The El Nino weather system that is sending the Siberian Express rumbling through the Midwest and Southern United States and bringing Nor’easter to New York, Boston and the New England is also bringing unseasonable warm weather and clear skies to the Pacific Northwest. We have lived in Seattle for 3 of the past 4 years, with a year off in Shanghai, and this is the mildest winter of all. For my friends and family in the South, the Midwest and the Northeast, sorry. Come visit.
The temporary housing we have been assigned is in our old neighborhood of Lower Queen Anne and we are enjoying getting re-acclimated to Seattle; shopping at the same Safeway and getting our prescriptions at the familiar Bartell Drugs, buying fresh flowers at the Pike Street Market and walking the dog in Myrtle Edwards Park. There is comfort in the familiar. We’ve decide this is the neighborhood we want to live in and have narrowed our search to 3 or 4 buildings, all within a couple of blocks of each other. It’s home. Again.
Easter Sunday 2014 was a bonus day for us; we boarded a Delta flight in Shanghai at noon Sunday and landed in Seattle on Easter Sunday at 8:30 am, so despite spending the day flying we also got to spend it taking a nap, walking the Seattle waterfront with James and going out for dinner. We’ve made it to 11 PM PST (2PM Monday, Shanghai time), so after uploading this picture we’re going to battle jet lag by going to bed. It’s good to be home.