Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Life in Seattle

Sometimes when I wake up in the morning, I want to sing out because I am so happy. I am close to everything.

On Monday I went to 24 Hour Fitness to use the elliptical for 60 minutes, then I used my exercise bike for 60 minutes, and I walked back and forth to work for 50 minutes. Pretty good. Yesterday I used the elliptical for 60 minutes, did 30 minutes on the exercise bike, and walked back and forth to work. I am trying to establish this as a routine to build endurance. I must add weight training, walking around Green Lake, and hydrofit in the pool. I want to start roller skating again. I'm looking at these great quad roller skates online that are around $350. First, I need to see if I can still stand up and go to a roller skating rink. I haven't skated in years. Guess I will have to pad up.

I have a telemarketing job with the Seattle Times. It's part-time. I really like it. Every call is a challenge. It is like all the cold calls I have made as a volunteer for political candidates for years, only with these cold calls, I get paid. Pretty good.

Shen Yun

Last night I went to Shen Yun with my son and daughter in law. Shen Yun is the story of China shown through the performing arts. The synchronized dance was enchanting and mesmerizing and I was in awe of the athletic display of the dancers who made it appear effortless. I loved the playful moments with the orchestra.

I didn't know that gymnastics originated from classical Chinese dance, nor did I know about Falun Dafa, the Chinese faith that believes in truth, tolerance, and compassion.

I also learned about an amazing preschool in Redmond for children ages 2 through 6 with a curriculum of "geography, culture, science, math, language, phonic, practical life, sensorial, music, dance, art, spelling, reading, botany, zoology, and Chinese." Now that is a preschool worthy of my granddaughter, Anna. I'm impressed. Scribbles Montessori at 22506 NE 102nd Place in Redmond. 425-868-0530.

Moments of Shen Yun brought me back to my visit to China in the early 90's with my husband. Les wanted to walk on the Great Wall, so we did and toured several cities.

This is why I moved to Seattle--to go to events like this. I moved to be in the midst of civilization to see the ballet, enjoy the symphony, visit the art museum, science museum, and the zoo. I came to see Broadway plays and live theater.

Seeing Shen Yun made me happy inside and it will stay with me for a long time. The arts fill your soul and nourish your spirit. It is essential and life giving.

Shen Yun Preforming Arts
McCaw Hall at Seattle Center
February 7-8, 2012