~Want to hear something funny?  I spent 4 days in Florida and never saw the sun.  It was rainy and windy the whole time I was there.  Today, in Seattle?  Sunny and 70 degrees.  Perfect.  Kinda makes me feel bad that my family is spending Memorial Day Weekend at the lake….in the rain.  Nah, its just funny.

~Home was good.  It was wonderful to be there and to be relaxed, instead of busy busy busy.  I got to meet my brother’s girlfriend for the first time.  Apparently, long distance relationships run in the family.  She lives in Texas.  They’ve been together for 10 months.  Yeah, we’re a crazy lot.

~My brother graduated.  I am so proud of him.  I just can’t believe how grown up he is!  He actually graduated this past December, a whole semester early!  That’s how cool he is.  The ceremony was fine, nothing spectacular.  Two hours of sitting in Tommy Oliver Stadium as gale force winds moved through.  The girlfriend and I made a game out of guessing how many graduated would lose their caps to the wind.  The answer: quite a few.

~My brother is the graduating class of A.C. Mosley High School, 2009.  When they made that declaration at the ceremony, I realized – I’m old.  I was the graduating class of A.C. Mosley High School, 1999.  My ten year high school reunion is next month.  I’m not going, but that doesn’t mean I’m not old.  Geez, when did that happen?

~And just for kicks, a picture of me and the graduate. 

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Update

~Spring comes in spurts in Seattle.  (say that 3 times fast)  And when it comes, it is beyond beautiful here!  But when it goes into hiding, it is depressing.  I can handle the the rain.  I can handle the string of grey days.  I cannot handle the cold.  I’m sorry, but it just isn’t supposed to be 40 degrees in May!!

~But like I said, when it is beautiful, there is nothing better.  I have never experienced a Spring so brilliant.  When I moved to Kentucky, I thought that they must have a patent on Spring beauty.  That’s because I had never been to the Pacific Northwest.  Lavender.  Honeysuckle. Bamboo.  Cherry Blossoms.  Tulips.  Daffodils.  Just to name a few.  A walk through nearly every neighborhood is like walking through a botanical garden.  I love it!

~Last night we had a “work meeting” with the president of our board of directors.  She choose this wonderful French restaurant at Pike Market.  We sat out on the deck, enjoying tasty salamon puffs, patte, mussels, belgium fries, goat cheese mousse, and $4 martinis.  The sun was bright and warming.  Our view captured the edge of Mt. Ranier and the ferries coming in to habour.  I love my city. And my co-workers. 🙂

~I’m flying out Monday night for Florida.  Another red-eye flight.  My brother is graduating from high school next week.  I am so excited that I will get to be there see him cross the stage.  My sister graduated from Huntingdon last weekend.  I was very sad that I missed her graduation.   She told me that as she was walking across the bridge onto the green, her heels kept getting stuck in the slats.  The guy behind her kept saying, “Don’t fall.  Don’t fall.  If you do, it’ll be bad for all of us.  ‘Cause no one behind you is gonna stop in time!”  No worries though.  She graduated.  No one tripped or lost a shoe. 

~Work is going well.  I am learning so much.  This is not an easy job by any means.  I am blessed to have great teachers in my co-workers.  I am learning to get over my fear of confrontation, as it is a tool that is often necessary in this job.  I love the women.  They are loud, funny, challenging, heartbreaking and heartwarming – all at the same time.  There is never a dull moment at Mary’s Place. 🙂

~Speaking of work, we had our Spring Luncheon last week.  Spring Luncheon is one of two major fundraisers we host every year to raise funds for Mary’s Place.  This year the luncheon was hosted at the Seattle Center.  We had former Seahawks football player Nesby Glasgow speak, with a local new anchor emceeing.  Attendance was up this year by 100 people, and we raised WAY more than our highest expected financial goal!!!

~Finally, congratulations to Mary and Lane for graduating!  Congratulations to Nick and Laura for making it through the first year -happy birthday to your beautiful girls!!

Women in Black

Every time a homeless person is found dead outside or dies by violence in King County, WHEEL (a homeless women’s organizing effort) and the Church of Mary Magdalene (an ecumenical day ministry) mobilize for our silent witnessing vigil called Women in Black.

Today, we stand  in honor and memory of Teresa Fernen, 46.  On May 5th, someone brought her body to a local Safeway Store.  Her cause of death is undetermined.  Teresa is the first known female death this year. 

At least 14 people have died outdoor/violent deaths in Seattle already this year.

(Taken from the Women in Black press release)

Don’t mind me

if i brag a little bit.  But I just have to say, I love my mom.  And in the Hallmark greeting card holiday where we are all supposed to honor some ideal of what a mom is, I am glad that I can honestly say, “I love my mom.” 

She used to worry about me when I wore my “Loveable Liberal” shirt (courtesy of one Valerie).  And it took her awhile to understand that while my sister is pink and polka dots, I’m earth tones.  While we both love books and reading, she’s more romance and I’m more issue related.  She prefers the radio off in the car, while I love the sing with the windows down.  She hates heights while my dad and I are planning to go sky diving.  She lives an hour from where she grew up, while living on the other coast is as close to home as I’ve been in two years.  She’s quiet and reserved, while I’m, well, not. 

But while we may not always been on the same page about a great variety of things, there is one thing that will always remain true.  I love my mom, and she loves me.  I know what a privilege it is to be able to say that, and for it to be true.  I know what a great blessing it is to have my mother still with me.  To have a mother whose greatest concern is for my well-being. 

My mother is the kind of mother that flies out to Seattle to help me settle in, a month before my sister’s wedding. (The underlying meaning: in the midst of a high-stress month, she took a full week off to be with me when I needed her.) She is the kind of mother that isn’t afraid to ask the hard questions, even if she knows we’ll disagree.  The kind of mother that will have “the conversation” with my boyfriend, just to make sure he’s worthy. (Don’t worry, he passed the test.)  She is the kind of mother that sends poppyseed cake in the mail for Valentine’s Day, and a new pair of flip flops for my birthday.  She is a mother who works hard at making sure I’m happy, and that I feel loved and accepted.  And you know what?  I do.

So Happy Mother’s Day Mom!  I wish all daughters could be so lucky.

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Making an appearance

First, go here.  I may link to David’s blog more than any other.  He’s posts are so witty, informative and well, yeah, just go read it.

Second, go here.  Tell me if you don’t laugh.  (Christy, I thought of you when I first read this, and about how hard you would be laughing.)

Does linking to other blogs count as an appearance for me?  No?  Okay.  Well then, in keeping with my title, I’ll talk about other places I’ve made or will be making an appearance:

*All day Friday and Saturday, I spent at the Northwest Catholic Women’s Convocation.  No, I haven’t converted to Catholicism.  Our organization had a table as one of the exhibits.  But I did get a chance to attend some of the speeches and workshops, which were pretty incredible.  I got to hear Cokie Roberts and Naomi Tutu.  Wow.  I have a blog in the works about their speeches.

*Today, I’ll be making an appearance outside.  Because it is beautiful!  But I just wanted to let Nick know that yes, I’m still here.  Part of my issue in my lack of blogging is that I don’t have internet at home.   I’ll try and get better.  Promise. 

*In two weeks I’ll be making an appearance in Florida.  My little brother is graduating from high school!  So hard to believe.  I should clarify though, that he actually graduated in December, because he is just that cool.  But he is walking the stage for our family’s benefit.  I’m excited to get to go home again and have it be a little more relaxed this time around.  I’ll get to meet Michael’s girlfriend for the first time (they’ve been dating about a year), so I’m excited to get to tease him about that.  And I’ll be staying a night with my sister and brother-in-law in their new house.  Fun!

*Finally, just a little advanced notice.  I’ll be heading down in June to Montgomery for a weekend to see my beautiful godson Silas on his birthday/dedication.  I am SO excited!!

*And on one final note, someone is playing the bagpipes outside.  Random, but true.  So I’m heading out there to find out who.  🙂