Friday, August 29, 2008

McCain's running mate

What do I think . . .

I have gotten a few emails about our Gov being chosen as McCain's running mate today. It has been a rumer around these parts for several months. I am a little surprise it is accepteded. The Palin Family welcomed their 5th child this year, Trigg Van Palin, (come on, I know someone must remember this from my blog). He is a special needs baby and not even a year old, and I would just think that beinging VP would take time away with him. But that's me. I bet our First Man would be with him. When your wife's the VP, you probably don't need to work. They appear to be a happy, commited family who take care of their children, not hire someone to do so.

Now, how I feel about it is . . .

Who is going to run our state? I know it would be the Lt. Gov, but he is running for a seat in the Legislature. Maybe he would decide to be the Gov. So if they both win, who's the Gov? I believe that it would be the Speaker of the House, but I don't know who that is. Guess I need to pay better attention.

Another busy day today. We had our big district Welcome Back Breakfast, then I had a few errands to run, had my stitched removed (which I found out for 5 of them it is $250). Crazy! Last time they used the kind that dissolve, but they didn't and my gums started to grow around them. Yuck. So this time they used the Gortex ones. My mouth is so expensive. At school I worked on my room and office. It is looking pretty good, if I do say so myself. MJ

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Mama Mia

Oh my goodness, what a fantastic day!!!

I got to go to our new high school today, Thunder Mountain. It is incredible. The thought that went into planning and executing this school was intense. It is gorgeous and I just couldn't believe my eyes. The students who have chosen to attend this school and going to be wowed. I know I was. One of my favorite parts is that there are teachers offices in every classroom. How fantastic and inviting is that for students and/or teachers who would like to have a private conversation. No more of there classmates listening in. Or if a student is acting out, you can "pull them in" and now they no longer have an audience. Sometimes that's all it takes. The lights in classrooms are motion sensitive, you all leave the room, they shut off. Colored concrete entryway, which I can't wait for Bob to see and critique. Tomorrow we are having our all district staff breakfast there and I can't wait to explore some more. I don't think that I am going to sleep.

Also tonight I went to see Mama Mia and what a hoot!!! I haven't laughed that much in a while. And cry. Darn things got 2 sets of 3 girlfriends in it. Man I miss my girls, I just close my eyes and see them. It will be so good to be back together again in December. Then the mom and daughter stuff. Oh, thank goodness it was funny or I would have bald like a baby. I miss you mom, I miss you. Anyway, Yvonne asked me what I was doing on Monday, Labor Day and I started to tell her that I was going to stay home, drink coffee and pamper myself. When I stopped and said "Why, what do you want me to be doing on Monday?". She replied, "I really want to go see Mama Mia". "Well Thursday is it's last night in the theater." "Thursday as in tomorrow?" "Yes, do yo wanna go?" So we went. Perks on my job. Movie tickets: $0, Popcorn: $0, Dr. Pepper: $0, a good laugh with a couple of co-workers: Priceless. If that movie is still in theaters where you are, grab someone and go. Besides, who doesn't love ABBA? and own ABBA Gold? MJ

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Day Two

Well, this is exciting . . . I am taking the attitude that I will do my best to jog 5 days a week and and just keep increasing my length of time that I am running. With that, today I went 13 minutes. Yesterday I just thought that I would try to do the 4 again and see what happens, but today I just kept going. It feels pretty great. Then I finished with walking. It's a good combo and I definitely want to do both. Different muscles and in use. Trust me, it's been a while since my muscles have been sore form walking and not these. But it is a good sore.
Home from work(s) and I am a little tired, so it's pack my lunch, dishes, get close out for tomorrow and go to bed. See life is not always an adventure in Alaska. MJ

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

First Day Back

It feels so good to be back. I got up at 6 am (after I woke up at 5:22 from a bad dream and made myself stay in bed). Went for my jog/walk. I made it 4 mins on the jogging part. Then I power walked. I don't feel bad about that. I'll just keep working towards adding minutes.
Off to school. Saw some familiar faces and some new ones. It just invigorates me, I am really excited to be back. I will be training the new Attendance Clerk the next couple days, then Friday we have a big Welcome Back breakfast for the school district at the new high school. After that I plan to get my room set up. If not, I could work on it next week. I am usually pretty slow with ISS the beginning of the year. So it is a GREAT start!
Wow, $5m buys you so little in Hawaii.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Getting ready to go back to school . . .

New haircut

Can't really say "go back to work" since I think I worked more than when school is in. But i am excited to start back, which means I probably won't sleep well tonight. Which is no good since I am up at 6 am, begin my attempt at running, school at 8 am, then the "Dog" for a couple hours.
I just finished up with all my little tasks. Lunch made for the week which is a big help. I cut up peaches and tomatoes, made biscuits and brownies. Little Suzy Homemaker. A little blogging and reading before lights out. MJ

Sunday, August 24, 2008

It's a Small World

even in Juneau, Alaska . . .
A couple of weeks ago I had two "small world" experiences. First, there were a couple of gentlemen in that had on Spartan hats. I asked "What part of Spartan Country are you from?" The response "We are from a small community in Southern Michigan". Me "I grew up in Onsted". Them, "Hey she's from Onsted". Guess what? So are they. Pretty crazy huh? That's why I always ask. We chatted for a little bit and they asked me if I knew Marsha Chatfield. Apparently she is the Elementary School Principal. It was fun. Their wives came in to ask who the girl from Onsted was. They asked Tawney and she looked at them like they were crazy. Poor girl, she's only 19 and to think that she would be old enough to know Marsha. My second "small world" experience happened a few days later when a guy walked in with an Adrian College sweatshirt on. I asked "Is that for real or did someone buy it for you?" It was for real, he went to Adrian College. It's a small, small world . . .MJ

Saturday, August 23, 2008


Which means that I am being lazy and I take issue with that. It's too darn hard to just sit around. I did that yesterday. And I did sleep until Noon. What the heck? I can't remember the last time that I did that. Bob left for Red Dog this morning and he called from Anchorage, just wanting on the flight to the mine.
It appears that the surgery went well, now I am the "healing" process for the next 6 months. But I've done this part before, so hopefully no problems just like before.
Wow, it is a few hours later, I feel asleep again. Yicks. I am going to try and stay awake for a little bit. MJ

Friday, August 22, 2008

Us Blown Up

This is my favorite from the day. We blew it up a little hopefully it's not too grainy.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Just another day . . .

I have the evening off tonight and am relaxing. I am kind of tired. I have my next oral surgery tomorrow morning. This is a long process and I will be happy when it is all done. This will put us half way there. Bob came home for dinner tonight. He leaves Saturday am and so we are trying to spend what time we have together. I head back to school on Tuesday and school starts on the 2nd. It will be good to get back. I am looking forward to it. I plan to do some more blogging this weekend so keep checking in. MJ

More from Point Bridget

Bob chillin' in the new camp chair. It' s the first time that he has gotten to use it.

Another hike on Point Bridget Trail

Bob and I at our campfire. Me, soaking up the rays, I did not know that Bob was taking this, but man that sun sure felt good. Bob in a "patch" of skunk cabbage. Berries along the trail.
Bob and I hiked out the Point Bridget Trail on Tuesday. We didn't go all the way to the Point this time, but stopped at this spot where the meadow opens up to the ocean. It is so beautiful and I love the shades of blue. It was bloody hot, but we still had a little fire. MJ

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Our Friday Picnic

A few pics from our Friday afternoon, when the sun came out. It is out again today so and it is our day off together, so we are heading out soon to enjoy the day.
Top: Mushroom Field
Middle: Self Portrait
Bottom: Bob skipping stones
It was a good little afternoon. We had Subway, sat and watched/listened to the waves and went for a little walk. We are getting much time together these days so what we do get is packed full of whatever we can make it. As we hope today will be. MJ

Friday, August 15, 2008

Mr. Sleepy Head

That would be Bob. He ended up having to stay the night in Haines on Wednesday and got home yesterday afternoon. He was pretty sleepy. So I am trying to be very quiet as not to wake him.
It's not raining this morning, just really foggy, but no rain is nice. It even seems a little bright out.
The rest of this will just be some random thoughts that I have been meaning to share with you . .
* Bob picked up a new coffee pot last night. Apparently my mixture of 3 parts water 1 part milk was not acceptable to our pot. I know, I know, but it taste better than just mixing it in my coffee cup. Now I know.
*We get several yachts in the channel all summer and I often wonder "What kind of person owns those". Since I am sure that my looking through the telescope would be frowned upon, I have just wondered. Then last week two gentlemen came into the Red Dog GS and guess what. They were off one of those yachts, up from Texas. We get a lot of Texans. They were nice and spent some cash. Never batting an eye.
*Hey, the sun is trying to shine!
*We lost another fish. "They" say it's not my fault, but I am a fish killer and it didn't look good when Bob got home. I do everything I am suppose to. I feed them (I do forget sometimes, so it's late) and I talk to them, just like Bob does, but they just don't like it when he's gone. It was so sad, he was a good fish. It lead to a conversation about why we don't have any other pets, too attached and when they die, it's sad. If I can't keep fish alive, how will I ever manage anything larger?
*It's sunny and Sleeping Beauty has woken so we are going outside. MJ

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Lazy day

Bob and I spent a lazy day off together today. I was sleepy, but then so was he, sleeping until 11 am. We have been watching the Olympics. The weather is rainy and windy, not so nice. There were flights canceled this weekend due to the volcanic ash settling over the area. I am wondering if that doesn't have something to do with the weather. It is very gray outside. We did leave the house, we had dinner with Tristan and Adam. The three of us work for the school district and were talking about how excited we are getting to get back to work and get into a routine. Other than that just a quiet day.
Bob is heading to Haines for the day tomorrow to put a starter generator in the bird. It should be a quick trip. He's the traveler. MJ

Monday, August 11, 2008

Oh my goodness, oh my goodness

I rode the bus home tonight from the theater. When I got off the bus I turned to head to our road and what did my eyes spy? A big *** bear crossing the road about 25ft away. I turned up our road and walked quickly up the hill. I didn't look back until I had to cross to our drive. I didn't see the bear so I ran up the stairs and to the front door. Yicks! I am not a fan of being alone at 11:30 pm when that happens. MJ

Friday, August 8, 2008

Addicted to Skittles

It's true, I jsut can't stop eating them. I don't know what the deal is. Now that Bob is home, he is seeing how bad it is. They're just so delicious!!!
Molly "manning the fire"
Bob lounging

Bob and I have spent a couple quiet days together. Yesterday we just stayed home and watched movies. Today we went out to Sunshine Cove for a few hours and just enjoyed being outside. Now we are home, I have made a roast. Yes, I have cooked all of our meals since Bob has been home. We are going to eat, watch Monk and Pysch, love Friday nights. Here are a couple pictures from today. Tomorrow I head back to work, but just at "the Dog" until 4:30 pm, that will still give us tomorrow evening. Bob returns to work on Sunday and we'll be back to having Tuesdays off together. We will also have Friday mornings which is a little more than before he left.

We just finished dinner and my roast was dry, go figure. But it was okay. We are now settled in to watch our shows. MJ

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

He's home

and he looks sooo good! MJ

A little closer to home . . .

That's right, Bob just called from Anchorage, he's getting closer to home. His flight is delayed /2 hour for mechanical difficulties (that never makes me feel warm and fuzzy). Me, I am just trying to do everything in slo-mo so I don't get done too soon and start pacing (or show up at the airport an hour early).

It's been beautiful out the past two days, our first two days of summer. It was 72 at 5:06 pm (on my walk home from work I pass the clock). That is an intense heat here. It felt good. Hopefully the weather will hold for Bob to enjoy some of it. He had some crazy weather at Red Dog. Snow in July. His comment "I don't know what to do with snow in July".

We have a couple off days together. I go back to work on Saturday and right now Bob is going on back on Sunday. It's good we have the time, I have lots of pictures to show him of the Chilkoot, plus, I just miss him. Just being will feel really excellent. MJ

Monday, August 4, 2008

August Birthdays

This is a crazy month for birthdays in our families. Look at this list:
8/3 Miss Jacquelyn
8/6 Uncle Kim and Brennen
8/7 Mom
8/8 Josh
8/9 Court
8/15 Tracey
8/20 Dad, Erica, and friend Brooke
8/22 "Z"
8/23 ARB
8/26 Sheri
8/30 Tom
Nana, Grandpa and Dad Emery also shared August birthdays. The month is full of wonderful people. (I hope that we didn't miss anyone). We are working on this month and trying to catch up for the rest of the year. Who would have thought that "the Hallmark girl" wouldn't be so "hallmarky" after all. My brother still says I remember everything, yeap, still have him fooled.

Happy birthday to all of you. We can't wait to see you all in December. MJ

Sunday, August 3, 2008

North to Fort Yukon

Just got Joelle to the airport and she is headed "way up north, way up north" to Fort Yukon, AK. What an adventure she has ahead of her.
As for me, I am up early, which I so enjoy. Then off to work. It seems to be a nice looking day, we'll see how it goes. The paper said 5 days without rain, of course it also showed the sun which I have yet to see. but a little break from the rain is nice. It's so peaceful in the early morning. MJ

Saturday, August 2, 2008

A couple of days in Skagway . . .

Joelle on a swing at the Mollie Walsh Park
Engine from the White Pass Rail
Me asleep on the ferry (a common site)

We spent a couple nights in Skagway and one full day. The ferry schedule is a little messed up this year. As this was my third visit in 2 months I felt like a resident. Did some school shopping. I finally found the khaki skirt that I have been looking for since we moved here. Bought some Christmas and Birthday presents (hey, I like to plan ahead). Had a fantastic meal (same as I had last time - I just love sweet potato fries) walked around and then called it a day. The ferry ride home was a 1/2 day of sleeping. I have been fighting some cold/sinus thing and I am still wiped out. MJ