I’m back!

Just got back from a couple of days in Minneapolis where we went to a gorgeous and very fun wedding – what a romantic place to say your vows, huh ;)IMG_0419
and here are David, Christy and Daniel cutting a rug later in the eveningIMG_1922 I think I can safely say that a good time was had by all!
We were in town long enough to stop in and see AlysseIMG_0416 who had looked like this when we saw her there just last year ;)IMG_0937 We also had time to roll around Lake Harriet and Lake Nokomis in the mornings before it got too hot.IMG_0418 The lake and trail system is fabulous in Minneapolis and I have lots of memories of walking around these lakes pregnant and then pushing Chelsea’s stroller.
Got back yesterday and David is already on his way to Paris but not before Cora and her fabulous cheeks came to say goodbye just as he headed out of townphoto and then of course it was Monday happy hour ;)IMG_1958 tomorrow will be yet another adventure I’m sure…..

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Thank you ;)

Thanks to youtube I found just the right background music for what I was thinking as I got home from my roll a little while ago so go ahead and play this while you read the rest of the blog entry ;)

and my apologies to those of you outside the US who don’t know about Jimmy Fallon’s Thank You notes and so won’t get the reference…… and to those of you who don’t stay up late enough to see him – you know who you are!
(who said Loser?? hahaha)
So…Thank You Roomba, for vacuuming my entire top floor while I was outside ticking my exercise box for the day and soaking up the sights of the Sound, the beach, the Space Needle, the 334m cargo ship sailing past, the cruise ship in port and the Birthplace of Seattle monument with accompanying film crew taking a video of someone there for a local show ;)

and…. Thank You rain, that started 22 minutes into my roll for reminding me that no matter how wet I was getting, David was getting a lot wetter on the 3 hour bike ride he was in the middle of…. believe me, it helped! ;)

and….Thank You Lynne & Pat for inviting us over for drinks in a couple of hours which spurred us both to go out and get our exercise done so that we could have a good time with you later and not feel guilty…. like I would, ha! ;)

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and you wonder why I love tracking these things! ;)

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Just watched this cargo ship, the Clipper Makiri, sail past on its way into the Port of Tacoma
Look where it came from – hasn’t been in port since it left Singapore on June 16th – think those guys are ready to get off about now??

Voyage Related Info (Last Received)

Destination Breakwater [US]
ETA 2014-07-21 12:00 UTC
Last Known Port SINGAPORE [SG] (2014-06-16 04:07:00)
Previous Port KHALIFA BIN SALMAN [BH] (2014-06-02 03:48:00)
Draught 6.6m
Speed recorded (Max / Average) 13.8 / 12.6 knots
Info Received 2014-07-21 17:14 (2 min ago)

Recent Port Calls
Local Time Time (UTC)
Port Arrival (UTC) Arrival (LT) Departure (UTC) Departure (LT) In Transit
SINGAPORE [SG] SINGAPORE [SG] (UTC+8) 2014-06-16 04:08:00 2014-06-16 12:08:00
SINGAPORE [SG] SINGAPORE [SG] (UTC+8) 2014-06-15 01:16:00 2014-06-15 09:16:00
KHALIFA BIN SALMAN [BH] KHALIFA BIN SALMAN [BH] (UTC+3) 2014-06-02 03:50:00 2014-06-02 06:50:00
KHALIFA BIN SALMAN [BH] KHALIFA BIN SALMAN [BH] (UTC+3) 2014-05-28 19:42:00 2014-05-28 22:42:00
RAS TANURA [SA] RAS TANURA [SA] (UTC+3) 2014-05-28 13:09:00 2014-05-28 16:09:00 2014-05-28 13:25:00 2014-05-28 16:25:00 In Transit
DAMMAM [SA] DAMMAM [SA] (UTC+3)

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they found them!

IMG_1876 We thought we’d got away easy since there hadn’t been any bird action on our blueberries on the deck so far but this morning one of the crows finally discovered them and told his buddies where they were so I had to pick the obviously ripe berries IMG_1878 and have been harassing the crows every time they’ve come back since until I can get some bird netting over the bushes.
While I was book-ending my week with happy hours on the deck ;) David was hiking Victoria Peak at the crack of dawn…. IMG_3033 Worth it for the view though ;)
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Of course he could have taken the tram IMG_3055 but how much fun would that have been??!

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Wine’d Down Wednesday

We try and get back to the winery that Chelsea and Rich got married at every year as close as we can to the actual date. This year we made it the evening before their 4th anniversary. Good job we had some friends meet us there because we picked Rich up from work in the city and the traffic was horrible getting out to Woodinville. Once we got close it didn’t help that Ringo Starr was playing across the street either! So, an hour and a half after we said we’d meet Chelsea and Cora there we finally made it! Thankfully Anne & Don and Cyndi ( and Cyndi’s ‘friend’ Cynthia….. but that’s a whole ‘nother story…. hahaha ;) ) were smart enough not to wait to get food and wine and everyone was having a good time. Their table was even in the shade by the time we rolled in ;)
Of course there’s been the occasional change through the years, this was then…

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and this is now…..DSCN6075 ;)
but apart from Cora Evelyn’s arrival on the scene everything else at the winery seemed pretty much the same – good food, good wine, good company and even good music thanks to Geoffrey Castle and his electric violin ;)
We had such a good time maybe David will want to do this every Wednesday instead of playing racquetball ………..
…….you’re right. That wasn’t meant seriously, hahaha ;)

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still warm in wimpy weather land ;)

Well today I rolled to the beach with a good friend and we loitered on some shady benches and watched the world go by – low tide so lots of kids were out there enjoying themselves. We had, for us, a relatively busy weekend. David happens to like musicals and I really don’t but I did grow up loving Queen’s music (yes in the days before Bohemian Rhapsody even!) so when I noticed that We Will Rock You was in town this week it seemed like an obvious choice for us. We got the understudy for the main male part (Galileo Figaro!) and he struggled with some of the notes but then who ever did have Freddy Mercury’s range?? I saw the guy live in the 70s and there was really nobody to touch his voice. The main female character (Scaramouche – ha!) was incredible though – when she opened her mouth and let rip it was just amazing so it made for a fun Saturday night out. They had various things for sale but no Tshirt that said “I Want it All and I Want it Now” so I restrained myself ;)
On Sunday look who came and had her first dip in a pool IMG_1815 and then of course Seattle had that amazing sunset that lit up the web!
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Yesterday saw me enjoying my usual Monday happy hour with friends but it’s still a little warm to sit outside in the afternoons. The weather people promise a cool down from Thursday – we are such weather wimps up here ;)

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need anything heavy lifted???

Watched this come in yesterday and it’s moored right across the Sound from us at Manchester – impressive vessel which was christened on February 1st this year down in San Diego and had John Glenn’s daughter Lyn as the ship’s sponsor.

The John Glenn is the second ship of the Montford Point-Class. Using the commercially designed Alaska-class crude oil carrier as its base, the Navy’s Strategic and Theater Sealift Program Office worked in conjunction with General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) to develop a design that supports the Navy’s core capabilities while maintaining low costs. The ship will leverage float-on/float-off technology, allowing the John Glenn to partially submerge, facilitating easy movement of cargo and craft. Additionally, the ship’s size allows for 25,000 square feet of vehicle and equipment stowage space, tankage for 100,000 gallons of potable water and 380,000 gallons of JP-5 fuel storage. With this set of capabilities, the ship is able to easily transfer personnel and vehicles from other vessels such as the large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off ships onto landing craft air cushioned vehicles and transport them ashore. MLP has a maximum speed of 15 knots and range of 9,500 nautical miles. At 785 feet long, MLPs displace more than 78,000 tons when fully loaded. The platform with its open, reconfigurable mission deck will serve as an important flexible and transformational asset to the Navy as it can be reconfigured to support a wide variety of future operations. Source : SeaPower SOURCE: DMNC

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Fashion plate ;)

and I would obviously not be referring to me here ;)
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Nope, we had lunch with this little fashion plate and her mom today – how cute are those pants, huh?!
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After eating and Starbucking and a little shopping (and who do you think got their first paddling pool so that they can wear their swimsuits appropriately?!) we came home incredibly slowly thanks to Seattle traffic and then had one of my friends drop by with one of her friends from Florida who timed her visit to our deck very nicely to coincide with a submarine, a cargo ship and all the usual ferries sailing past. Now I’m just trying to keep cool as our latest heatwave picks up steam and am working on not jinxing the Mariners/Athletics game that’s going on at the moment – Go King Felix! ;)

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getting warm again!

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Yet another Seattle heatwave means I have to get my workouts done early in the day before it gets too warm for me – heat and MS do not like each other! Yesterday that meant I was on the bike trainer at breakfast time and today I suddenly realized that I’d better put the paper down and get my butt outside before the mercury crept any higher. Rolling past Cormorant Cove Park a few minutes later I spotted this heron (you might have to enlarge the picture!) fishing for his breakfast – ah the joys of West Seattle’s waterfront ;)

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OK it’s over!

Wimbledon that is, so I can finally stop getting up at 6am every day – phew! ;)
Great Men’s Final match to finish up the fortnight with so now I just have to find something else to keep me amused since I’ve been watching tennis until lunchtime every day!
I did squeeze in a few other things last week like book club, where we discovered that my loaner standing frame just happens to make an excellent drinks trolley ;) IMG_1689 and also the kids came over on July 4th but only I managed to stay up late enough to see the big fireworks. Another apparent benefit of old age – it gives you staying power!

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