Thursday, March 29, 2007

This discovery blew multiple minds today

Ok, you won't get this if you don't live in Durham and see the commercials...but guess who went to Duke Law? James Scott Farrin!

And thus ends the season for Bowl-O-Rama

Well, bowling was a mixed bag tonight. Our first game we totally rocked it, bowled out of our minds. I got a 163, my second highest score ever (behind my record of 167). I've never gotten a turkey, and I had two blown opportunities in that one game--once I got two strikes and an 8, and then two strikes and a 3 (last week I got two strikes and a 9...sigh). I think it's never gonna happen. But it was a hard-fought game, even though we had super high scores all around...yet we won! Made it to the next round, yay. However, I think we were all tired from being so awesome the first game, because we definitely lost, and our overall pin total went down something like 150 pins. Yikes! I personally went from a 163 to a 103, lol. 60 pins...not so good. But we had fun anyway...and I'm mostly happy that we didn't go out in the first round =)

Ugh, I'm never going to get to bed before 2am this week! Not good.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Sage advice from an older sister

My brother is a junior right now and considering going to law school. Well, now he doesn't have to!
Instead, he can just buy Law School in a Box! Just like the real thing, except you don't want to kill yourself. Note that on the main page it says, "Who needs a $100,000 law degree from Harvard, Yale or Duke?" That's right, we're the same as Harvard or Yale. And don't you forget it!

Owning a dog is now an issue of safety

A dog saved a woman's life...by performing the heimlich maneuver!! (stolen from John)

Parkhurst was home alone Friday afternoon eating a snack of sliced apples when one became lodged in her windpipe. After smacking herself against a chair to dislodge it, she started beating herself on the chest, which she thinks alerted Toby to the problem.
"The next think I know, Toby’s up on his hind feet and he’s got his front paws on my shoulders," she told the Cecil Whig. "He pushed me to the ground, and once I was on my back, he began jumping up and down on my chest."

The apple eventually became loose and Toby started licking her face, possibly to keep her from passing out, Parkhurst said.
"I, literally, have pawprint-shaped bruises on my chest," Parkhurst said. "I’m still a little hoarse, but otherwise, I’m OK.


Isn't that incredible? This is why I need to get a dog...I mean, my parakeets are great, but the heimlich maneuver? Please. I bet they couldn't even dial 911 if I needed an ambulance.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

I keep thinking that it's Thursday already for some reason...just wishful thinking

This is a big week in sports! I'm not talking about the Final Four, of course. Tomorrow is the start of the playoffs for the Duke Law Bowling League, and this weekend is the big softball tournament up at UVA! Very exiting. We've been practicing (mostly softball, lol), and I'm expecting to come home from this weekend with at least one lingering injury, given how I managed to bang up my knee just in practice this weekend. And it's like the softball has a magnet which brings it straight to some part of my body other than my glove (several times my chin...not good). But fingers crossed we do well, at least =)

So guess what was sitting next to the dumpster a couple of days ago in my complex? A poster of Lindsay Lohan! Framed even. Someone was a serious fan. The picture is maybe three years old, back when she still had red hair and didn't look like she hadn't slept in like three or four weeks.

Ooh, serious thunder and lightning going on outside right now. That's one thing that's super awesome about here, that have that kind of lightning that doesn't just light up the whole sky, but you can actually see the lines of it in the sky. It's really awesome, I turned out the lights so I can see it better out the window. Thunder, lightning and no rain--perfect!

Tomorrow in BA, not only are we watching a movie so I didn't have any reading for it tonight, but it also means we have to start class early, which is awesome because that means I get to escape Italian like 45 minutes early! So everyone else (if they show up) will be sad I'm sure because that's lunchtime they're missing out on...but I'm loving it!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

The land of never-ending Christmas

I forgot, one of the weird things about Anchorage is that people don't know it's not Christmastime anymore. I guess it's the fact that there is still snow absolutely everywhere, but seriously, it's mid-March, even I think it's over, and I'm huge into Christmas. Lots of houses still had their Christmas lights up, somebody still had a light-up snowman in the yard (not a real one, one of those wire ones covered in lights), and there was even still a Christmas tree lot open! It was definitely odd.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Yay you

I have really great friends, both here and back home in California. I'm a lucky girl =)

Heartbreaker

I'm not even a fan of women's basketball, but this was painful!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Finally some photos...and this time with descriptions!

In no particular order...

One of my favorite pictures...me getting attacked by a jaguar at the Museum of Natural History!


Another favorite...my friend (and twin) Bri making out with a lion at the same musem.



Have I mentioned how crazy the Museum of Natural History is? It's like some amateur science buff collected all of this stuff in his attic, and then said, I'm going to make my own museum! This was the "Raptor" display. And yeah, that's just stuffed owls sitting on on a television set. It was pretty awesome.


Bri, Chris and I on horseback. We took a little hour-long tour through the woods in the snow and it was so beautiful. The only problem was, it was so cold that we had on super giant gloves, which made it impossible to take pictures! We did this while some people went cross-country skiing which looked way less cool. Speaking of horseback riding, I'm watching an episode from The Girls Next Door from a couple of weeks ago where the girls (Hugh Hefner's girlfriends) went horseback riding and they just keep complaining about how cold it is! Don't talk to me, you're in Southern California. They actually went to the kitchen of a restaurant and asked for oven mitts so they could use them as gloves. Idiots!


My friend Chris and me on a boat cruise we took in Seward, the northernmost ice-free port! It was nice to see some water that wasn't frozen over (we'd been driving along the coast from Anchorage to the place we stayed for the weekend and you couldn't tell the difference between the land covered in snow and the water frozen over and covered in snow).


Some of the wildlife we saw from the boat in Seward! This is for you, Adam.



As mentioned, we went to the Alaska Zoo. This is their new Bactrian camel, just in from Minneapolis. Look how cold she looks!


Bri and I went walking at Earthquake Park our first full day there. One of the trails led down to the water, and we just kept walking out as long as it seemed like the ice was still frozen solid. Of course, the Anchorage people that we told about it seemed fairly horrified about how far out we'd gone. But hey, we didn't fall in!


Bri, Chris and I at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, about 45 minutes south of Anchorage. We spent Friday-Sunday staying at houses in this ski resort town (two houses because there were 11 of us and all of the houses big enough to fit all of us were already booked), and it was pretty fun. This is the view from the top of one of the mountains.


Ok, that's enough!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Good news/bad news

Duke fans are celebrating right now.

And I really want to tell my BA professor that he shouldn't be calling on me right now because he just called on our row right before spring break! This bites.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

A few pictures

I must have been really out of it this morning, because I didn't even notice that I hadn't fixed my car clock to spring forward. And I'm obsessed with time!

I've uploaded my pics onto my computer so I'll put up a few here...but without explanation so you'll have to fill in the blanks yourself! ...Oops, out of time, put more up later.












Back in Durham

I'll have to post later, pictures and recap of the weekend and that good stuff, but I'm in class and too tired right now. But this morning, I looked outside my window and saw the glint of a car reflecting through the trees in my backyard, and my first thought was, is that snow on the ground? I was really confused. Today driving into school it was like 55 degrees and it felt fantastic. And I have a daffodil blooming in my backyard! All this exciting spring stuff. I'm definitely going somewhere tropical next time.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Ski weekend fun time! (but without the skiing)

This may be my last post from Alaska, because we're leaving our temporary home in Anchorage and going to Alyeska, this resort about 45 minutes south of the city, and I'm not sure about internet access there. Yesterday was pretty fun--we went horseback riding and it was incredibly beautiful. It wasn't even too cold while we were on the horses--it was only when we got off that my toes started to completely freeze off. And the toe warmers we bought were completely useless. The hand warmers I had positioned such that when I curled my left hand into a fist, it burned one of my knuckles because it had slipped too high and I couldn't adjust it because of the giant gloves I was wearing, lol. So they weren't too helpful but the horses kept us warm anyway =)

Ok, I'm sure I have more fascinating stories but it's time to head out! Happy St. Patrick's Day and Happy Birthday, Mom in advance!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

I can't tell if it's ALREADY Wednesday or just ONLY Wednesday

This morning we went to the zoo at about 10am, right when it opened, and man was it cold! We walked into the place and the guy at the gate said, if you need to warm up there's the gift shop right at the front, a cafe in the middle and an indoor elephant enclosure at the back. So we walked around and saw some animals (it's a pretty small zoo so it was cute but not super impressive), and finally we couldn't take it anymore (it was about 8 degrees), so we hauled ass to get to the elephant enclosure only to find that it was closed for maintenance! So we start seeing the animals as fast as we can to get to the cafe, where we sat for like 20 minutes drinking cocoa and warming up. Then we girded our loins for the last part of the zoo and hurried up to get to the warmth of the gift shop...only to find it was closed! Temporarily it claimed, but nobody came back for several minutes so we gave up and ran to the car. I had to take off my boots to warm up my toes sufficiently. Yeah, quite cold! Tomorrow we're going horseback riding, and the guy recommended we buy hand and foot warmers to keep ourselves from freezing to death...I wish I'd thought of them for today too!

We also saw the most hilarious Museum of Natural History ever...you really need the pictures to understand, but for example, they had stuffed owls sitting on a television as part of their "habitat." Yeah, seriously.

Tomorrow is our last day of real "work" for the trip, and then the fun starts! On Friday we got to this ski resort like an hour south of here and just live it up for the weekend...and for me that of course does not include skiing!

Oh, how weird is it that the bar we were at tonight had last call at 10pm? Even the bowling alley goes later than that!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

PS

I forgot to tell you the most important thing! I got a phone call from someone in Durham today...but she didn't know I was in Alaska and so I got the call at 3:52 am. Of course, that means that she called at 7:52 her time and I think it's pretty rude to call someone that early in the morning anyway. I generally try not to call anyone before 9am, especially if it's obviously a cell phone number (as mine is). So lady, you're on my list. Plus it took her like five days to get back to me.

I really wish I was in the Bahamas

I didn't get a chance to post last night, despite my best intentions (I was tired). But the highlights of the day included . . . you know, I kind of forget now. It was pretty cold, but nowhere near as cold as today (the high seemed to be about 10 degrees). And also the wind started blowing, which really made us think we were about to die. Half a block seemed like an eternity to walk. But of course we saw quite a few people in like a light jacket--I call them completely insane. (Of course, my friend Chris is in Fairbanks where it was -25 today, so it's all relative I guess).

Today we had a marathon of meetings, but the good news is that means we're almost done with them! We only have one more individual one to do, and two more group ones, so we're going to have plenty of play time now. We have already managed to finish like all of our souvenir shopping, though, so that's good. Of course, by souvenirs I mean the really cheezy stuff =)

Anchorage feels really small. It's got like almost 300,000 people living here, according to my guidebook, but we keep making circles over and over in the same areas. There also feels like there's little to do...probably because I'm not into winter sports, and most of the tourist attractions have "winter hours" which are quite limited. And there aren't a ton of tourist attractions anyway--we've kinda seen almost everything in my guidebook by now. But no more moose spottings since Sunday! Terribly disappointing. And we even took a cool walk on a coastal trail which was also near forest, and we saw nothing alive there that actually lived in the forest. We got pretty close to the water though (technically past the point we probably should have walked) and it was super cool. I have pictures of that too of course =)

We've had a couple of driving incidents so far (and no, I'm not the one driving), but it's incredibly hard to see the lines painted on the road (I'm assuming it has something to do with the weather making it fade by spring) and so it's easy to not be in a lane...or driving on the wrong side of a two way street that you thought was one way. Or some other stuff which won't be mentioned. But we're fine =)

This probably is somewhat incoherent, so sorry about that. Tomorrow we're going to the zoo, so hopefully I'll have some interesting stories about musk oxen to share!

Monday, March 12, 2007

Hello, Lower 48-ers!

It's currently 10:47 pm in Alaska, which means it's almost 3am in Durham...fun.

So I didn't bring my laptop with me but our host family has several computers that they have offered to let us use, which is yay! The only problem is, it's like this tiny little laptop and so it takes me three times as long to type anything because I keep hitting the wrong keys. Oh well, beggars can't be choosers.

The flight this morning was painful because we were all so tired, and of course there was a screaming baby behind us from Durham to Minneapolis which made sleep really really hard. Luckily that was not the case for the 6 hour leg from Minneapolis to Anchorage, so that plus me being in the window seat that time meant I got to catch up on some sleep =) Thank God, too, or the flight would have felt interminable. It was pretty cool when we got close to Anchorage, like an hour away, and I looked out the window and all of a sudden saw these giant snow-covered mountains. I think that's when it hit me that I'm actually going to Alaska. I'd have a picture to insert here but since I can't upload them yet, you'll have to imagine. So our flight was delayed about an hour, but we made it through without incident and got to our host family's house, where we're staying until Friday. They're very nice, but it's a little awkward staying in the home of a stranger, as you can imagine. They do have a really cute schnauzer, though, which is yay =)

Tonight we just hung out with some of the clerks and alums of Duke who are up here, which was fun, but I was so tired (and really really wanted to wash off the nine hours spent on the plane) that I didn't get to enjoy it as much as I'd have liked. And I think I'm not the only one who felt like that, lol. But it was so cool, as we left the house and were walking to our car, we saw a moose in someone's yard nibbling on one of the trees! We got all of our friends who were still in the house, and we were standing outside taking pictures like idiots. It was really cool though. Of course, I still think it's cool seeing the deer in the yards in Durham, so I'm easily impressed. I have a picture of the moose, too, but that will also have to wait sadly.

Tomorrow interviews start at 10:30 for me, so that means I get to sleep late, yay!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

I still love that it happened four weeks early

I just saw that the time stamp on my posts is an hour behind now thanks to spring forward not being properly updated. Oh well.

Goodbye, Lower 48

Isn't there something a little ridiculous about brushing your teeth in the morning when you're getting up less than three hours from when you last brushed them? It just felt way to recent to me, although yes, I of course did it. So I meant to write yesterday, but I of course forgot as I tried to accomplish all of those last-minute things I needed to do, so all you get is a hurried note this morning. I'm going to Alaska in a few hours! Unfortunately our flight is at 8:20, and today is spring forward, and so those combined to give me fewer than three hours of sleep last night. Hopefully I'll be sleeping on the plane =) Anyway, I have no idea how often I'll be able to get online so I might not be able to post while I'm up there (though I'll try), but when I get back I'm sure I'll have plenty of pictures of me playing with moose and polar bears and everything (I'm telling you, polar bears WANT to play with me! And no, play doesn't mean eat). I also might tell you about my "fender bumper" (I call it that because at 5 miles an hour, that's the only proper name for it). And it was a cop's fault, too.

Ok, gotta go, my friend's gonna be here at 6:30.

Oh, PS, if anyone calls me while I'm gone, don't forget Alaska is 4 hours behind the east coast (but only one behind California! =) )

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Note To Person I Just Tried to Call:

It's 2007. There's no excuse for not having an answering machine. And if anyone other than that person is reading this, and you're a little offended because you don't have an answering machine either, I'm sorry, but it goes for you too (Liz's dad, I'm looking at you. Even though you don't read this).

A few moments of fun in an hour of pain

Sometimes I really like my BA professor. Like just now when he was making fun of one of the guys on American Idol (Sanjaya). But most of the time he's just asking crazy questions and I have no idea what he's talking about.

I think time has stopped

I'm in my second to last class until spring break, and I'm pretty sure it is never going to end. Like seasons are changing outside the window, and still it continues. And sadly I won't actually be free today until kind of late, because I have a meeting scheduled for 5:30 this afternoon (it was supposed to be on Tuesday, but unfortunately for me people had to reschedule. After I already showed up). But that trip to Alaska is so close I can taste it. And it tastes cold.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

My Other Half

So I have a twin at law school, her name is Bri and we somehow just discovered a year and a half into law school that we're almost the same person. Of course, the parts that aren't identical are the complete opposite, but it still is uncanny. Anyway were were talking yesterday and we've decided that physical education in schools has to be reformed, because in junior high both of us used to purposely try to slightly injure ourselves so as to avoid PE class! Well, I did it to avoid running the mile, I'm not sure if she did it to avoid running or class altogether. And when I say slightly injure ourselves, I mean walking precariously in high heels or on the edges of the curb or whatever in order to induce a sprained ankle. Neither of us were ever successful in this attempt, but I think it says something about how much PE sucked. And how much we're twins.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

True crime stuff is neato

Time has a pretty cool feature up, talking about the Top 25 Crimes of the Century. The info isn't very detailed, but I find that kind of stuff really interesting. And they have links at the bottom to related Time articles, and it's kinda neat to see a 1931 article talking about the drama of Fatty Arbuckle.

Also, this weekend I have my first visit from a friend from Cal! Technically he's not in town to visit me, he's in town for work, but whatever, it still counts =) I mean, even my best friends don't come all the way from California just to visit me! Plus, this way I don't have to work to hard to entertain him, I just have to be more fun than an empty hotel room, which is where he'd be hanging out all weekend if I weren't here. And I think I can do that.