Monday, November 29, 2010

Alyeska Resort

Mike didn't get to go home for his birthday, so Will and I took him to Aleyska Resort to celebrate. When Seester found out we were going snowboarding for the weekend she tagged along.

We didn't get there in time to do some night boarding so we explored the hotel.





We woke up early(ish) the next day to get out and on the mountain. We only had one day of boarding so we wanted to get in as much as possible.









HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MIKE!

Alyeska Resort
1000 Arlberg Avenue
Girdwood, AK 99587

Friday, November 26, 2010

Nova Bear's Thanksgiving

Nova Bear's first snowman
Nova Bear checking in on the turkey

First Thanksgiving

So it's pretty clear, I'm not exactly the kind of girl who knows how to cook fancy meals or any kind of meal really. I like frozen pizzas, ramen, rice, and spam. But I thought it would be fun to take on a full Thanksgiving meal. We had corn on the cob, flaky biscuits, gravy (mix, not from drippings...that we'll save for another year), real mashed potatoes, and an 11+ pound turkey. Will and Mike really helped out a lot, I couldn't have done it without them. No, really. I could not have done it without them. When I cut the turkey out of its packaging, I got a good look at an uncooked whole turkey up-close for the first time. I got the heebies and immediately called the mister into the kitchen. The guys took care of taking out bag from inside and all handling of the bird while frozen.

Seester came over while the turkey was cooking and we all went outside to take pictures in the snow. I'm not sure when it started snowing, but it was coming down hard when we woke up and didn't start until after we went to bed.






When we got back inside from taking pictures, I put the boys to work peeling potatoes. I wish I had taken a video of them. They were talking to their potatoes as they peeled them.
"You stop slipping and you get over here and let me peel you."
"Yeah, thought you could away didn't you? Nope I got you and I peeled you."




While the guys talked to their potatoes, I got started on the sides and checked on the turkey.


Meanwhile, Seester checked her Facebook and painted her nails.


Despite my pre-turkey day nightmares, everything came out perfectly. I really don't think the turkey could have come out any better. I made the gravy mix with chicken broth instead of water and it was delicious! I'm so proud of our group effort! The Williams' first Thanksgiving: check. Maybe next year I'll try making stuffing and a homemade pie instead of store bought.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Man Love

Will has some major man love when it comes to Josh and Mike. These three were inseparable during their dorm days. Even though they're all separated now every once in awhile they get together, snuggle in like old times, and giggle uncontrollably at YouTube videos.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Nova Bear

Will and I went to get pho with Seester and TJ at Pho Saigon. Out of all the spots in Anchorage, this is our favorite. We like the atmosphere and location better than the other places. Plus they serve some great food.

Playing games on their phones. No one cares about pictures.

Pho Saigon No. 2
1118 N. Muldoon Road, Suite 135
Anchorage, AK 99504

Next we went to the 5th Ave Mall to shop. Will was supposed to make me a Build a Bear before he went on TDY, but he never got around to it. To make up for it, he made one today. We named him Nova Bear! I wanted to dress him like an Airman so he could be like Will, but the mister wanted to dress him up in civies.

Build-A-Bear
Seester trying on earmuffs for snowboarding

320 W 5th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501

After the mall, we headed back home to hang out. Mike got off work and came over to meet Nova Bear/eat our leftover pizza from dinner.

Will, Ech, & Nova Bear
Nova Bear is our friend, not food
Will & Nova Bear

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Great Morning!

Reasons this is already a great day:

[1] 
I got to wake up next to my husband FINALLY! I know it was only 3 weeks, but it was entirely too long for my liking.  Hopefully there's no more TDY's or deployments for awhile.

[2] We woke up early, ate leftover pizza and watched Karate Kid (which should have been named Kung Fu Kid). The only problem, now we want to fight each other. We should take lessons or invest in those big inflatable punching gloves.

[3] 
It's a GORGEOUS day!


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

What is This!? Snow!?

I took a picture of my car after the dusting we got last week because I wanted to show my mom and dad.  The next morning I was surprised at how much accumulated overnight.  We don't get snow like this in Portland!  Well...sometimes in December or January, but not often.  In any case, this is such a new experience for me, snow all the time.




I also had to dig out and start up the mister's truck.  He asks just about everyday if I've done it and I figured I should probably go do it since it's gotten pretty cold this week.  I also cleared the snow...kinda gives you a better look of how much added up in a little less than a week since the last time I cleared it.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New Job!

Today marks my first weekaversary at Providence Alaska Medical Center! I wasn't sure I would be offered the job since it was such a long gap between my interview and getting a call back, but it all worked out!

[pause for applause]

It has been a fairly painless process. I have a year of admitting experience in the ED so I have a bit of a clue on what's what. But they have so many different processes and procedures. It's hard untraining what I learned at my last hospital and retraining it to think on the same subject in a completely different way. I have a great battle buddy going through it all with me. Shelby and I went through orientation and now department training together. It's nice having someone to struggle along with me.

Work is a nice distraction. Distraction? Oh right, Will left me for three weeks! Didn't you just get married like a month ago? Why yes! Yes, we did. But don't you know, the military needed him on a TDY. For the first time, I'm completely on my own. It's awkward, but nice living alone. Not that I'm completely alone. Mike and TJ may as well have toothbrushes and a drawer here.