Thursday, December 26, 2013

It's Christmas... All Over... Again!

Happy Boxing Day! It's time for my better-late-than-never roundup of Christmas in Seattle.

First, let's start with a few of the best decorations in Seattle. You may remember that last year we took our brand new dog on a walk through Candy Cane Lane.  We didn't make it to Candy Cane Lane this year, but we did walk around Westlake Center where there was plenty going on.

First, there is this great train display at Macy's.

My favorite part was that you touch these little mittens in the corner to start the trains.

And I love this giant star, visible from Westlake Center.

Tree at Westlake Center


And a giant snow globe you have your photograph taken in! 
(I don't know those kids, I just wanted to show what the snow globe looked like.) 

As for me, I know I haven't posted much glassblowing progress, 
mostly because I was working on gifts.

Glass snowmen! It seems that I've mastered either making really big hats or really tiny hats. Oops.  Well, you dress your snowman in the odds and ends you have around anyway, right? The hats that don't fit properly. Yeah, that's it... it was intentional.

I asked Jon for a Dremel with a diamond bit for Christmas so, coming soon, all of my pieces will be signed and dated!  And I'm really glad I kept some of my not-quite-perfect pieces because I've been using them to practice my engraving! 

I also made a wreath.  
Not out of glass, out of greens! These are actually just some little sprigs that fell out of our real Christmas tree as we set it up.  Ideally, I'd like to add some rosemary too, but I didn't get around to it this year.  I can pull the greens out and save the base for next year. And next year I'll add rosemary.

I got to spend time with friends, including Heather! 

And today I'm going to see family up on Whidbey Island, including some cousins I've never met before! I really can't wait! 

I hope your Christmas was Merry and that you had plenty of time to enjoy the holidays! 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Husband Day Care

Spotted in Seattle, at Thai Fusion in Queen Anne:

And, now for the zoom in:

What a great idea! Well, at least a great idea for a funny sign! I wonder if they have football... and whether they allow dogs... 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Up, Up, and Away!

You already knew that the Up house is in Seattle... what about an Up car? 

It was about 20 degrees Sunday morning when I snapped this photo. Considering helium balloons shrink in cold temperatures, and these balloons looks larger than average, I can only imagine that these were huge balloons when they were inflated.

This is a public parking lot, it was a Sunday morning before 9 a.m. and no one was around that I could see.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Bagels, Momofuku Pork Buns, and Round Rolls

This actually happened today:

Jon & Olive & I were on the elevator (Olive in her Santa suit).  The elevator stopped, and a group of three people (two men, one woman) got on, laughing.

After the doors closed, they stopped laughing and one of the men explained, "Oh we were just talking about night court."

"Really?" I asked, excited that, finally, someone was speaking my language.

"Yeah. Do you remember that old 80s show?"

"Oh yeah," I answered, "I thought you meant real night court. Like, 5pm to 1am, in court."

"That's a real thing, night court?"

"Sure, I used to work it, like twice a month."

To his friends: "We should go downtown and watch night court tonight. That'd be awesome."

"There's no night court in Seattle. That was in New York."

All three friends, simultaneously: "Ssshhh! Don't ever say that New York has things that Seattle doesn't have. Don't let them hear you!"

I guess they're not ready to hear my carefully curated list of foods from New York that I can't get in Seattle.