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What’s going on, Ya, what’s going on….2015 Seattle Holiday edition…

I’m posting again and so soon after my last one shocking I know.  It’s an oldie but a goodie, at least for those in and around Seattle.  My list of free, cheap and fun sounding things to do this holiday season in and around Seattle noting those that are MitzieKnowsBest (MKB) approved, meaning I’ve done them in years past.  If the dates/times or links are wrong oops sorry I’m not as perfect as some people think I am.



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11/14 12/24 9:00 AM 6:00 PM Reindeer Festival! Swansons Nursery Yes
11/20 11/20 7:00 PM 11:00 PM Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Festival Columbia Tower Club  
11/21 11/22 10:00 AM 5:00 PM Yulefest Nordic Heritage Museum  
11/21 12/02     Festival of Trees Fairmont Olympic Hotel Yes
11/23 12/30 11:00 AM 5:00 PM Teddy Bear Suite Fairmont Olympic Hotel Yes
11/24 01/03 12:00 AM 11:59 PM The 23rd Annual Gingerbread Village Sheraton Yes
11/27 11/27 9:00 AM   Seattle Holiday Parade Downtown Yes
11/27 11/27 4:00 PM   Westlake Center Tree Lighting Westlake Center Yes
11/27 11/27 5:25 PM   Macy’s Star Lighting & Fireworks Macy’s Yes
11/27 12/24 7:00 PM   Snowflake Lane At The Bellevue Collection Bellevue  
11/27 12/31     Winterfest 2015 Seattle Center  
11/27 01/03 5:00 PM 9:00 PM Port Defiance Zoo Lights Point Defiance Zoo  
11/27 01/03 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Wildlights Woodland Park Zoo Yes
11/27 01/03     Willy Wonka in Smell-o-vision SIFF Film Center  
11/28 11/28 10:00 AM 8:30 PM Greet the Season Lake Union Park  
11/28 11/28 1:00 PM 5:00 PM Magic in the Market Holiday Celebration Pike Place Market  
11/28 12/31 6:00 PM   Snow Showers inside Pacific Place Pacific Place Yes
11/28 01/01 11:00 AM 9:00 PM Westlake carousel Westlake Center Yes
11/28 01/02 4:30 PM 9:00 PM Garden d’Lights 2015 Bellevue Botanical Garden Yes
11/28 01/11     Magic Season Ice Arena Bellevue Downtown Park  
11/29 11/20 9:00 AM 3:00 PM Santa Train Northwest Railway Museum  
11/29 11/29 4:30 PM   Edmonds Tree Lighting Ceremony Downtown Edmonds  
11/30 11/30 2:00 PM 6:00 PM Kirkland Winterfest Downtown Kirkland  
11/30 11/30 4:00 PM 8:00 PM Christmas Carnival The Westin Seattle Grand Ballroom  
12/01 12/23 10:30 AM 4:30 PM Issaquah Reindeer Festival Cougar Mountain Zoo  
12/04 12/04 6:00 PM 8:30 PM The 29th Annual Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition Westlake Center  
12/04 12/05 12:00 PM 9:00 PM Winter Beer Festival Hanger 30 Mangnuson Park  
12/04 12/05 9:00 PM   The Best Burlesque Pageant Ever Columbia City Theatre  
12/04 12/06 5:00 PM 9:00 PM Fremont Festivus Fremont  
12/05 12/05 2:00 PM 5:30 PM Champagne & BubblesExtravaganza! Wine World & Spirits  
12/05 12/05 4:00 PM 8:00 PM Junction Holiday Party and Tree Lighting Junction Plaza park  
12/05 12/05 4:00 PM 8:00 PM Redmond Lights Redmond Town Center  
12/05 01/01 5:00 PM 9:00 PM Clam Lights Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park  
12/10 12/27 7:00 PM 10:30 PM Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker Triple Door Yes
12/11 12/12 9:00 PM   The Best Burlesque Pageant Ever Columbia City Theatre  
12/12 12/12 10:00 AM   CookieFest 2015 Seattle Center’s Armory Loft  
12/12 12/12 4:30 PM 7:30 PM Pathways of Lights Greenlake Park  
01/01 01/01     State Parks Free Days Washington  
01/17 01/18     State Parks Free Days Washington  

Mic check one, two ‘Cause it aint a party ’till the crew run through.

Mic check one, two ‘Cause it aint a party ’till the crew run through.

Is this thing still on? *tap tap*

I think it’s time I wake Mitzie Knows Best from the dead.   I am going to start using it again, hopefully….well I have good intentions to at least and I might even update the site a little who knows.

So as you, the one reader I have, realize I’m not dead.  But a lot has changed; my mother is doing amazingly better which we are all thankful for.  I was laid off once again and after seven months of unemployment finally landed a job doing what I love to do in the only industry I’ve ever worked in and just past my first 90 days there so yay me!  And I got to stay in Seattle so double yay me!!

  • In those 90 days I had some amazing bus adventures that I really need to document somewhere and maybe it will be here who knows.
    • One driver stop at a normal bus stop in front of a Jack in the Box and proceeded to get out, go inside the JITB and about 4 maybe 5 minutes later came back out and continued driving the bus.
    • One morning another driver announced that he was sick and he as getting off the bus, we could stay on the bus or we could get off the bus but he was getting off the bus, so we all basically got off the bus and went looking for a new bus to finish our commute to work.
    • One evening home a man who was not 100% sober got on the bus with a lite cigarette and a passenger on the bus had to knock it out of his hand to put it out, the bus driver kicked him off at the next stop.
    • One night a construction worker getting off the bus knocked me upside the head with this helmet as he was getting off without apologizing.
    • One morning a ‘homeless’ looking person got on the bus stood in front of me with his ass to my face and proceeded to rip the loudest and nastiest fart I’ve smelt in Seattle, rated right up there with some my brother an nephew rip, it was so bad my eyes watered and I dry heaved a little.
  • I still love a bullet point and hyperlinks, that hasn’t changed.
  • I enjoyed four different restaurants that participated in Seattle Restaurant Week:
    • Orfeo where I started with their charcoal roasted mussels with garlic, rosemary, preserved lemon and black pepper where were phenomenal I must say.  For my main dish I chose the slow braised pork short rib with soft polenta, wilted greens and a Chianti reduction, it was delicious.  For dessert I went with the chocolate budino with pistachio gelato and toshi cherries and it was just meh.  I’d definitely go back for the mussels and pork short ribs.
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    • Blueacre Seafood I started with their silky pumpkin bisque with butter poached chanterelle mushroom and black truffle crème it was just ok, a little flat in flavor if you will.  After that I moved on to the red curry Neah Bay rockfish with delicata squash, sweet corn, pickled vegetable and  steamed rice again it was on the flat side when it came to flavor and definitely needed more of the curry, the curry on its own was delicious but there wasn’t enough to enjoy with the rockfish.  For dessert I went with the chocolate pecan pie with bourbon Chantilly and a cocoa nib caramel this is where they redeemed themselves sort of, it was the one highlight of the meal, well this and the happy hour oysters not part of SRW that I had before my meal.
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    • RN74 I tried lunch here so only two courses were had the Heritage bacon deviled Eggs with pickled & crispy shallots and holy deviled eggs batman they were amazing of you like deviled eggs go try them.  For my second course I went in thinking I wanted the marinated chicken “Teriyaki” salad with crispy rice, iceberg, and a sesame dressing but then I saw Roasted “Paris ” mushroom risotto with maitake Mushrooms, aged balsamic and sarvecchio I have to say this was hands down the BEST risotto I’ve ever had period point blank it was wonderful and now I am going to copy Michael Mina and put an aged balsamic reduction in all my mushroom risottos.  RN74 NAILED it for restaurant week in my book.
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    • Liam’s I started with their Penn Cove Mussels  in a spice curry cream with chili oil and grilled bread they were nice with a tiny bit of heat but Orfeo’s mussels were still better.  Next I had their Beecher’s “World’s Best” Crab Mac & Cheese with Dungeness Crab, dried tomatoes and grilled onions when it arrived it wasn’t what I thought it would be forgetting about the dried tomatoes in it but it was good, and I only ate a third so I could have room for dessert and I’m so happy I did because not only did I get a delicious dinner the next time as I had my mac & cheese for dinner but I also had room for my dessert their chocolate parfait with salted caramel and chocolate cookie crumble and OMFG this was by far the best dessert out of the whole bunch I seriously wanted to lick the dish clean but my mother raised me better than that so I refrained but it was worth every calorie it housed.
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But when the makeup occur, I don’t see it, all I see is a blur

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Things I’m currently in love with in no particular order:

Arnica gel a few years ago one of my trainers suggested I use arnica gel on my knees after working out for my arthritis; finally a few months ago I picked some up and am kicking myself for not buying it sooner the stuff is amazing and it also works on burns.

My new XFINITY cable box/DVR that operates on the new “X1 Entertainment Operating System™” I can record 4 shows at once! And it’s so much easier to navigate and use though it is contributing greatly to my couch potato status.  I typically have nothing nice to say about Comcast but I like this, at least today I do.

Arnold Palmers, I love ice tea and recently fell in love with lemonade and Arnold Palmer’s have become my drink of choice, well behind my beloved Diet Coke that is.  The funny thing is in high school I loved my dad’s Arnold Palmer cardigans and stole them all from him.  Apparently I like things associated with old golfers.

San Diego brunches, since they are all new to me I love them and want to put them ALL.IN.MY.MOUTH.NOW.  I wasn’t a big brunch fan until I moved to Seattle and discovering all the great brunches in San Diego has been delicious.  If you’re in San Diego feel free to leave me your favorite brunch spot in the comments.  Some of my favorites so far are: Hash House A Go Go, Tractor Room, Great Maple, Snooze AM Eatery, R Gang Eatery, Waypoint Public
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The fact that Fall is just around the corner!  I heart Fall so hard!  The weather is cooler, there are less people driving and parking on my street, the sunsets are earlier, the leaves change colors, its perfect soup making weather, burning candles is appropriate, wrapping up in a blanket on the couch is acceptable, wearing all kinds of layers is necessary, the list goes on and on, it just makes me happy.

Tacos, while I was in San Diego and now that I’m back in Seattle all I want are tacos, tacos and more tacos.  They are just tasty little treats that I want to “poner en mi boca.”

The book Where’d You Go Bernadette?  This was a great airplane book, light, funny and it was based in Seattle with some Antarctica thrown in.

bareSkin® Pure Brightening Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 by bareMinerals for years and I mean years I used liquid foundations, I had my own blend made for me by Prescriptives that I loved but once Nordstrom stopped carrying the Prescriptive line I had to find something new.  I tried many different brands and formulas and hated them all until one day I discovered bareMinerals I was reluctant to do the whole powder thing but ended up loving it and using it for the past 5/6 years and thought I’d never go back to liquid.  I recently tried their new bareSkin liquid foundation and fell in love with liquid foundation all over again, the stuff is amazing, very light weight and provides just the right amount of coverage I’m looking for.  I LOVE.LOVE.LOVE it.

LORAC ‘Unzipped’ Shimmer & Matte Eyeshadow Palette I had some Nordstrom rewards to use up and decided to splurge on this eye shadow palette and OMG I’m glad I did, it’s beautiful.   Every shade is usable and the pigmentation is insane.  And even if I don’t use a primer they stay and don’t crease, when traveling it will be the only eye shadows I bring with me.

My Sonicare Essence Rechargeable sonic toothbrush and my Clarasonic Mia 2 when I travel I don’t take either of these with me, I’d rather save the ‘weight’ of them for another pair of shoes or more clothes.  So when I come home after being gone for 2 or 3 weeks it’s like a spa treatment to my teeth and my face and I fall in love with them all over again.

LUSH Seanik solid shampoo bar, I’m always looking for new hair products and now that I don’t wash my hair everyday anymore, yay for dry shampoo, I wanted something different than what I was using before to get my hair squeaky clean on the days I washed it.  This Seanik did the trip, squeaky clean without drying, striping and no conditioner needed, thanks to the shampoo and my Wet Brush and to top it off it is super easy to travel with no size limit since it’s not a liquid!

New underwear I have a habit of putting my thumbnail through my underwear, weird I know but it happens and about 50% of my underwear all had thumb holes on their sides so I recently purchased some replacements and there’s nothing better than putting on a new clean pair of panties that have no little thumb holes in them.

The fact that MAC will be at the 32nd Street Navy Exchange the next time I’m in San Diego!  I’ve been holding out on repurchasing a few items I’m running low on because I know I can get it there for cheaper, well basically free because I can get my dad to buy it for me than forget to pay him back because I’m still a spoiled daddy’s girl at my age.

There’s such a distance between you and your family

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I learned a few more things this past trip to San Diego:

  • The power of prayer and positive thoughts is an amazing thing.
  • Driving in the car with my father driving is like an E-ticket attraction at Disneyland and I’m too young to ever have experienced one.
  • People in San Diego use umbrellas to block the sun where as in Seattle tourist use them to block the rain.
  • Clean cut men > beaded hipster.
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  • I’m beginning to think I’m not my father’s daughter after all he LOVES Denver omelet they have bell peppers in them. Seriously WTF?!?!  Gross!
  • 87% humidity is about 80% too much for me.
  • Who puts mayo in their guacamole? Oh my father does that’s who. WTF?!??
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  • Communion “wine” still tastes disgusting and I had to ‘pay’ to take communion, so strange.
  • Elrose Ct has an amazing barter system going on. Bacon for avocados and onions for beans.
  • San Diego’s rush hour traffic has NOTHING on Seattle hour traffic.
  • Cops love to pull people over in SD saw at least two a day, no I did not get pulled over.
  • A yellow stop light means speed up, a red stop light means 2 or 3 more cars can go.
  • Per my dad in the early/mid 70’s you didn’t go into a bar in IB without a gun.
  • BC plates in Seattle are much better drives than BC plates in San Diego.
  • I really like 65 mph speed limits.
  • You can get jet lag without changing time zones.

I’m the guy that dies at the beginning of the movie

During my self-imposed West Seattle pretend bear hibernation due to 99 being closed, I watched a lot (to me) movies I kept thinking the next one would be better, it kind of did but not so much, all thanks to my new cable box, free STARZ and free ENCORE.

Captain Phillips – I had wanted to see this movie for the story but didn’t want to pay to see Tom Hanks because I don’t care for him.  I can say I’m glad I didn’t have to pay to watch it and could entertain myself with my laptop while watching it because it did nothing for me.  Plus it reconfirmed that I still don’t like Tom Hanks.  I now know why it didn’t win any Emmy’s or Golden Globes.

Before Midnight – Another one I wanted to see in the theater this time because I wanted to finish out the trilogy.  I have to say this was my least favorite with Before Sunrise being my favorite of the three.  I guess I’d rather see them fall in love than bicker and argue.

Frozen – I finally watched Frozen and I can tell you that no I do not want to build a snowman nope sure don’t and I have no desire to let it go. I still don’t get the hype over it but then again I’ve never been a fan of animated movies.

The Lone Ranger – Johnny Depp once again fully committed to his role and he was awesome.  I don’t understand why it was deemed one of the biggest box office disasters of 2013 it wasn’t that bad, better than Frozen and Captain Phillips.

I did more than spend all day on the couch watching movies, I walked to brunch, went to Bartell’s, got a pedicure, saw Balconies at Annex Theatre which was really kind of funny, and rewarded myself with some Molly Moon’s ice cream.

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Mama said knock you out – my mama refuses to be knocked out

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What my family has been though the past week in my professional world would be considered a Disaster Recovery Drill.  Thankfully we all passed and my mom’s OK.  She has been through the ringer during her life and for my own state of mind I decided to document all know medical related issues she’s had.

  • It all started February 20th of 1942 the day she was born. She was born at home; back than it was normal what wasn’t normal is she was born breach at home.  To top that all off she was born breach at home and weighed over 11 lbs, my poor nana.
  • In 1949 when she was 7 years old they noticed her right arm was shorter than her left arm and were never able to figure out what caused that.
  • In 1953 at age 11 she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and spent two years and in out of the hospital for that.
  • In June 1968 she was pregnant with my brother Scott and the birth was placenta previa so she had to have an emergency C-section or they both could have died, the doctor who preformed the surgery first name was Eugene and that’s how Scott got his middle name Eugene.
  • In March 1972 she was pregnant with me and since Scott’s birth was a C-section my birth also a C-section.
  • In November of 1979 she had the left side of her thyroid removed, as a 7 year old I was shocked to see her neck bandaged and her walking I assumed her thyroid was in her thigh, little did I know.
  • In December of 1984 she had a hysterectomy.
  • In January of 1989 she had surgery on a herniated cerruical disc.
  • In May 1996 she had her left hip replaced.
  • Also in May of 1996 she had to have and emergency colonoscopy because her intestines shut down and wouldn’t wake up after her hip replacement surgery, this is when it was identified she was allergic to morphine.
  • In June of 2005 she had 3 stents implanted at the same time.
  • In August of 2005 she had 9 more stents implanted at the same time.
  • In April of 2007 she had 1 more stent implanted.
  • In May 2007 she had 3 more stents implanted at the same time bring her total number of stents in her heart to 16, yes 16 all in her heart.
  • In May of 2005 she had a colonoscopy to have a polyp removed and due to blood loss had to have a blood transfusion 2 pints of blood.
  • In June 2008 she had her gallbladder removed.
  • In March of 2009 she had a right partial mastectomy.
  • In May of 2009 she decided to have a bilateral breast mastectomy.
  • In August of 2010 she had her right hip replaced.
  • In April 2013 she fell, hit her head and had bleeding on the brain.
  • In June of 2014 she had a vitrectomy on her right eye.
  • Also in June 2014 she fell due to pain in her hip and right knee.
  • In July of 2014 she was having issues breathing, low oxygen levels, low blood pressure, low blood sugar and a high temperature and admitted to ICU where they put her in an induced coma and on life support.  It was also identified she she has a meniscus tear in her right knee.

At some point she was also diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a herniated disc, and a few other issues that aren’t on her handy list she keeps in her purse.  She also has macular degeneration in her left eye, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

I won’t list all the medication she’s been on because that’s almost as long as this one.

It’s not a homeless life for me

I thought I’d share some of my most recent San Diego observations:

  • Everyone likes to back in to park but not everyone is an expert at it.
  • Males wear 10x more cologne than females wear perfume.
  • Guys don’t care if you’re fat if you have boobs they will flirt with your boobs not necessarily your face.
  • There is always room for ice cream it’s a requirement to keep cool.
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  • Hillcrest has delicious brunches.
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  • Cupcakes are sent from heaven.
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  • Mexican food is essential to stay alive in San Diego.
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  • It’s pretty creepy when doves cry.
  • Jeans are the bane of my existence, sweaty knees suck.
  • San Diego is lacking a Slurpee delivery service. Scratch that my father is the best Slurpee delivery service ever.
  • The homeless in San Diego have some of the best signs ever.
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  • San Diego spells country KSON.
  • Animal Planets “Finding Bigfoot” marathons are painful to watch. If they’ve had ‘sightings’ why hasn’t one been caught or at least remains of one found?  Why oh why does my father love this show.
  • San Diego’s airport Terminal 1 is old and the bathroom are disgusting Alaska Airlines please make them clean it up, the recent remodel did nothing more than putting lipstick on a pig and bring back Rubio’s.
  • San Diego water filtered through a Brita filter taste nothing like Seattle water filtered through a Brita filter.
  • Chorizo corn-dogs are the shit.
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  • Google image search has nothing on what Cellulitis actually looks like in real life, this is yet something else my mother has.