Day 173: Octopus love

I fell in love with Mr. Octopus when I walked into a November craft fair and spotted him across the room: towering above the sand and rock, beak reaching to the water’s surface over stiff extended arms, skin red, suction cups at attention.

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Day 114: A Thanksgiving toast from Kwajalein

As much as I try to remind my kids that Thanksgiving is a time to practice gratitude, for Brad at least, Thanksgiving Day is all about the mashed potatoes.

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Day 88: Snorkeling with puffers, day and night

I had the pleasure this weekend, to make the acquaintance of a very large white-spotted pufferfish during an afternoon snorkel. He and I first locked gazes underwater, his black eyes encircled by bright white rings and stark toothy beak in a wide O, as surprised to meet me as I was to spot him, perhaps?

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Day 70: From small-town Nebraska to a dot in the Pacific

From small town Nebraska, to a dot in the Pacific, we’re welcoming my parents to Kwajalein this week.

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We’re ready: Sign up today for Postcards from Kwaj!

The house in unpacked, I’ve hung all my pictures on the wall, and we’re pretty well settled into our new house on Kwajalein. So what that really means for you is: I’m ready to send some postcards. 

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Day 17: Snorkeling in a Kwajalein tide pool, or: What it’s like to swim in an aquarium

When I first started telling people I would be moving to Kwajalein, I never knew what reactions to expect. I got a lot of “That sounds great for you, but we’ll really miss you.” But one response from a computational biologist stands out in my mind: “Why would you move there? There can’t be very much species diversity, right?”

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