Simple pleasures

I realize that as I start another morning, my one of my favorite combinations in the world is coffee in bed. Over the past few days in hotels and now tucked up high above the floor in Jan and Keri’s guestroom, I find myself unusually happy. I think partly because I don’t do coffee in bed at home since it is too dangerous. Let’s not forget the fact that if I do get up at home and were to walk to the kitchen to make coffee, I would have three of the four following right after me, delighted that it was time for them to have breakfast, go out, etc πŸ˜‰ Henry always stays put until you go and wake him up with personal attention.

Last night, I think I went to bed around 10PM and didn’t wake up for real until 5AM so that was pretty nice. I have broken the 2AM curse. Of course, just in time since I fly back tomorrow πŸ˜‰ To go with the flying theme, I went for sky blue glitter yesterday during our time at the nail salon. It was such a good time, I am still not sure we shouldn’t go again tomorrow before I leave! Just to make sure I have enough pedicure energy to tide me over until the next time I am in the US.

Yesterday had a lot of different moments. I needed to go back up to the dollhouse because one of the viewers wanted to take measurements. While he was roaming through the house and Skyping, I sat on the front porch in the sun and went through all the mail. Mom still gets a lot of junk mail both addressed to her and to her pseudonyms. Those were easy to process, shaking my head at the stupidity and wastefulness of the sending companies, I dumped them in the recycling bin. Then there wereΒ a few pieces that were not junk and those were reaffirming her death from various institutions. I was like “No, really??”

Interestingly enough, after that I was in the back yard picking up Mikha’s marker and the people over the fence started talking to me. In that conversation, I found my fence maker πŸ™‚ Which was awesome for two reasons – that morning I had been dialing all the regular fence companies and they were telling me it was 3 weeks out for an estimate. Number two, this man wrote his contact information on a piece of a wood, a shim, and his name is Bubba. I couldn’t resist, I really responded to his energy. I liked him a lot. So, the fence will get fixed.

From there, it was off to lunch at GLC with my hilarious and painfully insightful friend, Mark. I’ve often felt that if I were a man, I would be like Mark. GLC is still not sanitized for Seattle’s protection, which is what I like about it. Over vegan corndogs and ginger beer we caught up. It is funny. You think you know someone and they know you and then they say something that completely shakes you up. We had one of those conversations yesterday. I am not sure yet how I feel about it or what I want to do with the insight, if anything at all. I am grateful that my friend was so open about what he thought and observed.

From there, it was off to Jan and Keri’s to check in πŸ™‚ While waiting for them to come home, I got the chance to meet their daughter in law and play with the grand kids – who are such funny little people. They have really expressive faces. It is good to be surrounded by them and their family. I feel privileged to be here and not just because they let me drink coffee in their guest bed!

At 8 this morning, I am headed out to fix the internet problems at their business. It should be straightforward and it is the least I can do to return their hospitality. From there, it is off to meet and sign with the new renters. Making the choice was difficult actually. I think I chose the right ones. They weren’t the most attractive on paper, in terms of the others, but they were the most attractive in terms of all the other factors I was looking for.

I am humbled by the connections on this trip. From sitting in the park with the Rose Princess, minus the rose due to the damn open container laws, to being in the heart of Jan and Keri’s family life, this whole trip has deepened my connections with the people here. I know that is something that I am really grateful for. While I know that Seattle and I don’t fit together anymore in terms as living together, the people and I are still connected. That feels good πŸ™‚

Okay, I have 20 minutes before the household gets up so I think you know what I am going to do… powernap!

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