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post #1 of 121
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Happy New Year!!!
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Here's to a new beginning -- may you each find every happiness you seek.


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post #2 of 121
Right now, the happiness I seek is warmer weather. And yes, I know, some of y'all are a lot colder than we are here in the Valley.

We tried to drive out to Knik glacier yesterday. Didn't quite make it all the way back there due to the snow drifts, though it looks like some people made it out there on snow machines. We were within a couple miles, though. Amazingly beautiful country out there. Bit cold, though, even in the truck. And going pee was really not fun.
post #3 of 121
Now WHO is delivering fresh produce from the valley?

http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/640276.html
post #4 of 121
I had heard something last year about Valley farmers selling to Anchorage restaurants. W do get some lovely produce out here, so I can see where it would make sense. Much cheaper to ship from the Valley than overseas, too.
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Right now, the happiness I seek is warmer weather.
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post #6 of 121
-20 in Anchorage is pretty cold. Comparable to the -30's and colder in Fairbanks.


I could go for some warm too. I was actually cold today at work. that was NO fun at all.
post #7 of 121
I am freezing. I can't believe I was raised in Fairbanks, these -20 temps have me dreaming of moving to someplace warm and moderate. Ugh, when will it end!? Are all of your kiddos as stir crazy as mine?

On a positive note, Bouncin' Bears is open in Anchorage now! I didn't know, guess they've been open for a while. www.bouncinbearsanchorage.com We've been out to the valley locations a few times, gonna check out the BB in town soon.
post #8 of 121
That looks interesting! There used to be a similar co. up in the Northway Mall, I believe. Arctic Gym has open hours and is pretty fun, too. I've actually gone to the gym 6 straight days w/the kids so they can use the playroom ball pits and run around. Swimming almost everyday, too. I just can't believe it's too cold to run outside. It's -19' on my deck right now. :

Funny, since I've gotten back into gym mode, I did some googling on the AK Club Fbks. I didn't realize it has a pool!! : I'm taking the kids camping up around Denali, Fbks for 10 days in June and we plan to hit the gym everyday for some indoor lighting and plumbing. lol

oh just brrrrrr I'm ready to go outside....
post #9 of 121
it was -40 at my house this morning when I took the dogs out, we just paid $75 to have out water delivered instead of dealing with hauling it ourselves for $9. At this temp. it seems worth the $66.

Something positive about all this cold, it sure makes 0 degrees feel positively balmy! I also always get a kick out of square tires.

Stay warm everyone, DH said that the online forecast is expecting it to last all week up here in Fairbanks.
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Stay warm everyone, DH said that the online forecast is expecting it to last all week up here in Fairbanks.
Shhhhh! I don't want to hear about it! think warm thoughts.
post #11 of 121
Yeah, due to break end of the week here in Anch. Fri may be a balmy 10'

Oh, my friend who walks to/from work in Fbks, said the readerboard today was -62' when he passed it in the ice fog.... brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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Shhhhh! I don't want to hear about it! think warm thoughts.


sigh...my propane has been frozen for 4 days now...I am seriously running out of non-stovetop ideas...ideas anyone...creative crockpot cooking????
post #13 of 121
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Ugh! I'm sick of being sick! I picked up a head cold while on vacation, and am STILL sick from it! I'm so miserable...

It just occurred to us the other night that we don't have anyone to watch our dog when I give birth. Anyone have a kennel they recommend? or any other suggestions?
post #14 of 121
what about the Delta Lumber people? They breed and raise pugs. also they are on the highway on the way to Fairbanks just our old house. Mile 273 maybe???

Nice folks.
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Anyone know of a church or other organization that takes clothes donations but instead of selling them they just give them away to needy people???


Also looking for information about this "backyard coalition" and Title 21??? I guess they are working on something to help make it easier to have a couple of chickens in Anchorage???
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Anyone know of a church or other organization that takes clothes donations but instead of selling them they just give them away to needy people???


Also looking for information about this "backyard coalition" and Title 21??? I guess they are working on something to help make it easier to have a couple of chickens in Anchorage???


Well, if it is children's clothes (most likely just baby and toddler sizes) a pregnancy center would probably take them. I know here in the Valley we have HeartReach, but am not sure what is in Anchorage. Try calling Anchorage Baptist Temple. If they don't have something set up, they could hopefully point you in the right direction.
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Anyone know of a church or other organization that takes clothes donations but instead of selling them they just give them away to needy people???
There's always holiday helper!!!

I usually give to Goodwill or St Vincents (SV will pickup...although I don't know if they're up in AK!) If it's available though, I do give to Deseret Industries, which is connected with my church. I don't know how much they have up here in AK either, although I could chase down contact info if you don't find anybody else. They do sell some things, but when families are in need they will let them 'shop' for free, and they also send some things to third world countries and things like that. Also in their stores they do a lot of hiring those who need jobs to help them get on their feet and things like that.
post #18 of 121
Or just do freecycle. We've given away tons via that group and always seen it positively. We had one lady p/u some old futons, sheets & kid stuff who said she had 3 single Moms w/kids living w/her. Totally believed her.

Wow, 7 days in a row of hitting the gym & swimming pool. I am READY for some temps close to 0.
post #19 of 121
If you're interested, I'm from the Kenai Peninsula and I'm working on starting a project called the Cuddle Bug Clothing Project, which gives a bundle of infant and toddler clothing to individuals for the price of shipping (if they're local, there's no shipping) and a $5 fee to cover the detergents, stain removers, and costs associated with donation pick-up and such.

We're hoping to have everything launched by January, but unless we get more donations, I don't see it happening.

http://www.cuddlebugclothing.com if you want more information.
post #20 of 121
Wow. Its cold. And windy. Hellacious windy. Brrr.
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