Thursday, October 15, 2009


Sean and I were married nine years ago today. It is hard for me to believe it - the years have gone by in a blink. I am lucky to have found my perfect partner and one true love so early in life and to have been able to spend so many happy years with him. Thank you, Love, for making our life together such an amazing adventure.

Monday, October 12, 2009

So very many adventures

October is shaping up to be a very busy month. Chili season began officially this past week in the Siem household. It was pretty yummy, if I do say so myself. And I can say it's still pretty yummy after having eaten it almost every day. Last night, I moved a few remaining servings to the freezer for quick go-to meals.

Sean and I saw Richard Dawkins last Thursday when he was at the U promoting his new book, The Greatest Show on Earth. It was so exciting to hear him read passages and answer questions. I had chills! Plus, the turnout was amazing - about 5,000 people. I have heard that this may have been the largest crowd Prof. Dawkins has addressed in North America . Cool - Sean and I were THERE!

Then, on Saturday, an adventure we could have done without: a trip to the Emergency Department after Sean woke up with a swollen, tingly and aching hand. Poor guy. We spent a very long time at the hospital getting him checked out, but it was for the best. The ortho team gave him an immobilization cast that went on in what seemed like a matter of seconds. This team was amazing. As soon as the attending uttered the words "immobilization cast," the residents went into action. The three docs worked like a finely oiled machine. If I had the camera, I would have filmed them in action. Wow.

Today, we are trying to get Sean a follow-up appointment with the hand specialist so I thought I would do a quick blog post while I am waiting for the nurse to call us back. Keep your fingers crossed for a speedy appointment and good news.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Welcome to Fall

Sean and I went to the MOHAI on Saturday for free museum day. I have to say, I was a bit disappointed. The museum had good information about the rich history of Seattle and Puget Sound, but it seemed a bit underfunded. Still, it was a fun outing followed by a late lunch/early dinner.

Fall has definitely arrived in Seattle this week. Since I blogged last, the leaves on the trees have suddenly turned shades of gold and red. The rain has returned and it's definitely Fall rain: colder, steadier with sharper rain drops. It's getting dark early and tonight the sun should be completely in bed by 7 p.m. The air smells wonderful: crisp with pine undertones, rather than the sweetness of summer air.

The turn of the seasons is always an exciting time. I am still hoping to can one more batch of peach butter this weekend and dehydrate some tomatoes. But, I am also planning for recipes with roasted winter squash and other Fall goodies.

Chili season in the Siem family is scheduled to begin this weekend. Sean will be so excited! What are you doing to welcome Fall?