and so it begins

And so it begins. Actually I know I won’t finish writing this before it begins because it’s almost time for bed, so this is a two day blog for me. Tomorrow is hospital orientation. 7 am way to freaking early, but I will console myself with the fact it is 11 am in Michigan, not so bad right?

A lot has been happening here in Michigan. I finally got my condo signed on. I bought a bunch of furniture, and my mattresses will be delivered tomorrow. I had my internet/cable hooked up today. We are still in the hotel till Saturday night, and then my mom leaves on Sunday. I can’t say that I am too sad. I have come to realize I need to be able to have space to organize things the way I want and to make some mistakes. Anyway, she has helped a lot. Unfortunately they have started my grandpa on morphine. I don’t really know what that means, but she may try to make it back to Houston Saturday instead if need be. I hope my grandpa gets better. I know I won’t make it back there before the year is up, but I knew that when I saw him the day before I flew up here.

Jason and I have become even closer if possible (those who have seen us texting each other know what I mean). I couldn’t have gotten through this stress without him. I am maybe flying to Seattle to see him the end of July as long as I don’t work that weekend, and he is coming here the end of August through the beginning of September! Almost a full week and a half.  He also took Pavlov on some adventures before he shipped him my way, so I will be attaching those photos, but Pavlov was well fed and even did some work in the hospital before he had to catch his flight.

My mom and I also visited hill side which starts maybe 4 minutes out of anchorage. We drove to Whittier and the view is amazing. I’ll attach photos too. I can’t wait to get out and do more.

Oh and the exciting news is I ran today for the first time since my electric shock treatment for my foot. No pain so far! Keep your fingers crossed. I just saw an ad for mount marathon here in July. 26.2 miles up a mountain, think I should end my internship with a celebratory race next year? I do!

Now for day two updates. Actually this is not the day after. Hospital orientation left me exhausted. It was mainly for the residents so a complete waste of my time. I did find the fact we have a code for moose there funny. Other than that, boring!

After the orientation was over, my dad called, and my grandpa was dying. I called to try and talk, but they said he wasn’t awake or conscious. He passed away only minutes after. I won’t be able to make it home for the funeral, but I did get to see my grandpa right before I came up to AK. He was the same sweet mischievous man I know. He kept asking when I was leaving. That’s typical, but normally he also asks when I will be back. He didn’t do that. Instead he focused on Jason and where we might settle. I think he knew what was coming. I love that man so much! It won’t be the same without him.

Today I got the rest of my stuff moved in, and this will be my first night in my new place.

hillside

hillside

hillside

hillside

hillside

hillside

hillside

hillside

pavel getting a snack before he left

pavel getting a snack before he left

pavel

pavel

pavel visiting my old office

pavel visiting my old office

pavel helping jason at the hospital

pavel helping jason at the hospital

pavel shopping for snacks for the plane ride

pavel shopping for snacks for the plane ride

Could it be? Have i finally found a home here?

So this has seriously been a long few days here in Anchorage. I bought a new car the other day. I got a 2013 nissan rogue and it is silver. Not the exact color I wanted, and it isn’t fully loaded, but it still has some awesome features, and they threw in heated seats and a heat block. I pick it up tomorrow, and I have Alaska car insurance now, so my car will have an Alaskan license plate. I am oddly excited about this. Now housing that is another story. Jason has been amazing by helping me look through craigslist, and when I find a place to look, he immediately checks out reviews and safety info. I have almost signed at a few places, but he has kept me from making some mistakes. I think we may have found the one today though. It’s a two bedroom condo. It’s two stories, and has a fireplace, a car port (yeah who would have thought it would have been hard to find covered parking in ak?), brand new appliances, and a nice little deck. The mountains are right there too. It’s in a residential area, and has a gym and grocery stores around, yet it is still close to work. Now it is a little more than I initially wanted, but we quickly found out anything under 1000 means you are going to be unsafe, and apartments that have the features I want are close to 2000. This is a nice little place. It has biking and running trails right there too.  Oh but wait the one apartment complex that I fell in love with just called. They have an apartment opening, but it would be almost 400 more a month. However, it has amazing views and some utilities are included. Now I have no clue what to do. I really love that townhome though. Jason is looking at them both again to give his input.

 

Now the summer solstice is tomorrow, and all I want is some dark. I am tired all the time, I don’t think I am getting a deep sleep. I can’t get used to this. Plus I have decided to change around my diet, and I think my body is not liking it so much. It could also be that I haven’t had any chance to have some fun or relax. Anyway, besides that the people are amazing, and it looks like there are some awesome places to check out when I get some free time. I only wish I had more time to watch Stanley Cup, but the game starts really early here.  Oh here is the funny thing about AK though. Due to the guy/girl ratio no matter where I go I feel like I am being hunted, old men and young men alike. It can be kind of creepy.

 

In other news, Jason may be coming to visit in September! Very excited about this. He is also saving days to take off in case I can make it out to meet him somewhere in the next few months. He has really been the most supportive person always listening to me complain.  Okay I need to rest, one more day before the weekend and maybe it will slow down some? Doubt it though. Tomorrow includes possibly signing paper work for the town house and I am definitely meeting one of the current interns who is letting me look at her furniture. She is moving to the lower 48 and needs to get rid of it, so she is willing to sell it to me for 20 bucks. Can’t beat that. I am including pictures of my car and some of the inside of the townhomeImageImageImageImage

Wait is that Russia? Oh no it’s just a boat

So we arrived in Anchorage. What a trip. My beautiful kitty who looks so innocent refused to take her pill so she would sleep all the way here. It took us forever and then she had pink goo all over her face! Then of course its Houston so when I was loading the car I got all sweaty, gross! When we get to the airport yet again my mom decides its time for a hissy fit. So this sweet lady is trying to help us check the cat in, and my mom is totally going off on her and just spouting information while the lady was trying to make a call. Such is life. We got on the plane eventually. I took the Benadryl as prescribed by my dear boyfriend, but it only knocked me out for three hours. Seven and a half hours of sitting still! So I figured I could watch the Stanley cup game the rest of the way here, pretty cool right? Wrong. As we passed over British Colombia we lost DirecTV right when the game was STARTING!!!!! I had also just paid 8 bucks. Just my luck, I just ended up reading and thinking about my last week in Michigan. However, let me tell ya the plane ride into Anchorage is beautiful. I wish I had the window seat so I could have taken pics. I don’t care if it is uncomfortable, next time I want the window!!!!! So after we landed we were walking through the airport and I see a Humpy’s! Jason and I had talked about the name, so of course I had to take a picture and show him. Okay so as most people can tell mi Madre and I are not exactly getting along. Well we go to get our rental car and it wasn’t in the spot they told her. She threw the biggest fit in the parking lot leaving luggage in the middle of the street and screaming how Russia should take them back. Thankfully Jason texted me the whole time. He may not be here, but he is the reason I am still sane.

 

So Alaska, what can I say? Anchorage isn’t very big. I went to bed at 11:30 and it looked as bright as it did at 6:30 this morning. It’s beautiful though. I just hope I get a chance to enjoy it all. We have been apartment shopping today and some apartments have some amazing views. I met people from my internship today too. It’s a great family medicine center and the hospital looks lovely. That’s a good thing since it sounds like I’m going to be living there. Okay off to test drive cars! The update on Jason and my bet is he is up 2 on me. Boooooo! My players better step it up this next game, I do not want to eat oysters!

view from the gym today

view from the gym today

the family medicine center

the family medicine center

the psychiatric unit at the hospital where I'll be for assessments

the psychiatric unit at the hospital where I’ll be for assessments

the view from the hospital

the view from the hospital

it's 11:30 at night, it looks like 6 am

it’s 11:30 at night, it looks like 6 am

Sonata refusing her pill before our flight, little brat

Sonata refusing her pill before our flight, little brat

Stanley Cup and Long Distance Dates and new hair!

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2ND to last day before ALASKA!!!!! It was 97 here today, crazy!!!! I haven’t spent any time down here in the summer for about 3 years. It was kind of a sad and exciting day at the same time. I got approved for my own credit card. 28 and finally growing up right? Yesterday I became a brunette again. It’s kind of a ad pic. I hate trying to tae my own photo, but there it is. I also treated myself to a mani and pedi, but it was my first one without Anna. Kind of really miss the girl. Anyway, Jason and I had our first planned long distance date. Unfortunately Houston stations were not airing the Stanley cup game. I of course freaked, and my parents do not have cable because we live in the stone ages. anyway, Jason to the rescue, he had me go to Comcast and sign on as him so I could watch the game online. It was a bit delayed so he spoiled some of the game, but still. Of course we still have our bet , but at this point we are tied three three. He owes me two things though so there is figure skating and salsa dancing in his future. I owe him one thing for the win he had for the red wings blackhawks match up. He originally said oysters and we all know that’s not happening. Now he has it narrowed down to things like a 6 course meal (what he’ll get is veggies course one, protein shake course 2, egg whites course three, green beans course 4, mixed cereal course 5, and stoneyfield vanilla frozen yogurt course six), or me having to do some dance from some movie ( we all know how coordinated I am). I’m hoping I can win this series so that he has to go waltzing hahaha. Okay not much to say except kind of all over the place about Alaska and Pavel has yet to arrive but hopefully I’ll have my Pavel before orientation in AK! I posted a picture of Pavel Jason sent me though

Adios Michigan, Hello Texas

So on Monday I left Michigan after 10 years of being there, and I made my way home to Texas to visit friends and family here. I can’t say leaving was very easy. This past year and especially the time from Feb. to now has been amazing. After I matched for my internship in Anchorage I was able to mend a friendship with my best friend Anna. It was almost like we never fought, although it was super sad to think of the events in her life that I missed like her wedding, and then due to this move I had to miss her dissertation defense. I’m glad we will be walking together, and that we did get to take advantage of living down the street from each other for a few months. I’ll miss her in AK. Then of course there is Jason. That’s my recent romance story. What to leave out and what to say since he just might read this? I’ll leave it at when we finally let ourselves try being an “us” it was fantastic. It seems super easy, and like I’ve told him, he brings out the best in me. Having said that it was a horrible feeling leaving him, and then not knowing when we will get a chance to visit each other or meet in a different city makes me a little sad. No sappy songs on the radio right now for me or I will cry for sure. of course there are countless others that were difficult to say goodbye to like my church group Lex. Every single person there is special to me (okay I lie, but for the most part). Anyway, I’m home in Houston, and I have 3 full more days here. I keep questioning my decision to do this, wondering if Jason and I will make it through the year, wondering how I will change during the next year, and then there are those moments when I wish I could go back and rank the Detroit internships higher so things could be kept as close to the same as possible. There is no going back though, as of Monday night I’m an Alaskan for a year. Now we get down to my plan though. Most of you who know me know I love the Red Wings, and well this year Jason and I started betting on games. We refused to bet on teams though, so instead we each had two players from each team that would score the most and one with the most penalties. Well Jason always seemed to get the first pick of the Red Wings and ended up with Pavel Datsyuk as one of his. This left me kind of having mixed feelings about him, but lets be honest, he is one of the best players the team has, so really I can’t hate the guy. (Plus there are no hard feelings since I mostly won all our bets) Anyway, Jason has decided it would be cool if I could take a life size picture of Pavel around with me for a year up there. I won’t have any professional sports there, and of course I will always love the Red Wings and hope to get back this year for some games.  I plan to post pics. of “Pavel” and me in AK .IMG_0619