march has been a busy month. ben has made a few trips home and when that happens, i seem to forget about the world outside of all that is benji. oh, no! i've become one of those people that forgets their friends (and fam) to focus strictly on the husband. please forgive. so yes, a few trips home, more drives in and out of anchorage than i've made since the beginning of 2009 and just lots of other annoyances here and there that have kept my attention.
ben made it out of anchorage this morning but unfortunately did not make it out of king salmon. i noticed ak airlines cancelled all flights this evening, so i do not know when he will be able to leave king salmon to get to work in chignik. that was his only concern with leaving today; if i get out, will it only be to get grounded in king salmon. but, if i know my ben correctly, he will find something to occupy his time.
so with ben absent, i am attempting to get back into my mode of staying [mostly mentally] busy. i picked up some fabric over the weekend and intend to get started on some projects this week. i also picked up some paper for the start of a new scrapbook. i think this one is going to start from 2003 when ben and i met. i'm smiling already thinking of all the fun times we've had and captured on film. yes, film. camping trips, life with bulldogs, four-wheeling, etc. we also picked up all the supplies to refinish grandpa jack's dresser. stain, lacquer, and the best part - ben bought me my very own orbital sander. wheee! just what every girl dreams about! in all seriousness, i am extremely excited to do this. grandpa would be so proud.
currently, my biggest obstacles are one set of our tenants. let me start off by saying we have been very fortunate with past (and one of the current) renters. i did have one "bad judgment" case back in 2005 and now this latest one is ben's "bad judgment" case. (thank goodness we're tied up now. i never thought i'd hear the end of the two 19-year olds....) with each tenant, you learn and grow, and it's all about the experience. eventually, i will laugh about this one, but right now, it's taking all that i have to not break down. i don't want to go into all the details, but i will say this one thing: rent is not negotiable. i know this, i'm pretty sure 100% of you know this, but i just had to state that for the record. aaand... scene.
jack is very cute. i think i mentioned that the climbing has come in full force; climbing on the hearth, sofas, his push-toys, people... he's a maniac. he's started to actually play with his toys, not just attempting to devour or throw them. he rolls his matchbox cars in the kitchen (slight hazard to parents in the middle of night when they're left out), realizes that bouncy balls work best in the kitchen and kicks a certain ball around. he's more entertainment than a barrel-full of monkeys!
i do have some new pictures, but the camera cord is all the way down stairs. to be continued... promise.
until next time, love + hugs.