Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Maine Update

At Christmas, Matt and I made the decision to pursue a year in Maine. Matt found a school in Kennebunkport with a one-year small yacht and sailboat design program. Based on conversations with some Seattle boat designers, it seems to be the best fit for Matt to pursue this career path with his engineering background.

At the beginning of May, Matt and I ventured to the East Coast to scout out the school and places to live. I also had a couple job interviews at local high schools.

We stayed at the 200-year-old Kennebunk Inn, checked out Federal Jacks (the local pub), went to the sweeping beach, and saw the Bush (as in George) compound on the North side of town. My interviews seemed to go well, but we won't know anything for a while. We took a day and drove down to Boston as well. After so much rural and small town scenery, it was nice for this city girl to see that a big city is only a little over an hour away.

After our time there, we're pretty sure that this is the next step for us, but, realistically, it's going to be hard. Kennebunk is a small town with a mainly retirement age population and hard winters. It feels fairly isolated and lonely. Matt's school will consume about 80 hours a week for him and the deadlines are tough to meet. I think a job that I can really pour my heart into will be pretty necessary to keep my heart alive, but I'm aware that the solitude could also help me with my writing. Still so many details to fall into place.

Meanwhile, we're packing up our beloved Queen Anne apartment to camp out at my parents' house in Kirkland before we take off in August. I'm looking forward to school getting out and enjoying a long summer in Seattle with the people we love. We'll keep this posted with our adventures.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Back Blog 6: Maine

So, we went to Maine for a scouting trip. More details soon about our move there this August. For now, photos:

Kennebunk Beach

The view from Cape Porpoise, lobster boats in the bay

Back Blog 5: Matt's 26th Birthday

So much fun! On the day of Matt's birthday, we explored Seattle's new Olympic Sculpture Park, saw the Bodies Exhibit, and had lunch at Pike's Place Market. Of course, such a special event called for another crab feast, which Ella thoroughly enjoyed.

Back Blog 4: Vernal Equinox

Bet you didn't know, but on the Vernal and Autumnal Equinox (that's the first day of spring or fall), you can stand an egg upright. I suppose it means that the earth is perfectly balance in its relationship to the sun. It's good fun to attempt it, but you have to do it right within minutes of the exact time.

Two eggs

The first one

***This is just to say, I was told a seemingly verifiable fact: This can be done any day of the year. Gravity is always straight down. Always. Hmmm. I still think my eggs look cool.***

Back Blog 3: St. Patty's Day

Being that we're Irish, Matt mostly, we decided to throw an Irish dinner party. We took a cooking class together at Sur La Table (highly recommend it) and recreated our own meal on March 17.


Irish Soda Bread (Spotted Dog)

Shepherd's Pie

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Chocolate Orange Guiness Cake

Matt cooking the Guiness cake and enjoying a little red wine

Ingredients for Shepherd's Pie

Our table settings

Ashley, Andrew, Matt, Jay, Jenn and Ainsley, sporting their pinch deflecting colors
The meal and a glass of cider

Back Blog 2: Joey's 26th Birthday

Yay for birthdays! I had my party February 23 at Black Bottle, a swanky Belltown "gastrotavern"? Whatever. It was yummy, I wore a grown up party dress and a lot of my best friends came. Also, Armstrong wore a party hat, just for me (no help at all from any humans, I swear).

Jessica and I

Ashley (preggers!) and I

Heather and Matt

Armstrong, apparently a shriner