Sunday, September 14, 2014

8 simple pleasures

Seattle, Washington
Sunday, September 14, 2014

We've been home now for more than three months, which is long enough to be able to reflect on the simple (and serious!) pleasures of being home after five years abroad. Below, a list:
  1. Spending time in Seattle's wonderful public libraries. After five years with a kid--and without public libraries around--I will never take them for granted again.
  2. Being back at the wonderful Odessa Brown Children's Clinic: great staff and doctors only BLOCKS away!
  3. Being able to drink water from the tap!
  4. Seattle's parks! Five years without a single decent public park was hard...
  5. Jogging--in shorts! (Mongolia was too cold, and Jordan was too conservative)
  6. Walking my kid to school!
  7. Being allowed to TALK to my kid's teacher (it was forbidden at A's school in Jordan)
  8. A decent grocery store only 5 minutes away...
Yes, we had a great adventure AND it's great to be home...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

An old love, re-kindled

Seattle, Washington
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Courtesy of my aunt's bike loan, I had my first bike ride in five years today. It felt WONDERFUL. The lovely September sun was a bonus, but I'm happy to be riding again in ANY weather!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

On the lake

Seattle, Washington
Sunday, August 24, 2014

We rented canoes at the UW's Waterfront Activities Center this morning and enjoyed the endless water lilies, blue herons, turtles, and ducks. I had forgotten what good fun there is to be had paddling in and around the Arboretum and Foster Island... 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ah, the decadence of the West

Seattle, Washington
Thursday, August 21, 2014

There is something about living in the Middle East for two years that gives one a new perspective on things. Strolling past Garfield High School on my way to swim lessons I noticed this sign--and marveled at the strangeness of being home.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Beach combing

Lopez Island, Washington
Saturday, August 2, 2014

Having been forced to abandon much of her shell/rock/potsherd/sea glass/stick collection in Jordan, A was keen to start afresh now that we are home. She focused her attention today on collecting the tiniest of shells. No doubt her vast collection will be up to full strength before long.

Blackberry heaven

Yes, that's an adult hand
Lopez Island, Washington
Saturday, August 2, 2014

A (nearly) side-by-side comparison test reveals that Lopez has the biggest, juiciest blackberries around. On Wednesday and Thursday of this week A and I picked enough blackberries near our houses in the Central District to produce two cobblers. But late this afternoon we set out to pick berries here on Lopez and were rewarded with huge juicy berries that proved far superior to those we found in Seattle. In fact, they were so good the berries never made it into a cobbler...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Locks

Seattle, Washington
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Spent some time on a hot, sunny Seattle afternoon down at the Locks today. Ships bobbing up and down in the locks, lovely gardens to romp in, and squawky seagulls to amuse the girls. And a heavenly breeze to keep us from overheating...