I like my duplex for a reason-it’s simple and cheap. You could argue it needs some serious landscaping love, and some interior upgrades, but in general, it meets my needs while living in a city. Besides, I’m not exactly a champion of house projects. I’d like to say at the end of my life that my priorities weren’t absorbed by my materials, but lately, I keep having this dream.
I see me standing in the middle of a plot of land that I call my own, shaped by trees, woods, a small garden, and a general roughness that doesn’t appear too manicured. A small home is always there, but it changes all of the time. Sometimes, I have a barn-style cabin, and other times, I have a ranch-style home. There is also the popular, yet weird dome home. A yurt. I have even had a version with this trailer that I’m living out of, assuming that the cabin is a work in progress, but I don’t actually ever see the work in progress. That could mean it isn’t really happening and I’m meant to live in a trailer; after all, my grandmother lived in one for years, ha. I’d rather live in a tent. Clearly, I can’t make up my mind, but I wonder what it is like to own 20 acres of land….no, make that just 2 or 3 or 5?
A long time ago when I was living in Fairbanks with my ex, we were in this coffee shop and I spotted a canoe for sale out in Salcha in one of those free local papers. This old school Old Town was $100 and I figured, what the hell, it’s a beautiful day to take a drive out there to check it out. We’d been discussing getting one anyway. I hadn’t spent much time out in the Two Rivers/Salcha area, but once we arrived, I wanted to stay there. I was drawn to this place for a moment and really, it was just the timing of the day, you know those times where you’ve gotten plenty of vitamin D, there is a good mutual vibe in the air with whomever you’re hanging out with, and you’re in a fantastic mood. Looking back, and considering how this particular day impressed me so much, I know now that I was pretty restless with my life. Restless with my current job. Restless with not knowing anything really for sure. But in this moment, I was content driving with the sun on my face and being with one of my favorite people to go get a canoe. Feeling simple. It is so good to feel that way. Continue Reading>
Hey folks, I had a great time spectating the Iditarod yesterday in Willow, Alaska, and wanted to share! It was a bluebird day with so many enthusiastic humans trying to see all of the dog teams take off at the starting line! Despite our crazy winter, there are 69 mushers participating. Sorry that the movie has a scratched lens through it-time to get a new camera as this one has been used and abused.
Link to the race: Iditarod
They also have a brand new phone app this year!
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Here are a few pictures from my visit to the Anchorage Museum today.
Gyre, The Plastic Ocean, is an enivornmental exhibit that features work from artists all over the world. The primary purpose is to educate people about the current situation of our oceans, specifically around plastic materials that are contaminating the marine ecosystems. I enjoyed the entire experience; while it contained sculptures made from reused plastic materials, it also had video, paintings, drawings, and multi-media pieces.
While we were there, we hit the other floors too as it was my friend Madara’s first visit and I hadn’t been in ages. Another amazing exhibit was Margo Klass who constructs shadow boxes that contain multi-media representations of all sorts of things. My favorite part was the Alaskan Book of Hours where her shadow boxes took us through all of the Alaskan seasons, specifically the solstice phases.