Archive for May, 2007

May 27

1. I was most blessed today by the services of a kind stranger, who offered online his services as a notary, for the simple price of a cup of coffee. My husband and I are in the process of selling our house back in Illinois, and while our realtor had sent all the paperwork on our end in a large obvious envelope, which we duly signed, notarized and took care of a week and a half ago, the buyer’s realtor had sent his documents in a regular business envelope with a simple “National City Mortgage” on the front. We thought it was junk mail, but had the good sense to open it to check before tossing it. Once we found the paperwork last night, and realized we didn’t have much time until our closing on Wednesday, I frantically dug through Seattle’s livejournal, having noted a weekend notary post earlier in the week. So, I guess it happened  because I was attentive, but mostly because this kind soul was happy to provide a public service, and because we were sensible enough not to toss our “junk mail” without first double-checking it.

2.  My husband and I had two good conversations today in the car about important topics. And that happened because I was confident enough to bring the subjects up, and because he was willing to listen and respond- fortunately neither of the conversations ended in anger, which can sometimes happen when discussing volatile topics (like a cat who pees on *everything*). Anyway, it was excellent.

3. Not only was the notary good enough to sign our paperwork, but he and his companion were also very amiable, which was really nice. We had a good friendly conversation over coffee with them, and with lots of smiles. Us newbies to the land of Seattle enjoy proving that the Seattle Freeze is a myth, and these two guys certainly helped us on our way to breaking the stereotype 😀 I supposed it happened because Seattle actually does produce friendly people, and because we were just as willing to listen and ask questions as they were 🙂

But man, I totally wish I’d gotten the bee swarm 😀 That’s pretty awesome, if you ask me!

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May 26

1. Today I got to see a bee swarm.  That was awesome.  Megan yelled out “Benjamin, there are a huge number of bees right out in the street–they look dangerous!”  So I ran to look and there must have been thousands of them all flying together in a swarm right out the front of our house, making an amazing humming noise.  And then the started coming toward the house, and we quick stick closed the windows and got the girls inside, but they went right over the house and through our neighbors backyard.  I wiki’d bee swarm and found out that they are off to fin a new place for a new hive–their way of reproducing the hive.  Very kewl.  That went well cause it’s spring and so they swarmed and I ran to pay attention when Megan called out and maybe cause the universe conspired to give me the opportunity =)

2. I got to see 3 beavers and 5 baby ducklings at dusk today at our local wetland park–a five minute walk from our house.  That went well cause megsie and I agreed to walk down there with the girls at dusk and followed through.

3. okay–the ducklings were only a couple days old, I’m thinking. and they and their mother came right over next to us and mum looked up at us as if she were hoping for food or something. And the beavers live in a beaver house they’ve built *right* next to the walkway for humans, and we got to see one of them pop underwater and then through the hole into her home, and then back out again, 3 times! and we got to hear and watch her and one of the other beavers scraping the bark off of smallish sticks they had in their possession–I guess they were eating eat.  It makes a kewl scraping ish sound. So the beavers and the ducklings should count for two blessings.

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May 25

 I’m new- I don’t have much to introduce myself with, but I’m 25, married, recently transplanted to Seattle, and that’s about all I really have to say, I guess. Except that if Ben was cheating a little, I’m cheating a lot. Here are my three blessings from yesterday.

1. I got to meet an online friend for the first time yesterday, and that went well because I kept up with her schedule changes, and because I’d set aside time to meet her.

2. I went to a party and stayed talking to friends until the wee hours of the night, which is one of my favorite things in the world to do (the talking, not the partying). This happened because we were invited, rsvped, and rather than leaving when most of the group did, I decided to come back and hang around and because I did my best to listen to the other people rather than just talking about myself.

3. My husband’s glasses were repaired for free yesterday! I don’t know exactly why it happened, other than that I chose to use the Lenscrafters I noticed in the mall the other day, but it was definitely a high point, particularly after expecting at least a $50 charge. Yay Lenscrafters and the nice girl who restrung his glasses for free!

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May 25

I guess I’m cheating a little, since it’s now morning of the 26th.  No big deal =)

 1. I was the only one in my little assignment group in Spanish class (llamado “Valencia”)–four of us–who actually did the assigned homework, so I got to spend the discussion time lecturing my three fellow class mates on “What was the second spanish republic. Who was the king just before this republic?  Why/how did the republic begin? What were the symbols of the republic?” That was fun, and went well because my insatiable curiosity drove me to do this simple gentle research assignment, mostly on wikipedia.  It’s in preparation for watching “Lengua de Las Mariposas”, which was released in the states with English voiceover in 1999 under the title “Butterfly”.  But we’re watching the original spanish version in class next week. I’m looking forward to it–looks like a good story.

2. part 1 of lovely date with Megan.  We went down to the seattle folklife festival, which is from what I understand the biggest and best folklife festival in the country–2 dozen stages with music all weekend. The people seemed to be the kind of people I could identify with.  we had a lovely time, danced a little, walked around, talked. part 2 of lovely date with Megan. We went to My Sweet Lord, Seattle first free vegetarian restaurant, down in the U-district.  Radhika Devi, who runs it, was just amazingly gracious and kind and lovely–she referred to us, as a noun of direct address, as “lovely people”.  She did a little ritual at the shrine at the end of the restaurant and lit a lovley little light which was made of a cotton wick and virgin olive oil in a little … bowl, and invited us to partake of the warmth, and served us a lovely vegetarian meal for free. It felt very … buddhist, but in a lovely way.  The reason this date went well, we found out afterwords in talking, is because we both secrety decided to be purposefully very kind and loving to each other at the beginning of the date.  That was delightful, and we both said “Let’s purposefully secretly decide to be very kind and loving to each other on a regular basis!”

3. My delightful children were a little grumpy/resistant in the process of being put to bed, and I was able to maintain a calm, gracious, gentle attitude (which *isn’t* always the case with me).  This went well because I just decided “Dammit, I’m going to be nice and gentle and gracious!”

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May 24

Today feels like it’s going to be hard to come up with three =)


1. Got to hang out with one of my oldest friends for 90 minutes this morning. This went well because I got up and showed up at 6AM, and because I’ve been doing that faithfully every Thursday for ages, and because I was honest.

2. Got to hang out with my most important person in the hot tub today and had a good talk. That went well because I suggested it and then I paid attention.

3. Had a brilliant old time in Spanish class today (as I generally do). That went well because … well, lots of things. I’ve spent all these years gently pursuing increasing mastery of the language, and I get along well with the prof, and with Jared (who rocks), and … mostly cause I just showed up.

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May 23

Here goes.

1. I got to go to the park with my amazing five year old daughter today, and we played for an hour, and I stayed engaged and kind and felt overall really good about it. That went well because I chose to go with her, and consientiously chose to stay engaged and kind.

2. I had a … volunteer “job interview” with Relationship Research Institute (of John Gottman fame) today for a 6 hour a week volunteer position starting in the fall, and it went really well, I thought, and I need *some* position to fill up my lab research credit requirement for my degree, and the RRI is pretty freaking … well, they have a rather high profile reputation for excellence, and so I’m stoked that hopefully I’ll get the position, which actually sounds really fun. This happened and went well because I connected with Priscilla, who connected me with Melissa at RRI, and I followed up with her, and I made sure to be there on time and to look and be at my best in the interview.

3. The weeping camel came from netflix today, which will make Megs happy as she had asked me to get it. This went well because I managed to listen to and follow through on her request.

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May 22

today’s three.

I got to hang out and play with my delightful three year old daughter for 15 minutes this morning before I left for school. This went well because she is so …. amable, agradable, in a word, winsome and charming, and because I got up early enough to do that.

I went with my dad to pick up our new (to us) ’92 chevy astro minivan–another in a long series of free vehicles we’ve owned since we’ve gotten married. It’s going to take some work, but it should prove a reliable vehicle over the next year or so, and I’m stoked. This happened because my dad is the prince of procurement, and because I followed through on responding to his offer.

Plus, I got to have lunch with my dad and he told me a couple really kewl stories. This went well because I managed to keep my argumentative, unkind mouth somewhat shut and *listen* a bit!

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