Sunday, June 14, 2015

Georgetown Carnival

Yesterday, we went to check out the Georgetown Carnival with our friend Jess.  We left Olive at daycare because we thought it might be too loud and crowded and hot for her (and I think we were right), although there were many dogs there.

Georgetown is a neighborhood down in the south end of Seattle. It's known as being "artistic" and "hipster."  Those aren't my words, I took that directly from  (At this point, you might be wondering, how do they describe every other neighborhood, if they just used their two best adjectives on Georgetown?  Funny you should ask - they didn't even bother to describe my new neighborhood, Magnolia! Either way, here's their neighborhood guide if you want to check it out.)

As for me, I first knew Georgetown by their beers! If you've been to Seattle, you've probably tried a Manny's or a Roger's or a Lucille, all made by Georgetown Brewery.  (My Georgetown beer of choice is Chopper's Red, but, looking at their website, I'd like to try the Johnny Utah!)

But as far as the neighborhood, I had only ever driven through when I-5 was backed up and thought, "This is cute, we should come down here one day." And that was that.

Well, until now.  Until the Georgetown Carnival.

You can't make it very far into the event poster without wondering, what the heck are power tool races?  I mean, obviously, they're world famous, but maybe I missed them somehow? Well, I've got photos for you.  

Basically, they're racing small belt sander machines, dressed up... down a wooden (obviously, because they're sanding) track about 60 feet long.  With points for creativity, speed, and style?  At least, that's what I got out of it.

There were also food trucks, beer (it's Georgetown, remember?), artist vendors, belly dancers, stilt walkers, aerial acts, a hella funny magician, games for the kids, an arcade, some classic cars, oh, and great music!

This band doing The Beastie Boys' Sabotage killed it.  

Overall, it was a fabulous day out.  We definitely had a great afternoon.  Good suggestion Jess!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Morning at Golden Gardens - North Beach

One nice thing about moving to Magnolia has been our proximity to Ballard. I love Ballard and I love taking advantage of being near this great neighborhood.

This morning we went to Golden Gardens. This is unusual because, first of all, I usually only visit Golden Gardens for sunset or for a late afternoon picnic.

Not only that, but instead of going to the main beach area, we walked up to the North Beach. All this time, I had kind of wondered what was going on up there, but never ventured that way.

It was beautiful! Kind of a different vibe than people playing volleyball on the main beach.

There were people having fires on the beach (yes, even in the early morning), and, I don't know if it's always this way, or if it was because the tide was out, but there was kind of this tide pool effect where people were collecting shells and mucking in the mud, and just having a good time.  I didn't get a picture of the sea lions or seals, but there were some out on a buoy. It was great.  

Thursday, July 24, 2014

French Macarons

Sounders colored French macarons at the Sounders game. Yum!
Besides the treats, we also had a great time at the game. 
The Sounders beat the Portland Timbers and there was the most amazing sunset. 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Went to a Backyard Wedding...

No, we didn't. We went to the Woodland Park Zoo where they were having a Bear Affair.

And to show how dangerous humans can be to bears, and vice-versa, they set up a "backyard wedding" in the bear enclosure and then let the bears out to explore it.

Don't worry, all of the items were approved for the bears to eat. 

 Here's a grizzly bear devouring the wedding cake.

 And... he broke the plastic table. But that's not going to stop him from eating cake off the ground.

 Here you can see the whole setup better. There was an arbor (with flowers and fruit), a table with the cake, a table with red punch bowls and watermelon baskets full of fruit salad, a table full of presents (some had food inside the boxes), and a heart-shaped ice sculpture with fruit inside.

Eating the fruit off the arbor. He also was really interested in the flower arrangements on either side of the arbor, he rubbed his face and upper body all over them. 

Enjoying some punch.

Moving on to the ice sculpture and the presents. One bear knocked over the whole table of presents but didn't seem too interested in opening them, just rolling all over them. The other bear knocked around the ice sculpture a little bit but maybe the fruit wasn't worth the effort. 

And, finally, for comparison, they had food in a "bear safe" garbage can. This frustrated the bear and he worked on it...

(In this picture, you can see a purple flower stuck to his butt from destroying and rolling around in the flower arrangements.)

...and worked on it...

...and worked on it... 

With no payoff. Poor bear. But, then again, he did just destroy a wedding and eat a whole wedding cake.

We also saw a Sea Eagle. Some people say the bird in the Seahawks logo is actually a Sea Eagle, based on the shape of the beak. I can see that.

Wolves, there are 3 in this picture.

Meerkats. (Doesn't that kind of look like Olive?)

Sloth bears


 They were cute but... they kind of look like wet rats... 

Overall, it was a great day at the zoo. It's a really nice zoo with beautiful landscaping between exhibits. I like how it feels like a park with animal exhibits rather than just row after row of cages or enclosures.

 And we became members! The nice thing about being members is we could spend a few hours at the zoo, see a few things, and not worry about seeing everything because we can come back anytime! And we get visitors passes... so who wants to come to the zoo with us?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

I got a job!

That's right, I got a job. So I'm no longer a full-time trophy wife, I'm now a full-time lawyer.

The best thing about my new job? Ok, ok, the best thing is getting paid, obvi. The second best thing? There's a Starbucks in my building. I don't even have to go out in the rain to get Starbucks! How great is that?

The third best thing is that our office is just getting brand new computers (did I show up at the right time or what?) and the fourth best thing is that they have nice pens in the supply closet.

The not nice thing is the commute, I'm working about a half-hour drive south of Seattle. Another not nice thing is that I don't have any paid time off for the first six months (is that even legal?!?)

Another nice thing is that I've found a nice doggy day care for Olive near my work, so she comes with me on the commute.

Overall, right now, I'm going to say the good outweighs the bad.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

In a Nutshell

This picture sums up my Belltown neighborhood of Seattle pretty well.  

Near one tree, someone has left a bucket of flowers, free for the taking.

Two trees farther, hard to see in this picture, the Jeep has been broken into, a window smashed.

That's Belltown, charming and gritty at the same time. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Bad Ass Roller Derby Amazingness

I've always thought that Roller Derby sounded really cool, but I had never seen a bout. Actually, I never even knew the rules or logistics or... anything, really... but it just seemed so bad-ass.  

So I kept an eye on the website for the Rat City Rollergirls, the Seattle roller derby league and, when the schedule came up, I planned a meetup event with my ladies' group.

And... it was great! 

They were kind enough to play a short video about the rules and the purposes before the match so we knew what to look for. They also had an announcer explaining what was going on during the bout. My favorite team was Derby Liberation Front.  I liked their awesome uniforms and their synchronized (read: intimidating) pre-bout warm-ups. 

Even cooler than that, was the players' roller derby names. Names like Ophelia Melons, Yoko Onoudin't, and Coach Ida Slapter. I couldn't help but wonder, what would my roller derby name be? 
But the coolest part? The junior roller derby made up of 9- and 10-year-old girls played a match between regular adult matches. 

Their league name is The Tootsy Rollers! Ahhh, I love it! 

Why was there nothing this awesome when I was a kid? The kids sat in our section, complete with their cool roller derby names on their shirts, and they were way cooler than I ever could've hoped to be at 10 years old. 

If you ever get a chance to check out roller derby, I highly recommend it. It was awesome! 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Just a little something I knit...

This is my friend's little baby, isn't she adorable? I knit her bear hat and bear paws. What a sweet looking girl! 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Vacation in Arizona!

Jon and I went on a quick vacation to Arizona to get some sun and to celebrate his birthday. It was a surprise trip for Jon - he knew we were going somewhere (he had to request the vacation time at work) but not where. I did all of the planning.

At the airport. Trying to drown out the anxiety of not knowing where we're going.

Surprise! We're staying in the Tonto National Forest...

at  the Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch.

 It was beautiful. 

 We did some hiking around the grounds...

 and appreciated the vast change in scenery from Seattle! 

 We don't have cacti in Seattle! 

 We hiked to some Indian Petroglyphs. If you look carefully, this one is kokopelli. 

This one is a chief's head. Wait, I'll rotate it so you can see it better...

Now do you see it? It's a profile view. He's either smoking a pipe or has a word bubble coming out of his mouth? Don't worry, I wouldn't have seen it if our host hadn't explained it.

The view of the Saguaro Lake and the dam from our hike. 

 Selfie with Cactus! 
 Ok, more cactus. We were kind of impressed by them. I didn't realize there were so many different shapes and styles of cacti.

Four Peaks in the distance. 

My favorite spot was these adirondack chairs by the river. 
I think this will be my "happy spot" for quite a while now. 

 We went to an awesome Mexican market in Mesa, Pro's Ranch Market. It was incredible, I felt like I was back in Mexico. Here we are with Ranchie the Bull.

The view from our chairs by the river at sunset. Do you see the red and yellow paragliders? 

 Cactus at sunset. We enjoyed sitting by the river until sunset... then the bats started flying around and we decided to make a run for it! 

The next day we explored a few more parks and did a few more mini-hikes.

Selfie with butte.

 Doesn't this look like one cactus giving another cactus a piggy-back ride?

 I like big buttes and I cannot lie. 

 We even waded in a river, looking for the wild horses. They must have been close because we saw fresh horse poop, but the only wildlife we saw at this spot was lots of fish. Do you see them?

 Cacti and buttes.

 The view from Water User's Park. I'm not sure, but aren't we all water users?

We caught the Mariners vs. Giants at Scottsdale Stadium. Our view from our lawn seats. It was really nice to sit on a blanket, enjoy a cold drink, and watch baseball. It felt like spring.

 Later, when the sun on the lawn got to be too much for us, we moved to these shady seats. 
It actually felt a little cool in the shade! 

 View from the stadium.

The next day, we went to the brand new Cubs Park in Mesa. It's a beautiful park.

 Cubs mascots through the years. 

 Outside the stadium, you can see the practice fields and the players warming up. 

 Inside, they have a marquis like the one in Wrigley Park. Happy Birthday Jon! 

 Inside the stadium, they did their best to recreate a real Chicago atmosphere. We had Old Style, the real Chicago beer we enjoyed at Wrigley in 2012.  We could not get real deep dish pizza but we did enjoy a Chicago dog, dragged through the garden. 

 One thing not Chicago-authentic? The temperature! 

While at the game, we overheard some people talking about the nearby "Ostrich Festival" and of course, we had to check it out after the game.
It was more like your traditional fair. Less emphasis on ostriches than I expected, more emphasis on food on sticks and deep fried food. Like deep fried burritos...

Bacon wrapped corn dogs...

and deep-fried everything else!

This being an Ostrich Fest, you could also get Arizona Ostrich Burgers. Right next to the stand selling ostrich feather dusters and other ostrich feather paraphernalia. Talk about using every part of the pig.

Oh, and speaking of pigs... 
We paid an extra dollar to see Harley, reportedly the world's biggest pig. 

Here he is, in all of his, umm... glory?

We also saw bulls...

and baby goats (I think they look like Olive. Or maybe I was just homesick for my baby!) 

And this Holy Goat. (Isn't that part of the Holy Trinity?)

Don't forget the Pig Races! Each of the pigs had a color.

 I was rooting for Green Eggs and Ham! 

Olive stayed home with Olivia, her Rover-sitter. I knit up this Michigan hat during our trip for Olivia who is a Michigan alumni.

I finished it just before it was time to head home. 
At least we had some nice views from the plane during the day...
 of mountains...

 and the Grand Canyon...

 and of Mt. Rainier! 

Sweet Home Seattle!