Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Common Occurences

When it gets warm here.... Things start to go awry.

Here is a picture of a Delta stuck in the snow. This is the common mode of transportation to and from the runway. There have been numerous calls on the radio of stuck Deltas. Quite amusing on a slow day in the office. Probably not so amusing for the drivers.

The second picture is an attack of the Skua. The infamous scavenger bird that lingers around McMurdo searching for innocent people carrying plates of food. They have also been known to randomly attack people without out food. Geoff frequently gets chased by them while running.

Ob Hill Up Hill

Geoff ran the annual Ob Hill Up Hill this past Sunday. One of his favorite races of the year. (I think all of them are his favorite)
Here is a picture of town from the top of Ob Hill and a pic of all the participants.

Year in Review

Geoff and I have had a wonderful year in 2008. Here is a list of some of the things I have learned in the past 365 days.... about me... about the world.

1. I tend to cut my hair when I am stressed.
2. That when I cut my hair short... I just want it long again.
3. Showing you love someone is much more effective than simply saying it.
4. I shouldn't stress about somethings/people too much. (I am working on this daily... hourly... )
5. That these little legs can be pretty powerful.
6. Kansas may not have scenery that appeals to me, but the people are amazing.
7. Brussels sprouts don't taste that horrible.
8. My girlfriends kick butt... (I already knew this, but I needed a number 8)
9. That Mountain Lions sure are hard to spot.
10. Grizzlies... not so much!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

just for me

i made this necklace just for me.
i am a big fan of it.
especially since i made the silver pendant as well.
it makes me happy.

Friday, December 12, 2008



i could be a Sesame Street character... i'd be the Cookie Monster


i were President... i would make styrofoam illegal


i could only eat one thing for the rest of my life... i'd chose sushi (or phad thai)


vegetables are in cans... i don't eat them


we had a house... i'd have a garden and a dog


dark chocolate was a health food... i'd be in awesome shape.


i don't say it enough... and you are reading this....
i am probably grateful that you are in my life.


i could relive any day of my life... it would be my wedding day.
a day of being surrounded by family and friends.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

i heart turquoise

here is a picture of a pair of earrings i made.
i hope you like them.
they are one of my favorite pairs i created lately.
i wish the pic was better.


is for Tucker

just for you Jim

another year

another wrinkle
another pound or so on the scale
another season on the Ice
another holiday season away from friends and family
another time for reflecting on my life

it is almost that time. when i am a year older... and wiser? (not so sure about that)

Thanks to all my friends and family for all of their love and support.
much love and hugs to you all.

...because i suck...

here is a cool pic.

it has been a long week. i will post more soon.

Monday, November 24, 2008

i made these...

Here is a picture of a pair of earrings I made. What makes them so special? Well besides the fact that I designed them. I also made the silver star drops. Pretty nifty, huh?

They will be one of the many pairs of earrings I have for sale at the upcoming Arts & Crafts Show.

Odd Things About Myself...

1. Do you like bleu cheese ? yes.
2. Have you ever smoked? i had to try, but i have never finished a full cigarette... cough, cough
3. Do you own a gun? no
4. What flavor Kool Aid was your favorite? what do they mean by was. i drank a lot of fruit punch on our last bike trip
5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? no
6. What do you think of hot dogs? yummy, when grilled.
7. Favorite Christmas movie? The Grinch and Charlie Brown are tied in my book
8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? coffee
9. Can you do push ups? yes, but i am not in the best shape for them right now
10. Your favorite piece of jewelry? my engagement ring! it's lovely. my wedding band. i have lots of other jewelry that i really like too.... too much to mention
11. Favorite hobby? making geoff laugh
12. Do you have A.D.D.? i think i have lack of interest in lots of things. but not ADD
13. Do you wear glasses/contacts? no
14. Middle name? leah
15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment?
i need to drink more water
can't wait to get out of work
i think i only have 2 thoughts
17. Current worry? make sure i have enough crafty-ness for the upcoming Arts & Craft Show this weekend
18. Current hate right now? no hate... just love
19. Favorite place to be? in the hubby's arms. with family & friends
20. How did you bring in the New Year? i was at work in antarctica
21. Where would you like to go? thailand, africa.
22. Name three people who will complete this? i am not sending it to anyone....
23. Do you own slippers? no
24. What shirt are you wearing? jeans and a hoodie (the usual)
27. Favorite color? blue and green.... and blue/green. those are the faves.
28. Would you be a pirate? just so i could wear and eye patch. horizontal stripes aren't my thing
29. What songs do you sing in the shower? lots of songs. my internal playlist is on constant rotation. by the way my voice is amazing. you should know that if you are reading this.
30. Favorite Girl's Name? can't tell you. it is what i will name my child if i have a girl
31. Favorite boy's name? read #30.
32. What's in your pocket right now? natural lip balm that my friend nichole gave me
33. Last thing that made you laugh? i have been pretty giggly today. we laugh lots at work.
35. Worst injury you've ever had? i really haven't had any bad injuries. no broken bones.
36. Do you love where you live? yeah... not many people call it home.
37. How many TVs do you have in your house? no house. but we have 1 TV in our dorm room.
38. Weirdest thing you have ever done? too many to list.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

about geoff:

he does not like Dunkin Donuts coffee
he CAN parallel park
he is great at making decisions
and he better be obsessed with me!

Friday, November 21, 2008

about me:

for my non facebook/myspace friends who have not read this before. just some facts.

i'm indecisive
i talk loud when excited
i love Dunkin Donuts coffee
i can't parallel park
i have selective hearing
i love my friends & family
dogs make me happy
chocolate does too
i am a professional procrastinator
i sing along to music playing in stores
high heals scare me
i can't resist a cupcake
i would love to live in New Zealand...
but it's too far away
i am obsessed with my husband

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

Ice Caves Part Deux

Here are some pics from inside the caves. Pretty cool, eh? This is the first time in years that ice caves have formed local to McMurdo. We had fun sliding around inside and of course goofing around a bit. Luckily Geoff's tongue did not stick to the ice. He is all good.

All of these photos are courtesy of Cory... Thanks Cory! We had a wonderful time

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Ice Caves Part 1

Recently Geoff and I were lucky enough to enjoy a trip to some Ice Caves that are not too far away from McMurdo. What made it even luckier of a trip is that we got to ride there in a Challenger. A comfy ride, plus Geoff got to drive. Very sweet deal. Our friend Cory (who is in the flag pic with us) works in the department that maintains the ice roads.... so he helped work out this trip for us.
Here are some pics from outside the caves. Geoff, Cory and I with the Antarctic & U.S. flag... and us with our sweet ride.

Pax Delta

This is a picture of a Pax (Passenger) Delta. It is a vehicle used in McMurdo to transport people to different places on the ice. An example would be to and from the Ice Runways. The passengers enter through the back door of the vehicle. It is quite the bumpy ride... and not my idea of a fun time. If you are prone to motion sickness you probably wouldn't enjoy it either.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

C-17 ~ First Class

I just received this picture of some friends (Christine and Rich) and I on our way down to the Ice. As you can probably tell we are sporting the new Winter accessory... neon green ear plugs. That's my modeling face... No wonder the agencies aren't knocking down my door.

We are riding in a C-17. A big improvement from the days when we were packed in a C-141. Sitting shoulder to shoulder in web seats. Ugh! I don't miss it.

Photo courtesy of Rich.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Australian Medevac

There was a recent Medical Evacuation (Medevac) at the Australian Antarctic Station. I have added a link to the National Science Foundations website so you could read more about this interesting event. It took the assistance of many people and countries to make this happen.


Probably didn't think this many people were down here, did ya?

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Here is a picture of Geoff and I from Halloween. We don't really have a name for our costume. We just think it's funny.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

ATO Party

This past weekend my department (ATO) had it's annual beginning of the season party. It is a great time for all of us to socialize and meet the new folks. There was dancing, mexican food and lots of chatting. I have included a few pictures of myself and some friends. As for pics of Geoff... there aren't any really.... because he was hanging out by the video games. Geoff and some friends were too into playing the "classic" arcade game Galaga.
Side Note: Amy and I are practicing are outdoor safety skills in the pic where my hands are in her armpits. For those of you who don't know... it is a great way to warm yourself up. It was a little chilly in the building.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Overnight Stay

There is always a first time for everything. Yesterday was the first time a C-17 had to stay the night here at McMurdo. With only 3 engines in flying condition the decision to stay seems like the obvious choice, but it did take hours and hours for the crew to have that choice finalized. My boss Pete, friend Amy (who you may remember from the bike trip blog) and Geoff had to wait and wait out at the runway until the decision was made. Which made for a very long day for the 3 of them.

This unusual event has made for quite the buzz around town. McMurdo residents love some good gossip.

The sad news is the plane should be here for a few days. Which hinders the outgoing mail.... which in turn is going to mean that some ballots that were int he outgoing mail are NOT going to make it back to the US before the absentee ballot deadline. Sad news.

Monday, October 20, 2008


Here is a picture of some of my latest and greatest jewels I have made. My friend and I are going to have a little jewelry show this weekend. This is my poster for the event.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

On Ice

We are back on that icy, white continent, again. Enjoying the beginning of a.... New season. New coworkers. New dorm room. Seeing old friends again and missing the ones that didn't come down this year.

I have attached a picture of Geoff working a C-17 flight . He is the one in the blue hat. I was actually out at this flight too, but am hiding in the plane because it was quite cold. As part of our training as Load Planners one task that we are doing this year is going out to the runway and watching the Cargo teams download and upload the pallets off the planes. The cargo shown in this picture is called a Pallet train. There are 3 pallets attached in this picture carrying larger cargo that doesn't fit on a single pallet.

I hope all is well with everyone. I will try to be a good blogger, but as you all know I do tend to slack at times. I will apologize in advance.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Sunday Evening Gratitude Connecticut Style

Although the day started off gray and chilly today proved to be a day full of wonderful things to be thankful for...

1. Spending time with Geoff doing something we both enjoy... riding our bikes

2. That a dark 40 degree morning can turn into a sunny 60 degree afternoon.

3. Dunkin Donuts

4. The feeling of fresh air on my face

5. That Connecticut has some great rail trails.

6. Napping

7. Spending time with family and friends

8. Sunday bar-b-ques

9. Getting cozy in my favorite "Salty Dog" sweatshirt as it cools off again at dusk

10. Geoff

Monday, April 28, 2008


I know... I know. It's about time.

Geoff and I spent 7 weeks traveling Australia... seeing the wildlife, sleeping under the stars and trying to dedicate most of our time away from the cities. Our two main destinations being the Great Barrier Reef and the Red Center and Ayers Rock. We got to see so many cute (Koalas, Kangaroos) and not so cute animals (Crocs, Sharks). We went for a 10 day trip through the desert up to Alice Springs. We went on a live aboard dive ship where Geoff and my girlfriend Ann went diving and I went snorkeling, of course. We even went on a honeymoon to the Whitsunday Islands and relaxed for a few days. It was a beautiful trip and I feel very lucky to be able to travel and see such amazing places.

Here are some pics from the trip:

Us a sunset

Our backpacks and the swags .

The Landcruiser that we drove through the desert in.

Cooling off with beer and flies.

I never new there were camels in Australia...

I will post more pics from our trip soon.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Update on us

We are off the Ice and in a much warmer climate. After a 5 day thaw in New Zealand we are headed to Australia with the hopes of seeing many kangaroos, koalas and of course Geoff would like to see lots and lots of crocs. Not of the rubber shoe variety either.
Our season on the Ice ended quickly this year. One minute we were working, working, working... the next it was time for our flight back to New Zealand. Our flight off the continent wasn't even delayed.... which usually happens, That darn unpredictable Antarctic weather.
February 14 was a very good day for me. We don't celebrate Valentine's Day so I am not talking about chocolates or roses. I finally got to go to the South Pole. Which was an amazing trip. I will post more about that when I get a chance to put my hero shot near the South Pole marker on the computer.
That's all for now.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Home Stretch

There are some definite signs that the season is coming to an end...

* The resupply vessel is here
* Everyone is planning their vacations
* The flights to the South Pole are dwindling down
* and of course Geoff shaved his beard off

Below is a picture of me and some of my coworkers on New Years Eve. Yeah we had to work that night. It's funny because Raytheon chose to observe New Years the day before.... you can't do that. Celebrating the New Year on the 30th just doesn't work. As for the late posting on the picture, yeah well... I am a slacker sometimes.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Question: What's Geoff's Job?

Answer: He is the MC1 at our airstrip.

Here is the summary of his job off of his Raytheon Polar Services Postion Desription : Coordinates all cargo operations at the various airfields operated by the USAP. Coordinates the safe loading and off loading of all aircraft. Maintains a productive relation with all aircrews and Air National Guard (ANG) personnel at all times. Q/A all cargo loads in preparation of aircraft loading.

Here are some pictures of him hard at work. Hopefully this will help all of those out who are still confused when we describe what we do.

The top picture is of him loading the aircraft, a C-17 to be exact.

The bottom is of him driving a Delta out to the air strip. He is transporting the Air Force pallets of cargo on the back of the vehicle.

If you have any other questions about his job post a comment.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Drool Inducing

Oh wonderful yummy sushi. We are counting the days till we can see you again, Mr Spicy Tuna Roll. We have already made a date to meet with you. I am drooling just typing these words and looking at your beautiful picture. You tease you.

Well now I am going to go to the galley (cafeteria) and be utterly disappointed after lusting over the goodness I will be eating in only a couple of weeks.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Hooked on Phonics

We sure do like to read. Whether it is for hanging out in the tent at night, curling up under comfy covers at home, or on a long plane ride... we are always searching for our next good read. I thought we would share some of the books we have read lately, maybe one will suit your fancy.
Check out the links to learn a little bit about them....

Under the Banner of Heaven ~ Jon Krakauer http://www.randomhouse.com/features/krakauer/

The Secret Life of Bees ~ Sue Monk Kidd

Kite Runner ~ Khaled Hosseini

We would love it if you would share what you are currently reading or some of your favorites with us.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

~ Run, Geoff, Run ~

A few weeks ago was the Antarctic Marathon/Half-Marathon. As many of you know, last year Geoff ran the full marathon. This year he opted for the half and kicked some butt might I add. Not only did he come in second place, but it was in the middle of his night. We are on the night shift right now and the race was scheduled at 10am.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Low Expectations

It's sad to say that my standards for eating down here have gone way down hill. Considering my options I am not sure how I would survive if I didn't eat the questionable every now and then. Here is a list of my least favorite dinners.

10. Beef Chili (which doesn't usually quite taste like chili)
9. Reuben day
8. Seafood & Pork Chowder (ugh!)
7. Chicken Fried Steak
6. Meat Loaf
5. Pot Pie
4. Seafood Caserole (really!)
3. Anything containing pork (it's at 2 out of 3 meals a day)
2. Beef Stew (it's called left overs)
1. Blazin' Red Fish (it isn't red nor is it blazin')

There must have been a big sale on swine because pork porducts seem to be taking over the menu of our galley. Don't get me wrong there are some good dinners; chicken parmesean, pizza and mexican day to name a few. They just don't like to serve them to often... not wanting to set too high of expectaions after all.

New Zealand, Thai food, Sushi.... not soon enough!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Year in Review

Happy New Years! This year I have decided to not make a resolution... although to be quite honest I am not sure of the last time I made one. I know I will never keep them. This new year, my recent birthday and situations in my life have recently made me take a look at the past year.... and as I know I have grown a year older. I also think I have grown a little wiser and learned a few things about myself. Here is a list of the knowledge I have gained about myself and the world.
1. Family and true friends will love you no matter how neurotic you are
2. My natural hair color is actually quite pretty
3. To stop and smell the flowers.... and grow some myself too
4. I can be spiritual and not be religous
5. It's OK for me to need some "Danielle time"
6. Every day is a learning experience
7. No one is perfect
8. Material things are over rated..... experiences and time with people are the best gifts
9. Maybe I should learn how to clear my head and finally take up Yoga
10. While I don't want the "typical" life of my friends and family, I love that they are happy and that they accept my alternative life style...thank you to all!