Friday, March 09, 2012

Two months

G'day all!

Two months ago, we arrived in Seattle.  It feels like we've been here a lot lot longer than two months.  Almost like two years, except if that was really the case, we missed out on two summers.

Love the shadows of the curlicues by the fish
ladder by the Crittenden Locks

I am understanding what people mean when they say Seattle's weather is changeable.  I thought I knew what changeable is.  After all, I've lived in Melbourne for most of my life and my darling Melbourne has weather that can be very excitable indeed.  But not quite as changeable as Seattle's it seems.

However, is it worse than when DH lived in Scotland (St Andrews) for a year when he was a kid and the local saying was "It's a nice day at the moment?"  And if it hit 25C (say mid-70s F) everyone died of heat exhaustion?

Love these crocuses.

Spring is starting to spring around there.  The crocuses (croci?) have been out for a couple of weeks, the daffodils are coming into full bloom and the cherries (we call them cherry-plums) in Australia are just starting to go gangbusters.

So of course it is likely to snow on Tuesday!

Our Stuff arrived on Monday.  I have had a week of looking at Stuff, building our shelving units with DH, realising I don't have enough bits of wood to chock under the shelving units' feet (we have laminate floors here and I am worried that the fully laden shelves will punch through the laminate...the feet on them are very small for things that can take over a metric ton of stuff (actually 1250kg, multiply by 2.2 for pounds)).  Admittedly our Stuff does not weigh that much, well it might in total but it does not all fit on the one shelving unit!

Our furniture (my sister's old stuff) suddenly looks quite small.  It always looked enormous in the Sydney flat but this place has a lounge/dining area that is bigger than the bedroom and loungeroom of the flat combined. 

And I have no idea how we fitted all this Stuff in there.  None whatsoever!  But we did.

A Seussian tree!


I have been knitting and spinning and writing crappy stories, because that is what I do when I have so much Stuff to deal with that I get overwhelmed.  I am so glad to have my spinning wheel here!  I have found all sorts of pretty tops to spin and celebrated having my wheel here by spinning clown barf yarn.  Yay!  (Pics?  I took some but umm, not downloaded and edited yet.  Instead you will have to deal with pics from a walk we took last weekend down to the Ballard locks - I notice that they are described as being in Ballard, not Magnolia, even though Magnolia is on the other side of the canal... maybe locks are too declasse for Magnolia....).

Now that I have my sewing machine again (my US sewing machine) I can start sewing.  This will be handy as DH wants curtains across the rather industrial shelving units, and I think I want brighter, lighter slip covers over the furniture.  It is a bit dull and dark, and I want more than just quilts on it.

The rail bridge lifted up - not uncommon to see

I am starting to wade through the bureaucratese that I have to deal with.  I've applied for an EAD and got the acknowledgement letter.  I've talked to IRS about my Oz income.  I am yet to find a primary care provider or ring Aetna about my cover and whether I need a PCP before getting an oncologist here.  We need a dentist too.

And look what came through!  A little wee yacht

It's funny how these sorts of things can throw you.  You think you are a Big Girl but really it would be much easier if someone else found you a good doctor and dentist and dealt with all that crap.  It will happen, just not this weekend.

Wherever you are, have a good one!

anon!

4 comments:

  1. It's a big job getting sorted isn't it! Hope you have some fun while you do it!!!

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  2. Welcome back to the States! Being a grownup is completely overwhelming sometimes ;o)

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  3. I agree, I can cope with the big things but the small things send me over the edge!! Glad all your stuff arrived and that you can sew and spin. That's a cute rail bridge!! I hope the bureaucrats sort everything out quickly for you!!

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