Tuesday, March 31, 2009
For his birthday back in November, part of Shawn's gift was a book called "Hiking in Snohomish County" (which is where we live). So for Sunday's day out, Shawn looked through the book to find a hike that looked like it wouldn't be very far away, and that would be pretty easy. He found one that claimed to have no elevation gain, and it would only be about 3 miles. (And yes, for us, 3 miles would be a really short hike.)
We followed the directions in the book, and we found ourselves in a park. Really close to a town. In fact, I'm pretty sure that we could see nearby houses from almost every part of the trail we were on. So we decided that a more accurate term for our activity would be a "walk," not a "hike." We had both worn our hiking boots (expecting something more strenuous), but it turns out that was a good thing, since the park we were walking through had somewhat recently flooded. The trail was nothing but mud, and in places, we had to walk through the huge puddles that were still covering parts of the trail. In fact, part of the trail no longer exists! The park is next to the Skykomish River, and when the river flooded, large chunks of the river bank were washed away...including part of this trail.
Overall, our walk wasn't quite what we were expecting. But hey...we got outside. In fact, we even got to enjoy a little bit of sunshine! And we were able to appreciate the nature of the Pacific Northwest. We both love to see how all the moss grows all over the trees in this area.
Have I mentioned before that I'm married to quite a talented photographer? Shawn has a knack for taking amazing pictures, particularly of flowers and other things in nature. This is my favorite from Sunday. We're planning to look this up, but if you know what plant/bush/flower this is, please feel free to let me know!
Monday, March 30, 2009
Generally speaking, the job is going well. There are a few students who manage to drive me nuts just about every day, but that's pretty typical for 9th graders. But have I mentioned before that I'm really not a morning person? Yeah...I have to get up at 5:00am every day. Not so much fun. Now granted, school is done by 2:00, and I can technically leave for the day by 2:30 (although I almost always stay later than that). But when I get home, I'm usually exhausted. And then I have grading I should do.
I'm trying to get back into the swing of things, with working full-time during the days and still finding time to do the things I want to in the evenings (like reading, watching TV, hanging out with Shawn, maybe doing a little crocheting). And ideally, I'll manage to get out at least a few blog posts every week, too. :)
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
This is a lineout. It's how the ball is put back into play after it goes out of bounds. Shawn is in this picture. I'm not sure if you'll be able to see him, but his back is to the camera. He's wearing number 3, and he's helping to lift the guy in the white jersey.
And finally, this is just a shot of regular play. One of Shawn's teammates has the ball.
As I mentioned before, I did attempt to use the video function to record a little bit of the game, but it's hard to really get a good view of what's going on, especially when they're on the other side of the pitch. But here's the best video that I was able to come up with from last Saturday.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Shawn and I rented a car so that Jarid and Sarah wouldn't be stuck at our apartment during the day, and then the four of us hung out in the evenings. There was a lot more going out to eat than usual, but Jarid also cooked for us a few times. I felt a little bad letting him cook (and I didn't cook at all while they were here!), but it's something that he really enjoys doing.
On Saturday, Jarid, Sarah, and I went downtown while Shawn went to the rugby pitch to get ready for his game. The 3 of us stopped by Safeco Field so that I could buy my birthday present! Yes, my birthday was in October. :) But for my birthday, Shawn promised that we'd get a pair of tickets to all 3 games when the Indians are in town to play the Mariners in July. The tickets just went on sale about 10 days ago, and by purchasing them at the stadium, I saved about $27 in Ticketmaster fees! Then the 3 of us went down to the Market for lunch. We decided to stop at the Athenian Inn. It's right in the Market, and it has a gigantic menu. At least one scene from "Sleepless in Seattle" was also filmed here. We sat on the second floor and had great views of Elliott Bay. Unfortunately, the food was pretty bad. As an example, my "BBQ Beef" sandwich was a few slices of packaged roast beef covered in a little BBQ sauce and slapped on a sandwich bun. Blech. But then we went and watched Shawn play rugby and the rest of the day was good. :)
Sunday, we were supposed to go sea kayaking. Unfortunately, the guide called us early that morning to let us know that the weather wasn't going to cooperate. They were expecting lots of wind and a "small craft advisory" in the San Juan Islands. Not exactly ideal for amateurs to go kayaking. So instead we went downtown for lunch, and then we took the Seattle "Underground Tour." I had done it a few years ago, but none of the rest of them had. If you ever find yourself in Seattle, I highly recommend this tour. It's only 90 minutes, but it's pretty interesting, and it's actually pretty funny, too.
We took Jarid and Sarah to the airport last night. It was great to have them here, but I'm kinda looking forward to getting back into our normal working/eating/sleeping habits. And I'll try to get back into blogging more often. :)
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
When we arrived in Frisco, it was in the low 20s, and, once the sun finished rising, it was actually pretty sunny. There were five Romp to Stomp events this year, and the one in Frisco was the largest. There were approximately 2200 participants there! I haven't yet been able to find any numbers that show how much money was raised, but judging by the number of enthusiastic people that were there, I'd say the event was a success!
This was Mat and me, getting ready to go get our free pancakes!
This is Mat and Abby. In the middle is Abby's friend Connie. Connie didn't snowshoe with us, but she is a breast cancer survivor, so she came to cheer on our group.
Our group did the 3K walk. There was also a 5K (which we simply didn't have time for), and there was a 3K race. The race took place first, so this picture shows the crowds of walkers waiting for the racers to come in across the finish line. It gives a good idea of the fun outfits people dressed up in, and you also get a good view of the beautiful mountains we were snowshoeing near!
The 5K walk officially started at 9:30am. There were so many people that snowshoers were still "starting" the 5K walk about 10 minutes later!
Eventually, the crowds thinned out a little. It was a really laid back event, and in most places along the route, there was plenty of room to step off the trail and rest or take pictures.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
For years, I would've told you that I dislike crab, and in particular I dislike crab cakes. I don't know how or when it happened exactly, but at some point over the last few years, I tried crab cakes and realized that I actually find them quite tasty! I think I might've first tasted them when Shawn and I went to the Capital Grille a couple years ago (such good food there!!).
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
On Friday afternoon, I met up with my former English department coworkers. It was really nice to spend a little time with them, getting all the gossip from the school and just overall having a good time. I always considered myself very lucky to actually be good friends with the people that I worked with. After dinner with Mat and Abby, we tried to make it an early night.
On Saturday, I was up a little before 5:00am (which, of course, was 4:00am according to my body clock). We left at 5:30 to head up to the mountains for our snowshoeing event. We had a really good time there, but I'll make that a separate post later, with pictures. On Saturday afternoon, Shawn's former rugby club had a game, so I went to watch that. Unfortunately, Queen City lost to their archrivals, but I still had a fun time hanging out on the sidelines (despite the fact that it was really cold!). A lot of us headed over to Gibby's for food afterwards, so I was able to spend lots of time with our rugby friends. The only thing missing all day was Shawn!
On Sunday, I went to my old church. It was very nice to be in such a familiar setting (I had attended that church for 8 years, and it's where Shawn and I were married), but I was a little bummed that so few of my friends were at that Mass. I hung out with Kate and Matt most of the day, and I even was able to get in a short walk in Elk Meadow (the park where I loved to go walking/hiking when I lived in Evergreen).
On Monday, I went to the high school to hang out again with the teachers during lunch, and then I headed down the hill. After coffee with my mother-in-law, it was time to head to the airport. And that, in a nutshell, was my weekend!
Friday, March 6, 2009
Yesterday, I was able to go out to brunch with my mother-in-law. Then when she went back to work, I hung out at her apartment. My plan was just to spend some time reading and watching TV, and maybe walk over to Starbucks or Moe's for a bagel. Yeah...that didn't really happen. I ended up crashing on her couch and taking a 3 hour nap. But that's what happens when I get up at 3am and then have to take Dramamine for my flight (which makes me sleepy...even though it's the "non-drowsy" formula).
After dropping off my stuff at Abby's house (and chatting with her for a little while), I picked up Sarah and we went to the Wazee Supper Club for dinner. This is where Shawn and I had our first date, and their pizza is really good. Then Sarah and I walked back over to their favorite bar/restaurant, and that's where Jarid met up with us. We stayed there for a couple hours before parting ways.
Today, I slept in, and now I'm just hanging out at Mat and Abby's for a couple hours. I'll be leaving before too long to head up to Evergreen and meet up with my former coworkers when they get out of school! I really wish that Shawn were here with me, but I'm enjoying myself anyways. :)
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
This is the story of a group of women who become close friends after starting a knitting club in a yarn shop in New York City. Really, knitting has very little to do with the story, although after reading the book, I am thinking that I should hurry up and finish the crochet blanket I'm working on and move on to learning to knit. :)
More than being about knitting, the book is about friendships, family, love, and "finding yourself." It's about learning who you are as an individual, regardless of what stage in life you may be in. Reading the book was a reminder that I'm proud of the things I've accomplished so far in my life, and it was a reminder to continue to set goals for myself. It also made me wish that I had a group of girlfriends nearby to just sit around and chat with. I do have lots of friends that I love dearly, despite the fact that we don't talk nearly as much as we used to. But it would be really nice to have a group of girlfriends who I live near and who gets together on a regular basis. I haven't really had that since college.
I'd recommend this book. I thought it was funny and endearing, and it also made me cry.
Total number of books read in 2009: 12
Total number of pages read in 2009: 5433
Monday, March 2, 2009
But never fear! All we had to do was go to church. :) When we came out of Mass on Saturday night, a little girl and her dad had a table set up outside the church, so Shawn and I happily bought ourselves four boxes. And in case you couldn't tell by the picture...we both have a thing for peanut butter. :)