A love built for years

I’ve known these two love birds both separately and together for many years.  I have to say that I have been rooting for them for a solid 20 years now.  Being that I’m only 30, that’s really saying something. B & E have been lifelong friends from childhood.  We were band geeks, problem solving nerds, and athletes together through school.  When after so many years had passed after we all “grew up”, I got the sweet news that they were dating. I was ecstatic, as were most in our immediate circle and beyond.  B proposed this fall and I was lucky enough to spend some time with them in celebrating their engagement.  We went up to a favorite old spot up in the mountains back home and had a great time in the snow. It was such good luck to get (my favorite) snow and sun all in the same morning.  Can’t wait for the wedding next fall and wishing them the best in their future together.

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Snow Play

It snowed this week in the near mountains. I think I will have plenty of snow play in my future with over 100 inches of snow that fell in my local mountains over the last couple of days.

I set off for a morning trail run at Lake Easton, hoping for relatively flat terrain after a hit and a miss at Gold Creek on Snoqualmie.

Once I got there, I felt calm, quiet, and honestly a little embarrassed after wiping out numerous times. I’m not the stellar skier I thought I was on the chosen un-groomed trail. Needless to say, the photos weren’t perfect, but the solitude certainly was.

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Snow Days

This week the Northwest experienced a whole lot of snow, a whole lot of ice, and a whole lot of darkness.  Now coming from Central Washington, I am no stranger to snow. I drive an all wheel drive, go slow, and bunker down when needed. Nevertheless, I found myself worried during the inevitable disasters around us. I had the holiday off on Monday, and made it to work on Tuesday, with my boss questioning my sanity. “You’re here? It is going to get bad, you should go home..” I stayed the day and came home with no problems. The next day we woke up to more than a foot of snow on the ground. Living in a large city with limited snow removal resources, the roads were messy. My office closed, so I managed to have a relaxing and fun snow day.  The next day came the ice. It hailed, rained, and then sleeted for hours. The neighboring trees started to crack.  Then in the back, we heard the slow loud crack of a tree. Our corkscrew willow had lost its entire top.  It’s really a shame, its our favorite shade tree in the summer. A few hours the lights went out. Our house stayed dark for 36 hours. Luckily we have a gas fireplace. It kept the house at a cool 50 degrees. Of course, nothing we couldn’t handle. Neighbors were helping neighbors dig out, making sure everyone had what they needed. What a wonderful show of neighborly kindness. We dug, we laughed, and commiserated about the situation. All in all, I worked 1 of the 4 workdays this week, and loved EVERY second.

Thankful

Every year I get to spend Thanksgiving with my family, and more specifically  my Grandmother. She is my favorite person in the world. The older I get, the more I appreciate her.  This year was a different mix of family and friends. It was a change, but was wonderful.