Friday, February 4, 2011

Rollin' along

I kind of like local trains. You can meet interesting people. Sometimes, there are even tables! Of course, the slight downside is that it takes 6 hours to go the distance a fast train can cover in 3.5. But it's amazing how chatting can make the time fly by!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Light up the sky

I fell in love with this song while I was home, so I thought I'd share it with you. The video is a bit intense...sorry about that!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Let there be light!

When I left work this evening, there were actually some remnants of sunset left! This picture looks a little lighter than it actually was, but it was still very exciting! Welcome back, light!
One thing I love about being this far north is seeing the noticeable changes in daylight. Seems to come in chunks or something!

I haven't been to bed yet, at least

All right, all right, I know that TECHNICALLY it is after midnight, but I'm still up. Therefore, I'm counting this as February1.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Resolution check-in

So, this being the last day of January and all, I thought I should check in on my resolutions and see how they are coming along. I try to get them to work independently, but somehow I always have to be there for anything to get done with them. Oh, well. (~_~)

OK, fellas, line up!

1. Take a photo (almost) every day this year.
          This is going pretty well – I think I’ve only missed one. They certainly   
          need to be organized, though!
2. Blog every day in January and February.
          I think I just missed one or two days in January. Hard to tell with the
          weird dates due to my international travels!
3. Walk/run/bike from Wakkanai to Sapporo
         I’m about halfway there! Woohoo! I should start adding all my incidental
         walking, like to school, work, church, the grocery store.
4. Finish my novel (at least enough so that it can be read without extreme amounts of pain and confusion)
         Um, I worked on it for a little while (not much)
5. Try something creative every once in a while.
          I kind of forgot that this was a resolution until basically now. Does
          making some new recipes count? 
6. Read one non-fiction book or classic each month
          Aww, yeah! Both, baby! I read Of Mice and Men for my classic, and
          City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era for my work of non
          fiction. The latter I enjoyed, the former, well, the one thing I
          remembered about Steinbeck from high school is that The Pearl was
          short. This book was also short, which was highly in its favor.

Oh, and one other…I decided to try the K-Love challenge of listening only to Christian music for 30 days. It’s been good!

And now, welcome, new February! January was a long, but good month (which is weird, because it was really about half a day shorter for me)

Sunday, January 30, 2011


I hadn't checked in on my map in a while, and I had some catching up to do. I'm a little over halfway to Sapporo now! This is kind of exciting.

A picturesque day

Here are a few interesting things I saw on my journeys around town yesterday.

110129_1245~01The tree teepee to protect the trees from the snow. City Hall looks pretty funny with four of these in front!

110129_1256~01 On the way to the gym, the sky was really pretty – and it looked really nice next to this silvery building.

110129_1824~02A hat that says North Carolina…and has big, warm earflaps.



110129_1824~03 Anybody want a peanut? There is a spring festival coming up where people throw beans, and from the looks of things, they are going to be throwing a lot of peanuts.