Hey everyone! I’m so excited it’s Thursday – work has been insane and I’ve been so tired all week. I feel like sometimes (especially in the winter) I seem to be traveling through life on autopilot – wake up, feel like I’m going to die, go to work, drink coffee, teach, drink more coffee, work more, pick up Andrew, make dinner, read blogs, Zion Half training plan stuff, shower, go to bed. Every day. Sometimes there’s an awesome moment, like having Parks and Rec back on TV on Tuesday nights or noticing that it’s not totally dark on my way home from work now, but usually it’s the same thing every day. And then I remind myself of something huge:
In general, life is the same in Anchorage as it was in Philly. I work for a non-profit in education, I shop at the same stores (minus Trader Joe’s), I eat the same food (minus Chipotle and Wawa), I run, and we watch the same TV shows. But despite all that, WE LIVE IN ALASKA. In a state that is a multi-day drive away from its neighboring states and requires a passport to drive to. Where the sun does crazy things and even the urban parts of the city have wildlife sightings and there is an ACTIVE VOLCANO across the inlet and the tallest mountain in North America is visible from my running trail. And those are the moments where Andrew and I scream “I LIVE HERE!” with crazy amounts of excitement. It will never get old!
Wednesday was a really good reminder of this fact. I was going through my daily routine (I had accomplished wake up, feel like I’m going to die, go to work, and drink coffee already) and paused to look out the window on my way to the printer. And I saw this:
I ran through the office screaming “MOOOOOOOSE!” and watched it for a few minutes from my manager’s office until it walked away into someone’s yard. And then I heard my coworker screaming on the other side of the office. Right outside of her window was the moose’s mom!
No lie, I probably spent an hour watching this moose and taking videos of it. it was incredible being so close to it and watching it act normal without having any fear about it charging me. I felt like I could take a ton of pictures and study it up close with no consequences because it wasn’t able to hurt me. In fact, I took this opportunity to do something that my manager always claimed was impossible: the moose selfie!
After watching the moose eat for a while I realized it was time for my lesson at a local high school, so I rushed out the door before the moose got any ideas about walking through the parking lot. I was recovering from my “I LIVE HERE!” moment when I looked up and saw something that I’ve never seen before – a vertical rainbow! There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, but there was some weird frozen fog situation that made the air sparkle with frozen fog particles. And as I snapped a picture of the rainbow (and the sun!) I noticed it was actually a super weird circle rainbow! It was very clear in the sky and I’ve never seen anything like it. Any idea what this is? The picture was not retouched.
I then spent the rest of the day noticing the beauty of my new “normal” life: the way that frost forms on everything when it’s under 10 degrees and makes everything look wintery and white (without snow I’ll take what I can get!), how incredible the big mountains across the inlet look on a clear day when you can see them from hundreds of miles away, how close and massive the Chugach mountains are, how the frost makes the trees glow white when the sun hits them, and how incredibly beautiful and long the sunsets are.
It’s easy to get sucked into thinking that my life is boring and monotonous when I go to work in the dark and leave in the dark with cloudy skies blocking the mountains and a Vitamin D deficiency keeping me down. But on days like Wednesday, it’s hard to feel like anything is normal about the place I live. I still can’t believe I live here 🙂
What makes you should “I LIVE HERE!” about your town? What crazy things have you seen this week that woke you up out of your routine?