I Can See Clearly Now and the Rain is Gone But It Will Be Back RE: I Live in the Seattle Area

It seems that everyone who lives within a 500 mile radius of Seattle just says they’re from Seattle to save time. I sort of fall into that category. Our plays, concerts, zoos, museums and company parties are in Seattle but our home is outside the city, a ways outside. We live where things are a bit cheaper and there’s more room to breathe but we still share the same clouds and beautiful green vegetative greenness.

The past couple of weeks we’ve seen much more sunshine than is normal. Cherry trees are blossoming. Stars have even been visible at night. I’ve had to dig out my sunglasses a couple of times and Wanda’s skin sparkles like diamonds when we go outside. It’s her first exposure to sunlight since birth and we’re starting to wonder about her…

As much as I love the sunshine, I’m suspicious of it. Why is it sunny? Is the frost going to kill all the flowers? Are we about to have a major “weather event”? Does this mean it’s going to rain all summer? Perhaps Al Gore is behind this. Whatever happens, I’ll be able to see it clearly because I am the proud owner of a new pair of glasses.

I recently went in to have my eyes checked. It turns out it’s been a few years since I’ve been to the eye doctor and some things have changed, things like clothing styles and my vision.

I went to Lens Crafters, which I am convinced is a vortex not unlike the Bermuda Triangle. When we walk into that store my electronic devices stop working completely and Wanda poops through whatever she’s wearing. We tried this twice in one day and it happened both times.

The doctor asked me to look at some things. Lights blinked. I showed my peripheral vision prowess. Someone blew a puff of air in my pupils. She asked me how often I wore my current glasses. I told her that I wore them if they looked cute with my outfit or if it would benefit me to look studious at the moment. She laughed. I wasn’t kidding.

When she asked me to read the lowest line of clear letters from the eye-doctor-getting-smaller-letter-card-thing, I started to rub my eyes.

“Things are a bit blurry,” I said, “I think I have some sleep in my eyes. Just let me get this, um, sleep out of my eyes and I’ll tell you which line I can read.”

The truth was that it was 11am and I’d been awake for several hours but I could not believe that I could not see the bottom few lines. I could always see all the lines. I kept rubbing the strange goo that seemed to be blocking my vision. The doctor suggested we try out some lenses so she brought out the crazy goo-goo goggles and started in with the, “Which looks better, one or two, and one or two, and now one… or two?”

glassesAfter doing this for a while I found that things suddenly began to look clear, too clear, strangely, freakishly, stop-saving-for-the-HDTV-because-now-the-whole-world’s-HD clear. My vision is not that bad but the glasses really make a difference and I’m shocked at how long I let it go like that, not realizing that I couldn’t see as well as I should be able to.

For the next few days, I walked around lifting the glasses up and dropping them back down and smiling. Dan would say, “Do they still work?” They DO! There are so many things that I’ve discovered are supposed to have crisp edges to them, road signs that are legible way sooner than I thought. Seeing = fun. Hopefully they go with every outfit because as long as I can manage to remember them, I’ll have these babies on a lot.

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18 Responses to I Can See Clearly Now and the Rain is Gone But It Will Be Back RE: I Live in the Seattle Area

  1. terina says:

    we have one more day of this gift. as a sun worshipper myself, i am loving it! and the sunglasses.

    and you know, while i live closer to olympia (as in much much closer) sometimes i still say seattle area too.:)

  2. Charlie says:

    I am wondering if this is the universe conspiring against me??? Did my husband call you???

    I know I need glasses. I admit it. But I am stupid and vain, and don’t want to admit that I am getting older.

    But then I read this post, and I love your blog, and now I’m feeling like I need to go to Lens Crafters…

    Well, if my husband DID call you, I hope you at least got paid! 😉

  3. Emily in IL says:

    I clearly remember getting my first pair of glasses (3rd grade – my vision is a *little* worse than yours!) and realizing that trees had individual LEAVES instead of the blobs of green, brown, orange and red I had originally assumed.

    The frames are really nice, they look very sharp.

  4. Margaret says:

    Um, did you steal half of this post from my drafts folder? I just got my very first pair of glasses, and I’m doing the same things – “oh, that has EDGES?” “you mean people can READ signs that far away?!” and lifting them off my nose and dropping them down again. Yours are DARLING! 🙂

  5. Jess says:

    We blame Al Gore for the weather too! All that snow in DC? It’s because of the Copenhagen climate summit a couple months back. 🙂

  6. grammyelin says:

    You’re looking great, and apparently seeing great too! Isn’t vision grand?

  7. elliespen says:

    Ah, the new glasses lift-drop-and-grin. I know it well. I also love your frames—very stylish.

    Enjoy your sun while it lasts. We got the typical Utah “it feels like May for the first three weeks of February and then the snow comes back overnight” snowstorm over the weekend, so I’m missing my warm sunny weather again.

  8. Mrs Lemon says:

    I have got to make an eye appointment. With each baby my eyes get worse. This time I’m getting contacts (first time after 6 years!) so Gracie doesn’t bend them out of shape like Zach did my current and very expensive frames.

  9. Mother of the Wild Boys says:

    Such a cute picture of you!

  10. Heffalump says:

    I really need to get new glasses. Mine give me a migraine now, so I had to stop wearing them. Hmm…maybe I will follow your good example!

  11. I got my first glasses in the 5th grade. I couldn’t even read the large “E” at the top of the chart.

    We are getting rain here in Ohio today, which is fine with me because you don’t have to shovel rain.

  12. Heather says:

    They look great, too!

  13. Pops says:

    I can identify with the “leaves on trees” thing. Another fun experience was going to church in a strange round building, and realizing that I had always looked in the wrong direction – instead of looking at the speaker at the podium, I had been looking at the loudspeakers off to the side of the stage. No wonder my parents thought I was weird.

  14. Aubrey says:

    Your baby is to young to be a vampire…. but just as lovely I am sure. 😉
    I tried my best friends glasses on in high school and found out the world had ‘edge’….. It was a whole new world and I loved it, still do. Welcome to the club.

  15. Hahaha getting your first glasses does that to you. The boyfriend recently got his (and I got an upgraded pair) and we have fun “looking” at things.

    Now about Wanda’s sparkling skin….Just watch out for some Volturi people or something . 🙂

  16. Heather says:

    I wish I had 20/20 vision..alas I don’t and never will. I found a FAB deal that helps the sting not hurt so much!! Zennioptical.com I got a “normal” pair of glasses a few months ago…and just ordered some perscription sun glasses yesterday. Normal glasses 12.95 (that includes SHIPPING) Sun glasses were around 20ish (again w/ shipping included). FYI!!

  17. Nicki says:

    “Perhaps Al Gore is behind this.” Got a loud one outta me with that one!!! A laugh I mean…

  18. Suncadia Dad says:

    I have worn glasses since I was 3 years old so I look weird in the mirror when I *don’t* have mine on. Great line from Grey’s Anatomy, one of the characters described getting glasses at a young age and said something like”Oh now I get trees..they have leaves!!”

    My old boss loves glasses b/c it is just another way/reason to “accessorize”

    Yours look sharp!

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