Our New School

Old school parking lot.

Like a thief in the night, my daughter’s Russian school moved.  We knew a move was coming, but except for a street name, the new location was not revealed.  Then over the weekend, the director of the school sent an email with the new address effective that Monday

People were still going to the old location. More

Gloominess on a Sunny Day

Today was a beautiful sunny day in what is normally a dreary period in the Pacific Northwest.  My 5 y.o. daughter didn’t see it that way initially.  Maybe because she wasn’t tall enough to see out the window.

“I’m tired of getting dressed.  I’m just so sick of everything,” she said in the bathroom this morning as I was getting myself ready.

“The day hasn’t started yet.  What are you so angry about?”

“Why do you say good morning?” More

Displays of Affection I’m Proud to Share

My mother sent me this link from The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, to which she is a donator.  They take elephants from zoos and circuses and try to rehabilitate them in a more natural (and humane, or, in every positive sense, animal-ane) environment.  In this video, Sissy, the new elephant, is introduced to Minnie, Debbie, and Ronnie over a fence line.  Look how lovingly they interact with one other.  This beautiful video of elephants interacting with one another deeply touched me.

A Good Day

It was a good day today.  A very good day.

My almost 5 year old daughter met my mother for the first time last Saturday.  Today, she visited her house and met my step-father.  She behaved well, even though she was up since 6 am, and my parents and my husband and daughter enjoyed each other’s company.  After being “alone” for five years raising our daughter, it feels good to have another person help us on this journey.  Now, we can be like most other “normal” families. More

Review of Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room

Bean Hoppers at the Starbucks Reserve Tasting Room in Seattle, WA.
Bean Hoppers at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle, WA.

A few weeks ago my friend and I visited the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting room in downtown Seattle.  Opened in December 2014, it was Starbuck’s first foray into retail sales of small batches of coffee from around world.  I had put it on my list of places to visit, but with the house-buying/renovation/child-rearing, it fell to the back burner.  When a friend recently suggested we meet for brunch, I suggested we meet there.  Hence, my review.  I was not compensated for this post.  Starbucks probably couldn’t care less about me or my review.  No one knew I was coming.  (Except my friend of course.)

The 15,000 square feet “Reserve,”  whose logo is an “R” with a star above it,  is a place where you can taste “rare and exotic” coffees, as former CEO  and current executive chairman of Starbucks Howard Schultz explains in this promotional video.  As in the video, the place looks more like a bar than a coffee lounge.  If you want the feel of a bar but don’t want to be around alcohol, this is your place. More