Tourist Season Has Arrived

Tourist season has arrived. How do I know? I’m at Walgreens picking up a prescription and at the end of the aisle I see assorted items made from moose nuggets. Think cow chips people. Seeds, necklaces, rings, lots of fun stuff. I’m gagging slightly through my laughter.



A Little Astounded and Amazed

I use WordPress to write my blog.  One of its features is you can look at a section called Your Stats.  This allows you to see how many people have looked at your blog (though not who they are) and how they found it – Facebook, email, Google search, etc.  You can also see in which countries people have looked at your blog.

I started writing a few months ago to keep our friends and family updated on how our family is doing here in Alaska.  I don’t have very many overseas friends, so I didn’t expect to see any other countries.  I was a little shocked to see I’ve had two views in both Canada and England and 16 (!!) in Norway.  I don’t know anyone in Norway.  Amazing!

If you’re family or Texas friends, I hope you’ll keep following our family.  And if you’re someone who has somehow found my little blog on a Texas family’s adventure in Alaska, I’d like to say, “Hello, Hi, Howdy and Welcome!”  Please keep checking in on us.  And if I knew how to say that in Norwegian, I would. 🙂

Appropriate Footwear for a Break-up

Your shoe selection during a break-up can be dreadfully important.  No worries – Todd and I are doing well.  The snow and ice in Anchorage has finally decided it might be spring and it might need to start disappearing.  Thus we have entered the season known as… Break-up.  To be honest, it’s not one of Alaska’s prettier seasons.  It’s pretty gross in fact.  Slushy snow, ice and trash that’s been hidden under the snow is everywhere.  The ice on roads and in parking lots melts during the day and refreezes at night.  It makes for a sloshy mess during the day and some very slippery conditions during the early morning or late night hours.  Appropriate foot wear is a must (even if every inch of your high heel loving self screams that these are, in fact, the most ridiculous shoes you have ever worn!)

Family of break-up boots

The somewhat cute, girl boots in the middle are Bogs.  Those are the girls’ and mine.  Those lovely brown boots on the ends are known as XtraTufs.  Those belong to Todd and Jack.  I hear they’re standard issue in Juneau and that it is not unusual to see men wearing their suits with their pants tucked into a pair of XtraTufs.  In the 3 months we’ve been here, I’ve maybe worn 5 different pairs of shoes.  Snowboots and now Bogs have pretty much been my go to footwear.  Even if we’re going somewhere nice and I need to wear a pair of heels, I wear the Bogs, carry my heels, check the Bogs with my coat at the coat check and then put on my cute shoes.

Nordstrom had some adorable wedges for spring and summer…maybe I’ll get to wear them in June.