Vacation’s Over!

Fun while it lasted. My brother and sister in law, along with their teenage daughter, visited this past week from the East Coast. That explains my absence from the blog — I was too busy simply having fun! Their visit reminded me of why we live in the great Pacific Northwest. Yes, they were here for our hot weather — the 95 and 96 degree days. That meant we were out on Puget Sound, trying to cool off on the water. Another day, we headed to Woodinville for some wine tasting at the many tasting rooms that have sprung up in the past couple of years. From Novelty Hill and Januik, to Chateau Ste. Michelle, to Brian Carter Cellars — we tasted Washington reds and whites, and found some well-priced, tasty wines. Getting back to Seattle took a little extra navigating, since President Obama and his motorcade were in town — and you all know what that does to traffic.

U-district to Uwajimaya. We did the aunt and niece pedicures, visited the UW bookstore (one of my mother in law’s favorite spots), as well as Uwajimaya, 10,000 Villages, and countless stops in between. There’s Snoqualmie Falls, Pike Place Market, shopping downtown — you know the drill. But the variety of places to take visitors is amazing.

Time to catch up. More importantly, it gave us time to catch up with relatives that we don’t often get to see, given we live on opposite sides of the country. Their last visit here was 6 years ago (with only one quick trip in between). We had some great family barbecues, dinner at the mother in law’s, and a nice night out at a local restaurant.

Working anyway. One thing I’ve learned about being in business for yourself — you’re never really off the clock. That meant a few days work even with company in town. There are always emails to answer, the occasional fire to put out, classes to prepare and teach — the list goes on and on. Truth be told — I love it. But I enjoyed my short break while it lasted!

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