Monday, October 31, 2011

News Week - 10/31/11

Happy Halloween! Check out this pumpkin I carved (it's supposed to be a beastly cat face):

I made borsht (vampire soup), pumpkin pie from the carved pumpkin, and roasted pumpkin seeds.

We just got back from Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Joe and I stayed at my Grandpa's ancient Victorian house near Brown University. We drove over to Massachusetts around the Berkshires for our friend's lovely, autumn wedding. The red and gold leaves were beautiful.

In other news, while I'm on submission, I completed a first draft of a new novel! I am totally excited about this one and am revising it now. A month and a half is the fastest I've ever written.

I've got a couple art posts coming up, so stay tuned!


--Realm

Monday, October 10, 2011

Trip - Aurora Borealis in Fairbanks, Alaska

Fall is here! Joe and I just got back from Fairbanks, Alaska. We went on a quest to see the northern lights. Since there's been a lot of solar storms, we thought our odds were good. The first night, we only saw a foggy, white cloud which was the aurora. Then, the second night, after some snow, we saw a bright patch in the corner of the sky. We bundled up in our winter gear and went outside. The aurora spread across the sky and eventually began to dance and whip about, streaming like rays. We saw an aurora that appeared to be "galloping" toward us before it faded. Another one swirled above us. In summary, the aurora borealis rocks!!! My nerd-astronomy-loving heart is satisfied. The aurora is not as green in real life as photos, but it's still bright. I didn't expect the aurora to move so wild like it's got a mind of its own! Once we got really cold, we went back inside, but I could still watch the lights through my window as I drifted to sleep.






A walk in the boreal forest, which consists of beautiful, white elm trees and utter silence:




Our cute lodge with mountain view (Why make the pic so small, blogger?):


Walk with reindeer:





Ice bar! We got an appletini in an ice glass:



Husky ride! The dogs run fast and seem to have unending energy:


Food! The left is the aurora borealis cocktail. The middle is a giant steak--best steak ever. And on the right is a milky way martini, which was like chocolate:


We hiked Angel Rock, where there are many tors studding the mountain top:

Nice views:
I got an aurora borealis labordite necklace to remind me of my trip:


This pic isn't from the trip... it's from new year's eve! On NYE this year, we went to an aurora borealis party where the ceiling was strung up with fake auroras made out of ribbons. Little did I know I would see them this year. I guess it's a reminder to seek the unknown:


In short, Alaska was peaceful, quiet, and wonderful. The people were kind, the air and water fresh, and the food delicious. I've been on many trips, but this was one of the few times I had a really hard time leaving. I miss the stillness and making breakfast while looking out at the mountains. When the air, view, and everything is pristine and pure, it's hard not to feel healthy and good. I wish I could transport that feeling into Seattle, but our little city is quite crowded and muggy. And I have a view of the street. Oh well!


--Realm