After our time in Alaska at the beginning of our summer, we flew down to Seattle. It’s great that Holly and Ryan live there – we get to impose frequently.
We arrived on Friday the 5th of July and immediately demanded having chicken wings for dinner. But first we had to drop the cats off at a cattery. Many of them were filled but we settled on City Cat. The owner is really nice, was willing to work around our schedule (arriving the day after the 4th and leaving on a Sunday are rough for small businesses), and really seemed to like all of the cats he had there.
Then on Saturday, it just so happened that the Seattle Beer Festival was happening just a 15 minute walk from their place. So we decided to go to that after hearing that Karna and her husband would be there.
There were hundreds of beers to try, it was a beautiful day, we were able to catch up with family and friends… it was a great break from our looming reality.
Brooke picked us up and we went to her parent’s house near Kingston (across Puget Sound from Seattle). They have a wonderful spot on the water where seabirds cruise by, seals bob past, blackberries are abundant and you can just watch the freighters and ferries shuttle back and forth. We spent a day doing some major shopping with Brooke. We did shopping for clothes for all of us – we don’t have enough summer clothes. We filled carts at Costco. Then we took all of our bounty to Brook’s parent’s house and un-packaged things and consolidated items into boxes. Brooke also had been storing the bags that we had shipped from Mongolia, many of which we repacked. We loaded as much as we could into her minivan and the next morning she dropped us off at the ferry.
We then headed toward the airport to pick up Pepper and Holly’s mom. On our way, we went to the customs and immigration office to get our FBI fingerprinting done. That’s another step on our road to adoption. The staff there were super friendly and supportive of our effort to get the fingerprinting done even though we didn’t have a scheduled appointment. The appointment we were to have ended up scheduled for Juneau on the day we were scheduled to leave for India. It did take us about 2 hours to get through the process, but it was actually nice to have an experience with civil servants being so accommodating.
Our freight from Alaska was supposed to arrive on Monday. But we were told the barge was late and it wouldn’t be available until late Wednesday or possibly Thursday. We were coordinating the shipment to Chennai from Seattle with two other families, and unfortunately they had limited flexibility on their dates. We bumped our loading to Thursday which wasn’t good for me because I had a flight at noon to Boston scheduled for taking a certification test. One of the other families that we were shipping with had tickets to a 1 PM Mariner’s game for their anniversary. So I asked for the container to be delivered between 9 and 10. That way I could help with the heavy and big items. By 10:15 I had to head to the airport. The container didn’t arrive until after 2. Poor Pepper!
To top things off, there wasn’t a ramp. So Pepper, Brooke, Hannah and her friend loaded everyone’s stuff into the container. If we ever do this again…
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