28 January 2008


My mom has a way of finding unique gifts. This year she gave us a puzzle of our new house. It brought me hours of entertainment. I enjoy puzzles, but this one was different. It did not come with a picture on the front of the box. Instead, I had to use my knowledge of Tacoma to put it together. When I started, I had no idea how big of an area the puzzle covered so putting together the edges was tricky. One I figured out Commencement Bay (lower right corner), Brown's Point (upper right corner) and Point Defiance (upper left corner) I felt oriented.
I also knew that our house was designated by a house-shaped piece in the middle of the puzzle.
I forget how close we live to the water. I need to visit it more often.

I felt very successful and satisfied when I completed it and now I don't want to take it apart.

While I worked on the puzzle in January, I was longing for winter. So much so that Cyrus and I took a spontaneous trip to Leavenworth for 24 hours of 0 degree temperatures and snowshoeing. I had stopped hoping for snow this season since the past few times it has been predicted left nothing on the ground. This morning, I found reason to hope again! We woke up to a winter wonderland - Tacoma style. Plus, no school for me and 2-hour late start for Cyrus! I love being a teacher on snow days. A friend of mine loves them because they are guilt free - you can't do anything but stay home and play.
It snowed all morning, and then the sun came out. It will all be gone soon...

I wish it looked like this all winter


The Eyes said...

i'm not supposed to be blogging yet but what the heck, we have to celebrate this snow!!! I was so happy to see it and so sad to see it go! I'm glad you had the day off, isn't that sort of ridiculous for us real snow folk? take what you can i guess! let's hope for more tomorrow!

Lauren Miller said...

Abbie- can we do that puzzle together sometime soon, with wine and brie and mason jennings? But you would have to take it a part.