For the long weekend, we decided to go check out the beach! That is what everyone does in October, right? We made our way up north to Martinique Beach Provincial Park which is only a 45 minute drive north of Dartmouth and just hung out on the beach for the morning. It is not the first time we have taken Holly to the beach, but every time we go she can walk a little better so she gets more and more keen on exploring. Can’t wait until next summer when we can go swimming at the beach with Holly!
Sorry for the lack of updates recently but we have had a very busy couple of months! Jasmine wasn’t happy with her job so she found a new one – with a twist. It is a marine robotics job located in Nova Scotia. So a couple of weeks ago, we finished all of our preparations and moved to Canada!
We have a bit of a backlog of posts, some moving related, some crafting before we put all of our belongings into a box. I plead tiredness, but the posts will begin anew soon!
A couple of weeks ago, we went to the Seattle Aquarium with some friends and now we are finally posting about it! I’m not saying that kids are distracting and take time, I’m just saying.
TL;DR The aquarium was a little small, but cool and fun nevertheless. The only downside was that it is surprisingly hard to take pictures in the aquarium that turn out at all with the weird lighting, thick glass, and fast motion. Mostly, I blame the index of refraction.
I think that the highlights were probably the otters for me, as they are very cute and entertaining to watch. It was more of a generally cool place with some neat underwater viewing like a huge dome and some giant tanks. We would probably go back at some point in the future, but are not in a rush.
After being overtaken by events during the past couple of weeks, we are back into the blogging and going to try to catch up on the missed posts. First up from the way back machine of about two weeks ago:
Neither Jasmine nor I had ever gone to a convention before so we decided to change that up and bought tickets to the PAX West in Seattle. For those of you not in the know, PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) is a large (~80k people) Video and Board game exposition where you can check out all the new games and meet the creators and others who like the same games. As we are both fans of gaming, we thought we should at least check it out.
As it turns out, Jasmine wasn’t able to make it but, one ferry ride later,I went and checked it out. As it turns out, very large conventions are not my jam. It was, as would be expected, full of really cool games, and everyone I interacted with was nice and happy to be there, but the operative words are “full of”. With that amount of people in that small of a space, I don’t think I could really enjoy myself. So, overall, I would say worth trying, but not for me.
Seattle has been having its snow of the century and since Snowmaggedon and Snowpocalyse seem a bit overplayed to me, we have coined it the Seattle Blizzagnarak. It is sort of funny because at about 12-18 inches of snow over the last week, it is kind off a nothing event by the standards of the mid west and Northeast, but the city shuts down as we just don’t have the infrastructure.
That being said, it has been a blast for us as we both miss the snow. It is both easy to walk around as we are now within walking distance of a number of major streets which are plowed and some of the restaurants and cafes have stayed open. So we just get to work from home and wander around in the snow, which is great fun.
One of the things that drew us to West Seattle was the proximity to the water. After living within walking distance or a short bike to the Bay, Ocean, or Harbor for over a decade, living in Renton was a bit of a bummer – especially in the summer. So I figured if this first new house post was just a couple pictures of our local beach, that would be for the best.
Sorry for the recent delay in posts here. Life has caught up with us in the form of work-based rockets and aircraft. In recompense, below are some pictures of the aforementioned rockets and aircraft.
It’s springtime for apples and Renton – and winter for blackberry and moss. Musical allusions aside, it is finally springtime at the house and I have pictures of flowers from our yard to prove it! It is very interesting at the change of any season as we live on the top of a reasonable hill and work at sea level between the Sound and Lake Washington. This means spring is two weeks earlier at work than it is at home.
But now we have crazy blooms of pear and plum, as well as some of the perennial flowers. And buds on all of the trees. So we are both happy about the extra colour and promise of very fresh fruit at the expense of some extra work.
We decided to do things a bit differently this week and went and did something exciting everyday during the week. Some relaxing may be necessary during this weekend.
The two most exciting things we did were hockey and a gaming night. Jasmine and I had talked about going to the local triple A hockey team – The Thunderbirds! It was quite fun, but there is a large difference between the NHL and Western Hockey League in terms of player quality. But still fun.
Second was that we did a fancy pants gaming night at the Columbia Tower in Seattle. We have done it a couple of times before, but Jasmine and I like having some food, friends, and gaming, so we will certainly do it again.
On a rainy day, we decided to do a day in Seattle and checked out The Chihuly Garden and Glass. It is a bit of a weird museum / art gallery dedicated to artisanal glass blowing in the Seattle Center area. On the whole, it is a very small art gallery with only ~10 exhibits… but they are all beautiful. Blown glass is not something I would have thought of as art rather than craft, but it works well.
I think the key part of the Garden and Glass is the lighting inside of the gallery. They did a fantastic job lighting everything with a sharp light that really made the glass stand out.
In the garden area, there was also a exhibition with live glass blowing which is always fun to watch.
So, all in all, it is a small gallery with some very unique pieces that is worth checking out if you like blown glass at all.