Elise Sereni
     Patkotak
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
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And why does he have his arm around my mother? And does my father know about him? So many questions… so few answers…
And may I be the first to say, I love her shoes!
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Elise Patkotak • 03:02 AM •
Tuesday, September 01, 2015

I am totally ignoring President Obama’s visit to Alaska, which has Alaskans either thrilled or angry depending on whether you are trying to work, walk or drive downtown. I am ignoring this event because everyone with access to a computer is writing about it. Me? I’m headed to Bird TLC for my Tuesday shift where I will smile and laugh happily surrounded by bird poop and frozen mice.
Everyone marches to the beat of their own drum.

Elise Patkotak • 03:50 AM •
Monday, August 31, 2015
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A challenge to my cousins (cousin) and brother who I know read this blog regularly… name these girls!
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Elise Patkotak • 03:40 AM •
Sunday, August 30, 2015
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Fran had a surprise visitor this week. She sends her love to all her friends in Barrow, Alaska, the lower 48 and… knowing Fran… probably the world!
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Elise Patkotak • 03:33 AM •
Saturday, August 29, 2015

Because he left John Oliver, Stephen Colbert and Larry Wilmore behind to keep us sane.

Elise Patkotak • 03:49 AM •
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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Her name is Judy Sereni and if you see her, be gentle. Getting older isn’t easy for any of us but she was always the kid in the family so this marks a turning point that none of us want to face… though, as you can see from this picture, she’s not going down into old age without a fight.
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Elise Patkotak • 03:13 AM •
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I don’t care what anyone says. For so long as I pay the bills, I should get first dibs on where I sleep on my bed. So Snowy, please stop growling when I move you!

Elise Patkotak • 03:41 AM •
Monday, August 24, 2015
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Usually when I clean bird cages, I put the dogs in my office so they and the birds don’t tangle. The other day I was doing the cages but for some reason forgot to put the dogs away. I was halfway through Abdul’s cage when I was distracted and stepped out onto my porch for a few minutes. When I got back, I noticed two things. One, Abdul was not in his cage and two, the dogs were freaking out. That’s when I saw Abdul standing on the first stair leading to the second floor where the dogs’ food, to say nothing of my/their bed is. Abdul was holding his own against all comers and not letting the dogs pass as he paced back and forth across the stair and yelled at them. I thought the dogs were going to have a nervous breakdown.
In my home. Abdul the African Grey, rules supreme!
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Elise Patkotak • 03:11 AM •
Sunday, August 23, 2015

When you have to call Apple Care for tech support, start off with this statement, “I’m 68 years old and think these things work on magic. I don’t remember half of my passwords and I’m afraid of hitting the Settings button”. The young person on the other end of the phone immediately starts to speak much slower and in actual English as opposed to using those computer terms that still confuse me.
Try it. It works… as does my iPad again.
Thanks Apple Care.

Elise Patkotak • 03:36 AM •
Saturday, August 22, 2015
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So I made a grilled cheese sandwich. Since I’m fairly fanatical that the cheese has to perfectly fit the shape of the bread, I end up with small pieces of cheese that I tear off to create the right shape. Tossed the cheese pieces to the dogs. Each got two pieces. Snowy, aka Tub of Lard, snarfed his up before Carm could even get to his two pieces. When Carm got to his cheese, he sniffed it suspiciously and then backed away and stared at it. I’m not sure what he thought it was but he was definitely not interested in eating it. On the other hand, he wasn’t about to let Snowy get to it. Carm may not have wanted it, but it was his and he wasn’t sharing. So I went downstairs to the office figuring they’d eventually follow. They didn’t. Fifteen minutes later I went upstairs to find this scene. Snowy was patiently sitting and waiting for his turn to pounce on the delicious cheese while Carm halfheartedly licked it and tried to not gag at the flavor. I watched as Carm licked both pieces thoroughly so that if Snowy did eat them, he’d have to take Carm’s spittle along with the cheese. Then Carm finally walked away and Snowy inhaled the cheese, spittle and all, in about three seconds.
You really don’t need a tv when you have dogs to amuse you.
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Elise Patkotak • 03:28 AM •
Friday, August 21, 2015
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Elise Patkotak • 03:32 AM •
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
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Elise Patkotak • 03:30 AM •
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Let Bill do all the campaigning.

Elise Patkotak • 03:08 AM •
Sunday, August 16, 2015

If god… be it a he, she or it… is so fixated on taking attendance on Sunday, why did that god make the day so beautiful that being inside of anywhere is what feels sinful?

Elise Patkotak • 03:38 AM •
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Not only did I just figure out that my baby sister is turning a large number with a zero at the end of it, but I just found out that a Barrow friend that I always think of as the kid I first met there is now a great grandmother. Shoot me. Shoot me now!

Elise Patkotak • 03:36 AM •

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