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 . . . .