Well, if anyone’s still reading this, here are few updates!

The wedding went really well!  My only regret was that I wasn’t able to get to all the tables and say hi to everyone.  But I hope everyone had a great time and that you enjoyed yourselves!  I know sometimes being at a wedding where you don’t know anyone can be a bit awkward or boring, so thanks anyways if that happened to ya!

The day after the wedding we opened the colossal mountain of gifts that everyone gave us!  Thank you cards are indeed coming, I promise!  I know they are long overdue, and for that I apologize.  They are coming!

We spent our honeymoon up in Leavenworth.  They had the Christmas decorations up already and it was starting to snow.  Our little Bed and Breakfast was so quaint!  It was a perfect and relaxing getaway after all the hubub of wedding plans and moving.

After that we started unpacking and settling in with reckless abandon.  We’re still working on finding a place for everything, but that’s just a matter of time and diligence.  Most of the rooms are definitely habitable.

And then it was time for holidays!  My goodness!  We spent Thanksgiving and Christmas shuffling between both our families, and I think we did pretty well!  Didn’t leave much room for friends, though, sadly, so I’m sorry about that, particularly missing Stacy and Brittany.  I’ll definitely make that up to you!

This just in: We got our pictures as well!  I’ll be posting most of them up on Facebook, and probably just as many on this blog —- in a bit.  I’m still taking Christmas decorations down and writing thank you cards and and and aaaahhh.  But those are coming as well.

We spent New Year’s Even by ourselves.  It was kind of nice to have a break to ourselves while Kyle was still on vacation.  And then after that there was Kyle’s work party.  I got to meet his co workers and the company! Very nice people, every one of them!

So now it’s time to take down Christmas decorations, continue unpacking and organizing, write thank you cards, post pictures, and start getting involved in this community.  That last part is proving a bit difficult. See, if I go back to teaching before we’ve got everything unpacked, then we’ll NEVER obtain full use of the dining room and upstairs room (currently where all the packed-up boxes are) and that’s just not acceptable to me.  So that has to be put off for awhile.

That, and there’s the Seattle Freeze.  It’s not that people are rude and cold towards you.  On the contrary, people are polite, kind, and courteous everywhere I go.  The problem is that there’s a reservedness there.  A bit of a distance, as in, ‘well, I doubt I’ll ever see you again, so I’m only going as far as small talk.”  I can understand that, say from the check-out stand lady or the waitress at the diner or even the teller at the bank. (Although my old bank tellers in Yakima knew me by name!)  But from your neighbors, whom you see every other day?  Or your local pastor and your fellow church goers?   That kinda made me feel weird.  I know it takes time to get involved and to meet people, especially in a church as large as St. Louise, but I still can’t shake the feeling of not belonging.  And we’ve been going for several weeks.

On the other hand, I’ve met some very kind people.  At Crossroads, the guy at Uncle’s was very welcoming and invited Kyle and me for game nights every Saturday there.  And there was a nice retired Kindergarten teacher that I met at Crossroads who gave me some pointers on playing Chess.  The Dry-Cleaning lady and Justin at 24 Hour fitness remember my name, but I think that’s because they’re trying to sell me something, so I only give them half credit.  So who knows.  I guess I just need to go out there and get involved in my interests again, but there’s something holding me back and I just don’t know what it is, despite my efforts to put my finger on it.

That, and this general fear.  A lot of people I have met and talked to, it’s like… I don’t know Seattle culture yet.  I’ve only been here for a few months.  I hope I don’t say anything stupid.  I hope I don’t say or do anything that makes you think my background and origins are weird or beneath you, because the way you’re talking now makes me think you know absolutely nothing about the East side of your state but you think you do when you really don’t!   I guess I’m just realizing how vastly different east and west Washington are.  And maybe I’m trying too hard to fit in.  It isn’t like college where they give you orientation and a campus map and a few pamphlets of clubs and groups based on your interests and you meet people everywhere because you have at least 3 things in common with everyone in a 2 mile radius.

Oh well.  I guess I’ll figure it out eventually.   And I have Kyle around, which is nice. In the meantime, I still have this apartment to organize and clean, thank you cards to write, and pictures to post. All in good time.