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21 November 2009 @ 04:33 am
greetings from the fwozen north!  

After the longest Thursday in history (it lasted something like 33 hours, thanks to the time change), we arrived safely in Fairbanks, where one inhalation of the brisk winter air reminded us why it is we don’t ever want to live here again. Not even a deep inhalation, you understand, because the dry cold air makes you start coughing before you can pull in enough for a *deep* inhalation. :)

I’m awfully glad to be here, though. Today was clear and (cold, obviously) utterly gorgeous. I had forgotten, kind of, how far apart things are here. We dropped Ted’s mom off for her haircut at a hairdresser several miles from where they live, which is just not at all something the Irish would generally do. We’ve gotten really used to living within a completely walkable distance of things, and I was bemused at the distances we were travelling today.

Driving on the correct side of the road hasn’t been bothering me, but I keep trying to find light switches for the bathrooms outside the bathrooms themselves. I have been changed. :)

Vague plans for Christmas shopping tomorrow. Definite plans for Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner on Sunday, which, due to a fluke of circumstances, it appears Ted will be largely responsible for. Fortunately, we are all quite certain he can handle the pressure. :)

miles to Minas Tirith: 68.5

(x-posted from the essential kit)
 
 
 
Mary Annepers1stence on November 21st, 2009 05:05 am (UTC)
say hello to the Lee family for me. i still tell Mama Lee's joke (err, one of) from time to time, usually to gales of giggles.
irishkate: bodhránirishkate on November 21st, 2009 12:12 pm (UTC)
you know what I'm going to say - Have a wonderful time.

Can't quite figure out if you are going to see aberdeen but if so give her my love. Hugs alround.
Pamelajeditigger on November 21st, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
So glad you got in safe. Do have fun. :)
orcaarroworcaarrow on November 21st, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
I never thought I'd hear of anyone beating my 27.5 hour trip.

Hope it was good.
Lauraskeagsidhe on November 23rd, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
Have a fantastic time.

As a total aside, are you two planning on going up to the UAF campus at all?
kitmizkit on November 23rd, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
It's looking dubious. We had vague thoughts of going t check out the new museum, but the campus is pretty much closed all week, apparently, so the impetus isn't really there...
Lauraskeagsidhe on November 23rd, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
Sad, that, but understandable.