Posts Tagged ‘summer

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.

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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22
Jul
08

busy summer

Lately, it feels like every time I post, I’m apologizing for not posting often enough. Like I previously mentioned, our summers are jam packed with fun! It is a little disappointing to me that I haven’t made more time for blogging, because I really do enjoy it. I will try harder.

Last week I took my first business trip at my new job – we went to Alaska. It was very beautiful and I’m so grateful for a job that allows me the opportunity to travel to such spectacular places. My weekend included: picking up Derek’s new truck (she’s a beaut!); rehearsal dinner for Stacy and Andre’s wedding; Stacy and Andre’s wedding; and a Sunday spent in Magnolia Park BBQing and playing Bocce Ball.

While in Alaska, I flew in a tiny little plane into the deepest part of Denali National Park…Kantishna. It was breathtaking – below are a few photos.

Kantishna Air Taxi

Kantishna Air Taxi

There I am!

There I am!

Denali National Park from the air!

Denali National Park from the air!

More of Denali!

More of Denali!

13
Apr
08

the ruthless gardener

The weather this weekend inspired me to purchase and plant my summer produce. Last year, I grew tomatoes and basil. This year, I decided to step it up a notch. I’ll be growing:

  • Tomatoes (5 varieties)
  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Chives
  • Bush cucumbers
  • Red Bell Peppers
  • Anaheim chili
  • Walla Walla Sweet Onions
  • Strawberries (2 varieties)

For those of you who have seen my patio, you are probably thinking that I went overboard. I think you may be right!

13
Jan
08

blame it on the rain

I have been particularly affected by the winter gloom lately. Last week was miserable. It was rainy, cold, windy and dark. Puddles, drizzle, sweaters and red noses followed me everywhere. On top of this, Derek returned to school and I’ve been feeling incredibly lonesome for him.  Double whammy.

Every year I fall into the same trap. I expect winter to be over after the holidays.  It’s a trick.  For those of you who are familiar with Seattle weather, you know that this will last well into April. It’s not the rain that bothers me; it’s the lack of sunlight.  Between the short days and the constant cloud cover, Seattleites can go weeks without seeing the sun.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Pacific Northwest and I’m fully aware that all of this rain feeds the lush, fresh, clean city that I adore.  So, I understand it’s for a good cause.  And in the end, it all works out because Seattle has beautiful summers. Do you think we would appreciate them as much if we didn’t endure nine months of gloom and gray? If we didn’t EARN them?

But I digress, back to this week. The weather and darkness really had me down in the dumps.  I wanted to cave-out in my apartment, curled up with a blanket all week (which is fine to do occasionally, but probably not advisable for four months). Just when I had given up all hope, Seattle redeemed herself.  Today (Sunday) was so gorgeous. The sky was blue, the sun was bright, and the air was crisp.  Finally!

My advice for getting through the rest of the winter: 1) Appreciate and make the most of the days when we have sun.  2) Try to remember that summer WILL return, it always does. 3) And lastly, be sure to schedule a vacation somewhere warm in February or March – trust me. 




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