Hello, all! I have been back at home again for five weeks. I had promised to share the end of my Alaska adventures, and so this post will include some final images covering the State Fair and the last couple of days at the lodge. I wish I could really articulate how much the experience of living and working in Alaska meant to me. It was truly a dream come true. Not every moment was dreamy, obviously. It was occasionally very hard. The self-critical part of me has a tendency to say it was all in my head, and that if I had somehow changed my outlook, my perspective, my attitude, it would have been thoroughly peachy. I’m pretty sure that is not entirely true, and that I did the best I could with what I had at the time, and that I need to quit ragging on myself. I’ll work on it.
For now, though, I am home. Back into old routines, old job, etc. There are some new things. About three weeks after I got home, Daughter J. got married. Definitely not something I fully embraced at the time, but she is happy. I also was able to get new vehicles for myself and Daughter S. Not new, new. New to us. Definitely the nicest, prettiest cars I’ve ever owned- an ’07 and an ’08.
Another thing that will stay the same, obviously, is that I remain involved in my beloved Ardmore Little Theater. A few days after I got home I attended closing night of “Harvey.” The next show opens November 12, which is “Of Mice and Men.” After a break for the holidays that will hopefully include working on the parade float and doing some caroling at the senior centers, the major musical of the season will be “Fiddler On the Roof.” A couple of weeks ago I was asked to be Stage Manager for Fiddler, and I am super excited but very nervous. It will only be my second time to SM and it is a huge cast and a classic favorite of many people. It is important to me to help make it excellent. I am very much looking forward to stage managing again.
So all in all, things are good and I am happy to be home with my family and friends. I definitely miss my new friends I met in Alaska. I don’t think I ever expected to meet people I would learn to love so much. I will forever be thankful for the time I had there, and hopefully I will get to return someday, maybe even bringing some of my loved ones with me to share in the experience.
Until next time,