Sep 5

You know? I often boast about this being a Alaska blog, but lately, it’s become way more of a personal blog, so I say, “Can your personal shit for a while Chrissy and write about this wonderful state you’ve fallen so deeply in love with.”

So, I figure I’ll leave out the ugly details of my trip last week and tell you all about my house and the fun things we did.

After I was feeling better, we did a whirlwind of furniture shopping, and when I say “shopping?” I mean, we comparison shopped to the damn end. Also, when I say “whirlwind?” I mean, we did all of this in like two days, because you know…mainly I was just too weak to get up and do a whole lot.

We must have gone into every damn furniture store in Anchorage and in the Mat-Su valley. However, we ended up getting the best possible deals that we could on exactly what we wanted. We ended up furnishing the living room, the den downstairs, the bedroom, and the kitchen. I’ve never spent that much money on furniture before but we figured we had the money saved specifically for that purpose and well, you can’t take it with you, right?

We also discovered that carpenter ants had made a nice little nest in the studio above our detached garage. So, there was that too. 300 bucks later, the weird little bug guy who could have totally been the flesh version of “Dale” from “King of the Hill”, signed a guarantee that he shouldn’t have to come back within a year. Being it’s 300 bucks a pop, denial Raid is going to become my best friend, even if I do see those little bastards again.

Also, we had to replace a part on the hot water heater. Oh yeah, AND, I had to call and complain to our lawn maintenance service that in our contract, it specifically states that not only do they mow our grass, but they also do “ALL WEEDWHACKING and TRIMWORK”, and it clearly was not done. Also, they went to the trouble of emailing me and assuring me that they would be out on Saturday to mow. I went with my instincts and did not email back to tell them we would actually be there that day. I just had a feeling. Sure enough, we arrived on Saturday evening and the yard hadn’t been mowed. They arrived sometime while we were gone on Sunday and it looked like they had the lawn mower on the highest setting, did absolutely NO weedwhacking and whoever did the work was in a damn hurry. Truth be told, they probably realized they forgot the shit on Saturday and hurried out to the property on Sunday and did a “quickie” job just to “technically” get the job done, KNOWING that we “work out of town.”

Did I mention we pay 100 dollars per mow? (which is actually the going rate for the area BUT seriously…..that’s a lot of money for a shitty job)

Aaaaaaaanyway, I called the lady I always speak with about it, she immediately got defensive and copped an attitude and even got loud with me, so I began to just talk over her. I didn’t want to hear her excuses and informed her that I realized I was under contract to her until September, I realized that I was basically getting screwed and taken advantage of, and even though I caught her in a bold face lie (oh yes, she SWORE they went out on Saturday until I dropped a bombshell that we went out on Saturday and it obviously wasn’t done, she just kind of stammered and then said something about ” not always knowing everything her employees do…blah, blah, blah”), and she apparently doesn’t know the definition of irony in stating to me that she was CERTAIN her workers went out on Saturday but then contradicted herself by saying she “doesn’t always know everything her employees do..”, I told her, I’d honor my part of the contract, I’d suck it up, but she could be assured that I would NOT be calling upon her services next year.

She probably doesn’t care but it made me feel better.

Now, also, let me clarify, had she not gotten pissy with me from the get-go? I would NOT have been such a bitch to her…but don’t mess with the bull and not expect to get the horns.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanyway. Tangient.

So, after all of that was done, we basically hung out at the house, we cooked meals there, and ate every one of them out on our deck. There was no television so we loaded up on books at Barnes and Noble and spent our down time snuggled in our super-fabulous king sized “Euro-bed” or on our fabulous sectional sofa reading and just enjoying the house. Honestly? Between doctor’s appointments and that whirlwind two day shopping spree? We really didn’t have time for anything else. We did get to go to the state fair that was going on, the night before we flew back. Man, you haven’t lived until you’ve seen a 75lb cabbage. Seriously dude.

I was going to post pictures of the outside of our house here but you know? It’s probably not a good idea to boast the fact that I don’t live there full-time while revealing exactly what the house looks like, so I’ll just show you a few inside shots.

Of course, these will become “before” shots because the house is a little outdated in some areas like the kitchen and the bathrooms but it’s basically a blank slate with endless potential.

I’d say the best part about the house besides the vaulted ceilings and porch swing, is the deck. It connects to the detached garage via a bridge from the main house. I’ve never seen anything like it and it was definitely part of the house’s curb appeal. We love it so much. We were lucky enough not to have any rain, so we would take our books or morning paper and our breakfast and just hang out at our $10 portable picnic table (that we totally scored at a garage sale we happened upon) that looked right at home on our deck. (we will eventually replace it with nice outdoor furniture)

Man, we love that house. If I didn’t love this village so much, I’d have flown back, retrieved my animals, given my notice, and packed up and moved immediately. Right now, it just has to be considered a “second home” for us. We can live with that.

Okay, so this entry turned out to be a “house” entry but hey, the house is in Alaska, so that counts right? Anyway, enjoy the pictures:

The greenhouse and shed:

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The downstairs den and downstairs bathroom/laundry room, around the corner from the den and across from the bathroom is a bedroom (there’s something icky about taking pictures of bedrooms…it’s a quirk of mine…I know…I know).

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This is our seriously outdated kitchen (we hope to paint the cabinets and update the hardware and replace the stove and countertops, the fridge and the dishwasher are brand new). My favorite thing about it is the skylight, of which, I did not take a photo (because I’m a dumbass):

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These are our ceilings, the living room goes on over the right, it’s a nice spacious room, and then there is the hallway leading to the second bathroom and the other two bedrooms which include the master:

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and here is the only picture I took of our furniture. Say hello to my beautiful handbag and to my adorable dog, Pepper, who also was gifted with a brand new bed and three new toys of which, he has no interest. Because we believe that we can buy his love. Also, because I almost forgot, that big empty room to the right is the “mother-in-law studio” above the garage:

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And last but not least, that 75lb cabbage. I don’t know how ya’ll feel about it but I’m willing to bet money that all of my southern friends and family are thinking the same thing I was when I first saw it…”Damn, that’s a whole lotta cole slaw”:

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and now I’m tired and am pretty certain I’ve bored everyone to tears, but without revealing too much of what the house looks like or where the house is (for all of you crazy stalkers who want to like squat and turn houses into dens of sin *gasp*)…(this could also be because Chrissy is a dumb ass who didn’t take enough pictures)… you have an idea of what we’re all excited about, we also plan to do a lot of painting and plan to replace the carpet with wood flooring.

Ah, home improvement…leading the way to divorces all over the world.

Sep 2

This song really hits home with me because I’ve been there.  The person I was there with is still friends with me (granted after a long hiatus…because we both had some “straighten’ out to do”) and thank GOD, for that.  I think we’ve ALL been there at one point in our lives….enjoy!

“Big Girls Don’t Cry”-Fergie

Da Da Da Da
The smell of your skin lingers on me now
You’re probably on your flight back to your home town
I need some shelter of my own protection baby
To be with myself and center, clarity
Peace, Serenity

[CHORUS]
I hope you know, I hope you know
That this has nothing to do with you
It’s personal, Myself and I
We’ve got some straightenin’ out to do
And I’m gonna miss you like a child misses their blanket
But I’ve got to get a move on with my life
Its time to be a big girl now
And big girls don’t cry
Don’t cry
Don’t cry
Don’t cry

The path that I’m walking
I must go alone
I must take the baby steps until I’m full grown
Fairytales don’t always have a happy ending, do they
And I foresee the dark ahead if I stay

[CHORUS]
I hope you know, I hope you know
That this has nothing to do with you
It’s personal, Myself and I
We’ve got some straightenin’ out to do
And I’m gonna miss you like a child misses their blanket
But I’ve got to get a move on with my life
Its time to be a big girl now
And big girls don’t cry

Like the little school mate in the school yard
We’ll play jacks and uno cards
I’ll be your best friend and you’ll be mine
Valentine
Yes you can hold my hand if you want to
Cause I want to hold yours too
Well be playmates and lovers and share our secret worlds
But its time for me to go home
Its getting late, dark outside
I need to be with myself and center, clarity
Peace, Serenity

[CHORUS]
I hope you know, I hope you know
That this has nothing to do with you
It’s personal, Myself and I
We’ve got some straightenin’ out to do
And I’m gonna miss you like a child misses their blanket
But I’ve got to get a move on with my life
Its time to be a big girl now
And big girls don’t cry
Don’t cry
Don’t cry
Don’t cry

La Da Da Da Da Da

Sep 2

So, I’m back.  We’re back.  And feeling much better.

You know? Instead of details? I’ll spare all of you. Really. Suffice it to say that I was way sicker than I thought I was but not as bad as I imagined. Does that make sense?

Oh wait, did I even mention that I went to Anchorage for a medical reason? Oops. Again.

Good news is, I’m feeling much better and under the watchful eye of my husband if I ever start to go downhill anytime soon.

Also, I quite possibly owe Dusty my first-born after all the things he did for us while we were gone. My God, what an awesome friend he is.

And Brian. Who flew us in on his plane for free.

I am humbled once again but the generosity of my friends.

We did get to stay at our big, beautiful house, and even bought some furniture to fill it up. We made lists of what we want to change about it and how to go about doing it. Leaving it in the wee hours of this morning made my heart feel heavy but I know I’ll be back there as soon as time permits. It DEFINITELY feels like “home”.

Workwise, I walked into a MOUNTAIN of things I am now behind on. Thank God, we are closed tomorrow so I can go in and make a dent in it undisturbed.

Howard and I faced some realities about our lifestyle while we were in town. Decisions were made. Absolutions were faced. But our future is bright.

I’ll post some pictures of the house whenever I’m out of this fog of unpacking and cleaning the house I came back to…that isn’t even mine…god, I love owning a home, even if I can’t live in it full time right now.

Also, I’d like to wish a very happy albeit belated birthday to my good friend Glen and also to my sweet memaw. I love you both and hope you had fabulous birthdays.

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