In the desert, near a small town, nestled up next to vast tracts of a state park, there are creatures. Giant metal creatures spattered across the desert land. Some are extinct. Some are fantastical. Some are exotic. All are awe inspiring. These sculptures are the product of Ricardo Breceda. He started sculpting with a large […]
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and cry every time I listen to Katy Perry’s song “Roar”: I use to be even more bold, even more outrageous, even more flamboyant. I used to delight in always wearing ridiculous dresses completely unsuited for the occasion – camping in space princess dresses and hiking in ballgowns made from parachutes. I loved being the […]
Sewing Summit 2013 I miss you already! I’m still riding on a high from how wonderful the weekend was, how informative the classes, how delightful the other attendees. I stayed up until 1am sewing on brand new Bernina sewing machines (two nights in a row! I may or may not have had to call my […]
A couple of weekends ago I went down to Santa Barbara. I had an inspiring tour through an inspiring place with two very inspiring women. My mom, Adam’s mom, and I toured the museum and gardens of the Santa Barbara Mission. It was built in 1786 but is still a site of education, reflection, and […]
I got to see a Christmas Camel today!!! A local Seattle nursery, Swanson’s, brings in reindeer and a camel every year for Christmas.
When we travel, I like to come home with a souvenir or two that was handmade in the place we just visited. I brought home three things from our trip to Baja last week.
Adam and I spent our Thanksgiving this year in Los Barriles, South Baja, Mexico. We hosted Thanksgiving dinner for our families last year. This year, we decided that our priorities for the holiday were low stress and time together. So we escaped to Mexico!
Adam travels a lot for work. He just got back from Prague and brought me the most lovely handmade Czech Easter eggs as a souvenir. He bought them at a store called Manufaktura, that says “We established our company with the aim to preserve and present Czech and Moravian craft which is in danger of disappearing […]
Last week I was sent to the east coast to visit collaborators for work. I decided I would fly out a day early so that I could visit friends in New York. While there, I spent hours wandering through the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens with a friend. The Japanese garden was lovely and tranquil. I enjoyed […]
While in Homer, Alaska, last week, I bought myself a couple of souvenirs handmade by local artists. The bracelet is carved from birch. It was made by artist George Overpeck. He spends his summers commercial fishing in Bristol Bay and kitesurfing on Kachemak Bay. His winters are occupied with woodturning in Homer. Most of his […]
I spent last week in Alaska on family vacation. My brother has lived in Anchorage for 7 years and this is the first time I’ve been up here to visit. I’m sorry that it has taken me so long because it’s absolutely beautiful, even though the weather has been pretty darn crummy. We went for […]
Things I love about Portland, Part III. Coffee Culture In Portland, coffee is plentiful. And it’s good coffee. Readily found on almost every corner, the ubiquitous coffee shop not only proffers delightful drinks, it offers a comfortable space to hang out with your laptop. Unlike San Francisco, where you’re glared at for sitting around too […]
Things I love about Portland Part II: Food Carts Portland does food carts like no other town. It’s fun to walk through downtown and see food carts lining the streets and people lining up for the food carts. Dozens of options, every type of cuisine imaginable, and good prices are hard to beat. Yesterday I […]
I’m on vacation in Portland this week. I went to college here, and I love this city. Adam and I decided that if we were orphans we would live here. (Since we’re both very close to our families, I want to live in Seattle and he wants to live in Santa Barbara. But if we […]
I did it. I rode my bike from Seattle to Portland on the STP bike ride this weekend. 140 miles on Saturday. 71 miles on Sunday. This was my first major bike ride and my first time joining a group of my family and friends that have been doing this ride for several years. There […]
While you read this (or at least when this posts), I’ll be in the middle of riding my bike from Seattle to Portland. It’s 200 miles of riding over 2 days. We’ll do 120 miles on Saturday and 80 on Sunday. For the last couple of months I’ve been training. Which means that every Saturday […]