Category: Friends & Family

On the eve of my high school reunion

I like to pretend that I’m pretty unflappable. Life is just life, and if we don’t focus on the drama, it goes along pretty smoothly. Except that sometimes there’s often this undercurrent of emotion that shines through cracks my otherwise calm demeanor.

My 20-year high school reunion is this weekend. I’m actually pretty excited about it, considering I didn’t go to my 10 and remember only a small percentage of my 400+ graduating class.


Last night, however, I had several dreams about it. The one I remembered when I woke up this morning involved me deciding to take the LSAT again. It wasn’t entirely clear why I was doing this, because I’ve already graduated from law school, but there was some pressing need for a new test score.

I walked into the testing room, which wasn’t a big hall filled with sweaty-palmed students facing down their future life prospects. It was just me, in a small room about the size of an exam room at your veterinarian’s office – complete with the tall exam tables. The test proctor was one of my school classmates. He was someone I spent several hours a day with from 7th grade onwards in honors English, history, and math classes…maybe others.

We got to talking about the reunion and how he wasn’t going to go, even though he only lives a few miles away from the party. I was disappointed because of all the people I went to high school with the people in my honors classes are some of the people I most want to catch up with.

I started the test. The questions were printed on large posters on the wall. And they were weird. When I got to the question asking me to define a 4×4 driving technique called the “alpine crusher,” I asked this former classmate what the deal was.

He admitted that if I was willing to accept a 120 LSAT score, he could enter that score without me having to finish the test. We could then go get a drink. Since I couldn’t remember why I was taking the LSAT, it seemed like a good idea.

Then the alarm went off…

West Seattle Sunset


We had a lovely dinner with the Erskine’s last night at their new house in West Seattle. Good friends, a beautiful sunset, delicious food. Life doesn’t get any sweeter than this.

Chihuly Museum


On Sunday, Anne took Cathy and me to the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum in Seattle. It was our Christmas present. (Who doesn’t love Christmas in June?) The weather was gorgeous and we spent a long time lingering over lunch after looking at all of the cool glass.

One of the rooms had a ceiling made of many pieces of different glass. It was cool, but I was much more excited about the abstract colors cast on the wall from the light shining through the glass.


The outside garden was fun too. Here, one Seattle icon reflects another.


Father’s Day weekend in Leavenworth

I go to Leavenworth a lot, but usually only for dinner after a big day in the mountains. Turns out there’s a whole lot more to do there than just eat! We rented a house on the Wenatchee River with my brother and his family and my parents. We explored Smallwood Farm, took a dip in the hot tub (3x a day), enjoyed big family meals, played games, and chilled.

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It’s a white elephant Christmas


I’m pretty sure my neighbors don’t read my blog, so I think it’s safe to show you my white elephant present for tonight’s neighborhood gift exchange. For the record, I had to go to three different stores to find red, white, and green Tic Tacs. Who know this would be such a challenging present to put together?