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5:00 P.M. Bell!

Yeah, I feel this way a lot lately.

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The 2018 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Is In Full Bloom

The 2018 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Is In Full Bloom

The festival started back in March, but there are events going all through April. This is an iconic event in the greater Seattle area. As such, traffic can be a bit of a monster. Just plan to be stuck in traffic, and your life will be better. If you want to avoid crowds go mid-week. It helps a lot. However, for the next few weeks, many school districts will be on spring break, so it won’t be perfect. But far fewer cars.

I’ve biked the fields before, which is great especially when the weather’s nice (don’t bank on that during spring in Seattle). A great bit of advice is to park at a park-and-ride and bike from there. I’ve parked at Washington Elementary School, but I don’t know if that’s sanctioned, so I risked tickets or towing.

Getting hungry? In Mount Vernon one of my favorite places to eat is the Calico Cupboard. It’s a favorite for most everyone who knows anything about the region. So, budget plenty of time. At last check, they didn’t take reservations. It’s first come, first serve. It’s worth the wait, but, especially if you have younger kids, you’ll want to strategize that. Or you could head to the one in La Conner, which isn’t that far.

If you’re thinking of a treat, and you’re not too frozen from the tulip fields, check out the Big Scoop Ice Cream shop. A regional classic place and just a lot of fun.

If you want something warm and caffeinated, Mount Vernon does have it’s share of Starbucks, but you should check out Woods Coffee, though it’s pretty small. There’s also Ristretto Coffee Lounge which has been on my list of places to try.

The Washington State Department of Transportation has pulled together some great tips. Definitely take a few minutes and review these. It’ll eliminate a ton of aggravation. And don’t forget to check out the interactive map before you go. It’s quite well done.

May your tulip excursion be delightful!

 

What the Pho?

What the Pho?

Over the past several days, I’ve had pho at least thrice. Now, there aren’t as many pho places around here, yet, as there are teriyaki. But they’re making inroads. I can name 5 restaurants within a very short distance, and with great ease. Teriyaki, which should be the official foods of Seattle. It was a running joke, for awhile, that there was a stip mall, somewhere in Seattle, that didn’t have a teriyaki shop. Somewhere… So, as a comparison, I can think of 13 teriyaki shops in the same geographic area.
For me, these foods, Vietnamese soup and Japanese chicken, were my comfort foods. When I’m sick, nothing nagging me feel better than pho ga, or chicken soup. With a fan of Siracha, and a dollop of hoison. Perfect! And if I’m stressed, or feeling sad, mad or bad, teriyaki picks up my mood.

Now, there are variations. For teriyaki, I like it crisp, charred, solidly grilled. Others I know, prefer it cooked more gently. With pho, there’s pressed chicken vs shredded, with my preference being shredded.

A few of the foods that make the Puget Sound basin a unique place culturally. So, Bon Appetite!

I’m Back!

I’m Back!

Hey everyone,

Well, I’m coming back to this site. For the past little while, I’ve been writing at this self-hosted site: www.NotJustSeattle.com. As I’m getting out of the web-hosting business, I’m planning to bring everything back here. Additionally, I love the WordPress community that this site has.

I”ll be bring everything from that site over here over the next few weeks. I’m proud of all that work, and want it to remain vibrant and active.

If you haven’t been keeping up with me at one of my other sites, I’m now working for a construction company. It’s a dramatic shift from my work with C&K Real Estate, and, both exciting and intimidating as heck. I’ll write more about that soon.

Please connect with me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. It’s fantastic to hear from everyone! I’m looking forward to growing things here.

Cascadia Art Museum’s First Annual Holiday Weekend

Cascadia Art Museum is hosting their first holiday weekend this weekend, with events starting this evening. Looks like a lot of fun!

 

First Annual Holiday Weekend

Thursday, Dec. 3 to Sunday, Dec. 6

Join us for our very first holiday weekend, packed with deals and events for the whole family!

  • Enjoy a 10% discount for non-members in the museum store these four days only!  Members receive a 20% discount!
  • Thursday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – 2 Hour Adult (11 and older) card making workshop with local artist Angela Bandurka.  Reservations are required.  Details below.
  • Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Free drop-in family card making workshop with Mona Fairbanks and April Richardson.  Details below.
  • Sunday at 1 p.m. – Weekly walk and talk with our curator David Martin, on the Vintage Christmas Card Show
  • Sunday at 3 p.m. – Slide show history of the Northwest Watercolor society led by David Martin.  Details below.
The Edmonds Christmas Trolley runs from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, offering free rides!
Free Cascadia Art Museum Tote Bag with a purchase of $100 or more!
Thursday, December 3, 2:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cascadia Art Museum Multi-purpose Education Room
Adult (11 and older) card-making class with Angela Bandurka as she guides students through the process of painting an ornament with acrylic paint on watercolor paper as a holiday card for single use or multiple reproductions, or, as a framed work.
Cost: $10. Supplies provided. Museum admission not included.  30 participant maximum.  Reservations are required by contacting Tara Shadduck atadmin@cascadiaartmuseum.org.

Saturday, December 5, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Cascadia Art Museum Multi-purpose Education Room
Family drop-in card-making class with art educators Mona Fairbanks and April Richardson as they guide instruction on two card making genres: watercolor stamp making with pen work, and, small run, native plant printmaking on a portable printing press.
Cost: Free with Museum admission. Supplies provided. (Children 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult.)

Sunday, December 6, 3 p.m. Cascadia Art Museum Multi-purpose Education Room
Curator David Martin will lead a slide show lecture on the history of the Northwest Watercolor society.  Cost is $5 for the public, members may attend for free.  Seating is limited, so it will be first come, first served.

When Good Enough Becomes Never Enough

When Good Enough Becomes Never Enough

Ah, very wise words; ones which I should embrace as deeply as I can. Often, I’m absorbed into the trap of comparison, and lose sight of “enough”. Losing sight of MY goals and dreams.

This also reinforces the importance of having your own goals and dreams. Vision gives you something to focus on, pulling you forward. That’s critical to avoiding a self-pitying spiral of misery.

Site News

Recently, I decided to host this site on my own servers. In that process, I thought I ported the whole thing over to NotJustSeattle.com. However, something broke in that process and I see this site remains, and is independent of my main site. With that, going forward, I’ll update NotJustSeattle.com, and these pages will be left to languish. At some point, I will either find a way to port the wordpress url over to my site, or I’ll simply kill this.

 

Anyway, see you on the internets!

Oh, the Joys of Spam

I constantly get spam messages regarding how to get REO (bank owned properties) contracts. Lately, with HUD changing their listing broker structure, I’ve seen a battery of “act now! HUD’s reassessing their contracts…” missives. The sad/funniest part of the whole thing is that it really is, now, too late. BLB (the company that has received the HUD contract for Washington) has closed applications and is in the process of reviewing. Scammers can’t quit, I guess.