Wow, these last few days have just been flying by. I guess I would say I'm pretty settled into my job now and life in Aniak and things are going smoothly. I'm still learning what is expected of me and some of the other quirks about the job. I have been learning a lot about living in Aniak. Like any small town there is a far share of gossip and drama. Some of it is amusing and others of it are pointless and dumb. Alright I'm done ranting about small towns. Other than that (and absolutely no road system, which does have its benefits) I do like living in a small town. It's nice to live out here and I'm excited to see how the seasons change.
Right now we are having a pretty cold summer for Aniak, and by cold I mean low 50s. For those of you sweltering in the lower '48 and think that temperature might be nice, I'm sorry, but this is cold for a summer in Aniak. Apparently it means fall will be a bit nicer and warmer. The rain has been on and off and mostly misty at times, which is nice because it reminds me of being in the Southeast. It's nice to think I'm having the same weather as the rest of the family.
Things are working out at my cutesy cabin and I like there, but I'm thinking if I find something with a bit of a longer lease or better place for the money I might move. Which reminds me, there has been a bear in my neighborhood and I'm hoping a local shoots it before long. I've had a few people over for dinner at my place now and I've been baking up a storm. I just finished making a great chocolate cake (Ty's favorite) with homemade frosting. It is so nice having my own kitchen! I've been looking at getting baking supplies form the internet. Who knew you could buy baking cocoa, sugar and spices, etc all from Amazon. I think it's becoming my new favorite website. It really does have everything a person would need. Not to mention they have my favorite snack cookie, Annie's s'more bunnies! They are the best. If you haven't tried them, then you should.
I was able to head to the Kalskag fish wheels last Friday and it was loads of fun! I went to cover for one of my employees and take his shift. I was able to actually do some sockeye fish tagging and counting of the other species. For the tagging of the sockeye we use a t-tag and two different colors. There is a yellow tag that goes on all of the fish and if the fish is recaptured without the yellow tag, but one of the others then we are able to calculate tag lossage. Fish wheel one has a pink tag and fish wheel two has a green tag (with of course the yellow tag). It was a lot of fun and I really got to learn a new technique. I'm learning so much!
The other exciting news for the day is Mike just received word we got funding for the Bering Cisco project. This will be the first one where KNA fish is the principal investigator. I'm hoping I will be put on as a co-investigator. I can't wait. We will get to start next year. I think it will be so super great.
Oh and things just keep getting better, I'm going to be updating the KNA fish department website (http://www.knafish.org) Right now I've just changed a few things, but I'm excited to be given the opportunity. Ahhhh so many great things! Love it!
Hmmmmmmm what else? Not much, just having all the fun! Miss you all and love you more! Mwah!