Feb
05
2014

Sleeping In Seattle

 

Hello from Seattle, where it is currently really, really, really cold. No, I mean really cold. Like, think of the coldest thing you can think of right now—a milkshake with ice cubes in it, the Arctic tundra, Paris Hilton's heart—and multiply that by a hundred and four, and that is how cold it is here. I just walked seven blocks back from my office and by the time I pushed open the doors of the hotel lobby, I couldn't feel most of my extremities, and I was wearing gloves, a hat, and a coat that kept me pretty toasty in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In November. I mean, come on. 

On the upside, here is the view from my office, which could not possibly be more beautifully Seattle-ish.

Okay, wait, maybe it could be a tiny bit more beautifully Seattle-ish, but only if it had Frasier Crane somewhere in the left hand of the frame. Holding a cup of coffee. Next to McDreamy. 

(Is McDreamy still a thing? Do people still watch Grey's Anatomy? I remember the last time I visited Seattle, I was obsessed with the show and kept thinking I saw Meredith everywhere, but I must confess that I stopped watching several years ago and now I have no idea what the residents of Seattle Grace are up to anymore. Although presumably the same five people are still getting together and breaking up in various combinations.)

As well as not realizing that it was going to be this cold in Seattle—I mean, it's not like I have a weather app on my phone or anything; it's not like I could have looked it up (I could have looked it up)—I also did not realize that I was going to be arriving in the city on the day of a major parade. Why was there a major parade in Seattle today? Well, if you just asked yourself that question, you're in good company, because I did not know either. This is because the parade was to celebrate the winning of the Superbowl, but because the Superbowl is a sporting event and my brain shuts off at the phrase "sporting event" somewhere around "spor—", I kind of didn't really pay it any attention until the hotel check-in person said "wow, lot of people out there for the parade, huh?" and I said "oh, there's a parade today? For what?" and then I was actually asked to leave the United States of America immediately for unpatriotic conduct and also my husband texted me and asked for a divorce. 

(Whatever. Talk to me when there's a parade for the Oscars. Oh wait, there is! It's Live From the Red Carpet on E! and I have the time and date of it written down in my planner. Look, I'm sorry, we all have our passions. Yours might be football but mine is marveling at what a good job that boob tape is doing at holding everything in.) 

I am going to finish this now because I have one-quarter of The Goldfinch left to read—I have been dragging it out for an entire month because I never want to not be reading it—and also a pack of Skittles to get through. In bed. In this quiet room. Bolstered by the magnificent knowledge that when I turn off the light and drift into sleep tonight, no-one is going to wake me up three hours later and demand to eat. Small pleasures, friends. You can't even imagine. 

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Laura M George
Jun 30, 2014
Your glasses are by far my most favourite thing!!!! xx

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Nis
Apr 29, 2014
I just wanted to say...I miss your writing. I completely understand and support your choice to step back from here...my little one just turned two, and I know that sometimes, something has to disappear to make room for how much bigger your life has gotten. But I wanted you to know that your voice is missed!

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Pam
Apr 27, 2014
(knock knock knock) Holly? (knock knock knock) Holly? (knock knock knock) Holly? Seriously, just hoping you're okay!

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Amber Kristine
Apr 27, 2014
Aw. I love Seattle oh so much. Probably because I grew up there, huh? :) It's my home, and I'll take the crazy weather. What a view that must be!

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Apr 18, 2014
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Angie R.
Apr 16, 2014
I check your blog about once a week too...just in the hopes that you have posted again! I have never commented but I have been following your blog since you were in your early pregnancy, (I was also pregnant) and it was so enjoyable to follow along with your life (not in a creepy way!) hope you decide to come back to blogging!

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Kym
Apr 15, 2014
Ditto!! Really miss your stories!

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Amanda
Apr 13, 2014
I second that! I stop in about once a week to see if you've added anything new. I hope you are adjusting to life as a working mom, while enjoying your family. We miss you Holly, come back when you're ready!

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Kristen
Apr 11, 2014
I know you're super busy with your adorable baby and important job and life in general, but I so very much miss your blogging. Hope you're doing well!

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Paula
Mar 24, 2014
Seattle is a big city, is one of the next destinations you want to go on vacation :) ebook

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alicia
Feb 16, 2014
Can we still this?

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Stephanie D. Adams
Feb 12, 2014
Can we please talk about The Goldfinch when you're done? Dying to discuss it.

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Megan.PE
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Isn't it interesting how we might think we can deal with a particular climate because we are use to pretty much the same thing where we live? It seems we always go through some sort of shock in the new locale.

 

 

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Camels & Chocolate
Feb 09, 2014
It's actually that cold here in Tennessee, as well--well, to be honest, it's been more like 15 degrees daily, but that's pretty much a rare thing--and was that cold when I was last in Seattle...in NOVEMBER. I thought the PNW was known for its mild weather, or is that just Portland? Anyway, I have been waiting for The Goldfinch to come up on my SF Library account for practically forever, so maybe when you returns your, it will pop up in my e-books ready to be loaned out ;-) For now, I'm reading Bridget Jones, which as an actual Brit you probably eschew entirely as well you should because it's pretty terrible (or, in Brit terms, downright dreadful).

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Kavita
Feb 09, 2014
I know exactly what you mean/feel about The Goldfinch as I'm doing pretty much the same thing with it now.

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Heather
Feb 07, 2014
IT'S NOT EVEN CALLED SEATTLE GRACE ANYMORE! ;)

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Ivy T
Feb 07, 2014
Aww! You're in my neck of the woods. I would've offered to take you out to coffee, if I knew beforehand... in a non-creepy way. Hope you enjoyed the visit to our lovely (albeit currently cold) city.

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Anna K
Feb 07, 2014
Drag it out. As long as you can. A world without Boris and that magic painting and her way with words is one that is a little sadder. (I read it on pre-baby maternity leave and would read it again in a heartbeat if I thought I had a chance in hell of being able to pick it up with one hand whilst breastfeeding at 3am)

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