Sunday, April 19, 2015

DenaliWood - It's Senior Prom Time

It is spring time again and with it comes my most favorite event of the year, the annual Senior Prom at Denali Center.  Denali Center is the AMAZING assisted living facility that I had the immense pleasure of working for, for almost 4 years.  Although, due to my back, I am no longer able to work there, I still love this place and consider it my home away from home.  I am truly honored to be a part of such a wonderful place, even if I no longer work there. 

This year I was on the prom planning committee and our theme was "Old Hollywood Nights".  I don't know exactly how it happened, but I got talked in to dressing up as Marilyn Monroe.  I think it started off as a joke, and then snow-balled into madness. 

I couldn't show as much skin as Marilyn (this was in a nursing home, after all) but I hope I did her justice.  The residents all got a great kick out of it and that really is all that matters.  I wish I could share some of the pictures of me with the residents.  Those really are the best ones, but given HIPAA laws and privacy issues, I'm sorry that you'll have to get by seeing all the ones of me with the cardboard cut-outs.

I just couldn't resist a little naughtiness with Bogie. 

The evening was filled with some wonderful live music and a dance troop from the local high school.  We also had hockey players from UAF, and a JROTC group all dressed up and ready to dance with the residents.  Oh, it's killing me not to be able to share pictures of all of the dancing.  And anyone who says that you can't dance while in a wheel chair doesn't know, just how much fun it can be. 

All in all it was a wonderful evening filled with some of my favorite people and memories were made that I will carry with me for as long as I live. 

I think spring has finally made its way north to Alaska now.  We actually had rain today, NOT SNOW and we were able to go for our first real motorcycle ride of the year.  Hallelujah!!!  Spring is a rough time of year for me, April in particular.  Which is why it has been a bit quiet around here lately.  A time of year that should be a glorious re-birth as we emerge out of the darkness of winter, usually finds me drowning in uncomfortable, indescribable sadness (not to mention a serious case of writers block).  So, be patient with me, dear readers.  I'll be back in the vintage loving, crazy knitting, blogging swing very soon.

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