Summer Days

Can I just say? We’re having a blast with the boat.

Yesterday was our 13th wedding anniversary and you know what I wanted to do? Howard offered some gourmet cooking but I opted for sandwiches and chips aboard the boat.

Needless to say he jumped at the chance.

We did bring along a bottle of Riesling packed on ice. The cups flew overboard so we improvised by sharing the bottle. We went upriver so we could turn the the motor off and float for a while. It was amazing. We couldn’t think of a better way to spend an anniversary. I mean, we’ve done the big trip thing, the fancy dinner out thing, the movie thing, etc. But never a boat ride. On our very own boat.

Two nights ago, we took Jean (the visiting mother in law) and saw two moose cows with calves! Newborn calves! We were so excited.

Speaking of Jean, she’s been no less than a hit here. Last Friday night, we took her to steak night, and by the time we were ready to leave, people were begging her to stay, offering to drive her home later. Saturday night, we cooked Mexican food on Howard’s outside deep fryer and it turned into a full on Mexican “throw down”. EVERYONE showed up. There were tequila shots, margaritas blended up, Malibu Pine’s being mixed every minute and lots and lots of beer. There were so many people on our deck that the boards that hold the steps shifted and now we have to fix it. But it was worth it. Mama Jean, of course, was the life of the party. And she’s not really an outgoing person. She’s just got that sweet personality. I’d be jealous if I weren’t so overjoyed.

Tonight? We’re making beer-battered Shee-fish, caught out of the Kuskokwim by one of our friends. The weather’s been awesome. I’ve already got the beginning of a tan, and life is good.

P.S. That does not mean I like my job any more than I did. I still hate it. But the boat, the sunshine, and the alcohol make it seem like a foggy dream.

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