My mother is coming to visit on Wednesday making her our first official visitor to our new home in Alaska. It's no real surprise she was first to come check out our new home seeing as from the moment I arrived I began sending my mother and father text messages, emails and phone calls filled with reasons why they needed to come see me this summer, instead of their proposed long visit next summer.
So when a friend of my mother's spotted a deal on Jet Blue that was cheaper than I've ever seen tickets to and from Alaska, she was IN!
Prepping for a family member to arrive is always a little stressful. Even more so when you're planning for them to visit you in your new home in some far away location. Of course I want my home to be clean, and of course the dogs will make sure that no matter how much I sweep the floor it will still be covered in a fine layer of fur. There are other things I had hoped to achieve before my mother's visit as well. Things like procuring a new bathmat for the guest bathroom, but I guess the folded towel on the floor will do for now. Or the blackout curtains she specifically asked for… Well, that blanket we nailed to the wall should work really well in keeping out the Alaskan sun.
What can I say? I'm keeping it classy in Alaska.
Mostly though I've been focused on the weather; hence my inability to procure basic home improvement items. Turns out August is not that warm summer months of long gone May and June (which just so happens to be when I convinced her to come visit). We'll have three days of rain, then one and a half of sun, then back to rain, then the sun peaks out for an hour so you head out with the dogs on a walk, only to be drenched 20 minutes in. Basically, August is an asshole.
So combine the weird weather with the fact that 90% of the things I want to do with my mother while she's here involve being outside, I'm watching the weather app on my phone like a crazy person.
On Friday we're leaving to head south to Seward, AK, this ADORABLE fishing town with the intentions of a four hour kayak trip and a small hike (PLEASE NO RAIN), walking around downtown exploring (would be much more fun without rain), and a 8.5 mile strenuous hike to the top of Exit glacier (holy crap this would be miserable in pouring rain). In the right weather these activities would be truly perfection. In pouring rain, I'll want to kill myself.
So yeah, right now it's all about precipitation people.
Please send your anti rain thoughts my direction.
Or else at the end of my mom's visit I'm going to have a lot of pictures of me soaked and miserable in the great Alaskan wilderness to share with you.
And no one wants to look at pictures of me looking like a drowned rat.