Friday, July 3, 2009

Quick Update

I just went home for a almost a week to witness my sister Sara do the unimagineable, get married. It was a great trip, great people great city great sunshine... everything was great! And since I have been back I have been more upbeat and refreshed in general. And today it got sunny here, which was nice.
Basically I have been here for like a month and a half already and only have the same amount of time left, which seems waay to short! Especially compared to last summer which seemed like a whole year in itself. I have made some new friends since being here and have really enjoyed my time getting to know them and the encouragement they have been to me in a place where I knew essentially no one. I don't really have a whole lot to report on my adventures seeing as my biggest one was going home and other than that I work almost all the time and am so tired at the end of the day that I usually just kind of veg out a little and relax and then go to bed. Sometimes I go on really long runs (like I did today) and enjoy the nice weather and the scenery. I did just purchase a car, Quirky Murky is its name, and now have some mobility of my own to cart me around town. I even bought a little disco ball in portland to hang from the rear view window. Today when the sun came out it hit the ball just right and little reflections of light shone all around my car as the song "what is love" blasted on the radio.... the classiest ride in town!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

3 Weeks Of Sunshine

It is incredible here! There have only been like 2 days of rain since I got here and for the last week or longer I have been wearing shorts and t-shirts. One day I even had the audocity to wear a tank top. I got burnt, again. I have basically been experiencing both kinds of Alaska, last summer was the aweful rainy and this summer is the beautiful nice, neither of them typical.

My job is still going pretty well. My bosses say I am doing a good job and I believe that I am as well. I enjoy it, mostly because it comes with being hit on by old men constantly, and who could ever ask for more?!?:)

I have started going to Crossroads Church which meets on Saturday nights and so far I really like it. I mean its different, but sometimes you need different to really understand why you are doing what you are doing and if you should be doing it. The people there are really sincere about God and they interact in each others lives throughout the week. They are like a community, its really great! Its a small church, only like 30 people including the kids, and I think I have already gotten to know them all. After church every Saturday we have a bbq at "the guys" apartment just across the street from my own. The church is actually just across the other street, its nice to have everything within waling distance!

Kate was out of town for a week and a half and let me use her car, but she just got back which is exciting to see her again, but now I am without a car again, so I really need to go get one! Which I am still working on!

I haven't seen a bear yet, which I am a little bummed about. But I have visited my old house twice, each time making it seem more and more like I really am in Juneau. Sometimes I forget its the same place as it was last summer, and also sometimes I forget that I ever left... kind of confusing I know, to always be here and to have never been here before at the same time. Anyway, Andrea (my roommate) and I hiked Mt. Roberts on Thursday or Friday and bought trinkets at the gift shop so we could ride the tram down. I bought a cute mug and then I dropped it when I got down and broke the handle.. figures.

There was a "Juneaupalooza" on Friday night with lots of local bands that played. Dearing and Down was there but they still hadn't played by midnight and we were pretty tired so we left... I have yet to watch them play.:( However there was a rap concert in town, the "Swollen Members" were here. Aparently they are awesome and my friend Greg has been a fan since he was in college a long time ago. But I met them, they were at the Hanger and Greg found out so we went and saw them and talked to them for a second, it meant basically nothing to me but I think Greg's world was changed forever. And Every Day Sunday is coming on June 14th to play so that is exciting also.

Well its a friend of mines birthday today and she is having a bonfire out the road on North Douglas so I better be off....

Friday, May 29, 2009

Back In Alaska

Well I am back in Alaska for the summer. Perhaps this summer I will be better at keeping up to date on my blogging.
I got here 2 weeks ago today but it doesn't really seem like it has been that long. This year I came by myself, no sister or roommate or anything. However I am working for some good friends that I met last year, so I am not completely alone.
So far it has been a weird whirlwind of familiarity mixed with something quite the opposite. As soon as I stepped off the plane and into Greg's car and began driving down the highway towards town I felt as though I had stepped back in time, as if I had never left. Ever since that moment I have had to figure out what is still the same and what has changed. Most of the places and even some of the people have not changed at all since I left last summer, but I have changed and so have those around me. I am meeting new people and reaquainting with some old ones, and its been a giant game of figuring out where things are now and what my place is in this city this time around.
I have so far been enjoying myself. I stayed with a girl I knew last year for the first week and a half and two days ago I finally moved into my new home for the summer. A different home that I was planning on, but this one is closer to town and with Christians as well as a little bit cheaper. My job is going great, I am doing well and my bosses keep praising me every day and saying that I am their "Ace". It is a day by day thing though, and every day brings with it is own possibility of doing either really well or really poorly. I am a "booth person" which means I stand in a booth in a row of booths and vie for the tourists attention so I can sell them tours and make commission. Its actually kind of fun and entertaining because all day long I get to people watch and my actions bring direct results. However I never know going into the day how I am going to come out of it, if I will have made a good amount of money or barely anything. It keeps me on my toes.
Its been a little hard just making myself feel comfortable and at home here again, happy. Most of the people I hung out with last year are not here any more and so in the evenings after work I have to find new ways of having fun. A few nights I have spent by myself and while some have been really nice and relaxing, I can't help but feel a tinge of lonliness at not having anyone to share these moments with. But over the weeks I have been meeting new people and rekindling old aquaintances that I think will turn into nice friendships this year, so I am not too worried, its just the time spent before everything gets rolling that is the hardest. It always is, but it always works out as well.
For those of you who know, Doc Waters, Chilkat Cones and that little diner have all closed down and are now just empty rooms. The parking lot across the street where the busses pick up and drop off is half demolished along with part of the hill behind it, they are making a parking lot. The Mongolian grill is gone and is now an Italian place that isn't that great, but it still looks the exact same and is run by the same people. They have new booths down on the docks, they are really tall and wooden, although the ones on the other side of the tram are the same, but they have been painted white instead of green. Silverbow I think has new paint on the inside, but the colors may still be the same, althout some things have been rearranged in the front area where you order food. That big cabinet is gone and there are shelves on the wall instead. The church by my old house (where some ACA guides are living, the Tandy's and Joel Hunt along with a guy Brad Hurd from school and another guy Jeff are all in there, so I have visited and it was awesome, different but still so much the same) is almost finished now, it used to just be a construction site with a big sign of a picture of the new church and a newspaper ad about when the church burnt down. The man in the wheel chair is still there still saying the same jokes, and the same homeless people are still walking around, although they have taken to sitting on benches and holding signs asking for money. Also the Creating Place has closed down which I was extremely sad about, and there is new Weimer art up in Heritage (Coffee, not Heights, which I still keep saying). I still get asked what there is to do at the Glacier and people still want to know what sea level we are at and how far town is from the very beginning of town. Softball games are every Monday and we wear pink tye-dye and are still called the seabreezes, as we should be. Jackie still bought new shoes on her birthday and ACA is still running around in their water proof jackets, but they can only wear jeans now I think. I still see the guides who live in Juneau catch the boat over to the site, hoping they are at the right dock, and that bear chair is still there, only it has a fresh coat of paint as does the sun dial. I miss you all and if you have the money you should definitely come and visit me!!!!!!!!