doctor’s appointment and got to hear my future niece’s heartbeat! We then picked up sandwiches from The Chowder House and went to Creamer’s field to enjoy them. This is where my sister informed me that in Fairbanks there is something called the Goosewatcher’s club. I am not sure of all the details but there is also some contest for who spots the first goose at the field. In the evening my sister made homemade enchiladas and corn and bean salad

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Friday: Bagels for breakfast from Lulu’s! I had the jalapeno cheddar with chive cream cheese. I am getting spoiled with wonderful dinners. My sister and brother-in-law are excellent cooks. My cooking style is usually finding a recipe, getting ingredients, and the following the instructions. The two of them are great with just coming up with dishes on the fly. I sort of wish I was more like that. On the menu tonight was chicken and veggies with homemade peanut sauce and crab rangoons followed by oatmeal scotchies.

Saturday: Happy Birthday Dad!

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Midnight Sun Run and What Has Been Going On Tuesday, Jun 26 2012 

I have been up to quite a lot of here-enjoying Mexican food, Thai food, and my first ever Summer Solstice Festival. On Saturday my sister and I did the Midnight Sun Run here in Fairbanks. This was the first race I have completed that started at 10pm. I ended up walking the 10k with my sister and a fellow doctor she works with. I am so proud of my sister-she not only worked all day but is also almost 8 months pregnant and then worked the following day.

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It was a fun night and Fairbanks definitely wins the award for the most “interesting” race I have done.

Today was fun too I got to see where my brother-in-law works and then he cooked a fantastic wild Alaskan Salmon dinner.

Alaska, thus far Saturday, Jun 23 2012 

Well it is now Friday and I have a lot to catch up on since I arrived late Tuesday night.

By the time my plane landed it was 11:30 Alaska time. My sister picked me up and it was so wonderful to see her! We arrived at the house where I was greeted by the “welcoming committee”:
Cosmo

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Franny

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Buck

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They are all rescues and are super sweet. This was my first time meeting Buck since he was adopted after my visit last year.

Despite eating dinner before my flight left from Denver I was hungry by the time my flight got in and had leftover kabobs at the house-bacon wrapped chicken with mushrooms and pineapple straight from the bowl because I am classy like that.

On Wednesday my sister was working but my brother-in-law was off and we had fun doing this:

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After being outside all day it was followed by the Fairbanks Goldpanners baseball game and then consumption of a key lime martini at The Pump House.

Thursday I went to lunch with my sister and also had a delicious mocha:

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Friday my sister and I went for a walk first thing but the Mosquitos were absolutely ridiculous so we did not stay too long. They were biting our arms, legs, face, ears…it was horrible.

Our remedy for the day was going out for sushi and fro yo for lunch.
At Irasha we split the Tom and Jerry which was deep fried rice, spicy tuna, avocado and some type of sauce

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I had the Mt. McKinley roll

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Here is mine and my sister’s. She ordered the lighthouse roll (pictured in front) which had a light surrounded by cucumber. Both were delicious!

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Afterwards we went to honeydew’s frozen yogurt. I had cake batter and chocolate with brownie bites, chocolate chips, sprinkles, M & M’s, and snickers with a cherry on top

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After running errands I promptly fell asleep due to my consumption of a dose of Benedryl due to the previously mentioned mosquito incident.

Dinner tonight was homemade personal pizza’s on the grill. This was my first time having pizza on the grill and I will definitely have to do this again.

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Mine had sauce, mozzarella cheese, sage sausage, prosciutto, pineapple, onions, and green peppers.

I also enjoyed a midori margarita on the deck. I am enjoying being able to have access to a real deal deck, especially for eating dinner.

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Buck and I

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Now it is time to relax on the couch. A special event is planned for tomorrow night.

Airport Food Thursday, Jun 21 2012 

I have been in Alaska for a little over a day. It has been great!

Since I was at the airport for about half a day I came prepared with snacks until it was dinner time

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Dinner included a berry smoothie from Jamba Juice and a turkey and Brie panini with Cesar salad.

Here is to the start of some great adventures.

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