It’s been a while since you’ve heard from us, but we’re back! Thanks for your patience! In that time span John and I packed up the Rav4, tried to figure out where to put everything my dad emptied from the front of the car, drank milk right out of Tracy’s cow’s teat, ate a MASSIVE hunk of fresh cheese gifted by Tracy, helped a beloved friend find his way towards happiness after an amazing 5 star dinner in Princeton, walked half of Manhattan with my aunt looking for a cheap gluten free breakfast, had breakfast with my brother, Becky, and la nena in the Bronx, drove through a blizzard in western Pennsylvania, rolled down grassy hills in Imagination Park in Ohio, ran in the Indiana Sand Dunes by Lake Michigan, danced salsa by moonlight to the music playing in the car stereo on a quiet farm road while dinner was cooking on the way to visit John’s old stomping grounds in Wyoming, paddled down the St. Croix in Minnesota, had lunch on an island with the dogs in the sun, visited my awesome friend, Alise, for a night of debauchery, played barefoot in the Badlands, watched the sunset at Mt. Rushmore, watched the sunset over the Jefferson River, soaked in empty SUPER DUPER POOPER HOT hot springs by the same river, drove the scenic route through Idaho to the completely isolated, perfectly temperate Jerry Johnson Hot Springs, which according to THIS, is supposed to generally be packed with folks, danced in Portland with great friends, bought lots of awesome books at Powell’s, gave Jehan Whittaker a salsa lesson on the night of herbirthday (which also happened to be the night her plans were cancelled last minute, AND the night we arrived AND the only night we’d spend in Seattle), then danced with her, Q, and all of my favorite dancers from Seattle at Century Ballroom, then got on a big ol’ boat together with the car and the pups and floated up the inner passage for 3 days all the way up to Juneau, where I got off the ferry unexpectedly, and hitchhiked to the hospital to handle some serious family business.
I watched a man flip his truck 200 feet in front of me in the grassy median after taking out a light post in the opposite lane. I was in a cab, racing to Wings to make my flight back to Haines. I wasn’t wearing my seatbelt. :/ I was reminded again that tomorrow’s not guaranteed, and to never take that for granted.
Then I flew to Haines to meet the love of my life in this lovely town.
When we got to town we realized the key I left for the landlords (whom we beat back for the summer) had been blown off the porch and buried under the remaining 6 feet of snow by their door, so we unscrewed the latch and now use a screw to close the door instead of the locked latch. We spent 2 entire days cleaning squirrel and mink shit from the cabin, collecting firewood, moving in, and trying to scrub mold off the walls while plugging up the holes where we could see and “feel” the ocean in the living room , we even cleaned out the loft. My landlords came and left, deciding not to hook up the water until a week later. They were NOT STOKED about the snow still on the ground! We’ve watched bears at the cabin almost nightly, and we’ve been visited…enough to decide the dogs get carried in at night.
Since we’ve been to town I’ve been up the race trail, taught a few songs for a Zumba fundraiser, had a ladies night with the lovely, extraordinary women of Haines, baked a gluten free cinnamon bread with a hazelnut drizzle and a gluten free better than sex cake (named WAY BEFORE I connected with John, AND NOT BY ME!!!) for a bake sale supporting the pre-school, skipped beer fest, and organized a business connection with Sarah J; secured a spot on her counter to sell my gluten free goods and a certified kitchen to bake them.
I’ve made cinnamon, tomato basil, and sandwich artisan breads, pumpkin banana, banana, and apple cinnamon quick breads, bread pudding, whoopie pies with an almond butter filling, double chocolate cookies, graham crackers, and Tagalongs!!!!
AAAANNNNDDDD…THEY ARE SELLING!!!!!!!!
Holy crap, right!?!
We’ve got a community garden plot and some strawberry, lettuce, butternut squash, cherry tomato, tomato, carrots, mint, basil, kale, and chard starts. Oh, and we’re reading a book on gardening, too! I guess I should have paid more attention to mom and Mrs. Mladenoff!!! 😀
I’ve been rowing daily, AND LOVING IT! I’m teaching a 6:00AM Friday morning Rally with Rita workout. Woot woot!
Sorry about the radio silence, but now that you see what the two of us have been up to these past weeks, I’m positive you’ve forgiven us already and are stoked to see our next post.