Now, I can tell
you that the park does not look like this.
Unless I walked past flowers and tables and chairs and didn't notice
them. Maybe they only do this in the summer?? This
is how it usually looks. Cement and old trees. The Christmas lights
are a nice touch, though. Um, where
is this (big .pdf)? Bocce?!? Have I not been paying attention?
Is this happening and I just.... missed it?)
Hey, while Googling Occidental Park/Pioneer Square, I found this
page, which lists cool things to check out in Seattle, and the
very last thing mentioned is Brian's
bar! Sean & I worked with Brian back in the Applebee's days. So
if you're ever in Seattle, go to the Triangle Tavern by the stadiums
and tell Brian that the Dayments sent ya.
Anyway, I dropped Mom off at Pioneer Square on my way to work Friday
morning and then joined her at Elliot
Bay Bookstore at 12:30. Bonnie joined us at 2:00 and we hung out
for a while in the cafe, then headed over to Central Library and were
by the building. It's always a pleasure seeing Bonnie. She has
Mom also went to see the eagles
in Skagit County with Josh's Mom Terry and they saw 28 eagles!
Then they headed to LaConner
and shopped like women.
It was a great visit from Mom, but as always, it was too short. She
left this morning.
The boys planned to leave Thursday, then Friday FOR SURE. They left
today. I miss them already. Shane will be back Tuesday for a few days,
then it's officially quiet again at the Dayment household. Because
you all know how quiet the Dayment household usually is...
Colum & Pete pack it up
The state of my garage
Shane's b-day Feb 10, Colum's Feb. 14
Good-bye picture with Colum
Good-bye picture with Shane
Sean cleaning the fish tank
knee is healing slowly. He's moving around okay but there's still
pain and he still can't comfortably bend his knee. He had his follow-up
and they removed the stitches. They asked how he felt and he said
"It hurts" and they said "Yeah that's about right."
We also found out that he does not qualify for short-term disability.
And now for some pictures from work....
Above is Peter, who works
at our office building doing maintenance. A couple years ago he had really
long bushy hair and he looked just like Casey
Affleck, but he's not sure who I'm talking about, since he never saw
Mona (from my web research, I see that I am one of the few
that actually adored this movie). The dirt pile above is a mainstay of our
building - it's been there since I started working at Johnston Architects,
which was the fall of 2001. It just sat there with no explanation. You kinda
have to climb it to get to the dumpster, or at least have a good side-hook
when throwing garbage. In the spring it sprouts some lovely flowers. And
now, it's finally going away. And Peter has a lot of shoveling ahead of
him. Below left is a dog that was "parked" by our building and
as soon as I went to say Hi to him, he leaned into me. I could have pet
him all morning. Beautiful.
To the right is Hobbes.
His favorite spot in the morning is this bathroom rug. He's usually there
from the second I wake up and get in the shower to the moment I leave, then
he starts making his morning rounds. I hope my cats like our next house.
I seriously spend time worrying about these things.
Also? I took a nap this afternoon and had TWO fish dreams - both plecostomus
dreams, actually. One was me petting a pleco and it suctioned to my face
and we took pictures of it for my site. I pet it and it was furry (same
as my last petting-a-plecostomus dream), and the second dream was the usual
fish dream for me - where I have bunches of fish dying and gasping for air
and I'm scrambling to get them all back in water. Only this time they were
all plecostomus in bowls of wet rocks in my car and I couldn't find any
water to add to the rocks. I would say about 90% of the dreams I remember
for the last couple years are these fish dreams.
But at least I'm not dreaming of all of my teeth falling out. Or a block
P.S. Eee gad! When did Casey
Affleck look like this?!
P.P.S. Look! 02-08-05
Who can? SHANE CAN!
I'm SORRY but she goes
to bed at like, NINE.
(For Cyndi) Last month Graceland became El Corazon!
New lounge with booths
New main room (larger stage, raised ceiling)
wanted the chance to see this club's remodel since I'd heard so much
about the grand opening Friday night (featuring the band Clutch).
It still has a bit more work to go, but it looks great! So much more
open and clean! And new floors! And new bathrooms! Nice work, El Corazon!
After this I headed over to
Jon & Amy's Superbowl Party while some watched the game and
others learned to knit. I taught three more people how to knit! Heather!
Josh & Emily learned with your yarn that you made for
me! You should be proud!
Emily, Fernanda, Liz, Stacy
Amy & Jon
Dawn keeps hoping that it gets easier (it does)
Sam & Cathy entertain Iggy
It doesn't look like
much of a crowd from the pictures, but actually A LOT of Six Arms showed
up for the party - I never got a picture of the whole crowd but my point
is I didn't get a chance to catch up with anyone. Bill and Curtis? Hadn't
seen them since Fernanda's birthday party on Halloween weekend. Julie? I
don't even remember when I last saw her! And she lives up the
street from us.
And I got an e-mail from Alexandra!
She & Kolja are coming back to Seattle this summer to visit! Only we
may be settled in Vancouver by then - but we will certainly see them at
Jon & Amy's wedding. So Xa
I'm just letting you know that I got your e-mail and I will try to write
you back soon, even though you know I am horrible at getting back
Now where was I?
exhausted. They're all exhausted. I would tell you why but I can't
- it's a covert operation. If you were in Seattle you'd probably figure
it out. It's done now but there's still another week of tidying up
and such. Then the boys all go home and I mourn.
Mom's here so I've been avoiding all of you - I'm sorry. I told her
I wouldn't keep her busy and keep her from relaxing by filling up
her entire schedule but that's pretty much what I've done. We had
done on Saturday and had falafels at Cedar's before hitting Half Price
Books for an hour. I think I got about eight books that were on my
wishlist (including Minotaur,
After that I headed down to John's
Birthday party with the Blogger gang at Olympic Pizza.
the Pizza Party, I brought Manuel
and Jeff home with
me to watch Men In Black because neither of them had ever seen it. Which
I think is CRAZY. I love both Men In Black movies. I made them hot chocolate,
which is now customary, for reasons I can't explain. I mean, sure, I like
hot chocolate, but it's not like I always make it when we have people over.
But Bloggers? They must have hot chocolate. It just seems right.
Me & Tera
Saturday morning I looked
out my window to see a class on my ditch again. See, a long time ago we
horrible ditch on the side of our property, but then the city came along
and did this
"SeaStreets" project (this is called the "Seattle Green
Grid") where the drainage going into the Puget Sound (at the bottom
of our hill) is cleared of the majority of its sediments and it saves the
salmon (Tera? Is this pretty much it?) They planted native
plants all around it and these big
holding tanks (swales) were installed to hold the rain water and....
do you care? Anyhoo once in a while I'll see a class having a tour of my
ditch which is pretty cool, only this time Tera was in the class! Tera and
I worked at Starbucks together although we never shared shifts. And she
just so happened to be taking this Environmental Science class and started
thinking "Hey... isn't this Dayment's house?" when I walked outside.
(Oh, and Tera? Here's those winterpics
I told your class about.)
Produce display at Central Market
(lemons, wheatgrass, garlic, tomatoes, avocados)
Knitting and coffee with Mom, Maggi,
then a Superbowl Party at Jon
& Amy's. Later tonight the boys come home - just in time for
my work week to start. Tuesday Mom watches eagles in Skagit Valley
Wednesday Natasha comes over to visit. I thought Thursday was First
Thursday but that was last week so I don't know what we're doing then.
Friday is Elliot Bay Bookstore with Bonnie
and Saturday Mom leaves.
And I'm leaving off about five things that I still want to
do. But it's always like this when people visit us.
Sean is working his first day back at work. We are looking into short-term
disability since he didn't work for 2+ weeks.
02-02-05 Tonight Sean and I went to Azteca for our free monthly dinner.
It was quite the ordeal just getting Sean into the car and settled into
the booth. He's calling his surgeon tomorrow to figure out why he still
Due to our dinner out tonight, the boys were left to their own devices.
Colum made a peanut butter and cheese sandwich.
Mom gets here tomorrow at noon, which should be helpful for Sean. And the
boys. But this means that I need to vacuum my house. Hmpf.
hobbling along just fine - he does need to take the pain
pills, though (so much for selling them on the street). As you can
see, the surgeon initialed his knee (so they wouldn't hack the wrong
one) and after Sean was under the anesthesia, they shaved his knee
(he was quite surprised when we got home that night and he unwrapped
it for the first time), and then they made three incisions - one of
which is hidden in the picture. We think the yellow stuff is iodine
but we aren't sure. His leg is yellow all the way down to his toes.
Tonight I got my hair cut by Stephanie (just a trim), and we decided
that I'm going to teach her and her sister how to knit in a couple
weeks. Then I met Natasha at Starbucks and.... taught her how to knit.
Husband of a blogger
is home and well, thank you. We appreciate the e-mails and phone calls!
He was all set up by 4 pm and they wheeled him away and knocked him
out. They didn't tell him that they would be shaving his knee! Just
About an hour later the doctor came out to tell me that they found
quite a bit more damage than was shown in the MRI, but they are happy
with the end results. Another 45 minutes and I was able to visit Sean
in recovery with an ice pack on his knee eating crackers and drinking
They were all calling him Chris.
should take a couple days to heal and it stays wrapped for a while (he has
three sets of stitches!) He's also not allowed to shower for three days
WOOOOO GOOD TIMES!!
Tonight is oven fried chicken and roasted vegetables with feta. Unfortunately
I got a good roaster chicken which is not "frying" as well as
I had hoped. It's still in the oven so we'll see.
The boys are on their way home now.
I took too many pictures from the show at the Comet Saturday night. If I
had more than a few minutes, I'd post them, but for now, I'm sorry. Maybe
tomorrow. Here's a preview
for the meantime.