|Nomadic SA Chick||
It's been awhile since I've done anything but talk about books, movies, cooking, and now shrews. So, I thought I would take this moment to throw out a few life updates from the balmy Anchorage area. As some of you may know from my holiday letter I had three major things I wanted to do this winter, after the new year came around. 1, Learn to ski (both downhill and cross country), 2, start archery lessons, and 3, see the Iditarod. well, only one of those things will be happening this year, if I'm lucky two, but it's not looking so good.
Alaska is having a snow drought. We may have 2-3" on the ground right now, and with weather warming up it's not staying around too much longer. We don't have a foreseeable forecast for more snow any time soon. This impacts both the first and third goal I had. There is not enough snow to properly learn how to ski, and most slopes are closed which means that the instructors are not working. The lack of snow also means that there is not enough snow for the Iditarod to happen. Each year there there is a ceremonial start in Anchorage and then a restart the next day in Willow, AK. For the second time ever, they are having to move the restart from Willow to Fairbanks, and it's looking like the ceremonial start will not happen either. If both things are a bust this year, there will always be next year, so it's not the end of the world, just disappointing. Oh well.
At least there is still Archery! I've booked my first two lessons, the 22nd and the 25th of this month. I will book two more after I finish these. I'm really excited about it. it's been so long since I've had a bow in my hand, and I'm ready to be back at a range. 11 days and counting!
I also wanted to follow-up with a post from a few days ago (Thai Chicken Soup), where I mentioned how my tastes have been off recently. I've realized that there is something wrong with me. I had a doctor's appointment a couple of weeks ago (no worries, it was just a routine thing and everything is Manda-normal). But at this appointment the doctor gave me a new medicine and I started tracking some issues I've been having and they all seemed to have started a few days after this new med. My appetite is down (which is a VERY good thing), but it's weird because I will be hungry, make a meal, or select something at the school cafeteria, and then once the smell hits me, I loose my appetite. Hella weird. This new med has also left me with a dysfunctional sleep schedule, and a few other issues. I can't complain too much though because overall I am well.
Everything else is going well up here. Work is good, and my personal personal life is okay. A few more awkward dates that thankfully didn't work out too well. Thankfully! We've had more moose on campus, just another day in Alaska, and the cats are still assholes. I've got really exciting news that I am hoping that in the next month or two I'll be able to publicly share it, though at the moment, someone might seriously maim me if I let the cat out of the bag too soon.
Until then, *insert cheesy catchphrase here*