Thursday, May 29, 2014

Doing the tourist thing in Seattle

California was a real whirlwind of a blast. While we were there we enjoyed a jazz show at Yoshi's and lots of wonderful sunshine. My mom headed back to Seattle with us and so we spent several days together, as this was her first time up here. So I did what any Seattleite would do...I took her to Pike Place Market and then the Chihuly Glass Garden at Seattle Center.

The flower bouquets at the Pike Place market have always been so lovely...I should take one home one day and do a painting.

Mom loved those nuts and I did too... I wonder if she at them all by now..haha.

One of the interesting things about Seattle is the monorail. It simply goes from the Westlake shopping center to the Seattle Center, which means it shuttles the tourists around. However, I've always enjoyed seeing this thing coast by through the streets and so finally took a ride on it with Ian and mom.

The Chihuly Glass Gardens are quite lovely and probably a good part of your visit to Seattle. But it holds some political history here in the city, that the planners tore down a playground and built this instead. I think however it was still a lovely sight to see.

You can look forward to another post about my mom's visit to Seattle. For now I'll update you all about school and sorts.

This quarter seems to have been not as powerful as previous ones. Sure I'm in a "Social Justice" course and that has been very enlightening. However, I haven't enjoyed that the student led "discussions" can go on forever and the teacher led instruction occurs briefly. I'm conflicted on what I paid for...was it to be taught by my peers or the instructor who gets the paycheck from my pocketbook...? Otherwise it is still a good class and lots of good life lessons are being learned.

Then comes the Grammar course and the midterm that sent me in a bit of a spiral. It wasn't that I was upset I didn't get an A on it, what got me was that I just stumbled over so many questions. I like knowing the answer or at least figuring out a way to sound like I know. The grammar on this midterm was kind of complex though and I think I wasn't ready for it. On the other hand, this course has been really helpful letting me know better about grammar and developing a grammar "voice" of my own.

With all that said, this quarter ends in about 2.5 weeks. I have a presentation and take home exam to do before it's all said and done. Then one week off and then it's off to summer quarter, which is more intense. I really need to slow myself down more, enjoy life and especially that I have time off. Can I do that? Hope so...

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