Posts Tagged ‘seattle’

Weekend Wonderland

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

They say living in the Pacific Northwest makes you more active. I thought they meant mountain climbing and hiking, but perhaps it’s more than that. When I look back at my weekend and compare that to how we would spend a weekend five years ago, it definitely qualifies as more active. They say correlation is not causation, but I know living in a Pacific Northwest city is definitely for me. Here’s what I accomplished this weekend:

  • Drove to the north side of the city for a curling open house… which was AWESOME
  • Rode the bus downtown to watch Cloud Atlas with a cinephile Meetup group
  • Two Asian themed lunchesĀ  – A banh mi and Vietnamese coffee; Chinese roast pork and roast duck
  • House chores – Vacuumed carpet/couch, washed cat’s blankets, cleaned litter boxes, washed dishes, scrubbed toilets
  • Restocking of goods – grocery store and pet store
  • Cooked a Sunday gravy (I cook a big pot meal every Sunday so I have dinner all week)
  • Watched the F1 race, the Cowboys/Falcons game and 3-4 episodes of Breaking Bad

…and all of it in about 28 hours of being awake. It’s certainly not the most mind blowing weekend, but something I’m proud of considering it would have been much easier to sit in the house all weekend doing nothing. Of course I spent the entire time thinking how great it would be doing it all with Melissa; I’m sure you won’t hold it against me. I look forward to when she’s back and we get to spend our first real Christmas in Seattle.

Life As a Loner

Monday, October 1st, 2012

I don’t write a lot these days. I think about it often, I just don’t. There are a few reasons and none of them are particularly interesting. Lets just say I spend a lot of time working, most of the rest of my time meeting new people and the remainder attempting to get into a routine or just plain relaxing. I feel like I’ve said this a lot and maybe I don’t have to keep saying it, but it’s the truth.

I think a lot of my previous hobbies were born out of boredom with my job and living in the suburbs. I still like doing those things, but I get more fulfillment being challenged in my job than I thought possible. Actually, I’m being challenged in my job more than I thought possible. I’m not going to say part of me doesn’t like (yay double negative!) that I’m doing less writing and taking less pictures because it’s not true. I’d like to eventually get back into the swing of things; it’s just right now everything else is so new and interesting.

So what’s new? Oh, just a couple things worth mentioning.

  • My Mom was treated for uveal cancer. I could go into a long winded recap of what’s going on and her prognosis but frankly, I’m tired of telling that story. We are all trying to continue living our lives while being thankful for the good news along the way. Life could be easier, but it could be a helluva lot worse.
  • The goods news is I got to see Melissa while spending five days with my Mom in Philly two weeks ago. It was a bittersweet reunion and again, we’re choosing to look at the bright side of things. The great news is we’re spending four days in Boulder for our anniversary! I can’t believe we’ve been married nine years.
  • My new lifestyle is interesting. It’s definitely been a learning experience; one I didn’t know I needed.
  • I’ve been doing Crossfit at a gym ’round these parts. Well, I was before the whole thing with my Mom. I’m headed back next week and think I really need it. I haven’t told anyone other than my family and I’m not all Facebooky about it because I’m doing it for myself and only myself. I want to be healthy and that’s it. You probably won’t hear me talking about it in the future unless I really have something worth talking about.
  • I love Seattle and not just because it’s only rained twice in 2.5 months. I am reminded every single weekend why this city is so great and I really can’t begin to describe why. Suffice to say, it really feels like home… a home I/we would love to show you sometime.
  • I added two things to my Life List (Oktoberfest and Jayhawk helicopter) and removed one (Safari in Africa). These changes represent my ever-changing interests in life. I haven’t crossed nearly as many off in the last year, but I’ll chalk that one up to most of them being travel related and costing a lot of money. Not that I’m doing the free ones like learning to play harmonica…

I guess that’s it for now. See you in another month?

Six Months in Seattle

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Today marks six months since Melissa and I stepped on a plane with one way tickets to Seattle in our hands. I’d love to say it’s been a walk in the park; one that’s been full of rainbows and unicorns. Truth be told, it’s been very difficult. Make no mistake, I am so glad we made the move and I really and truly love this city in so many ways that I could not begin to explain them. It just feels so… comfortable… compared to other places I’ve lived. The hard part comes in moving to a place where you know no one and nothing.

There are really two main things worth noting.

You live really, really far away from everything you’ve ever known. The internet, especially Facebook, makes your family and friends seem closer than they really are. This is good in that you can feel like you’re still a part of everyone’s lives but it’s also bad because you can be lulled into a false sense of connectivity. When you realize that by the time you get up in the morning most people are at lunch and by the time you get into the swing of things in evening most people are thinking about bed, it reinforces that you’re on your own. Sitting on your couch reading status updates, a life does not make. That’s actually kinda ironic, since that’s what we used to do before we moved. Hmm.

You have to make a concerted effort to form a new life. I spent years being comfortable in the connections I had. You have your friends/family, you get together with your friends/family on occasion and you fill in the gaps with work and relaxing at home. When you move to somewhere completely foreign, you cannot rely on “the way you used to do things” as a future predictor of success. Regardless of how tired, uninterested or uncomfortable you are, you have to step outside your box and talk to strangers under the assumption that you’re working on making friends. Attending meetup.com events and joining bocce ball leagues with complete strangers? That was so not me five years ago.

ReadingĀ  the above, I can’t help but think of a friend who… I guess I can’t call a friend any more… moved to an entirely different country when young. I always had respect for the courage that took, but I have a new found respect given how trying our move has been… and we “only” moved to the other side of the country! Want to turn your entire life upside-down? Move somewhere completely foreign to you. (Or have kids?)

As long as you remember that lives are built over the course of years and that you’re doing so in a place that makes you happier, it’ll be worth it in the end. Now we’re off to celebrate by taking the bus to the Freemont Fair and Summer Solstice Parade! I hear they have naked people riding bikes there. Yay Seattle!