Update on the Commercial Fishing Wives Television Casting Call!

A couple of days ago I wrote about the announcement for a new show that will feature Alaska commercial fishing wives. While I thought the show was an awesome idea and loved the concept, I was disappointed that fishing wives from other areas would not have the opportunity to participate. (You can read the entire post here.)


Here’s the update from the Casting Producer, Annette Ivy, which I’ve taken from our Facebook group Commercial Fishing Families & Friends.

“Hi Guys!! Thanks for the info — we are definitely now considering other areas besides Alaska!! Please contact me at aivy@nullshedmediaus.com or call me at 323-904-4680 if you are interested or you have any candidates. Looking for BIG personalities and women who hold down the fort while their fishermen are away! Thanks so much! Annette Ivy, Casting Producer”

I’m really excited about this. Go for it, ladies!!! And thanks for being open to our thoughts, Annette!

The 300th Post!!

I thought we were done celebrating this season. We celebrated the tenth year of George and I meeting…celebrated our tenth New Year’s Eve together…and celebrated the third anniversary of this blog.

What could possibly be left?

Oh, of course.

As my WordPress statistics page pointed out, this post will be number 300.


I’ve written 300 posts in three years. Let me grab my iPhone calculator and break it down: 100 posts a year. Eight posts a month. Two posts a week.

I remember the first day I decided upon the focus for this blog. I raced down to the harbor to tell G and Brett.

I’m using the above picture to celebrate since it shows the five people I blog most about. I have to thank G, Brett, and Bryan for letting me chase them around, posing for pictures, and letting me use their images the past three years. B and B are very private people and I’m sure they would have preferred to have NO blog constantly writing about their livelihood and posting their pictures. Still, they let me do it.

Thanks, you guys. You are the brothers I always wanted but never had. G, you are the greatest, most encouraging, patient, hilarious sport and husband in the world.

Love you all and here’s to the next 300 posts…

What Do You Want To Be Remembered For?

Last month, I let my five-year-old Eva borrow my digital camera to take pictures around the house. When I got the camera back and viewed the photos and videos she’d taken, I was rather impressed at the slices of life she captured. I’m including some of her photos in this post.

As for the WordPress prompt on what I’d like to be remembered for, it’s simple.

I love being a writer and having my words published. I hope that what I’ve written (and will write) sheds light on our world of commercial fishing families and beyond, and will entertain and educate for years to come. I also enjoy teaching Jazzercise and the rush of being on stage, sweating and burning calories and hopefully entertaining my students.

But most of all, I want to be remembered for being a good mom.

While I lack in many areas, I hope that my children will always know they are loved through both my word and deed. I hope they remember every morning that we snuggle together in the overstuffed rocker with their sippy cups of  milk/chocolate milk and my mug of coffee. I hope they remember our nights reading in bed and falling asleep together.

I want them to remember the way I took them to ballet and gymnastics and marveled at all of their movements, whether graceful or awkward. I hope they look at the scrapbooks, photo albums, baby books, and journals we’ve kept, and enjoy the moments and phrases that melted Mommy’s heart through the years. That the only thing I ever wanted was to have them and be with them and went through heck and beyond to make that happen.

I am not a perfect mom. I can’t cook, and I have terrible anxiety. But I do the very best I can.

Ultimately, I want my children to know and remember that they are valued. Like my friend Judy Miller writes to her children: You matter. You are loved.

Here are some of Eva’s pictures:

Thanks for reading!

From Deckboss: Calling All Alaska Fishermen’s Wives

Directly from the blog Deckboss:

Shed Media US, a Los Angeles television production company, is looking to cast a new reality series called “Alaska Fishermen’s Wives.”

Casting producer Annette Ivy tells me she’s looking to contact women who are “outgoing and have big personalities.”

“We are interested in hearing about the day-to-day worries and stresses the women have to endure as a result of being fishermen’s wives,” Ivy tells Deckboss. “We also are interested in other activities they are involved with as a result of living in such a beautiful wilderness such as hunting, fishing, etc.”

Shed Media US productions include “The Real Housewives of New York City,” “World’s Strictest Parents,” “Basketball Wives” and “It’s Me or the Dog.”


Contact Ivy at (323) 904-4680, ext. 1061, or aivy@nullshedmediaus.com.

Original Source:

Deckboss: Calling all fishermen’s wives.


My own two cents is that I absolutely love this show concept. It’s high time fishermen’s wives were showcased for the work we do to support our fishing families and businesses.

At the same time, I’m disappointed that this opportunity is limited to only Alaska fishing wives. It’s too bad that the wives from Newport, San Francisco, Astoria, Long Beach, Westport, Seattle, Bellingham, etc..are automatically excluded.

Still, if you are a fishing wife from Alaska, this is an excellent opportunity and I can’t wait to watch the show down the road!

And They’re Off!

On our way down the ramp to the dock.

Brandon, Bryan, G, and Brett with future crew members Eva and Vincent.

A beautiful and calm day for a boat ride.

Straight to Jazzercise to play with friends and keep the tears at bay.

Good Luck to My Very Favorite Commercial Fishermen in the 2011 Dungeness Crab Season!!

We Love You All Very Much!

Bryan wanted to know why I was never in the pictures and made me get in this one. Five of my favorite peeps right here!

The Last Night for a While

Well, the guys have worked all week finishing up a lot of projects in addition to loading pots onto the boat for the 2011 Dungeness crab season. I’m trying to not feel sad/bad. G and the crew are excited to go while I am not looking forward to the departure in the least! G is myrock and the glue that holds us all together. He’s got a quick wit, makes the most hilarious faces, and can fix and do anything. Plus, he’s a wonderful and loving father. I’m trying to focus on all the good things going on and looking ahead to the spring when we will take our first real vacation in several years.

I’ve got my family, my Jazzercise friends, the preschool crowd, the gymnastics and ballet groups, and my other friends to help keep us moving forward. I appreciate all of these people so much; they are my support and laughs much of the time, and especially when G is gone. Tonight will be hard and tomorrow will be worse, but I’ll be back to my normal self by Monday, forging ahead with renewed energy and motivation.

I’m posting two pictures of Brett and the boat taken yesterday with all the Dungeness crab pots on board.

The last picture is of the boat crane that was lifted off the Vis for some reason this past fall. I can’t remember why G had it lifted, but I know the crane well from my own time seining on our boat in SE Alaska (with my dad and sisters) and thought it was rather funny and unusual to see it on the flatbed trailer.

Oh, and how could I forget. One thing I’m looking forward to after G leaves is beginning the 24-Day Challenge through AdvoCare that my friend Sara turned me on to. I had not heard of AdvoCare before, but I do love my vitamins, supplements, and working out, so it sounded like a fun thing to try.

Their national spokesperson is DrewBrees, the New Orleans QB who was the MVP of the NFL World Championship game. I’m obviously not an élite athlete (or even a fan of football) but fortunately, the product line is for everyone. Be sure that I’ll let you all know how it goes, lol.

Will be back tomorrow with Departure Day pictures. Have a great night.

Challenges Last Year, Outcomes This Year

Writing Prompt From the Lady Bloggers Society:


Write about a challenge you faced last year. What was the outcome?

When I think back on 2010, two challenges come to mind. The first one is that I could not, even as an active mother and Jazzercise instructor, keep my weight where I wanted. For years and years I felt great and confident, even after giving birth. After giving birth and nursing two children back-to-back, I reached and maintained my lowest weight ever and felt good.

Unfortunately, after I stopped nursing and grew a few years older, things crept up on me.

The second challenge was George being gone for way too long last year. Now, I am a tough girl and, having four generations before me, was more than ready to take on the commercial fishing life. For Pete’s sake, I am the daughter, grand-daughter, niece, great-niece of commercial fishermen and was writing for National Fisherman magazine when I met my husband.

Even so, G was gone too long last year, and that was a challenge for both of us.

As for the results to my challenges….

When I recently discovered that my calorie-counting and heart rate-tracking Polar Watch was dead, I ordered a similar watch to replace it. (Yes, I could have replaced the battery in the original watch, but I don’t know who replaces batteries in this town and it seemed simpler to order a new one!) I’m also signing up for Jazzercise Boot Camp in addition to my regular Jazzercise classes.

As for George being gone too long?

Only he can handle that end. I am so, so glad we had a lot of time together this fall and over Christmas. It means everything to me and we’ve had an unbelievable time. I hope that his Dungeness crab season is a success and that catching the halibut and blackcod quota goes much more quickly than last year. If it goes slow, I hope he will take a break and come home to visit at some point or let us meet him where he is.

Posting Every Week in 2011

I’ve decided to join the WordPress blog challenge in 2011.  I’m starting now and plan to post on this blog once a week for all of 2011. That’s pretty much what I’ve been doing the past three years anyway, but I do love an official challenge, so I’m taking WordPress up on it.

Thank you all for the hits, clicks, views, and reads in 2010; the stats for December were especially exciting and I appreciate it!

Blogging once a week isn’t always easy, but it is fun and inspiring. I’ll make use of The DailyPost and the community of other bloggers with similar goals to help me along the way. If you visit Highliners and Homecomings, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments, likes, and good will!

I’m thinking of introducing some new features (guest bloggers, etc.) but haven’t worked out the details yet.

George and I had a great New Year’s Eve (our tenth!) with dear friends and a date night at a beautiful hotel a mile down the hill. Thank you to my parents for watching our beloved little ones!! We love you so much!

Happy New Year to you all! I hope you had a wonderful evening and relaxing first day of 2011!

Jen :-)

I laugh every time I look at this picture! Happy New Year, G!

Hot rollers and hair spray to welcome in the New Year!

Happy New Year!

One of my Christmas presents this year (in addition to two extra magazines for my Walther PPS and a little something from the “Secret” store at the mall) was a nice, inexpensive desktop computer that will be a lot faster and more efficient than my current desktop computer.

I spent today saving various files to disc that included infant Eva videos, old essays I’ve written, and a variety of pictures. I found many pictures from around the time G and I met ten years ago. Some of the pictures I laughed at, some I cringed at, and some I wished I could go back and re-live…or at least look like again.

It’s not our ten-year wedding anniversary, but it’s the ten-year anniversary from the time we met and there are so many memories to go with it. I can’t believe it’s only been ten years…two fishing boats, two houses (one at a time, of course!), two children, two dogs, friends, little trips, good seasons, bad seasons, the ups, and the downs. Feels like a lot.

Anyway. I found the above “Good Choice-Bad Choice” picture on one of my Facebook friend’s profiles. I grabbed it to post here.

What will my Good Choices be in the new year? What are the Bad Choices I regret from the past year?

There are a couple personal “habits” of mine that reared their ugly heads this last year that I hope to reign in next year. I want my children to continue to be as happy, snuggly, and active next year as they were last year. I hope to continue to let negative things and people go and embrace the positive. I hope that I will continue to forgive and be forgiven. I hope I will write instead of go on Facebook when I have the chance. I hope G has as great of a crab season this year as he did last year, and that when he goes longlining, the season will go fast and not slow.

I also hope that when we have both cheese and chips in the house, I will choose to not make nachos for “everyone” and then eat them myself. Ha!

Wishing the very best to you in the New Year. Love you all!

Ten Years Ago on New Year's Eve 2000

Ten Years Later on Christmas Eve 2010

My Discussion with a Salmon Farmer (via The Fishing Blues)

My fellow commercial fishing family blogger Robin Blue has posted her unedited and interesting back-and-forth with a B.C. salmon farmer on her blog, The Fishing Blues. Check it out!

My Discussion with a Salmon Farmer A little while back I wrote a post about sea lice infestations in salmon farms, with my main point being that open-net salmon pens can (probably) never work out environmentally, and that the only safe solution is to improve the on-land closed containment systems. A couple weeks ago, a salmon farmer from BC posted a comment in reply to my sea lice post, claiming I needed to do more research.  I was willing to hear him out, so I investigated his cl … Read More

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