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Old 12-23-2009, 05:40 PM
 
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Lots of good recommendations here, Kelly. We all certainly wish you well. It's so common to be homesick & blue at Christmas so compound that with a move to dark Alaska, then how you're feeling is so understandable. But I'm sure that doesn't make it any less miserable.

How about a volunteer opportunity down there? That might help you feel better & meet some new people.

I also second the recommendation of supplementing with vitamin D from a bottle!
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Old 12-23-2009, 05:49 PM
 
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Fish oil is good as well.
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Old 12-23-2009, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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If you have a camera take an hour or so a day and go out for picture taking. Make a thermos of coffee or hot chocolate and take a drive to the beach or out to Skilak Lake. Cross country skiing can't be beat out that way. Many of the lakes are froze over now. Maybe try some icefishing. The peninsula has about 10,000 to choose from.
You can beat this. I'm feeling down every other hour because I'm not going to be with the wife for Christmas or New Years, so I just grab the camera and go to the river for an hour to watch eagles.
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Old 12-23-2009, 07:00 PM
 
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Thank you for all of the advice and positive comments. We have never lived outside of Nebraska and the move has turned out to be much tougher than we expected. I will definitely take everyone's thoughts to heart.
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Old 12-23-2009, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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Thank you for all of the advice and positive comments. We have never lived outside of Nebraska and the move has turned out to be much tougher than we expected. I will definitely take everyone's thoughts to heart.
Hang in there.. Nothing in life that is truly worth anything to me came easy or without a high price.. This is one of the most beautiful states in the nation with some of the most giving and friendly people you will ever meet. The trick is getting out to meet us

We come down that way to ride snowmachine a lot in the winter months. If you shoot me a pm we can take you and your hubby out for dinner.. I know an awesome restaurant in Kenai. We would love to treat you to some awesome steaks
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Old 12-23-2009, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Over the Rainbow...
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Hang in there.. Nothing in life that is truly worth anything to me came easy or without a high price.. This is one of the most beautiful states in the nation with some of the most giving and friendly people you will ever meet. The trick is getting out to meet us

We come down that way to ride snowmachine a lot in the winter months. If you shoot me a pm we can take you and your hubby out for dinner.. I know an awesome restaurant in Kenai. We would love to treat you to some awesome steaks

Very nice of you and Varmit.
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Old 12-23-2009, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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Very nice of you and Varmit.
I remember varmit going through this as well.. that's when I whispered those terrible words.. "you need a puppy".. The rest is history

This was a month after I whispered those infamous words



This is one year and 115 pounds later



So the moral of the story is when someone is feeling blue don't whisper

Our little prostitute...
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Old 12-24-2009, 02:06 AM
 
Location: Seward, Alaska
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As a new resident, you may be becoming Vit D deficient. Your Vit D levels are important.


I will 2nd the suggestion about vitamin D. My wife and I take vit-D supplements, and it does seem to help.

Also, have plenty of light in the house when you are home. If the light in a room is too dim to comfortably read by, then it's not enough.


Bud
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Old 12-24-2009, 01:14 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Crossfire what a little exhibitionist you have there....shameless I say!
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Old 12-25-2009, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Everywhere
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This is my first winter in Alaska as well and I am having a very hard time. Summer wasn't that great either - not hot enough for me. I am usually Mrs. Happy but lately have been acting quite lazy and gloomy. I also have 2 dogs. My favorite way to pass the time *used to be* taking my dogs for a walk or a hike. I cannot do not that up here. Even with enough layers on I am still rather uncomfortable, and one of my dogs cannot handle the cold temperatures for longer than about 20 minutes (and I even make him wear a coat). I feel so claustrophobic being indoors all the time - I can't even crack the windows open for fresh air - drives me nuts. But I also can't stand being outside when it's -30...ouch!

I wish there was some sort of GIANT off leash INDOOR dog enclosure...that'd be nice!

Come on up to Fairbanks, Kelly, and lets hang out
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