Sunday, January 25, 2009

a left out Dutchman

I felt a little left out yesterday as Esther, Bjorn, Jenny and I went to the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard. Of the four of us, I was the only one without a Nordic heritage. Jenny is from Hans Christian Anderson stock, and could connect with her Danish roots. Bjorn and Jenny treated us to the visit which included a lecture by the author of 'In Cod We Trust.' The museum is very nice, occupying an old school site. The exhibits are a progression of rooms which trace the immigration process, from the poverty of the old country to the opportunity and success of the 'the new world.' I, of course, enjoyed the maritime history of the Vikings. The lecturer told about his adventure of returning to Norway to discover his roots near Trondheim. Bjorn and Jenny also treated us to a delicious lunch downtown at the Icon Grill. We ended the day with a stop to pick up Markus at SPU and supper at Alkai Beach.

Monday, January 19, 2009

A sunny day off

Esther and I took advantage of the sunshine today and drove to Port Townsend. The weather and scenery were gorgeous. The hillside town seems to soak up the winter sun with all of it's southern exposure. I, of course, toured the marinas and boat yards while Esther checked out the shops. A great MLK day. The Obama inauguration is tomorrow and the town was all abuzz.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Hippy New Year

Hippy New Year
Originally uploaded by Southworth Sailor
It has been a busy week of back to school. One of our activities was to make up a lost Christmas party on account of snow closures. We made it up with a 'Hippy New Year' party. Several students did a great job of dressing up for the occasion. Today was the basketball game of teachers vs sixth grade, and tomorrow will be the annual school wide Geography Bee where our class finalists will make a good showing.

Saturday, January 03, 2009


On New Years we had the pleasure of hosting some guests for Norway. Esther's cousin Touren and her husband Fedrick and son Barent are in the states visiting their daughter Anna and family who live in Tacoma. Esther's brothers and families were also here, which made for a very full and merry household. On Wednesday, eight of us went snowboarding at Crystal where we experienced massive powder and snow all day. The ladies stayed home and enjoyed a day of leisure and shopping.