Midnight Sun Serenade Ep. 3, “Laugh Out Loud…Hopefully.”

Ok. So maybe I am cheating a little bit, here, since I am not actually singing. But this is my Blog…so there. Anyhoo, enjoy this set from the Fairbanks Funny Fest!

Midnight Sun Serenade Ep. 2 “Adventure Time”

This is what happens when a three-year old chooses the songs I sing. I hope it is algebraic and not total math. Enjoy episode 2 of my song series, Midnight Sun Serenade.

Banker Boxes

As I was packing up documents at work the other day, I thought that for the next presidential debate in 2016 the candidates should have to put banker boxes together. Whoever does it the fastest and correctly is capable to run this country. Imagine Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie running around in a panic trying to figure out the instructions. Think about it. That is the ultimate IQ test. Politicians seem so pampered and out of touch with the real world, that having to fold a piece of cardboard into a box…when the instructions are printed on the cardboard (and are pictures, by the way) is a pretty good indicator of how they will handle stressful situations.

Who’s with me?

Northern Blights – Episode 5

Northern Blights – Episode 4

Welcome, once again, to the Northern Blights – the northernmost podcast! OK…that is probably not really true, but it could be! Anyhoo…Jennifer, Jill, and Amanda are on location at Jill’s house situated along the Chena River. It is a beautiful 85 degrees, and the sun is shining. They discuss such topics as the disadvantages and advantages of living far away from family, as well as Amanda’s rejection of the belief that zombies do not and will not ever exist, among other random thoughts. Towards the end of the podcast, the world is introduced to a gaggle of kids as they trickle in to get out of the hot sun. Be sure to check out our new intro and outro music, and listen carefully for the dulcet meows of  Tom, the cat.

 Northern Blights – Episode 4

Northern Blights Episode 3, Part 2 – The Earth Day Episode!

Northern Blights Episode 3, Part 2 picks up right at the end of the discussion about the odd lyrics of nursery rhymes, and how we blindly sing them without questioning them. Amanda’s friend and Boomer, Dorothy Snodgrass stops by to discuss the perils of diabetes, as well as her love of Subarus, comfortable shoes, and roast beef. Dorothy also tries out some material for her blossoming stand-up career.

Northern Blights Episode 3, Part 2

Northern Blights Episode 3, Part 1 – Arbor Day Episode!

In this two part episode, Jill, Jennifer, and Amanda discuss generational differences, but, of course, they get distracted by tree sap and Pinterest…among other things.

There is a shameful plug for the hottest new fashion blog on Instragram, called NathanMaren.

There is also a special shout-out to Lindsey Saunders and her wonderful blog called Sew Much HeArt. Please check out the amazing outfits she puts together from thrift store buys. You will be impressed.

Northern Blights Episode 3, Part 1 – Arbor Day Episode!

Northern Blights Episode 2

Welcome back to Northern Blights! In episode 2 Jenn, Jill, and Amanda discuss things we don’t like that society dictates we should like, as well as random thoughts about how Santa’s sleigh stays upright while hovering, and why if humans had teeth like the T-Rex our dental bills would be a lot cheaper. Also, ten-month-old Elizabeth Hanson makes her podcast debut at the beginning and end of the podcast. If you listen close enough, you just might hear her.

Northern Blights Episode 2 – Spit and Halitosis!

Northern Blights Intro Show

Finally, a podcast from Alaska that is worth listening to.  Introducing Northern Blights – The Podcast! NB – The Podcast is a discussion on what it takes to live in Fairbanks, Alaska, as well as other random topics that are spawned by tangential rants. Hosted by Jennifer Waterman Taylor, Jill Rosholt, and Amanda Hanson, Northern Blights is a thought provoking, sometimes explicit, yet entertaining romp through the minds of three women from varying backgrounds. Please sit back and enjoy the experience that is Northern Blights – The Podcast.

Today’s show introduces Jennifer, Jill, and Amanda to the world. We also have a rousing discussion on the common misconceptions about living in Alaska, with a few tangents sprinkled in about Tyler Perry movies and Lisa Bonet’s life partners. Enjoy!

We are still in the beginning stages of this podcast. Eventually, it will be available on iTunes. Until then, please listen to our link on WordPress.  Thank you!

Northern Blights Intro Show

Midnight Sun Serenade Ep. 1 – (They Long To Be) Close To You

Here it is, Everyone! My first video of me singing a song. I hope you enjoy it.

Midnight Sun Serenades

Apparently, getting out of your comfort zone helps you grow as a human being. Starting August, 1st, I’m going to test this theory by posting videos of myself singing a few songs. I hope you all enjoy them. I also hope to post one song a week.

I’m a B Student in Life…ok, Maybe a B-

The other day when I walked into a “Bookkeeping in the Mining Industry in Alaska” lecture, I did not think I would walk out with such enlightenment and clarity – not about bookkeeping in the mining industry in Alaska, but about who I am. I am a B student in life, and that’s okay.

I sat in the classroom full of miners listening to the accountant speak, and I discovered that I’m not smart enough for some aspects of real-life. I mean, I’m not a clod, but I’m not a genius, either. There are some things I just don’t, and probably won’t understand. Taxes, investing, and physics are all subjects I could probably become satisfactory with over time, but until then, I’ll stick to observing humor in everyday life. It is what I’ve always done. It doesn’t matter what situation I’m in, I always see it through my own skewed perspective that I can’t wait to divulge to someone to hopefully make them laugh.

As I looked up at the accountant lecturing, I barely understood what was being talked about. I understood…most of the words in and of themselves, but when a bunch of the words were strung together in IRS-speak my eyes started to glaze over and any information ceased to adhere to the gray matter that lives in my head hole.

But like I said, earlier, I’m not a complete troglodyte (yup, even I know a few big words). There are a few subjects that I excel at…unfortunately, these subjects are usually unimportant crap that doesn’t help my overall existence. I remember sitting around the campfire on an expedition chatting with my boss at the time. We were talking about movies, and I was spewing trivia as if I was going to be tested later on. My boss said to me, “how do you have so much useless information in your head?” After I thought, “well, that was kind of rude,”I then thought…”I like movies.” And really, no knowledge is unimportant to my existence. It is just that the knowledge that I posses seems unimportant in the context of previous and current jobs. Why would a geologist ever need to know that R2D2 and C3PO are on the walls as hieroglyphs in Raiders of The Lost Ark? I don’t think a scientist can get a grant based on the fact that Joss Whedon helped write the screenplay for Toy Story. But there is something to retaining information about subjects you like.

However, I’m not sure if retaining information is equivalent to a high intelligence. I once read that the more coiled the brain was the smarter the animal or person. I imagine my brain as some neurological version of the American flag. The majority of the landscape is parallel lines with one clump of coiled brain matter where I store all the unimportant knowledge…and jokes. Of course, I’m pretty sure none of that is true.

As I closed my notebook when the class was ending, I felt relieved that I was able to come to terms with my inability to understand most of the tax code for mining in Alaska. But it wasn’t just that. I’ve always had a slight inferiority complex when it comes to my intelligence. But I think finally understanding my limits, and accepting my strengths is why I walked out of that classroom with my head held high and with the feeling of enlightenment.

But not all was lost on me from that lecture. I did walk away with something. Did you know that if the IRS deems that your business gives you pleasure (not in a gross way…unless you own a Castle Megastore) that the IRS can change your status from a business to a hobby?