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Sunday, April 20, 2014

On the Road Again


This spring everything and everyone I know seem to be in transition.  It's like plates are shifting under each of our individual feet, changing our geography. Two of my close friends move abroad this spring. As for Gus and I, we've recently received some incredible news. Gus has been accepted to the University of Alaska Fairbanks MFA in Creative Writing program, fully funded with an assistantship. He, of course, accepted the offer, and I, of course, am coming with him. We're not moving to another country, but it kind of feels like it. 

We head to Fairbanks in August. We've moved back to Washington for the summer, crashing with family and preparing for the major transition ahead. We're not sure how we are going to get there and we're not sure where we are going to live once we are there. As one plan settles in, another plan becomes fluid. We watch every show on Netflix that has Alaska in the title and wonder at REI gear rated for -40 degrees. We worry about transportation and guess at the taste of caribou. Gus considers his classes and I wait to hear back on my post-bac application. Everything seems so wonderous and immense, frightening and life-changing. I guess a simple way to describe this feeling that seems so indescribable is: we're very excited.