Posts Tagged ‘friends



26
Oct
08

Fun weekend in Seattle

After a fun filled weekend, my gal pals are gone. I miss them already, Seattle seems lonelier without them. We had SO much fun together! Highlights include:

  • Thursday Night: Dinner at the Pink Door to Celebrate Erin P’s birthday. Drinks followed at Kells.
  • Friday Night: A fun filled evening playing board games: specifically True Colors. True Colors is a really great game for people who know each other well – and who don’t get hurt feelers easily. SO MUCH FUN!
  • Saturday Afternoon: Shopped downtown. Lunch at Purple Café.
  • Saturday Night: Sushi and Sake Bombs at Shiku. It was my first time there and it was wonderful. Two thumbs up! Delicious sushi, creative drinks and attentive service! I’ll be back there for sure (although I’m hoping they’ll start taking reservations). After several hours at Shiku, we migrated over to the Ballard Loft.
  • Sunday: Girls left. Football, laundry and pumpkin carving at Stacy and Andre’s house!

I’ll post a few weekend pics soon!

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25
Sep
08

yummers

We had a delicious dinner last night at Stacy and Andre’s – I mean it was REALLY tasty. Derek and I were still talking about it this morning when we woke up. Pork Tenderloin, Risotto with Truffle Oil and Caprese-like Salad. Inspired by “Sunday Nite Dinners”, the four of us have decided to start “Wednesday Nite Dinners” to help get us through the long, rainy Seattle fall/winter. We haven’t decided if we’ll do it every week, or every-other week. I DO know that we’ve got some good meals ahead of us.

28
Jul
08

Isn’t she lovely?

Our good friends Stacy and Andre were married two weeks ago at Hamilton Viewpoint in West Seattle. Click here to see a few photos.

03
Jun
08

viva las vegas

Last weekend we held the Stacy Freedom Fest in Las Vegas – tons of fun! Here are few pics.

08
May
08

questionnaire

Kathryn emailed me this questionnaire. I thought I’d post it – feel free to respond or do it yourself and post as a comment. My responses are below in italics.

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Welcome to the 2008 edition of getting to know your Friends. Change all the answers so they apply to you, and then send this to your friends including the person who sent it to you. The theory is that you will learn a lot of little things about your friends that you might not have known!

The only reason I’m doing this is because I’ve had a crazy work week and I’m totally brain dead. It’s a nice break.

1. What time did you get up this morning? 7:45.
2. Diamonds or pearls? Duh – Diamonds
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Horton Hears a Who (with Sydney)

4. What is your favorite TV show? Brothers and Sisters or Top Chef

5. What do you usually have for breakfast? Coffee and apple

6. What is your middle name? Marie – BORING. Although when I was born it was Lee. By the time my parents got home from the hospital they realized that it was a little strange to be named Kindra Lee Brownlee. So they changed it to Marie.

7. What food do you dislike? Watermelon. It tastes like car sickness.
8. What is your favorite CD at moment? The mixed CD Derek burned for me.

9. What kind of car do you drive? Honda Accord.
10. Favorite sandwich? I’m not a huge sandwich eater. I prefer soup and salad.
11. What characteristic do you despise? There are so many – it’s hard to pick one. I guess Ignorance.
12. Favorite item of clothing? I have no clue – I hate all my clothes.

13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Greece.

14. Favorite brand of clothing? Who cares.
15. Where would you retire to? Wow, I have no idea about a location. Somewhere near my family, in a home that has a big kitchen for entertaining, a large deck or patio for morning coffee or evening drinks, and a nice yard. Oh, and a big bathtub!

16. What was your most recent memorable birthday? My last birthday I was in Vegas with my USD girls. Miss you guys!

17. Favorite sport to watch? Football – although I like going to baseball games when it’s sunny.
18. Furthest place you are sending this? San Diego.

19. Person you expect to send it back first? NO clue.
20. Your shoe size? 7 or 7.5

21. When is your birthday? November 30
22. Are you a morning person or a night person? I’m a day person. I can be a little grumpy in the mornings and I don’t stay up all that late anymore.

24. Pets? Nope. I don’t think I would be a good pet owner. I like people.

25. Any new and exciting news you’d like to share with us? Derek moved in!

26. What did you want to be when you were little? I wanted to be a news anchor (Katie Couric) all the way up through high school. When I got into college I realized that was a stupid idea.
27. How are you today? Pretty good! It’s been a rough week – but I’m feeling much better today.
28. What is your favorite candy? Gummies.

29. What is your favorite flower? I don’t think I have one. I like the big bouquets at Pike Place Market – fresh, colorful and many varieties.

30. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to? I have so much to look forward to this summer: Stacy’s Wedding, Stacy Bachelorette Party, Brad’s wedding at Lake Las Vegas, Camping, Backpacking and hopefully some time up at the lake house.

32. What is your full name? Kindra Marie Brownlee
33. What are you listening to right now? My coworker Dave talking on the phone to a media rep.

34. What was the last thing you ate? I’m too embarrassed to tell. Ok fine. Tater Tots.
35. Do you wish on stars? Absolutely. I also make wishes when all the digits on a clock are the same number – for example 11:11. I start wishing like crazy – but if it changes to 11:12 in the middle of wishing it doesn’t come true. So you can’t get too greedy – I get greedy a lot. That’s probably why I still haven’t won Mega Millions. Although, I’m positive I will win someday.
36. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Is this the standard 8 pack of crayons? Or the fancy 54 pack? If it’s standard I suppose I’d pick red.
37. How is the weather right now? Overcast.
38. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Derek.
39. Favorite soft drink? Diet Coke – although I don’t drink it very often. When I was a kid, I loved grape soda.
40. What is your favorite restaurant? OMG – I can’t answer this question. Way too hard.
41. Hair color? Blonde/Brown.
42. What was your favorite toy as a child? I had toys, but I’m not sure I ever played with them. I can’t picture it.
43. Summer or winter? SUMMER
44. Hugs or kisses? Depends on who they are from. But I would say hugs as a general rule. There are exceptions (Derek).

45. Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla.
46. Coffee or tea? Both.
47. Do you want your friends to email you back? Yes, I do.
48. When was the last time you cried? I’m not even kidding; I was watching Saved by the Bell this morning as I was getting ready for work. It was the episode where Zack has knee surgery and he’s scared and Lisa Turtle comforts him. It made me tear up. She was so sweet.
49. What is under your bed? Three of those plastic storage containers. I bought them the other day to make room for Derek. My apartment is about 650 square feet – it’s a tight fit.
50. What did you do last night? Sat in 520 traffic on my way home from Microsoft and then relaxed all evening.
51. What are you afraid of? Friend and family dying.
52. Salty or sweet? Salty.
53. How many keys on your key ring? Probably 6.
54. How many years at your current job? 10 months.
55. Favorite day of the week? Friday.
56. How many towns have you lived in? 6
57. Do you make friends easily? I think so. I’m easy to get along with.

58. How many people will you send this to? I don’t know.
59. How many will respond? Depends on who is busy at work right now.

20
Feb
08

work friends

Let’s be honest.  Work is work.  Sometimes the work is exciting and fulfilling. And sometimes the work is boring and mundane.  But at the end of the day, it’s still work.  You wouldn’t be there 8+ hours a day for free.

But, since you have to be there for the majority of your day, shouldn’t you like your team? This evening, I had drinks with a couple work friends and it reminded me of how much I like the people I work with. Talk about a group of smart, capable and REALLY witty people – love them. Work friends are so important – they keep us sane. They play a different role than “outside” friends. In fact, sometimes you see your work friends more than your “outside” friends. Work friends understand the company dynamics and individual personalities. They provide an outlet for venting. A reason to laugh. And an excuse to take a break.  For me, it’s the people that make work enjoyable – hearing their stories, living their drama and celebrating their successes.  Even though today was an especially hectic work day, I feel lucky because I work with such fabulous people.

10
Feb
08

change

Change is a weird thing. I’m sure everyone can relate to this. Perhaps it’s your brother, daughter or childhood friend.  A loved one who chose a life path that shocked you. The path you least expected. They “changed”.  

I recently met up with a friend who has morphed into a woman that I could have never predicted.  She has changed. Certainly not in a bad way – just different from what I expected. After our meeting I started wondering, how could she change so much? Is she betraying herself?

When I see her, I feel like nothing has changed. Same easy laugh. Same sparkling eyes. And the same warm heart. We slip into our familiar banter easily as if no time has passed at all. As if we were still best friends.  But in reality, a lot has changed for us both. We live very different lives.  She has chosen a path that feels foreign and extreme to me.  And conversely, I’m sure my life seems unfulfilling and slightly trivial to her. Despite that, we remain friends. We can still relate to one another.  We have changed and yet we are still the same. 

After much thought, I’ve come to the conclusion that she hasn’t “changed”. Life isn’t black and white – there is a lot of gray mixed in there. This lifestyle and these beliefs have always been a part of her. But until recently she was suppressing them and hadn’t made room for them. She had allowed other facets of her personality to reign over her.  She hasn’t changed; she is just allowing a different part of her to shine through.

I’ve decided that it’s possible to “change” without denying or betraying oneself, because it’s not really changing. Rather it’s allowing different ideals, goals, and personality traits come forward and develop. People are complex. We each harbor our own conflicting beliefs, inconsistent personality traits and mismatched priorities. As we move through life, different versions of ourselves emerge – some of these versions are predictable and some of them are unexpected.

*A special note to “my friend”: I know you read my blog and I’m sure you’ve deduced that you inspired this entry. I hope I didn’t offend you in any way – I hold you in the highest regard and value our friendship.  I’m so happy for you and I trust that you have chosen the right path for yourself.




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