Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Welcome To The Archives

I recently had some computer issues that reminded me of the need to backup the data on your computer. Luckily, I was able to save the data on my hard drive, including hundreds of pictures. After facing the prospect of losing most of the pictures from my college years, I decided to use this space on the blog to preserve some of the things that I did in college. These posts have been labeled "Archives" and all of them can be read by clicking here as well as clicking on the 'The Archives' link in the sidebar.

I also have added a link on the sidebar that will take you to where I am archiving my photographs online. Here is a link to the photo archives.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Our Apartment

Adria has received a request to post some pictures of our apartment on the blog. So here goes:

Here is Adria in our eating nook with some enchiladas that she made.

Here is our piano being flanked by two bookcases

Here is our new futon that we purchased over the weekend.

Here is our kitchen

Our bedroom

And maybe most importantly, our washing and drying machines. It was much more difficult to find apartments with a washer and dryer in them than we expected coming from the Portland area (where they seem to be almost standard issue in apartments)

Not shown is the second bedroom as it is currently the place where we put things that we don't have a place for yet. Also you may have noticed that there isn't anything on the walls yet. We are still in the process of getting our pictures put on the walls and most of them are in the second bedroom lying around at the present time.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Chasing The Sunset

One thing that Adria and I have found that we enjoy doing in Anchorage is watching the sunsets. Yesterday, we drove up towards the mountains and watched the sun set over Anchorage. Below are some pictures from that excursion:

Friday, March 09, 2007

Getting Settled In

Adria and I spent most of the past week getting settled into our new apartment. Unpacking boxes that we hadn't seen since we moved from Keizer made it seen like a late Christmas. Our cars also arrived this past week, although you they were so caked with dust and dirt when they were delivered to our apartment it looked like they had been taken mudding.

Adria and I have a nice apartment that has a nice view of the Chugach Mountains.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Moose, Moose

Tonight after dinner, Adria and I decided to drive by the Anchorage Temple. As we were driving up, we came upon our first moose. Below are some pictures that I took on my cellphone's camera:

Friday, March 02, 2007

How Adria Busies Herself When She Comes On Garth's Business Trips

People often ask me how Adria spends her time when she comes with me on business trips. The answer to this question varies of course. When we were in Washington D.C. in July, Adria spent most of her time walking around D.C. and seeing the sights and doing the tourist thing. When we were in Oklahoma in October she spent her time making a quilt.

While we were in Seattle, Adria spent a lot of her time making baby toys. She found some patterns in a book about crocheting that she thought were cute.

She knitted a lion:

And a hippo:

Here are the lion and hippo together

She also found a pattern for making little dolls. She has since made several of them.

This is my favorite doll. I think that he looks like Buckwheat.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

The Joys of Traveling

On Monday, Adria and I flew from Anchorage to Washington, D.C. I needed to make the cross-country trip for some training and Adria came with me to keep me company while we wait for our apartment in Anchorage to get ready for us to move into.

One of the interesting things about Ted Stevens International Airport (and Alaska in general) is the amount of taxidermy that is on display. Adria once remarked, "It's like the entire state is the Bean Museum!" For instance in the picture below, Adria is standing in front of a world record Kodiak bear:

Our itinerary was to fly on Northwest Airlines from Anchorage to Minneapolis, switch planes and fly to Reagan National Airport in Washington DC. But, as with happened on my flight from Washington DC to Portland in July when I was stuck in the Denver airport for 3 hours, our plans didn't go as smoothly as expected. First our airplane arrived one hour late. We landed in Minneapolis and then had to run halfway across the airport to make our flight to DC. We made it to our airplane just as they were announcing the final boarding. After we got to our seats and sat down for a couple minutes, the pilot came on the loudspeaker and said that we had been waiting a couple of minutes so that they could get all of the luggage onto the plane. After landing in Washington DC, Adria and I made our way to the baggage carousel, only to find that our bags (along with many people who were also coming from Anchorage) where not there. After talking with an agent we found out that our luggage didn't make it on the flight and was still in Minnesota and it would be on the first flight the next day. The agent also gave us 2 vouchers for $25 off our next flight with Northwest. The vouchers included this note:
Dear Valued Northwest Customer,

We apologize for any inconvenience you experienced due to this luggage mishandling. Your business is important to us and we are disappointed that your luggage did not arrive with you.

Included is an amenity coupon and a Discount Travel E-Cert as our way of saying thank you for choosing Northwest Airlines.

Thanks for flying with us!

Andrew C. Roberts
Executive Vice President - Operations

Now, I have a two issues with this note:
  1. For being "disappointed that our luggage didn't arrive with us", this note doesn't seem too remorseful, or at least remorseful to the tune of a total of $50
  2. The $25 coupon carries the disclaimer of "Travel must be completed by October 31, 2007 or per rule of fare purchased, whichever occurs first." Other than traveling to Las Vegas for Adria's sister's wedding, I don't anticipate flying anyplace other than on business (and we certainly aren't flying NWA on that trip). This makes this a coupon that I am almost certainly not going to use.
After dealing with the agent, Adria and I took a cab to the hotel where my training took place and went to bed without our luggage (which ended up arriving 24 hours later).

But I guess we weren't the only ones who had problems getting our luggage on that day. Below are pictures that one of my buddies took of the piles of unclaimed luggage in the American Airlines terminal at Reagan National airport at about 10:30pm.