Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Soooo long this blog post is!

I know it's been awhile since I blogged. So, true to form, this is going to be a doozy of a blog. Get a cup of tea, your favorite blankie and be prepared for a lot of reading.

I'll start with Christmas and the holiday break and then work in reverse choronological order until we're all caught up. Feel free to quit reading at any time or jump ahead to whatever chapter appeals to you the most.

Chapter 1: Christmas Break

Christmas break was nice. I chose to stay in Bethel this Christmas instead of trying to fight the holiday exodus out of town. Many of you remember that ginormous snowstorm that hit Seattle last year. It screwed up holiday travel for pretty much everyone on the face of the planet and Brian and I ended up hanging out in Oscarville for four days while we waited for a flight to become available. Don't get me wrong, those four days were nice. It gave Macy a chance to recover from her rare bout of pukies, gave Brian and me a chance to relax, sleep in, cook good food and get outside a bit. However, when we finally did get home we had both missed Christmas and I ended up trying to make up for lost time by driving frantically around Wisconsin trying to visit and spend time with friends and family. By the time my brother Matt dropped me off so I could catch my bus headed for O'Hare I was exhuasted.

Anyway, I didn't want to do that this year. I've been traveling a lot for work and just wanted to sit around and quietly enjoy the overpriced apartment that I rent. I agreed to house sit and doggie sit for friends so I had an extra pup and an extra house (with cable TV and internet) to enjoy. I also took some time to work on my Master's project that has been looming over my head.

Christmas break started off with a party at my house. Quite a few people were passing through town and we all decided to have a big old slumber party at 720B 5th Ave. We had the Goodnews crew comprised of Paul Dhaemers and Chris and Amanda Hauk as well as Dirk, K.C, Traci, Brian, Iain and Bethany all come over. Brian cooked up some yummy brats and we had a nice spread of cheese and crackers and dips.










It was super fun to have everyone around to hang out and it was great to kick off the holiday break with such fun people. It's fun to have fun with fun people!

After everyone left the house was eerily silent but in a good way. The weather was pretty warm out so I spent time outside with the dogs. I had the honor of doggie sitting for my good friend Sara and Shaun's dog, Loki. Although Loki is a big old bucket of slobber he is quite cute. It was something else to share my bed with two dogs and there was one night that I woke up and just kicked them both off the bed. They were both back on shortly thereafter but I was able to claim some extra space while they were gone. Loki and Macy had a great time together and are BFFs now!


















It was interesting to stay in Bethel over Christmas break. I was afraid that I was going to be bored and lonely and it was anything but that. It seemed like there were parties going on every night of the week of Christmas and it was so fun to get out and see friends and meet even more people.

I also had a really really great Christmas as well. My friend Joel Williams and I had been planning on spending Christmas together for quite awhile. I went over to his house on Christmas Eve and we watched movies and hung out. I dropped the dogs off at Sara and Shaun's house and when I came back Santa had delievered some presents and carefully placed then on the treadmill. After some T.V. watching Joel and I turned in for the night. The next morning we got up, had coffee, I went and got the dawgs and we opened presents. My parents had sent two boxes of Christmas presents for me and Macy. Mine was address to Erin Kavanaugh. Macy's was addressed to 'Lil Macy Doodle Kavanaugh. After presents we did a whole bunch of sitting around and Joel started in on the delicious turkey dinner that was ready later that afternoon. After we gorged ourselves on food we did a bit more sitting around and talking. After I left Joel's house I went home for a bit and then went to Christmas dinner at my friend Michelle's house. Needless to say, after I arrived home I got my butt on my bike and rode hard to work all that excess food off.

Although I missed my family Christmas was great! I loved it and had so much fun. I was so worried about sitting at home alone and feeling miserable but Joel really made it special and I was so thankful to both him and Michelle for including me in their holiday plans. Thanks!

Chapter 2. Thanksgiving

Yes, I'm blogging about Thanksgiving. I warned you all at the beginning of this post that I was going waaaaaaaaay back and it's just the beginning.

Although I have been traveling a ton this year I decided to spend my Thanksgiving break in Eek with Dirk and Traci. Another friend of our, Tania, and her daughter, Justine, came in from Toksook Bay to participate in the festivities.

I really don't have too much to say about Thanksgiving. Not because it was boring but because we were so incredibly and wonderfully lazy the entire time. Dirk and Traci treated us all to such good food that they had ordered from Full Circle Farms and we cooked our brains out. Traci really knocked herself out with the Thanksgiving meal. We all helped cook but Traci headed everything up and we had a huge feast prepared by the time everyone showed up.





























We also got to listen to Traci and Dirk play a bit too.

Dirk and I went for one run. The weather was warm and it was a great run!

We did a lot of playing with the baby and a lot of sitting around. It was GREAT!


3. Just Desserts

Every year the Bethel Council on the Arts holds a fundraiser called Just Desserts. Guess what they serve at Just Desserts...that's right a shit ton of desserts! This year I was asked by my friend to make a dessert and I made an Apple Upside Down cake with tundra berries on it.

I arrived and delivered my dessert and met up with Traci and Dirk (a.k.a. The Squeaky Eeks) who were preparing to make their debut!






Squeaky Eeks I from Erin Kavanaugh on Vimeo.


Sqeaky Eeks II from Erin Kavanaugh on Vimeo.


In addition to musical acts there were some dancers and this little girl is a buddy of mine. I cannot remember her name right now...but she and I became friends when I attended a brunch theater not too long ago. We both agreed that the food was excellent and kept bumping into each other at the dessert table.










4. Visit to Aniak

Much to my friend Emily's delight I finally made the journey to Aniak to see her and her family. I also got to meet their son, Ryder (a.k.a. Miguel), for the first time. I got to spend Halloween with them and had a blast. I really cannot go into
too much detail about how much a
blast I had due to the fact that a large portion of my blog readers are former students. Those of you who know me know how much fun I had...lol.

It was nice to see a change in scenery also. Save for Goodnews Bay and Toksook Bay everywhere around here is flat and kind barren. I actually got a bit giddy when I saw TREES and HILLS.











It was wonderful. Macy came with me (of course) and she was GLUED to the airplane window. She couldn't quite remember what trees were since it had been so long since she's seen them but really liked them. She would like to see more of them and I promised her that I would take her to play in some woods sometime soon.