Wind Turbines, Food & Friends

I am behind on updating, and I am going to use the excuse that I wanted to have photos with this post and they had not been downloaded from my camera yet. Ok, lame excuse that I could easily change but I am going to go with it. I will add some later today.

So last weekend was the yellow school bus trip to Pullman where I was chaperoning 11 high school students for the Imagine Tomorrow math and science competition. It was really cool to see the progress these kids have made. They are all from the class that I help out with for work in the Northshore School District, and I am so proud of all of them! We had a fun bus ride rocking out to oldies on the radio and then had the high class weekend experience of living in dorms and eating dorm food. (Note: dorm food at WSU is way better during the school year than in the summer). We hung out at the rec on Friday night, and then Saturday was presentations all day long. I got to duck out and visit with Jenny downtown at a coffee shop and that was such a treat! I miss her!

By the time awards came around at 8 Saturday night the kids were exhausted, some elated and others frustrated with the success of their projects. One team came out with two awards, the other we thought was close must have just missed it by a few points. It was cool to see some of our group recognized through!

Sunday we drove back to Seattle with a stop at the PSE Wild Horse Wind Farm just outside of Vantage, WA. It was so cool! I had never been to a wind farm before, and seeing them up close was pretty impressive. It was a beautiful day, and I took tons of photos.

Two hours later we were back in Seattle, exhausted and happy to be home. I jumped in my car and headed to Matt’s extended family dinner at Tutta Bella in Wallingford for pizza and wine and a room stuffed full of loud, fun Italian family. I really did not have the energy and would have preferred to go home and crash with Matt, but it was fun to see everyone.

Start to a really long busy week. Monday we went to dinner with Katherine/Adam/Mildred family who were visiting from Reno. It was so much fun to meet little baby Millie! She is adorable. Matt had never really held a baby and thought it was pretty cool.

Tuesday we had dinner at Grandpo’s…yummy clams and spaghetti. Wendesday we went to dinner at Benny and Lana’s and played Settlers. Last night I started painting the kitchen cabinets (walls are SO much more fun). Busy week, progress on the house, Matt is going to start looking for a new job, I am ready for a weekend at home. But life is good.

To Pullman in a Big Yellow Bus

Yesterday I rode across the state in a big yellow schoolbus with the Northshore class I work with for a science competition called Imagine Tomorrow. These kids have been working on projects on how to make the world of the future more sustainable, and their projects are great. We spent the evening hanging out at the rec center and dorms (ah, it is good to be back in Pullman!) and then finally crashed after dorm food dinner. Today they are presenting for 7 hours and I am just hanging out and being supportive.

I miss Pullman. I miss college too. But life at home is pretty good too. Thursday night Matt and I went over to Beth’s house – as in the HOUSE she just BOUGHT! – for dinner and good company and wine. We ate out on the deck looking out over the Sound and Olympic mountains in the evening sunshine. Awesome. It is really fun having her so near again so that we can become friends again. Sadly she is shipping out again next week for 3 months on her oil tanker (she is a 3rd Mate) so it will be September before we hang out again.

With all this travel I am getting really ready for a weekend at home with Moose to just do nothing but relax and work on the house. It is fun but exhausting to be gone this much, and I miss seeing him.

Epic Pullman Weekend

It is going to be hard to capture in words how wonderful our weekend in Pullman was. Summary: quite possibly the best weekend in Pullman ever.

Matt and I left Seattle around 10 on Friday morning. We drove over the pass with some really beat up windshield wipers (we then got them replaced in Pullman) and were then greeted by clear skies the rest of the way to WSU. Matt drove after Ellensburg…he is getting much better at stick! We listened to music and talked and got more and more excited to see our school as the miles rolled on.

When we arrived we went straight for ice cream at Ferdinand’s on campus. We shared a HUGE banana split (ice cream counts for lunch right?) and I ran into my old honors advisor, Jessica. It was so great to see her! She enjoyed meeting Matt too. From there we went to Moscow to check out TriState and Winco, stocking up on the random things like a hot pink disc golf disc, sunglasses, bulk beans and rye flour. Then we went to the new (gag) Super Walmart in Pullman for new wipers and then finally to Matt’s friend Ross’ house to drop off stuff. Matt stayed with Ross Friday night and I stayed with Jenny.

At 6:00 we met up with group of my friends at Sellas for calzones and pizza. It was excited that everyone I wanted to see in Pullman was able to show up! Kelsey and her husband Bryant were there, my old roommate Kathy, Jenny and Brian, Diane and Brent, Ross, me and Matt. Fun times. After dinner Matt and I parted ways and Jenny and I went downtown to find really good mojitos at Black Cypress. This is a great little place if you need a nice place to eat out in Pullman. We shared some edamame and had two rounds of mojitos that had really cool metal straws in them. I may need to track some of those down. Jenny and I stayed up talking till midnight. I had really missed seeing her.

The next morning I said goodbye to Jenny and headed back to College Hill to pick up Matt and go to the Breakfast Club for breakfast. Oh it was so good! We went to the Co-Op and a cool little consignment shop in Moscow. I found a really neat vintage dress. It needs a little TLC and some new buttons, but it is so cute! We went back to Pullman and then to Beasley to watch the UCLA game. It was a great game…sadly not in our favor though. Loosing in overtime is never fun. Matt and I had a great time cheering on our team though. After the game we wandered around Pullman and watched the sunset from the top of the library. WSU has such a beautiful campus. I loved going back.

Well, now that it was dark the night was just getting started! We met Kathy at The Coug for dinner (and finally wrote on the walls!!!) then went to her place to get ready for 80s night! Now, I have to tell you, 80s night was like THE highlight of my college experience. My senior year I was there practically every Saturday night and had so many friends that went. I was really excited to experience my favorite Pullman pastime with Matt. We got dressed up (not too 80s but did have a few key pieces like my awesome teal earrings), had a few drinks, and then walked across campus in the freezing cold to Valhalla. As soon as we walked it we knew something was wrong. There was no 80s music. There were no people dressed up. What was going on? We asked the bartender: they had phased out 80s night. NNNOOOOOOO!!!! It broke my heart to hear this. All of a sudden I was too old and out of date for Pullman. My favorite experience was one that no longer existed. That was hard to take.

However…being the industrious lady I am I went up to the DJ (same one from my college days) and asked him if he could play 80s night music just one more night…and he did. Two songs later the familiar classics came on and we got a group of people out on the dance floor. We danced like crazy all night long. Kathy and Matt and I never sat out a dance. I have never had someone as fun to dance with as Matt. We tore up that dance floor and had the best night ever. That boy is perfect for me.

When the lights finally came on at 2am we gathered up our coats and danced our way back to Kathy’s to crash on her living room floor. I’d be lying if I said I woke up feeling 100% on Sunday morning. When we finally got up around 11 I was started to feel better though, and Matt volunteered to drive home. I took a nap to finish recovering. It was a beautiful drive. We had a picnic in the sun at Vantage overlooking the Columbia River. Stunning.

What a weekend. Great people, yummy food, and seriously had the best night out at 80s night ever, and shared it with Matt which made it completely epic. I love Pullman.

Appearances Can Be Deceiving

I have dreamed about this house for the past two years; wondering what is inside, what the kitchen really looked like. I imagined how cozy and cute and warm it must be. The perfect house for me to live in…near the beach, quiet street, cute house with a nice yard.

Well, from the street, well, actually even from the front porch, this house looked like all of the above and more. Yesterday when I was able to actually go inside, I learned how much the exterior image can hide. The house was the most oddly laid out floor plan I had ever seen. The bathroom and bedroom and closet were all essentially one space separated by odd doors, only one central heat vent (4×3 on the living room floor?) and the kitchen did not make sense. The cabinets were cool, but old and gross and falling apart. Plus, when I found out the rent was not $1300/month but actually $1300/mo + $50 yard maintenance non-negotiable, that sealed the deal that this was not the house for us.

I walked away feeling good about not renting it, and also felt good at finally ending the mystery of my “perfect house”. It is not so perfect, so I guess I get to just keep on looking. Matt and I are back to the drawing board on Craigslist to see what else we can find. I am starting to feel the pressure of my lease ending (and house getting torn down) and really want to find something.

Back update: last night I had PT and Maren really worked on my lower back with some deep tissue massage and then ultrasound to get way inside. This morning my back pain is much less, but it is so tender to the touch that I am going to need ice today. I hope this helps. I am really ready to have my back back.

We are planning to drive to Pullman tomorrow morning. The pass was closed on Monday so we are a little nervous about the drive (getting stuck in Eastern WA from the pass closing more than actual driving conditions) but if the weather forecast looks ok we are going to go. I cannot wait to eat dinner at Sellas tomorrow with Pullman friends (that reminds me, I need to let some people know that plan! Kelsey/Bryant…want to go to pizza?), 80s night with Kathy, show Matt my old house, have him show me his old house, eat Ferdinand’s Ice Cream in the snow, cheer on the Cougs at the UCLA game IN PERSON, and just wander around campus and reminisce about college. I miss Pullman and am so excited to go back and see it with Matt.

Back on the West Side

It was so good to be back on campus this weekend! I feel pretty fortunate to still have so many people to visit over there…that won’t last long so I am planning another trip soon! Saturday was jam packed. Jenny and I went to Moscow to meet the Honors Posse for breakfast at the Breakfast Club, went to run some errands, then I managed to sneak in a swim at the rec (my second home in college) and before the Arizona game. What a game! It was defiantly worth driving across the state for! Sorry to say that it was my grandparent’s team that we beat so I can’t rub it in too much, but it was really exciting to win so solidly!

Saturday night I went out with a bunch of girlfriends, we had a ball and hit Mike’s and Valhalla for 80s night. We danced till the lights came up and headed home to crash around 2. I have not had as fun of a night in a long time. The next morning Jenny and I slept in and then made pancakes. I left town around noon, dropping her off at a coffee shop to study and I headed back across the state. Some people complain about that drive…I love it. It gives me so much time to think and just clear my mind. I got hooked on a story on NPR This American Life about the history of an abandoned house…and of course went over the pass at the end of it so I don’t know how it ended! I need to look that up…

This week I have a friend of a friend staying with me. My friend Katie in Indiana had a friend that needed a couch to crash on, so her friend Ryan is staying with me for 3 days while interviewing for a job in Seattle. I got my hair cut in Seattle last night (I finally gave in to finding a new salon down here. I miss Gina in Bellingham, she was the best!). My parents headed to Belize this morning, so last night they stopped by to go out for pizza with me. It is always good to see them. They surprised me with a “congrats on your new job” present of a small food processor…I have been wanting one forever. I need to make some pesto!!!

Tonight I will start running again. It has been a long dry spell with this awful cough, but it is pretty much gone and I am excited to get back out there and train some more. The marathon is coming up quick! My hip and knee are feeling better after that massage last week, and I am going again on Friday for a follow up appointment. Hopefully practice feels good tonight!

Visiting Pullman!

I am back in Pullman for the weekend! Woohoo! It was fun driving across the state this morning, remembering all the fun times, friends, and fun of college. I feel pretty fortunate to have so many friends here still to visit…it gives me an excuse to come back. I met up with my friend Blake for coffee. We had fun talking about our adventures and where our lives are going. Then I crashed at Jenny’s for awhile and ate lunch, and have been wandering campus for a while, just reflecting on my time here. I am waiting for my old roommate Lauren to get out of class, then catch up with her before she leaves town for the weekend. She is now engaged! How time has flown! I had so much fun during my 4 years on this campus. Sometimes I wish I was still here, but then I realize I was ready to move on to something new, and life in Seattle is pretty darn good. It is always good to visit though!

I am looking forward to seeing the Honors Posse and having a girls night in with Jenny tonight. Our traditional Papa Murphy’s pizza and champagne of course! Best girls night in to catch up. Tomorrow is the Arizona basketball game, I will be wearing my grey and cheering on the Cougs! It will be fun to be in the stands again and not just watching the game on TV at a bar. Then it is 80’s night! Woohoo!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend too!

Massage

I am finally feeling better! Still a bit of a cough hanging around, but much much better than a few days ago.

Today I got a massage from the guy up at Run 26 in Lynnwood. This is our psudo-Team-In-Training store, they are great people with amazing skills for fitting shoes, injury prevention, etc. Dale does a unique type of massage, focusing on certain points in your body with a pulsing machine…this is not your relaxing spa experience! It really digs out deeply bedded problems and tight IT bands etc…all issues that have popped up in my running. This should help my knee and other leg issues that were developing. It was a somewhat painful process but my body is already feeling a lot better. I am looking forward to getting back to running.

Tomorrow morning I head off to Pullman for a weekend visit. I am staying with Jenny and am planning to see a whole slew of people, and go to the WSU/Arizona basketball game on Saturday night. Then it is 80’s night with my old housemate and going-out-partner-in-crime Kathy! Two things I really miss about college. I am taking the day off work tomorrow to get an earlier start, and should be in Pullman around noon. I can’t wait!

It feels so much better to feel healthy and work anxiety alleviated. February is off to a great start!