Thursday, November 27, 2014

quya | to celebrate Thanksgiving

Quya: "I's a big fan of dis bed."

By the way, I just found out that Quya is an Iñupiaq word that means "to celebrate Thanksgiving (of many people)."

I knew it was the root word of "quyanaqpak" which means "thank you very much," but I didn't know quya in and of itself means to to celebrate Thanksgiving. Cool!

Snowy morning.

Current Stats:
Time: 1:15 P.M.
Temperature: -7 Fahrenheit, -22 Celsius
Wind Chill: -28 Fahrenheit, -33 Celsius
Sunrise: none
Sunset: none

Quyanaqpak, Father, for...
Thanksgiving break
Christmas lights
apple cinnamon candles
Darjeeling tea
good friends and Just Dance parties
ambition to keep on wrestling with Aristotle's Physics
hope of a new world

Monday, November 24, 2014


The sky was pretty amazing this afternoon.

The color of the horizon in the winter time here is my favorite.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

iluaqsi | to become well, to be healed

I've been MIA for the past few days, sick as a dog, at home, lying on the couch. I'm pretty sure my substitute teacher who filled in for me doesn't speak English. In other words, what did my students do for two days? That shall remain a mystery, and I'm not sure I want to know.

Once upon a time, being sick was fun. You got to stay home from school, watch cartoons all day, and drink Sprite.  But as an adult, all you want to do is chug the vitamin C and pray for divine healing. 

No, actually, all you want is your blankie, Cheerios, and your mommy.

But thankfully, I was feeling much better today, and I even felt energetic enough to take Quya for an evening walk in some rather blizzardy weather. (Winter weather advisory is in effect until 6 P.M. tomorrow. WILL THERE BE SCHOOL? [cue suspenseful music])

By the way, the sun didn't come up today. It will come back up on January 23rd, according to Master Google.

Current Stats:
Time: 8:45 P.M.
Temperature:  13 degrees F (-11 C)
Wind Speed: East 31 mph
Wind Chill: -8 F (-22 C)
Sunrise: none
Sunset: none

Quyanaqpak, Father, for...
saltine crackers
moments of unflappability
promise of eagle's wings
one month till I meet Liam
hearing "FINALLY! You're BACK!" today
student who created sticker chart to motivate herself to stay drug-free

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Studentism #13 | presentate

"I'll be the last one to presentate, okay?"

kirratchiaq | sunny weather (=happy happy joy joy!)

Not sure how this picture happened above, but my panorama shot caught Quya running. She's got a twin! Looks real too. Crazy. I don't think I could handle two Quyas.

I think the mosaics on the corners are beautiful.

I walked Quya across the lagoon today. I felt like my face was going to fall off. It was so cold.

Frozen lagoon. Quya's shadow.

Current Stats:
Time: 2:12 P.M.
Temperature: 0 degrees F (-18 degrees C)
Wind Speed: E 10 mph
Wind Chill: -16 degrees F (-27 degrees C)
Sunrise: 10:27 A.M.
Sunset: 3:58 P.M.

Quyanaqpak, Father, for...
sunshine, sunshine, sunshine
an extra hour of sleep this weekend
cinnamon and orange brewing on the stove
being able to do five loads of laundry at once
fun Halloween night with Melissa