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Live Beautiful | Courtney Kirkland

January 21, 2011

Restless

That’s how I’m feeling right now.

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This image was included for visual purposes only…just thought it was a pretty photo that semi-sort of fit with my title. Please feel free to disagree…haha.

I don’t think it really has anything to do with the snow and the rain and the bleakness of Kodiak. Because, in all honestly I really love this place. I love the slow paced, laid back mentality. I love that the people here don’t feel the need or the pressure to spend all day every day “keeping up with the Jones’” and living their life in the fast lane. I love that the people here have been friendly and welcoming; which is very warming in the cold atmosphere. I’ll be quite honest with you: the husband and I haven’t had the best luck with making friends in the different areas we’ve lived. Sure, we’ve made acquaintances and there are people from the different places we’ve lived that we still keep in touch with. But those really good friends; those that you call for anything? Yep. We don’t have very many of those. And the ones that we do have don’t live anywhere near us. So we are really enjoying the openness and the welcoming nature of the Coast Guard family here in Alaska. We are both looking forward to building those friendships and getting involved with the different things offered here.

I think my restlessness is coming from the lack of “to-dos” right now. We don’t have our house yet, so that is putting quite the damper on my parade. Though there is a kitchen in the Guest House where we are staying, it’s being used frequently by all of the other families holed up here waiting on their houses; so cooking meals and all that jazz is kind of out right now. We’re going with the easy fixes and the simple to make meals for now. {Fingers crossed that we get a house soon.} We did get our car back today. We snagged it almost a week and a half before they told us we would. So that’s a good thing. I’m hoping that we’ll land a house sooner than they originally told us.

The snow is melting here. It’s being replaced by slush. The rain mixed with the three feet of snow that was on the ground when we arrived has made a mess. They’ve been on top of their game with the snow plowing, though. We haven’t had any real issues driving around the base. These guys have been on their job 24/7 since we got here. The only issue so far is the ice. Not so much on the road, just in the parking lot of the Guest Housing. That’s the only place I’ve really noticed it. It’s about an inch and a half or two inches thick and slick. This chick almost busted her rear earlier. Fortunately, we have snow cleats [like studded tires for your feet…they grip the ice pretty well so you don’t fall].

I’m hoping to get out on the island a little more this weekend and take some pictures of the little guy and some more of the scenery. You guys have been so encouraging and excited about my photos that you’ve put me back in the mood to grab my camera. I’ve been in a creative slump lately. I’m blaming it on the extended amount of travel and the exhaustion associated with it. I’ll get back to normal self, soon I hope.

Hope you guys have a fabulous Friday! Here’s to an amazing weekend!

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