Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Since it's just been a while...

It's been brought to my attention that I haven't posted in quite a while, so here is a post to satiate my fans. (;

The overview: I'm loving the Northwest, riding more than I think I did last winter, stocking up on warmer cycling clothes, making lots of plans, and STILL searching for a place to live.

The details: As of tomorrow, the 29th, I will have been here for 2 full months! I can't decide whether it seems like longer or shorter. I've done quite a bit since I've gotten here, so I guess it seems like longer, but on the flip side, it's only been 2 months! I've joined 2 teams (Wines of Washington/Union Bay Cycling for road racing and Broadmark for track racing), and am riding with Wines every weekend, and during the week on my trusty trainer (well, really Jamie's trainer). I had to get my stuff out of the Boeing-paid-for storage by last week, so I took a Friday off and had them deliver almost everything to my new storage unit. So now I get a little more time to find a more semi-permanent place for myself to live. But I did have them bring some boxes to the house, so now I have my rain jacket for riding (BIG yay), my skis, and some other random items that are nice to have around.

Last weekend I spent Thanksgiving at Jamie's dad's house, then drove up to Lummi Island with them to spend 3 days in a nice house with no cable TV and stoves to heat each room. It was a nice break from the city, and this coming weekend we're headed up to San Juan Island to visit Jamie's mom. I'm expecting another relaxing mini-vacation. We even get to stay for free at this SWEET cabin/house with amazing views of the islands and Canada and water and mountains and...

Work is busy, as I'm working on the 787 program, and I'm sure if you've been keeping up with the news, you've heard we're behind. I'm right in the thick of it, helping to get things done as quickly as possible. I work overtime just about every day, and I'm taking a new-hires class 2 days/week. The class is a nice break in the routine, and I'm even making some friends of my own, rather than borrowing them from Jamie. : p

I went to my first EWB-Puget Sound Professionals meeting last night - even rode my bike downtown to get there. It was a nice short ride, and easier than I thought it would be. The meeting was of the Executive Committee, of which I am apparently now a part. I'll be taking care of membership issues, introducing new members to EWB, and matching them up with suitable projects and tasks. How is it that I always end up taking on more than I planned??

Well, that's probably enough of an update for now. I can't believe we're gearing up for Christmas already. I'm looking forward to celebrating the holiday in Seattle, and getting up to Whistler for some New Year's skiing. The snow is already accumulating, and I'm anxious to get out on the slopes as soon as we can.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

(Oh, by the way, I can't WAIT to start RACING!!! Too bad it won't be for MONTHS. And I have a great Women's 4 team, and a sweet Women's track team to boot - wahoo!!)