I am intrigued If I could build this outdoor light cheaper than its for sale on Home Decorators. It’s @260. I’m thinking yes.
Tomorrow my friend Jenny and her son Jace are coming over after work for dinner, and a movie. I’m thinking Guardians of the Galaxy, since it’s like the best movie in years. I think it surprises me more than liking the Green Lantern does. Anyways, I’m cleaning the house and I decide to clean out my purse. Here’s what I discovered I carry around after removing the garbage, change, and hair clips.
<Multiple>Chapsticks and Lipsticks
<One>Sad, old, dead, long-term temporary nokia smartphone.
<One>Shiny rock for Jace. I’ve had this in there for at least five months.
<Multiple>Ticket stubs, wrist bands, and fancy earings from bachelorette trip to Las Vegas at the end of October.
<One>Sunglasses, but I don’t like them at ALL.
<One>Kirkland Park Board badge. I have to wear it when I got to neighborhood meetings and when we host open houses for the public to interact regarding projects. I was appointed after interviews by the City Council, and appreciate being a very small part of government progress. I believe that the municipal government does so much for the people, especially parks, community service, and public works capital projects. These two departments are the reason the quality of living is wonderful in Kirkland. My wonderful city, government, and region make me feel like public service is a noble profession staffed by dedicated, passionate people with good intentions.
Some of the projects I have been a part of during my almost 1 year on the board are development of a park master plan for Edith Moulton Park, I’m on the committee to develop a multi-park program involving variable hour off leash dog regulations. We have held community meetings, open houses, discussed for the majority of our monthly meetings for the entire time I have been on the board regarding where to build a pool, since the School District will not continue to serve their students and the community. So the municipal government is going to step in, as we do, the be the safety net. Come on LWSD. Thankfully, we live in a community that agrees about the importance of parks, and has voted thusly.
I am passionate about parks, biased by my previous seven years. Since getting an office job last March, I have really missed being outdoors during the day. I miss the wind on my face, watching the clouds move across the region from Seattle to Lynnwood. Seeing the eagles fly every day, hearing them, knowing their calls. I miss driving around Kirkland, seeing the city from behind a windshield. Getting off at 3. Experiencing daylight after work. The people I miss (Kathy, Doug, Roger, Purdy, Forrest, Collins, Katy). I had a wonderful group of coworkers, who were also work-friends. I don’t have that with this new job. It’s starting though.
I miss working with Jenny. Just like my time employed in Luxembourg, not realizing how working together was a huge gift has been added to the list of regrets in life. Working the last two years on the same work group was so much fun. To work hard, and laugh nearly the entire time was such a blessing of youth.
I’m very excited for tomorrow. Now get back to work, so your house is spotless, cluterless, and inviting.
I’ve decided that I miss blogging. I realized that I am over putting tons of photos on facebook, trying to show how happy and perfect my life is. Blogging is, for me at least, a way to show the process involved in getting the photos. My life is so great (and not in the Seinfeld comedy routine sense of great). I hit the jackpot in the spouse lottery. My family (both sides) are wonderful to be around, its just too bad so many loved ones have spread out across the country. I have an awesome dog, a lovely new-ish job that will prove to be a nice stepping stone, and my house is nearly complete. 2014 was a fast year, no big trips were taken, but there were plenty of small ones. There needs to be a 2014 recap post, but this is not that post. This is about the time after Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve.
We went to the Bavarian town of Leavenworth with Ron’s parents. We had a lovely friends-giving and watched the Hawks win easily. We watched our 13 year old niece and 8 year old nephew perform their Christmas show for their choir. Ron had another birthday, a relaxed evening for us. We visited the sushi/ramen restaurant he beat the challenge at, shopped at container store, and watched snowflake lane.
I had another year end procedure, this time in my mouth. Not a pleasant two weeks with stitches in my gums. Ron was able to take a lot of time off work (use it or lose it policy on vacation days), so when I got my stitches out we had lunch on the 28th floor of Bellevue’s Microsoft tower. I loved seeing the city I grew up in from so high up.
For the first time in my adult life, I had to work on Christmas Eve. Only a half day, and it was over before I knew it. I really like my co-workers, and my situation at work. Also, as much as I love my job, I love taking extended time away from work and spending every minute with my love. Because I had to work, we got up together on Christmas Eve in the wee hours (6am) and exchanged stockings and gifts. My man loves to spoil me. I love to be spoiled by him, its great to be able to give gifts to each other. For the eighth year running, he beat me out for the title of “Best Gift-giver”. The man has serious skillz. I was a close second this year, but a misunderstanding on the name of a gift, and Ron’s outrageous skills meant I had very little chance.
I got home from work, and Ron and I packed the car to the top with gifts, bags, Rogan, and hit the road for the next six days. We visited Covington, Grants Pass, Las Vegas, Williams AZ and finally got home on 12/30. I had to work on the 31st, and then we rung in the new year with a lovely cocktail party.
Woot Woot! After seven years I am leaving the parks department, leaving the park I love, the park I got married at, the park I have had my eye on for the past seven years (maybe, more likely its 15 years). It seams fitting that the stone I purchased for the front of Heritage Hall was finally, after two years wait, placed on Valentines Day. I am really going to miss the early mornings spent in the garden, listening to traffic flow by, people hurrying past my garden to get to their busy lives, and I am roaming the pathways, looking for newly blooming flowers, and areas that need some physical attention.
I am also going to miss spending time with my coworkers. Ever since I got married I’ve spent about as much time with them during the week as my husband, possibly more, so it’s no surprise that I have grown so fond of so many of you. From knowing your likes and dislikes, allergies, and the entire array of topics we have talked about in the past seven years, has shaped what I think of others and have shaped the person I have become as a result of their input.
My new job is an exciting adventure. Everything about how I see the next year, my idea of my job, and my physical nature are different now that I have the new job. I don’t have to work outside anymore, in the mud, in the dirt, on my hands and knees up and down every day. (this is both good and will be missed). I have learned so much while being a groundsperson. Things about plants, flowers, trees, dirt, bugs, pesticides, government, the city, the neighborhoods and the parks throughout the city. I will never, not be a parks department employee, even if I don’t do the job, and wherever I go, parks will be a part of me.
I have enjoyed being a part of nature. The most vivid memories I have from my childhood involve Kirkland parks and the weather. Really cold and rainy softball practice, at 132nd square. Going back to school introduced me to the writings of John Muir, who was the namesake of the elementary school I attended, and I feel his writings spoke from my soul, describing my feelings at knowing and understanding all forms of weather in the northwest. Not working outside and being able to feel each day will also be missed, even the pissy days a little bit.
My new title is Office
Specialist Ninja. It’s going to take a while to get the hang of things, understanding new process, procedure, and personnel, but one thing I know is that I enjoy learning. This is just a big chance for growth.
While we can’t call it completed, we were able to host thanksgiving dinner for the second year, this time with my sister Shannons’ family. After they let and we finished cleanup, I snapped a few photos to show the progress. Here they are.