Archive for the 'seattle' Category

19
Jun
12

randomness.

It’s been so long since I posted. And I’d really like to post a thoughtful and meaningful entry. But frankly, I’m just too tired to put that much thought into a post right now.  Instead, a laundry list of randomness will have to do.

– Jolie started rolling over last week. It was SO exciting and sad at the same time. It was sad because I missed it – I was working. Of course, she’s rolled over 100 times since then, but I missed the first one. My brain kept telling me “Don’t overreact. It’s not a big deal. There are going to be a million ‘firsts’. Don’t sweat it.” Unfortunately, my heart didn’t agree. I found myself crying at my desk. Absolutely pathetic. At least nobody saw me!

– I continue to be annoyed daily by the idiots of the world. I would be so much happier if we could eliminate cigarette litterers, cops on segways, low-rider cars, traffic and bumper stickers.
Sleep training is going ok. The “cry-it-out” part is getting easier and shorter. But she’s still pretty inconsistent with her sleeping. Last night was a good night, but the night before was a very bad night.
– I LOVE living on Alki. I think it’s one of the most awesome neighborhoods in Seattle. LOVE IT!
– We had a lovely father’s day on Sunday. We had some friends over for brunch and then had the rest of the day to relax. It was perfect!
– Derek, my mom and Kristen sat me down the other day and had an “intervention” for me. For my shoulder. They are worried that I’m not doing my physical therapy and that it’s not getting better and won’t get better. It was all very dramatic and over the top. The truth is that I’m exhausted and the physical therapy takes an hour each night. But, I know that they are right and that I do need to make more of an effort. I’m only hurting myself. In fact, I need to wrap this up so I can get to it.
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22
May
12

signature-collecting, petition-signing, do-gooders.

I don’t mean to sound antisocial or like a hermit but I am getting really tired of the signature-collecting, petition-signing, do-gooders of the world. You know the ones I’m talking about. The people who loiter on the downtown sidewalks and pounce on you the second you accidentally make eye contact and then insist you sign their petition. First of all, has it ever occurred to you that I am on my lunch break and you are wasting precious time? Second of all, if I want to support your cause, I would. On my own terms. In my own way. Last of all, is this really effective? I can’t imagine that you’re getting very many signatures. Nobody ever stops. Can’t you find a more productive way to support your cause?

Last night someone knocked on our door trying to solicit us.I consider this 100% more offensive than the street solicitors. I’m not sure what this man even wanted because we didn’t let him explain. How dare you come to my home and interrupt my precious time with my family (who I already don’t see enough) and try to sell me something or sign something. Go away.  Has ANYONE ever let you into their home to discuss your cause or product? I doubt it. How is it even legal? I think that there should be a do-not-solicit list like there is for telemarketing. Plus, I’m can’t help but think that this guy was probably scoping out our hose so that he can break-in later. Ha! Joke’s on him.

27
Sep
11

ewww.

This is SO gross to me. I hope you aren’t eating at any of the RED flagged places!

18
Sep
11

my first rodeo.

This weekend, we went to the mobile food rodeo and it was pretty awesome!  15 of Seattle’s favorite food trucks (plus a few from Portland), all grouped together in one location! YUMMY and CONVENIENT? Yes please! I do have to say that the event was poorly organized, but once I got past that part and focused on the food, I had a great time! I think BigFood wins my vote for the best truck (although we only tried 3 or 4 trucks…we got full). Rumor has it that West Seattle will be hosting a similar event in a few weeks – the mobile chowdown. I’m looking forward to trying Marination and Skillet (Marination wasn’t at the rodeo and Skillet ran out of food 2 hours into the event – really lame). Anyways, if you’re curious about the mobile food truck craze, you should check it out!

06
Sep
11

alaska cruise.

As you know, I go to Alaska a lot. I’d say I’ve spent a decent amount of time in Alaska. So when Derek told me he wanted to go on an Alaska cruise, I was a tad hesitant. I spend so much time in Alaska, and I just wasn’t sure it would feel like a vacation. BUT, I rarely go to southeast Alaska (I spend most of my time in the interior) and have never cruised Alaska. So, I agreed.

It was AMAZING and it far exceeded my expectations. Honest Abe. Calling all Seattleites, if you’re looking for a scenic, beautiful, relaxing, easy vacation, you really should consider a roundtrip Seattle Alaska cruise. No joke, at 11am we were in our house, and by 1pm we were admiring Seattle from our stateroom balcony. It’s unlike any cruise I’ve ever done before – VERY DIFFERENT from a warm weather cruise. In fact, Derek said it was his favorite cruise ever (and he’s been on 5 or 6 cruises). I won’t bore you with all the details but I do have a few tips:

1) I know it’s impossible to predict, but PRAY for nice weather! It makes a big difference in the amount of scenery you’ll see from the ship.

2) For a scenic cruising destination like Alaska, you really need to buck up for the balcony room. You won’t be sorry. Every morning we’d order room service coffee and pastries and sit out on our balcony and enjoy the views. It was amazing. We must have seen 30 whales from our balcony and glaciers galore! Trust me on this one.

3) If possible, choose an itinerary that includes Glacier Bay National Park. There is limited entry into Glacier Bay so not everybody gets to go there.

4) Choose excursions that you couldn’t/wouldn’t do normally. For example, we did a helicopter glacier landing in Skagway and it was one of the coolest things I’ve EVER done. In another port, we went fishing. It was fun, but I’ve been salmon fishing before. For someone else, salmon fishing may be super exotic and a once in a lifetime opportunity. Choose something amazing and spend your money there.

5) Eat in the dining rooms. The buffet is ok, but the dining room is MUCH better. Also, spend the extra money and experience a couple of the specialty restaurants. Yes, I know that you don’t have to, but in my opinion it’s worth it.

Here are a few photos for your viewing pleasure!

22
May
11

three things that bug me…

1)      The volume level on commercials. Why do they increase the volume so much on commercials? It’s so irritating!

2)      Segways. Why don’t people just get electric wheelchairs?

3)      The Mariner’s alternate jersey. It looks so weird.

15
Nov
10

don’t get me wrong…

…it’s pretty awesome. On clear days I have a ½ view of Mt. Rainer that’s pretty spectacular.  I can assess the traffic on both I-5 and Hwy 99 for myself. And a few of the conference rooms have really impressive views. But there are downsides to working on the 26th floor of a very tall building….

  • The elevators can get really backed up and unfortunately it’s not really realistic to walk up/down 26 flights of stairs.
  • You see disturbing things, like last week’s attempted suicide from the courthouse sky-bridge. It was smack-dab outside of my window.
  • When it’s windy, the building sways….ALOT. Like today. And I was extremely nauseous and motion sick. I seriously almost puked.

I’m hoping for a calmer day tomorrow.




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