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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Want I want for Christmas...

I miss my friends. This has been a common theme in my life. Whenever I have moved, I never really miss the place I left, but I always miss the people. Even living in Ohio, I often missed my friends back in Las Vegas, but I never really missed Vegas. Now, living in Alaska, I cannot say that I miss Ohio, but I do miss having my friends around. I have made some new friends here in Bethel, but your new friends can never know you quite like your old friends.

So, what I would REALLY like for Christmas is pictures. Please send me a picture of you with your family or whatever you want. I would like to get framed pictures of all my friends to put up. I'm not going to hang them on the wall in the living room for everyone to see...no. I've got a little spot already going on top of my dresser in my bedroom where I will see them. I went out and bought some frames. Mostly 5x7 and 4x6. You can send the pics either framed or unframed, but I would like to have a little something to remind me of all the people who are important to me. It can be a snapshot or something professional...I'm not picky. Just a little something to look at so I dont forget about everyone that I love! If you dont have my address, just let me know.

In other news...

I just finished reading the book Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. It was a memoir about growing up in a poor, disfunctional family and becoming a great person because of it. I did not like the book very much at all(sorry Dan). It was just another version of the same story that has been told time and time again. It was very poorly written. It sounded as though it was written by a high school kid. It was told like a "and then this happened, and then this happened" sequence of events. The authors vocabulary seemed limited and her descriptions were plain and drab. I did not feel the pull to find out what happened next like I do when I am reading what I would call a good book. I could probably write a better book than this. This book put me to sleep on more than one occasion. Would not recommend.

Only 8 days of school left before Christmas break. It's hard to believe half the school year is over already. It's amazing how time flies. I am really looking forward to the break. It is much needed..for me and the students, I think. The funny thing is that it just doesnt seem like Christmas is around the corner. I didnt bring any of my Christmas decorations with me, so we dont have any decoration at all up. I havent seen many lights around town either, but, then again, I havent gone looking. Shhhh, dont tell....I'm getting Avery a puppy for Christmas. It's a blonde lab mix. A little girl. She's so sweet. She will be ready just in time for Christmas. We have been talking about getting a puppy for well over a year now and Avery is doing so well with taking care of his responsibilities, so I thought it was time to go ahead and do it! I'm so excited!

There's something wrong with my knee. It's been bothering my ever since the robotics tourny last week when I stood on the gym floor for 12 hours straight. I thought it was just sore from that and that it would be fine after awhile, but it's not. It's stiff and sore and has started spasming. I think something might seriously be wrong with it, but i dont know. I think i'll try to make an appt to get it checked out.

Now that wrestling is over...Avery's bored again. There just isnt a whole lot to do here. I am hoping to get involved with a dog sled team. Some friends of ours have a dog team and have said that we would be welcome to help them with it. The big race in this area, the Kuskokwim 300, will be coming up in January and there is already a buzz in the air about it. It is a qualifying race for the Iditarod. I'm looking forward to it! Should be fun...it's a pretty big deal with all kinds of thing happening and fireworks and everything.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I know what you mean about needing to feel connected to the friends we left behind. I mis smy firends and my family. Oh yes! I chose to make this move and I am not sorry about hat, but I truly miss the others I love and my kids too. They are grown ups but I am always mom....

My little tree has stopped shining its lights on the top half. I've tried to fix it but I failed .... duh.... So I just have the bottom half lit. It is still pretty but not quite what I had in mind. I went to WalMart and they are out of lights. I will check tomorrow to see if Tongass has any now.... one of the realities of living in Alaska: you can't always get it when you need/want it.
Saturday I get my snow tires....yippee! Are you driving much and do you need them too? Maybe you have 4 wheel drive. Most everybody here does and I would too if I were buying another vehicle for here. e have lots of steep driveways and streets (it's a mountainside FGS). Anyway I love pictures or any word from down under.....
Maybe you and Avery can make some popcorn ornaments or just paper ones to give you that holiday cheer. Have you ever made paper snowflakes? It's easy and fun: you never know how they will look until you unfold them.

BTW I am stillin limbo about my jo future. He ofered the one osition to the woman from VA they had been interviewing BUT he says they do want me and he thinks they will have another opening soon. So I continue and am blessed to have a job. Tomorrow night is our office Christmas dinner. I will enjoy being out for the evening. Almost allof the snw and ice is gone now. It's a good thing....(a la Martha Stewart)..

Edna

alisha said...

We get lots of snow and ice here, but I have not gotten snow tires, nor do I have 4 wheel drive. I'm kicking myself now for not buying a truck with 4 wheel drive, but in Ohio there just wasn't much use for it. I have already been stuck once after I got back from Anchorage and there were drifts 3 feet high around my truck. luckily I got loose with just a helpful push from some coworkers. I can already tell that there will come a time this winter when my 2 wheel drive truck becomes useless. I've thought about getting studded tired or maybe just using some tire chains, but at this point I'm just going to stick it out and hope I can get through the winter without getting anything. It is completely flat here and there are plenty 2 wheel drive cars that get along just fine in winter, sooo....we'll see. Not to mention, Bethel is small enough that if I did end up needing to walk somewhere, everything is fairly close and within walking distance. Many people here dont even have cars.

I dont really mind not having christmas decorations, it's just that it doesnt really feel like christmas...it makes it hard to believe that it is two weeks away. Christmas is not my favorite holiday ever, so no biggie. I could go out and buy some decorations, but i just dont feel the need to, but thanks for the suggestions. The biggest thing i'm looking forward to is just some time off. I need a break and need to get some catching up done. I'm looking forward to spending giving avery some of my undivided attention too.

well, take care, edna. Do you have family coming to visit for the Holiday?

Ednawinona said...

I hadn't expected to have anyone come here for Christmas but now it looks like my son Joel may be able to come. It will be nice to share the season with him...

This year enjoy Christmas on your own terms. Sometimes we need to develop our own special traditions to create that specialness and forget bad times. I always make lasagna for Christmas. I've been doing that for years and didn't know anybody else who did it. Now it seems everybody is doing that so I may have to come up with another "new" tradition.

I'm glad you have good neighbors to help you. It means so much....