i visited the kicy radio station in nome for an interview with f2fb friend #234 ian coglan. it was very strange to articulate the reason for my new years resolution and even stranger to articulate it within the context of a specifically christian radio station. i don’t think i’m all that good at talking about matters of faith.
then i was off to catch my plane after a quick tour of downtown nome. . .
i was a little nervous because this coming home was going to be a bit dramatic. . .
at eight a.m. chicago time, i was home. slightly less than 96 hours turnaround from my front door to alaska to home. 7400 miles. two facebook friends. well worth the trip! but i had an appointment to work out with my long time friend stu cohn. he works out every day. i used to do that before i started traveling. i have gained eight pounds this year. stu has gained. . .none.
after a workout, i purchased currencies for the countries i will be visiting beginning on sunday. then i went to dinner with f2fb friends #236 joanne staten, 214 paddy seymour, and 237 donna thompson. joanne has recently had hip replacement surgery and somehow, even through her recovery, she is caring for a dog who has one eye, can’t hear, and is limited in its ability to walk. donna is responsible for both the care of her mother and, at least once a week, for the care of her grandchildren. paddy takes care of her own grandchildren and has two brothers who rely upon her quite a bit.
i realized i can only do this project because i am at an odd moment in a woman’s life: i don’t have children to care for, no grandchildren who need me, no parents i am the caretaker for. i promise i will enjoy every minute of the remaining 74 days of this new years resolution!