Transitionary Period, Part 2

It looks like the living arrangements at our house have been finalized. Kelle moved out sooner than expected, but that was okay because she paid through the date she had previously said she was leaving. Kevin moved into Kelle’s room, as the air mattress he was sleeping on belonged to her and the bed she was sleeping on belongs to us. Oznur, the girl from Turkey, decided it would be best if she went back to Boston. It’s a long story, and not mine to tell, but I think going back is the wisest thing for her. She has been gone for a little over a week now.

It didn’t take long to find a new housemate. Her name is Hayley and she came up from California to work as a school guidance counselor. Her husband is still down there, and will join her as soon as he finds a job up here as well. She moved in three days ago and I hear them talking on the phone every day. I can’t imagine being away from my husband for an undetermined amount of time, now that we’ve left behind the long-distance part of our relationship. That takes a lot of strength.

So I’m glad that Hayley and I are getting along swell.¬†On Monday, Kevin and I showed her around downtown Kirkland and we got coffee at Rococo, and discovered Lady Yum, a brand new macaron and wine shop. We talked about careers, the Washington weather, the culture of Kirkland versus Seattle, the best places to go shopping, how to find a job in one’s field in such a competitive market… And she marveled at the beauty of the Kirkland Marina at sunset and how it was covered in families with small children. Today, we dropped Kevin off for an interview on our way to a meet-up she’d found on Meetup Seattle, an online community for people who need things to do and people to do them with. It’s awesome. This meet-up was called “Shy Gals of Puget Sound.” We didn’t really know what to expect. We were a little early getting to Bellevue, so we walked around “Bellsquare,” my favorite mall in the area, until 3:50, as it was only a 10-minute walk from there to the restaurant. We gushed over clothes in Ann Taylor, Anthropologie, Free People, and Talbots, and stopped in at Aveda, where Hayley used up a gift card, and I fell in love with a powder foundation that I sampled. It covered up my redness SO much better than what I’m using now. The associate taking care of us also gave me a free sample of a facial mask that could help with my redness on a deeper level! We’ll see how that works.

The meet-up itself was super fun. The restaurant was fancy, but it was happy hour, so I only spent like $15 plus tip on a delicious cocktail with pear juice in it (I did the whole “can you recommend a well drink that’s sweet?” thing, which always works out well for me) and the best tacos I’ve ever had in my life (pulled pork with pico de gallo and avocado). The ladies were really nice, and not all that shy, we had many laughs. There was much sharing of food, especially butter-fried broccoli, which was divine. The lady next to me, Susan, turned out to be a blogger, as did her friend Crystal. Susan is from the midwest and her blog is about her adventures with her husband in the pacific northwest, hiking around and generally exploring the area. I think Crystal is a photography blogger? Maybe just knowing other prolific bloggers will encourage me to write more often. Here’s hoping!

To finish off the day, we watched some Gilmore Girls, Young and Hungry, and New Girl. Kurt got home and we made homemade mac and cheese, which was delicious. Now I want to always bake mac and cheese with 5 kinds of cheese and breadcrumbs! Hayley went to her room because the mac smelled so good and she couldn’t eat it because she’s lactose intolerant. I felt bad, but she was very kind about it. Kurt and I ate it while watching Arrow, and now I’ve been catching up on reading the blogs I follow. I follow probably 100 blogs, so it is not easy, but I am trying.

Til next time!