We’re moving to Seattle soon after we get back to WA. We’ll be leaving the dessert and trading sunshine and tumbleweeds in for drizzle and trees.
John will start a postdoctoral fellowship at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. This is one of the top 10 places to do a postdoc in the world, so while we would very much like to get back to TX, this was not something to turn down. The best way I’ve come up with to describe a postdoc is it’s kind of like the academic version of a medical residency. The postdoc will be for 2-4 years, and then he will move on to something a little more permanent.
Seattle will be a new adventure for us. John is done with his Ph.D., so we will be able to get out and explore the city and area. There are 3 national parks in driving distance, and we are looking forward to getting back to Vancouver, B.C. We had a great time there 2 years ago.
John was able to drive over to Seattle on one of his trips back to WA while Baby Boy and I stayed in TX. He scouted the area and looked at a few apartments. I’ve had a Skype tour of our new apartment, and it looks promising. It’s smaller than our current apartment, but as long as there are no awful surprises, it should be very cozy. I am excited that it’s on the 5th floor. (Yes, there is an elevator.) About a third of our current apartment is underground. The grass outside is only an inch or two below our windows.
What we did not know about a “garden level” apartment in the desert is that there are spiders. Lots and lots of spiders. Not including the legs, the body of the spider above was about the size of a quarter. I’ll have to share my spider stories in another post. 🙂 I’m very much looking forward to a 5th floor apartment.
I will miss having Costco 1.5 blocks away, a grocery store 1 block away, Target less than 5 minutes away, and no traffic. Well, John had a little work traffic, but I rarely had any when I’d go out and about. What I will miss the most is the walk/run/bike path 20 feet from our front door.