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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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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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
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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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