Fairbanksans in the Fall

Fall in Fairbanks has come and gone – it lasted all of 3 weeks. The weather forecast has snow for this week!

Beginning of September, we had unseasonably warm temperatures – meaning night time temperatures as low as 30 and daytime highs up to 70. How do you dress in this weather I ask you? In the morning, when I left the house it was 33F, so I show up on campus in my  full-on DC winter gear (including snow pants!), while everyone else (i.e. locals) are in flip-flops and t-shirts. Sheesh, way to stand out in a crowd.

However, last week the weather turned to much, much colder.  I kinda feel like I’m at the top of a rollercoaster waiting for the descent, b/c this is just the beginning of the cold weather. Kinda scary. The highs these days are 34F and the lows at night are 5 “above.”  And this is as warm as it will be from now until May! Yikes…. Need to go buy some more long underwear.

I am excited to report though that our little tiny heater surprisingly DOES heat the entire house pretty well. Huh, who knew? Before we turned it on (and we held out until only a few days ago to turn it on, it is “only” September afterall) everyone was raving about Toyostoves and how efficient they are. Now – having experienced the amazingness of one myself, I am a converted believer as well.

Fall is also a time for moose hunting.  Once the season starts it is totally acceptable for professors, students and everyone really to miss classes or miss work because they are out hunting moose. You don’t have to give the old excuse here that your grandma died, just say that you had to go shoot a moose and everyone will understand. And if you are lucky enough to get a moose it’s again completely ok to not come to work/school the next day because you were up all night butchering the poor thing. Moose are big animals, the females can get up to 1,200 lbs, so butchering one really does take all night, not to mention that it is imperative to do this right away so the meat won’t go bad.

On a different note, one of our kitties, Theo, got the sniffles pretty bad (that’s when I decided maybe it’s time to turn the heater on). I have never really thought about this before, but observing her, I came to realize that animals – unlike humans – can’t grab a tissue, blow their nose, fold up the tissue and discreetly throw away the snot filled tissue. No – animals, if they need to get rid of snot just blow out their nose real hard and then shake their head wildly to dispense of the snot. And that is how animals “blow their nose.” Now our entire house is filled with snot that has been flung from her nose… walls, carpet, furniture, nothing was safe. What if I started doing that?? It sure would save on tissues…

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~ by yhossain on September 28, 2010.

2 Responses to “Fairbanksans in the Fall”

  1. Ooh, our cat Lily does that snot flinging trick. Always has… she has some chronic sinus thing happening. Here’s a special tip from an experienced kitty snot warrior: if the mucus projectile lands on a heater, CLEAN IT OFF IMMEDIATELY!!!! otherwise that sucker will cook on to the hot surface and adhere until kingdom come. We busted a lot of paint off of baseboard heaters in Vienna removing Lily snots that we missed.

    When is Nate going to bag a moose?

  2. Oh I’m so glad our kitty isn’t the only snot flinger out there! Poor Lily… I will definitely be on the look-out for snot on the heater. Gross! As long as Arlo doesn’t start doing that.. 😉

    I think Nate is gearing up mentally this season, and then next season he’ll be catching Salmon and Moose like a pro.

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