Home Sweet Alaska

I survived the plane ride(s), barely, after the wonderful send-off I received. The jet-lag is just now wearing off, but there were a few times when I thought I would have to kill people. The less I say about that, though, the better. I'm home now and I'm freezing. Twelve hours in I was wearing fleece with gratitude.

This is the view from my parents' house, which is crammed to the brim with people. The wedding has had to be postponed for a little while, but everyone still came up and we're all having a big rowdy time. I've met my brother's fiancee and she is lovely and sweet. She also shoots fish in the head rather than catching them with a hook, which helps explain why she and my brother are perfect for each other.

Last night was my birthday dinner, with steak shish kebabs, Alaskan King Crab, and this amazing chocolate dessert made by Jenny. Dad got a massive tray of shrimp cocktail from Costco for the dinner. I went to Costco with them because I knew that it would help me reconnect with My People. And oh, it did. The sample lady was giving out bits of the Costco bakery's pumpkin pie, which, as you may remember from previous posts, is tire-sized and costs $6.99. I remembered that I am proud to be an American who buys Big Foods.

The Precious is, of course, as precious as ever. She's on this jewelry kick, and the second she saw the necklace my grandmother gave me as a graduation present she gave it a tug and said, "That's mine!" Little Baby Ethan is pretty much the sweetest baby on the earth. He makes friends with everyone and has this huge gummy grin.

I was worried about whether I would have a weird English-ish accent, but with my grandmother visiting from Louisiana I've found myself lapsing straight into Southern, heaven help me.

I had a job interview over the phone on Friday but I have no idea how I did. They'll make their decision this coming week, though. And now I'm watching the new Pride & Prejudice and hoping that the views of the countryside don't make me burst into tears. We'll see how I do.


Cicada said... [reply]

You'd be wearing fleece if you were in Utah, too, I promise. Welcome home. I looked up at the sky as your plane was flying in (and out) of SLC. Maybe you saw me looking up at you?

amyjane said... [reply]

Patrick and I ate four samples of that pumpkin pie yesterday. Only it cost $5.99 here and I couldn't buy one cause I don't have enough people to feed that huge thing to. Glad you're safe and sound--welcome home.

Tanner said... [reply]

Okay, so you have some serious updating to do.Number one, you are not a future spinster librarian, you ARE a spinster librarian.and number b is...I can't remember.I just remember that the pumpkin pie sounds good.

Saxon said... [reply]

I'm glad to see you got home okay (jet lag not withstanding) I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you about the job!

blackjazz said... [reply]

You can't be serious about pumpkin pie can you? Surely it's just a private joke that americans play on the rest of the world - pretending that it actually tastes nice. (A bit like you pretend that baseball is enjoyable to watch or play.)

Also, I heard the other day on the BBC (so it must be true) that all that is needed to end world hunger is $29 billion. Apparently americans spend £32 billion/year on make-up. So, I was thinking that if you could just do without your lip balm for the next year and send the money to "whoever" instead, you'd be doing your bit.

kristen said... [reply]

Welcome home!! I hope that job thing goes well.

Also, cute pic--She's looking so cute....I'm talking about you, by the way :)

Desmama said... [reply]

Indeed welcome home. Hope that you hear good news from the job in SLC soon. DesTot looked at Savannah and said "That's [DesTot]!" I told her that no, it was Savannah, and she immediately launched into calling her banana. But she's very intrigued by someone her own age.

Scully said... [reply]

Glad you are home safe and sound. I only had to fly from Seattle to Salt Lake, and that took twelve hours and some lost luggage, so surviving flying internationally is quite a feat. Also, someone set off an explosive device at the SLCPL and it had to close for a bit (don't worry, only a window and a lounge area on the 3rd floor was damaged - no books or people). So don't stress if it takes a bit longer than a week.

goldilocks said... [reply]

you're missed already. I'm completely jealous that you are done with the dissertation and breathing a sigh of relief. Oh, and jealous that you get to go to costco and try samples.

Anonymous said... [reply]

The Costco pumpkin pie is dangerous!

Fingers crossed on the job.

Kelly (because Beta blogger won't let me comment as me)

Th. said... [reply]


Note: They're only $5.99 at our Costco.

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