In less than a week, I’ll be moving to Washington with my family. To take my mind off of the fact that it is hotter than hell in California and the fact that I have a lot of good-byes to say in the next couple days, here are things I’m looking forward to in Washington.
A cooler climate. I don’t do heat well. I like four distinct seasons. Washington tends to be 10-15 degrees cooler than northern California on average. It’s supposed to be in the 60’s and raining on moving day. I’m positively giddy.
Family. The vast chunk of my immediate and extended family are in western Washington. I’m looking forward to being a two hour drive from people (depending on traffic) rather than two hours by plane. I’ll be nearby my grandma’s assisted living facility so I can see her at least weekly if not more often.
Seattle. I have always wanted to live in Seattle (my parents are UW alums and it was my dream school) and I loved spending time up there with my fairy godmother (one of my mom’s college roommates — long story) every year in high school and college. I’ll be close enough to go down and see her and have zoo trips with her and Daniel. (The Woodland Park Zoo is one of my happy places.) We can get henna at Pike Place Market to dye my hair, go to the Aquarium, and do a whole host of other things.
Vancouver. I’ll be close enough to one of my favorite cities for a day trip and might be able to schedule a meet-up with Richard, who has been a dear friend of this blog for almost 14 years.
Rain. I adore it.