Eye can see!!!


glasses1So, I’ve been racking my brain about what to write about over the past few days. Then I realized I forgot to include super important information in my last post:

I can see again!

After going approximately one month without glasses, I now have not one, but two pairs! Thanks to the amazing medical department, and the folks at T&S, located in Christchurch, NZ, I am once again bespectacled.

Despite the fact that I was able to successfully play horseshoes and navigate around town without glasses, I do enjoy being able to see things clearly. Of course, I haven’t seen any auroras since getting my glasses, but I’m sure I’ll have more opportunities this season. Having glasses is also helping me with other things I’ve started taking on here, like giving haircuts. I was asked the other day exactly how I fell into the position of barber, and truth be told, I’m not sure. I volunteered to cut some peoples hair, but I’m not sure why I did it. I have little experience (other than with my own hair and a few very trusting souls). People down here get desperate during the winter. I guess the job that I do with peoples lovely locks is better than nothing. I did give several people haircuts without glasses, and it turned out okay, but it took an insanely long time. And despite telling people that they don’t need to pay me for cutting hair, the barter system has been working greatly in my favor. I was given a bottle of wine and a fruit and cheese platter for my last haircut.

Other than getting my glasses, other things have been happening.

The firehouse is getting a bit of a facelift. One of our firefighters has been working hard at painting accent walls in different rooms around the station. The captain has been replacing the ceiling tiles with the help of our on-duty crews…

And speaking of on-duty crews… I’m sure in my last post I mentioned that we got three additional firefighters. The relief around here has been fantastic. The morale has been boosted. People in town are feeling more at ease about the capability of the department should there be a fire. I know there are probably some people who are curious about the working relationship of Rick and I, and quite plainly – We’re fine. He and I are still good friends and we work well together. I’m happy to have my friend back.

Also, I’m pretty sure I mentioned being excited about the freshie cargo that came in on this last medevac… However, after not having fresh fruits or vegetables for a few months, you don’t know how your body will react until you actually consume said food.

Fact: Your body reacts in ways you can’t imagine if you don’t eat fresh fruits and veggies for several months. However, it is worth it. I won’t go into detail, I’ll let you use your imagination (or not).

The food has been amazing with the influx of freshies. One of the cooks surprised me with a mango (I had told him a few weeks before that I was craving a fresh mango). You don’t realize the difference in taste between fresh and dried herbs until you have fresh ones for the first time in ages.
Okay, I’m drooling, I’ll stop talking about food.

Let’s see… Other things.

We’re starting to get ready for Mid-Winter dinner! The planning/decorating commitee is getting into full swing, and since we work long hours, Marsha and I were volunteered to help make decorations for the soiree. No problem there. But after 20 hours in a 24 hour shift, I don’t know how good the decorations that I make will look…

But at least I’ll be able to see what I’m doing.

Stay safe!

143..no 139…no 141… I’ve lost count


Over the past month, we’ve had two medevacs. Right now I’m not sure how many people we have on station. What I do know, is that we no longer have four firefighters. We now have seven. And that is a good thing. I’m posting a link in this blog to another winter-over’s blog. Ben Adkinson took some amazing photos of the medevac, as well as write an informative blog about the whole situation. I’m sitting here in my room chuckling about the nickname of the flight – OOF – Operation Old Flame. I wasn’t the only person who had an ex arriving on this most recent flight.


Above is the link to his site. I highly suggest you read his posts.

Random winter thoughts

I want to dye my hair blue. Not like Marge Simpson blue, but a light shimmery blue.

If you have never listened to Lindsey Stirling, I suggest you check out her music.

I’d love to have a mango.

I’m thinking about spending the summer season down here.

I’m not as good at Halo as I once thought I was.

I’d like to learn how to dance.

I am sure that I have the best family in the world.
I also know for a fact that my friends are the best, ever.

I’m hoping I get some glasses soon because I miss seeing clearly.

A lot of people think that the most awesome thing I’ve done is the whole going to Antarctica thing. It’s not. The most awesome thing I’ve done is becoming an Aunt. And I didn’t even have to do anything to achieve that.

I miss dispatching police officers. I miss a good training day, evening shift with multiple traffic units out. I don’t miss it enough to go back to doing that full time though.

I just had to get those out of my head. Yeah, I know that this is basically a “filler” post, but I’m trying to do better with my posting at least once a week.

I promise to post more interesting things next week.