Q:  I clicked on a link from Facebook  that was from someone not named Krystal claiming this is her blog.  Are you Krystal or are you someone else?

  • A:  Ever heard of Samuel Longhorn Clemens?  Perhaps, but you probably know him better as Mark Twain.  Krystal is my pen name.  Joey is my husband’s alias for blogging purposes.  Mason is just Mason, aside from his 31 nicknames.  I just honestly don’t want every person on the planet to know my real name or my husbands real name.  🙂  I assure you, the stories are real, otherwise they would be way more interesting!

Q:  You never mention where you actually live or where you are actually from, why?

  • A:  Pretty much for the same reason as I don’t give my real name!  If you certifiably need to know my location(s) I might disclose…  There are 229 villages in Alaska.  I live in one of them.  I am originally from Arkansas, there are 503 towns there, one of which I call home.

Q:  How old is Mason?

  • A:  Mason is 7.  His birthday is September 12, 2005, or at least that is what is adoption papers say.  🙂

Q:  Can you see Russia from your doorstep?

  • A:  My doorstep actually faces South.  My back door faces North.  There are other houses blocking my Westerly view.  If those houses were not there I would still be unable to see Russia.  
  • FUN FACT:  I am closer to Russia than Wal-Mart.
  • FUNNER FACT:  Sarah Palin is closer to Wal-Mart than she ever was to being veep.

Q:  Is it scary to fly in a Bush plane?

  • A:  Yes, but now that I’ve been in one so many times, it’s not that big of deal.  Mason would tell you differently.  Some are loud, most are cold, and some have really strange smells.  Since I purchased an iPod my first year, one of those problems is fixed.

Q:  How do you deal with 6 months of darkness?

  • A:  Dealing with 6 weeks of daylight was the hard part (Fairbanks, Summer 2012)!  Seriously, where we live in Alaska there is always at least 4 hours of  daylight and always at least 4 hours of darkness.  It’s not difficult to adjust to the darkness, because it comes gradually, plus the fall semester is so busy it’s hard to notice!  It seems more difficult to adjust to the daylight coming back 6-8 minutes per week of daylight starting in January.  By April, there is daylight until midnight!  Crazy…

Q:  How do you deal with the -40*F temps?

  • A:  Similar to the daylight/darkness loveliness  we aren’t just chillin in +50*F one day and wake up the next and it’s -40*F!  It’s a slow process.  The temps are on a steady decline after August.  The lowest temps are usually in January and February.  We have had entire months under -20*F before!  The temperature starts raising in April, and the snow begins to melt in April or May, usually.

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