Sunday, November 22, 2009

Greetings from Alaska

Yes, they kill animals and stuff them, then put them in airports up here in Alaska. These are polar bears in the Anchorage airport, where we changed planes on our way to Fairbanks. A rather barbaric custom. The first picture is of some mountains on our way to Anchorage. Mountains are everywhere up here. So beautiful.

The memorial service

Yesterday the memorial service yesterday for my brother-in-law was really beautiful. The picture boards my nieces (his daughters) had put together brought tears to my eyes, but at the same time emphasized he lived a very full and happy life.

The little chapel was filled with people that had worked with him or known him for many years. Everyone had warm, funny, or loving memories to share. It was -34 degrees yesterday, but people in Fairbanks don't let the weather stop them. They were all there and it helped my sister a lot to hear the stories about her husband. There were tears and laughter as we listened to people stand up and share their memories of Bill. It was a good day

The diet and exercise
I'm trying to eat good, but darn it's hard with all this food around. Today we're having another big family dinner. I'm eating a lot of vegetables but a lot of other stuff I shouldn't be eating (like cookies). I'm staying out of the ice cream because I bought some Weight Watcher ice cream bars but my 7-year old nephew saw me eating them and wanted to try one. Of course he loves them so now I have to share with him.

I made a good choice this morning and skipped the cookies for breakfast and had my usual low-fat egg mcmuffin thing I make every day at home (except I used my sister's homemade whole wheat bread instead of the multi-grain muffin I usually use--which is so much better).

As soon as I finish this post I'm heading upstairs to the treadmill and my sister's weight set. Maybe I can undo some damage I did on Saturday (cookies, cheese, ice cream).

I'm trying but it's not easy.


Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit said...

I'm not sure it ever gets easy, Diana, but hang in there.

SunflowerDaisies said...

I went on a mission trip to Juneau and Ketchikan about 5 years ago in July for 2 weeks, and I loved it there. It's a really beautiful place, and I loved the scenery.

Rettakat said...

I have read on so many blogs that they said it was "easy". And I would go... Hmmm, so what's wrong with ME?

I just read what Jack commented, and it occurred to me perhaps he is right... it never gets easy... but WE GET STRONGER. So maybe that's why people come to say it's easy??? Just thinking out loud..

I am so glad you got to attend the Memorial service. They can be such a good time for healing and closure.
Take care of yourself,

Ida said...

Beautiful country. Hey, nothing wrong with a stuffed bear greeting you in the airport. Preferable to a non stuffed one, I'd think. Stay strong. You will do fine because you are aware of what you are eating. This is a giant step forward from when we were eating and eating and eating and NOT being aware of it. I may never get easy, but that's okay, too. It keeps us strong.

Miz said...

and Im proud of you for even trying (DARE I SAY DOING? how was the treadmill?) and not just giving yourself an excuse to blow it all off.


Ron said...

Glad your BIL's memorial service was such a beautiful experience. Enjoy your time with your family!!!

Helen said...

All you can do is the best you can do in the circumstances you're under. Nothing more. Enjoy your time with your family!