Review: Boogie Board LCD Writing Tablet

Hello, my name is Whitney and I am a chronic list-maker.

Work. Chores. Goals. Travel plans. Quotes. It doesn’t matter; I make lists about it all! Hell, I even write lists about lists I need to write!

Enter the Boogie Board LCD Writing Tablet.

Boogie Board LCD writing tablet

I saw one of these sitting on a co-workers desk and it peaked my interest. I did some research and found they are pretty straightforward: A small LCD tablet used to write notes. memos, doodles, etc.

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Our Final Weekends

Spring is peeking through in Denali National Park.When you work in the summer tourism industry, weekends become a thing of legend and myth right around this time of year.

Having even one regular day off per week starts to seem like a luxury in the early months of the season.

But enough of that. Why dwell on what’s to come when there are still a few good weekends left?!

On Sunday Ventsi and I took a drive into the park (or Denali National Park, if you are new around these parts and don’t know what I am talking about). As it warms up and more snow melts, the National Park Service opens up the park road further and further.

It’s currently open to Savage River which sits at about mile 12 (the farthest a private vehicle can go in the summer months). In the next few weeks, however, they will open the road to private vehicles to a little spot I love called Teklanika.

We didn’t see any wildlife (I guess they haven’t gotten the memo that it’s spring and time to wake up) but the views were still as lovely as ever.

Taking in the view

This coming weekend will entail at least one dinner out and some drinks but I am also mulling over walking in a 5K in Fairbanks on Saturday. The weather is fine and the company will be great, so I figure, why not? I sure as hell could use the exercise!

What are your plans for the weekend?

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Current Makeup Favorites

I’m a total makeup junkie so the recent{ish} arrival of Sephora – also known as The Mothership – to Alaska has not been very healthy for my budget. But, oh! Have I gotten some pretties lately!

Thankfully, I live 5 hours from the store, so I can’t do too much damage!

Here are my current beauty favorites, depicted in terrible iPhone photos.

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The Time Suck That is HOC

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This.

I am not proud to say it, but I binged watched both seasons of House of Cards in about a week.

It’s downright riveting.

The acting is superb; the plot captivating. I’ve always been a Kevin Spacey fan, but he blows it out of the ballpark here (is that even a saying?!).

Every episode leaves your mouth agape and “Oh no he didn’t!” running through your brain.

Good stuff, man. Good stuff (and I am not even a big TV watcher!).

If you don’t have Netflix, get it. If you do have Netflix and haven’t watched this show, what is wrong with you? ;)

Are you a fellow HOC addict? Leave a comment so we can nerd out over it!

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A Soak, Northern Lights Viewing, and Ice Museum Tour at Chena Hot Springs Resort

Chena Hot Springs Resort, AlaskaThis past weekend Vince, myself, and some friends headed 3 hours north to the Chena Hot Springs Resort. The resort is famous for its… you guessed it… mineral hot springs! It’s been around in some capacity for over 100 years.

I’ve wanted to visit the resort for years so having co-workers/friends who have connections there sure made for a memorable visit.

We arrived at the resort in the late afternoon. We had some time to kill before dinner, so we walked around and took photos of the animals, hot springs, ice skating rink, and log cabins.

Lots more photos after the jump!

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Bette Midler at the Oscars

The 85th Academy AwardsÆ will air live on OscarÆ Sunday, February 24, 2013.

There are no words to describe how excited I was to see/hear Bette Midler sing Wind Beneath My Wings live on stage at the Oscars.

Wind Beneath My Wings was my absolute favorite song growing up. I remember asking my mom over and over to call the radio station to request it for me. Yeah, I was a weird kid.

My friends, who were watching the show with me, probably thought I was completely insane as I teared up over her performance and shushed them into reverent silence. I suppose it didn’t help that she performed during the In Memoriam tribute montage.

The Divine Miss M, man. ^8 and still rockin’ it.

As an aside, she’s magical. Literally… Her performance in Hocus Pocus stole the show!

If you didn’t catch her at the Academy Awards, here’s a video. Have some tissues nearby.

Simply glorious!

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Chicago in Instagram Snaps

Who: Myself and a work colleague during the week; my mom for the weekend

What: A business trip with some tourist-y time at the end

Where: The chilly streets of Chicago 

When: 19-Jan thru 26-Jan

Why: Work and play

City stroll

That's me!My kind of bar! ;)Brr!

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Has It Really Been Almost 2 Months?!

Hello dear interweb friends!

Nearly two months have flown by since I last stopped by this stomping grounds o’ mine. I’ve definitely been thinking about posting but I never quite seem to translate thinking into doing. 

I just finished watching a rather inspiring TED Talk, so I’m all jazzed up at nearly 2am and thought I’d end the blogging drought with a quick hello and update.

I’ve been utterly swamped with work. After getting back home to Alaska from vacation over Christmas and New Years I changed jobs, moved, traveled for business, and am now just struggling to keep my head above water with work. And I thought my job would less stressful in the winter! Pssh!

Don’t get me wrong, though. I am actually LOVING it! I got back a few weeks ago from a week in (frigid) Chicago where I was recruiting for my company. It was exhausting but I love spreading the word and talking to people about working in Alaska and getting on board with Holland America Line and Princess Cruises’ land operations all over Alaska and the Yukon (*cough* GIANT PLUG *cough*).

And being back in Healy/Denali is amazing. It’s always been home.

I’ll spend the next few months interviewing, hiring, working on projects, and preparing for the summer tourism season.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat. 

Because it’s been so long since I blogged I actually considered just giving it up entirely. But then I caught myself wanting to share some photos, tell you about a trip, or just generally spew the randomness that is typical of this blogs 3+ year (is it 4 now?!) lifespan.

I’m not entirely ready to throw in the towel yet. The days of a post-a-day are certainly gone but I am making it a goal to post more regularly than once ever two months – that’s for sure!

Here’s a little bit of what’s been going on in my world as of late:

  • Vince has been in Bulgaria for about a month now and has another few weeks to go before heading home to Alaska. I’ve been so busy with work that I haven’t had much time to miss him like I probably should but I am more than ready for him to be back.
  • Jerry (Vince named him), our foster-turned-adopted Beta fish continues to thrive and is only treats me with contempt. He much prefers Vince.
  • I’ve been moved into our new digs in Healy for almost a month now and still haven’t unpacked. There’s a definite trail that leads through piles of (clean) clothes to my bed. Someone call Hoarders and get me some help!
  • I treated myself to the complete Harry Potter series on Kindle for Christmas and then proceeded to go into full hermit mode until I finished the last book a few weeks ago. Two notes: I’ve fallen even more in love with Remus Lupin and I still pat myself on the back for knowing Snape was good all along. Oh, J.K…you are a genius!
  • We’ve been experiencing unseasonably warm weather in Alaska the past few weeks with some record-setting high temperatures for this time of year. The bears are all sorts of confused and are coming out of hibernation thinking it’s spring. Thankfully, it snowed pretty heavily yesterday and the temps have dropped back to their more normal -20 F.
  • The Opening Ceremonies for the Olympics were tonight. I thought they were pretty cool overall. Long but really interesting and beautiful. Someone definitely got in trouble for that snowflake/star incident, though.

Welp. That’s all from me for now, folks.

If there are any of you still left out there who stop by this joint, I’d love to hear from you and know what you’ve been up to. **Comments for the poor?** ;)

Toodles!

W.

P.S. I’m still as active as ever on Instagram. Follow me there to be updated much more than once every couple of months!

Hey There!

hello!Just wanted to check in quickly to say that I am still here. I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth!

I had intended to keep up the blogging streak I had in November this month but time has just gotten away from me. The hubs and I are leaving in a few days for a trip home to Utah to be with my family for the holidays and then a trip to Disneyland, Vince’s first! So there won’t be any blog posts for awhile. Lots of material when I get home, though!

After Disneyland, Vince is heading back to Bulgaria for 6 weeks to spend time with his family and friends (I’m bummed I’m not going with him but will definitely be going next year). I will be heading back up to Alaska by myself… Boo!

BUT… It’s not all bad. I recently got a job promotion (based on hotel size) and will now be managing the front desk at the largest hotel in the state of Alaska! Wahoo!! I’m still in Trapper Creek wrapping up some loose ends but will be moving back up to Healy permanently in January.

We’ve loved McKinley, but Denali has always been home. It’s very fitting that we will be back where it all started for us.

This has been an amazing year for me career wise. I went from a jobless expat in Bulgaria at the beginning of this year to an awesome full time job with an incredible company in my second home (which is fast becoming my first)…Alaska!

And I’m actually putting my college degree to work every day. Who would have thought?!

Managing the front desk and bell staff at a hotel with 650+ rooms is definitely going to be a challenge but I am totally up for it and can’t wait for all the adventures ahead.

Stick around, guys. I’ll be back in the new year with lots of posts and even more pictures.

Happy Holidays!

(If you want to keep up with me day-to-day, follow me on Instagram. I post photos nearly every day!)

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