Archive for December, 2019

Christmas coming and going

December 28, 2019

Our Christmas celebrations really started on the 22nd. I’ll call this dinner with friends. We ordered Chinese from Chiang’s Gourmet and had a grand time talking and eating.

One more day of work, and it was off to Nashville. They say you’re not supposed to take wrapped presents through security, so I wrapped after security. With paper I pre cut. No scissors through security either.

The flight was uneventful, after the hour delay to fix the air conditioning.

Once in Nashville it was all about meeting Corwin. He grunted hello, and occasionally gave us a smile.

Carl also finally got to meet Tony and Cheryl, the other grandparents.

It was dinner and time for bed for the travel weary.

The 25th was presents, family and food. Starbucks (we found an open one), fajitas and tamales for lunch, and chinese takeout for dinner.

The Starbucks was not too far from our airbnb, but not the closest to Rey and Becca’s apartment. Still, it was open. We realized after ordering that we had left an item at the Airbnb. I was tasked to get it while Carl and Ashlan waited for our order. I climbed into “our” car (Becca’s SUV), and noticed a handy phone holder I hadn’t seen before. And the piece of paper on the passenger floor was missing. Hmmmmmm! WRONG CAR!

I climbed out, hit the unlock button, and the next car over flashed welcoming lights. Same car, same color. As I was climbing into “my” car, the owner of the other car came out. I apologized for getting into his car, and he said he had noticed the same cars, taken a picture, and texted his wife. Apparently she drives a Mini, and parking next to other Minis and posting pictures is a thing. No harm, no foul, but by now our order had arrived and Carl was trying to figure out why I was still there.

Finally with the entire family, we set about having a quick bite, and opening stockings and presents.

Reynard the Fox, wearing Becca’s apron

And passing Corwin between grandparents.

We have an interesting set up here. Rey and Becca and Corwin have a small apartment with a small kitchen and a small table, with enough seating around, but not around the table. Tony and Cheryl have an Airbnb with a small kitchen, a larger table but not enough chairs. We have an Airbnb with a big table, only 4 chairs, and no kitchen. Chairs from Rey and Becca’s have made a few trips to our place, with takeout food and dishes from Tony and Cheryl’s place. A moving puzzle.

Boxing day included a big brunch. Our small immediate family departed for downtown Nashville.

We walked from music row, home to studios, to the Belmont Mansion. The tour was very interesting, a glimpse into being a woman before, through and after the civil war. Adelicia Acklen had 3 husband’s, 10 children, 3 plantations and Bel Monte. She was intelligent and driven, but not immune to any of the tribulations of the time.

We also took in the Country Music Hall of Fame. It had so much to see and hear. By the end I was overwhelmed.

A co-worker’s favorite

We reconvened with the rest, and Cheryl made a pork roast for dinner. Yum.

Friday’s primary adventure was the Nashville Zoo. We spent the afternoon there, and closed the place down.

Cheryl was very attractive to these guys


A final meal, game and some family time.

Saturday morning dawned early at our place. Ashlan had an early flight back to the big city and Allen and Theo. I’m not sure of the order of importance there.

She texted us she had arrived, just as we were starting brunch.

That’s Chronic Bacon next to the biscuit. Tasty! But it’s bacon, so I should not have been surprised.

We spent the afternoon at Radnor Lake State Park. A very pleasant 3 mile or so walk around the park, plus some coming and going. We saw this owl

And lots of turtles. They listed at least 5 species in the park.

Then, as our first test as grandparents, Carl and I watched Corwin while Rey and Becca napped.

He did cry a bit, and we did change a diaper. I think they’ll ask us back.

If you’re still reading, that’s all for now.

Morning Decisions

December 20, 2019

My last post alluded to some damp Seattle winter days. It is no longer damp. We are wet, in a deep puddle.

The rain started in earnest Wednesday evening, and is has reached prolonged fire hose rates. Don’t ever ask if it could rain any harder, you are only tempting the fates.

My first weather based decision this morning was to take an alternate freeway due to reports of water over some lanes on my normal route. It was a relatively calm drive in the downpour until I reached the Plateau, where I work. At that point the rainfall came down double time, and I cranked the wipers up to 11.

Back in parking was hampered by the inability to see the parking lines through the puddles (no backup camera). But after 3 checks I stopped trying for perfection.

Once in the building I shook off the wet, and started about my day. After a bit, I reached for my coffee. Empty space….. It must still be in the car, a soaking distance away.

Plucked up my courage and went to get a cup from the kitchen pot.

Long Wet Weekend

December 16, 2019

I had a long weekend. It was grey almost the entire time, and raining for much of the time. To be clear, it only rained some of the time, the rest of the time it was a nice Seattle drizzle.

Friday I got to join Carl at his job. Dean and I joined Carl at the zoo. We saw the penguins, and a play area, and a food court area where we were the only non-workers in the place, and the workers were busy transforming it into a fundraising event. Not much zoo sights.

In more holiday news, we did lights. On the house and along walks. A wander through Candy Cane Lane, and the Green Lake Luminaria. Most of these walks were damp.

And a few new baby pictures.

Did anyone else notice that any pictures with Corwin crying also include Rey?

Annual Grapefruit

December 13, 2019

I had my yearly grapefruit for breakfast this morning.

We don’t buy them because Carl can’t eat them due to medication interactions. But a consultant from work normally has a box delivered and I take one of those home. I do enjoy the grapefruit, but feel like I should have a splashguard! Always have to clean my glasses afterwards. Maybe when I’m rich I will hire someone to prepare my fruit. Peel me a grapefruit, Charles.

And in other news, Corwin continues to be amazingly cute.


December 12, 2019

Happy first birthday as a mother.

Have a wonderful, happy day.