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Stephanie and I will celebrate nine years of domestic partnership in mid-December. Nine years. Can you believe that? Today I was thinking that we needed to get away, stay at a hotel, and go out to a nice dinner to celebrate. But that kind of outing will be a little beyond our resources just before Christmas. So on to other thoughts.

Unrelated, yesterday and today I was at work thinking about life and our lives here in Alaska. Sometimes, as the regular routine of work, school, commuting, dinner, kids, chores, etc. come to dominate, the fact that we are in Alaska seems less relevant because we don’t do any Alaska things. I mean, if we aren’t camping or wildlife viewing, or river riding, or hiking, or anything, then why are we here? Of course I know the answer. We’re here for proximity: when the weather breaks, when the day off comes, all of that is right outside our door. At the same time, though, we need to purpose to take advantage of the opportunities that are here.   

And so it occurred to me tonight: For our anniversary, we can stay at one of the Alaska State Parks cabins. There are a number of really cozy cabins tucked away here and there and available for Alaska residents for a nominal fee. We have stayed in several of those at different times during the summer. Each time we’ve stayed in one I’ve thought about how nice it would be to stay there in the winter. It would be difficult with kids, but how nice it would be for just the two of us. I think we’ll get an overnight sitter for the kids so that Stephanie and I can sneak away for a quiet weekend in the cold and dark of the woods, in a cozy little cabin warmed by the glow of a woodstove. And if we stay at one on the Chena Hot Springs road, we can even go out to the hot springs for a soak. So that’s what I’m plannin’. 

Posted on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 10:13PM by Registered CommenterBrian Rozell | Comments3 Comments

Reader Comments (3)

Re: your comment on my blog. If we let technology tear us apart, the terrorists win.
November 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
Enjoy it. And turn the heat off, to show Steph how you did it while in Circle Shack. :-)

Congratulations, and may the Lord continue to bless your marriage. Love yall. Dad
November 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDad
if you guys were still in Texas, I know a little cabin in East Texas that cold and sort of cozy...well, mostly just cold.
November 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwatson

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