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Welcome to my weekly update for June 27, 2021!
If you’re new here, you might not know that my husband is a traveling healthcare professional. He accepts three-month assignments to fill staffing needs at hospitals around the country and I tag along. I take care of chores and errands while he’s at work so that we can explore on his days off. We completed his last assignment in Sarasota, Florida earlier this month. We’re now in Anchorage, Alaska! It’s warmer here than you probably expect, with highs in the mid-60s and lows in the mid-50s, but still a bit of a shock to our systems! The sun sets at around 11:30 pm and rises around 4:30 am but the sky never truly gets dark. We’re getting adjusted though!
We normally travel in our motorhome but we didn’t want to drive 4000+ miles from home, cross the Canadian border (allowed for essential workers but it still sounds like a pain), and find a campground near the hospital. So this time we flew in, rented a furnished apartment, and borrowed a car from a friend of a friend. We’re used to rolling into town, plugging in the RV, and immediately sightseeing, so this experience has been different for us. We’ve had a lot of little chores that seem to take a lot of time. We haven’t gotten out much yet but hope to this weekend now that we’re settled in.
We visited the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center on Tuesday. It was so cool to see all those native animals in their own environment! Let me know if you’ve visited Anchorage and have any suggestions for things we need to see!
The brown bear is a resident at the Wildlife Center so he was behind a fence and we were up on a boardwalk in a very controlled experience. That’s as close as I ever hope to be to one of those intimidating beauties!
The red barn is on the Wildlife Center property. I just liked the contrast against those snow-covered mountains.
The mountains and glaciers are on the Turnagain Arm on the drive from Anchorage to the Wildlife Center.
Ladies’ Night by Mary Kay Andrews, read by Kathleen McInerney–4 Stars
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
The Golden Tresses of the Dead (Flavia de Luce #10) by Alan Bradley, read by Jayne Entwistle
Reading Challenge Update:
I’m including this in an effort to hold myself accountable. I’ll try to remember to update at the end of each month. Challenge title links go to my personal progress page and host links go to the relevant sign-up page.
- Books in Translation Reading Challenge (hosted here at Introverted Reader) Progress: 5/4
- Southern Literature Reading Challenge (hosted here at Introverted Reader) Progress: 5/7
- New (To You) Narrator Reading Challenge (hosted here at Introverted Reader) Progress: 15/6
- Uncorked Reading Challenge (hosted at The Uncorked Librarian) Progress: 6/12
- Nonfiction Reader Challenge (hosted at Book’d Out) Progress: 10/12
- Diversity Reading Challenge (hosted at Celebrity Readers) General Progress: 15/25; Monthly Progress: 6/12
- Audiobook Reading Challenge (hosted at Caffeinated Reviewer and That’s What I’m Talking About) Progress: 25/20
- Book Voyage: Read Around the World Challenge (hosted at The Book Girls’ Guide) Progress: 6/12
- Classics Club (hosted at The Classics Club) Progress: 2/50 by April 15, 2026
I like to read books set in the states where we’re currently located. Several different lists inform my choices but if you have any personal recommendations for books set in Alaska, I’d love to know! I read The Snow Child earlier this year and The Call of the Wild several years ago.
What did your week look like?
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