September 30, 2009

Changing Seasons

Despite the fact that school started four weeks ago...

Despite the fact that it's dark when I wake up and still dark when I leave for work...

Despite the fact that I've been wearing a fleece coat in the morning and can see my breath while I wait at the bus stop...

It hasn't felt like fall yet! This September has been beautiful, and it's been easy to delude myself into thinking it's still summer. Dave has continued to ride the wave runner down at the lake, each day I bask in the sun with a book during my lunch break, and last week we ate Sunday dinner out on the balcony. The days have been sunny, warm and for the most part, rain-free. 

Recently, however, I have been confronted by signs of fall that are impossible to ignore:

  1. Overnight, pumpkin displays invaded every space of sidewalk in front of the grocery store
  2. When I ran errands on Saturday morning, everywhere I turned there were boys and girls in soccer uniforms
  3. When I went down the escalator into the bus tunnel yesterday there was a pile of leaves at the bottom. Tracked in by people or blown in by the wind, I guess leaves rode down the escalator all day and then were deposited at the bottom right where you step off. By the time I went down at 5pm the pile was pretty big!
  4. My brother's birthday is today, which means that tomorrow is OCTOBER. Wow! What happened to September?? Happy Birthday Derek!!
  5. Finally--the most shocking of all--Dave, a lover of AC and the champion of shorts and flip-flops, wore shoes and a coat to work this morning

September 25, 2009

Not cribbage

We love games. Board games, card games, long games, quick games, kid games, strategy games, etc... We have an entire shelf in our house devoted to games, so the question "what do you want to play tonight?" could be difficult to answer.

Not for Dave! Rather than run through all the choices to select a game he's in the mood for, Dave has found that it's easier to thrust the options aside and alwasy choose the same one - cribbage.

(You know those boards with little pegs that look like a race track? That's cribbage)

I love cribbage too. I grew up playing this game with my family - my grandparents taught me how to play and when I met Dave I taught him. If I had to choose only one game to play for the rest of my life this wouldn't be a bad option, but since there are so many other choices...

Knowing Dave, however, this probably just a clever way of making me choose the game. Some nights I agree to one more race around the track, but for the most part I have learned to ask, "Which not cribbage game do you want to play tonight?"

So far it seems to be working.

September 23, 2009

Good start to the morning

When I got into work I discovered that there had been a small explosion in the outside pocket of my bag. Somehow the lid came off my lotion bottle and cream was smeared everywhere. There are, however, two positive aspects of this incident:
  1. My iPod was miraculously the only item in that pocket that was spared from the deluge
  2. Everything else now has the crisp scent of rainkissed leaves

September 18, 2009

Best seat in the house

I may only work the front desk, but the view from the reception area is spectacular! I don't think I could ever get tired of this:

Looking out over Elliott Bay towards Bainbridge Island and the Olympic Mountains

Watching ferries come and go throughout the day

A cruise ship bound for Alaksa is in port today!

September 17, 2009

Funny Guy

Do you see what I see? I guess it's good he wasn't a geography major...

Glacier Bay 2008
Glacier Bay, Alaska 2008

Maui 2009
Olivine Pools, Hawaii 2009

September 16, 2009

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