Friday, July 31, 2009

Cool V


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Cool IV


Took a trip with Sara to eat dinner our by Deception Pass. There's this roadside shack that sells fresh seafood all year and I've never been there. It was delicious! Brought home a pound of shrimp :)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Cool III


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Cool II


Another friend of mine is starting out on a Project 365, and (today) chose the theme of Cool for this week. Luckily, I took enough photos yesterday to pick out a "cool" one. Now to figure out what cool is...

Monday, July 27, 2009

Cool I


Sunday, July 26, 2009

Blue VII


Beach day, and the weather was perfect. We were only there for an hour and a half, but the little people were slowly running out of steam. All in all, a good day.

Little Miss building a sand castle.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Blue VI


Went to my little sister's best friend's 5th birthday party (whew!). As this was for a little girl, there was not a blue item to be found - that and I completely forgot about the theme. Pink, everywhere!

Is blue under the table?

No, that's just Louie!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Blue V


Apartment hunting aaaaah!

Spent the evening with Morgan just relaxing and taking in the atmosphere downtown. Tried out Jalapenos Mexican restaurant. Had a drink, "Big Mama" sized, and I was done. No wonder this place is so popular...

Going to my folks tomorrow. This temperature for most of this weekend is predicted to be in the high 80s. We'll see what happens :)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Blue IV


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Blue III


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Blue II


Monday, July 20, 2009

Blue I


Today is the start of Attempt #1 of photography within a theme for a full week. I asked a couple friends to join, as they are both in the 365-photo process. Here's a link to one of the blogs - Project 365: The Safelight District

This week's theme is BLUE. I am glad to be starting small with a color theme. We'll get into the rule of thirds further down the road. ;)

Went apartment hunting today with Morgan around North Bellingham. I found this obviously blue house and thought, "This'll do for today's photo."

In moving closer to experiment with a few shots, I looked down and saw what is today's daily photo. Well played, Universe!

Nothing jumping out at us as of yet. Send us luck!

Sunday, July 19, 2009


200 days complete!

Bite of Seattle!

Bite of Seattle is an annual event held at Seattle Center where restaurants from all over the state take their show on the road to provide us with their yumminess in a convenient meeting place.

Today's photo would be pretty lackluster if it weren't for all those rainbow sprinkles! I'm a sucker for sprinkles, again proven by that fact that this ice cream was like watery slush and I made do with eating most of the sprinkles off of it before throwing it to the crows. They don't even have much taste...

I went two years ago to the Bite and it was great. Finally made it back this year, spent more, and definitely tried more food. Bao, elephant ears, ribs with "Devil's Spit." Ohhhhhhhhhh. Nutella crepes, Jamaican jerk chicken, Mediterranean lamb kebabs, young coconut milk. Now I just have to wait until the Bite of Bellingham. ;D

his backpack was full of juice - NEAT!

Saturday, July 18, 2009


My god, what a gorgeous day. Bright, hot, breezy. My family was going to come up and visit me but our plans were squashed when my little siblings started dropping down for naps too late. Next time! Spent the afternoon creating litte things and playing music.

Friday, July 17, 2009


Saw this spider working frantically to build a web on the railing of my back porch as the wind started picking up. I came back half an hour later and the web was perfectly assembled, the spider tucked safely in the center, the web bobbing in the wind. NEAT!

Thursday, July 16, 2009


Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Leftover pasta thrown into the pot and boiled to perfection.
Divertente! I do not think that's right...

Monday, July 13, 2009


aggressive squirrel!

We kept groceries and a few belongings at Birch Bay yesterday morning, as we had to leave early in the morning for the Mariner's game in Seattle. Back up to the Bay to clean up our messes and say goodbye to the cabin.

Turkey burgers and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. We hadn't seen the movie, but Morgan bought the Criterion version of it anyway, trusting that it would be worth it. It was. As much as I loved every second of the film, it is one of the saddest things I have ever watched. Damn, Benjamin Button - I love it so!

Sunday, July 12, 2009


Mariners vs. Rangers today!

Morgan's parents had four tickets to the game but were unable to go, so they offered them to us. Sweet!. The phrase, "free baseball tickets," is music to my ears.
I love baseball games, everything about them - the crack of the bat against the ball, watching the way the athletes move, the flat beer, cold hot dogs, and in this city, watching the retractable roof enclose the stadium when it starts to rain. I don't care much about what happens during the season, but I thoroughly enjoy each game that I am able to go to.

Had some trouble finding people to take the two extra tickets. That was a first. Went with Gus, and had a free ticket. I suggested scalping it but any bad experience would probably go back to the purchaser, Morgan's dad - I'd feel horrible about that! After the game, had a drink at this bar which kept on hand more booze than I have ever seen in any liquor store. The drink sucked, and they were out of the one thing I wanted on the menu.

Walked around Pioneer Square and explored this amazing bookstore. I can see how someone could spend hours in there - there are tens of thousands of books, the entire establishment is made up of wood floors/bookshelves/staircases, and it is built like a labyrinth. Stairs and lofts and tall wooden bookshelves were everywhere, and I got lost. I had skimmed through a few sections and promised to make a trip back here just for this. Settled in the cookbook section as I waited for Morgan and Gus to find me.

Gus crashed as soon as we got on the road, and I followed shortly afterward. Car naps are wonderful. I got pretty nauseous by the end of the night - garlic fries and beer don't go together, which I was told after the game. Thanks. Was the taste worth it? I think maybe. Morgan and I hit up a Denny's, but I couldn't finish my meal. Damn you garlic fries!

Crawling into my own bed for the first time in days was...kind of sad. Missing Birch Bay already, but there will be another time for that. All in all, a great day.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


This guy was hanging out, enjoying the ocean view.

Best day ever!

Woke up to a clear sky and more sunshine than I could have asked for. Bought a rainbow parrot kite! Headed out to the Bay, where the tide level was low enough to go wading through to find marine life. We spent a few hours moving further out to the last (and barely visible) sandbar. I get a little freaked out by the ocean floor if I can't see it, but I got over it quickly enough when I saw how fast the crab's run away from you once you are in their space. I got this, no problem.

Slowly made our way back, had lunch, and went back out to the sandbars with my parrot kite (with "realistic flapping motion"). It caught the wind, and floated up to the length of the string. Explored for more sea life.

At the end of the day we I was tan and freckley, Morgan was slightly sunburned. Barbecue dinner, then s'mores for dessert.

____ + ____

This is the life, by the sea.

Friday, July 10, 2009


I must have over a hundred photos of this boat from multiple trips to Birch Bay, but this is my first photo of it on land :)

We bought a tide-guide the other day to check for negative tides during our stay in Birch Bay.

Morgan had us wake up at 8:00am to be out to the bay by 9. From the cabin, the shore is literally a stone's throw away so I pushed it back to 8:30 by refusing to get out of bed. Made waffles and headed out. The little book said -.07 at 9:30am. WRONG. We walked the thin sliver of shore along the public section of beach, but gave up after half an hour. This tide-guide is lame. Back to badminton.

Played around, had lunch, checked the tide after noon. Perfect! Tomorrow we shall try this again. :)

Here is a chiton Morgan found!

Thursday, July 9, 2009


Two days ago, Morgan and I got off work, finished packing our bags and went to Birch Bay, WA to celebrate our 4th anniversary together. WOAH!

Yesterday (7/8/09) was our anniversary. We woke up, played plenty of badminton, went on a six-mile bikeride, then walked the length of the shore of Birch Bay before coming back home for more badminton. Is this my anniversary celebration, or bootcamp? :)

As we already live less than half an hour from the Canada-United States border, we made a special trip to Vancouver today (7/9/09). We were stopped at the border and told to get out of the car and go inside the customs building - Morgan figures it was because my passport was a few weeks old and here I was trying to leave the country. :)

Made it to Vancouver - what a beautiful city! I have never been to a more culturally diverse urban area. Made it to Stanley Park first for the Vancouver Aquarium.

Then to Chinatown...which was pretty disappointing, but I still had fun. We decided to stick to debit/credit and about $5.50 in Canadian coin for the trip. This was great until we made it to Chinatown around 2:30pm with visions of Siopao and Red-bean cakes dancing around in our heads. No one took plastic, and the one ATM we found wouldn't accept our American cards! Stopped at a bakery for a quick snack.

Then on to what I thought would be super awesome but was not, Tilford Center. :P It was described as a shopping center surrounded by different types of gardens. It turned out ot be an L-shaped strip mall with a garden of mixed plants at the joint. :P

Made a pit-stop at this enormous mall (four levels high with over 450 stores!). Right now they are featuring a dinosaur exhibit.

This photo is a model of what is believed what a baby Tyrannosaurus looked like. Also, I touched an Allosaurus skull that is over 150 million years old - AWESOME!

We were getting hungry, thirsty and a bit worn out by the late afternoon and got stuck in heavy traffic trying to get out of the city. After deciding to try the first restaurant we see (other than the four A&Ws- they are as prevalent there as McDonalds is in the US), we spotted a large, dark blue building with BMWs, Mercedes, Rolls Royces, etc. parked in the lot. Sure, we'll try it! Turns out this place, Earl's, is a classy Hooters. Why didn't I get a photo? The food was to-die-for and we will definitely want to go back. The waitstaff were all gorgeous and friendly, so all in all it was a great experience.

Made it home and crashed hard.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009



Sonnet XVII

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

Pablo Neruda

Translated by Stephen Tapscott

Tuesday, July 7, 2009