Friday, January 29, 2010

F/V Incentive and a Word on the New Year


I took a break from paperwork and went down to the dock and chatted with the guys on the Incentive. The had a good trip and had minimal dead loss; I'm not sure if this is the first season they have delivered to Alyeska or not, I just know they haven't delivered to us in the past 12 years according to one of the crew.



I think all the crew on the boat are from Kodiak - Cookie Dough would know, that is her old stomping grounds. I'm not sure, but they might be on that show, or they were - who knows?

February is almost upon us and you may have noticed that I never mentioned any New Year's resolutions . . . . that's because I'm going to keep it real simple this year, with just a few:

1. Goldfish is a amazing woman. She makes our house a home, she is infinitely supportive and patient with my long hours at work and my volunteer activities in the community, some of which involve me jumping out of bed in the middle of the night, and she always knows how to make me laugh and brighten my day. For all this she asks for very little in return; I think one of the favorite things she likes for me to do is cook for her though, so this year, Julia & Julia style, I am going to cook her all the recipes in The Pioneer Woman Cooks - Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl; there are sixty-something, depending on how you count them, so that seems like a tidy goal for the year. And like Julia & Julia, I'm going to blog about it a bit from time to time, and post the completed recipes on the sidebar under the Steve & Ree project (The author's name is Ree Drummond. The cookbook is fantastic and she also has a blog that has like a bazillion readers, judging from the 500+ comments she typically gets, and she also takes great photos). Tomorrow I'm going to pre-make pie crust so I can make chicken pot pie on Sunday, it will be fun and Goldfish is excited.

2. To grow as a person, I'm going to attend Fire Fighting I school in May to complement my EMT certification.

3. Again, I'm going to try to read 100 books. Why, you ask? Especially since last year I only managed 30 or 31? Because it's fun, and I know I read more when I have a goal. I'll post those on the sidebar as well, like I did in 2009.

4. And finally, I'm just trying to be nicer in ways big and small. I've been writing my family members cards - actual snail mail cards, not emails, in an attempt to stay in touch more. I'm making an effort to keep my co-worker interactions at work on a positive note. I'm trying to practice random acts of kindness in the community, and increase my call percentage on EMS and fire calls. I'm sleeping more and drinking less coffee. I'm smiling even when the sleeping thing isn't working out. And the nicer I am, the better I feel . . . .

10 comments:

Margrita said...

Those are admirable goals. I think you will meet and surpass all of them. I know from personal experience a smile, a few kind words, and a card often times makes a persons day brighter. Someone can be having just a horrid day and their day brightens because another person took the time to smile and exchange a few pleasant words.

Suzassippi said...

Looking forward to the cooking entries! You might like John Carlin's Playing the Enemy. I just finished it.

Bren said...

You are doing well so far. A card for me and definitely a nice and wonderful person. You make me laugh, show you care, and keep family as a priority. Couldn't ask for a better brother. And yes, big bro, your right up there;o)

Set a few goals: make a quilt, finish some paintings, start some more, and a get back in shape.

Gigi said...

You are always very inspiring, Steve! I think the cooking idea will be lots of fun for both of you and I look forward to reading more about it, as well as your other plans for 2010. Hopefully we can both read more books this year!

Capt. Schmoe said...

Good resolutions. I especially like the one about attending the FF-1 class. I don't know where you will have to go for that, but I guarantee that it will be worth your while. Good luck!

unalaska said...

I love the Pioneer Woman blog site. Her cinnamon roll recipe is to die for...if the family is making cinnamon rolls, those are the ones I make. But I add nuts. I'm impressed with your resolutions. As I get older, I resolve to keep things as simple as possible. Hahahaha...haven't quite gotten there yet!

Jennifer Leeland said...

Oh I can't WAIT to read the recipes you pull off.
And did you hear about Captain Phil? I guess he had a stroke and is in the hospital.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new calendar. The Eagles are just....amazing.

Alaska Steve said...

CPT Schmoe, I'm lucky, they are offering FF1 & 2 right here on the island - love your blog by the way!

Jen, glad you liked it. Suzassippi, I'l check it out! Sharon, now I can't wait to try that recipe, I might bump that one up on the list . . .

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Steve, that was a beautiful shot of the stern of the Bulldog, with the mountains and other boat in the background!

BZ

Jeannette said...

Oh my, if you are going to do the Pioneer Woman's recipes I think you two better weigh yourself before and after! She is rich, ain't she...Your blog isn't so bad either.