Sunday, March 23, 2008

F Cancer. Love magnets.



Today was my friend Laurel's F Cancer fundraiser. She's my age, a college graduate, recently moved to the valley, previously employed in social services, and getting it in the ass by our poor health care system. It could've been me. So I helped put out sheets for the 200 some odd silent auction items. I only ended up bidding on blown glass magnets that her brother-in-law makes. I might have gotten a little out of control and didn't realized how many I'd bid on. So I got 23 for $78. They are beautiful little useful art and I didn't have any other magnets for my fridge.

So the news... I realized tonight that I haven't really told any of you that I got a promotion to Children's Group Advocate. I applied Thursday before last or the day after it was posted. I interviewed on Tuesday. I was hired Wednesday. I technically start Monday. My schedule doesn't change until April. But I will work 30 hours a week five days a week ( in a row ) from 3pm-9pm. Now I will accrue personal and medical leave and get reimbursed $75 a month for health club membership. So I'm hoping that I can do it at Blue Mountain Wellness Studio. It would pay for yoga and not sweaty elliptical machines. No medical and no pay raise, but now I get to plan for the kid's groups I facilitate.

Speaking of which, I have groups and AMSEA classes to finish planning for by Tuesday.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Best White Elephant gift.


I won icecream from Kristi and her fiance Gaelon who're getting hitched in April. It was bizarre because he'd read my blog while I was on bike tour. So he already knew me... in a wierd way. But there was much fun discussion and it looks like they'll be living in Poulsbo. We'll have to go for a ride the next time I come down.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Barren house, not so barren womb.


Kyle and Marissa who are married, pregnant, and home owners, are living in Chelalis. They're right off I-5 so it was terrible convenient and fun for me to stop in for dinner. The house is pretty empty by anyone's standards, but they feel it is fully decorated. The important thing is they like it. Kyle commutes to a shellfish farm in Shelton where he gets to be on the tide. So they were cute and growing up.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Going coastal.


































Patricia and I drove out to a state park near Newport and stayed in a yurt. And so began my love affair with yurts. I could have spent more time.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Road trip to Eugene.






The day before we went to Eugene Patricia asked me if she could see her grandmother. Of course was the only reply. So that's where she stayed while I visited Ms. Katherine who's going to law school. It's a lot of work, but her heart seems to be in it.

Patricia and I listed to this GPS unit named Nuvi most of the trip and it took us right by a wildlife refuge. Of course it also told us to get onto a ferry that was closed for the day. She was so excited to see a flock of sheep that every time we passed them I would continuously point them out. I'm not sure if she really appreciated this.

Reunion: Cote, Markus, Patricia, Peter, and Cerissa






Dr. Cote lives in the Portland area with her Peter who had a show at a cafe that was too expensive to eat at. I didn't get a chance to go, but he was snapping a lot of pictures of us.

Patricia flew into Portland from Sitka for her vacation. She still works at Raven's Way and we both had a blast hanging out with Cerissa and Peter.

Cerissa is now working at Southern Oregon University, but she happened to be in Portland for some VISTA training.

Markus happened to be driving an RV over from Indiana (where he currently lives) for work. Dr. Cote- who now wants to be called Mary - surprised him with Patricia and I.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Portland




I was blessed to be in the land off good coffee and bicycles for a few days.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Seattle: The Kendall-Kaplans






On the long drive down to Portland from Bellingham I stopped in Seattle. The whole crew was as good as it was for me to see them. Mike is finishing up his PHD and doing the grad assistant thing. Vic is working. Zoe and Anna both love theirs schools and I was lucky enough to get to play with blocks and their dollhouse with them.
I stopped on the side of I-5 because I couldn't not take pictures of the sky.