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Suncadia

Suncadia

A few days before Christmas 2019 we decided to join two friends of ours at Suncadia Resort, a snowy winter getaway about an hour and a half from Seattle. We had only been once several years before for a “team building” weekend for a job I previously had. We wanted to go back for a more positive experience and to spend a few days relaxing with our friends.The plan was to spend a half day at the spa getting massages…

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A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

Before we get too far into Spring I want to share pictures from a park in our neighborhood that is a treat to walk through in all seasons. These are from last fall when everything had died except for the moss and the mushrooms that had just started to show.

Low-tide Beach Walk

Low-tide Beach Walk

Last summer I discovered that the aquarium hosts days where beach naturalists are available in various parks throughout the season to answer questions and track what life they find. I went to one near my house (can you believe I live 15 minutes from this?!) and had the absolute best time. I wanted to volunteer to be a beach naturalist this summer but it happens to coincide with the third trimester of pregnancy for me; not a good fit. I…

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Point Defiance Zoo

Point Defiance Zoo

The Sunday before my birthday Joe and I went to Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma. This zoo isn’t as great as the one in Asheboro, NC, but it’s a second best. I like that most of their enclosures are good sized and the animals don’t seem distressed. The bad thing about a zoo on the weekend is that there are so. many. kids. It ended up being really chilly that day but I’m still glad we went- the animals were…

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Emerald City Comic Con 2018

Emerald City Comic Con 2018

I just finished two almost-full days of ECCC. Each year I refine my game plan based on the year before and I feel like this year went great. The first and absolutely most exciting thing I was there to do was to get my hands on an ARC (advance reader copy) of Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne. They are two of my favorite authors and I am so beyond excited that they are writing a…

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Mt. Rainier National Park

Mt. Rainier National Park

Joe and I met up with my sister and brother-in-law (and their chiweenie, Letty) in July. The guys did the more advanced hike while Katy and I stayed behind and took a few leisurely strolls with the pup. We went to the Paradise Ridge portion of Mt. Rainier. We’ve been there twice now and I am definitely ready to visit a new part of the park next time we go. Or better yet, Mt. St. Helens!

Point Defiance Zoo

Point Defiance Zoo

Today we went to the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, aka the second best zoo I have ever been to. I haven’t found anything to beat the Zoo in Asheboro, NC, but this one is pretty close. Without further a due, I give you gentle giants, smiling seals, tuna shark, seahorse necklaces (WHERE DO I APPLY FOR THE SEAHORSE STYLIST POSITION!?), unconvinced meercat, and Mr. Bean lemur. In that order.

Wallace Falls Hike

Wallace Falls Hike

Yesterday Joe and I went with friends of ours on a hike to Wallace Falls. I spend every second of every day living and working within the city of Seattle, but when I do get out into nature it feels like my soul exhales. We need to make an effort to get out more. I absolutely love how mossy the forests are in Washington state. After the hike (about 4 miles total) we went to Blazing Onion, a realllly good…

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Seattle Restaurants: Racha Thai

Seattle Restaurants: Racha Thai

For the past several months, Joe and I have had the same weekly ritual. Every Sunday or Monday evening (or Tuesday if we’re really lazy) we get in the car and drive to the Lower Queen Anne area of Seattle to do grocery shopping and to get Pad Thai from our favorite Thai restaurant, Racha. It is hands down the best Pad Thai I have ever had, ever. Since we’re there every week, they know our orders by now: mine,…

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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

The third year is the charm because I finally made it to the Tulip Festival! Every April there are crazy amounts of tulips about an hour north of Seattle and while we went the last weekend of the month and a lot was gone already, it was still really neat to see. It rained pretty hard on the drive up but thankfully by the time we got there it had stopped. I had been warned by my sister to wear…

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