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November Entries

Monday, November 29, 1999

Hi again everyone,

Well, it seems like I'm getting this notebook updated about once a month. That's not too bad, is it? I'll do my best to update it more often. :)

Brian and I hope that all of you had a great Thanksgiving! Although ours was different than usual, we had a nice holiday. We began by eating Thanksgiving dinner at the Army mess hall on post. I wasn't too excited about this, as you can imagine, but as an officer, Brian was required to be there for the single soldiers in the unit who would not have anywhere else to go. The meal was fine, and we had a quiet dinner together. :) We left to drive to Anchorage that afternoon (a seven hour drive), and I saw four moose and four caribou along the way, especially near Denali National Park... We spent the weekend in Anchorage--mostly Christmas shopping and eating at great restaurants! We both enjoy being in the "big city" as much as we're able to get down there. It was about 15 or 20 degrees above zero most of the weekend, and it felt so much warmer than it is in Fairbanks these days!

Today I wore two pairs of pants.
I don't want to bore you and report on the weather too often, but we are asked so much about the cold that I just have to say something! I have to remind myself that it is almost December, and the real cold is definitely here. Today it is -25, that's 25 degrees below zero. And so I have brought the big down jacket out of the closet, and we're plugging in our cars or suffering the consequences. Today I wore two pairs of pants. I'm not kidding. :) Do we get tired of the cold? Not really. I think that we are both used to it--you just have to accept it and move on, you know? And the snow is beautiful. The days are extremely short, however. Today the sun rose at around 10:00 AM. As I write this, it's 3:30 PM, and it's almost dark...

High-speed fighting
Most of you know that Brian just returned from a SCARS training camp in Arizona. You will have to email him and ask him about it yourselves for the details, but I know he had a great time. He is hoping to attend the advanced camp eventually. He even met a guy from Anchorage there. While we were there this past weekend, they spend a few hours working out (hand to hand stuff) together. So it's great for him to have found a training partner somewhat close by.

Rach's stuff
As for me, my job is going well; we're gearing up for the Christmas season. I'm also still working quite a bit on Beginning in January, I'll be increasing my hours at church, and so I'm concentrating on finishing up (as much as one can "finish up" a website) the Valley site fairly soon. Be sure to visit it. It's looking good.

Merry Christmas
Chances are, I won't be able to update our site too soon, so Brian and I wish you all the best of holidays. As you know, we will be traveling to Long Beach, CA and Colorado to be with Brian's family. Have a wonderful Christmas and safe New Year everyone, and keep in touch!



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