Dear Family, Friends, and Assorted Others:
I got a quick, fun little email from my Aunt Becky yesterday. At the end of it, she said something like, “Drop me a line and catch me up.” I started typing a quick paragraph and next thing I knew, I couldn’t stop typing. I got to the end of one paragraph and kept going… and going… and going. I didn’t realize I had so much stuff stored up.
I realize it’s been more than a few weeks since I’ve shared an installment of Keeping Up with the Family. It’s not so much that nothing’s been going on. But it’s just been the normal stuff of life, for the most part. I’ve been settling in and just living in the day-to-day. I get up at 6:45, stumble through the routine and into the car, and face down Portland traffic. When I arrive to the office, I beeline to the coffee pot, which the ladies in HR keep blissfully full in the morning.
Ah… Coffee… I love it more every single day… Also, you know you work with medical folks when the coffee kiosk at work has an x-ray of a person drinking coffee up on the wall as “art.”
After a cup, I finally manage to peel my eyes open and make it through another day. Then, I come home and heat up soup and spend the evening snuggled into my pillow nest.
The big news ‘round these parts is that the rainy season has begun. I’m really grateful that we had a sunny, pleasant summer. And I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more beautiful autumn. I’ve seen more colorful leaves this fall than I think I ever have in my life. But now, the rain has begun and has, with the wind, begun to strip the pretty leaves from the trees. I decided that I had to get out and take some walks—even if it meant getting damp—and capture it on film. (Well, on a memory card, anyway.)
I know I’ll have complaints (from Vicky and Barbara C., among others!) if I don’t give a Twilight update. And so I’m pleased to say that we had the “soft opening” (private, invitation-only pre-opening party) at Twilight Pizza Bistro Tuesday night. Can you believe that I didn’t manage to take a single picture?! And really, I think the reason was that I was so overwhelmed. It was pretty emotional to walk into the “completed” restaurant and see it full of happy guests. Especially since on my very first day in Vancouver, Morgan had taken me to see it and it was just a concrete slab with metal framing. And now it’s gorgeous, warm, and inviting. It’s perfect!
Something else that caused me to forget to take pictures that night was that so many of my favorite people were all in one place. I was so excited about seeing friends and visiting with them that it was all I could do to make myself sit down and eat. (I had arancini, Twilight salad, baked mac & cheese, and a slice of pumpkin cheesecake that was so good it was practically a religious experience!!) After I made myself sit down and eat, I floated from table to table, chatting, laughing, and hugging people. Tonight, as I sit here typing, they are closing at the end of their first night of official business. I can’t wait for them to get home and tell me how it went!
I’m writing a “family and friends” post and that, of course, makes me think about my family and friends…. My “framily.” This past month or two, we’ve had a tough go of it, haven’t we? In the space of three weeks, I got three “dreaded” calls from North Carolina, which ended up in news of two dear family members who are battling illness. Oh, let’s just call it what it is: CANCER. In the midst of dealing with that onslaught of tears, two of my dearest framily members out here had painful losses in their own families. And let me just tell you—it was every bit as devastating and heart-wrenching watching my friends hurt over their losses as if I was going through my own losses. Yes, folks, it’s the rainy season. I’m just thankful that I have people close enough to me to hold up the umbrella. And that I have a dear God to send the rainbows.
Yes, I’m thankful for you all…
And that’s what’s been going on here.
What’s going on where you are?
(All of the pictures above were taken on my lunch-time walks at work.)