Last Friday, we continued our birthday surprise, and took Matt out for surprise bowling and pizza. The Garage - the local bowling alley - is an old-fashioned bowling lane, complete with a swanky bar, pool tables and shuffle board. Let's just say we had a blast!
|Karin perfects the granny shot at our surprise bowling trip for Matt's birthday.|
|Caitlin throws a gutterball, but gracefully!|
On Wednesday, I took part in the Homelessness Advocacy through Catholic Housing Services in Olympia. I hopped on the bus by my house at 6:30 so that I could get onto the bus to Olympia by 7. We were advocating for a continuation of services used primarily by the homeless in Washington State. I've never been to a capitol to talk to state representatives before, so it was a really cool experience. Pretty much within the first ten minutes of me being there, I was sent to talk with a representative from King County. It was scary! I just wanted to make sure I would say the right thing, you know?
|Beautiful day in the Capitol.|
I ended up meeting with the representative's aide, and three other people, which was really nice. The three other people knew a lot more about policy and technical things than I did, which was great. I got to tell the daily stories and put the faces behind the fancy words. Sure, I don't know what all of the laws and policies and everything are, but I do know that putting money and effort into these systems matter. And I got to share some of my clients' stories, which is pretty powerful. I even got to tell the story of one resident who passed away recently, so it is pretty amazing that he will get to live on in these lawmakers' policies. I hope it made a difference.
Finally, yesterday I held the annual Black History Month Potluck Celebration at the Wintonia, and whew! It was epic. So much delicious soul food cooked by the residents.
|My coworker and I went shopping for all of the goods - so much food!|
All good things over here on the Seattle front! Keep smilin!