Monday, October 1, 2012

Settling in

My dear friends

So we changed everything at the beginning of this month and we are getting to the end of it

How has it all been

On the whole pretty good

There is all the stuff and hassle that starting over brings.

But it was expected

The new will become routine.

I am very busy at work settling into a new culture and a new way of doing things and a really really fast pace
For instance its not uncommon to check your phone and find a 100 new emails in your inbox:-) and 19 new meeting notices !!

They do some lovely things as well - this year the employees are trying to raise 100 million dollars for charity ( and the company matches it !!!)

For instance the second week I am here - we are given the day off to spend a day at the home for elderly and disabled

I am a fortune teller and use flash cards to tell rather imaginative fortunes

Its a lovely day

To be with people who have so much pain in their life and who still soldier on - many of them so cheerfully really fills your heart

On my birthday, I am in my office till 8.30 - buts its still a wonderful one , since DH comes to the office with some flowers and candy.

And we still go to dinner for Pizza and Gelato

DH is very very busy as well with getting mortgage etc all done for buying a new house

The new house( which we will move into in October end )  is quite lovely and has all the things we need

  1. Place for sensory Therapy Room
  2. Close to a park
  3. Close to my office ( just 3 miles )
  4. Close to R's school
We are trying to minimize all the irritations that commuting brings to life

R is doing quite well - he likes his new ST and OT and his new ABA therapist( though of course we miss our older therapist team like an ache )

I miss my office as well and I have made a little shrine to it in my office here

While we miss our small southern town so much, there are so many lovely things here
For instance , super kind people

Since we are in downtown , we often have a chance to go to festivals - and R is obsessed with Face paintings and balloons

OMG people go out of their way to be nice and accommodating when I say to them that he has Autism
R is doing quite well

He is till more tantrummy and weepy sometimes so we know that his inner world is a little unsettled

But despite it , he is also blossoming

I notice him noticing other kids

Here another kid is trying to get my attention . Since R is a jealous cat , its no surprise that he tries to get me away from the child
But what IS surprising that he tries to get my attention by doing what the other kid did

The weather is glorious almost every single day and we spend so much time outside in the Downtown park

Seeing the sky - There is a lovely light in the Pacific North West

Watching the moon come up

Watching the ducks
I think the beauty of this place is so therapeautic, that each day I feel all the stress of all the changes fading away

For what is more constant than the forests and the lakes

And the  mountains ( can you see Rainier in the background)
"A cloud moved close.. a tree swayed over water and a voice said .. stay"
Thomas Roethke


Deb said...

Thanks for the update! So glad to hear you are settling in well. We spent a week in Seattle once and it is a beautiful area! I wish you all the best as you continue to get acclimated to your new world!

Þorgerður said...

Lovely to hear you that you are settling in nicely :)

Lizbeth said...

I'm glad you are settling in. When we moved three years ago it was so rough for our kids. Alex will still talk of North Dakota and he remembers things fondly. Just give your little one time, he'll come round in his own way. I'm so happy to see he is doing well. That makes me smile.


ggop said...

Wonderful city..I wish I could visit again. I'm so glad you are settling in. I love to see your updates, both positive and negative.

robin said...

I was wondering about you and hoping the transition was going well! Can't wait to see the new place! Glad R is adapting nicely!

Yuji said...

So nice to hear that you all are settling in and having some nice times. That R is adjusting so well has to be a wonderful feeling. I think you are right about the beauty of the place being therapeutic... I know you will love it there once you really settle in.

Looking for Blue Sky said...

As ever I love your photos and really admire how you have settled into your new life - and working so hard on top of everything else! It looks beautiful and lad that R is doing well x

Chuck said...

So glad for the update and that this transition is good. You are in my other favorite part of the country and I hope it is a blessing :)

lisa said...

So glad to see your update and the wonderful photos. I am so honored to call you my friend and so miss talking to you, but love to catch up through your posts. Let's still plan on a January skype call, maybe with all the SmartChicks and Dudes!

Anonymous said...

This really made me smile. So glad R is doing well with all the changes. Glad you can find moments to enjoy the beauty of your new home.

Bright Side of Life said...

Hi there, I always enjoy reading your posts. It sounds like that you have made a really good move. How wonderful that the company you work for gives time to elderly and disabled people. Have a happy week. x

Anonymous said...

I have been thinking of you! I am happy to hear that you are all doing well in spite of all the changes! I hope that continues! R is getting so big!!

Stories Untold said...

So nice to see you settling down, R doing well is great news. Thanks for being the eyes with which we will get to experience the beauty that is Seattle.

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