Friday, August 28, 2009

BJ and Kelly's wedding

Last saturday we reunited with all my scotland friends to celebrate with bj and kelly. It was a beautiful day and a wonderful wedding.

Reunited and it feels so good.

This is only the second time we have seen our mutual friend kiki since steve and i started dating 5 years ago. As many of you know, steve and i met when kiki came into town and all of her different groups of friends got together. We enjoyed catching up and are looking forward to her wedding next summer in door county (since i don't think we are going to make it out to montana before then).

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Random summer projects

Busy summer is nearing an end. What have I been up to? Lots of little projects. Most I won't bore you with. Some I will later. Some I will now (above is the coop door I changed into a dutch door so we could feed the hens quick without worrying about an escape).

Egress window well cover. No one likes a 5 foot hole on the side of their house. Making it from scratch made it more unique than the ones at Home Depot and Menards. And probably about $200 cheaper.

Porch swing is up.

Family room ceiling fan installed. We LOVE this!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Radiance of the Seas

Or if I were an employee on the boat I would say, the raaaaaaaaaaadiance of the seas. I went on a family vacation with my friend ginny's family. I have known all of them from a long time so it isn't really as weird as it might sound (in fact not weird at all). Seventeen of us went and picked up the cruise in seward and made our way south. Lots of hanging out with ginny's pre-teen/teen nieces and nephews, which always added a lot of silliness.

View from the deck.

ginny, jake, me and eric enjoying the Mendenhall glacier


Sitka spruce bark? maybe not... i don't know.

A bunch of us went ziplining in Juneau in the temperate rainforest. We had a lot of fun, above is Nonnie enjoying her ride.

More glaciers, this time in Juneau at the Tongass national park.

Next stop was Skagway, the site of the 1898 gold rush. This is a visitor center with a driftwood facade.
Alaskan ingenuity at it's finest.

Eric, Hil and I take a break from mountain biking. It was a tad nerve racking at first because we couldn't see more than 5 feet in front of us due to the fog. Also cars were speeding by us on the road.

This was in Ketchican (the last port) we took a city bus to the Saxman Totem Village So many totem poles on this trip. Probably saw more totem poles than i will ever see again in my life. This one was to teach kids a lesson not to go into the water. eek! lesson learned!

We got to check out the totem artist's studio. He wasn't there at the time, but we chatted with a native guy who said the the tools used for carving the totems are made from old car parts and pretty much anything 'the white man throws away'. pretty awesome and resourceful, but then we knew that. Typically it takes up to 2 years to make one. we learned that totem poles can never have inanimate objects on them and either tell a story or pay tribute to someone. the taller the tribute ones, the more respect people had for that person.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Trip recap part 1

Here is a picture diary of my trip to Alaska, Vancouver and Seattle. I'll start at the end of the trip... The cruise ended in Vancouver so ginny and I and part of her sister's family stayed for a day to check it out. We loved it and wished we had more time there. It really seems like a city I could live in, it's very progressive and eco-friendly.

Ginny, Jake and Paul in Stanely Park in Vancouver at lumberman's arch.

Granville market on Saturday morning in Vancouver.

The Music Project in Seattle designed by, guess who, Frank Gehry.

Purple carrots anyone?