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What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stranger

The Strife of Pie July 21, 2014

Filed under: Tales of Humanity's Imperfections — meganorussell @ 8:30 pm
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I love my job. Sing, dance, wear a sparkly dress. It’s great. And for a theatre job, it’s been relatively drama free. Until last week. (more…)

 

Swimming with the Fishes July 19, 2014

Filed under: Animal Antics — meganorussell @ 10:00 am
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I’m not a particularly squeamish person. I can handle most things, unless it involves ants. I hate ants. But other than that, I’m pretty hardy. When I was little my parents took my sister and me to visit our Godparents and their two daughters. I don’t remember much about the trip. I know I climbed the same tree in the front yard about fifty times. And I know that my father and Godfather decided that they needed to take their girls fishing. (more…)

 

The Moose Scootin’ Boogie July 16, 2014

Filed under: Animal Antics — meganorussell @ 10:00 am
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By now, you all probably think I have an unusual penchant for finding myself in bizarre and moderately hazardous situations. Which is mostly true. But in Alaska where bears wander around and there is literally no one to hear you scream, lots of people get into strange types of trouble. (more…)

 

Songs for Children (Or Creating Little Minions) July 14, 2014

Filed under: Tales of Humanity's Imperfections — meganorussell @ 8:30 pm
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When I was about sixteen, I did a show for BlahBlah Theatre for Children company. The shows were meant to be performed by adults (mostly rich housewives with too much time on their hands or retired school teachers) for children. But since I was homeschooled, I was free during the day, so I became one of the performers. True, I was a good thirty years younger than anyone else, but that isn’t the point of the story. (more…)

 

I Think I May Need to Quit Hiking July 12, 2014

Filed under: What Doesn't Kill You — meganorussell @ 10:00 am
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There is a trail in Denali National Park called the Savage River Loop Trail. If you hike out just past the one mile turn around, it turns into a social trail. The social trail, meaning not maintained by the National Park Service, leads up to a ridge with a beautiful view of the river, and according to legend, if you keep following the social trail, it will take you out into a breathtaking valley.

Naturally, upon hearing of this gorgeous valley, I decided my husband and I needed to make the hike out to it. We started the season off with grand plans of a picnic in this hidden valley, but when the bugs (i.e. mosquitoes) came, we decided that just seeing the valley would actually be good enough for us.

Monday, we took the park bus out to Savage River and began our hike. We did the park trail and the social trail to the ridge, and that’s when things got rough. (more…)

 

I’m Allergic to Wheat July 9, 2014

Filed under: What Doesn't Kill You — meganorussell @ 10:00 am
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I am allergic to wheat. I am not gluten free or Celiac, just plain old allergic to wheat. It gives me a lovely little rash on my collar bone. It doesn’t itch. It usually doesn’t even feel warm. But people ask awkward questions like, “Don’t you know how to use sunscreen?” “Sweetie, do you need aloe?” and “What happened to you?” So, whenever I am going to be around people who aren’t aware that no, I’m not in fact dying, I just wanted to eat a cookie, I avoid wheat, or wear a turtle neck. (more…)

 

The Angry Beaver July 7, 2014

Filed under: Animal Antics — meganorussell @ 8:30 pm
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Last week, my husband and I made our way to beautiful Talkeetna, Alaska. We had a wonderful train ride getting there and had the privilege of getting to see Mount McKinley in its full glory while we were there.

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My husband and I love canoeing, and there are lots of lakes just outside of Talkeetna. So, we decided we wanted to go boating. There is a restaurant in town who will rent you a boat. Well, really they rent you the life jackets and paddle and lend you a key. The boats are already in the lake. You just have to be able to find them. The woman at the restaurant assured us that it would be an easy one-and-a-half mile hike to the boats, but as soon as we started walking and saw a mile post, we realized she was very wrong and that it was actually going to be three miles.

So, we did what any reasonable person would do and hitchhiked. (more…)

 

 
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