The Year In Review

I haven’t been posting much this year. This point was driven home when my Facebook year in review was mostly photos others had tagged me in. My year was a lot more beautiful than anyone would guess, especially considering undiagnosed knee bursitis left me hobbled for the better part of 7 months. A lot of time was spent with family and friend. We also traveled all over western Washington. Be prepared for some sunset photos.

2014 started with our 4th Anniversary trip to Mount St. Helens. We arrived late, woke up early and saw the most beautiful sunrise over the mountain.

This biggest news of my year was becoming an aunt. Emily & Pete had a baby! Being an aunt is so much fun. There were a ton of crafts before she was born, and I’m sure there will be even more as she grows. Em and I even did some long distance design consulting for the nursery. It is turning out super cute.

I was invited to an event at the Chihuly Boathouse. It was great to see someone else’s collection of creepy face objects.

E & I went on a camping trip on the Olympic Peninsula, stopping at the Olympic National Park, Neah Bay to visit a friend, and the Salt Creek Campground, where you sleep overlooking the tide pools.

We made a few trips down to Ocean Shores to spend time with my family. Rain, wind, or sun, these beaches are wonderful.

This fall we celebrated a few of our friends getting married. One of these weddings was just outside of Portland in Troutdale, Oregon. We had a great time driving the historic Columbia River Highway. There are cabbage farms, coating the ground in purple leaves, just a mile away from historic sites along the way to waterfalls.

We’re going back for this year’s anniversary. I cannot wait to start the year off at McMenamins Edgefield, getting to see the falls in daylight, and finally going inside the Vista House!

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A Beautiful Summer

I’m not ready to admit that summer is over. It has been sunny almost every afternoon. Even the storms have been more awe-inspiring than usual. It’s too bad that a lot of people are too cranky to enjoy it. The people who whine about how hot it is in Seattle right now are going to be the same ones who whine when it rains all next week.

Court yard

Capitol Hill court yard

Beautiful sun break

The morning rain stopped in time for my jog.

Who is that guy?

A day perfect enough for a newscaster promo.

Frolik

Frolik has a great 5th story spot. There’s a ping pong table, too!

Fall Bike Ride

Yesterday was strange. I mean that in the best way. It’s been oddly sunny in Seattle for a while now, I am finally not sick, & I have a bit of cabin fever, so I took advantage of a beautiful fall day. Instead of dicking around online, I jogged in the morning & took a bike ride in the afternoon. It was almost like I’m an athletic person. Almost.

There is a series of parks in Columbia City that begin at Columbia Park (where the library is located), all the way out to the water,  & finally to Seward Park. It’s about 9 miles round trip if you include the Seward Park path.

Columbia Park to Seward Park

Did I mention it was a beautiful day?

Rainier Playfield

Genesee Park

Lake Washington Boulevard Trail

Seward Park

Lake Washington Boulevard Trail

Genesee Park

I might be biking more often now.

I’ve fallen for a White House wall.

I love the official White House flickr account. I don’t care that  some of the photos look staged. It’s so interesting to see how people honestly live in that building. This photo popped up after Michelle Obama’s DNC speech and it is just precious. They all look so proud.

Yet somehow, in a moment where the focus is on politics & family, I’m the girl staring at that wall.

Sept. 4, 2012. “President Barack Obama and his daughters, Malia, left, and Sasha, watch on television as First Lady Michelle Obama begins her speech at the Democratic National Convention, in the Treaty Room of the White House, Tuesday night.”

It’s no surprise that I’d enjoy the color palette & range of texture. This incarnation of the Treaty Room feels like a very upscale version of my house. They did a wonderful job of blending the traditional pieces like the Treaty Table  & the mirror over the mantel in to a contemporary & relaxed look.

I did a search through the White House Flickr for all of the Treaty Room pictures to get more angles on the room. Did you know the first family really hangs out there?  It looks surprisingly comfortable.

July 17, 2011. “President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters Sasha and Malia watch the World Cup soccer game between the U.S. and Japan, from the Treaty Room office in the residence of the White House, Sunday.”

That huge painting above the sofa is such a modern piece & a great contrast to the ornate grandfather clock.  Plus I really love that it’s a “Dark Horse”. Visual jokes & nods crack me up.

March 16, 2011 “The President meets with national security aides John Brennan, foreground, and Denis McDonough after talking on the phone with Prime Minister Naoto Kan of Japan a few days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The call was made near midnight from the Treaty Room office in the White House Residence. Most nights after dinner and time with his family, the President retreats to this office where he catches up on paperwork and reads his briefing material for the next day.”

There’s a lot of history to see & read on how the room has changed over the years. The White House Museum is a great place to start. If you do start scrolling through, take a look at the enormous globe that was in the room from about 1880 to early the 1900s. Did they store that somewhere? Can you see it in person? Is it strange that I want to spend some time with a 200 year old globe that has belonged to the White House? I hope not.

All photos here are Official White House Photos by Pete Souza. Follow The White House on Flickr for more of Mr. Souza’s photos.

Snow Day!

It didn’t snow here for over 24 hours after the rest of the Seattle area. I honestly didn’t think we were ever going to get past the rain. When it finally came down, it was beautiful. The sun never stopped shinning!

What is it about snow that makes even taking out the recycling turn in to a great time?

This is why I should find a better camera. The garland we made for the Christmas tree is now outside to feed the birds. Haven’t seen many for a few day, so I’m guessing that Northwest birds can sense when the snow is headed our way for once.

The boys had a snowball fight out on the sidewalk. We even threw snowballs for the neighbors’ puppy. He’s less than a year old and today was his first time seeing snow. We’d throw a snow ball and he’d try to find it, only to have it fall apart when he pounced on it. He nearly dug up the grass trying to find one of them. Too, too cute.