Sunday, March 15, 2015

Pi Day

Yesterday was Pi Day and a special one at that...3/14/15.  I dislike the idea that females are not good at math, even though I sort-of bear out that stereotype. Higher level math was never my strong suit (even though I did make it through research and statistics in grad school!)  I like to think that I could have been better at it if I'd had a teacher who encouraged me more and tried to explain the concepts more clearly.  I remember struggling along and having high school teachers who just didn't give a flip.  :)  I am old enough to say I grew up when it was a widely held belief that girls just weren't that talented at math so there was not a lot of effort put forth if we didn't "get it" right away.  Thankfully, things have changed at least a little bit and I have a daughter who majored in math and taught high school geometry --  I count that as my revenge on all those teachers who wrote me and my sisters off.  :)

So I am not commemorating Pi Day out of any attachment to mathematics...I just think it's fun. 

What do you get when you take the sun and divide its circumference by its diameter?…Pi in the sky.

I read an article in the New York Times  which attempts to explain the mystery and wonder and significance of Pi.  But what jumped out at me more than anything was this line in the beginning:  "Typical celebrations revolve around eating pies and composing “pi-kus” (haikus with three syllables in the first line, one in the second and four in the third)."   What?? Pi-kus?  Now, that's something I can relate to!

On my Facebook page this morning, I invited my friends to leave me a pi-ku.  Since I was posting instead of snoozing, I left this one as an example:

2 AM

When I got up today, several people had left their pi-kus.  Here's a little sample.

6 AM
Wide awake now
--My mom

8 AM
Cat on my lap!
--My cousin Mary

5 am
Reading good book
--My friend Jeanie

awake? Please.
- nope. -
asleep again.
--My friend Bailey

Still my heart
I love thee so
--My friend Maggie

Pi day now
which should we bake?
--My friend Bonnie

Pi? Yes i
--My sister Kathi's cold
A sneak attack
--My friend Tammy

Why, oh Pi,
Your length not end?
--My friend Steve

If you want to join in, leave your pi-ku in the comments.   Thanks, friends, for making Pi Day more fun than my high school teachers ever did.  :)

Saturday, March 14, 2015


This was February last year.  I needed a sled to get up and down the steps outside our house! 

You can see the piles of snow around the eagle and more snow falling in the background.

This was February this year.  No snow on the ground, and our little crocuses decided it was okay to come out.  Not good!

We have had the mildest, warmest winter on record.  It seems very weird when everyone I know in the lower 48 is having snow, snow, and more snow.  Although I am not crazy about being super cold and slogging through snow and ice and slush every day, it worries me that our climate is changing so drastically.  Have you read this article about the little town of Shishmaref on the verge of falling into the sea?  If that doesn't give you pause, I worry about you.

It's Spring Break here in Unalaska, and winter finally decided to descend upon us yesterday.  March 13.  Friday, March 13.  :)  This was the view out our bedroom window before I drove off in a blizzard to go to work.  (Side note: I never had to have 4WD before living in Alaska, and I always have trouble putting the truck into gear. Why can I not remember that it needs to go into H4, not L4?  Almost every time I have to switch it over, I have to ask Rich, "Now what do I do again?!" For a smart girl, I somehow have a mental block about 4 wheel drive).

Welcome, winter...just in time for spring.

Sorry for the long absence from the blog. I have had a few faithful readers send me a note and ask me what's up.  I think I am just a bit bored with the whole thing lately and having trouble finding anything to write about.  We are rocking along with life as usual, mostly working, planning our next big trip (which I will talk about soon!) and thinking seriously about retirement in the next year.  Yippeee!  What's new in your little corner of the world?