Oh baby baby!

Oh baby baby!

Unexpected sunshine + unexpected good hair day.
Hi kids. Here we are, on the eve of my very first IVF transfer. Can you believe it?! What a loooooong-ass journey it’s been!

Everything is so green. πŸ’š
Went off the Pill in 2009; started the pill in 1997. 1997!!! OVER TEN YEARS of making damn sure I took that Pill every night. Obsessive about condom use (bonus: never had any STDs).

Love these tiny neon purple wild flowers. πŸ’œ
Started going to fertility doctors in…2012? 2011? Who can even remember any more. Diagnosed husband with decreased motility. Never diagnosed me with anything, except a couple of uterine polyps this year, which were quickly removed.

This bright yellow and red Scotch Broom is fun. πŸ’›β€οΈ
Six rounds of Clomid. Three IUIs. And now…two frozen embryos that passed all of the rigorous testing we paid extra for. Two boys!

Scotch Broom everywhere! πŸ’›
One of those boys will be transferred into my bod, tomorrow afternoon. I will have acupuncture before, and after the transfer (which is only supposed to take 10 minutes–it is mercifully short and sweet).

Sun's out! 🌞
Then I have 48 hours of enforced “bed” rest (more like couch rest), which…I am kind of looking forward to. I have been commuting hither and thither for work the last couple of weeks (which has been a blessing! Don’t get me wrong!). But a couple of days NOT commuting two hours on the I5 will be awfully nice. Josh is taking the day off from work tomorrow, to drive me to the appointment and back home.

Fluffy, not stuffy. 🌲
And then for the rest of the day I can boss him around! YES! MY FAVORITE!

Had a nice windy-and-slightly-rainy stroll around Bellevue today with @idahoagogo 🌸
Friday after my ultrasound appointment, I met up with my old old old friend Christy at the Bellevue Mall. Neither one of us really wanted to go to the mall, but I really wanted to look at some girly perfume-y things and the closest Sephora was at the mall. Heigh ho!

Waterfall fountain near Bellevue Square.
Neither one of us bought anything at Sephora, amazingly. I used up my gift card already and couldn’t bring myself to pay 50 clams for the grapefruit perfume by “Fresh” that I really really really want.

Fountain near Bellevue Square. There was a fashion shoot happening nearby; I felt sorry for the model (it was cold today!).
We bought some overpriced mall food (I paid 12 bucks for a tiny Cobb salad) and then it was my idea to wander across the street to a nice-looking park, where we strolled around and gabbed. Christy is freshly married, freshly diagnosed with a thyroid issue and is ready to be freshly pregnant this year too, just like me. We are both old ladies.

Happy to see that the fern in the backyard that the dogs trampled last year has come back πŸ’š
I teased her that she’ll probably get pregnant as soon as she starts trying, but who can say? You never know with these things. The wonders of the human body.

On this week's episode of #rupaulsdragrace I was sad to see Thorgy go...but Derrick Barry's video with Bob the Drag Queen was hysterical! I love this show.
My sentimental fave on this season of “Drag Race”, Thorgy Thor, was kicked off last week! Good thing my OTHER fave Bob the Drag Queen is still going strong.

Okay, you guys. Both Amy and David Sedaris as guest judges, with a Jerri Blank musical??! It's like all of my favorite things on ONE SHOW! I'm feeling verklempt! 😍
Speaking of which, this week’s episode was one of my favorites in “Drag Race” HERstory…David AND Amy Sedaris as guest judges, a musical where all the queens had to dress up as Jerri Blank (!!!) AND THEN everyone got to watch Bob lip sync to Sylvester’s “Mighty Real”! I tell ya, the tears of joy were just about springing to ma eyes! Just about.

Currently watching: "Respectable: The Mary Millington Story". πŸ’‹
Also recently watched: “Respectable: The Mary Millington Story”, about a pint-sized porn star from the UK and her tragic demise. These fertility hormones are doing weird things to me, friends! I’m following Mickey Avalon on Twitter! What???

Ohhhh it's a sad day, friends, because this is my last cup of coffee (for a while). Oh coffee! I will miss you MOST first thing in the morning! And also in the late afternoon. Okay, all the time. Sigh.
Here I am on Sunday pouting over my last full cup of REAL coffee. Mind you, I’ve had a little decaf since then, but ohhhhh coffeeeeee I miss you soooooooo. I’ll probably end up deleting this off of my IG. Triggering!Β 

Josh blows out the glitter candles on the birthday cupcakes I (re-) made today. πŸŽ‚
Sunday I re-made Josh’sΒ birthdayΒ cupcakes with yellow butter cake mix AND buttercream frosting AND piled them high with green and blue sprinkles (and glitter candles too) and everyone at his work loved them. Success!

Awww baby French and Saunders! Aren't they cute?! From Jennifer's memoir "Bonkers".
Recently completed book: “Bonkers”, Jennifer Saunders’ memoir. A little dry, but ya know. Still love you, Jennifer. “French and Saunders, doo doo doo dee doooo…”

My portrait of Brigitte Bardot, 2010. NFS. Well...maybe for sale. I'm open to negotiation!
Recently I received one of those scammy e-mails where someone offers to buy a bunch of my paintings but they really just want to steal all my monies. REPORTED! Losers.

Tromping through a filthy mud puddle makes them so happy! πŸ’¦
Currently a couple of damp dogs are snoozing at my feet as I type this. Our once-a-month housekeeper is over, cleaning. I requested her early. I wanted a nice clean house to relax in tomorrow. Who can relax in a dirty, fur-covered house? Not me, Hank McGee.

Josh's deep red tulips in the front yard. Pretty pretty.
Some deep purple-red tulips Joshy planted in the front yard. Niiiiice.

Love these neon purple "Bachelor's Buttons".
Love these neon purple “Bachelor’s Buttons”, too.

Sculpture spotting on my way to work this morning.
One perk of working downtown: art spotting while sitting in gridlock traffic.

Currently reading: Lena Dunham's "Not That Kind of Girl". The illustrations are cute.
Currently reading: “Not That Kind of Girl”, by Lena Dunham. I suspect I would have liked it a lot better if I was, say, 16, but I’m not sorry I’m reading it now. The illustrations are cute.

Our new neighbors are methodically ripping up all the grass in their front yard and replacing it with dirt and flowers spaced at perfect, OCD intervals. It's...unconventional. Could be worse, I suppose. Could be rocks! Or wood chips!
Our new neighbors are methodically tearing up all the grass in their front yard, and replacing it with dirt and evenly-spaced clumps of flowers. Oh, it’s a “look”, alright. Could be worse, I suppose. Could be wood chips! Or rocks!

Hey! Just think, the next time I blog I might be knocked up! Catch yer later, blog-logs! And send happy baby vibes my way, please.

Hot weather, a nice view and birthday shenanigans

Hot weather, a nice view and birthday shenanigans

Josh invited me to go skiing with him on this balmy beautiful sunny day...ha! 😝
Hey blerg, what’s happening? It’s Friday. Let’s take a break from the endless tweets and articles about the passing of Prince and look at some nature and dogs, hmmm?

85 degrees today, in Seattle, in April...day-YAM global warming! What's up?
I worked this week, and the weather was HOT. Like, 86-degrees-on-Monday-hot. So hot, that when I took the dogs for a walk in the afternooon after work (pictured here), we didn’t last long. Even with shade breaks!

Bear Cub keeping cool in a little stream. πŸ’¦
So hot that my furry little Bear Cub (who probably needs a spring fur cut right about now) flopped down into a little stream to cool off.

I commuted all week, which gave me loooots of tiiiiiiime on the I5. Man, am I sick of driving on the I5. I feel sorry for people who have to do that drive every day, five days a week, endlessly.

Little kid art at the Schack Art Center. I love his use of color! πŸ’–
Little kid art from last month’s trip to the Schack Art Center. I love his use of neon!

Our rhubarb plant is huge this year! I cut off several stalks a few weeks ago and Josh made a pie last night, with strawberries. Mmmm.
The rhubarb plant, still looking GIANT after I hacked off many stalks. Looks like I need to start Googling rhubarb recipes, eh?

Happy Bear Cub! 🌲
I purposely took today off from work because I have another ultrasound appointment at 10 this morning. This ultrasound will determine the date of my FET, which will be sometime next week. My boss has been throwing more jobs my way, but I told her I would have to get back to her after I find out when my FET is. I don’t want to work on the day of my transfer! Silly.

Flowers + dogs + sunshine = my kind of afternoon 🌞
The ladies in my support group were surprised that I wanted to work at all the week of my transfer, but why not? Work up until it happens, that is. I will probably take a week off afterwards…maybe. It all depends on how I feel. I hope I feel GREAT!

The thermostat/my dress might say "summer"...but my itchy eyeballs know that it's still spring. πŸ’¦
Tuesday (mid-80’s weather, and glorious) night’s outfit. I bought that dress in February, the week that I was doing all the hormone shots and my belly swelled like with child. I bought it from Modcloth. Was it overpriced? Absolutely!

It's been so weirdly warm the last two days, I spotted this paddleboard dude downtown and wasn't too surprised. πŸ’¦
Sitting in my car talking to Joshy before my support group started Tuesday night, this dude walked right past me (twice). Awww, a paddleboard! Reminds me of Hawaii!

I don't care what anyone says, I love "Dark Shadows" and it reminds me of old school Tim Burton and the soundtrack is great.
Recently re-watched: Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows”. I loved it. It reminds me of old Tim Burton, and it takes place in 1972 so it has a great soundtrack. Recommended!

Another beautiful afternoon. πŸ’™
The commute may have been terrible, but one perk of the job I had this week was a fantastic view of Seattle. You can just make out the hazy outline of Mount Rainier in the background.

Loooove πŸ’–
The building I worked at had an amazing greenhouse, too. I love these colorful bromeliad plants.

"New" (thanks eBay) Brooks trail running shoes. I didn't expect the sides to be silver and glittery...score! ✨✨✨
After my first trail run last weekend, I decided I should probably buy some actual trail running shoes, since my “barefoot” running shoes don’t work so well for gravel and rocks. On eBay I scored these Brooks trail running shoes in my size for cheap, and! Special bonus! The sides are silver and glittery! Ooooooh.

Reading Erma Bombeck in the sunshine...gee, I feel like a teenager again. 🌞
Reading Erma Bombeck in the sunshine this week gave me a powerful blast of teenage nostalgia. In a good way!

Bear Cub havin' fun in the sun. 🐢
Aw, little Bear Cub enjoying the sunshine.

So many nature walkies.

Yesterday was my old man’s birthday, and things did not go smoothly. First, he requested vanilla cupcakes with homemade buttercream frosting–simple enough. Except that I realized 10 minutes into the baking of said cupcakes that I had forgotten to add EGGS to the mix. Good grief, self! The only ingredients you have to add to a BOX MIX are water, oil, and eggs! The cupcakes turned out sad, flat, and weird-tasting. Cupcakes foiled.

Next, I went to take my contacts out, re-lube them up and insert them back into my eyeballs (there’s a lot of pollen in the air these days), and somehow I got a long dog hair IN MY EYEBALL and then my left contact SHATTERED WHILE IN MY EYE. Yeah. A soft contact. What??? How??? I managed to pull the fragments of contact out of my eye right about the time that my husband was arriving home from work, so he got to witness that painful spectacle. Siiiiigh.

Went against tradition (dog cards) and got him a glitter card and a donut card for his birthday. Also pictured: saline solution, because I somehow got a dog hair in my eyeball and shattered my contact right before this picture. Ohhhh it's one of those day
Instead of dog cards this year, I bought him a glitter card and a donut card (pictured: the pink vial of saline I kept squirting into my poor eye at regular intervals). For presents I bought him an altimeter, new watch and three books.

The healthiest sushi dinner I've ever ordered...miso soup, salad, and a big ass platter of sashimi. Mmmm.
Then we went out and had the healthiest sushi dinner ever: just miso soup, a salad, and sashimi. No rice, even! (I think the waitress forgot, and we were too busy shoveling sashimi in our maws to ask)

Dinner was so healthy, we had to balance it out. 🍦
The dinner was so healthy, we had to go to 31 Flavors afterwards to make up for it. The birthday boy ran several miles yesterday morning and treated himself to a banana split; I ran zero miles yesterday morning and had a single scoop of chocolate mousse royale, mmmmm.

Today it is rainy and grey, but my yard is going to enjoy the moisture. After my appointment this morning I have a Girl Date with Christy…not sure what that’s going to involve, but hopefully brunch! I love brunch. Catch yer later.

Tiger Mountain Trail Run

Tiger Mountain Trail Run

Embarking on an "easy" 5K this morning on Tiger Mountain. I panted like a dog the entire time. Josh is training for a marathon and didn't even break a sweat! πŸ’ͺ
Halloooo, blog. I’ve spent the last month or so “training” (I use that term loosely) for a 4.5 mile trail run in Redmond, but when I finally got around to signing up for said trail run last week it was sold out! Whoops! Determined to do SOME sort of trail run yesterday, I registered Josh and I for the first official Tiger Mountain trail run, just the 5K.

Lined up to run the first-ever Tiger Mountain trail run this morning. 3.1 miles, 600 feet elevation. 🌲
Runners lined up, some for the 5K, some for the 12K. This was my first trail run, and also the smallest race I’ve ever participated in. I’m used to 5Ks where thousands of participants start running in “waves”–for this one, everyone started at the same time.

My casual little training runs didn't really prepare me for running up Tiger Mountain this morning. Heigh ho! Still did it! πŸ’¦
The first mile was straight up the mountain, naturally. Well, it was only 600 feet elevation, but when you’ve been “training” on level ground…er, it’s kind of challenging. There was plenty of cursing coming out of my mouth! Luckily no one was around to hear it…because they were all far, far ahead of us! Ha ha! It’s a good thing I don’t do these races to “compete”–I’d be one sad tomato. Josh has been training for a marathon for the last couple of months and is in far better shape than me. I’m not sure if he even broke a sweat! Today he is off skiing…and I have shin splits. Heigh ho!

Normally I don't IG my food, but this Monte Cristo we split from the Brown Bag was heavennnnn 😍
The best part of running a race is the meal afterwards! We split a Monte Cristo from “The Brown Bag” in Kirkland, and it was heavenly. The Monte Cristo is one of my favorite sandwiches, and I have it so rarely that I didn’t even mind breaking my IG preferences and taking a picture of it. Mmmmmmm.

Pictures out of sequence! This is from last weekend. I am standing over a giant E. Yes!

Dear #KEXP, I love you and I'm happy to support you but...heather grey for the tee-shirt color?! Dammit! How about neon next year? Love, a sweaty woman who has avoided heather grey for years, on purpose. πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦
I have a long-standing love and adoration of the radio station KEXP, and was very pleased when Josh decided that we would donate to them this year, BUT–when our supporter tee-shirts arrived in the mail I was depressed to see that they are heather grey, the WORST color. Not only is it boring, but I’m a heavy sweater and heather grey shows every drop. Dammit KEXP! How about neon colors next year?

Cutie. His hair was very "Eraserhead" that day. πŸŒ€
His hair is growing out and therefore he is 35% cuter. It’s curly. Loooove.Β 

Love the contrast of the bright green fern against the purple flowers. πŸ’š
Our yard is so beautiful this time of year. I can’t stop taking pictures of it. Every time I go outside, something new has blossomed.

Check out this shroom action! πŸ„
Mushrooms on a recent dogwalk.

Finally watching "Straight Outta Compton". Ice Cube's son looks so much like him. I love that it's directed by the guy that did "Friday" (one of my nostalgic 90s faves).
We finally got around to watching “Straight Outta Compton” recently, and it was even better than we thought it would be. Ice Cube’s son looks just like him! And I love the fact that it’s directed by the same guy that did “Friday”, one of my favorite 90’s nostalgia movies. I like to re-watch it in the summertime.

This never gets old.

Mmm, lilac. πŸ’œ
The lilac is blooming in the backyard, and it is heavenly.

Pretty pretty. Spotted in this month's "Elle".
Yesterday post-race I laid on the couch and immersed myself into the latest issue of “Elle” magazine, where this model caught my eye. Beautiful. I miss my eyelash extensions, sob!

More front yard floral goodness.

Today's artist crush: Polly Apfelbaum. Love her colorful work! 😍
Recently discovered inspirational artist alert: Polly Apfelbaum. I love her work! I wish I could afford it!

Today…I need to bake a big ass quiche to tide us over, breakfast-wise, for the next few days. I’m working again! Woo hoo! Also: consider working on Corinne’s cat painting #2…if I can bring myself to go downstairs, that is. It’s awfully nice outside. Maybe I should paint outside?

Olympic Sculpture Park, my Broad and books

Olympic Sculpture Park, my Broad and books

@djmagicelf and parents at Pike Place. πŸ‘ͺ
Hey-yo blog! It’s Friday, WordPress is alerting me that there is yet another update, I’m ignoring it, and here are some more pictures from our trip to Pike Place Market last Sunday.

Awww I want this rainbow sweater in my size! 🌈
This is a baby sweater, but that didn’t stop me from wanting it! FOR MYSELF.

Always inspired every time I set foot inside Milagros, siiiigh πŸ’™
I always ask before I take photos now, and the lady working at Milagros was trying to tell me that they don’t really allow photo taking, which is hilarious because every time I’m in there I take 10,000 photos and give them a million compliments and ALWAYS purchase something…except this time. I didn’t purchase a thing. Partially from not-working guilt, partially from Mr. Grumpypants being with me (Josh ran 20 miles that morning was was grumpy–excuse me, TIRED for the rest of the day). Mostly I just didn’t find anything at Milagros that I was obsessed with. For once.

I’m glad that the weather cooperated during my in-laws’ stay. You just never know, in April. All this week the weather has been shite, but next week the high on Tuesday is supposed to be 85. Say what?

This fountain is called “Father and Son”.

The big head ("Echo") was my favorite sculpture at the Olympic Sculpture Park. πŸ—Ώ
The giant head statue, called “Echo”, was my favorite sculpture at the Olympic Sculpture park.

I thought it was an oversized runaway wheel, but nope, my in-laws informed me that it's a typewriter eraser. D'oh!
What I thought was a sculpture of a giant wheel careening down the hillside is actually supposed to be a giant typewriter eraser, I was informed by my in-laws. Roops.

“We’re old enough to remember typewriters, aren’t we?” I asked Corinne.

Electric typewriters,” she pointed out. Oh. That’s right. All that tippity-tapping I was doing before computers came into my life WAS on an electric typewriter, come to think of it.

Hey @djmagicelf, eye see you. πŸ‘€
There’s Joshy looking stoic behind an “eye” bench. He’s so quiet around his parents, a phenomenon you’d think I would have gotten used to after 10 years of being together but really haven’t.

“Nico was the same way,” I said to Corinne. “I don’t get it. I’m just…myself around my parents. Why isn’t everyone that way?”

“Some people have different relationships with their parents,” she shrugged.

True, but they’re missing out! What a shame.

Beautiful dogwood trees at the Sculpture Park.

These bright pink flowers also caught my eye.

This dreamy bouquet was only 10 clams at Pike Place Market. πŸ’–
This was the bouquet I picked out for 10 dollars at the Market. I’m sad to say, it’s been less than a week and it’s already wilting.

Edward flirted with me today. 😽
On Tuesday I went over to the Broad’s house to hang out before my support group meeting. Edward flirted with me, I gave the recently ill Novocaine lots of love, Seymour came out of hiding (but wouldn’t come near me), and Edna never appeared at all. Corinne has four cats but I only ever see three of them. We had a cheeseburger from Dick’s and fresh strawberry and whipped cream crepes, made by her tiny hands. Mmmmm.

You know it's a good morning when you get to pet a fuzzy puppy awwww! 🐢
Look at this little fuzzy puppy we met at the dog park this week awwwww!

My favorite scene in "Lemmy" is Lemmy singing "Don't worry, be happy" with the fish in his bathroom.
This week’s documentary recommendation: “Lemmy”, about Lemmy, the (now deceased) lead singer of Motorhead. This was my favorite scene from the movie–Lemmy singing “Don’t worry, be happy” along with the mechanical fish in his bathroom (after flipping off the cameraman).

Thought I'd better document this GBD (Good Bangs Day) before I head out into the wind.
It seemed like I was having a GBD (Good Bangs Day) on Wednesday that needed to be documented before the dog park destroyed it.

Wednesday morning I went to the clinic for my “Suppression Check” ultrasound, to check for any cysts that might prevent my FET cycle from moving forward. Good to go! Next Friday I have another ultrasound that will determine the date of my FET! Squeal! Excitement!

@djmagicelf's tulips are coming up 🌷
The tulips that Josh planted in the front yard are coming up nicely.

At @corinne_spoja's house. πŸ’–
Spotted at Corinne’s house.

Library haul. Right now I'm in a non-fiction/humor phase. πŸ“š
Wednesday’s library haul. I had asked the librarian where the “humor” section was, but maybe I should have been more specific, because I ended up with a bunch of biographies. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! I already blasted through the anti-Scientology book, “Troublemaker”, which was NUTS. It’s hard for me to believe that it’s not fiction. Yikes. I’m thoroughly looking forward to the Erma Bombeck book, as I used to love her stuff when I was a little kid.

Recently checked out from the library: "Things Organized Neatly". Oh yeah! 🌈
And then of course there’s “Things Organized Neatly”, heavennnnnnn.

I have work lined up next week and (possibly!) the week after as well, hooray! Josh and I have a race scheduled for tomorrow…more about that later. Have a fabulous weekend, blogeroos!

Marymoor, Pike Place and delicious sushi

Marymoor, Pike Place and delicious sushi

Over 80 degrees today?! I know a couple of black dogs who are gonna get wet! πŸ’¦
Hi blerg! It’s Monday, I just started my period, my in-laws just left us after a 3-day stay and I have a couple of snoozing dogs at my feet. Let’s travel back in time to last Thursday, when I met up with one of my old bosses for brunch and then a nice loooooong stroll around Marymoor with the pets.

Another gorgeous afternoon at Marymoor!
It was an unseasonable 80 degrees, and it was fabulous. I wore a tank top, my rainbow hat and a nice thick layer of spf 30. My boss is pregnant with girl child #2, so we talked a lot about babies and child-rearing strategies (I learned about RIE parenting) and then after an hour or so my friend Christy, who lives nearby, met up with us and we all walked around the park for another hour or so.

Oh hello little Bernese Mountain puppy, can I take you home? 😍
Look at this little Bernese Mountain puppy awwwrrrrrrrr! I WANT ONE.

The girls and I came back home and pretty much did nothing for the rest of the day…hours of walking and sunshine can be exhausting! But so gooood!

#TBT to this fabbuu green jeweled chandelier sighhhh 😍
Er, well, “throwback Thursday” to this fabbuu chandelier I spotted at “Home Inspirations”. Mmmm hmmmmm.Β 

Started our morning out right with some dog park/forest walkies. 🌲
Friday was similarly gorgeous weather, although not quite as hot, so in the morning I took the girls on a long forest-y walk (after all the frantic last-minute housecleaning for my in-laws).

Little forest flowers πŸ’•
They had planned on visiting us sometime this month for Josh’s birthday (on the 21st), but bumped up their visit a little to help out Brenna, who has been having a lot of physical ailments and needed to rest her body before her family’s trip to Hawaii this week. We were all concerned but per Jerry yesterday after they arrived in Hawaii, she was feeling much better. Thank goodness.Β 

Little flowering tree in the backyard. 🌸
I was grateful for their early visit because the latter part of this month is going to be busy for me with ultrasounds, blood tests and FINALLY my FET. FINALLY FINALLY WOOOO!!!

I am feeeeeling you, pink blossoms! 🌸
Saturday morning Josh was off to Mount Rainier to go skiing with his uncle, and my in-laws went to visit Fleeta’s parents and take them to IKEA to brainstorm kitchen ideas. They tried to get me to go with them, but I’ve avoided IKEA this long for a reason, and had no interest. Sorry, in-laws.

Crowdsourcing: what color should the white part of the poster frame be? Should it stay white?
Instead I completed my 4.5 mile training run, took the girls for a walk and then sat in the basement icing my feet and attempting to finish up this cat painting for Corinne. I crowd-sourced on Instagram ideas for the frame around the poster in the painting, which is white. I think I’ve settled on green. Maybe. Maybe.

No complaints, currently. 🌈
And then I just spent an hour or so on my back patio, wearing my cheap-o sunhat from Walgreens and trying my damndest to blast through the library books I’ve had for the last, oh, month or so.

My in-laws at Harborview Park yesterday.
Bob and Fleeta returned from their IKEA trip and I convinced them to drive me over to a park I had driven by many times and was curious about.

Overlooking Possession Sound. Such a gorgeous day today.
Curiosity satisfied! Then we had Mexican food. Mmmmmmm.

With my mother-in-law at Pike Place. πŸ’
Yesterday the four of us went to Pike Place Market, one of my favorite things to do in Seattle. It’s always fun to gawk at the gorgeous flowers, visit the various booths and talk to local artists.

Tulip Heaven. πŸ’πŸŒ·
And what would a trip to Pike Place Market be without a stop at Milagros? Would you believe I didn’t buy a cross this time??! There wasn’t one that “spoke” to me, and at a minimum of 48 bucks they need to SPEAK to me. I would have bought a little pair of star earrings but didn’t have 5 dollars cash on me. Heigh ho.

Spotted at the Market.
No matter. I had the most incredible pear gelato I’ve ever tasted and we each bought a beautiful bouquet of flowers to bring home for only 10 clams. So worth it!

These "parrot" tulips were very eye-catching.
Love these “parrot” tulips. I also learned that the beautiful chartreuse-colored plant growing in our backyard is called “Euphorbia”. Learn something new each day!

Olympic Sculpture Park.
After the Market, we wandered over to the Olympic Sculpture Park, which Joshy and I had not been to before. More photos to come.

The Neukom Vivarium: no filter required. πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š
This amazing bright green greenhouse caught my eye as we were leaving the Sculpture Park, and we wandered in. It’s called the “Neukom Vivarium”, and it is, per Wiki:

Neukom Vivarium is a 2006 mixed media installation by American artist Mark Dion, located at Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, Washington, United States. The work features a 60-foot (18 m) Western hemlock that fell outside of Seattle in 1996, acting as a nurse log within an 80-foot (24 m) greenhouse. According to the Seattle Art Museum, which operates the park, the tree “inhabits an art system” consisting of bacteria, fungi, insects, lichen and plants. The installation supplies magnifying glasses to visitors wanting a closer inspection; they are provided field guides in the form of tiles.

Cool! So greeeeeen and peaceful.Β 

Celebrating @djmagicelf's birthday early with sushi at Chiso. Mmmmmmm.
Finally, to celebrate my old man’s birthday we went to Chiso in Fremont, the best best best sushi in Seattle, as far as we’re concerned. It never disappoints!

UGH alright. Goals for today include gobbling lots of Pamprin, laying under my heated throw and…HOPEFULLY finishing Corinne’s cat painting #1, because I’m ready to move on to #2. Of course! Catch yer later.

Nature, Madeline Kahn and a funny mockumentary

Nature, Madeline Kahn and a funny mockumentary

Another 4 mile training run with this furry bunch today. @djmagicelf continued another 9 miles after us. πŸ’ͺ
Hey-yooooo what’s happening, blog? It’s Thursday and I just finished my half a cup of coffee and there is a musty Bear Cub at my feet while I am writing this blog entry. This photo is from Sunday, when we went on a four mile trail “run” together.

Nice mushroom! πŸ„
Nice ‘shroom!

Happy running face earlier today. We both wore our contacts for the run, and now our eyeballs are burning! Oh those spring allergies! πŸ’¦
At the beginning of the run, lip stain still intact. We both wore our contacts that day and then had burning eyeballs for the rest of the night. Ohhhh spring allergies!

Currently I’m killing time before I meet one of my former bosses for coffee. Then it’ll be some kind of fun furry outdoor activity, because it’s supposed to be 80Β degreesΒ today, and I (luckily?) have the day off.

Finished painting the guest room last night. The "true" colors are really hard to capture via photo, but it's "Soothing lavender" on the top and "Periwinkle dream" on the bottom. Hi Jerry!
This is a grainy and not particularly color-accurate photo of the completed paint job in the guest bedroom: “Soothing Lavender” on top, “Periwinkle Dream” on the bottom. Somehow my vision for the room went from dark blue to dark purple to light purple (yuck, never mind) to THIS, and we both like it.

The sun showed up, so we rushed outside for ball fetching and rainbow spotting. 🎾
I mean, sure, it’s another blue room and it seems like every room we re-paint is either blue or green but is there anything really wrong with that? They are, after all, the best colors!

Finally got around to putting photos in these cool shell frames Josh bought me in 2014: Josh on skis and (what else?) my dogs!
Josh bought me these colorful shell frames for my birthday in 2014 and I finally got around to putting photos in them. I have a Grand Vision of editing/printing out photos from years past but considering the amount of photos we take, that seems daunting. Then I considered editing/printing out photos one year at a time, starting in 2008 (I lost all the photos from 2005-2007 on a ruined hard drive). I made it through August 2008 before losing interest. We take a lot of photos in this family!

I πŸ’› Madeline Kahn.
Oh Madeline Kahn, I love you. You have no idea how many times I just casually bust out:

I’ve been with thousands of men
Again and again
They promise the moon
They’re always coming and going
and going and coming
…and always too soon! (here)

Spotted in my neighbor's yard. 🌸
Sometimes Bear Cub lets me drag her around the neighborhood (she can be a stubborn Cub) so we can gawk at all of my neighbors’ beautiful flowers.

It's a gloomy day out, but that doesn't deter us. 🌿
Monday was a gloomy, rainy day. I made some fair progress on Corinne’s cat painting number 1.

Surprise find at Safeway this morning, for only 1$! Mmmmm. 😍
And what should I find at Safeway for only one dollah? Why, delicious Bedford’s ginger ale, mmmmmm.

My ode to cloche hats, circa 2005. I still haven't made any cloche hats! Fleece and faux fur beanies, yes.
A brief trip down memory lane. This is from a little journal I kept when I worked at the fabric store, my first year of living in Washington. I was so bored (because we had such little business) that I journaled and then knit and then eventually brought my sewing machine in and then Ali told me I had to “work” and I didn’t like that so much so I finished my graduate degree and became a speech therapist! Huzzah!

Josh wants me to explore some stars. πŸŒŸπŸ’«βœ¨
Christmas present from Josh. I haven’t used it yet, but I’m thinking about it, by gum!

Bill Hader as Little Edie...I mean, "Little Vivvy", in "Sandy Passage". Hilarious!
Bill Hader and Fred Armison in “Documentary Now!”, a send-up of famous documentaries. You can imagine that my favorite one was “Sandy Passage”, a dead-on mockumentary of “Grey Gardens”, starring Hader as Little “Vivvy” with sweatpants on her head. Yes! The “surprise” ending is WORTH IT.

The eyelash extensions are finally out, after a whole year...and I think my natural top lashes are shorter than the bottom ones. Sob! Natural lashes are overrated!
How disappointing to discover what tiny, blonde and short natural eyelashes I possess after a year or so of extensions. In fact, I think my bottom lashes might be longer than my top lashes now! SOB!

Post-haircut and feeling pretty again. πŸ’›
I had to get over the sadness of no longer possessing glamorous lashes by getting my tri-annual haircut yesterday from my favorite stylist. She is pregnant with a girl baby, happy and adorable and we spent the hour and a half it took to do my hair (she is thorough) gabbing about babies and pregnancy.

I love these checkered lilies.
After that, I had a Sephora gift card from Christmas and 25 dollars on a Nordstrom gift card (from who knows when?) so I sashayed over to the mall to spend them. I had a list with me of some perfumes and products I was interested in, but the only item on the list that Nordstrom and Sephora had was a cannabis perfume by Fresh. It has a patchouli note in it and I looooove patchouli, because I am a dirty hippie at heart.

Tree fort! 🌲
However, said perfume was 90 BUCKS and that’s outrageous for patchouli so I used my gift card to buy a Fresh lip tint instead (total cost to me: 62 cents) and then at Sephora I bought a new foundation compact (total cost to me: 0 cents). I informed them that I never received my birthday gift back in December because they had “run out” (true story) and so I got the April birthday gift: a Marc Jacobs lipstick and black eyeliner. Verdict: eh. Have you ever gotten a free lipstick that was a color that actually worked on you? I haven’t. The eyeliner’s not bad, though.

Also recently discovered: a gift card for 50 dollars to Jo Ann Fabrics…that’s next!

Maggie and Bear Cub are VERY interested in that cat across the street. 😸
Dog butts at the window, barking at a cat across the street.

That brings us up to date! Time for breakfast. Catch yer later.

This is What’s Happening (part two)

This is What’s Happening (part two)

I’m back. Four miles ran, and now my tootsies are on ice while I complete this blog entry. Josh is out running another 9 miles (no thanks).

My favorite after-work activity: walking the dogs. πŸŒžπŸ’šπŸŒ²
Walking your dogs in nature is free! How about that.

Love the magnolia blossoms 🌸
Enjoying the brief life of the magnolia blossoms before they all fall to the ground. Sigh!

Also enjoying our back patio in the late afternoon. Mmmm hmmmmmm.

@dubtrance just sent me a flood of Joan Crawford pics, including this one, which is one of my favorites. I've always wanted to paint it.
Christopher sent me a ton of Joan Crawford pictures recently, via text message. I’ve always wanted to paint this image of her, so timeless! That dress!

70 degrees today, you say? Time to crack open these guys! πŸ“
Warmer weather means the re-appearance of popsicles into my life. Thursday and Friday it was around 70 degrees. I would be content if it stayed at that temperature all summer!

Happy Friday! 🐢
Black dogs agree.

Marymoor Park was glorious today! 🌞🌲🎾
Friday the weather was glorious and finally warm enough to enjoy Marymoor, one of my favorite parks around Seattle and one that boasts tons of areas for Maggie dog to get wet and swim AND fetch, one of her favorite activities.

Maggie's favorite activity is fetching the ball in water. Bear Cub's favorite activity is loudly attacking Maggie. What a little brat!
I invited a bunch of people (at the last minute) to meet us there and no one took me up on my offer, but that’s okay, we still had a grand time.

Sunny day at the dog park = bliss. 🌈
The dog park is my Happy Place.

Find your happy place. 🌿

It’s a good thing I took the girls to the park and wore them out thoroughly, because Saturday we abandoned them for the majority of the day to…

My hiking buddy @djmagicelf on Mt. Rainier today. Didn't get to see the summit, but it was a beautiful day! 🌞
…hike on Mount Rainier! Yes! This was my “punishment” for losing our dietbet in January. The original punishment was skiing but later that morphed into a hike on Mount Rainier. I didn’t really fully comprehend that I would be hiking IN SNOW until the night before. A lot of whining commenced. You understand.Β 

It took over two hours to drive up to the “Paradise” location, and the final section of that drive was extremely wind-y. Being a perpetually carsick person, I should have taken over and drove, but I thought I could just out-“think” the carsickness (wrong!). The carsickness made me anxious, but as soon as we hit the Paradise parking lot and I got out of the car I was fine. Ugh, I hate carsickness. I drove back DOWN the mountain, and was fine. Note to self: do the driving! Always do the driving! Sheesh.

First time on Mt. Rainier. Are we having fun yet? 🌟
In spite of the carsickness on the way up (note the grey Seabands still on my wrists), I got over it quickly once we started hiking. It was warm! My hands and feet stayed warm up until the very end of our hour and twenty minute or so hike, so I was happy. Warm feet = happy Liz!

Not too shabby. ❄️
It was a stunning view of the Tatoosh Mountains. Unfortunately, there was a layer of clouds over the top of Mount Rainier, so I never got to actually see the stunning summit close up. We had high hopes! Josh couldn’t believe it.

“All the times that I’ve been up here, this is the first time I’ve never seen the summit!” he exclaimed.

“Welcome to my life!” I shrugged. Eh, close enough! I can always look at pictures!

After the hike, we “tailgated” in the parking lot–him with a Nattie Ice, me with my usual ginger ale; snarfed some turkey wraps and enjoyed people watching.

Driving away from Mount Rainier yesterday. You can make out a lenticular cloud covering the top.
You can see that even during our drive home, Mount Rainier still has a lenticular cloud covering the top of it! Ohhhh you naughty, naughty mountain! Maybe next time you’ll let me see your top.

Now I get to finish painting the guest room, ice various parts of my body and boss my husband around for the rest of the day, which sounds pretty excellent to me. The bossing around part, that is. Have a fabulous week, blog-logs!