Posts Tagged ‘seattle

27
Sep
11

ewww.

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

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.

12
Apr
10

3 for $25.

Seattle – this is your opportunity to get out and EAT! Beginning Sunday, tons of local restaurants are participating in Seattle Restaurant Week which means they are offering a 3 course dinner for $25. This is your chance to try that new restaurant you’ve been hearing about…your chance to take your lady on a date….your chance to eat, eat, eat!

For more info, click here. FYI – rumor has it that Canlis is already totally booked – so don’t bother calling them.

02
Dec
09

guest blogger: what do you have to share?

I recently came across a study which indicated Seattle ranked #7 out of 273 US cities for online charitable giving in 2008. This made me smile as I love to hear and pass on great things about Seattle. We don’t fare as well in overall, offline generosity/donations, but I prefer to focus on the positive news. This got me thinking about the whole idea of giving and receiving, a timely topic for December. The studies I looked at measured charitable giving in terms of dollars donated to organizations, certainly important and necessary for the many in need right now and something I completely support. The studies didn’t measure the invaluable, individual act of doing. Doing for others may involve money, but more importantly includes the giving of our time, putting thought into it; planning it out, thinking about it, caring. In other words it requires more than writing the check. As a way to offer each other some ideas and share the untold value of an act of kindness, I’m wondering if any of you have a story about a good deed done for you or for someone you know that has stuck with you. Your story may plant an idea that we could do for another person. Think of it as a way to spread the giving. The key may not be the size of the deed, but the amount of care that went into it and the joy it brought to the recipient.

07
Sep
09

stressed.

No wonder I’m so stressed out! It turns out, it’s because I live in Seattle. In a recent Forbes study, Seattle ranked #11 on the most stressed out cities.

29
Jul
09

Ingenuity at its best.

Talk about being resourceful; this cracks me up! According to citizenrain.com, these Tacoma guys created this mobile pool. And the best part is that they used pvc pipe and an air compressor to create jets.  HA! This reminds me of something my step-dad would do.

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27
Jul
09

hot angries.

Tonight, I was planning on posting some nice photos from my trip, sharing a few funny stories and providing updates on the last week. But all of that is going to have to wait because I have a mean case of the hot-angries.

It is SO hot in my west-facing apartment (that gets 12 hours of direct sunlight). I’m sweating. It’s gross. I’m so hot I’ve gotten frustrated unnecessarily at least 6 times and have had to fight back tears twice. Two hours ago I stripped off all my clothes and took a cold shower. I was happy for about 15 minutes, but now I’m hot again. In an effort to get a good night sleep, I’ve put all my pillowcases in the freezer – I actually think it’s brilliant (I’ll let you know how it goes). I really want to open my doors to get a nice cool cross-breeze going…but I made that mistake last night and now not only am I hot…but I’m covered head to toe with mosquito bites. Hot. Swollen. Itchy. Puffy. That’s me.

11
Jun
09

segway scandal.

I don’t normally rant and rave about government, politicians, etc. While I do try to stay informed of the issues, I usually get bored and generally I feel apathetic about all of it.

However, there is nothing that angers me more than Seattle Parking Enforcement riding around on Segways. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? My tax dollars are paying for SEGWAYS for the fat, lazy parking enforcement team?  At $5,000 a piece, I’m livid. The city should be ashamed of this frivolous expense, but instead they brag about. In a recent press release they boast, “Seattle Police Department now operates one of the largest fleet of Segways in the nation for parking enforcement…By being openly mobile, our PEOs on Segways have observed they are easily approached by people and engaged in positive conversations.” Give me a freakin’ break. When is the last time you were happy to see a parking enforcement agent at your car – regardless of how they arrived there. This is a complete outrage!

What happened to bicycles? Or feet? Heaven forbid a parking enforcement officer should have to WALK.  I can’t believe that the city is supporting this crap. I swear, next time I see one I’m going to push it over and run.

Segway

01
Jun
09

enjoy it.

Well everyone, this is what we’ve been waiting for. For months we’ve wilted, whined and waited, and now it’s finally here. Yes, that’s right – the SUN has arrived in Seattle.  Green trees, clean air, sparkling water, blue sky and impressive mountains. On Friday evening I flew home from Alaska and most of the passengers were not from Seattle; I was delighted listening to them talk about my city. I beamed with pride. They were awe-struck with Mt. Rainier, the Cascades, the Olympics, Lake Washington, the Puget Sound, the Peninsulas, and all of the small Islands.  It doesn’t get any better than Seattle in the summer – it’s stunning.

This week, we’ll get to see Seattleites sporting their sunglasses and smiles sans their jackets and umbrellas. Riding bikes, taking walks and drinking on patios late into the evening.  However, I’d like to offer up a word to the wise, enjoy the weather while it lasts. Enjoy every last drop of sunshine because as we all know it could be here today and gone tomorrow.

Here a few night photos Derek took of our striking city!

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26
Apr
09

weekend review.

I had such a great weekend! First of all, I didn’t work on Friday – which is always a great way to start the weekend! I had a kick-ass training session Friday morning. Friday evening I went shopping and out to dinner with my pal Shelby. Saturday, we went on a long bike ride and then out to celebrate Annemarie’s birthday. And today, we drove up to La Conner for the tulip festival. It was beautiful!

Sigh. Good-bye weekend, hello work week.

10
Mar
09

a buyer’s market.

Graduate high school. <check>

Move out. <check>

Graduate college. <check>

Get a job. <check x3>

Meet the man of your dreams. <check>

Get engaged and married. <anxiously waiting>

Buy a house. <eeeek>

For so many years, I was discouraged by the Seattle housing market. Values were increasing like crazy and bidding wars were the norm. There was this sense of urgency to “break into the market”. If you could just get in, then your home value would increase and you’d be able to sell two years later for a decent profit. It was completely outside of my reach.

Fast forward to today. Values are decreasing and many homes are sitting on the market for months. It’s FINALLY a buyer’s market. I obsessively check redfin to monitor prices and new listings. The problem is…that I’m not quite ready for it! I need to save some money first, but I’m scared that I’m going to miss the window. Practical Kindra is telling me to be patient, save my money and wait until I’m absolutely ready. Risk-taker Kindra is telling me that we are “in it to win it” and that the early bird gets the worm. There will never be a perfect time; act now. As you can see, I’ve got a heated internal battle going on inside me!

Drama queen? I think so. Ok, so I’ve overdramatized this a tad, but you get the point. I can’t help but think about these things and I don’t want to miss my opportunity. I work hard and eventually I deserve to own a home. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see. Unfortunately, patience is not my strong suit.

On a side note, typing out that list at the top of the post made me sick to my stomach. Can you say predictable and boring?! Of course, context is everything and I was trying to make a point. I could also write a list of all the fun, amazing and unconventional things I’ve done. Even so, I’m still feeling a little nauseous. I think I’ll go shave my head or take up the cello or something.

21
Dec
08

snow, snow and more snow

Don’t get me wrong, I like to lounge around in my PJs as much as the next girl – but this is getting ridiculous. Admittedly, I am a creature of convenience and all this snow is SERIOUSLY cramping my style.

It would be different if we lived in Colorado and we had snow tires, snow plows and appropriate winter boots. Instead, we have cars playing bumper cars on the highways and buses flying through guard rails. We just aren’t equipped for this. We only have 80 plows and de-icing trucks that are expected to cover the area between Everett and Tacoma, which equates to one snow plow for every 55 lane miles (Minneapolis has 240, one plow for every 20 lane miles; and Denver has 115 for every 33 lane miles).

I’m ready to have my car and freedom back. I have a feeling I won’t be getting my wish anytime soon…

06
Nov
08

tuba man.

If you have ever been to a Seattle sporting event, you have probably walked by Tuba Man. The name pretty much says it all -he was a street musician who unfailingly played the tuba outside the stadiums.  He wore quirky hats and played a wide array of songs. He has been around as long as I can remember and I just found out that he is dead. Apparently he was badly beaten by a gang of teenagers in a robbery and later died from the inflicted head injuries.

I am completely shocked and deeply saddened by this act of violence. It is people like tuba man that make-up the unique and original culture of Seattle. Honestly, I’m not even sure what to say…

This is a sad loss for Seattle – rest in peace tuba man. Seattle will miss you.

tubaman

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!

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.

23
Jul
08

Top Banana

I’d like to share a little hole in the wall produce heaven that Derek and I just discovered. It’s called Top Banana and it’s located in Ballard right off of 15th and 65th. Now, I know many of you have probably been going to Top Banana for years but it is new to us. Top Banana has wonderful fresh and flavorful produce at great prices. Monday night, we bought the following: 5 ears of Corn on the cob, 3 large tomatoes, 1 giant jicama, 1 lime, 1 onion, 1 orange, 1 broccoli floret (is that the right term?), 2 avocados, 3 red bell peppers and ½ lbs of bing cherries . All of this for $18!!! Are you crazy?!? My only suggestion is to use your produce soon after purchasing it (as it’s pretty ripe when you buy it).

Here is what others are saying about Top Banana. My favorite comment is “I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE Top Banana.I mean LOVE.  I would buy Top Banana a big ol’ diamond ring, take it out to Morton’s, and fly off to a romantic trip to Italy if it were possible.” Ha!

30
Jun
08

road rage

I will admit it. I get road anger (although it’s not bad enough to classify it as “rage”). I’m easily aggravated by the traffic. The congestion. The buses. The bicyclists. (Just to clarify, I fully support cyclists – I think that cities and urban planners need to provide better solutions so cars and bikes can safely coexist). I’m frequently frustrated by elderly drivers and absent minded people. FYI – It’s not acceptable to be driving, smoking a cigarette, talking on a cell phone and holding your dog in your lap all at the same time. Really? You really think that’s safe? The point is I understand that driving can be stressful and unpleasant. That being said, I have never, EVER, been so upset that I’ve wanted to get violent. I do not understand that.

Over the weekend, there was a stabbing in my building. Apparently it started as a dispute over who would be the first to exit the parking lot and escalated into a 50 person brawl where a woman was stabbed in the stomach. THAT, is rage. And completely insane.

15
Jun
08

a few of my favorite things

This weekend has been one of the best in awhile – here are a few of the highlights.

The Sun Came Out – Just when I was ready to lose all hope – the sun came out in full force.  It was wonderful and made my weekend.

Cooking for Friends – Sara and Nate came over for dinner on Friday night. This was our first “double date” with them and I’d say it was a success. While I think it’s invaluable for couples to each have their own friends, I also think it’s important to have “couple” friends. Other couples who you have good chemistry with and enjoy being around. The evening consisted of tons of food, several rounds of drinks and many, many stories.

Saturday Morning Laziness – Derek and laid around Saturday morning and basked in the glory of not having any immediate plans. In a world where everyone is overbooked – no plans is a luxury.  We decided breakfast was definitely in order and we invited Derek’s brother Gabe over to join us. Eggs, hash browns and bacon – delish.

Coffee in the Park – After breakfast, the three of us set out to the top of Queen Anne for a coffee at Peet’s and then Derek took us to Marshall Park. I had never been there – it was gorgeous. What a great day to sit out at the park!

Reading in the Sun – On Saturday afternoon when I opened my book, I was 17 pages into it. Now, I’m finished. I sat out on my balcony and read-away most of the weekend. To some of you, this might seem like a waste – but to me, it was perfect. I was reading Atonement by Ian McEwean. I liked it. I didn’t LOVE it, but I liked it.

All in all, I’d say this has been a pretty fantastic weekend. I hope everyone was able to get out and enjoy the sun.

01
May
08

today is a good day because…

  • The sun is out in Seattle.
  • Derek is moving in with me today – hooray!
  • I’m flying to Scottsdale, AZ this evening with my mom and sis for our annual girl’s weekend.
  • My favorite work coffee mug was in the cupboard this morning – someone has been hording it for the last 3 weeks.
07
Apr
08

Flash Pillow Fight – Pike Place Market

This just cracks me up. Every time I hear about these “flash pillow fights”, I can’t help but laugh. First in Ballard, now in Pike Place Market. It’s weird – but funny!




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