Friday, October 27, 2006

It snowed!

It finally snowed yesterday. It didn't stick, but it sure was beautiful! I'm kinda nervous about driving in it though. It was snowing a little when I went to the grocery in the afternoon, but it hadn't accumulated enough to make it hard to drive. I'm going to go to Walmart and get a disposable camera today and I'll take some pics.

Tonight, we are going to the Haunted SPAR (one of the ships stationed here) and then to the haunted hayride. It should be a good time. Cold, but fun.

We went ghosting a couple nights ago. I had never heard of it until this year. Here is the definition according to Wikipedia. I changed some to fit how we do it in our neighborhood.

A new Halloween "tradition" of Ghosting has started. In the days leading up to Halloween someone may drop off a trick-or-treat bag (at night) filled with a few goodies, ring the doorbell and run. They include a rhyme that explains the tradition and a paper with an image or symbol of a ghost. You hang the ghost picture on your house until Halloween so no one else with "Ghost" you. You then have two days to "Ghost" two other people.

It's so much fun! We had to go down a few streets to find a house without a ghost on it already. What a good time though. I think we're going to have to introduce this whenever we move. We didn't ring the doorbell and run though. We just let them find it as a surprise. It's really fun to see all the ghosts on the doors in the neighborhood. We have no idea who ghosted us either! We just did random people we didn't know either. We did one at a known Coastie house (we don't know them though) and then another at a newcomer to the neighborhood.

Happy Weekend-before-Halloween!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

It may snow!!!

I'm so excited! Zach called from work this morning to tell me that in this mornings weather brief they said it may snow today!!! A few days ago there was snow at the top of Barometer, a mountain near the base, and the mountains in the distance have had snow all week! It's gorgeous!!! It's so weird though. I saw a pic of some friends from Clearwater and they are all in short and tees and still look hot and the pic was taken this weekend! It's so strange to be here with all the cold weather coming in. We still love it though. I don't know if I'll love driving in it though. Actually, it will be the people driving behind me that are hating me for driving so slow. Oh, well, I'll be safe at least.

It's been a crazy few weeks here. It started off with a Halloween/Friday the 13th party. We were vampires. Everyone loved our costumes. We still don't have a camera, but Z is trying to download some pictures from the file at work (it was a base party). Then the next week, I was rushing around working on the Serendipity auction. I don't know if I put it on here, but I was in charge of inventory for it and also creating the program. I will be helping co-chair next year with this years chair (Aimee), so I'll have even more work to do! It was a great time though! We were able to raise a lot of money for the community and Z and I came home with a lot of goodies (probably $500 worth of stuff for $270). I got a new winter jacket, since I didn't have one that is waterproof, two nights for the price of one at a local B&B, and a Harry and David picnic backpack filled with a bottle of Kodiak wine, Kodiak Salmonberry Champagne, and lots of gourmet foods. Oh! I almost forgot the "More Practice" print by Priscilla Messner. It's a limited edition and SO cool!

I also have a second interview scheduled for the loan processor position. I'm really hoping I get it and will hopefully find out by weeks end. Another fun thing I've done is start belly dancing classes. They are twice a week and SO much fun! And I'm not terrible either! I've got to order a skirt, veil and hip scarf soon though. I keep using the teachers. She is a member of the OSA and just moved here this summer too. She's great. I've really come to like her a lot. It's funny though, I've realized I have a very eclectic group of friends. Z says it's funny to see me talking and genuinely enjoying talking and hanging out with such diverse people. I love it though. It's the spice of life!

Zach just flew over the house again. It's so neat that they are always flying over the neighborhood on their way in or out on a flight. He had duty last night and will again Thur/Fri, so I'll have chick flick night....again. Oh well, he likes the flying here and I like that he's happier.

Love and miss you all!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

A little nip in the air

It's starting to get colder here in Kodiak and I'm loving every minute of it. Last year it snowed the day before Halloween, but I'm not sure that will happen this year. I'm certain it will before Thanksgiving though. I can't wait. Everyone here is hating that I'm so excited about it though. I'm just going to have to learn to drive in the snow. I think we've decided not to get snow tires. They are over a grand and we've been told that as long as we drive slow it shouldn't be a problem. I'm sure some of you are thinking I'll have issues with that, but I actually don't speed here and if I do, as soon as I realize it I slow down fast. It's hard b/c it's a small island and there are a lot of cops for so few people and they like to keep busy by stopping people. Plus, we are the only ones on the entire island with our car.

It's funny actually. We had to have our burner cleaned out last week and when the guy came to do it, he saw our car and said, "Oh! So you're the one who drives this car!" Yeah, small island. That's why I no longer get road rage or speed. If I did, everyone would know and it wouldn't be too hard to find us if a call was made.

The days are getting pretty short now. Sunrise was at 8:36 this morning and sunset will be at 7:16. I've noticed it's been harder for me to wake up the past week or so. My body will wakes me up around 7:30, but I keep trying to go back to sleep b/c I think it's earlier than that since it's still dark. Zach actually had a night flight this morning. He's not used to that either. It sure is a change from the night flights they had when we first got here. They were at at 3 am then b/c that was the only time it was dark. Pretty soon the day flights will have to be at 3 pm b/c that will be the only time it's light.

Not much else going on. I've applied for a job and I hope to hear back from them soon. It is for a Loan Processor position at the local mortgage company. They are a great company (Alaska based) and local. We used them for ours when we bought our house and they are as nice as can be. There are only 3 people in the entire office: the branch manager, loan processor and receptionist. My neighbor is the loan processor now, but she wants to be at home with her son and they are transferring next summer anyway, so she's putting in a good word for me. Say a prayer for it to work out.

Miss and love you all!