26 October, 2008

Halloween Haunting

We opted to have our annual Halloween Bash on the 25th instead of the 31st. That way it's on a Saturday - more time for prepping, don't have to worry about work, etc. It's fun to see how creative people can be with the costumes.

I never have good ideas, and this year had to rely on the "grab bag" for mine... a bright pink boa, feathered indian headdress, and bowtie that was supposed to flash but the batteries died. (I missed a couple people when I was taking pix - myself included.) Maybe next year I'll come up with something fun...

Greg picked up an astronaut jumpsuit while we were in sunny Florida, visiting the Space Center. It would've been *really* cool if we'd had a helmet for him. =)

It was great to have friends over, have a chance to visit, eat yummy food, and visit some more. I always look forward to this shindig. =) It's a bit like the "last hurrah" before we really settle in for winter. (I know that's not "officially" until December but since day-time temps are in the 20's, I'm thinking winter is here already.)

I missed having Sara here to help prep and party with - she's in Seattle for the winter (yay Sara! boo Penny!)... maybe next year. =)

3G Sunday

I've learned that all a person has in life is family and friends. If you lost those, you have nothing, so friends are to be treasured more than anything else in the world. --Trey Parker & Matt Stone

Making it to 3G Sunday was a near miss for me... tardy, but I made it (and my teeth were brushed, to boot!). We made plans for Thanksgiving, talked about etiquette, looked at pix of friends' new baby, tried some texting... making progress on the World Domination thingy.

19 October, 2008

3G Sunday

There isn't much better in this life than finding a way to spend a few hours in conversation with people you respect and love. You have to carve this time out of your life because you aren't really living without it. --RealLivePreacher.com weblog, August 27, 2003

We could add another G for today... Glasses. =) It was good to visit again - discussing the vagaries of life and making plans for World Domination. I think the domination part will take a few more get-togethers... okay, maybe lots - but that gives us something to look forward to as we're planning.

12 October, 2008

3G Sunday

And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and the sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. --Kahlil Gebran (1883-1931)

Grandes, girlfriends, and a get-together. Could it get any better?!? =) A small group today, but we used our time wisely... checking the sales and planning which stores to hit first. Here's to organization! (Heath couldn't make it, but we're doing lunch on Tuesday to make it up!)

05 October, 2008

1st Snow

Well, I knew it was coming... and at least it wasn't September (just barely).

Coffee Time

There was a definite process by which one made people into friends, and it involved talking to them and listening to them for hours at a time. --Rebecca West
21 September

28 September

5 October

Heather and I found that life has become busy (busier?), and we're not seeing each other as often as we used to. Because it's important not to lose touch with the ones that are close to you, we decided to meet for coffee on Sunday mornings. It's a Girlfriend Date. Some weeks I don't see or talk to Heath at all, but I know I'll see her and get a chance to reconnect on Sundays. Ahhhh, sweet Coffee Time. =)

04 October, 2008

Fall Visits

I've been looking forward to Sara visiting for... practically all summer! She normally stops in the end of September and stays through the beginning of November. We visit a lot, shop, cook, clean (for the Party), and she comes to our Halloween party. (We've even done some quilting classes in previous years - but I still haven't finished my projects like Sara has.) Unfortunately for me, she had to leave early this year - I got barely a week with her. And didn't take pictures like I would have if I'd realized our time was so short.

While Sara was here, Jeannea came up on her way to King Cove, so we got a long weekend with her. Sara left while Jeannea was still visiting, and now Jeannea is gone too - so I'm sister-less. Until sometime in November, when Jeannea comes back through. And Sara has promised to spend a bit more time with me on her way up to Valdez next Spring.

While they were here, we got in some good visiting, some shopping, a girl's lunch, a get-together at the house, a movie or two, some gym-time (go, Sara!), and lots of hugs. I think I'd go crazy if I didn't know some of my sibs were going to be stopping in throughout the year to visit. They ALL know that if they're up this way, they'd better add in as much time as they can for a visit with me... and I LOVE it! Even if it's just long enough to collect them from the airport, grab something to eat, and take them back. That's loads better than knowing they were through and not getting a chance to spend some time and collect some hugs! But mostly, they add in a couple days so we get even more precious time. Yay!
Girl's Lunch

The Three of Us

Winter is going to be long and cold. It's Alaska - that's just the way it is. But at least I have some memories and a couple pictures - and the promise of more visits!! =)

02 October, 2008

Fall Fantasies

Fall is a beautiful time of year. Unfortunately, in Alaska it's short and it's a precursor to Winter - which is long and cold. (Which then begs the question: Why do I live here?!? But that's an issue for another post...) The leaves are changing and we can look forward to daytime highs of 40-50 degrees. At least it hasn't snowed yet...
Fall Colors

Sleeping Lady in the Morning

The shot of Sleeping Lady we got after we dropped Sara at the airport. A crisp Sunday morning.