I spent six days last week skiing the Resurrection Pass trail with four friends. We hit unbelievably good weather – no wind, the right amount of fresh snow, lots of sun – and it was good timing to settle into the routine of skiing, fires, food, cabin chores, and sleep.
I’ve never skied much outside of the Interior, and to do a trip in February with temperatures well above zero the entire time was a treat in itself. We saw nobody for the first three days (meaning breaking trail up to the pass!) and then only a few others on the downhill side.
I thought a lot about this roller coaster ride of a short month – putting up a show, getting really bad news, getting really good news, high anxiety from trying to make complicated arrangements regarding an upcoming proposal, getting everything done before cutting contact for a week, packing up correctly for a winter trip. Big hurdles to clear – and I’ve been too busy of late to look around and see where I’m at. Things look a bit different. I just may have made it over a wall I’ve been jumping at for a long time. (Maybe. I could also have just hit my head hard.)
I am excited to say, however, that I will be making a large commissioned piece for the new Life Sciences building at UAF. This job – I did SO want this job. I’m thrilled. The building is beautiful. I’ll be making big sweeping relief carved wood panels in the space shown filled with rectangular panels below – and it has a long view from windows to the outside that showcase the entire space. I’m very grateful to the selection committee for their confidence in my work.
Lots of work ahead . . . . I think I’m ready.