During this year we have:
Found an apartment
Been to a Husky game and even got our photo with Dubs, the UW Husky mascot.
Made new friends
and had visits from old friends
Visited a volcano
Viewed all sorts of wildlife and spotted lots of rainbows
Drank a lot of coffee
and have been more to fests, parades, dog parks, happy hours, and farmers markets in one year than in our entire lifetimes.
I have become a teacher and a glassblower (although not a glassblowing teacher) and been admitted to the Washington State bar. And I've kept up with this blog somewhat successfully!
I'm reminded of an article that I read which asked, when does someone become a real "New Yorker"? Is it when they've lived in the city for a certain number of years? And, if so, how many - 1? 5? 10? Is there a signature event, like being mugged or acting nonchalantly in front of a celebrity? Or some other status like having your own hot dog cart guy?
We have our own fish guy, that has to count for something!
And our own favorite graffiti artist!
Once in a while, things pop in to my head that make me have what I think of as "a real Seattle moment." A couple of weekends ago, I was in the car with Karissa and Heather when one of them said, "You should have seen it this morning. It was so cloudy, it was beautiful." And the other responded, "Oh yeah, I saw it, it was great." Is that Seattleite enough - admiring the cloudiness?
Whether or not we're official Sounders now, we've enjoyed our first year in Seattle and are looking forward to year two!