We are so blessed to have such great friends. I'm sad that so many of our closest friends have moved but so greatful that we have stayed as close as possible. Thank you Gmail, Skype, Facebook, and Call of Duty!
First funny story is called "fun with Ambien". Sam and I enjoy taking ambien after a night shift to help us get to sleep fast and stay asleep for as long as possible. Both of us have a tendancy to ignore the warnings and stay up and watch tv or surf the puter under the influence. This can lead to some entertaining series of events. The other day, Sam was chatting with me and it became very obvious he might be under the influence of ambien. I realized this early on and decided to mess with him and get him to talk as much as possible. Here are a few excerpts (and translation) from our conversation...
Sam: tomorrow dousnf be fun shtootn each to ehr
translation: tomorrow should be fun shooting each other (we were planning on playing Call of Duty the next night)
Andy: yes it dousnf
Sam: k...im i gh stage og non rememmering. I didnt write that befoer
translation: I'm at the stage of not remembering. I didn't write that before. ????
Andy: rememmering!! my new favorite word!!!
There was some more stuff but the language got kind of colorful, even with all the typos. The kicker is that of course he didn't "rememmer" any of the conversation the next day. Glad gmail saves this kind of stuff. That was excellent entertainment late the other night.
Next story: Lisa Kriederman (of Ben and Lisa who are now in Boulder) came back to Alaska the last couple of weeks to work a fire up north of here. She is an IMET (incident meteorologist) so she provides weather support for big fires. Because of her Alaska experience, she was a top pick to make the trip all the way back up here to work this fire. Currently, she is on a 2 day mandatory break after working 14 straight 16 hour days! So she's visiting us and enjoying some down time on a real bed after camping out for 14 days, catching up on some laundry, and enjoying some Moose's Tooth!! Great for us, because we get to see her and she gets to see the girls for the first time in over 2 years!
To further set up these pictures, we have 2 more great friends in Sacramento (my kids according to facebook!). Brooke and Tom put together a care package for Lisa K (with a few extras for the Browns) while she was resting in Anchorage. It was very creative and lots of fun. Here are a few pictures of Lisa and the girls and some of the "pirate booty".
Even pirates have to take a break and "make yellows on the big potty"
Thanks Brooke and Tom for the care package for Lisa. VERY creative and lots of fun!
Lisa K takes off this evening and then I'm heading south to do some fishing tomorrow on the Kenai. Not expecting much but should be fun anyway.