Holy cow. Almost the entire summer has passed without a post! I need to be smacked. I'm a horrible blogger, I know. Sorry friends and family who use this to keep track of me! This has been a summer of mega change. Lots of things have happened, all for the better. Since the end of May, I've been a single lady. Sometimes, as much as you want things to work, they just don't. And you have to accept that and do what makes you happy. I've grown and realized more of what I want, and what I don't want, but seriously... do we EVER really figure that out? I want to work on ME before I even think about being in a relationship with someone else. Happiness starts inside, and although I'm pretty darn happy most the time, there's always room for improvement. Work has pretty much owned my soul all summer, which is perfectly fine when you love your office and the people you work with are awesome :)
Speaking of work and being out on the water, a lot of cool shit has happened! Our captain took a couple of us out fishing, and I caught my first halibut... or three. We also had the most incredible whale encounter ever. I will never, ever forget the feeling of my heart nearly beating out of my chest from excitement of over a dozen bubblenetting humpback whales diving all around us. I also got splashed (more like soaked) by an orca... attempting to make a sea lion (RIP Frank) his dinner. That was nuts. I always wanted to see an orca kill, but after that experience and gazing eye to eye with a sea lion literally begging you to save it's life, I don't know if I want to see that again. Yeah yeah, it's nature and the circle of life, but seeing the last moments of a being's existence and doing nothing to help it is a bit disturbing.
I also got my first tattoo! I'm super happy with it and now I want more :) Yes, it really is addicting! This one has a lot of meaning to me though. It's an anchor with a snowflake and a heart. It combines my two loves... snow and being on the water. I've always loved snow. It's crazy how no two snowflakes can be the exact same. Out of ALL the snowflakes that have fallen in the world, no two are alike. Isn't that something to ponder? Nature is amazing. I've also always loved being on the water, and in it. I've been lucky to have grown up boating around the lakes back home, and having many, many trips to the beach to swim in the ocean. Especially since moving to Alaska, I've grown to love the water even more. It's a unique feeling to be out there with the whales, eagles, seals, sea lions, orca... and know it's all connected. We are all connected to one another, as people and with all the beings of the earth. Without the ocean and the water, there would be no snowflakes.
As much as I love summer, whales, being on the water, warm weather, etc... I cannot wait till winter! I've been dreaming of snowboarding all summer, and now the itch is hitting me hard. This season is going to be the best one yet, I can just feel it :)
I'm sure I can sit here and ramble on about more exciting things that's happened this summer, but right now I want nothing more than my head to hit my pillow.
Sweet dreams friends.