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Waking Up Cold

I shivered as I woke up; about a thousand gulls screaming past, up from the water, circling the town, loudly gossiping. It is a shiver of delight – I can sleep with the window open, no air conditioning needed, and the morning air is very cool. I am in heaven, also called Seattle.

It is so totally different coming in from Pensacola. As I showered the night before, I was thinking “about now I would be landing in Amsterdam, with several hours wait for my next flight. Being able to sleep in my own bed, get up early in the morning, five minutes to the airport, a breezy check-in and then a bare half day of traveling – so easy.”

Er . . . almost. I still trip the full inspection triggers, and got the complete pat down yesterday. The TSS lady was very professional, although much more thorough than ever before. It is annoying, but on the level of swatting a mosquito away; one minute later you’ve forgotten all about it.

Flight leaves late out of Pensacola, I have to RUN in Atlanta to make my connection, but it’s good to get some aerobic exercise in the middle of a long day of flying. 🙂 Unfortunately, my bag doesn’t make it, so when I reach Seattle they tell me it will come in on the next flight and they will deliver it. After all these years of back and forth, I have learned to have a nightgown and a change of clothes with me, and there are stores where I can pick up mascara and small things I need short-term. The bag arrives in the early evening, so all is well.

As I entered the Seattle airport from the A-concourse, I had a big grin. Where am I? This looks so much like Doha; there is a roundabout near the airport with the same collection of water gourds:

Seattle is cool and beautiful, and has rolled out a sunny day for my arrival. It’s always a thrill to see the Seattle skyline, and even more of a thrill when the roads are dry:

I pick up lunch on my way to my Mom’s, Ivar’s, as is our tradition, oh yummmm – halibut and chips for Mom, and a Salmon Ceasar for me.

I guess I’m a little more tired than I thought – it was an early flight. I grab a quick nap, and I feel like myself again. Mom and I head out shopping – we have a week of errands and appointments ahead of us, and some fun stuff too. Mom turns 88 this week – something to celebrate!

July 28, 2011 - Posted by | Aging, Doha, Exercise, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Living Conditions, Seattle, Travel


  1. I think you are here for the best week of the summer! I have a friend arriving today who is coming to escape the heat in Charlotte NC for a couple of days. Call me while you are here if you have a chance!

    Comment by momcat | July 28, 2011 | Reply

  2. Good morning!

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 28, 2011 | Reply

  3. I would love to live out in Seattle but the cold damp weather would make me depressed in a NY minute.

    Comment by suwanneerefugee | July 28, 2011 | Reply

  4. so glad you arrived safely – I hope that your luggage arrives soon! looking forward to seeing you this weekend!

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | July 28, 2011 | Reply

  5. Happy 88th. Birthday Mom , and many happy returns ,and don’t go see that horrible woman doctor again

    Comment by daggero | July 28, 2011 | Reply

  6. Wish your mother a very Happy Birthday & wonderful time in Seattle.

    Comment by Hayfa Al Mughni | July 28, 2011 | Reply

  7. Suwannee – you are right where you are meant to be. 🙂 You might want to visit though, on a fine August week, and try the hiking, and the kayaking, and the camping – it is your kind of living even though it may not be your kind of climate.

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 28, 2011 | Reply

  8. You are so kind, Daggero, and Mom says that doctor doesn’t work there anymore, people found her too direct. And yet . . . I’ve never forgotten what she said. She was honest. I’ve thought a lot about what she said, and how it relates to me, AdventureMan too, we talk about it. Have you ever thought about it? How we are extending lives, without giving thought to the quality of the lives we extend?

    Thank you, Hayfa. Mom is having a ball; she doesn’t really have a BirthDAY, she has a birth WEEK or maybe even MONTH. There is a lot of celebrating going on, LLOOOLLL.

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 28, 2011 | Reply

  9. Little Diamond, I have some books for you I hope you haven’t already read. Looking forward to seeing you, too 😀

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 28, 2011 | Reply

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