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Six weeks since I last posted? Wow. I’m having a great time and working hard (but I’m getting ahead of myself.)

I’ve always prided myself on having good values. My family and friends are most important in my life, and I’m blessed with many of each. It is probably not a surprise for you to know that when I returned from Europe my priorities were spending time with these wonderful people – and beginning the job hunt in earnest. That’s exactly what I’ve done.

For Memorial Day weekend I loaded an excessive amount of gear in my car, and Sheila and I made the six-hour plus road trip to see Erin and Jason in Fairbanks. (Brad would have come along but he was dealing with a number of things in town that demanded his attention). Alli and Jon, and Diana and John also made the trek north, and we all stayed the night at the house, slumber-party style. The next morning we loaded up the trucks and took four-wheelers down to the Chatanika River for a wonderful overnight camping adventure. The entire trip to the river was an adventure in and of itself worthy of its own blog post but I’ll spare you the details here and instead encourage you to see the posted pictures and use your imagination…Summer '09 076

I left Fairbanks Monday afternoon about 4 p.m., and headed back to Anchorage. In classic dramatic fashion, I arrived just in time to shower and catch my 1:30 a.m. flight to Minnesota, where most of my extended family still lives. My parent’s 30th wedding anniversary is coming up in September so my brother and sister and I are hosting a party for them there. I was able to accomplish quite a lot and I spent time with my grandparents, who are definitely getting older and frailer. I am reminded every time I’m home just how lucky I am to still have them in my life.

A few days later, Shelia arrived and had an opportunity to meet my family in the small town where I’m from as well as catch up with some of our mutual friends in Minneapolis. Activities ranged from horse carriage rides to window shopping in the Midwest retail Mecca. On that Thursday, we left for Seattle, where my brother lives. Unfortunately, we only saw Adam for a single morning because “duty called” but Shelia and I had fun downtown, at Pike’s and Safeco (the Twins were playing the Mariners!). It was a really great, relaxing trip.

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I arrived back in Anchorage the first week of June and began searching through CareerBuilder and the PRSA job bank among others. I’ve decided that I really want to back in the field of strategic communications/public relations/marketing, and my preference is to do it in the private sector. There are not a whole lot out of jobs out there right now, in or out of Alaska. I did, however, have a chance to go back to Seattle for an interview last week, and I expect to hear about that job next week. The opportunity does pose interesting questions about moving. If offered the position, it is something I will have to do some pretty serious soul-searching on.

In the meantime I’m staying busy by entertaining out of state guests, training for a half-marathon (we’re two weeks out from the Sonoma-Napa race), playing softball, doing some freelance work (business name to be announced soon), and volunteering with Commonwealth North’s fiscal policy group and other activities as time permits.

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I’m curious, friends. What’s keeping you busy this summer?

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