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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Tiera
Feb 06, 2014

It's unseasonably cold for the northwest. I'm a two drive away in Vancouver and I'm freezing! The cherry blossoms should be coming out soon. Looking forward to some signs of spring

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Katie @ Domestiphobia
Feb 06, 2014

***SPOILER ALERT!!!***

McSteamy died. Not really worth watching after that.

:(

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Marcheline
Feb 06, 2014

Hey - stay warm, you! And enjoy your sleepful nights. I haven't gotten any since my cat decided to start practicing his yodeling every morning at 3AM.

I'm wondering about the wisdom of watching a TV series where men's names sound like a new item at the fast food joint with golden arches... just what we need, men who make us feel like crap AND they're fattening!

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Melinda
Feb 06, 2014

I just read The Goldfinch and loved it. Reading the end Ina hotel room would totally add to the experience, I think. You'll have to report on whether that's true. Safe travels!

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margosita
Feb 06, 2014

Fancy beautiful view!

I just started The Goldfinch, and am really looking forward to going to bed early tonight and curling up with it. Your evening sounds (Mc)dreamy.

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Anna-bird
Feb 06, 2014

Right there with you on priorities - my daughter was born two days before the SAG Awards and I got grief from my friends for not still writing up my customary dress-analysis blog post. I'll be on top of it for the Oscars :)

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E's Mommy
Feb 06, 2014

I was outside at the parade yesterday with my kids for 4 hours. It was definitely cold! Although nothing compared to all the below zero temps they've been posting in the midwest. I can't even imagine. My hands went numb about five minutes into school drop off this morning and it was 24 degrees. And Skittles are totally a Seattle Seahawks thing. You celebrated with us without even knowing it!

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Chris G
Feb 06, 2014

Enjoy your little bit of peace and quiet and enjoy the last quarter of your book. You deserve a break after being out in the cold. It is cold here in Indiana and more snow than we have had for at least the last 30 or so years. We don't know where to put it. The drifts are so big outside that I know I put my car there but I can't see it out the big window in the front of my house. I always think its colder with wind or when the sun isn't out. Its out now and beautiful and that makes me feel happier and warmer....Snuggle up with your book and get cozy....I loved getting up to read one of your posts such a treat.

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Jen
Feb 06, 2014

I teach 11th grade, and all of the girls watch Grey's Anatomy. Apparently, if you are sixteen, it is still a big deal.

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Jen
Feb 06, 2014

You're an ad hoc Seattle Seahawks fan, and you don't even know it! Skittles are what star Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch eats for "fuel." He's even struck an endorsement deal with Skittles on the heels of the Superbowl. There was even a reported Skittles shortage last week before the big game.

Stay warm!

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Leigh
Feb 06, 2014

Happy for you. Have a lovely evening and an even more lovely uninterrupted sleep.

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180360
Feb 06, 2014

If you love The Goldfinch, you must read Tartt's earlier book, "The Secret History." It is just as good -- total movie material! I'm admittedly envious of your recent hotel escapes. I would give anything for one night of sleep.

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Amy
Feb 07, 2014

The weather App for my city in Indiana is showing -11°(with a windchill of -25°). I pray for the day where the weather reaches 32°. It's a little redonkulous. Oh the small things in life for sure!

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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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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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Heather
Feb 07, 2014

IT'S NOT EVEN CALLED SEATTLE GRACE ANYMORE! ;)

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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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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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Megan.PE
Feb 11, 2014

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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Feb 11, 2014

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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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Paula
Mar 24, 2014

Seattle is a big city, is one of the next destinations you want to go on vacation :)

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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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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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Kym
Apr 15, 2014

Ditto!! Really miss your stories!

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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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Marcheline
Apr 18, 2014

Uh..... hello? Knock knock! Anyone home? COME BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!!!!!

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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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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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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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Findia Group
Dec 29, 2014

Thanks for sharing!

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