Friday, August 22, 2014

80

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 special...it 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.)

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

-WC (www.williamthepoet.com)

 
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

calendar

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.

Monday, July 21, 2014

vegas

Anders and I decided the only proper way to celebrate 5 years of marriage was a trip to Vegas. I have been to Vegas many many times, but this was my first time going in 10 years and my first time with Anders. According to our cab driver, Vegas is a "saggy-ass" town, and there is definitely a scene there that isn't our speed. However, if you look hard enough you can find a lot of gems among the clubs and pool parties and $15 drinks. We had a blast! We spent time gambling in the Fireside Lounge at the Peppermill, ate amazing steaks at the Golden Steer, found secret pizza at a no name pizza spot at the Cosmopolitan and caught the Michael Jackson Cirque de Soleil show, which was the highlight of the trip and better than I had even imagined it could be. These are all cell phone shots as I decided not to drag my nice camera around the town, but I still managed to capture a few great moments.

 No name pizza/A cupcake ATM

 Anders hoping for a big payout/Meeting his childhood idol

 Michael Jackson One

 Hands down the coolest spot in Vegas

View from The Mix. This place is a swanky bar at the top of our hotel. It wasn't so much our scene, but you can't beat the view.

Thanks for the great time, Vegas, although did you really need to keep so much of our money? We'll be back to square up soon.

Monday, July 14, 2014

outstanding in the field

Anders and I were lucky enough to attend a huge dinner at our friend's oyster farm put on by Outstanding in the Field. The crew from OITF travel all around the country putting on dinners on farms that reconnect the diner with the farmer. They have been doing these events for the last 15 years, and it is quite a site to see. We had a great time eating delicious oysters from the farm but also local sockeye salmon, squash blossom salad, grape gazpacho and almond cake for dessert. And while the night was a complete home run, there was one funny incident. The dinner table was set up on the beach, but the crew misjudged high tide (how fast it would come in and how high), and by the time the first course was served, my chair was underwater. The tables had to be moved to higher and dryer land, but it was a  pretty hilarious adventure. Luckily, everyone was a good sport. It's a good thing we moved too because less than an hour after we moved the tide was so high our tables would have floated away. In fact, a boy cruised by on a boat...right where we had been sitting!

If you ever get a chance to attend one of these dinners, I highly recommend it. Check out the complete tour here.

 This is not a great picture, but I wanted to point out how far away the tide was to begin.

 Squash blossom salad

 Grape gazpacho 

 The tide rolled in quickly! Literally all within 10 minutes!

 Table sinking with Kevin, the owner of the oyster farm

 High-ho, high-ho

 Luckily our chef, Zoi, was always on dry land.

 Treasure Cove oysters

 (there was wine too)

 Chef Zoi is my hero. This dish was perfect.

 Almond cake for dessert.