Sunday, September 21, 2014

alaska, part I

Anders and I just spent the last few weeks in Alaska. We rented a car and drove north to Fairbanks and then south to the Kenai peninsula. Alaska is an incredible state with picturesque scenery around every corner. We loved it! Here are some pictures from our time in the north.

 The day we arrived was clear and sunny and Mt. Mckinley was in full force. This is really rare. Apparently the mountain is so tall that it creates its own weather, which tends to block the view of the top. Our hotel told us that only 30% of guests get to see the mountain. We felt very lucky.

 The mountain at sunrise.

 Anders was born in Fairbanks, so it was important to him to go back and see his very first home town.

 Beer drinking, shuffle board playing at the Pumphouse.

 Anders' very first home!

 We visited the Chena Hot Springs, which is a bit of a tourist trap. However, they have an ice museum, where you can get an apple martini in an ice glass!

 The hot springs were the real reason we went.

 Visiting the bus that Chris McCandless made famous. I have to confess...we didn't hike the 20 miles into mosquito infested back country to find the real bus. This is the Into the Wild bus used in the movie that can be found at the 49th State Brewery in Healy, AK.

The only wildlife we saw at Denali National Park was this roadside moose.

A few of our favorites from north Alaska:

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge - a beautiful hotel with the best view of Mt. Mckinley. Splurge on the executive suite. The little town of Taalkeetna is super cute too.

Pumphouse restaurant - The best restaurant in Fairbanks. Get the seafood risotto!

49th State Brewery - Located in Healy, AK. A really cool brew pub with delicious food and beer, outdoor games and the Into the Wild movie bus.

Chena Hot Springs - I would not recommend staying there, but you can visit for the day and use the hot springs, which are perfect.

Santa Claus House - just outside of Fairbanks in North Pole, AK. You can visit the Santa Claus House, which is a little bit silly, but you can send a postcard from there with the official North Pole postmark (I sent a card to my nieces telling them I checked in on Santa). They also have reindeer onsite.

Pictures from the Kenai up next!

Friday, September 5, 2014


We're off! Two week road trip in Alaska begins Sunday.

Anchorage > Talkeetna > Fairbanks > DeNali > Seward > Soldotna > Homer > Girdwood

Back soon!

Friday, August 22, 2014


Anders and I made a quick trip to my hometown in IL to help my Grandma celebrate her 80th birthday!

 For the past 10 years, my Grandma has been making quilts all sewn by hand. My Mom hung them all up so everyone could check out her work at the party.

My siblings! 

 My cutie nephew, Jack

 The guest of honor, my hilarious Grandma

No visit to the farm is complete with toys.

Monday, August 11, 2014

city art

Artists, Claude Zervas and Joseph Park, (my co-worker's husband!) were commissioned to paint a mural on a fence in downtown Seattle. The fence is nothing covers an ongoing downtown construction project, but Joe and Claude turned it into something spectacular. A few of us from work headed down there to check it out, and it was so colorful and vibrant and made me so happy. It will definitely cheer up the gloomy Seattle days this winter. Major props to the city of Seattle for working hard to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. If you want to see it yourself it can be found on Cherry Street between 3rd and 4th Ave.

and here's a fun little video of my co-worker(s)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

ode to the tomato

I rode my bike to the farmer's market today in search of tomatoes. I bought a giant bag, and as I was headed out, I ran into two poets. My love for tomatoes runs deep (borderline obsession), so I figured that was worthy of a poem. Here is what it says:

Tomatoe (yes, he actually spelled it wrong. Love it.)

of wine
in blood
of shaded night.
sweet heat
filling the vessel with 
a taste of fruit

-WC (

I don't know many places where you can get a poem with your purchase of tomatoes, which is why I think Seattle might be the greatest city on Earth. Just sayin'

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


The Pike Place Fish 2015 calendar is now for sale (remember this post from the photoshoot)! Anders is actually the month of March in case you were wondering. You can order a copy of it here, and the guys will even autograph it for you! This is their first ever calendar, so we are a bit excited over here.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

point defiance

We spent our last free summer Sunday (we're busy, yo!) hiking around Point Defiance's old growth forest. 
It was magnificent. And now we're home about to live stream a Phish show from Georgia, so this is a good day all around. Hooray for summer.