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Sunday, September 23, 2012


When you live in a place where materials are expensive and hard to come by, recycling becomes important.  Building and houses are often moved from one location to another.  In fact, just a few days ago I saw an ad for a house for sale for a really decent price, but it turned out that the price was so good because you had to move it off of the lot so you were only buying the house and not the land with it.  
There arent very many other things to do so following a moving building down the road may be the most interesting thing that happens in awhile.  There was a long line of kids hanging around the building watching its slow progression through the busiest part of town during the busiest part of the day.  There were cars cutting through the grocery store parking lot to get around it.  Interesting thing to see and a small reminder of what an interesting place this is to live.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Number 16: Read a Stephen Kind novel

It took about 6 weeks, but I was finally able to finish reading The Stand by Stephen King.  I asked many people for suggestions on which Stephen King book I should read and there were many people who suggested The Stand.  I really enjoyed reading the book and thought that King's writing style was very interesting.  It was a very long novel, but very engaging.  Some people would say that the book was slow and that it did not have very much action.  The foundation of the book definitely focuses on character development and the action happens subtly between the characters.  There really is no major, outright action.  The action is based on the interactions between characters and the core struggle of every human being to decide where they STAND.

First CC Medal

 Avery has been running cross country this year.  It's his new found passion.  He likes to run. 
 The Bethel invitational is held in the sand pit and is known to be the hardest course in the region. 
 Avery ran hard and held fifth place for almost the entire race, the in the last 100 yards, he put the kid in front of him in his sights.  
 He kicked it into high gear and passed him right before crossing the finish line.   It was the most exciting finish of the whole race.  Even though I only had about half of my voice, I still did alot of yelling and screaming.  I might not even have a voice left tomorrow. 
 Overall, he came in 4th place in the tournament and will be travelling to the regional competition next weekend in King Salmon.
It was his first CC medal and I'm so proud of him.  He pushed himself hard and his hard work paid off. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A little dog visitor

My most recent foster dog was a friendly and cute Beagle mix.  Unfortunately, this is the first foster dog that I havent been able to find a home for and we ended up sending him in to Anchorage for placement there.  I've really enjoyed helping with the Bethel Friends of Canines when I can!  There are so many less dogs on the streets of Bethel.  It's wonderful!

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

God's gift to cinnamon rolls

Last year for my birthday, my friend gave me some real vanilla extract that she had made.  That day was the day that I learned what I'd been missing by buying the fake stuff.  I'll never be able to go back to the fake stuff again.  That was the day my homemade sourdough cinnamon rolls got the frosting they deserved.  And who knew that making your own vanilla extract was so easy and inexpensive?  This fall my friend gave me a jar of cinnamon extract, but I couldnt wait to have some more REAL vanilla so I gave making it a shot.  All it takes is 6 vanilla beans for every cup of vodka, a cool dark place, and about 6 months.