Winter approaches quietly

I can mark Seattle snow events by holidays.  When I moved out here the first storm hit on solstice, and the solstice party we had planned ended up myself, my aunt and uncle, their two friends and my friend.  We had plenty of food, a cozy fireplace, an eventful trek through snow (complete with bus-delay and truck-rescue).  The next year was mild and uneventful.  This year, as we made our way towards Thanksgiving the snow began to fall again.  Monday I stayed at work longer than I should have, keeping my fingers crossed for the Seattle Arts and Lectures event that evening, but as it grew dark I started to get worried and I grabbed my stuff to head home.  What’s a twenty-minute commute in the snow?  Try three hours and a mile walk home.  I was cold, hungry and grouchy by the time I stamped my feet into our foyer, but there was my housemate, with a warm kitchen and a bottle of wine.  Since then I have no complaints.  The next morning as the snow took hold my office closed down and I bundled up and walked to the grocery store as the sun rose.  Colorful delicious breakfast, working from home, Thanksgiving, movies, yarn projects, art projects, reading books I’d put down a while ago, a concert that blew my mind…. and the snow’s already melted away. 

I won’t pretend everything is going the way I want it to right now, but there’s enough that keeps me falling in love that I don’t know how I could complain.  Seattle, you beautiful thing.  Keep shining that smile across the water at me.

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Top Things Learned This Week So Far

I love Bond’s lists in City Arts, so I’m stealing her idea, because I can only think in short bursts these days.

Top Things I’ve Learned This Week So Far

1. It is incredibly difficult to put my hair in a ponytail. That is, if you’re a hair stylist, you set it in curlers first, use lots of hairspray and go for the “slicked back” look.  Much easier when I grab a rubber band and just wing it.

2. Taking action does not require discussion. It’s a free-for-all at the co op these days.

3. Rain has the best Whiskey Smash. But if you go dolled up after a fashion show, it’s as good as disguise and it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve been there before, you’re anonymous.

4. Writers are wonderful company regardless of what strange place you’ve found yourself. Penthouse apartment, I’m looking at you.

5. Sometimes the stories we tell ourselves are true.  Three cheers for my metal-dude and his desk change. I saw you leading those interns on Tuesday, and they were rapt.  You really did get that promotion I made up for you.

6.Steel cut oats are amazing. Take the time. You will thank yourself.

7.Never underestimate the power of a funny tv show.  Or the habits we find ourselves in that make us smile.  There’s a reason you keep doing it.

Sort of an incoherent list, but it’ll do for now.