These photos were taken a couple of months ago when we looked out our window and saw a large group of harbor seals swimming and frolicking in the bay. One of my favorite things about living in our duplex is that we look right out over the water and catch some amazing sights of the marine life in Unalaska. As always, if you click on the photos, they will enlarge for you and you can get a better look. I can tell I am back home because our slow internet will not allow me to upload big pictures so I have had to go back to resizing.
I love these cute little sea otters. Occasionally, we will spy one outside our window, usually all by him or herself! I read once that a sea otter floats on its back while eating, "using its stomach as a table." That's what this one is doing here.
The eagle is either enjoying or toughing out the snow in our yard. We had so much snow yesterday that my car is stuck in the parking space in front of the house. The snow plows have a habit of coming by and clearing the road but, at the same time, creating a huge berm that my not-such-a-good-Alaska-car cannot get through. Sometimes I like being stranded since it allows me to hang out at the house and get some things done that I might otherwise ignore. I spent most of yesterday cleaning out closets and drawers.
A few years ago, I heard people talking about fish tacos. Having lived in Texas for a long time, tacos meant beef to me, maybe occasionally chicken, but FISH? No way. Sounded disgusting. :) But after experiencing Rich's halibut tacos, I became a huge convert! These are the best tacos you will ever eat, fish or otherwise. From the (just right) soft tortillas to the perfectly battered and deep-fried halibut (we avoid a lot of fried foods, but we make an occasional exception for these!) to the tangy chipotle sauce, topped with a crisp, fresh slaw of cabbage, cilantro and jalapenos, lightly pickled with lime, sugar and salt, it's a taste combo that can't be beat. We both gained weight on vacation (note all of the blog entries about food and restaurants and you know why) so it was our last treat before getting back into the eating-healthy-and-going-to-the-gym routine.
I've begun a new phase of my work life as a part time employee. I am calling it "semi -retirement" and I am enjoying it already! I will be able to do some of my work from home and will go in to the office at other times for meetings and specific activities. Thursday I had lunch with my fabulous co-workers Darcel, Judi and Donna, and I know I will miss seeing them on a day to day basis but we will also have plenty of opportunities to get together and to work on certain tasks. They are definitely the very best part of my job. (Thanks, gals!)
With a little more time on my hands, I hope to keep up with the 100 book challenge, take part in more community activities, stay on top of housework a little better, get more organized (LOL) and learn some new things.