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09 Sep

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Spring is Playing With My Mind

11 Apr

Jens was in Vegas over the weekend, so the kids and I hung out together – which was fine and dandy, except that I didn’t get the chance to go jogging because, obviously, there was nobody here to watch them.

This morning, they’re back in school, which gives me some much needed time to myself.  When I went to bed last night, I could see clear sky moving in over the water, which left me with some hope that I’d get to use this time down on the spit breaking in my new running shoes some more.

Instead, I woke up to this:

…Which left me feeling kind of like this:

Have I mentioned that I am SO OVER snow???  It was well on its way to melting, and was pretty much gone in town.  The spit was totally snow-free.

That isn’t the case anymore.

Boo, Alaska.  BOO.

The good news is that Friday, I had the best run of my life.  The sun was out, the temp was warm (38°), and I got to take my new shoes out for the first time.  They’re light as air (big contrast to my previous running shoes) and I ran 5 miles in record time.  Afterward, I didn’t even feel as wiped as I usually do.  It seems that the right shoes really can make a huge difference.

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Who’s in Charge of the Weather Here?

25 Mar

Spring time in Homer is so weird. The temperatures are starting to warm up, which means a high in the mid-to-upper 30’s most days, so the ice is really starting to melt. It’s completely gone off the roads, except for our property, which is a mushy ice-covered slush-fest. The best part of the newly-cleared roads for me is that I can finally use the running trail on the Spit again.

I’m really a fair-weather runner, so my enjoyment of the sport declines dramatically when conditions are not sunny and 60°.

Yesterday was overcast and 34°.

However, I’ve been missing the ability to go for a jog these many months, and yesterday I couldn’t take it anymore.  I grabbed my shoes and headed out.

Well, ok, I bundled up in several layers and gloves, strapped on my newly acquired knee braces that I can’t live without (remember the part where my body started falling apart at 30?  Yeah…), did a million jumping jacks to warm my body up enough to survive the cold, finished syncing my brand new playlist on my iPhone and headed out.

It was cold and kind of uncomfortable at first, but I soon got into the rhythm of things and didn’t even notice the weather after about 15 minutes.  Being my first time back, I took it easy and only jogged for every OTHER song.  Even still, today every muscle from my lower back down to my toes is sore.

It was wonderful.

I fully intended to rest my aching body today, but this afternoon the SUN! CAME OUT! and I couldn’t resist it and headed back down for another go.  Running the Spit in the sun is seriously addicting.  It’s the only form of exercise I’ve ever experienced that feels more like an indulgence than an obligation.  My feet feel like they’re about to burst into some serious blisters and I probably won’t be able to walk tomorrow, but it will have been totally worth it.

So back to Homer being weird in the spring.  It was cloudless and sunny at my house when I left.  On the way to the spit (10 minutes from my house) I drove through a patch of sleeting ice balls.  When I got to the spit, it was sunny there, but the surrounding mountains were shrouded in low-hanging deep blue clouds with only the tops poking out.  I ran/walked for 30 minutes in one direction in the sun, then turned around to find that the cloud cover had completely covered every inch of sky behind me, and I was really concerned that I would get sleeted on again in the middle of my run.  I headed back and within 10 minutes the cloud cover had moved on and it was sunny and gorgeous again.  But I could see it snowing on my house on the hill.  By the time I got back home, it was sunny and clear at the house, but there was a visible layer of snow everywhere that had not been there an hour before.  And by the time I got out of the shower, the entire area had been overtaken by a super-thick fog with zero visibility.

I know a lot of places get a little bipolar in the spring, but I think Homer takes the cake.

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07 Mar

It’s Movie Monday, can you tell? Ok, I just made that up because I had a lot of videos to post.

However, today IS a special day because it’s the first time the temperature has gone above 40° this year.  AND, the sun is out, which is extra special because usually sunny days are colder here in the winter, so it appears that Spring is officially here.  I am relishing in all the melty-melty that’s going on outside.

In honor of the sudden warm weather, Jens took the kids out for ice cream.  Since ice cream is off limits for me, so I stayed home and took a little nap – which is a pretty good consolation if you ask me.

It was SO NICE to have it warm inside today.  We didn’t even need a fire this afternoon.  Spring, you are a welcome sight!



15 Feb

The Walk of Death. Also notice steps with no hand rail. I fell (again) several days ago and nearly broke my hand. It still hurts.

There are no hills in our front yard. It's all snow. Oh, and a pile of firewood that's under there somewhere.

There are a surprising number of houses built in Alaska with no garage. I cannot figure this out.

Is it Spring yet???

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03 Feb

It just stopped snowing for the first time in 3 days.  Jens shoveled the snow yesterday afternoon, and by this morning we had to dig our way out again just to get to the car.  It snowed about an inch per hour last night and we now have a tunnel to walk through in order to get from the house to the car.  I’d take a picture of that, but it would require going outside more than necessary.

Our balcony, which was bare 3 days ago.

It’s right about now when most Alaskans start wishing they could buy property in Hawaii.  One of the kids’ teachers is on vacation there right now and the rest of us are more than slightly jealous.  Although from what I hear, Alaskans aren’t the only pining for the sunny, snow-free climate of the islands this year.

Oddly, it’s been significantly warmer here than in other parts of the country.  Texas is hitting an unusual cold and ice spell, with more to come.  As is Colorado.  Who’d have thought we’d move to Alaska and end up in the WARM state?  Here’s a little cartoon I stole from Facebook for you Texas folk:

Click to see the full-sized image, which is slightly easier to read.

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An Update of Sorts

15 Jan

Around noon on Thursday, Koren’s antibiotics started to kick in, bringing him some much-needed relief.  The swelling and redness has gone down and he no longer walks funny.  He’s still afraid to pee because he thinks it’s going to hurt, and insists that I come change his diaper two times in the middle of the night, but I don’t think it actually causes him pain anymore.  He even went back to school yesterday.

Today we’re headed off to Soldotna, where it’s a balmy -12°.  My parents gave me some long underwear for Christmas and it’s being put to use today.  The kids are wearing long underwear too, though theirs is more the improvised kind (leggings, jammy pants, extra shirts).

A week ago, I was in a slump of boredom.  Which is not to say that I didn’t have things to DO, I just didn’t have anything INTERESTING to do.  Unfortunately, I never inherrited my mom’s ability to find fulfilment in household chores.

A friend suggested that I needed a creative outlet, which is true, but the problem with creative outlets is that unless I want to start a cooking hobby (kill me), they all cost money and require supplies that I can’t really get in Homer.  So I’ve been out of luck for a little while.

But today I’m rewarding myself for a month of frugal spending and trekking over to Joanne’s in Soldotna.  I hope to be busy this weekend at the dining room table.

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Too Lazy to Think of a Title Today

04 Jan

Apparently all I had to do was whine and complain to the internet, and poof…  Toward the end of the afternoon yesterday, everybody around here started having a significant rise in energy.  The kids even ate dinner.  Today, we’re all feeling much better (except Jens, who now appears to be catching it AGAIN, along with an ear infection).  Koren is a bit cranky and I still have that blasted cough, but other than that, the 3 of us are in pretty good shape.

Now hopefully we can make it through the day without dying of cabin fever.  The temperature has been unseasonably warm recently, reaching into the 40’s on one day.  It’s been above freezing for so long that most of the snow has melted away.  While that may sound like a good thing, it just means the roads are a mess.  The dirt roads, like the one we live off of, are slushy-mushy over still-frozen ice.  Very hazardous.  Jens ended up in a snowbank yesterday and was lucky enough to receive help from a stranger with a rope in his truck.  He then slid down the rest of our driveway and landed in a ditch.

Our 4WD system has gone AWOL.  It almost left Jens stranded a couple of times on the drive back from Anchorage Saturday.  The repair shop can’t figure out what the problem is, or how to fix it.  They suggested taking it to a dealership.  Of course, the nearest Jeep dealership is over 200 miles away.  So it looks like we’re stranded until we can get around without it.

On the bright side, I think I may have subtly convinced my daughter that she doesn’t REALLY need a guinea pig of her own.  I’ve been making her clean Bear’s cage while he stays with us and she’s not a fan of it.  This morning she made a mess on the floor with his litter and had to sweep it up.  You’d have thought I asked her to scrub all the steps of St. Paul’s Cathedral.  I believe guinea pigs are beginning to fall into the “more trouble than they’re worth” category.  We’ll see how long that lasts.

Time to go check on the kids.  They’re feeling better enough that they need to play and be entertained, but not quite 100% yet – so they’re more prone to squabbles and tears.  Sounds like Kaelin just accidentally broke one of Koren’s toys.  Ah, the drama…