Oh, Seattle :-)

Wow, I really need to stop disappearing for months at a time.  But what can I say, I've been busy.  The last time I wrote on here, I was just arriving in Seattle.  It's now...5 months later.  How's it been?  Well, it's been quite a story, but I think I've decided: I will be staying in Seattle for a loooong time :-)

When I first got here, however, it was a bit of a different story.  It was always dark and cloudy.  It was cooler than California by a ton.  I started grad school and didn't know anybody.  My housing situ wasn't the best.  After a few weeks, I was beginning to think I made a serious mistake.  But, as with San Jose, I just told myself these things take time.  I mean, this is the second time I've uprooted myself, left all my friends and changed states; it's not easy.  

However, after living here a couple months, I ABSOLUTELY love it!  And while many people (especially Californians) think I'm crazy, I can't really find much that I dislike.  I think it's because Seattle reminds me a lot of the Midwest, just not with tons of snow and humidity.  That's fine with me :-)  I've come here a few times before this, and loved it each time.

I can now truly say I will be living in Washington for the near future and that I'm probably not heading back to CA.  Of course, I really do miss everyone down in the Bay, and it's still been rough meeting people.  Still, it's only a few hours by plane, so I'll be visiting a lot; heck, I'll be there in 3 weeks :-)

So what's new?  The short version: I'm in grad school, I TA, I'm (still) writing my novel, I'm working on starting a company, I'm starting a new volunteer group like SVV (yay!), I'm dating, and I'll be starting an internship for 6 months in March...MAN, a lot can happen even over a few short months!

As always, I have a list of things I love about Seattle.  Without further ado, here we go:

  • Meeting Danielle, an awesome girl who doesn't make fun of my awkwardness :-)
  • And Sydnie, the best roomie EVER
  • Snow days
  • "Pop" instead of "soda"
  • Underwater freeways
  • Jimmy Johns
  • Electric busses
  • Feeling like I live in a NW version of SF
  • Gay marriage
  • Bike trails everywhere!
  • Cozy, cool days
  • Coffee shops
  • T smoked salmon guy
  • Yay Ballard!
  • Rainy bike rides
  • UW (Go Huskies!)
  • Roundabouts
  • Ferry rides
  • Farmers markets
  • Driving the viaduct
  • C89.5, dance music 24/7 and no commercials!
  • TAing
  • Seeing Mt. Rainer while walking to the EEB
  • Draw bridges
  • Costco, Starbucks, McCormick, and Amazon
  • Fremont Troll
  • Gasworks Park
  • Viewing downtown from West Seattle
  • Canada
  • Entrepreneurship
  • PDX and VC in under 3 hours
  • "Fish" Philosophy
  • Duck Boats
  • Uwajimaya
  • Locks
  • Lucid Jazz Lounge
  • The "Have a great day" guy by Safeway
  • Riding the SLUT
  • 13 Coins in the middle of night
  • Bubble Tea
  • Snowshoeing
  • Researching
  • Space Needle
  • The Erotic Bakery (still need to go)
  • Food trucks randomly popping up
  • Crisp, clear days
  • Wearing layers
  • 24 hour supermarkets
  • Skateboarders w/ dogs
  • Onebusaway
  • Christmas lights on cranes and radio towers
  • Biking under bridges
  • Seatac runway lights
  • Sunny days
  • Dogs, dogs, dogs!
  • Steep hills
  • Green grass and green beliefs
  • Acting too cool for an umbrella
  • Green Tortoise
  • Bus tunnels
  • Olympic National Park
  • People who can drive
  • Food that's horrible for you
  • Breaking the Seattle Ice
  • Having a Frys
  • Strolling Pike & Pine
  • Randomly meeting people in town
  • Living in a small city with a big city feel
  • Fresh seafood
  • Alaskans
  • Underground Tour
  • Following speed limits
  • Parallel parking
  • Thanksgiving bar hopping
  • Indie music
  • Midwest town with a west coast feel
  • Punks
  • Candycane stop signs
  • Street art at Tubs
  • Houses in the hills
  • The one Polish restaurant
  • Green and muddy trails
Whew!  I think that about does it, and it's not even a year in haha.  It's a great place, and sadly Seattle often keeps me too busy to blog BUT I promise to write an update at some point.

The quarter's almost over and that means the Bay Area is next, followed by my internship.  I can't wait!  I'll see y'all down there and to my readers, stay classy 8-)


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