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I feel like Venezuela’s performance in cross country skiing world championships in Lahti 2017 is an allegory of life in general

On this day in 1915, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado officially became a national park. Even in cold weather, you can explore the park’s spectacular mountain environments by snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding and wildlife watching. In fact, winter is an especially good time to look for elk, mule deer, moose and other large mammals. Sunrise photo of Dream Lake in 2014 by C. Brindle, National Park Service.

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There is at least one good thing about the snow: there are fresh prints every morning from deer, rabbits, squirrels, and all the other small things that still live in the woods. It’s comforting to know that they are not entirely alone. She tries not to think about the possibility that they may, at some point, need those animals for food. She’d rather save her bullets for creatures who deserve them.

There is no shortage of those.

They’ve had five straight days of sunlight and the snow is starting to melt. Outside the window Skinner is stomping around the yard, brow knit in concentration. Mulder is upstairs doing who knows what, and Will—

Lately Will makes her nervous. His blue eyes absent, unfocused; he spends hours holed up in Mulder’s old office, and Scully doesn’t want to ask him what he’s doing in there. He has little enough privacy as it is. She can’t decide if she is afraid for him or afraid of him.

She can feel the narrative unraveling.

In her notebook she writes tirelessly, looking for connections, clues that might lead her to answers. She thinks of her father more and more often these days. The stories he’d read her before bedtime, tales of quests and journeys. It was the only time she had her father to herself; none of her siblings had the patience for being read to. But Dana had loved those moments: her father’s gruff voice, the sound of the pages turning. She’d read to Will like that, too. Harry Potter, the Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit. She still has her father’s old copy of Moby Dick — it was the only specific bequest he’d made to any of his children, a fact that had driven a wedge between her and Bill that they’d never entirely overcome — but she’d never read it to Will. It belonged to her and Ahab, and anyway, by the time Will was old enough for it, he’d wanted to read things all on his own.

She’d understood him better then.

Skinner comes back inside. “I’m going to walk to town,” he announces.

Scully closes the notebook and stares at him. “You’re not serious.” The snow outside is still at least eighteen inches deep and town is eight miles away, no easy trek in good weather.

But he reaches behind him and holds out a ski pole. “I went looking through your neighbor’s shed.”

“You’re not serious,” she repeats. And on the other hand, why hadn’t they thought of it earlier? The McNallys, a two-lawyer husband-and-wife team with three comically good-looking children, played every sport Scully had ever heard of, and some she hadn’t; she’ll never forget when Will came home from their house asking if he could take up hurling.

“There are two pairs,” Skinner says.

Mulder’s halfway down the stairs. “Two pairs of what?”

“You any good at cross-country skiing?”

He raises his eyebrows. “It’s been about forty years.”

“It can’t be you,” Scully says quietly. “I’ll go.”

His eyes flash dark but it’s gone in a second. He straightens his back. “Sure,” Mulder says. “Of course.”

“What are you expecting to find?” She addresses the question to Skinner. Scully knows what she expects: a ghost town where she used to buy groceries and pick up lousy take-out Chinese. Bloodstains on the floorboards and darker things, too, and the bodies taken away, stolen, the memory of headlights in the dead of night.

Skinner leans his back against the door. “A message. Information still travels, Dana, you know that. You carried some of those messages yourself.” All those lists of names; she still sees them on the back of her eyelids at night. “Or — it’s possible my contact made it there before the snow.”

“And he’s stayed there for three weeks?” Scully asks, dubious.

The older man gestures toward the window, where the sun glints too-bright off the snow. “Where else would he have gone?”

She remembers Antarctica, her feet sinking deeper into the snow with each desperate step. She remembers looking behind her to see how far they’d come. It felt like they’d been walking for hours but the place where they’d fallen was only a hundred feet back. Their footprints in matched sets then, as always, except where one of them had pulled the other through.

“If we’re going, we do it now,” she says, and she doesn’t look at Mulder. “So we can get there and back before the sun sets.”

“Agreed,” Skinner says.

Scully fights the urge to hunt down Will and tell him goodbye. We’ll be back tonight, she reminds herself. He won’t even notice we’re gone.

10 UNTRANSLATABLE NORWEGIAN TERMS

1. Skjerp deg

This phrase does not bode well for you. It usually means you’re making an idiot of yourself. “Skjerp deg” could be translated as “Sharpen yourself up,” and it’s used in all sorts of contexts.

Teachers use it to tell students to pay attention. I yell it at friends who are doing something ridiculous. Cops use it to tell off criminals who are obviously lying to them, parents say it when telling off their five-year old who has just drawn with crayons all over the new wallpaper.

2. Kos(elig)

This is a common feature of all the Scandinavian countries: We have a word to describe the feeling of warmth and friendliness that arises from sharing simple pleasures of life with people you like.

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Zodiac Advent Calendar Day 9: Winter Sports for the Signs
  • Aries: alpine skiing
  • gliding down a mountain, gravity and balance, incredible speed, strength and agility, fine motor skills, demanding and unforgiving, constantly changing conditions
  • Taurus: ice hockey
  • maintaining balance, moving quickly, lower- and upper-body strength, sacrificing for a team, resiliency, generosity and optimism, pushing each other to the limits
  • Gemini: ice speedskating
  • falling and getting back up again, body control and stamina, improving muscle strength, balance and coordination, finding your pace, fast but elegant race
  • Cancer: bobsledding
  • feeling like a speeding bullet, trusting your teammates and own abilities, great strength required, the wildest roller-coaster ride, driving solely by feel, precision
  • Leo: freestyle skiing
  • perfect balance of body and mind, variety of flips and twists, an open and creative sport, speed, height, excitement, putting on a show for the judges
  • Virgo: cross country skiing
  • pushing yourself, hard work, stamina required, scenic views, balanced tempo, varied track (flat,curved, uphill, downhill), great workout, physically demanding
  • Libra: figure skating
  • elegance and beauty, hard work and body tension, swirling over the ice, unity of body and music, flexibility, the feeling of hovering in the air
  • Scorpio: snowboarding
  • flying down a hill, fast speed, cold air on your face, confidence, taking risks, using all your senses, riding your heart out, falling down and getting up
  • Sagittarius: ski jumping
  • being aware of what every fiber in your body is doing, the risk of falling, the feeling of wind flowing around you, the absence of worries, incredible body tension, perfect timing
  • Capricorn: biathlon
  • the collaboration of body and mind, acurracy, concentration and stamina, strain and relief, the perfect balance of speed and precision, final sprint
  • Aquarius: luging
  • incredible speed, feeling even the tiniest bump in the ice, body tension and concentration, the sleigh responds to every move of your body, danger, trust in your mind and body
  • Pisces: nordic combined
  • air and earth, flying and running, all-round cardio workout, strong balance and flexibility, use of two opposite muscle types, explosiveness and strength vs. swiftness and endurance

anonymous asked:

what is the 3 most popular sports in norway?

For audience, its cross country skiing, biathlon (skiing and shooting w guns) and handball (followed by alpine and soccer). For popular in what most people do its soccer, handball and dancing (I think. sources for these are inconclusive) 

Favorite Winter Sports

(I was missing the times back when I would go snowboarding and stuff so I decided to do this. this is 100% for my own self indulgence)

Maul: Ice skating. Maul likes how rigorous the sport is and how it focusses a lot on endurance and  agility. It also helps that those are the two areas Maul specializes in.

Obi Wan Kenobi: Cross Country skiing. Obi Wan wasn’t too fond of the extreme side of skiing, but he enjoyed putting in the effort and the concentration that came with cross country skiing.

Qui Gon Jinn: Snowboarding. Qui Gon was always more relaxed and enjoyed the freedom that came with snowboarding.

Anakin Skywalker: Ice Hockey. He likes the loose rules and it’s probably the only sport that won’t penalize him for being a ‘little’ too aggressive.

Luke Skywalker: Bobsledding. Luke understands that there has to be strong teamwork in order to succeed and he gets to experience that in bobsledding.

Han Solo: Skiing. While he’s not into doing jumps, Han enjoys trying to one up his record times on more difficult slopes.