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To Hiatus and Back Again

The last post on this blog was over two months ago…

I think it’s pretty safe to say that Ames and I have been in hibernation/getting settled mode for a bit.  It’s not that we haven’t been busy.  We’ve done things together and separately.  We just needed time to let some things become familiar and stop trying to make an adventure out of everything.  Adventures are great, but sometimes you just need to find things that make you comfortable. (For me that has involved watching waaaay more television than I have ever consumed in such a short period of time… I’m choosing not to judge myself over this, and I’m calling it my recuperation from the past five years or so of non-stop activity and achievement.)

There have been some fun and exciting things happening though:

Got a bed and a desk.

Here's the bed... don't have a picture of the desk right now.

Job is going great!

A view of my desk at work... Of course that isn't a cookie!

I’ve even started walking to work sometimes.

I see lots of VW bugs here... As well as just red cars in general...

Went to the Skaggit County Tulip Festival. It was absolutely gorgeous! (More about this later)

Proof that we were there

Have been auditioning fairly regularly for theatres… a couple each month it seems. (No pictures of this.)

Am in a book club. I’ve rarely had the books finished before we meet, but it’s very fun!

Planted an herb garden.

They've grown a bit more since this picture.

Got to go home and see my sister graduate from college and play with my awesome nephews!

Zeke and James

Had a lovely first birthday in Seattle, involving cupcakes, a wind chime, and lots of movies with friends!

Yum!

Love it!

And the weather has finally warmed up on a regular basis… It’s June and we’re finally getting 60-70 degree weather. (I tell you what, it’s not so bad, but the expectation of what June should feel like is the weird thing.) I still do not have a proper jacket for this climate, but that’s on the list.

Got Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook and have done some fun cooking out of it. Say what you will about GP and her “perfect life”, but I like her!  The recipes are more gourmet, but also really simple.

Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Getting new shoes this week!  REALLY excited about that!

Still haven’t gotten a table or comfy living room furniture, but it’s garage sale season… Note to self: Go garage sale-ing next weekend.

Found the lighthouse at Discovery Park! (more about this later)

There it is!

Done a bit of wandering through some neighborhoods nearby (Saw the Fremont Troll) and exploring Ballard a bit.

That's a real VW Bug... See, they are everywhere here!

A used book store in Fremont. Note the book titles next to the chicken.

Also, I lost my Blackberry on the plane back from Kansas City and I got an iPhone. (Hence all the hipstamatic pics)

Making a life in a new place is kinda hard, but it’s good… Mostly it just takes time.  More to come!  Ames and I are planning some new adventures soon!

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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:

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:

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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a walk around ballard

I decided with no plans for a lovely (but chilly) Sunday, I should have a walk around Ballard. I didn’t take many pictures, but the entire walk was pretty fabulous (and 11 miles long, by the end of it.)

This is the beach in our neighborhood, only about a 45 minute walk from home.

the beach

Puget Sound

Sailboats, Bainbridge Island

It was a windy day. I should have worn a hat.

windy-as

I found myself walking along the ship canal as I headed to Fremont Market.

ship canal

I stopped taking pictures after this because I was too busy perusing the market.

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walking

The thing is, I hate walking around KC. Hate, hate, hate it. I don’t like walking in the suburbs, I don’t like walking downtown, I don’t like walking on the mixed use trails, I don’t like walking around Westport. It isn’t that there is anything wrong with walking in all of these places (well, maybe the suburbs), it’s just that I’ve done it so many times. It got old a long time ago. I really hate walking for exercise by myself. I only marginally like it better when I walk for exercise with a friend.

When I’m in other places though, I love walking. I loved walking everywhere in Australia. I love walking when I’m on vacation – New York City, New Mexico, New Zealand, Colorado, Goshen, Indiana, Seattle. Alone, with another person, for exercise, as a form of transportation, to a lookout, to the store, doesn’t matter. I love it. I’d have to spend a lot of years in one place before I get sick of it the way I’m sick of it here in KC. No hard feelings KC, I just know you too well. You can only watch the series premiere of Lost so many times, you know? You’re great, but, well, yawn.

When Tanya and I were in Seattle last month (last month! Already it’s been a month and I’m not living there yet? What is wrong with this picture?) we spent a fair amount of time walking and talking along the waterfront. We’re drawn to that water because we’ve been so deprived of such a wonderful feature in the midwest.

We had some good talks there, and we burned some good calories after over indulging on Indian food (my favorite!). I imagined myself living close enough to be able to walk or run there whenever I want. I do have some races to train for, if I could ever motivate myself to get out there and run. It doesn’t seem like it’ll be a problem though in Seattle. Everything will be new enough that I won’t get bored so easily. I can’t wait.

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