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Let’s look back at 2016

Let’s look back at 2016

Hola blog! It’s that time of year when I force myself to do a yearly re-cap. I actually climbed onto the computer to print out a recipe for lactation cookies, but while I’m here, hells bells, why not re-cap what I did in 2016? Let’s take it month by month.

January 2016

Pre-surgery glamour, darling. 💋
Uterine polyp removal in preparation for IVF

– started hormone injections for IVF

– completed three heart-shaped Mandala paintings for sale HERE!

February 2016

Amazing glass at the Chihuly museum.
– Josh and I finally go to the Chihuly glass art museum downtown (worth it)

– ended the full-time job I’d had for the past couple of years, panicked for a week or two, and then signed on with a PRN position. Phewwwwww.

Pre-surgery for egg retrieval. They retrieved 14, above average! 🌟

– had my egg retrieval on my father’s 65th birthday (February 9th)

– found out that the two frozen embryos were both boys, and had a hearty laugh with my fertility doctor

– trimmed down coffee consumption from 3 cups a day to 1 cup (HELL)

March 2016

Is it done? Is it done yet? Finishing a painting is always the hardest part. 💖🌟✨
Finished the neon glitter Mandala, which is definitely one of my faves. Available here!

scenic pond
Josh and I go to the Seattle Arboretum, in spite of the fact that my back is all messed up. I never did figure out why I had back problems for a few days/weeks, but it suuuuucked.

Caftan Number 2 purchased. My Year of the Caftan is off to a good start! Now I need to stop buying and start sewing them myself, sheesh.
I decide that 2016 is going to be the Year of the Caftan and buy two caftans, to that end. (note: sitting here GIANT at 9 months pregnant, I can’t BELIEVE how tiny my waist looks in that caftan, sob!)

– painted our bedroom
– started going to an IVF support group

Getting ready to caucus this morning. 🌈
Caucused for Bernie! (SIGH)

April 2016

First time on Mt. Rainier. Are we having fun yet? 🌟
Josh and I had competed against each other earlier in the year for a “Dietbet” and he won (I’m pretty sure he cheated by fasting, but whatever). My “punishment” was that I had to go skiing, but by the time April rolled around and my back was finally not screwed up, not much skiing was to be found so I was “punished” by walking in snow on Mount Rainier instead. It wasn’t terrible!

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!
Painted the guest room.

Olympic Sculpture Park.
Downtown Seattle fun with Fleeta and Bob–Pike Place Market, and checking out the Olympic Sculpture Park.

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! 💪
First trail run! An “easy” 5K up Tiger Mountain.

– April 28th: the day of my IVF transfer! One perfect little male embryo, which the nurse exclaimed looked “better than textbook”. Aw yeah.

May 2016

– started progesterone suppositories for IVF

A couple of dorks touring a chocolate factory for funsies.
Josh and I tour the Theo chocolate factory for funsies (and distraction) and while there, get the Very Important Phone Call that I’m pregnant! YAYYYY! We immediately burst into happy tears. Such a special moment.

– first ultrasound, post-transfer

June 2016

dogs in nature
First camping trip! Not only did we set a camping record for us this year–five times–but I did every single one of those trips pregnant.

– I finish Corinne’s cat paintings and start a project for the guest room

First archery lesson tonight with Josh. 🎯🎯🎯
Josh and I take an archery class together. He’s better than I am, but I’m not too resentful about it.

– started going back to the gym

This maniac ran the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon in the rain this morning! 💪
Josh runs the Rock and Roll Marathon; I do not join him.

Little Ronia is growing up fast.
Josh leaves his hormonal pregnant wife for EIGHT WHOLE DAYS to go float down a river or something so I spend one night at Brenna’s, because I am so lonely. It’s not the daytime loneliness that bothered me, it was the nighttime.

July 2016

Posted our “official” (12 weeks) pregnancy announcement to all forms of social media

Bear Cub doesn't look like a bear cub any more! 😱
Bear Cub gets trimmed a little TOO much and is re-christened “Goat Cub”

– thanks to Groupon, I receive my first facial (overrated)

– went and got a shellac manicure for the first time since January…but very quickly realized that shellac manicures are a waste of money when you’re pregnant. Your nails grow too quickly!

Maggie takes it easy
Camping trip number two!

@djmagicelf and @corinne_spoja and I ready to see Die Antwoord tonight woot wooooot! 🌟
Baby’s first concert: Die Antwoord! With my Broad.

Maggie and Bear Cub splash around Hyas Lake. 💦
Camping trip number three!

Tonight I said goodbye to my VW Passat that I've had for the past 10 years. Good-bye old girl! You were so lovely in concept but such a problem child in reality!
Said good-bye to my VW Passat wagon, which I loved but caused me a great deal of trouble during our 10 years together…

Hey there, sexy. 😍
…and HELLO to this sexy blue Subaru outback, which I love but am a little sad that now I have to make 500$ car payments for every month. Heigh ho.

– Josh and I and the girls hike to Twin Falls (2.5 miles but much harder while pregnant)

Tonight! 💖🌟✨ Let's get celebritied up!
My Broad and I go see the new “Ab Fab” movie together. She tried to get out of it (twice!) but I wouldn’t let her. It was great!

FINALLY at the Mod Podge (i.e. last) stage of this painting. This little side project for the guest room ended up taking way longer than I thought! 🎨
Finally finish this Polly Apfelbaum rip-off painting for our guest room.

August 2016

In honor of #bumpday, here is my bump! He just popped out this week and I'm happy to finally look pregnant, not just like I've been eating too many donuts. 🍩
At 16 weeks pregnant, my belly POPS! Aw, look at how tiny and cute it was.

Josh bought me a little lemon tree for our anniversary. I hope I don't kill it immediately. 🍋🍋🍋
Joshy and I celebrate our 8-year anniversary…he bought me a little lemon tree. Would you believe it’s still alive? And on the back patio, yet? Amazing.

Camping love.
Camping trip number 4! The first actually warm trip, too. Thank goodness.

More progress on the Mandala.
Started a new Mandala painting, which ended up taking wayyyyyy longer than I thought it would to finish.

My crazy-ass husband doing a headstand on a paddle board. @djmagicelf 😘
A very special (final) camping trip to a private island, where I got to witness my husband doing a headstand on a paddleboard. Who knew he had hidden talents?

BUMP. Enjoying my "beauty room" for a few more months before it becomes the baby room.
At 18 weeks pregnant, I made the decision to quit weighing myself (a very smart decision and I highly recommend it). Of course, this was a little easier to do because Josh broke the scale right around that time. Tempting to just never buy a scale again!

Look at where Josh hiked to today without me--Blanca Lake! I've wanted to go for ages but it's too arduous for my pregnant body. 😭
Josh makes me mad by hiking one of my bucket list lakes without me, Lake Blanca. Heigh ho! He said it was HARD. Well then. GOOD.

My cute cousin Erika and her equally cute son Cash.
Erika and her two sons come for a visit! We go to Pike Place Market, she cooks for me AND sets up the crib and we have a fabulous time.

September 2016

Tonight we met Mr. Bennett. 😍
We meet Mr. Bennett–Ronia’s birthday present–for the first time.

Mumsie and me.
I spend a fun week in Boise with my parents and the Little Nipper, and feel Baby M. kick for the first time! So exciting!

Josh and his 90-year-old grandmother at breakfast this morning.
Josh and I drive to Spokane so he can climb a mountain with his father, while Fleeta and I do a little baby shopping. Then before we drive home, we have breakfast with his 90-year-old grandmother. Isn’t this a cute picture?

Got the baby room painted. I think it needs a cute border, though. Dinosaurs?
Finished painting the nursery, but found it kind of boring, so I start searching for the perfect wallpaper border.

First minkie/flannel blankie for my son: complete! ✂️
Made a couple of minkie-and-flannel baby blankets for my son (this one was my favorite).

Putting up the dinosaur border in the nursery today. 💚
Found the perfect border for the nursery–dinosaurs!

One last ultrasound today to make sure our little dude's heart is okay (it is). 💖
Had a special ultrasound to make sure the little guy’s heart is okay…and of course it is!

October 2016

Today's art project was painting a friend's little neighborhood library. 🌈
Went over to Shoshanna’s house to paint her little free library

Made some green curtains for the nursery to match the dinosaur border. 💚
Made some curtains for the nursery

The quilt I made my mother looks pretty good in our guest room.
Fleeta sweetly fixes up this quilt that I made for my parents and returns it to me, where it’s currently residing in our guest room. It looks pretty good in the guest room!

Who says you can't teach old dogs new tricks?
Started ramp training the pets to prepare them for having to be in the BACK back of the car, once Baby M. comes

A couple of happy pregnant ladies in florals. We are due 2 weeks apart, with boys.
Josh and I attend our first non-work-related baby shower…

liz pregnant with Josh
…and the same afternoon, we take the tripod to the park and snap some maternity pics before the sun completely disappears.

Phase 3 of ombré-fying the free dresser: complete! We only spent money on the drawer pulls. Total cost: less than 20$.
We obtain a hideous brown dresser from “Buy Nothing” and completely transform it into this cool ombre work of art for the nursery! I guess Pinterest is good for something.

My friend Espe, who is due two weeks after me with a boy, takes some beautiful maternity photos of me at a park, for free! She’s one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met.

"That ain't no Etch-a-Sketch. This is one doodle that can't be un-did, Homeskillet." Happy Halloween from Juno and Paulie Bleeker!
Josh and I dress up as Juno and Paulie Bleeker from the film “Juno”. Not the most exciting Halloween costumes ever, but it’s really hard doing Halloween when you’re a big sweaty pregnant lady. We set up a grueling game of Scrabble in the parlor and handed out Halloween candy to the hoards of tricker treaters, and that was good enough for us!

November 2016

-voted, hoped for the best, found out the WORST, mourned for an entire day and then decided for the sake of my son that I couldn’t perseverate over the sadness. Also: pulled out my Happy Light that I hadn’t used since 2009 and started using it every morning!

The latest Mandala painting, fully glittered. Now I just have to decide if it's really "done", or just done because I'm sick of working on it! 😝
Finally finished this friggin’ Mandala painting, although I’m not totally satisfied with it and therefore haven’t listed it in my shop.

Four pregnant bellies all in a row, all due with boys early next year.
My cousin Erika comes to town and throws me the most fantastic baby shower at Brenna’s house, and still hasn’t sent me the pictures for it! Ha ha. I wonder if I’ll ever get them?

Delicious Indian dinner with family and friends.
My mother, aunt Claire, and cousin Katie also came into town for the shower. It was really wonderful. I felt very loved. And thank God, nobody brought up politics the entire time.

Lisa, who has been one of my good friends for almost 20 years, and her three goofy/adorable children.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, a drive to Spokane, and baby shower number two (I’m terribly spoiled), Josh and I got a HORRIBLE case of food poisoning from a local taco truck. We barely managed to scrape ourselves together to make the drive, but I’m glad we did. We had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner with both sets of our parents and his grandmother, and then the next day I had another sweet baby shower and saw my ooooooold friend Lisa and all of her children! Maw.

My parents trying to feel their grandson kick. I was told this week he's measuring in the 92nd percentile. Already an overachiever! 😅
Love this picture of my parents trying to coax a kick from the baby.

December 2016

– finished up a painting for Baby M.’s room (this is when the link between Instagram and Flickr shit the bed, so I don’t have a picture)

– Josh and I spend my birthday/”Babymoon” at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle, relaxing and eating lots of things

– Josh gets heavily into glitter beards, and I support him!

– Owen invites me to participate in his annual art show, but I am too big and pregnant so we just attend the show instead and stay for an hour and a half. Still Good Times!

– Josh does up an elaborate glitter/tiny Christmas light beard, I wear a muumuu and we wrap me in Christmas bulbs, and we take our Christmas card picture!

Glittered up for Brenna's solstice party tonight. ✨
Winter Solstice party at Brenna’s house.

Josh and my Broad at grandma's tonight. ❤️❤️
I am too pregnant to travel, so we do Christmas Eve at Grandma Shirley’s, with the Broad…

Unicorn Snot! (with photobomb by Ronia) ✨🌟✨
…and the next day, we do Christmas Day at our house. Josh’s parents, sister and sister’s family all came over and we feasted on lasagna that I had made the day before, exchanged presents, and had a nice time. Our first Christmas at our house, and our last Christmas before the baby comes!

And that brings us up to date, blog logs! Stay tuned later this week and I’ll let you know how we PARTIED DOWN for New Years Eve, bwa ha haaaaa. 2016: you were one interesting year. I refuse to do what so many people on the Internet are doing, which is write-off the ENTIRE YEAR as crap, because this was the year that I finally got pregnant after 6 years of nonsense and there is no replicating that bliss. I can’t wait for 2017!

A chocolate factory, good news, and delicious foodstuffs

A chocolate factory, good news, and delicious foodstuffs

A couple of dorks touring a chocolate factory for funsies.
Hey dudes! Look at these dorks touring the Theo Chocolate Factory in Fremont last Saturday. Nice hair nets!

Saturday morning we drove into Seattle to the clinic for my “beta” blood test–the first test to determine whether or not I am REALLY pregnant. I knew I was REALLY pregnant because my boobs feel like they are going to fall off at any given moment, they hurt so much, but still–verification was necessary!

@djmagicelf and his furry friend. 🐛
Then we fooled around with wildlife outside the factory, waiting for the tour to start at 11 o’clock. A few different people had told me about this tour, and for 10 dollars we figured it would be a nice distraction, waiting to find out the results of my blood test.

Recommended: for 10 clams you can tour the Theo chocolate factory in Fremont. Delicious samples! 🍫
And even though I was praying for a positive test 95% of the time we were on the tour, it WAS a pleasant experience! For the first hour, you sit in a nice breezy green room and get fed samples of chocolate while you learn all about Theo’s “bean to bar” process.

You can't tell because of the reflection off the glass, but that's the chocolate pipeline at Theo's Chocolate Factory. Mmmmm.
After 30 minutes, you get to actually go inside the factory, where you get to see the actual “Chocolate Pipeline”! Just like in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”! The tour ends in the kitchen, where you snarf delicious samples of ganache. Mmmmmmm.

We stopped at the gift shop on the way out (you get a discount for participating in the tour) and were just about to pay when my phone rang! I yanked it out of my purse and ran for the door of the gift shop (distressing my husband, who thought I was doing a runner) and was actually SO excited, I hung up on clinic! Roops! Luckily they called me right back with the BEST NEWS EVER: I’M PREGNANT!

Lunch at Roxy's in Fremont today. Psychedelic murals and glitter vinyl galore...dreamy. The BLT and cheese blintzes we split were damn good too.
So we sat in the car and happily cried and then I texted everyone and then my mother called me and we both cried over the phone and then we went to Roxy’s Diner in Fremont and split a BLT and cheese blintzes. Holy schmoly, HIGHLY recommended. 

Ali Wong is hilarious, and who looks this cute 7 months pregnant?
Also recommended: Ali Wong’s “Baby Cobra”, as long as you don’t mind raunchy humor. She’s 7 and a half months pregnant during this stand-up routine, and when do you ever hear about progesterone suppositories in stand-up, eh? Talk about timely. Also she’s really cute.

This rhody in the front yard is looking lush 💖
I had to go back to the clinic yesterday morning for a follow-up blood test to measure the hcg, and also check my thyroid. Luckily I got called in to my old job, so I was distracted for hours before I received the phone call in the afternoon. My hcg levels look great (!!!), but my thyroid is borderline, and I “shouldn’t worry about it.” Alrighty then. Here’s me not worrying about it.

Another gorgeous afternoon at Marymoor Park.
Now I don’t have any more tests until the very important First Ultrasound at the end of this month, which will be done by my actual doctor, which will be nice, because I haven’t seen her in a while.

Wet dogs + sunshine = Bliss. 🌈
Meanwhile I’m supposed to start looking for an OB! Oh Boy!

Pretty sure we've already gone to Marymoor more times this year than any other...oh it's gonna be a hot summer in Seattle! 💦
I have worked lined up for the rest of the month, which is wonderful.

Musical entertainment at Kama'aina Grindz. I had been wanting to try their Hawaiian food for over a year, and it did not disappoint. Mmmm. 🌺
Also wonderful: the Hawaiian food we snarfed Friday night at Kama’aina Grindz, a restaurant in Everett I’d been wanting to try for…oh, a year and a half or so.

"New" purse (thanks eBay) by Lily Bloom. Bonus: lots of compartments. But will I remember what I put in them?
It was time to surrender my big ass heavy leather Fossil purse for something lightweight for spring/summer. I discovered the “Lily Bloom” line and scored this little guy on eBay for less than 30 clams. Their entire line is made from recycled materials, and ADORABLE.

Cool sunset tonight. 💙
I can tell you that this sunset was far more beautiful in real life than in this photo. I should have used the camera. Speaking of the camera, I need to start documenting my naked pregnant body. I thought the transformation might be “fun” to look at later on. Ha! Ha! NOT ON THIS BLOG, DON’T WORRY MOM. 

"Moonwalkers": set in the psychedelic 60s, with a plot centering around the Kubrick moon landing conspiracy AND starring Ron Perlman, how could I not watch it? Odd and enjoyable.
“Moonwalkers” is a weird little indie film but you should watch it if you enjoy: 1. movies set in the psychedelic 60’s 2. anything about Stanley Kubrick 3. conspiracy theories about the moon landing and/or 4. Ron Perlman. It has them all!

Yesterday (it was much warmer). LaCroix, sweetie. Darling. That reminds me, I can't wait to see the "Ab Fab" movie!
LaCroix, sweetie. I always think I’m going to like flavored seltzer water and then I never do. Harrumph.

I made a furry friend at grandma's house. 😺
Sunday was Mother’s Day so we went to Josh’s grandmother’s house for BBQ. The house kitty was loving all over me.

“Feel free to take her home,” they offered, but I declined.

Grandma's purple rhody's are gorg. 💜💜💜
Gorgeous deep purple rhodies outside grandma’s house. She promised to give me starts for mini irises next time.

A gorgeous May afternoon. 🌾
Today I am going to the library to get some “fun” pregnancy books (I have a few from 43252352 years ago when I first started trying to get pregnant but they are not fun). I need to work on Corinne’s last cat painting. Painting white fur is giving me fits.

Oh well, it's a daisy age 🌸
What else? Walk the dogs. Lift some weights. Find out if it’s time for the finale of “Drag Race”–I doubt it, Ru usually draaaaaaaags the finale out, to make us SUFFER.

Field of dogs.
Have a nice week, blog-logs!

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 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. 💦
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! 💖
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. 💦
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. 💦
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. 💙
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 💖
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! 💪
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! 💦
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. 💦💦💦
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. 🌀
His hair is growing out and therefore he is 35% cuter. It’s curly. Loooove. 

Love the contrast of the bright green fern against the purple flowers. 💚
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! 🍄
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. 💜
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. 👪
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 💙
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. 🗿
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. 👀
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. 💖
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. 💖
Spotted at Corinne’s house.

Library haul. Right now I'm in a non-fiction/humor phase. 📚
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! 💦
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. 

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 💕
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. 

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. 💐
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. 💐🌷
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. 💚💚💚
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. 

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.

A beautiful day at the Seattle Arboretum

A beautiful day at the Seattle Arboretum

Enjoying the sunshine yesterday. 💙💖
How’s it hangin, blerg? Yesterday your friends embarked on a trip to the Seattle Arboretum for the first time.

Visited the Seattle Arboretum for the first time today with this furry gang. The weather was amazing!
I somehow managed to throw my back out on Thursday, but I refuse to “rest”, and besides, it was GORGEOUS yesterday! Sunny and clear and 64 degrees. No way was I going to spend a day like that on the couch.

J and some dog butts
Other than the Japanese gardens, which cost an admission fee and are not dog-friendly, the Seattle Arboretum is free of charge, huge and sprawling, and very very dog friendly. Well, leashed dogs anyway.

arboretum cinemascope
“Cinemascope” filter applied here–kind of makes it look desert-y. But it wasn’t!

friendly faces
More “Cinemascope”. I tried to do bangs yesterday but without daily taming, they just want to part down the middle. Heigh ho!

white blooms overhead
I let Josh take the leashes as to not aggravate my back further, and we slowwwwly walked about 2.5 miles around the arboretum, gawking at all of the beautiful blooms.

scenic pond
So beautiful. There was an artist with his easel set up in front of the pond, painting away.

pink camellia crop
Colorful camellias.

pink blooms overhead
Are these rhodies? There were placards explaining what the plants and flowers were, but I missed the placard for these guys.

forest friends
It was a very relaxing walk. We saw lots of happy Seattle-ites out enjoying a rare sunny day.

ferny trails
Next time we’ll check out the Japanese gardens, sans pets.

baby ferns
Hey little baby ferns!

baby fern

Mmmm, nothing like going for a walk in nature on a beautiful spring day to bring up those lackluster winter serotonin levels! I felt better than I had all week, yesterday, in spite of my messed-up back.

Someone thoughtfully stuck a pink camellia into the tree knot.

After the walk, we put the girls in the car and walked across Madison to a little garden supply shop (pictures to come), where we gawked at all the “gorgeous little things” (said in Edina Monsoon voice) and who should we run into but Mel! Our old party friend! Small world.

Spotted near Broadway. 🐠
Then we drove down Broadway to get a coffee (well, Josh had a quad; I had a hot chocolate–I’m down to half a cup of coffee now), where we spotted this cute little car. We also drove past the gay underwear store where Christopher and I had Good Times a few years ago. Ahhh Broadway! I love ya!

I’m extra thankful we got out and about yesterday, because today the weather has just been crap! Crap! Josh ran 13 miles this morning (in the wind and rain) while I “slept in” until 9–my back made it difficult to sleep comfortably. I did walk two miles on the treadmill, just to keep things movin’. I watched “The Overnight” while I worked on the first of Corinne’s 4-part cat painting series. Now I’m planning on “resting” on the couch for a bit. Rest! Me? HA!