Houston Trip

I traveled to Houston for my job to attend a conference. I had time for a little fun while there and was able to see some buddies from other ports and the industry.

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With my coworker and teammate, Andre. We set up our booth the day before the trade show.

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With my coworker, Bob.

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Art in the park across the street from our hotel.

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It just so happens that the Mariners were playing the Astros while we were there. The M’s won in 11 innings 4 to 3. We were happy in enemy territory. It was my first time seeing a Seattle team in another city/state.

 

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Outside of Minute Maid Park.

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There was a business run opening day. It seemed like a good idea at the time, LOL. It was a good way to start a long day. You could do four miles or six miles. I opted to walk the four mile. In a nice surprise, there was also another walker. A woman named Adrian from Jacksonville.

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Found a few minutes during one of the days for a short walk to do just this: Pause.

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There were many receptions on all nights of the trade show. Wednesday saw us bowling at Vancouver BC’s reception and then dancing and listening to good music at House of Blues at AAL’s reception.

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So that time I did an armadillo race with my buddy, Randy, from Portland. I came in second out of three. There was also a mechanical bull, but I was wearing a skirt. Otherwise, I would have loved to do it!

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I absolutely loved this church.

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Mount Rainier welcoming me home.

Bainbridge Island

I spent part of the day on Bainbridge Island with Candy and Diane to see the works of Barbara Earl Thomas at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. It was awesome!

Diane, Candy, and I boarding the ferry

Di, Candy, and I boarding the ferry

One of my favorite views of Seattle.

One of my favorite views of Seattle.

One of the written pieces

One of the written pieces

Some of the painting pieces

Some of the painting pieces

One of the glass pieces

One of the glass pieces

Wind blown look

Wind blown look

Having fun

Having fun

Bremerton

On Saturday, I went over to Bremerton with my friend Leisha. It was great. Perfect weather, and we also stopped by this lavender garden.

My favorite view of downtown Seattle, best captured from the water or from West Seattle

My favorite view of downtown Seattle, best captured from the water or from West Seattle

Lavender garden = bee's paradise

Lavender garden = bee’s paradise

The water view from the garden

The water view from the garden

Fountain in the garden

Fountain in the garden

Flowers in the garden

Flowers in the garden

Me and Lee Lee

Me and Lee Lee

Lavender

Lavender

Sea of lavender

Sea of lavender

Picking my bouquet. I am a very slow picker!

Picking my bouquet. I am a very slow picker!

Westminster Abbey

The weekend of May 29, Romanita, Toyia, and I went on a retreat to Westminster Abbey in Mission BC. It was a much needed getaway and so absolutely peaceful.

In this season, I feel like I am waiting for time to let me out of things. I am not one to wish time away, but I would love to fast forward. Meanwhile, I need to figure out a way to silence my inner voice and find peace in things that are not so certain. And to find peace in things I can’t change. The only thing I can control is my reaction.

Life will always come up against us. There will always be something, whether small or large. I need to learn to keep my peace despite of. There is nothing in this world that should move me, and I have been letting small things get to me.

It’s tempting to want to retreat into a monastic life but the conflict in me goes with me wherever I go. That just needs to be dealt with. But it was nice to be cut off from the world with no reception. No email. No Facebook updates. Time to write. Eating simple meals. Some of which I could do when here if I wanted.

I just need to focus and get things done.

Viewpoint from one of the paths

Viewpoint from one of the paths

The Abbey

The Abbey

Mary's Lake

Mary’s Lake

One of the local homes was open as a garden

One of the local homes was open as a garden

Students baling hay. It smelled so fresh

Students baling hay. It smelled so fresh

The Archangel Gabriel. One of the priest did this and other people from the Bible. He's 91 now.

The Archangel Gabriel. One of the priest did this and other people from the Bible. He’s 91 now.

The altar. The crucifixion was also done by the priest who is now 91.

The altar. The crucifixion was also done by the priest who is now 91.

Stained Glass windows. I especially loved the yellow, orange and red ones

Stained Glass windows. I especially loved the yellow, orange and red ones.

City Life

I love living in Seattle. I think it’s a beautiful place. I love being around the water. I love the mountains. I love the green. And I even love the rain.

I also love the wild life. Eagles. Crabs. Jelly Fish. Star Fish. Whales. Etc.

As I was walking during lunch, I saw something run across the path ahead of me. I was scratching my head as what it could be based on the body type and the movement. I noticed joggers and walkers stopping, and people had their camera phones out. It was this fellow.

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I am mindful to leave the seals and their pups alone, but I did have to take a picture using my zoom.

He was moving and playing, so it was hard to get a good shot.

I think he was wondering what all the fuss was about.