Twenty Dollar Tuesdays

29 08 2007

My new favorite thing! A local pizzeria does $20 Tuesdays. One large pizza with two toppings and a bucket of 4 bottles of beer for $20. Can’t really beat that!

We went this week and got a pizza with pesto base topped with fresh mozzarella and ricotta. It was delightful.

Not So Hungry GirlHungry Man

After finishing our pizza and opening the last two beers, we played “Rock Paper Scissors” with the bottle caps. I lost.

Rock Paper Scissors

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Apparently, I’ve been tagged

28 08 2007

Is this the new wave of blogging? I remember snail mail chain letters, and then to “send this to 50 people or your wish won’t come true” emails, to tagging in blogs. Fun!

My sweet friend Jessica “tagged” me and I’m to tell you 8 things you might not know about me. Anyone who reads this is supposed to do the same. I’m not the most private person in the world, and now everyone knows I was a mini-pyro as a kid, so this could be tough, but here goes…

1. When I moved to Seattle, I thought I’d hate it and want to move back immediately. My only goal was to get out of Dallas for a year. Six+ years later…

2. I used to call MTV’s request line from the pool pay phone when I was a little kid. We didn’t even have cable so I could watch it later. I just wanted to know that MY request was going to make it on tv. Sigh, they don’t even play music videos anymore. I still remember the number. 1-800-DIAL-MTV.

3. On the note of MTV, I might still resent my older sister for making me sit at Chrissy’s (is that our old next door neighbor’s name?) house and wait for the “fuzzy screen” that indicated The Reflex video by Duran Duran was starting. I had to call her immediately and if she wasn’t there by they time the showed Simon Le Bon, I wasn’t allowed to watch the video with them.

4. I really want to get a dog. But I’m too allergic. Sometimes I wish I could just “deal” with it. Isn’t he cute? He’s supposed to be hypo-allergenic, but I still feel all wonky just looking at him.

Wheaten Terrier

5. I love my Dyson vacuum cleaner so much. I’ve thought about writing an ode to the machine that works magic.

6. I’ve seriously considered “borrowing” some of the tomatoes that I planted in our rental house in May. They are right on the alley, I could get some, people wouldn’t notice. Technically, they are mine. I bought them and cared for them until July, just before they really started ripening right?

7. I *hate* the return of the 80’s fads. Desperately. Skinny jeans are just not cute (sorry if you wear them 🙂 – I’m sure YOU look precious in them)

8. When I didn’t want Melissa to come play with me and the neighborhood crew (Jess), I would tell her that mom just made a fresh  batch of apple juice and had it in the kitchen for her. Her eyes would get huge and she’d run off to get it and I’d take off to go play with my friends. I still think of that almost every day and wonder how I’ll get paid back (hmmm…maybe #3 was just me “paying it forward” in a not so nice way).





The Fruit of Summer

24 08 2007

We have discovered a fruit & vegetable stand just up the street from our house. This place is like nothing I’ve ever seen! Being there did bring up very faint memories of me standing somewhere with my neighbor Tracy, holding our strawberry shortcake dolls, while our moms got tons of fruit & veggies…Co-op! Why don’t they have these much anymore?

 Anyway, today, I got ALL of these fruits and vegetables for $23! It kills me that at any regular super market I could pay more than twice that amount for the same, but lower quality items.

Fruit Stand

Off to make a giant fruit salad and head to my friend’s birthday party! Pictures are sure to follow of some weekend festivities.

And since we have not been able to finish unpacking the house enough to send pictures to everyone, I’ll show you a bonus pic me playing with my favorite toy in the kitchen – my pot filler! 🙂

Pot Filler

Note the shirt I’m wearing. I put it on when I’m craving a Tostada Burger.





A Wildlife Infused Commute

22 08 2007

Beaver Gnaws Tree; Freeway Ramp Blocked

The Washington State Patrol and the State Department of Fish and Wildlife are on the look-out for a trouble-making beaver. The beaver chewed down a tree that ended up blocking the entire ramp from Southbound 405 to Westbound 520 during the overnight hours last week.(source: http://q13.trb.com/news/kcpq-082107-freewaybeaver,0,44810.story?coll=kcpq-news-1)

Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesperson Kim Chandler says the beavers are common in the creeks surrounding Lake Washington and travel up to 500 yards from their homes for food. “I suspect he was looking for something to eat, and as he was looking for something to eat, he went up the drainage and went ‘Aah, here’s food. Here’s cottonwood trees. Here’s poplar trees.’ That’s good beaver food, and he doesn’t care about freeways and cars and things. He thinks, it’s two in the morning I’m going to get something to eat.”

The Department of Transportation chopped up the log and cleared the area in about a half an hour. Chandler says they did the beaver a favor. “I’m sure he came back the next night, and carried a lot of it away.”

Because the beaver could come back to chew down another tree, if the bothersome beaver is spotted he may be relocated to a spot a little further from the freeway.

 

This kind of story makes me giggle. This is a major freeway in Seattle’s suburban neighborhoods that is plagued by horrible traffic (some friends have noted it “The Devil’s Highway” after a 2 hour trip to the airport at 6am). The beaver chose to gnaw the tree at the intersection of 405 and 520 (the state route connecting the burbs to the city, mom has received many many “entertain me” phone calls from me on said state route) blocking the on ramp snarling yesterday morning’s commute. The beaver has left the area and they don’t know if he’ll come back for a new tree. 🙂 If I find a picture, I’ll be sure to post it!





You Know You Aren’t in Texas Anymore When…

19 08 2007

You see something like this. On our way back into town this afternoon, we drove through Pioneer Square, Seattle’s oldest neighborhood. On the window of one of the many rowdy establishments down there, we saw this:

Not in TX

After giggling for a few minutes we whipped out the camera to capture the image of a cowgirl riding an Orca. Yes, she’s advertising for Alaskan Brewing Company (some of the best darn beers on the planet, if I may say so myself…you should come visit us so we can share). I’d have to say that neon sign took “cowgirl” to a whole new level for me.





My Kind of Commute

17 08 2007

After a really long week of work, we took off for a weekend getaway for my company’s annual retreat on Hood Canal. We decided to take the ferry and relax instead of fighting I-5 traffic on a Friday evening. We had a little time before our ferry disembarked so we walked over to Steamers on the Waterfront and grabbed a fish taco and a beer. My kind of pre-commute relaxation!

Fish Tacos

I’ll take this gridlock over 520 every day of the week (and twice on Sunday :))

My Kind of Commute

The view from the back of the ferry…bye bye busy city!

Commuting in Style

We had a great time at the retreat this weekend and had the opportunity to visit with some friends, learn how to play craps with fake money, and take the obligatory 3 hour nap on Saturday afternoon. We feel refreshed and ready to take on the upcoming week of work!





Say Hello To Our Little Friend

15 08 2007

What should we name him?

Oh my. We have a new buddy in our yard. Being new homeowners who have not spent more than one full weekend in their house, we clearly have not gotten to the yard part of things. Well, we were forced to think about it a bit tonight. This little guy was trapped near our basement door. Yay.

 Apparently, this would be what makes our fellow Northwesterner’s crazy. Moles. What would you name the critter who will probably destroy your yard in a few years?