Monday, April 5, 2010


I didn't even know when Easter was until two days ago. Needless to say, I did nothing in the way of celebrating it. Didn't even see any celebrations. Interestingly enough, I don't really care. I just bothered mentioning it to make my sister feel better about the fact that she didn't do anything elaborate.

On the other hand, I've spent a fair amount of the last two weekends with the branch president of the church here, learning how to make a knife. Jack's making one out of elk antler. Mine's being made out of ziricote wood. In fact, the knife itself is pretty much finished--all I need to do now is make the sheath for it. When I finish, I'll put pictures up. I'm so excited about it! It's a really nice-looking knife. The handle's nice and thick. It's not very rounded, but I like it that way because it gives me more to grip. The blade's a little small because it's a skinning knife kind of designed for precision work. I may make another, slightly bigger hunting knife after I'm done. And an ulu. I really like it. President Olsen's enjoying it too--he's almost more excited about this than I am!

The snow's melting fairly quickly as the weather warms up. It's nice being able to go outside without a jacket, finally. I was going to go outside and shoot my bow a bit today, but just as I set up the target, I got a call from Jack asking for a ride home because he was sick. Awww, poor Jack! I would say I nursed him back to health, but he'd pretty much gotten it all out of his system by the time I got there. I made him some chicken noodle soup and then made him help me with the dishes because I'm so mean. Now he's upstairs sleeping with the dog while I'm "finishing my homework."

Actually, I really am finishing it. I finished my entire political science course last week, and I'm finishing my Linguistics 101 course when I take the final, which I plan to take tomorrow. With about six weeks left in the semester, after tomorrow, my workload will have dropped from 18 credit hours to 12 (because of finishing the two independent study courses). And yes, believe it or not, I'm EXCITED! I can't believe I'm FINALLY graduating! Speaking of which, I guess I ought to look into getting a cap and gown and sending in that form saying I'll be at graduation. Blah, formal ceremonies. Part of me doesn't even really want to bother going to the ceremony. The other part says that if I don't, I'll regret it. After all, I never graduated from high school, so I've never been in a graduation ceremony. Well, I've played Pomp and Circumstance with the band before....

The aurora for the last few nights has been unbelievable. Tonight in particular, I stood outside and watched for a while and nearly freaked out. I've never seen it like this--normally the aurora slowly waltzes across the sky. Tonight the aurora only had one color, but it was like it had been force-fed excessive amounts of caffeine or something. It was practically dancing the tarantella, not just swooping, swirling and streaking, but EXPLODING! Seriously, when the sky grew dark, I thought for a disappointed moment that the light show was over. Then a spot in the middle of the sky started to light up, streaks shot out of it, and moments later, half the sky was glowing nearly bright enough to read by!

I LOVE Alaska!!!