I am in Bellevue, WA right now, laying on the bed in a lovely little room in the quiet apartment of Sylvia. I am here because Silvia is part of the regionally famous Bellevue Art and Craft Fair. So I am staying with Sylvia while working for Silvia.
The story: this is the first major venture across the border for Silvia Dotto Designs, and after weeks of figuring out (or still trying) of NAFTA and customs and forms and stuff, we loaded the van yesterday, and drove out of Vancouver this afternoon on our way to the SOUTH. A phone call half way there from our border broker telling us there was some problem with the paper work, questions, etc. Not what we needed to hear. Okay, we have to wait another hour for the info to process through the system, then go. And in the end, we made it through the border with less stress than I could have hoped for. Arriving at the border according to the broker’s schedule, then we were ordered around for inspection… quietly sitting on a bench in customs, watching the officer making phone calls and computer checking… only to be asked to show our “banner stand”- that one mysterious, unidentifiable item shining out from our Customs invoice. I retrieved the black metal pole from our van and they were much satisfied that it posed no threat to the USA and it’s harmonious operations of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and so we were on our way…
Ahhh, and now after making our way through the rather not-congested (suprisingly) streets of Seattle, and a lovely meal at a hole in the wall Thai restaurant where Silvia and I stuffed our starving faces on all sorts of goodies, NOW I lay here in a fab bed waiting sleep…
But before I drift off to much deserved sleep, I must share the best part of the day: A suprise- my birthday gift from Silvia! And let me just say it folks: It is sheer joy manifest in a paisley print. Oh those European designers, I can’t stop touching it, opening, closing, lifting the handle, folding it shut, OH just imagining loaves of bread and decadent cheeses, a bottle of wine, perhaps, tucked nicely in this German femininity. Oh the delight!! (thank you Silvia- I LOVE it!)
Anyway, that is all for tonight.
g’night dedicated reader (all 3 of you!)
Opps: Duane, I love ya! I’ll get you linked here as soon as I get home and Dustin shows me how to do that… New York looks awesome, looking forward to hearing about the Rockies, too. Glad you are finally taking a break.