My sister's Christmas tree, it has been two years since I was last home for Christmas. Last year I was with friends in Queenstown, New Zealand for Christmas and two years ago I was in Japan and Vietnam for the holidays. Always great to see family at this time of year.
The pictures never do justice to the amazing Cascade Mountain Range. There have been several clear, sunny days in Seattle during my visit, which is a bit of an anomaly.
Both of the pictures above were taken from the Sand Point Country Club near my brother's house in north Seattle.
I had a nice panini sandwich, The Firehouse (turkey, cheddar cheese, jalapeno, roasted red pepper, chipolte, cajun seasoning, mayo with a side of ranch dressing) at Van Gogh Coffeehouse, a local coffee place in the Wedgewood area of Seattle.
On New Year's Day I went with my brother's family to the new attraction downtown at the wharf, Seattle Great Wheel.
Grady, Addie, Quinn, and Kellen enjoyed the ferris wheel.
The Space Needle is visiable between two buildings.
A ferry on its way to Vashon Island.
Grady on the carousel at the wharf.
Quinn rides on.
Kellen in Uncle Pat's Christmas gift-Superman pajamas.
Last weekend I moved to a new apartment 7 minutes from Ebisu station in Shibuya-ku. This is the view from my balcony--very urban. But there is room for a couple of chairs and table on the balcony. The picture below is the front side of the building, my apartment in on the 8th floor.
Inside the apartment, it's a one room plus kitchen 43 square meters (13 square metters bigger than the last place).
You can see that he kitchen has a space saving washing machine under the burner. Shower and toilet in separate rooms on the left.
In the main room a new dresser and new desk/chair set. On the left is a big closet and flat screen TV to the right.
Here's the right side of the room with lamp, reading chair, and double bed.