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Culture Shock (Or… The day Google forgot to Doodle!

Okay, I took a much-needed day off today, and it just so happened to be St. Patrick’s day.  I was mildly excited about this fact.  I say mildly, because I’m from Kansas City, where St. Patrick’s Day is probably the biggest holiday next to Christmas. EVERY restaurant in town will have a St. Patty’s day special with corned beef and cabbage.

It’s not uncommon to have folks take the day off work and head down to Westport and watch the parade (And drink inordinate amounts of green beer and whiskey).  Everyone dresses in green and pretends to be Irish, even if they’re not.  The term “Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!” probably started in KC.  We practice that mantra with great, fake-Irish pride (As well as a lot of authentic Irish pride)! The Irish community in KC is pretty active.

So, imagine my shock and wonder when I woke up on St. Patrick’s day in Seattle and saw no festivities taking place in my neighborhood (Ballard).  I was determined to find some corned beef and cabbage, but the best I could get in our neck of the woods was corned beef hash with my eggs.  Everyone was nonchalantly walking around in brown, navy, red even!  It felt like the twilight zone.

Google didn’t even have a St. Patrick’s Day doodle for us!  I looked at two different calendars to see if I was just smoking crack. Our server at the restaurant sort of nodded to the fact that we were wearing green and said, “Happy St. Patty’s Day… or St. Patrick’s Day… or whatever.”  I couldn’t believe the lack of enthusiasm.  It was negative enthusiasm!  It was de-thusiasm.

The funny thing is, in KC, I’m not one of the paint my face, dye my hair, wear a shamrock antlers and green and white striped knee socks Irish enthusiasts.  In fact, I’m one of the wear green and smile at the freaky people and go about my business sort of people. I have generally preferred the Irish contact high as opposed to smoking it myself.  (I did work in Westport one year during St. Patrick’s Day… Whoa… That’s all I can say… Whoa…)

After experiencing this utter lack of Irish on this great holiday in this mostly Norwegian town, I may have to invest in a green wig and some ridiculously huge shamrock glasses!!!

Here's to you, Ballard!



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Day to day to day…

Nothing much to talk about. Life is settling in and I’m seeking out routine. So here are some random pictures of various items of interest from the past couple weeks.

This is the theatre I work for... That mural was painted after a fire last year. The new offices will be built where the mural is now.

Yeah... It rains a lot here...

Did I just blow your mind? Thought so...

Senor Moose... This is a "mole". The sauce on the meat is made with cocoa. Really good!

Senor Moose!

Current Obsession/Spending reduction plan... Watching dvds doesn't cost monies.

So far in Seattle, I've experienced sun, rain, clouds, fog, snow, sleet, and sun again... practically all in one day!

I designed that! Pretty, huh? :)

And then there were three!

I've become infatuated with original pottery! Look how beautiful they are!

I FINALLY picked up some flowers in the market. This is a bouquet of dried flowers. So pretty!


That about sums up the goings on in my life right now… Stay tuned!


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Yesterday, all of Seattle was on high alert for a snowpocalypse!  And here it is!!!

Who spilled the powdered sugar?


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birds of a feather flock to fremont

My lovely darling baby sister who lives in Portland and who I have seen so very rarely and hardly even at all in the last four years had the last minute didn’t even know it was going to happen opportunity to come to Seattle for a day. So, of course, I told her she had to come.

We barely even had 24 hours together, but we made sure every one of them counted. This trip included such sisterly things as eating cold macaroni and cheese and cold chicken strips (bought from the 24 hour Safeway down the street) at 2 in the morning while sitting outside in front of our apartment’s front door (so as not to wake Tanya while we whispered long into the night), wandering around Capitol Hill and downtown Seattle getting hit on  (“Can I get witch you?”) and bummed off of by interesting characters (“Happy new year, girls! Can I have five dollars?”), telling each other our deepest darkest secrets, missing buses because of erroneous bus schedules, hopping wrong buses because of completely absentee buses (I have a big issue with the frequency and reliability of Seattle transit, but I digress), and then wandering all over Ballard and Fremont to see statue-like-things and spend more time together while we still had some left.

We saw a rocket:

a rocket

We saw a drawbridge in action:

vertical street

We waited for the interurban too:

Jugg Life

We watched tv:

sister vision

There were clowns:


And bridges:

Aurora Bridge

And trolls:

Fremont Troll

Oh my.

The funny thing about the Fremont Troll is I first learned about it back in my architecture school days when one of the guys who created the troll came and guest lectured a design build studio I was in for a week. I guess he was buds with my professor. I don’t really remember. He mentioned this troll of his, I remember thinking, “Cool.” And never did I realize that some day I would live a couple miles away from it. The road of life, huh.

I think they're making eyes at each other.

Howdy, Lenin:


Then we went to the beach. I love the beach.

again with the beach

no shortage of beach pictures, ever

beach beach beach

We were happy to practice random acts of cupcakery.

cup.cake. period.

At some point in the day, Melissa mentioned burgers. Four hours later, we were still salivating over the thought of eating burgers. It only took us a few seconds to track down a burger joint. It actually said that on the window: A Burger Joint. We went in.

a burger joint

Best. Burgers. Ever.

I'll take four more please.

I’m going to eat here every day and become a gross greasy slob, but I’ll be a happy one who eats these burgers every day. I won’t really do that. But you eat one of these burgers and you consider that option.

Sadly my sister had to leave shortly after that, but she left her hot sauce in the fridge. I’ll think of her fondly every time I see it.


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Things I get to see…

I’ve been very blessed to get to see the things I get to see every day.  Some are simple.  Some are mighty.  All make my heart happy…

There are buskers that sing and play music all day in the Market.  Here’s one group that I especially like:

Growing up in Missouri, I didn’t get to see these things very often:

the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound

Mt. Ranier... It's an active volcano... Kinda freaky...

The neighborhood that I live in has artwork everywhere, and they definitely aren’t afraid of color… or a little of the bizarre.

Murals like this are all over the place here!

They like to re-purpose old buildings here… Instead of tearing them down all the time.

The Big House - a private residence

See... bizarre... and yet, strangely appealing...

The people here think that it’s been really cold… and yet they can still sell these outside the store in January and February.

Clearly, they have no concept of "cold".

Apparently, they’re ready to plant all year ’round!

I really wanted to buy some!

The thing that I was worried that I would miss the most about Kansas City was the glorious sunsets that we have there.  Fortunately, they get some great ones here too!

The view from Greenwood, the neighborhood where I work.

And while the Nelson in KC will always be a favorite there…

Golden Gardens Beach

I’m starting to find some favorites here as well.


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Week One – Discoveries

Things I have learned about Seattle/Ballard in the first week of living here:

1. Buses are always early when you are running late.

2. Buses are always late when you are running early.

3. If you can walk there, do it… Unless of course you are buying large items. Then you should probably drive.

4. Ballard is a great little neighborhood!

5. Cupcake Royale is delish… but also the devil.

6. Hi Life is great for $5.55 breakfast and meeting new friends. (New friends aren’t on the menu, however.) Also, it’s in an old firehouse, so the building is awesome!

7. There are at least 3 discount/thrift shops in the main shopping area. (This may end up being the devil later… As I have no money to spend, currently, they are a fun diversion.)

8. Fred Meyer is grocery/Target/Home Depot all-in-one… and on crack!

9. Mr. Gyro is delish.

10. THERE’S A BEACH NEARBY! (Which I have not seen yet, but Amy has explored a bit. She says it’s lovely!)

11. The Pike Place Market Starbucks is really fun, and really busy! Eesh! It’s cool to talk to so many people from all over the world though. Lots of people from Japan, China, Korea, etc.  Also have met a few Aussies and at least one Scot, who lives in Vancouver.

12. The food in the Market is great! (Yep, the devil again.)

13. Dressing for the weather is somewhat difficult here… Winter coats are often too warm. Light jackets are usually too cold. I’m not used to this in-between type weather.

14. In Seattle everything is artsy looking.  If there’s an open area available, someone will fill it with something pretty and/or cool.  Sculptures under bridges, murals on walls, etc.  Totally my kind of place!

15. Feeding the birds is kinda cool, except then they won’t leave you alone. (I didn’t experience this. I’ve just seen and heard some things.)

16. The big mountain (Mt. Ranier) likes to hide in the winter.  But the Olympics like to come out and play all the time!

17. Sharing a twin-sized air mattress with two small dogs is a challenge.  You pretty much have to demand space.

18. Seattle is a bit like KC in that people don’t seem to like to have to cross the water to do anything.  In Seattle it’s Lake Union or Lake Washington. In KC, it’s the Missouri River.

19. I really don’t know what this Seattle Freeze is all about. Everyone has been really great!

20. This really is a nifty place.  I’m so excited to be here!



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Amy: This says we need to take the airport exit.
Tanya: Which is right there.
Amy: Okay.
Tanya: But we need 518, right?
Amy: Yeah, which is with the airport exit, according to the directions.
Tanya and Amy (as they pass 518 because of inconsistent signage): WAIT! There’s 518!
Tanya: We did it again.
Amy: Just get off at the next exit.
Tanya: This says we’re going to the airport.
Amy: Surely there’s an exit.
Tanya: SHIT! We’re going to the airport.
Amy: Ummm.
Tanya: SHIT! SHIT! What kind of an airport doesn’t let you leave?
Amy: Wait… that was an exit! That was the street we needed!
Tanya: There were no signs until it was too late! SHIT!
Amy: Car rental returns to the right. Parking to the left.
Tanya: Looks like we’re parking. I’ll just have to beg and plead with them not to charge us.
Cashier: Swipe-
Tanya: Right. So.
Cashier: Swipe your ticket.
Tanya: The thing is, we didn’t actually park.
Cashier: Swipe your ticket please.
Tanya: Okay, but…
Cashier: Don’t worry about it; you can go.
Tanya: Thank you!

Makes you wonder how many people every day end up in the airport parking garage when just trying to get onto WA-518. Jeez.

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