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So, our last camping trip of the year. A beautiful weekend, despite the fact that we are all sick. The leaves in this part of Alaska are just stunning at this time of the year, and we were treated to a great sunset down at Anchor Point beach. Not much is new with me. I vested in the State retirement system over the weekend. I am now free to leave the State and take my retirement with me. To those who are wondering: there is no immediate plan. I will be asking for a TN Visa renewal again, but I am thinking about flying down to Victoria for a few days this time. I might as well make the best of a stressful situation. I really don't know what I am doing with my life but I just feel ready to do something different. School is going well for Kadee. She has already learned the value of a weekend...it makes me laugh. Sasha is growing like a weed. It's going to be a crazy week. Work is insane and I have a bunch of peronal things to do too, like send in the 2011 appeals for the girls …
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So, selling the toys and not having anyone to do something with has meant a quiet fall indeed. I was going to take the family camping this weekend but it was supposed to rain. What do you think happened? It turned out to be one the nicest weekends ever! So of course I feel like I have done 'nothing'. I dug potatoes with the kids. Cooked. Hung out here and did a few household chores. I don't feel any more rich since I sold the boat and the Rhino...I just feel way more bored. If I could have, I would have gone to the Lake today. It must have been stunning out there. The house is about ready for winter, except for killing the hogs, which I will do in the next few weeks. A little gardening and we are ready to settle in. I had my first meal of the year where almost everything was from the yard...I really do love fall in Alaska. I just wished it lasted a little longer. There are a couple things I hope to do before freeze up. I still want to take the family camping once. I hope …
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So, Kadee's first day of school. I know everyone says this but good lord time flies. It really makes me think about our future.














In another blink of an eye, it will be this one who is off to school.
I vest in the State retirement in a few weeks, my 5 year anniversary with the State. Not that Tier 4 is anything to brag about. I do NOT contribute to social security and, according to the numbers I have run over and over and over, I will be over a MILLION dollars short of what I need to retire. And all my money is in the market. What is some fund manager decides that "Enron" is a good place for my money? I could work my entire life and have nothing! I am getting sick of that idea. So. I want to do something big. I have two choices: first, I can think about money.  I looked at some paperwork today.  When I moved to Alaska 5 years ago, I owed about $49,000 (other than mortgage).  Now, after paying thousands per month, I owe $55,000!  I now own no toys.  No Rhino.  Boat.  Sno…
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So, they're home! To be honest that 6 weeks sure went by quick. It was amazing to see them again. The doors opened up and Kadee yelled "Daddy" and there they were.  Now it is time to get them settled in.  Kadee starts school (two weeks late) next Tuesday.  Then we will make some decisions about our life.  I made this blog private again for a few reasons, primarily that I have applied again for a position with the International Criminal Court in The Hague.  I am increasingly unhappy as a public defender in Kenai.  Even though this is now private, I won't talk about the reasons why.  I will see where my life takes me.  But not right now.  For tonight I have my girls sleeping just a few feet away.  A fire is going.  A good whiskey is beside me.  A long weekend is coming up.  Life is good tonight.