Sunday, May 10, 2015

Catching up - bye bye Loki

In February of 2015, suddenly one Sunday morning, before dawn, Loki passed away. He was barely 6, and it was a tragically sad day. From his earliest kitten days Loki/Bitey Whitey/Lokerson Pokerson/The Locust/Lokitty etc. was a total character. He was super twitchy and went back and forth between a cuddly lovey (and bitey) lap-sitting purrfest and a hyper-spazz-bolting around the house crazy pants. He loved Kiki more than anything or anyone, and I don't think he ever got over that loss.

I'm a plant.

Cold Case is my favourite cop show.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

1 year

In loving memory of the friendliest, furriest, people-food-stealiest cat ever.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Xmas 2013

The 3 musketeers - as silly as ever, 23 years strong!

Pizza-making tradition - also still going strong!

Surprise birthday reunion!

A little snow at Doc Daniels' cabin

 xmas morning xcountry ski

gorgeous sunny blue skies

super cool ice crystals

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Last Field Work of 2013

We went out to collect a last few samples before winter truly set in - though we may have been a few days late for that. The result was successful rock gathering and some pretty spectacular scenes.

 We even got some time to look for dinosaur tracks while we were out there...

Thursday, October 03, 2013

I took my Geomorphology class to the Grand Tetons, and then the National Parks all got closed by the government.

Though the weather was rather cold, we got some great streaks of luck to carry us through a most successful field trip.

Awesome luckiness #1: minutes after getting to camp a big bull moose walked through and managed to not poop on anyone's stuff.

Awesome luckiness #2: ran into the son of the late great David Love, who wrote the geology of the Grand Tetons. He gave the class an overview of the geology. It was fabulous!

students drawing sketches and taking notes

 Gros Ventre landslide

 Spectacular view from Lizard Creek camp at the north end of the park

 Spectacular view from Gros Ventre camp

Spectacular view from the driver's seat right before heading home

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I went to Paris for a geomorphology conference and all I looked at was this giant mirrored structure...

So I got to present at the 8th annual IAG (International Association of Geomorphologists) conference in Paris, which was a pretty awesome conference in terms of learning cool geomorphology stuff - but, as a tourist, I pretty much sucked. You would barely even know that I was IN Paris. Oh well, the "Geode" was super cool looking and it was right at the Cite des Sciences, which is where the conference was.

La Geode: view from Cite des Sciences

La Geode: late afternoon

La Geode: sunrise, as seen from the apartment

La Geode: sunset, as seen from the apartment

La Geode: fooling around with mirrors like a funhouse

The above is only a very small fraction of the photos I took of the Geode. I think I have 200 photos from Paris and 190 of them are Geode-related. Anyway, below is the majority of the other 10 photos.

Hilarious diorama in the window of an apartment I walked by daily on my way to the Cite des Sciences

Ultra creepy window... "decoration"? of a hair salon... with dude playing piano inside (as inexplicable as the dolls...)

Oh look! It's the Seine!

Sweet lion sculpture and some sort of famous structure in the background

I spent almost my entire time in the Louvre within the confines of the basement Egypt exhibit. Because it was AMAZING. Look at the freaking detail in those hieroglyphics!!! Look at the face! The feathers! I was completely blown away.

And then I saw the mummies. The Egyptians mummified EVERYTHING. Scarab beetles. Ibises. Cats, dogs, crocodiles, small rodents. They even had sarcophagi. I think I looked at mummies for an hour, and then an announcement went over the PA system that they were closing in 15 minutes so I dashed off to find the Mona Lisa...

...but I got distracted by Roman mosaics, which were spectacular as well.

I did take a moment to look up at the Eiffel Tower as well. It's definitely a neat structure, it's no Geode... but it's pretty neat.