Life as we know it
Better late than never, right? This month has been bananas as my first proper month of balancing several jobs and a social life.
For the Lunar New Year, Grant and I visited Chinatown here in Seattle, getting bubble tea and dumplings and walking around. It’s always nice to explore new-to-me areas of the city.
I went to two concerts this month: Marina and The Wombats. This was my fourth time seeing Marina, the second time in Seattle in 2019, the other two in London (in 2015 and again in 2016)! It was so much fun, I danced my ass off and she looked and sounded great and put on an amazing show as always. I also saw The Wombats for the first time at Showbox, which is right next to the iconic Pike’s Place. Obviously at 9PM, it was dead but it was still a nice reminder that I live in an amazing city. The Wombats sounded great performing their new songs and put on an awesome show, even if it did run past my bedtime.
I also went to my first Seattle Kraken ice hockey game! I used to go to NHL games all the time when I lived in Phoenix but I just haven’t been around to seeing the Kraken in their inaugural season play at the new Climate Pledge Arena at the Seattle Center in the shadow of the Space Needle. My friend Ryan is a pro at getting great deals and he nabbed us lower bowl tickets against my Arizona Coyotes. I figured even if my new team loses, at least my old team will win, and the Kraken lost quite bad, but it was awesome to see them score at least a couple points and see the arena. Even just walking to the venue passed the Space Needle is an experience.
Most of the time, my jobs are a receptionist at a gym, “family assistant” in the afternoons (I don’t know what to call myself, but I pick up the 14-year-old from school, tidy the house and play with the kitty, great gig honestly) and cat-sit on the side when I can. But for one week this month during the schools’ mid-winter break, I was a teacher at a kid’s science camp. There were about 40 kids age 5-11 to manage between six adults so needless to say it was pretty hectic! We didn’t do any “hard science,” since the kiddos are so young it’s mostly about encouraging their creativity and entertaining them. I worked with the older kids age 7-11 and it was amazing to see how truly smart, kind and creative this generation is. It was so tiring but so much fun and I’ll be doing it again in April!
Of course, I still manage to make time for our weekly pub quiz and a few nights out a month, this time at Emo Nite! I took my new coworker Matt with my squad and we all had a blast… until I had to row 2,500 meters for charity hungover as all hell the next day for work…
Books and media
What I’ve been watching: New Girl (season 7)