Well, the big day finally arrived and the Mrs. and I are proud parents of a baby boy. Baby and Mother are in good health, although the labor was…laborious to say the least. Thank God I’m a guy.

Mandi W. is the grand prize winner of the ‘Name that Cheechako’ contest with: Gabriel Owen. The Grasshopper’s real name is Owen Gabriel. Good guessing Mandi. Since she recently had a baby boy recently, perhaps she was better positioned to ‘get inside our head’. Who knows, but Proud-Auntie will be sending her a prize shortly.

The Mrs. and I are slowly getting used to this new addition to our family. Luckily he doesn’t cry excessively and sleeps fairly well so I think the transition into parenthood will go rather smoothly. The Mrs. and I miss the unbroken nights of sleep though. Such are the trials of parents. We have yet to be peed or puked on which is a small blessing. I know it will happen eventually, but I’d rather those events continue to be in my future.

Posting will continue to be light. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all.


With the due date fast approaching the Mrs. and I finally found time to rifle through the monstrous stack of postcards in order to cull the best from the crowd. The grand prize winner (closest to name used) will be announced once the Peanut is born. Without further ado, I give you the categories and the winners:

  • Most creative: Linda B. for Kiah Thrence and Kenric Heath. Linda rearranged the letters of Nick and Heather.
  • Zaniest: Mark S. for Ylee and Michael Flash.
  • ‘Hi, my parents are hippies!’: Connie M. for Misty Dawn and Midnight Sun.
  • Most Alaskan: Bob and Ann B. for Ganuk “Snowflake” and Afuyakti “Hunter”.
  • Best use of a 1960’s pop song the parents have never heard of: Bob M. for Juno White Dove and Robert Running Bear. From the song Running Bear by Johnny Preston.
  • Best meaning: Sandi W. for Dillan (Welsh-born near the sea) Zale (Greek-power of the sea).
  • Most likely to have been used in the 1800’s: Josie S. for Faith Tansy and Matthias Methuselah.
  • Least likely to be pronounced by a teacher correctly: Kris S. for Siobhan and Muircheartaigh. Wow.
  • Most likely to require after-school judo classes: Ron and Holly S. for Aquanetta and Brook.
  • Cheeziest: Grace N. for Kerri Boo and Cody Ack.
  • Most likely to be used if we didn’t already have names picked out: Laura N. for Eden Levi and Liam Micah.
  • Best Advice: Bill and Ginny T. for “…remember the problems you gave your parents.”

Have a safe, happy, and tasty Thanksgiving everyone!

Day by Day Cartoon by Chris Muir

Indeed. Now go watch some football or something. It’s -5F this morning, so all activities are indoor this year for us.

Since it’s soon-to-be-famous (who knew?!), I thought I should post the recipe in case others wanted to taste the yummy goodness. I will admit that we found this particular recipe in a health magazine a couple years ago, so the Mrs. and I can’t take credit. It’s good – and healthy (kinda) – and darned easy to make. If you can boil water then you can make this chutney.

Cranberry Chutney

Soon-to-be-famous Cranberry Chutney

2 c Whole cranberries
1 1/3 c Sugar (not so healthy, but needed else the cran will tart you to death. Turkey can’t save you!)
1 c Dried chopped figs (if unable to find dried figs, we’ve used dried cherries instead. Works well.)
5 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp Water
1/2 c Dried cherries
2 tbsp Chopped red onion
1 tbsp White rum (we never seem to have enough when Thanksgiving comes around – blame the Mrs. – and no one has complained when we leave it out. Apple juice can be substituted.)
1/2 tsp Curry powder
1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp Fresh grated ginger root


  1. Bring all ingredients to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and cook 18 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Let cool before serving.

Can also be used as garnish on cream cheese dolloped crackers or as condiment on leftover turkey sandwiches.

And (finally) this post wraps up the list of names that were submitted to us. Thanks to everyone who sent one in. Winners will be announced shortly and the grand prize winner will find out after the baby is born.

Girl / Boy
Hoonah / Homer
Serena / Blake
Denali / McKinley Elias
Skyla or Shyla / Stuart Owen
Allison Michelle / Jacob Ryan
Emalee / Paul
Christina /Sidney
Alexis / York
Noelle / Matthew
Carol / Robert
Jessica / Nathan
– / Otis (Ed. Late entry)


  • Love! Enjoy! Also remember the problems you gave your parents.
  • Buy ear plugs.

So Juneau is on the receiving end of some unusual weather for this time of year.  We’ve been slammed by a week of snow – estimates range from 3′-4′ – and now we’re waking up to single digit temperatures.  I went to work and it was 4 degrees out.  When I came home it was 10.  On a positive note, we’re actually seeing the sun again!  It’s amazing weather, just not normal for the area.  We actually have icicles hanging from our roof that are taller than I am!  Some residents are enjoying the second earliest opening in the local ski area’s history or romping in the snow, while others are not so pleased.  We’ve decided to hunker down and drink cocoa.  For some reason November has disappeared without us noticing and we realized that the baby is due in just 2.5 weeks.  Pretty soon we’ll start counting in days instead.  Cool.

Girl / Boy
Aquanetta / Berry, Brook, Eagle
Sunny Skies / Chance Rain
Katmai Kate / Denali Dan
Alyeska / Miki Nicky
Allie / Denali
Eureka / Klondike
Mya / Gavin (Ed. Finally, some normal names!)
Delaney / Kyle
Faith Tansy / Matthias Methuselah (Ed. Oops. Spoke too soon.)
Kaitlyn Michelle / Kevin Matthew


  • Sleep is only for the very young and the very old…you’re in the middle now, so forget about sleep for a few years.
  • Always take time to do silly things in front of your kids -“embarassment is the spice of life!”
  • Always plan to leave 10 minutes before your kids begin to throw a trantrum. 🙂
  • Don’t under estimate the power of seaddling your infant to relax them at bedtime.
  • Don’t miss anything the first year – It goes so quickly. Housework can wait!
  • Take lots of pictures and videos.