Japanese Gardens


This is the Japanese Garden’s Koi Pond at Manito Park. Manito Park is an very old park, created in the early 1900s. It was designed by the Olmsted Brothers, sons of Fredrick Olmsted sr., who designed Central Park and a park at the Chicago World’s fair in the early 1900’s.

I’ve been really missing Santa Cruz lately. I keep thinking about how we used to go for walks to the beach and then I realize how far away from the beach I am and my heart aches. It literally aches. I miss it.

I also miss the camaraderie I had at SCU. It seems that as soon as I started there I felt comfortable with the people I worked with. I made fast friends with them and we could laugh. I don’t really have that here. The people I work with are wonderful, don’t get me wrong. But I don’t have the same kind of connection that I had at SCU.

The people in Spokane are different. They are friendly..But it feels different here. I don’t know how to explain it. So I guess I will stop trying.

Dishman Hills

Travel and Other Adventures

We found a hiking spot I didn’t even know existed…and it’s right in town. Dishman Hills. It’s a county park so parking is free. This would be a fantastic place for Raf to go on his weekend run. One of our little rituals in Santa Cruz on the weekend was I would take Raf for a run at UCSC and sit in the car and knit or read while he ran. I really looked forward to this time alone because it was in the Rewood forest and so pretty. There were always familes of deer wandering around me. I miss it. But this might be a good new place. There is a really nice grassy park area where I could go plant myself under a tree and relax while he is running.

Yesterday when we hiked it was 100 degrees. I thought I was going to pass out. I ran out of water and it sucked. This heat sucks!

I could have put more effort in the composition of this photo but I was sitting on a bench, resting. What you see here is Spokane Valley.



Oh. My. God. This job is keeping me sooo busy. The only time I have left to read blogs anymore is after I get home from work, since I don’t have my own work computer and I can’t do this on the shared computers in the Public Services Workroom. If I could, I don’t think I would even have time since I am running around the library either on desk duty or working on my children’s librarianish stuff. Plus, I am going to need to read more. I need to catch up on YA reading. My boss said that when she started out her goal was to read 5 YA books a week. I don’t know if I will be able to do that, but I clearly need to hit the books.

So I guess more of my time is going to be spent off blog…I guess. I hope I can post about newsy items, but things are a lot different here then the were at SCU.

I guess what I am trying to say is that I apologize if my blogging is not so frequent right now. Hopefully, when I get more in tune with my new life, I will be able to get back into the grove of things.

This is good for me, though. I need this discipline in my life right now.

Dragonflies and first days

Life, Photography

Took this picture of a little dragon fly while at Skookum lake (I love the way that’s spelled…) the other day. pretty, eh?

Today was my first day at work! It was great! a little overwhelming, but really great. I think I’m going to like it a lot. I love the people that I met today. All very nice. A bit quiet, but library types tend to be that way. Hell, I tend to be that way, too 🙂 .

One quircky little thing is that I have my own cubicle space but not my own computer. I share with the other reference staff in the reference workroom. I’m not really sure if this is good or bad. Definately no personal computing at work for me. I don’t think I will have the time, anyway, because I think this job will be busy. Which is good. I like busy. But I’m not sure how this is going to affect my blogging. Probably not as much of it, or more posts like this one. We’ll have to see. I might bring my laptop to work and just use it, as I will be working in two different branches. I might even invest in an ibook or something…

I love working downtown. It’s close to where I live so I could walk if I wanted to. There is a gigantic hill on the walk back, but, nevertheless. A built in “buns of steel” workout perhaps? 😆