Life as we know it
I started the month off right seeing Pinkshift at Barboza. I’ve been a fan for a few years now and I was so excited to see them on their first headlining tour for their first album. They are one of the best modern punk bands, this is my second time seeing them this year and they’re so much fun live and I can’t wait to see what their future holds.
Grant and I took a quick trip to see Snoqualmie Falls. Of course, it was raining quite a bit and the mist from the falls made us all the more wet, but it was very pretty and a nice and easy hike. The sheer volume of water was astonishing.
I saw YouTube comedian Kurtis Conner live at Moore Theater and it was fun! I’m not a huge fan of stand-up usually but there are such rare opportunities to see my favorite YouTubers live so I jumped on the chance.
I went to two hockey games: Seattle Kraken vs. Nashville Predators and women’s USA vs. Canada rivalry series. I scored the Kraken tickets for $60 for the lower bowl and they won! It was a great game and I hope I can find more cheap games this season. The USA vs. Canada was so much fun as well and USA won! I really enjoy most any hockey and have a blast as long as I’m with my friend(s).
My last show of the month and probably the year was seeing Arcade Fire at Climate Pledge Arena. I bought these tickets earlier this year when I was pretty drunk so I didn’t choose the best seats, but luckily the nosebleeds were empty and I was able to sneak a few sections over to get a better view! I enjoyed having space to myself and dancing my ass off, they put on a great show.
I hope I’m making this announcement for the last time in a while: I got a new job actually in my field, I am a debriefer contracted by NOAA which is essentially the next step up from observing. For the last few years, my job situation has been turbulent: when I first moved to Seattle, I was getting on at a marine hardware store until a year ago they wouldn’t reasonably accommodate time off for a vacation and all this calendar year I’ve been jumping between seasonal jobs while applying for career positions in fisheries. I got close a few times, so close I signed a job offer until it was rescinded due to “unforeseen circumstances” until I landed this job. I will essentially be in-season advisor and debrief observers in the field (the job I had for a few years) as well as helping out in the gear room and traveling to Alaska as we all share duties in the Dutch Harbor office. I started two days ago and it’s been so great already, my supervisor is really awesome, the culture seems friendly and I can’t wait to learn all I can.
Books and media
What I’ve been reading: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie, The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes, Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
What I’ve been listening to: A lot, I’m ranking ~50 albums that came out in 2022, stay tuned
What I’ve been watching: Sins of Our Mother