Saturday, June 30, 2012

I own a home!

I own a home. Once more for effect. I own a home. Not only do I own a home, but I own one in (in my opinion) one of the most beautiful spots on the planet. The closing went smoothly, because it was hot outside my agent asked me to bring Barkley in rather than leave her in the car (again, I love maine!). Barkley spent almost the entire closing with her head firmly planted in the closing managers lap getting cuddles (and the lady was thrilled to have her there). So I think maybe I should change my statement - Barkley and I now own a home!

A huge sigh of relief and feeling like life is both moving forward and has finally settled.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Life has been hectic, and great, all at the same time. So many exciting things coming up. Here's the breakdown -

- Last friday we went out to Monhegan and did the first major dives of the technical course. It went great, hard, but great. I definitely learnt a lot, and gained quite a few more bruises from all the extra equipment you have to wear.

- Miss Barkley has had her summer "do"! Such a cutie pie. They did leave a pom pom on the tail again though. Folks are trying to convince me to keep it. I think it may go away this weekend.

- Friday, at 5.30pm I head to Halowell to sign my life away for the next 30 years and FINALLY buy the house! I'm excited, and relieved, i'm just ready to stop the flow of paperwork! And it means the neon pink bathroom can go bye bye!

- I'm gearing up for several trips - in 1.5 weeks i head to the Arctic with Phoebe, to check out the Churchill Northern Studies Center in preparation for bringing students up there next year. We're only there for 5 days, and it'll be busy, but....we're going to see Belugas! Maybe even Baby Belugas. In the Deep Blue Sea....:0)

- Then it's off to Chile in mid August. That trip will be hectic but fun too. And what's really cool is i've been asked to guest blog on the National Geographic News website, so our expedition will appear there. It'll just be a couple of posts over the whole 2 weeks we're away, but still, pretty cool!

And that's about the scoop for now. I'm excited to get friday out of the way, and sleep for the first time in my own home. Feeling like i'm moving forward. Now just to get a job past the end of next year....:)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Barkley Bear

Barkley Bare!

Monday, June 18, 2012

The guardian.

There's only one dog I would trust in guarding the ice-cream maker, and that is Miss Barkley. There is no way anyone will get into the ice-cream without her being right there. I know my ice-cream is safe in her hands.....

Sunday, June 17, 2012


Another weekend, and another good one. Kicked off on Friday was some good friends coming over for a BBQ to celebrate one year of Barkley being a Maine dog! She's such a huge part of my life now, that it's hard to remember it was just one year ago that I drove to Boston to pick her up from the airport, after a long journey from Hawaii. So we declared friday Barkley Day! 

Saturday saw putting up a washing line (yeah! I don't have a drier, so it's excited to get clothes outside to dry rather than squeezed on a rack inside), building veggie boxes and enjoying the sunshine by having lunch and dinner on my deck. Today it's been filling the veggie boxes with soil and planting (tomatoes, cucumbers, beets, peas, basil, two types of lettuce, chard and kale), a nice 2 mile hike to coveside with Barkley, washing washing and more washing (i'm just about caught up....just) and general house stuff. Even managed to fit a short nap in there too....:0)

What a great weekend - the weather has even been glorious (70F days, 50F nights), and the forecast is definitely "summer" for the rest of the week. Hope you all had a great weekend too! 

Barkley on the Coveside trail. 

My new veggie boxes and washing line in the background. 

Most of my garden only gets sunlight for a few hours a day (there's so many tall tall trees). So ever the scientist I remembered I had some underwater light meters in my office, and decided to put them in the boxes and around the graden to see when, and how much, light each location gets. Really I should have done this before I put the boxes down, but oh well! I planted mostly shade veggies anyway, but I do have a row of tomatoes and cucumbers that I would so love to grow! 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A weekend in the woods!

A birthday weekend in the woods of Baxter State Park. Quiet, calm, friends, food, outdoors. Couldn't have imagined a better birthday! 

Kathy cooking up some breakfast bacon on the deck of our cabin at Kidney Pond. 
Our deck, looking out to the other cabins. 

Rod preps the kayaks for a day of kayaking on saturday! 

Kayaks away - with the camping cabins in the background! 

Mt Katahdin in the distance - the end of the Appalacian Trail! 

Rod and Kathy show how it's done - with Barren Mountain in the background! 

A loon on her nest. So many loon calls - so beautiful and serene!  

A drive by Slide Falls - the benchmark. Love finding these in the woods! 

Slide Falls. 

The view over Kidney Pond at sunset. Now add in loon calls and you'll get the full picture! 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

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Back from DC and have dived right back into work......literally. It's Open Water scuba week and i've been helping Chris with the undergraduates in my new found position of Dive Master. It's been 11pm + nights and 6am mornings, and looks to be the same all week......until friday....which brings a cabin in the woods of Baxter State Park for the weekend.......where no phone, no email, no nothing but moose will find me....I hope. That's if we make it through the week. The weather has been wet, really wet. Which translates into 3ft visibility below the water. Which translates into loosing all 6 of your students within seconds of descending........

Friday, June 1, 2012


Fun few days hanging out in DC with the DDdd's! 

Dahlia, Diane and Davin take a pit stop at the zoo yesterday. 

We tried for a group shot.....but Davin was not having any of that....
Dahlia and I are such angels.....

Today I had an afternoon to myself around DC. First stop the National Geographic Society!

So very cool. I had a hard time getting the Nat Geo theme song out of my head all day though.....

Since i'm now a legal alien, I decided to pop by the White House to say thank you to Obama. 

.....and then the rains came down, which made for a perfect excuse to hang out at Smithsonian museums at the mall. I made it through the Natural History Museum, the Air and Space Museum and then took a quick look around the castle before heading back to NIH to meet Diane and pick up the kids.