I always feel like the holidays have begun once my husband hangs our lights. They lend a festive air to dark nights, and I love cozily reading by the fire, dogs on my lap and lights shining through the windows.
100Stone is a public art installation of 100 stories of personal struggles with mental health, told in sculptural form. Much has already been written about it (here, here, and here, to share a few), so I’ll just say that visiting the figures is deeply spiritual. I love the way exterior forces – weather, tides, animals, people who love them, people who disregard them – have made their marks, but the basic figure remains. Much like each of us as we age, growing weathered but richer and more interesting for it.
Ever wanted to test your knowledge of downtown? There are a lot of us that think we know every nook and cranny, all the “Best Places to <fill in the blank>,” and the fastest way to get wherever we want to go…but do we really?
Saturday, May 2 is the perfect opportunity to prove your downtowniness at United Way’s Downtown Scavenger Hunt. I’ll be there with my team, the Infuriated Chipmunks, ready to match wits and speed with the best of Anchorage!
Did you know that when you stop by Skinny Raven Sports and you happen to be wearing a pair of scratched, scuffed, all-around dull Danskos, a ridiculously nice salesperson will smile sweetly and beg to shine your shoes? I didn’t either, until today… Although the wear and tear of this pair of Danskos isn’t as bad as previous pairs, they were not looking their best… and now look at them shine!
Thank you Skinny Raven!
But just because Gretchen Loves Anchorage has been a bit quiet (for so long that since I last wrote summer ended, we sped through fall, and it snowed last week) it doesn’t mean there hasn’t been plenty going on in town – First Fridays, Salmon Daze, Pirate Pub Crawl, Hip to be (Town) Square, End of Summer Camp, PARK(ing) Day Anchorage… countless others. There’s always something fun to do!
The dawning of a new year always makes me take stock. Resolutions or not, it’s a good time to step back and think about the last 365 days; what made you happy, what made you not so happy, and how you want to spend the year ahead.
A friend sent me a drool-inducing menu as (unnecessary) bait to join her for lunch at a new restaurant. One look at the menu and I took the bait, hook line and sinker.
Our lunch date for The Red Chair Cafe was planned!
…makes this a pretty boring blog. And much of the time, work is fascinating, inspiring, and a lot of fun, so I don’t mind if I’m mostly work… except that I’ve been behind on sharing all sorts of things I’m loving about Anchorage!