Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Firsts and Lasts

This is Mike's last week on the job. He resigned a couple of weeks ago. He's super excited about this transition and it's been a long time coming. Four years of commuting from Seattle to Everett and 10-12 hour work days will soon be a distant memory.

Mike will spend a week enjoying unemployment and then the plan is for him to apply at a bunch of temporary staffing companies. He doesn't want to sign up for anything permanent at this point. He wants to temp for a while and check out a bunch of different types of jobs before he commits to anything. He's really quite excited about this new direction and he's really looking forward to a deserved sabbatical.

Desi has her first physical therapy appointment today for the right shoulder that she injured back on Jan 4 while snowboarding in Utah. She finally went to see a doctor last week and the orthopedist diagnosed an inflamed rotator cuff. The doctor said that this injury makes him think Desi's had prior shoulder injuries. Unfortunately, she hasn't. What that means neither of us really knows. Maybe Desi will be prone to shoulder injuries from now on? Something she should ask her doctor in 2 months at the follow-up.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Democracy In Action

We caucused today. We've never done that before. It was pretty amazing because the turnout was so huge. It was also fun participating in democracy out in the open, rather than behind a curtain or through absentee ballot. We saw a lot of people reconnecting, probably neighbors that hadn't seen each other in years.

The line to get into the elementary school was super long but we only saw one person turn around. She was alone with two small children, so we can imagine getting there was a trial in itself but actually standing in a long line while trying to maintain two kids by yourself would probably be too daunting a task to tackle on a Saturday afternoon. We wouldn't have even attempted it.
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