Dreaming

November 16, 2019

Dream of the day night.

Carl goes into a coffee shop. He then realizes he has his CPAP mask on. And Max Scherzer and his family were also in the coffee shop. Carl then gets into the Scherzer’s huge van, with all of the Scherzer brood. And Rey is driving. They leave, and for some reason, have to keep avoiding accidents.

My anaylsis of the dream is sleep deprivation, baseball and family, larger families.

And from that analysis, I am going to share a few pictures from a newly larger, sleep deprived family, who occassionally attend baseball games.

November 11, 2019

A sort of amusing start to the day.

I am working today, and so is Carl (schools are off). As I approached the freeway I glanced at the speedometer and realized I was going over 70! Many thoughts simultaneously: Slow down, traffic is lighter than usual, everyone is driving fast, merge safely. This was followed quickly by the realization that the speedometer was in km/hr, not mph! At that moment brief panic. Very brief, because I know that 60 mph is about 100 km/hr, and I can work off of that fact (thank you driving a fair amount in Canada). And just drive with the rest of the traffic, follow their lead. And as the sky brightened, I was finally able to see where the button was to change back to mph.

A brief, and in the end, amusing interlude.

Champions

November 11, 2019

Seattle Sounders are the 2019 MLS champions. Almost 70,000 fans were in the stadium.

And more were downtown. We has our own veiwing party at home.

It was fun, nail-biting at times, and satisfying in the end.

And for the picture of my day, Rey and Corwin

SURPRISE

November 8, 2019

Arriving almost a month early, but looking awesome

Corwin!

Of course, when the news was trying to be spread, I was sequestered in a windowless, locked room, looking at 29 year old files. And I didn’t tell anybody where I was going. So, Ashlan got to hear the news first.

In my defense, I don’t normally carry my phone around with me at work. Only if I am expecting a call. And I wasn’t expecting because they weren’t supposed to be expecting for another month.

So happy! I actually found out from Carl, who assumed I already knew.

Crowds

November 3, 2019

The Huskies were in town yesterday and the sun was shining, so we took a wander that carried us past the stadium.

The crowd

We heard a touchdown being scored while we encountered the various modes of transportation used to reach the venue.

The buses

The boats

I didn’t get a picture of all of the bicycles, or the crowd control set up for the light rail. In the end the Huskies lost, and we got a 5 mile walk.

We did not repeat the venture with today’s Seahawks game. They won in overtime. Instead we puttered around the house with a very short outing.

Next weekend it will be the Sounders turn to fill a stadium for theMLS final against Toronto. They are expecting almost 70,000 for the game. encourage winning, we will not be in attendance, but will be hosting a viewing party.

In honor of the fall we also revived a favorite recipe from last year, delicata squash with madras lentils. And it was really good, even though we forgot the parmesan cheese.

Tired Afternoon

October 26, 2019

Who thought it was a good idea to invite 7 people over for the evening ball game on a day when you got up well before the sun, flew halfway across the country, took rail, bus and a walk to get home, needed to shop, clean and straighten up and get a tire fixed buy 4 new tires.

I confess it was me.

Do I look tired?

I just can’t get into this book, and long for a nap.

The 3 hours in the car shop are about 2 more than expected, and sitting around has heightened the tiredness. Carl has picked up the shopping slack, so as soon as I have wheels, literally, I will roll myself home for food prep.

I fear I will be lacking as a hostess tonight, and even half a beer might put me down for the count.

Early Morning

October 26, 2019

Months ago I made our plane reservations. I don’t recall the specific reasoning, but I am sure non-stop and price played their part in the decision to book a flight departing at 6:25 a.m.

The bad parts are the early to rise. Not too difficult, but we decided not to watch the end of last night’s ballgame. And the early to rise included our fine hosts too.

The good parts include a fairly uncrowded highway and airport, beating the main weather impacts out of town, and a relatively uncrowded plane. The 2 of us are sharing 3 seats, and the next row back is empty.

Pre-check on the flight east meant we breezed through security. The flight west found us in the line where shoes, computers, jackets and liquids all had to travel separately through security. But again, a little patience and generally calm folks, made this quite manageable. Maybe most were still trying to move at a sleepwalking pace. The longest line was at the Starbucks. Bumpy flight to begin (that weather pattern referenced earlier), but it has calmed down. I am still holding my coffee, sans lid, to ensure it does not spill.

St. Louis was fun. A little work, a little play, hosts that know their way around their town, and also provided some kick-back time. Thanks Mark and Pooh!

Louie, Louis

October 25, 2019

In brief

Sitting visuals: Mary Poppins Returns, baseball games, and jigsaw puzzles.

Walking visuals: The Arch, Art Museum, Botanical Gardens.

Views, not of the Arch, but in and from.

The Old Courthouse, home of the Dred Scott decision. Our hotel for the few days is on the right

The mighty Mississippi

Busch Stadium III

The Art Museum included a Dutch art collection, including 3 Rembrandts.

Arches. It’s like a theme or something

Fez man, sort of

Botanical Garden on a cool clear day.

Not the art museum. Botanical as in fiber arts to folding art-origami.

Lilies. Okay, this is the jigsaw puzzle. It was a hard one.

Real and man made vegetation

Patterns

Back scratching tree close-up

Cycad

Koi, begging for a morsel. We made them kiss – hee-hee.

Sitting food: Blueberry Hill, Southwest Diner, Vietnamese, food ala Mark. A good cook with a varied repertoire, including 2 picnics.

Art ala Carl

We have had a good time here, but it’s just about time to head west again.

The Lou

October 20, 2019

We left the rain behind and headed east, to St. Louis. It rained here too, but only a bit.

Today was a day to see a few sights and get some steps in. First stop was a grass tennis court built by his coach for Arthur Ashe to practice on, next to his coach’s house.

Tap so you can enlarge if you want to read the details

The tennis court is a bit of a memory, bit the shape and space survives.

The house over the grass area is where the coach lived

Then it was on to Busch Stadium for some baseball. At least a tour, and a visit to their museum.

Let’s just say they have more history than the Mariners. What I learned: 1. The World Series TROPHY was first awarded in 1927, the year after Green Bay got the first Lombardi Trophy. Before that you got a flag. 2. The team gets 2 trophies. One for the team, and one for the owner.

Dinner ala Mark rounded out the day before we were delivered to our home away from home away from home for the next 3 days.

The Arch from our room

It’s a small window, with only a partial view from a comfortable position.

Baseball Infamy

October 16, 2019

The Washington Nationals completed their sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals last night, and will play in the World Series next week. That leaves the Mariners as the only team to not have reached the World Series. Just wait until next year.

We did get together to enjoy the game of baseball last night. A few hardy souls. We have been doing this for several years. This year there is no obvious team to root for, so it is for good games, although I am sure allegiances will form.

We will be in St. Louis for at least a part of the Series. Yes, it would have been fun to have the Cardinals still playing. For the excitement, the feeling of a focused town, and maybe even to see a game.

And here in Seattle the first winter storm has arrived. I think it might be the remnants of Typhoon Hagibis. Lots of rain, and some wind. A good day to stay inside. So at 10:17 this morning we will participate in the Great Shake Out drill. Drop, cover and hold on, and then evacuate… to the Board room if it’s pouring.