Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Australia Day

G'day all!

Ok, it isn't Australia Day here yet, but it's been Australia Day back home for about 16 hours now.

It is sorta weird being in a place that is similar but still quite different to home.  Homesickness is starting to kick in.  There's still plenty to explore here but I've started noticing a certain longing for familiar things.  I went to a knit night at Bad Woman Knits tonight - one of DH's friends lives in the same building.  That entertained me but it also reminded me that once again I have to start establishing connections with people.

DH's job is going great guns so far.  Tomorrow he will presenting to the Big Boss.  He's only been there for 2.5 weeks....

I am heavily into house/apartment hunting at the moment.  The place I've liked the look of most is the place that is furthest.  Typical!  It isn't particularly close to a supermarket either (though I now realise it isn't very far at all, I just forgot about a certain place that we drove past), though I am starting to think that is what Amazon is for.  After all, I have to drink the company Kool Aid, even if it is not my workplace.  Anyway, the rental market is pretty tight and I am starting to get a bit worried.  We only have another week and a bit at this place, and then?  Of course even if we get a place, we don't have our furniture yet. We've done the living without furniture thing before and it gets very old very fast.  When we moved to Colorado, a workmate of Nathan's brought round two garden chairs, and we used them for about a month as arm chairs.  We slept on a full/double bed size futon on the floor (we did that for the entire stay in the US cos after a while, we sorta liked it and the idea of finding a normal, larger, off the ground bed was just too much hassle).

This lady sits on a bench opposite an older gentleman.

The weather has been kind and cruel to us.  After the excitement of Snowmageddon last week (seriously, Seattle is hilly, like it has really steep hills, the sort of hills that you need to plant your foot flat to the floor in a car and they are impassable after snow, and the place half shut down), we had a weekend that was like Melbourne in winter as a cold front hits and then starts clearing.  Monday was brilliantly sunny and I went to Ballard to see the locks and the railway bridge and as it turns out the beach and the Olympic mountains.  It was brilliant!

Then it was grey all day yesterday and semi-gray today.  I have never seen so many shades of grey before, nor of steely, dull blues.

The person who is helping us with the househunting is working out I am not your average chick.  I got overly excited (ie I thought it was in the slightest bit exciting) that the bridge at Fremont opened its drawbridge.  It didn't worry me that it meant we were stuck there for the time being (maybe about 5 minutes, if that), OMG THE BRIDGE IS OPENING!  Bounce!  I took pics of it.  I put one on G+ but I've not edited any yet.

I'm really hoping that over the next couple of weekends we'll be able to go for a drive and see something other than Seattle.  Even if it is raining on and off.  Saturday's forecast is for mostly sunny!!! But that would be twice in a week and this is Seattle in the winter!  I was told that Monday's weather was unusual, then again Snowmageddon was unusual.  It is all unusual for me.  I've never lived here before.

Some kind person gave her a scarf in the snow last week.
I hope it kept her warmer.

Snowmageddon was fun from my POV.  We didn't lose power, for starters, no trees fell on our property, we weren't trapped in our neighbourhood (snowploughs and buses!), etc, etc.  We got to experience snow!  Kids and their dads were having snowball fights outside.

I have been knitting.  I pulled out the cowl I started umm four times?  Now it is the right size and is getting close to being finished.  I should get pics of it, but we don't really get good light here - we are in a courtyard facing east and the best light we get is reflected off the south-facing places by us.  I've also finished the sock that has taken me forever and started a new sock.  The new sock is also taking forever, but I've not been knitting it much.

Anyway, I must cease rambling and go to bed.  It is late and I am reallly tired, first time in ages I've let myself get this tired.


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Wow, just wow

G'day all!

I am being a bit slow on this blog updating thing, huh?

We've been in Seattle for just over a week now.  We have had internet since Friday afternoon (for an apartment with laid on internet, it caused a LOT of hassle and running around.  I spent six hours with comcast until they said "Oh, it hasn't been paid for at that address" though the phone and the cable tv were with them.... It only took three hours to get the cable tv going.  No we are not having cable tv in our apartment, when we get one....)

Olympics and seaplane.

It is minus 3 Celsius outside.  To my poor little Australian sensibilities, where if I was home in Melbourne it would be 32C (80s F), it is amazingly cold.  And I really need a nice warm winter coat.  I have a raincoat but it isn't insulated and so is not nice and snuggly warm.

Afterlight looking towards the Olympic Mountains.

I have been perusing legwarmer patterns on Ravelry.  I think they would be rather practical if I want to wear tights or leggings with my boots.  I have snow boots from my time in Colorado.  Maybe old boilers shouldn't wear legwarmers or leggings but I don't care.  If you've got it, flaunt it.

Afterlight on the foreshore of Puget Sound

I have found two yarns shops so far, though I didn't use the net.  One shop is in a building that a friend lives in.  Just as well we don't live in that building!  I just had to have this rainbow sock yarn, though I don't think I'll knit socks from it - I already have a rainbow set made from this yarn's sibling.

Of course this yarn followed me home.  It is my favourite colour.

I haven't said how much I <3 the Space Needle.  It is 50 years old this year and still whizzing into the future.  It is also about 400m from our current residence.  It helps me find my way home when I'm navigating the maze of one way streets.  About every third street goes two ways, just to add to my confusion.  When I am walking, I don't care but once in a while I try to drive the wrong way down a one way street....

Deal with the wonky.  It really isn't the
 leaning Space Needle.  But it is a shot
taken at night

I've been doing a lot of walking when the weather was (only slightly) kinder to this poor wayward Californian, ahem Australian.  (When people ask me what the weather is like where I come from, I say like California cos it is easier than laying it all out.)  I've taken lots of pics, some of which I've shared in this post, but never fear, I have plenty more, mostly sunset, pics and pics from the Space Needle.  I've pics that show it snowed half of today, with snow about 3" deep lying around, just hanging out, making things look pretty and white.  I am quite sure that in another couple of days I will be well and truly over snow, at which point it will start raining instead and I'll be able to whinge about that instead cos rain is just grey, not pretty and white.

Afterlight on Seattle downtown and Mt Rainier.
Normally I would have edited a heap of pics and stuck them on Flickr, but I have somewhat of a backlog from Hawaii and home that I am still uploading.  Hooray, the blogger pic uploader is much less clunky than it used to be.  It fits in with the rest of the stuff.  Plus you can put captions on and left/right/centre the pic!  Hooray!  Now if only they would integrate blogger with google+ (look for me there, I post things there a bit cos it is easy to chat with Sydneysiders there, share pics with peoples and it integrates with my android phone like that (snaps fingers)) so any pics from the phone upload and voila!  I can share them.

And what do you call someone who lives in Seattle?  (Hint, it fits quite nicely with the Space Needle and the forward into the future idea.)