Monday, September 24, 2012

Fall Craziness

In case you haven't heard, we've had quite a bizarre fall. We've had 3 wind storms. All of which have had gusts of high speeds. The first wind storm knocked out power in all of Anchorage. They even cancelled school here. We, thankfully, were only without power for a few hours (in the middle of the night). There were lots of people that it took days to restore their power. We had a lot of trees blow over. I had two tomato plants blow over. Everyone finally had power about five days after the storm. Then a week after that we got another wind storm. Lots of high winds but less power outages. A few days later we had another wind storm. Of course with all the wind, it's rained tons. There has been flooding and road closures and wash outs. It's been an adventure here in Alaska. I was talking with my neighbor and she said that we've broken the rain record for the year. That means in 2012 we've broken the snow and rain records. We almost set a record in July for the coldest July. It has been a crazy year for weather. In ways we didn't get summer. We had some nice days but not what we're used to. We also had our first frost earlier than usual. Usually it frosts hard on September 29th, this year it was September 9th. Needless to say I lost almost all my tomato plants way too early. It frosted for 3 days and it hasn't frosted since. I guess the upside of fall is fires in the fireplace. It is also getting dark at night. Sunset is around 8PM with sunrise being close to 8AM. It's going to be getting more dark faster until we hit the winter solstice. It's supposed to rain most of the week. Honestly, it's getting a little old. With the wind and the rain, it reminds me of living in southeast in the winter. Still nothing on the job hunt but I'm still looking. I'm also kinda bored with my classes but I'm trudging on. Otherwise I can't say there is much exciting going one. I just wanted to make sure I updated this. Have fun :)

Saturday, September 8, 2012

It hasn't been exactly an exciting week but it's been alright. The new roommate seems to be working out pretty well. I've finished this module of classes. I think I did pretty well. I've gotten A's on all my assignments (not that it's a huge surprise). I told Bryan the other day that I hope I did well and his response was, "well you've gotten A's on everything so you have an A." He's probably right. My next set of classes are online. I'm not totally thrilled. I've never been a fan of online classes. Oh well, such is life. Still no job and I'm getting sick of being unemployed. I just keep filling out applications. It's all I can do. Otherwise, I've hung out with Bryan and the neighbors. I've done some baking. I really need to get out of the house more. Of course my walking buddies are back at school now so I'm going to have to find other people to go walking with. I could also take the neighbors dogs. I always get weird looks when I take them walking, I think it's cause I'm walking pit bulls. They are really sweet dogs. Like I said it hasn't been really exciting but it's been a decent week.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Well it's been an interesting summer. I guess since it's September, summer is over. With the end of summer came the end of a million people living in my house. Ok, I admit, that's an overstatement. It was only five. Sometimes it felt like a million. Carol moved back to the lower 48, Maz and Seth moved back into the dorms. Bryan and I had the house to ourselves for a while but with our current financial situation we had to get a roommate. After 4 people coming over to look at it and many emails, our new roommate moved in yesterday. He's quiet (or at least so far). He seemed happy with the place and the price. I'm happy that we'll have a little bit more money so that we can pay bills while Bryan is still working part time and I'm still unemployed. Life is real exciting when you have bills to pay (and large ones like car insurance and a mortgage). I've had a few interviews for jobs but nothing has seemed to come of that. I just keep applying for jobs. And I must be crazy cause I'm taking classes. I'm currently working on my paralegal certificate. It's been really interesting. I know it's a far cry from music but it's a nice change and I haven't given up music. Nor have I given up the idea of teaching. I'm appreciative of all the supportive people. I would say that overall life is great. Other than no job and being strapped for money, life is awesome. I'm enjoying taking classes, even though homework is tedious. I've gotten to work on my quilt, which has been put away for 4 years. I'm happier than I've been in a while. I'm trying to not let the job or money things stress me. It's tough but we're making it. Bryan is still working at UPS and he talks about getting a second job but with his current hours and trying to get some sleep, that's been tough. He does have a lead on a second job though so that's a plus. I'm still waiting to hear back from my second interview with Apple. I doubt anything will come of it. I felt pretty indifferent when I left the second interview. I've spent more time with neighbors lately. We've gotten to know the neighbors across the street better and have enjoyed spending time with them. I have to say, I like my neighborhood. Anyway, I better get ready to go to class. I have a final today.