We just wrote this whole blog… and then it disappeared, so we’ll try and recreate it..
This year has just gotten away from us! Months are rolling on by.
We rang in the new year with Shantanu and Rita by going out to dinner at a Tom Douglas restaurant. We’ve been here for a few years, but hadn’t checked out one of his many places here in town. We snuck away from our grey gloomy days to visit friends and see some sun in Honolulu over MLK Jr weekend. It was a bit toasty, but it was so nice to be outside in shorts and to get out and do a little hiking. We had a chance to visit part of the Pearl Harbor National Historic Sites. It was also wonderful to see Fayez, Joel, and Matt, folks we hadn’t seen in years. Later in the month, Pooja and Rita went to see Grease, The Musical which wasn’t quite what we had expected, but was still a fun night out.
February was mostly spent prepping for our upcoming trip. We did go down to Olympia to watch Pooja’s good friend Caitlin perform as a viola soloist with the Olympia Symphony. She was amazing! And it was wonderful to see her family as well. Another fun thing we are trying to do this year is to take cooking lessons from Rita so that we can expand on the very basic understanding we have of Indian cooking. Our first lesson was in February, and we had a ball cooking up a storm. Turned out to be a delicious meal!
The majority of March was spent in Argentina. Lots of posts and photos about that on the site if you’re interested. Highlights were Iguazu Falls, the Salta Province, and Torres del Paine in Chile. Overall, it was a wonderful trip, but by the end, we were missing Flint and were ready to come home!
Settled back into a routine at home in April. Work was particularly trying for Pooja when she got back, making it a tough transition. Spring has been unusually warm and dry for us, and the blooms came up much earlier than normal. We made our annual trek up to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival which was beautiful as always. The fields weren’t quite as muddy as usual since it hasn’t been as wet. Duke won the National Championship title for men’s basketball which was fun! The last weekend in April, we did a hike to Annette Lake in the Cascades. Still a bit of ice/snow on the trail, but Flint had a great time!
Looking forward to the remainder of spring and more sun and hours of daylight!