Friday, August 23, 2019

SE Alaska. August 9-14

Keksey and I took the ferry to Alaska!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Christmas 2019

On Christmas Eve, I went and visited cousin Mike at her house.   She was having a late dinner.  I didn’t stay since I had to be up early the next day.

We brought Macrina pastries.  Bronwen and I drove through Tacoma and we met Jessica and Kelsey there.  

Kelsey and Jessica put together a cool collage of our Jingle Bell teams over the years.

Vancouver BC December 7-9

we returned to Vancouver again in the late fall.

We stayed at the Shangri la just like last time but we didn’t get a suite this time.  The regular room was just fine.  Very nice rooms.

We arrived late afternoon on Friday.  Bronwen picked me up at work and we headed north.  We went bsck to the Chinese region Robson, but this time it wasn’t as good.

On Saturday, we went for breakfast at a White Spot.   I had a Bloody Caesar.   It was fabulous.   We then headed. North to Lynn Canyon.  First we stopped at a mall for Christmas shopping.  It was an odd mall, most of the stores were discount stores.   The food court looked great, but we weren’t hungry.

We then went to Lynn Canyon park and walked over the suspension bridge and then did the lloop   It was light rain.  Beautiful area though.

That night we ate dinner at an Italian restaurant right on Robson.  It was packed.  We got in at the bar.  It was good.  We have not been out for Italian in a long while and usually we eat mostly Chinese when inVancouver because they have so many great Chinese places.

We stopped for a beer after dinner and then walked around to see the lights.

Sunday a:I got up and headedit to see the Olympic  Cauldron. they once again set up a Christmas markey in the park that the cauldron lives I.  The market costs ten bucks cash to enter and its mostly German fare

Monday, December 3, 2018

New apartment as of August

I finally snapped.     One day, the apartment filled with paint fumes from the neighborhood auto body shop, I said enough is enough.   I looked at Craigslist and found a place right next to Lincoln Park!  We looked at it.  It seemed good, except it faces East.   Behind us, is an older two story apartment in between two brand new 4stort units. I told B that I bet they will tear down that place behind us.  That would make this place unlivable for us.   We drove around the block to the old place.  No sign of construction or planning.    A guy walked by with a dog.  I asked him about it.  He told us everything we wanted to know.  The place was just sold.  New owner is remodeling.  

We called and told the owner we will take the apartment!

I won’t miss much about the old place on the corner of 38th and Oregon. But so much happened in the short 16 months we lived there.  My car was stolen. Recovered.  I got cancer.  I beat cancer.  We went to Vegas to get married.  We went to China.   I quit my job.  I got a new job. 

I’m sooooo happy in the new place.  We love the park!

Jingle bell Run. #8

our eight straight appearance!  Baby Mavrik joined us on his first Jingle bell walk.

Mathew ran.  The rest of us walked.   Weather was decent.  A few sprinkles but mostly dry.

Before the walk, mom, Jess, Kelsey and I had breakfast at the Garage.

Thanksgiving 2018

I drove to Cristas for Thanksgiving dinner.  Two hours driving around.    Everyone was there.  We had a nice dinner then l drove home and had dinner with Bronwen, King, Gabbi and Ben.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Skate America

I’ve been watching Olympic ice skating for years with B.   I grew to understand the sport, but then along came Nathan Chen which made me love the sport

After the 2018 winter games, we saw an ad for Skate America.  It was in Everett.   I decided to buy session passes for us.  We had no idea what it even was.

We showed up Friday night and took our seats 6 rows back for the ice.  It was amazing being that close.
We spent most the weekend in Everett.  After Saturday day session, we met cousin Mikey for dinner. She drive us a few blocks to a Mexican restaurant. It was very busy. It was great to catch up with Mike since Danika cancelled her wedding which was supposed to have been this fall.

We learned a great deal about the event and were thrilled to see Johnny Weir and Tara Lipisky there!

We learned that this was the first of seven events.  It’s the top skaters in the world.

Nathan Chen was amazing.  He easily won gold.  Brady Tennel took 5th. Both compete again, all skaters compete at two events to qualify for the finals.

We bought the NBC skating package to watch all the events.   I have learned so much now.   So much now that I now know the Americans have their work cut out to medal in 2022