Merry Christmas

My favorite part about Christmas is actually Christmas Eve. We get together with my family every single year and have the best time eating dinner and socializing, and then opening presents in the living room. I have been ready to go for about two days now after spending six solid hours wrapping presents for everyone earlier this week. All of my online orders arrived on time (thank goodness) and I’m pretty happy with the way everything turned out, especially the calendars that I make every year. I think this year’s edition is my best effort yet.

As I’ve said before, the build-up to Christmas is actually my favorite part about the holiday season. It’s fun attending the parties, listening to Christmas music, and thinking about what to get everyone. When it’s all over on Christmas morning, I feel a little bummed.  The fact that George always leaves the day after Chrismas to go fishing kind of puts a looming damper on things, too.

Speaking of which, George has gone back into “The Zone” right before our very eyes! That’s what the kids and I call his transition from “Play Daddy” to “Work Daddy.” There is a pretty solid distinction between the two. We had the very best couple of months off together, but it’s clear when George makes the switch. I feel for him. He can’t be Play Daddy when he’s got the weight of the Dungeness crab season, taxes, and the upcoming longline season on his shoulders. And of course, without Work Daddy, there would be no Play Daddy!

I hope you are enjoying the design changes on Highliners & Homecomings. It has been fun attempting to learn CSS and experimenting with color changes, borders, and font. I’m still waiting for the book I ordered on CSS to arrive so I can see what else I might be able to do.  

I also hope that you have a wonderful holiday. This is the first year that Eva understands about Christmas or Santa, so I know it will be extra-exciting for everyone. In fact, it’s only been in the last month that she’s started to put it all together. I thought it was adorable when her ballet teacher asked what she wanted from Santa, and Eva just followed what the other girls answered and quietly said “….toys?”

It was also cute on her birthday this year when for the first time, I asked her to make a wish before blowing out the candles on her birthday cupcakes. She didn’t quite understand what that was about, but she said “….I wish to blow out the candles?”

Merry Christmas and happy holidays. Cheers!


  1. First off I’d like to say great site my wife and I enjoy reading your stories and insights into the world of commercial fishing families..Like you were a fishing family and when you talked about the “ZONE” we got a good laugh because we both know all to well about that feeling. I spent 25 yrs working as a crabber, Longliner and S.E Seiner but took a few yrs off to chase a dream and explore new fishing ventures in the lower 48..Now with that said were heading back to AK were we own a home, one that we really missed for nearly 5 yrs. Though the adventure south was what we thought it would be we’re all but ready to head back to were we truely call home..Im now in the “ZONE” now, not the one getting ready for a new season but that of looking for a new boat to hang my hat and call home..A few more weeks of chasing Bluefin Tuna and then it’s off to Seattle to walk the docks and then home to AK, my wife will follow in the summer but till then she can enjoy more of your writings..Thanks for a great site

    • Ken, thank you! How nice of you to say those things about the blog and to take the time to write them. It means a lot to me, and I appreciate it!

      I am so glad you got a laugh out of “The Zone.” You definitely get it. I tell you. The eyes no longer focus on you when you’re looking at them…the hearing but not actually listening begins…phone calls are made more frequently to mysterious people…there are strange trips out of town to look at “new line”…. haha!

      I don’t blame you for being ready to head home after your adventures in the lower 48. I hope you and your wife have a wonderful homecoming after all of your time away! Thanks for writing in and sharing; your comment was fun to read.

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