Just realized that three years ago our family awoke from our first night in Seattle. Seems like only yesterday I was pulling our rental car in front of our temporary housing at 10pm, driving past the “Lusty Lady” adult establishment, and seeing the look of “James where the &*$% are you moving us?” on Amy’s face.
What an interesting three years it has been:
- I’ve taken up hiking as a serious activity, getting out into the mountains at least a couple times a month. And to my surprise enjoying it.
- I’ve actually found a consistent group of friends to hang out with (ok they are my neighbors but hey at least I am voluntarily getting out of the house… even if it is across the street).
- I’ve learned to like a “small city.” I used to be snide about cities that don’t have the amenities of a Chicago or New York; now I realize those cities also don’t have the crime, traffic, smog, or asshole level that the big cities have.
- Spencer has gone from being a pre-schooler to finishing up his second year in school.
- Garrett has gone from a four month old to a three year old, and now he thinks that the sun doesn’t exist due to all the cloud cover.
- I’ve learned to overspend on buying a house and like it
- I’ve learned to overspend on crappy restaurant food and deal with it
- I’ve learned that you can’t complain about anything in this town without prefixing it with “It’s Bush’s Fault that…”
- I’ve learned to say “no worries” without thinking
- I’ve learned its impossible to see my friends and their families as much as I would like to
- I’ve learned to adjust being a long way away from my folks and my roots
- I’ve learned to appreciate and cherish those roots
- I’ve learned the locals here respect those roots and “Midwest values”
- I’ve learned posting on this blog is a lot easier than coordinating time zones, plus I don’t have to talk to people
- And finally, I’ve learned that time flies and you really have to carpe diem.