Tag Archives: 2014

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.

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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?!??
  • Dad’s make great Slurpee delivery service. mobile 004
  • 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.

What’s going on, Ya, what’s going on week of 06/20/14 edition

The next time the Beach Naturalist are at one of the local beaches at low tide be sure to go check it out, there’s some pretty cool things out there.
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The follow are a list of free and/or cheap and/or just some fun sounding things to do this coming week in Western Washington, if dates or times or links are wrong don’t blame me blame my inner Rainman but here you go:

Date Time What Where
6/20 All Day Seattle International Dance Festival  South Lake Union area
6/20 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Kids Day Les Gove Park
6/20 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm Meeker Days Festival Downtown Puyallup
6/20 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm Marysville Strawberry Festival Asbery Field
6/20 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm Fremont Fair Fremont
6/20 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm U-District Art Walk U-District
6/21 All Day Seattle International Dance Festival  South Lake Union area
6/21 9:00 am – 2:00 pm University District Farmers Market University District
6/21 10:00 am – 7:30 pm Marysville Strawberry Festival Asbery Field
6/21 10:00 am – 9:00 pm Meeker Days Festival Downtown Puyallup
6/21 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at Champion Wine Cellars Champion Wine Cellars
6/21 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at McCarthy & Schiering McCarthy & Schiering
6/21 11:00 am – 7:00 pm Rootbeer Tasting The Rootbeer Store, Redmond
6/21 11:00 am – 8:00 pm Fremont Fair Fremont
6/21 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at DeLaurenti DeLaurenti
6/21 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at Esquin Wine Merchants Esquin Wine Merchants
6/21 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Fremont Solstice Parade Downtown Fremont
6/21 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Everett Art Walk Everett
6/22 All Day Seattle International Dance Festival  South Lake Union area
6/22 10:00 am – 2:00 pm West Seattle Farmers Market West Seattle
6/22 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Ballard Farmers Market historic Ballard Avenue NW
6/22 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Fremont Sunday Market 3401 Evanston Ave North
6/22 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Marysville Strawberry Festival Asbery Field
6/22 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Meeker Days Festival Downtown Puyallup
6/22 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday Ice Cream Cruise South Lake Union Park
6/22 11:00 am – 6:00 pm Fremont Fair Fremont
6/22 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm If These Walls Could Talk Gatewood Bed & Breakfast
6/25 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Kenmore Art Show Bastyr University
6/26 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Kenmore Art Show Bastyr University
6/26 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Free Wine Tasting at Esquin Wine Merchants Esquin Wine Merchants
6/26 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Post Alley Wine Hop Post Alley
6/26 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at West Seattle Cellars West Seattle Cellars
6/26 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Free Vino Verite Wine Tasting Vino Verite
6/26 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm Around the World in 80 Sips EMP

What’s going on, Ya, what’s going on week of 06/13/14 edition

I thought I’d bring back my “what’s going on” lists, not nearly as robust as last years but they’ll, hopefully, grow as the summer goes on.

The follow are a list of free and/or cheap and/or just some fun sounding things to do this coming week in Western Washington, if dates or times or links are wrong don’t blame me blame my inner Rainman but here you go:

Date Time What Where
6/13 All Day Seattle International Dance Festival  South Lake Union area
6/13 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Low Tide – Beach Naturalist Program Various Parks and Beaches
6/13 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Edmonds Arts Festival Frances Anderson Cultural Center
6/13 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Bell Street Classic Weekend 2014 Bell Harbor Marina
6/13 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm Maple Valley Days LAKE WILDERNESS PARK
6/13 4:00 pm – 9:30 pm Washington Brewers Festival Marymoor Park
6/13 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Greenwood-Phinney Art Up Art Walk Greenwood-Phinney
6/14 All Day Seattle International Dance Festival  South Lake Union area
6/14 8:30 am – 5:00 pm National Marina Day Shilshole Bay Marina
6/14 9:00 am – 2:00 pm University District Farmers Market University District
6/14 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Bell Street Classic Weekend 2014 Bell Harbor Marina
6/14 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Edmonds Arts Festival Frances Anderson Cultural Center
6/14 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Wild Strawberry Festival Burien Town Square Park
6/14 10:30 am – 2:30 pm Low Tide – Beach Naturalist Program Various Parks and Beaches
6/14 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at Champion Wine Cellars Champion Wine Cellars
6/14 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at McCarthy & Schiering McCarthy & Schiering
6/14 11:00 am – 9:00 pm Washington Brewers Festival Marymoor Park
6/14 11:30 am – 9:00 pm Festival Sundiata  Seattle Center
6/14 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm Georgetown Carnival  Georgetown
6/14 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm Maple Valley Days LAKE WILDERNESS PARK
6/14 1:00 pm – 10:30 pm Festival Sundiata  Seattle Center
6/14 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Central District Art Walk Central District
6/14 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Seattle Urban Wineries – Second Saturdays tasting  Seattle
6/14 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at DeLaurenti DeLaurenti
6/14 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at Esquin Wine Merchants Esquin Wine Merchants
6/14 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Ballard Art Walk Ballard
6/14 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Georgetown Art Attack Georgetown
6/15 All Day Seattle International Dance Festival  South Lake Union area
6/15 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Fenders on Front Street Downtown Issaquah
6/15 10:00 am – 2:00 pm West Seattle Farmers Market West Seattle
6/15 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Ballard Farmers Market historic Ballard Avenue NW
6/15 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Bell Street Classic Weekend 2014 Bell Harbor Marina
6/15 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Wild Strawberry Festival Burien Town Square Park
6/15 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Fremont Sunday Market 3401 Evanston Ave North
6/15 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Edmonds Arts Festival Frances Anderson Cultural Center
6/15 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Maple Valley Days LAKE WILDERNESS PARK
6/15 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday Ice Cream Cruise South Lake Union Park
6/15 11:00 am – 6:00 pm Washington Brewers Festival Marymoor Park
6/15 11:30 am – 3:30 pm Low Tide – Beach Naturalist Program Various Parks and Beaches
6/15 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm Festival Sundiata  Seattle Center
6/16 All Day Seattle International Dance Festival  South Lake Union area
6/17 All Day Seattle International Dance Festival  South Lake Union area
6/18 All Day Seattle International Dance Festival  South Lake Union area
6/19 All Day Seattle International Dance Festival  South Lake Union area
6/19 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm 3rd Thursday Wine Walk Woodinville
6/19 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Free Wine Tasting at Esquin Wine Merchants Esquin Wine Merchants
6/19 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Post Alley Wine Hop Post Alley
6/19 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Edmonds Art Walk Edmonds
6/19 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm FREE Third Thursday Museum Day Tacoma Museum’s
6/19 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour Seattle Center
6/19 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at West Seattle Cellars West Seattle Cellars
6/19 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Free Vino Verite Wine Tasting Vino Verite
6/19 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Belltown Art Walk Belltown

Adventure time, Come on grab your friends

This past Saturday was the last Chris and Mitzie adventure.  So if you hadn’t heard my roommate of 10,000 years moved out and will now call Bismarck, North Dakota home and seeing as I have zero desire to go to Bismarck it was most likely our last adventure ever, sad but true.  Thankfully it was an awesome one.

We started with brunch, duh, at Collection Café where we each enjoy their weekend brunch package which was admission to the Chihuly Garden and Glass and a 3-course prix fixe brunch menu.  I started with the daily soup which was a delicious potato and rosemary soup.  For my main course I went for their Shrimp and Grits with Beecher’s Marco Polo Cheese Grit Cake, Green Onion Gremolata, Seared Prawns, Spicy Coppa that was amazing.  And for dessert I went for the salted caramel brownie that was out of this world.  Yes it was a lot of food for brunch but it was all tasty and well worth it.

After brunch we walked through the Chihuly Garden and Glass, I had heard mixed reviews of the place but I have to say it was the nicest, coolest ‘museum’ I’ve been to in Seattle.  Every room you turned into the glass got more impressive and astonishing. I LOVED it and highly recommend a visit if you ever come to Seattle.

Brunch:

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Chihuly Garden and Glass it was awesome and well worth the price of admission check it out:

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In the Glass House

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Ikebana and Float Boat

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Persian Ceiling

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Sealife Room

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Glass Forest

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So simple as 1, 2, 3; Understanding is what we need

Things I currently don’t understand do you understand them?

  • Peep toe booties what’s the point of booties if your toes are wet and cold?
  • People who don’t wash their hands with soap and water after using the restroom I don’t want to have to touch door knobs or light switches after you have with your pee and poo hands on them!
  • Vegetarians who eat food masquerading as meat. If you’re a vegetarian why eat faux chicken, shrimp, pork, or beef I don’t get it.
  • The half shaved head hair style, seriously why?
  • Why so many movies are re-remade and done so horribly wrong.
  • Winged eyeliner #sorrynotsorry I’m not a fan,
  • People who things it’s OK to turn the heat up at someone else’s house without asking.
  • Vajazzling I don’t know about you but I have zero desire to have a sparkly vagina.
  • Tough Mudders, why would you want to run miles in the mud with strangers?
  • Tops and dresses for that matter that have shoulder cutouts.  Seriously what’s the point? I’ve yet to see it look good on anyone.

So this is the new year. And i don’t feel any different

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Camano Island State Park a 2013 place I visited June 22.

So for 2013 I made a list of things I wanted to do, I was successful at completing 16 of the 31 items I had on the list for me that’s a pretty good ratio, 50% better than I had originally guessed.  I completely failed at completing 12 of the 31 items and half succeed/half failed at 3 of them.  I’ve added all the fails (they are highlighted yellow) to my 2014 list of things I want to do but modified them a bit to make them a little more successful for me.  All the things that involve a hike or long walk will be 100% dependent on my knees if they aren’t happy it won’t happen.  So who wants to help me cross things off my list?

 

2014

A Sound Garden in Magnuson Park
Attend an Opera or watch an Opera
Attend at least one local Art Walk
Cat Tales Zoological Park
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Coal Creek Falls
Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center
Figure out how to wear false eyelashes and actually wear them at least once
Find a signature lipstick color; buy and actually wear it
Foster Island Walk
Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park
Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park
Go to a Rat City Roller Girls bout
Goldmyer Hot Springs
Highline Botanical Garden
Hurricane Ridge
Japanese Garden
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden
Lake Chelan
Lake Wilderness Arboretum
Log House Museum
Martha Lake Airfield Park (glacial erratic)
Mukilteo Lighthouse
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge
Pigs Peace Sanctuary
Reptile Zoo
Roslyn
Sawdust Hill Alpaca Farm
Seattle Chinese Garden
Seattle Pinball Museum
South Seattle Community College Arboretum
Take a cooking class
The Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park
Treat myself to a massage twice a year
Try Dai Tai Fung for dim sum
Try more new recipes
Twin Falls
Viretta Park (Kurt Cobain benches)
W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory
Washington Park Arboretum
Washington State Horse Park
West Point Lighthouse/Discovery Park
West Seattle Bee Garden
Whale Museum