Friday, December 23, 2011

happy holidazeeeeee

For all of you who check in from time to time, I hope you have glorious holidays. I hope there is a moment within the madness where you can at least step back, take a breath, and realize something to be truly grateful for -be it a laugh, a hug or a glass of the good stuff.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

vintage. aspen.

I saw these photographs on Tomboy Style and it made me wish I could go back in time and snowboard in Aspen back in the day.

Well ok, I suppose there weren't snowboards back then. So I guess I'd have to settle for the Apres ski portion (see below). Fine by me. Having met Tyson in Aspen, I've been back several times and have hugely fond memories of the magical place. Though its not as simple and seemingly "rustic" as it is in these photos (insert celebrities and Gucci), it really is beautiful.

Somehow this led me down a super fun retrospective of skiing style < Can you believe how much things have changed? Check out Jackie O! and other goodies.

I recently bought a new snowboarding jacket. It looks nothing like these two gems below. And frankly I'm kinda sad about it because these are great!
Photos from The Selvedge Yard
Skiing///Snowboarding is so fun with friends! We booked a cabin at Mt Baker for Tyson's birthday weekend in January and I cannot wait.

PS - Its the week before Christmas! I'm sick but spirits are high. Wishing you all a great holiday season!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

no reason to be doom and gloom...

What a fresh and completely adorable man. Pure in delight and in his love of fashion. 

Friday, December 16, 2011


Carrots! From the husband's deck gardens.

Small yet powerful.

****Happy Friday!********

Thursday, December 15, 2011


A most bad-ass speech indeed. 
Whether you're a HC fan or not, take the time to watch. Its important.

"...Now, raising this issue, I know, is sensitive for many people and that the obstacles standing in the way of protecting the human rights of LGBT people rest on deeply held personal, political, cultural, and religious beliefs. So I come here before you with respect, understanding, and humility. Even though progress on this front is not easy, we cannot delay acting. So in that spirit, I want to talk about the difficult and important issues we must address together to reach a global consensus that recognizes the human rights of LGBT citizens everywhere.

The first issue goes to the heart of the matter. Some have suggested that gay rights and human rights are separate and distinct; but, in fact, they are one and the same. Now, of course, 60 years ago, the governments that drafted and passed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights were not thinking about how it applied to the LGBT community. They also weren’t thinking about how it applied to indigenous people or children or people with disabilities or other marginalized groups. Yet in the past 60 years, we have come to recognize that members of these groups are entitled to the full measure of dignity and rights, because, like all people, they share a common humanity.

This recognition did not occur all at once. It evolved over time. And as it did, we understood that we were honoring rights that people always had, rather than creating new or special rights for them. Like being a woman, like being a racial, religious, tribal, or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights..."

"...Finally, progress comes from being willing to walk a mile in someone else's shoes. We need to ask ourselves, "How would it feel if it were a crime to love the person I love? How would it feel to be discriminated against for something about myself that I cannot change?" This challenge applies to all of us as we reflect upon deeply held beliefs, as we work to embrace tolerance and respect for the dignity of all persons, and as we engage humbly with those with whom we disagree in the hope of creating greater understanding..."

"...There is a phrase that people in the United States invoke when urging others to support human rights: “Be on the right side of history.” The story of the United States is the story of a nation that has repeatedly grappled with intolerance and inequality. We fought a brutal civil war over slavery. People from coast to coast joined in campaigns to recognize the rights of women, indigenous peoples, racial minorities, children, people with disabilities, immigrants, workers, and on and on. And the march toward equality and justice has continued. Those who advocate for expanding the circle of human rights were and are on the right side of history, and history honors them. Those who tried to constrict human rights were wrong, and history reflects that as well."

Monday, December 12, 2011


These are images from the west coast occupy movement groups. Times they are interesting in this country. I really respect people who can stand up for what they think is right. Its not always easy and certainly not safe or warm and fuzzy. Whether this is the best use of their energy, I'm not sure its immediately evident. But again, props for standing up for what you believe in.

I guess I'll just say this: Things have got to change. Maybe I sound like some bias news person, but the rich ARE getting richer while so many continue to struggle. The GAP is bigger than ever before. And the only thing that seems to matter in this country is money. It runs and ruins everything. Money sure is great, I'll admit it. I like money just as much as the next gal, but I certainly hope I don't like it so much that I don't give a shit about anyone else except myself. Bold statement. And I know I'm not perfect. I know I make choices every day that aren't considered charitable. I like going out to dinner and buying myself a super cute sweater from a "big box" store like J Crew. I drive a Volvo. Yup, I sure do. I guess I just feel like somewhere our country took a sharp turn that involved truly not giving a shit about thinking about our world and our planet as one big system. And the system doesn't thrive unless we can come together and try to make each other better. Supporting each other. The more we try to squash the "little" people the bigger the problems get and the longer they persist.

I sat on an airplane next to a doctor from Eugene, OR who was en route to MN to see her daughter who was attending Carlton as a freshmen. When I asked her, "What do you do?" she actually sheepishly revealed that she was a doctor. She was embarrassed, and well, a little ashamed. Shocked and feeling boldly inquisitive I pushed her to talk about her job and her role in healthcare over her 30+ year career. Originally from MN, she and her husband have both held various roles within the healthcare community in the Twin Cities, Oregon and they have also spent time with medical teams within the non-profit group Doctors Without Borders [DWB provides independent, impartial assistance in more than 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters. DWB provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need.] Come to find that she has visibility to the landscape of corruption that happens within our current healthcare system. Doctors who feel pressure to earn more money for their respective clinics and hospitals in order to bolster their weekly "reports". And even ethical doctors whose hospitals pressure them to push for certain procedures so that they as an organization can make more money. Sounds like getting your car fixed in that you really just have to trust the mechanic and yet, none of us usually do (unless its my Papa, because he's a mechanic and I trust him!). Anyway, somewhere into hour two of our conversation she said to me, "I guess I just don't understand why the Republicans are so against universal healthcare. Do you realize how many unemployed people have health problems and disabilities and subsequently are unable to work as a result? And the longer they can't get health care, the longer they can't work, and then the longer they are a drain on the system. If we could get people healthy, we could get them to work."

Ok, that's all for now. Something to think about, I suppose. I don't have the answers. I guess I'm just frightened as to where things are going. I'm typically a pretty positive and optimistic person, and I know that things are cyclical. I just hope that we can come together - politically and in our communities - to make this world a good place to hang out and enjoy the people we love. Both for now and for whenever I decide I might want to make some kids who will be here long after me.

And just for reference, I plucked this from the www today.
The Occupy movement. 

Demand one: Restoration of the living wage. This demand can only be met by ending "Freetrade" by re-imposing trade tariffs on all imported goods entering the American market to level the playing field for domestic family farming and domestic manufacturing as most nations that are dumping cheap products onto the American market have radical wage and environmental regulation advantages. Another policy that must be instituted is raise the minimum wage to twenty dollars an hr.

Demand two: Institute a universal single payer healthcare system. To do this all private insurers must be banned from the healthcare market as their only effect on the health of patients is to take money away from doctors, nurses and hospitals preventing them from doing their jobs and hand that money to wall st. investors.

Demand three: Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment.

Demand four: Free college education.

Demand five: Begin a fast track process to bring the fossil fuel economy to an end while at the same bringing the alternative energy economy up to energy demand.

Demand six: One trillion dollars in infrastructure (Water, Sewer, Rail, Roads and Bridges and Electrical Grid) spending now.

Demand seven: One trillion dollars in ecological restoration planting forests, reestablishing wetlands and the natural flow of river systems and decommissioning of all of America's nuclear power plants.

Demand eight: Racial and gender equal rights amendment.

Demand nine: Open borders migration. anyone can travel anywhere to work and live.

Demand ten: Bring American elections up to international standards of a paper ballot precinct counted and recounted in front of an independent and party observers system.

Demand eleven: Immediate across the board debt forgiveness for all. Debt forgiveness of sovereign debt, commercial loans, home mortgages, home equity loans, credit card debt, student loans and personal loans now! All debt must be stricken from the "Books." World Bank Loans to all Nations, Bank to Bank Debt and all Bonds and Margin Call Debt in the stock market including all Derivatives or Credit Default Swaps, all 65 trillion dollars of them must also be stricken from the "Books." And I don't mean debt that is in default, I mean all debt on the entire planet period.

Demand twelve: Outlaw all credit reporting agencies.

Demand thirteen: Allow all workers to sign a ballot at any time during a union organizing campaign or at any time that represents their yeah or nay to having a union represent them in collective bargaining or to form a union.

"These demands will create so many jobs it will be completely impossible to fill them without an open borders policy."

Peace, friends. 

Friday, December 9, 2011


Its Friday! Wham! Pow!
Let's see, pretty productive week in terms of 8-5 job type things. I'm actually driving in to work today vs. taking the vanpool (commuter van where multiple people ride together), which, literally feels like such a luxury. Seat heaters and my own music! Damn!

No big plans for the weekend. Must try to leverage the productive-ness of the work week into the weekend. Hoping to pop by ReStore as my husband said he saw heaps of wood options for my table. Might try and run around Lake Union in an effort to stop the inevitable lbs. after the candy consumption of this week. I ordered nordic skis, so maybe I'll see if I remember how to use them from that 9th grade gym class where I last did it. Other than that, its all chill baby chill. Off to Portland next weekend to visit the delightful BB.

I hope ya'll have great weekends!

Here is a killer space that I will pine over for quite some time (minus those stools, not into them).  Pine over, was that a weak attempt at a woodsy rustic pun? I hope not.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

'tis the season

Tree getting' <<<<<<<{
(****Our quest into the forest was thwarted this year on account of waist-deep snow and low morale for the two-mile hike. There and back. Oh, and I didn't have snowshoes. Alas, a tree farm it was. At least we chopped it. That tree smells so darn good.)

Lemon zest in the cookies. Painted like Santa Clause. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011



Sinterklaas is an elderly, stately and serious man with white hair and a long, full beard. He wears a long red cape or chasuble over a traditional white bishop's alb and sometimes red stola, dons a red mitre, and holds a gold-coloured crosier, a long ceremonial shepherd's staff with a fancy curled top and he also has a ruby ring. He carries a big book that tells whether each individual child has been good or naughty in the past year. He traditionally rides a white gray.
He is celebrated annually on Saint Nicholas' eve (5 December) or on the morning of 6 December in Belgium and Northern France.

Traditionally, in the weeks between his arrival and 5 December, before going to bed, children put their shoes next to the fireplace chimney of the coal-fired stove or fireplace. In modern times, they may put them next to the central heating unit. They leave the shoe with a carrot or some hay in it and a bowl of water nearby "for Sinterklaas' horse", and the children sing a Sinterklaas song. The next day they will find some candy or a small present in their shoes.

<<<<<<< Sinterklaas visited our house last night! He left us candy and money and even a little note! Thanks, Sinterklaas!, Tyson. >>>


Lately we've been making a lot of things and its awesome. I wish I had, perhaps, more than the 600 square feet I currently live in right now. Ideally a big workroom complete with various saws and drills and clamps and maybe even a welding device. I don't know how to weld. Yet. Maybe my Papa will teach me.

Last weekend we made a bedside light, which, I actually couldn't believe how simple and fun it was to make. A socket, some lamp wire and a plug-in device. Strip the wire and connect both ends. Then mix in whatever item you'd like to affix the socket to and BOOM you have a light.

I've also been deep in the thinking phase of my table. This is the phase before actually doing anything.
 And I just came across this incredible store located in Denver where the childhood friends who own/make things for it are actually living the dream for which I dream about living sometimes = a couple of folks with no formal training who build and sell furniture. They actually feature a table similar in style to the one I am planning to build = thick slabs of reclaimed pieces for the top (ReStore). Actually, I think it would be cool to replace one of the slabs with a random strip of chevron-shaped pieces of wood in various shades of stain. And maybe a neon base? Yes, please.

How cool is this dresser!? With its bright blue insides!

Basically its cold and dark outside and I wish I could hole up in a studio, listen to great music, and make stuff. Because making things = fun times. And then maybe design and build our house. To put all the furniture in. Except that I already have the design sitting there up in my head. Just wish I could fund it and then build it and then live in it. 

Friday, December 2, 2011

btw, this was SUPERB

The National. At the Neptune. Finally.
A sing-a-long encore. 


cheese a.

It's December and we are officially geeky for the holidays. I could do without the Black Friday deals** and consumer message overload during this time, but I'm happy to report that this weekend will overflow with cheesy holiday activities because that's who we are and that's what we do. Some people don't get into which I think is totally cool. I just happen to be one of those people who think cheesy things are fun. Tomorrow we head to the woods to cut down our tree! The car will be on the road with coffee in-hand at 9am. This year they'll be a gang with us and there is a Mandatory Flannel rule for tree huntin' day, as well as a ceremonial whiskey shot to go down the hatch before the cut. Sunday the holiday explosion continues with cookie baking/decorating, Bailey's and Hot Totties, all whilst Love Actually, The Family Stone and perhaps Christmas Vacation play in the background.


These are the times when I wish I had a fireplace. And some snow. At least I can go to the mountains for the snow part.

Wouldn't it be great to have a fireplace in say, your bedroom? Or your dining room? OR even your bathroom?

Have great weekends!

**Speaking of Black Friday, did ya'll see Patagonia's"Don't Buy This Jacket" messaging?
Common Threads Initiative

WE make useful gear
that lasts a long time
YOU don’t buy what
you don’t need

WE help you repair
your Patagonia gear
YOU pledge to fix
what's broken

WE help find a home
for Patagonia gear
you no longer need
YOU sell or pass it on*

WE will take back your Patagonia gear that
is worn out
YOU pledge to
keep your stuff out
of the landfill
and incinerator

TOGETHER we reimagine
a world where we take
only what nature
can replace