Zombie Fourth of July

Trip Start Feb 09, 2013
Trip End Oct 05, 2013

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Flag of Antarctica  , Ross Island,
Friday, July 26, 2013

Yes, I know it is August now and I am just getting around to my Fourth of July entry.  Though I am exactly 2 months out today from getting off the ice and eatting a salad in the sunshine!

But way back in July, the VMF (Vehicle Maintence Facility, where all the vans, tractors, snowmobiles, ect get worked on) put on our awesome Fourth of July Celebration. The evening started with a full pig, head and everything, being roasted to perfection.  But best yet, ICE CREAM.  I am sure that y'all are tired of me going on about ice cream.  BUT Y’ALL there was real not just vanilla, not just chocolate, but peanut butter and some how strawberry dip and dots!  I am still a bit confused how they made dip and dots here, but I am not going to question greatness!   Did I mention cotton candy, too?

Mixed in with the eatting festivities was a chili cookout.  I entered my specialty- Christmas Peach Chili.  Yes, you have to say 'Christmas Peach Chili’ in a southern bell draw to say it right.  For y’all that have not had the pleasure of savorying my very own peach chili recipe, I am sooo sorry.  Let me describe it to you: Image this- the smell and hint of cinnamon from your childhood Christmas, combined with the sweet taste of peaches from a perfect summers day, mixed with the kick of spice that is called chili!  I loved that people would come up to my table and say "You know what Sarah? I was prepared to lie to you and say “Yum, that is good."  But I have to say, it actually is!”  There were two competitions.  One was a 5-point scale of color, smell, taste, after-taste, and spice which was graded by three judges.  The second was everyone in the community could come and vote.  I won the Communities Choice Award and the Kiwis won the Judges Choice Award against 9 other chilies.  We each won a bottle of Scott Base Bottle Champagne.  The down side is I made enough chili to feed in entire continent of Antarctica and have some much left.  Anyone can eat chili three times a day for a week, right?  And yes, it is now August and I am still pulling tuperware of chili out of the freezer to eat.

Like all good country fairs, we had a hot dog and pie eating competition, which worked out great for me.  A friend and I had made a beat the week earlier, that which ever one of us does not loss 2 pounds in the next week, we have to pay the other person 50 dollars.  So I took the perfect opportunity to sign him up for not just the hot dog eating competitions, but also the pie eatting competition without his knowledge.  What do they expect when they just put a sign-up sheet in the hallway unwatched?  For some reason he decided to go ahead and take part in both competitions. Yeah for me!

There were carnival games from washer toss onto the funny looking engine parts to human jinga to beer guessing.  The big event was the live acution.  People in the community donated various items they had.  There were pizzas delivery to your dorm room, an awful cowboy skull pearl snap shirt that went for $250, box of girl scout thin mints, $32.  I got myself a never been colored in Dumbo coloring book with box of crayons for $10.  Sometimes a girl needs a little bit of coloring therapy.  The evening end with 2 different live bands playing.   

As for the zombie acployse.  We survived.  See pictures for details.

Love and miss y’all!  My redeployment date is set for October 8th!

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