First Thursday, Pumpkin Patch/Corn Maze, Vessel Presentation

After my time in Los Angeles, one of my goals is get out more. I have a few ideas. One is to attend First Thursdays more. I am looking forward to the summer months when the outside vendors return, and I was able to attend the October art walk. I also recently heard about First Wednesday silent reading nights, which I hope to attend in December since I will be gone for the one in November.

Pictures from First Thursday Art Walk with Des-i-ree.


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I went to a pumpkin patch for a second time for Crystal’s birthday. We did not have a lot of time in the corn maze, but it made it all the more fun. It was the perfect day to be out there. It made me think of Linus and his search for the Great Pumpkin.

Pictures from Pumpkin Patch

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October 1 was my 21st year in the maritime industry, including my temp time. After all of this time, I still love being able to visit a terminal and board a vessel. One thing I have not done yet is go up on a crane. I will add it to the bucket list.

Pictures from Vessel Presentation

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Pictures Devlin took

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Victoria, Legos, Eclipse and Painting

I went to Victoria again to visit Alice over Memorial Day Weekend. Alas, when I went to download the pictures from my camera, my computer screen went blue. When I was able to reboot, the pictures were gone. The only pictures I have are the ones that were on my phone.

I went to the town of Duncan with Alice and Karen to visit  the farmer’s market. It was cool, and we had brunch at a nice spot. We also went to a farm so Alice and Karen could get some fresh eggs. Denise and her husband bought the farm some years back. It seems like a nice way to retire.

We returned to Beacon Hill for the great ice cream and went to Clover Point.


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I also discovered Legos for good or bad. I am a little thrifty, so I won’t go crazy. I do want the Maersk vessel and the Death Star. I am glad they are pricey otherwise there would go more “discretionary time” and “discretionary income” gone when there are so many other things I should be doing.



I saw the partial eclipse. In retrospect, it would have been cool to journey to see the total eclipse. Something for the future. I heard there will be one in 2019 in Chile.


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An unexpected treat during a work team-building retreat was doing a painting of a container vessel. It was fun and is my ninth painting.



Photos, a marathon, a trip to Victoria

I once again find myself horribly behind in blogging!

One of my goals for the summer is to take my camera out to practice taking photos. While it is a used camera I bought from a coworker, it is new to me. I’ve had it sometime. It was actually the camera I took with me to South Africa, but alas, I did not bring the correct lens so was unable to use it. I am enjoying using it.

I have been taking it with me and going on walks. I have been keeping a list of places I want to visit. So far I have been able to go to Kerry Park (I do want to go back in the evening), Volunteer Park, Pioneer Square, and just wandering about here and there on the waterfront, Capitol Hill, I.D. and Central District. You can find the pictures I took in the link below. I will do an Instagram post of some of my favorite murals from my wanderings soon. There have been so many popping up around the city.

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In June, I did the Rock and Roll Seattle. It was my sixth half marathon. Next stop is the Seattle Marathon. I am still tracking to do two a year. I wouldn’t mind finding ones that are flatter though. I live in the wrong place to detest hills as much as I do. But it is part of my overall health journey: walking to witness.


In May, I went to Victoria for Memorial Day. My friend Alice has moved back to North America, so it was nice to see here. I was able to stay with her, and I plan on returning this summer for another visit. It was nice to have some downtime and catch up with a great friend.

I was able to drive up to the Vancouver area with Kim and Katherine to take the ferry over to Victoria. We left Friday late afternoon to catch the last ferry, but alas, we missed it. We expected the border to be crazy, but also kept running into traffic. We ended up staying the night in Vancouver. I need to go there soon because I forgot what an awesome city it is. It has such a great vibe.


You can photos in the same link as the Seattle photos.

I will try to get better at posting! I posted articles from the July issue of the Scroll.

Rattlesnake Ledge

Today I hiked up the Rattlesnake Mountain Trail with Kim and Katherine. It was very fun. Though I was horribly out of shape going up hill. We were “almost there” forever it seemed. The funniest part of the walk was when a woman yelled, “Bear.” I was like oh Lord. Bear ended up being her adorable little dog. Thank God. I am hoping to get more hikes in this spring/summer.


The Ladies.


What goes up, must come down. Down was a lot better.

Views from the top

Views from the journey


Just me

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Three 5Ks, Tea, and Flowers

Since February, I have walked three 5Ks.

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Mardi Gras 5K in February. I did this walk with Erica, but I can’t locate the picture with the two of us.


St. Patrick’s Day in March with Katherine and Kim. I think it was my sixth Dash. I need to recount my shirts to tell.


Brunch Run with Kim and Katherine in April. This is the best 5K ever! Afterward, tons of yummy samples from local brunch spots. I will be doing it again!

Tea with the ladies in Marysville.

In my almost 25 years of living on the west side of the mountain, I had never been to see the tulips in Skagit Valley. A lot the flowers had yet to bloom. But it was still pretty, and I loved seeing the snow-topped mountains.


And other flowers!

And even more.


One of the good things about work travel is spending time with colleagues who have become friends. We have quite the family. It’s always a joy to find some time between lunches, dinners, sessions, receptions, networking, etc. to spend quality time with these amazing people.


With Louanne and Alix at the GCT booth. I need to plan a trip to Shanghai to visit Alix.


With my buddy Randy (one of my favorite people – ever) at the Queen Mary. I liked his spirit immediately.


With Dr. Walter Kemmsies. I was literally in a conversation with a coworker when I saw Walter and dashed off to talk to him. I am not a sport or music groupie. But I would chase after him and another economist, Dr. Nariman Behravesh. Both absolutely brilliant!


With Kathleen and Jim. After all this time, I learned that Jim is a fellow writer and quite talented.


With my buddy Randy.


Taking an afternoon break and stroll with Louanne.

And  of course catching up with friends who live in the area.

With Mary (left) and Samarah (right). I need to plan a trip to Southern Cal just to visit these two ladies who I miss. They are a short two hour flight away.

And of course the pure beauty of the beach and being on the water. I don’t like heat, but I am tired of being cold this winter. It was a joy to feel the sun.