Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The Pelican Has Landed

Or, rather, we have landed in Pelican.

Well, we are all safely here now. (49th state for me!) Yesterday we had beautiful sunshine as the ferry landed--almost unheard of out here. Everyone keeps telling me that it usually pours as the ferry unloads and everyone comes down to get their groceries etc...murphey's law I suppose. Anyway, yesterday it didn't rain.

Thanks to the prayers of many, I am sure, not one piece of our baggage got lost by the airlines, in spite of having three legs to our trip and on three different airlines. 4 large suitcases and 10 boxes all made it through safely. The biggest mishaps were that a couple of my food storage packages leaked...so the clothing in one suitcase is full of powdered milk, the clothing in another has some hot cocoa powder in it, and the third has a generous sprinkling of cornmeal...but hey, reletively minor stuff. We have our own washer and drier here, so I just need to put everything through a couple of rinses and we should be in good shape.

Oh yes, and security took away my liquid cod liver oil which I had thoughtlessly left in my carry-on. Apparently a sealed bottle of CLO poses a great threat to the other passengers... I might make them all take a dose or something!!! (or, wait, I could sneak into the cockpit and dump it all out on the captain...yeah, that would make us crash for sure!!!) So I am out one $26 bottle of lemon CLO. Thankfully it was on sale, so I'm out less rather than more...and I have capsules too, I just prefer the liquid. I guess now i will have to see if I can mail order it from somewhere.

We don't have internet to our apartment yet, and I'm not sure when we will...I need to make some calls. In the meantime, I have sporadic access here from the school, but I don't know how often I'll utilize it.

From my bedroom window I can look out to the mountains rising out of the water on the other side of the fjord, They have snow on top and waterfalls cascading down the front. Places like this are where God began creation...places like Orem are what got tossed together at the end when He was tired. We are delighted to be all in the same place again (for only the third day of the last three weeks!)

And now I'm off to visit the grocery store and the post office and get myself a library card. :-)

Friday, August 17, 2007

August 17

Today seems to always be a big deal.
In 2005, I had a baby due on this day.
In 2005, I miscarried a (different) baby on this day, which also happened to be my hubby's first day of work at a new teaching job.
In 2006, I felt my baby (S) move on this day
In 2007, S turned 7 months old (yesterday), my hubby has just started a new job, and I'm packing my whole house and family to move to a new world. Trust me, moving to Alaska is much more than just crossing a state border. It's like a new country, a new state of mind...a new world.
I'm so excited!

(I had an additional exciting experience this afternoon after writing the original post... I was packing and realized why it seemed like I had so little clothing in the box--I had forgotten to get out any long-sleeved shirts before we put my dresser in the garage for storage! In 100 degree weather, I guess it's logical to forget such a thing, but it meant that I got to go on an expedition--a sort of a cross between spelunking and mountain climbing--into the depths of my garage to dig out a few long sleeved shirts. After all, this IS Alaska we're moving to!)

Monday, August 13, 2007

We Are Moving

Hubby got a new job. Here. It pays better, and it's in a nicer place. The only downside is the hassle of moving...then again, I'm getting rid of a lot of things that I didnt' really need anyway...yay for freecycle!

And, for all that I've always been pretty vague about where I lived...well, I don't mind coming out and saying straight up that we are moving to a small Alaskan town of 150. Why do I not mind telling you? Well, if you wanted to kidnap a kid, you would pick a job easier than trucking all the way out (6 hour ferry ride) to get one of mine. Furthermore, if you already live in Pelican, well, if my kid goes missing I can visit every house in town in an hour or so, and I'll find my kid. SO, yeah, I don't mind saying exactly where we're living now!

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