Coming into the office this morning, the Sine Die Countdown Clock shows 4 days left. It can't come soon enough. The weather for the past four days has been spectacular, making it all that more difficult to go to work. The Capitol (or as we've taken to calling it, the "Marble Mausoleum"), is warm and stuffy, and the Senate and House are deep in budget negotiations so the pace is slow. My colleagues and I spend an inordinate amount of time talking with each other, sitting on the marble steps, or walking around the rotunda. I even wondered to myself that if I walked around the rotunda one more time in that warm stuffy air if I'd turn into butter like the tiger in the Sambo story.
I was glad to be able to escape a bit the last two nights after things wrapped up and go for a couple of rides to clear my head. It was so warm last night I was able to ride in a sleeveless t-shirt! I forgot how good that feels -- the sun on my bare arms and the wind blowing on me. Even as late as 7pm the bank sign thermometer in the small town of Yelm showed 72 degrees. It has been crystal clear -- and while my friends and colleagues with allergies have been sneezing a bit, I've enjoyed the smell of the spring air, especially while riding. Today the weather is cloudy and rain is likely -- it's cooler as well. It will make these final four days go a bit better I hope. But I'll share two pictures I took last night on my ride of Mt. Rainier near Yelm (off the appropriately named "Mountain View Road"), and the Capitol above the lake on my way home. Its sights like this and days like the last four that remind me why I live here.