Yesterday I received the most fantastic package in the mail: Flat Anna! She came from my step-mother, Margaret, in Alaska. Well, let me re-phrase: Margaret sent Flat Anna to me. Margaret lives is Alaska. Flat Anna came from Aurora, Colorado. Specifically the Aurora Academy. Ms. Fahlstedt, presumably the teacher at the Academy who initiated a project, is currently teaching the children in her Geography class about maps and globes. To reinforce the point, they made Flat Anna - a laminated paper doll about 8 inches tall with auburn hair, lovely pink fingernails and toenails and who wears a pretty, pink dress - with the purpose of sending her on a global journey. I don't know all of the places she's visited so far, but I do know she's spent some time with my family in Alaska, which must have been really exciting for her. She landed in Anchorage and from there was taken on a small trip to Whittier, which is about less than an hour's drive from Anchorage and where my Dad, Step-mom and brothers run two restaurants, the most established of which is called Varly's Seafood Cafe. In order to get to Whittier from the mainland, you have to drive through a 2.5 mile long tunnel which goes through a mountain. It used to be, over a decade ago, that only a train could pass through the tunnel, so in order to get through you'd either have to ride a passenger car or drive your car onto a flatbed carraige. Nowadays, the tunnel has been evolved so that cars and trains can drive/ride on the same track. It's pretty cool. Anyway, when you arrive in Whittier you're immediately welcomed by a harbor and find yourself almost engulfed in mountains. And you'll also find the most amazingly beautiful emerald green waters of the Prince William Sound. It's fabulous.
I'm glad Flat Anna had a chance to spend some time with my family and that they've decided to send her on to me here in England. So far, she's spent a bit of time with Butler and has been helping me bake bread today (a new recipe from the internet: 3,2,1 Lentil Bread). Dave and I plan on taking her with us this weekend to London, where we'll be celebrating our one year anniversary (appropriately our paper anniversary).
Gotta go for now - the buzzer just rang. Flat Anna and I have some dough to knead. Later!
Erin Singleton is an artist currently living in the bucolic seaside town of Marblehead, Mass. She loves to explore her creativity in her studio and in the kitchen. She also loves to read, watch movies, spend time with friends and enjoy the great outdoors with her husband, Dave, and their daughter, Maisie.
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