Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Matt got a new job...

...and look what he's going to be working on!

The BMW Oracle trimaran that was built for the first stage of the campaign for the America's Cup (one of the biggest yachting races in the world). Matt is super excited and, crazily, we get to stay in Ancortes. More details to come.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Making a come-back

Here's what we've been up to since July:

-Going to our dear friends' wedding at the end of July: Maria and Peter Olagunju

-Matt getting a job at San Juan Yachts in Anacortes, Washington as a yacht designer.

-Moving into our apartment in the middle of August in downtown Anacortes. Painting over the bright coral walls with "canary grass".

-Exploring our new area: Mount Baker behind us while biking in our new town, Anacortes; hiking in Larabee State Park, between the Skagit Valley and Bellingham; our biking tour of San Juan Island to Roche Harbor.

-Making lots of yummy food. From top to bottom: summer corn chowder, homemade pasta and mom's marinara, honeycomb canneloni (in process and finished, a Jamie Oliver recipe), roasted beets, carrots and potatoes.

-I started teaching again at King's High School, my old stomping grounds, at the end of August, filling in for a former colleague out on medical leave. Four weeks of teaching Senior English turned into seven. The hour-and-a-half commute each way was killer, but it was so great to be with my old King's family again.

-Went "glamping" (glamourous camping in canvas tents with wood floors and queen beds) for our 3rd anniversary September 30th at Lakedale Resort on San Juan Island.

-Went to the Skagit Valley Festival of Farms with our good friends Casey and Carlos (and their super-pug Burlington).

-At the beginning of October Matt unexpectedly lost his job (along with 20 other employees at San Juan Yachts) due to the economy. It's been a confusing month for us, but Matt is considering two job offers in the boat industry right now, both in Washington State. We'll keep you updated.

-Since finishing at King's, I've been writing in full-force. I'm revamping my novel and plan to have 100 solid pages done by Christmas. It feels amazing!

Now that I'm not commuting three hours a day, moving, and/or grading papers late into the night, I plan to be a bit more free to post. Keep an eye out for some book reports from Matt, some design ideas I am toying with (plan to completely re-do our apartment with refurbished furniture) and some intellectual musings from me.