Lilifer Behrends and Timothy Hogg, Mount Rainier National Park, September, 2006 Posted by Picasa

Finally the opportunity to upload some pictures of our recent adventures. The weather in Seattle has cleared enough for us to take some time out of the normal city life and see what Washington State has to offer. Mount Rainier National Park, a place I spent an entire summer at 13 years ago has hardly changed. The beautiful and historic Paradise Inn was under construction (much needed), so we headed up Panaramic Point for some breathtaking views of the mountain and its surroundings.
Here is a shot of me, Timothy Hogg, a dozen years later, still searching… Posted by Picasa

The arrival

Things are starting to take shape, but the growing pains are showing, ever so slightly.
On friday, I managed to make it to the airport and pick Lili up–her bags didn’t make it with her, but they did arrive with her in Philly–which meant simply that the Americans lost her bag–no big shocker there.
We spent the better part of the last five days basically domesticating ourselves and seeing where things lead–and I am happy to report that things are going fairly well. I am broke as hell right now as I have just purchased a new automobile and the down payment and the insurance went through at the same time–but at least they are paid for and I can now move on to the next stages of collecting other bills and paying off the old ones– a lot of work ahead.
Things are going to be slightly complicated as I have a lot of little projects that I need to get started on and try as much as I can to keep Lili occupied while she is here–but all of these things seem like they will all resolve themselves in time.

The China story is being worked on- and it will be moved to a new blog location in the next week–this is where notes of the book are going to be turned into the long form for you, my dedicated readers….
If there are any left after my long hiatus.
Anyway, thats about all for now. Pics will come soon, I promise.

110th Street (just tryin to survive)

It has been a two week hiatus since my last entry, which was a copy of a newstory. Sorry about that– I guess the last two weeks have been more than slightly crazy as I have been working a lot and don’t have the time or energy write anything on the blog after working on computers throughout the day.
I have moved into the new place, a nice apartment on 85th and Greenwood, which is a decent part of the city–still some color left in the neighbourhood and lots of things are very close to the apartment–lots of nice restaurants, grocery stores and even (gasp!) a Fred Meyer!
Lili has also arrived in Seattle–she arrived here on Friday, the 15th of September. So this is our third day together and she is sound asleep on the floor in the living room–the jet lag has finally caught up with her and it leaves me enough time to do a little writing and be focused for the time being.
This past weekend was a little crazy with the WSU football team coming in to town– WSU vs. Baylor–and I am happy to say that we did win and I did not go to the game. WIth the new Lili in tow, I thought it might be a better idea to go out and enjoy the city, instead of going to a game and getting wasted beyond belief–there is always Apple Cup for that kind of thing….!

and YES, for those of you that are wandering, I am going to start working on the China stuff soon–a couple more weeks and the weather will be shitty once again and the time will be here to begin to write about my experiences writing once again.

For now, here are some pictures to see.. 🙂