The few details from October that I feel warrant elaboration are my best friend's wedding in Saint Paul, MN, followed by a quick trip to Chicago. We enjoyed perfect weather for the occasion and wonderful fall color, especially in the charming city of Saint Paul.
The dress that I made!! Held up nicely.
On to Chicago...
And in the first week of November, I went back to my hometown to gather everything I own (for better or for worse) and move it from California to Seattle.
The move in particular is huge for me personally because this is the first time in five years that I've had my name on an apartment lease. Since I quit the life I was living at the end of 2009 and took off for the vast, wild north, I've surfed couches, stayed with family, lived on boats, and at times even slept in my car. I had no use for a permanent home! I've been living much the way numerous mariners I've met lived at some point in their careers, without ties to bind or roots to hold them down. I knew all along how lame it was going to be to pay rent again one day (as Jake likes to tell me, "welcome back to the real world"), but it's pretty amazing to have a space of my own, and to have all my things in one place - even if about seventy percent of it needs to be given away. Going through the detritus of untouched decades squirreled away in the dark corners of my mother's house - coming across childhood toys, photographs, college textbooks, love letters, clothes that I won't ever wear again, sewing patterns, shoes (and shoes, & more shoes) - let's just say it was quite a trip.
And now I'll be here in Valdez until December 27th. I've got more than a month to go, through Thanksgiving and Christmas. I'm not unhappy about it; rather, I'm really looking forward to immersing myself in work, making strides with my training, enjoying my first snowy winter since I sailed on the Barbara Foss towing the Aquatrain from Prince Rupert to Whittier - earning extra holiday pay! And really, I'd be nuts to complain about this view.