Officially first snow! Or, as far as I’m concerned first snow. It has been lightly snowing for the last 2 hours here, in the outskirts of Seattle where I live.
Not enough to really stick, not to the ground–but it is sticking to the roofs a bit, and to the bushes, trees and plants.
I’m hoping it will stick. But only long enough that I can go introduce Thorin to the snow. It’ll be super cute and I really want some photos of him in the snow. Just because I love kitties and snow. Something magical about it. Plus, his reactions to new things are hilarious and super cute.
But. If it continues to snow overnight…we might get the first “White Christmas” I will have had since I was 17 years old. That would be pretty cool. I’m not going to hold my breath on it. We’ll wait until tomorrow morning and see what Christmas morning brings. In the meantime, welcome snow!∗
This is what we’re dealing with here in Washington. And I’m absolutely dying (exaggeration here) because of it. Okay, so not really. But it does feel like it, considering just how horrid the air quality has been. Really, it’s been kind of like living in some post natural disaster dystopia. The yellow air, the haze…all the smoke in the air–it’s been hard to really deal with it.
I’m on day 3 of a migraine; absolutely disgusting and painful really. Smoke is a major migraine trigger for me, so this has been rather miserable since we got the warnings that the smoke was going to be sticking around. Not to mention, it’s also been rather difficult to breath when it feels like your throat has schmutz in it. And while I know that it’s not as bad here as it is in other areas–I’m still not doing well with it.
So I’m hoping all the best to everyone in BC, that the fires clear up for them quickly. And in turn, when things clear up there, it should clear up for us down here, too.∗
I went, 2 weekends ago, to the MoPOP (formerly EMP) in Seattle & enjoyed a weekend full of nerdy goodness and all sorts of geekery. I’ll admit that I generally do this kind of thing when I’m stressed & need some relaxation and a good time. See, immersing myself in my own nerdy/geeky interests makes me happy, and helps me feel better.
It was a lot of fun, obviously. But it was also kind of nice to bring myself back into those nerd-doms and geek points that have made me happy for so long. There was a lot of Star Trek, Star Wars, LOTR and other fun things for me to see, which is always great fun. Just so I can share the fun of my weekend, here’s a few of my favorite photos.
So the weatherpocalypse didn’t happen.
Luckily (for us) the remnants of the typhoon hit way off shore. Which of course had all the local preppers freaking out and screaming at the National Weather Service for making them “over-prepare”. But really–better to overprepare, rather than underprepare, and then blame the NWS for not giving “enough” warning. Or a severe enough warning. I’m particularly glad that the NWS acted the way they did; as well as our local government officials, all in warning people to be cautious, stock up, and be ready, should the worst happen. I mean, from the beginning no one wanted the worst, but that’s how it goes.
Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.
Which just shows how people view this differently. A bunch of people are upset; but that is just the way it went.
I enjoyed the wind storms on Thursday and Friday though–and got a nice little recharge from spending some time outdoors to watch that. I love good windstorms, especially when I’m in no physical danger at all. Then I also enjoyed the heavy rains on Friday; and on Sunday and today as well. Those weren’t the huge deals that we were worried about, but a good cleansing, heavy rain was nice again.
All in all, not a bad weekend. And I’m just very grateful that things went easier than we were expecting to hit. That’s a good thing for everyone involved.∗
I was just thinking about how where I grew up and have lived for most of my life is a huge impact and influence on how I see things…and how I go about practice.
See, I’m very lucky to grow up in Washington state. I love it here. There’s so many different things, different environments. We’ve got forests, desert, farmland, coast, sweeping mountains, rivers, lakes, sounds and oceans, rainforest…everything you can think of. And it’s all within a maximal 5 hour drive. Not to mention one of the most beautiful mountain-views anywhere (my opinion): Mt. Rainier. That’s my favorite thing. Living in western Washington, it’s great when on clear days we can see the mountain. And sometimes it’s just so impressive looking, because it looks like it’s fake–a graphic pasted onto the blue sky.
That got me thinking into what exactly my home environment has to do with me as a practitioner/polytheist. Continue reading “Regional Ideas”