Sunday, April 21, 2013

Spring happens

At a friend's apartment complex, not mine. Let's make that clear... 

Now that winter has truly left us in the dust, poolside play dates are starting to happen with semi-regularity - either at our apartment, or friends' homes. Given that summer is not even here yet, I can't help but be grateful for the warm days that are beginning to stretch into balmy evenings. Last night, I even kept the windows open overnight. It's the simple things, right?

Most days when J and I chat and compare our days, the weather inevitably comes up. The contrast between spring in Southern California and the Pacific Northwest makes me a little nervous.

Me: So today's been warm. We went [insert: to the park/for ice cream/for a swim]. I'm thinking of grabbing a glass of wine to have on the balcony once the girls are in bed.

J: Today's been fricken wet and grey.

Being from Sydney, I'm no stranger to warm winters and stinking hot summers. However, the unrelenting consistency of it in Los Angeles has 'softened' me even more. I'm also well-versed in grey, wet weather (hello London!) but our time in the UK ended nearly a decade ago. My idea of cold is certainly not what a Seattleite would define as cold.

I'm actually excited about a milder summer (for about two months each year in L.A, it is just too damn hot to do much outside in the afternoons - the lack of decent shade everywhere is a bitch), but the adjustment to the colder, wetter months is going to be... interesting. At least there'll be more snow into the bargain.

My spell in the UK had me wondering if I'm one of those unfortunate souls who experiences SAD (seasonal affective disorder). I'm not being dramatic, it's just that lengthy periods of grey, wet, cold weather don't agree with me. At all. Thankfully, I'm a whole lot older than I was in the UK so I like to think I'm better equipped with the skills needed for combatting the blues - or maybe I'm deluded. We'll see.

For now, I'm making the most of the beautiful weather. I have a morning hike date up Runyon Canyon with a girlfriend next week, which I'm unreasonably excited about. If someone had told me even three years ago that I'd be getting excited about such a thing, I'd have thought they were bonkers.

Anyhow... spring! Love it.


  1. God, it is so beautiful there.

    I'm with you on the weather thing. I think Melbourne and Seattle would probably have much in common. Cooler weather has now kicked in in earnest here after a longer and warmer Summer than we've experience for some time. I'm bracing for my own bout of SAD at some point!

    I would love to go on that hike. Seriously, I get very excited about walking, particularly where there are big hills involved. Enjoy!

    1. Based on the year I lived in Melbourne, I have a feeling the weather there is an improvement on the climes of Seattle! I remember some sizzling heat... but yes, the cold wet drizzly winters aren't much fun, are they? I hope this winter is kind to you :)

      I'm looking forward to the hike. I have two mornings a week (preschool) which are precious and get planned pretty often in advance. My friend works, so I'm glad she can squeeze in a morning hike with me. The bonus is she's done this particular one many times, so she'll know the trail (I find hiking trails here have ambiguous forks where it's tricky to know which way to continue).

  2. Spring is heaven! Does Seattle not enjoy at least some lovely weather during summer?

    Try not to think about winter....that's ages away afterall!


    1. I hear Seattle is LOVELY in summer, so I'm really looking forward to that. The daylight hours are longer, and I remember (from London) how gorgeous the sky still is at 10pm in summer - the two cities are very similar in latitude.

      It's all good! xx