Thursday, January 22, 2015


Yes, I am in Dublin, and I am keeping up with the Seahawks.

I don't think you could say I "watched" the game; what I did was stare at my iPhone app waiting for updates. For the first twenty minutes, anyway; after the Seahawks embarrassed themselves so handily in the first quarter, I got discouraged and went to writing, checking my phone every so often. They came back in the third quarter, still behind, but at that point, I decided my app was moving too slowly and started relying on Facebook. And then, lo and behold, there came the hair-pulling-out-frustrating last minute and a half of the regular game, which ended with a tie, and then overtime, which ended with a Seahawks victory over the Packers! They are going to the Superbowl!

Against the Patriots...

Oh, by the way, unless I'm posting about friends, my birthday, the Seahawks, or something else American, I'll mainly be posting on my travel blog.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Christmas Wrap-Up

Maybe the title is a bad pun, but whatever.

I was extremely blessed to have a Christmas with my grandparents and my aunt and uncle. It was especially fun because I got to show my uncle all the inside jokes in Graystone - he hadn't seen them yet.

Christmas gifts were fabulous, too, but my all-hands-down favorite is a t-shirt that says: "Some of my best friends are fictional." My second favorite is the lovely coat my Mom gave me, which I am wearing right now (in the SeaTac International Airport ... on the way to Europe.)

What else ... what else... what else...

I had the great joy of going to Zoo Lights with Caleb, Selah, Kelsey, and Patrick, and getting DQ afterwards. Two days ago Selah and I went to BWW (Buffalo Wild Wings) and experimented with new sauces and menu options.

I just heard an announcement for an Alaska Air flight to Bozeman (Montana.) Depending on where I go to grad school, I might be on a flight like that someday. But for now, it's off to Italy!

For now, I'm signing off. The next time I post will be from Europe!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Why Seattle is Awesome in Just One Photo!

Oh, Seattle... :) 


Thanks to the Seattle Storm for posting their reponse to the Seattle Sounders FC response to the Seattle Seahawks response to the Seattle Mariners:

Here are the tweets:

Now all that's missing is a 12th Man bus going to Arizona. (Not that it matters, because I'll be in Ireland... but it would be cool on TV!)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Loving being home!

Today I went to the mall, mostly because I needed to get my hair cut (and it looks wonderful, I think) but while I was waiting for rush hour to be over, I wandered around JCPenny. They had a whole collection of Frozen t-shirts... and I didn't get any. I'm kind of kicking myself for that now, but maybe I'll find one under the Christmas tree. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014


Wednesday morning began  with the miserable experience of saying farewell to Liz. She went home to California for Christmas. I won't see her in person until next fall (although she promised to Skype with story ideas!)

Then yesterday afternoon, Faith left. She lives in Illinois. The apartment was so very empty without them there, and all I had to do was pack.

Then this morning, Sarah came to get my stuff, since she's storing stuff for me until fall. We went to Starbucks on the way to her house, just because. Then I had to say goodbye to her, too, but this time it wasn't a sad goodbye. The next time I see her will be in the British Isles!

Okay, Europe! Here I come!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Finals Begin

Ugh. Words everyone wants to use to start their day.

On the bright side, I get to go home this Sunday. I'll miss my roommates Liz and Faith next spring, though! But I plan to have lots of exciting stories to tell them for next fall.

For anyone else starting finals today, good luck! Keep calm, study hard, and remember that you can do this.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

New Travel Blog

Hey, everyone!

I just created a new blog called Marta's Travel Blog, where I'm going to post all the information about my travels to Europe this spring. If you're at all interested, go take a look! I put in a gadget that should let you put in your email, so you will get notifications when I put up a new post.