Monday, March 31, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
-Dome-style tent sleeps up to four; measures 10 by 7 feet
-GoBeDry rain protection system repels moisture with a protective coating
-Cyclone Venting System exhausts hot air up through the skylight roof mesh panels
-Hanging gear loft, pocket organizer
-Center height of 60 inches; 14.9-pound carry weight
Spacious and efficient, the Columbia Hawk Ridge dome-style tent will comfortably sleep up to four people.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Front of the house
Cute couple bicycling
We decided to take lots of pictures of ourselves
Another shot of the back, including the fire pit and hot tub
Tree and flowers
Posing by the pool
Posing by the flowers
Sunset over the gold course and mountains
Gus and Bootsie on my bed. Bootsie, trying to sleep (as always) and Gus terrorizing her.
I heard a rumbling and soon discovered that Gus found a new hiding place.
Gus' first snow. He spent 2 hours outside chasing the snowflakes until I dragged him back in to warm up his ice-cold ears.
By this point he is a little annoyed with me taking so many pictures..
Thursday, March 20, 2008
The blurg below the photo is:
Kumquats in a vase of water make a unique base for stems of yellow tulips or other spring flowers. Fill a tray with Granny Smith apples for a delectable coffee table accent.
I love the way this looks! It is a natural way to brighten up a room and someone's mood.
I browsed the internet to find the best training program and I found that Runner's World has this great program called the Smart Coach. Here you get to pick your pace and how long and hard you want to train for.
I am excited to start!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
I was reading the news online this morning and I found a reference to this new workout machine. It looks like any standard new cardio equipment with the attached tv, but now the tv is interactive with making your run, bike, etc into a video game! I have never heard of this before, and I am glad I came across it becuase I think it is a great idea! What a way to get video gamers off their butt and put them into the game. Plus it eases the boredom of staying on the bike for 60 minutes.
I know that Wii tried to start this by making their video games interactive as well. I think this is a great idea too. Although I am terrible at Wii, I still think it is fun.
For our Metia Cup (where we played Wii bowling) I think I won lowest score award.
Monday, March 17, 2008
And yes, it is small, but tomorrow and for the days after there will be more added!
I am so proud of myself!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Check out my aunt's recipe website. Everything I have ever eaten from her has been delicious!
As Julie and I are now on a Eat-Clean diet, we love creating our our recipes and trying new ones. We also enjoy taking recipes and altering the ingredients to our eat-clean standards!
Sydney waiting patiently on the dock
Swimming with the tennis ball
Best friends! Syndey and Sadie (Jena & Sean's super sweet dog)
Cousins! Sydney's cousin Dagwood
After food and shower we go on our adventure. This can range from running errands, going grocery shopping (always a favorite) or picking something random out.
A recent adventure took us to the Bellevue Botanical Gardens . Here we saw a variety of plants and were able to immerse ourselves in nature without having to leave the city. There were a few trails around the park and explored different categories such as the Japanese Gardens and the Rock Garden. Along the way we noticed a sign for volunteers. This would be a great place to come and volunteer and integrate it into our Saturday Adventures. I love gardening and there are so many opportunities within the gardens. Many events take place throughout the year in the gardens so I look forward to seeing what else we can explore there.
As Julie and I were not able to spend last Saturday together (I was in Palm Springs) nor this Saturday together (she will be in Boston) I have been planning some really good adventures for us, especially as spring will officially begin in 8 days.
As another incentive to browse and create adventures, many of my girlfriends have been asking me recently about good places to take a date. This is something I enjoy doing. I love thinking of fun and creative things to do.
Here I have a list of fun date and Saturday Adventure ideas:
- Bellevue Botanical Gardens
This is a great place to take a picnic or a stroll with a friend, family or significant other. Throughout the seasons there are different plants blooming and growing so everytime you go there is something new to see.
- Become a Tourist
Many people live in a city or an area for a large amont of time never actually get to explore it. Book a hotel room downtown and spend the weekend doing what tourists do. Take pictures, learn the history and study the architexture of your hometown.
- Play a Board Game
While board games are one of my favorite pastimes, this time, take the game public. Board game bars are a new trend that hasn't quite become super trendy (ie not too crowded). Yelp is another great website to help you find highly ranked board game bars.
- Go on a Scavenger Hunt
While you reminisce memories of your childhood birthday parties, it time to start some new memories. The Watson Adventure Scavenger Hunts has created a company that hosts scanvenger hunts. Many corporate companies are using this as team building and there are a variety of hunts that take place throughout your area. You can go on a public hunt with people you do not know (yet!) or book a private hunt for you and your friends, loved ones, etc.
- Have a Picnic
Without sounding too mushy, a quiet picnic in a park, on the beach, in your backyard is a fun and comfortable way to spend a warm afternoon. You can choose a spot (there are lots overlooking the lakes) and watch the UW crew team row by yelling at the beginning canoe-ers to get out of the way and challenging the million dollar yatchts to create a wake. I have also learned that a park in Amsterdam has just legalized sex in the park, along with other green items.
- Go Camping
While some may not be interested in the great outdoors, camping is always an experience wherever you go. You can camp in a far away mountain, a the base of a lake or just in your backyard (something my sisters and I did when we were young...of course Dad would always turn on the sprinklers at 5am...). Spending time with your friends or significant other helps creative memories, even if you do run inside the house to go the bathroom.
- Go to an Arcade
There are many places to plays games. Become a kid again and go play laser tag, purchase tokens, accumulate as many tickets as possible and win that slightly deformed teddy bear. These games can be played at fairs (local are usually the best, then you get to take in the real red-neck flavor) or find a place like Gameworks where they specialize in cheap beer and games.
- Woodland Park Zoo
The Woodland Park Zoo is a great place for a Saturday Adventure or a relaxing date. The zoo manages the largests live animal collection in Washington state, with approximately 1,100 specimens. It also provides a home for 35 endangered and 5 threatened animals. The zoo also has botanical gardens of 7,000 tress and more than 50,000 shrubs and herbs.
Now I am aware that I have not mentioned fun restaurants or food-affliated dates. While there are many great places from that department to choose from, I will have to do some more research to post some of my favorites.
More to come later, but for now, ta-ta!
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
We spent 5 days with the following routine:
8am wake up
10:30-4:00pm tanning (usually topless) by our private pool
4:00pm shower/get dressed
Now this is where we had an occasional difference, whether it is cooking dinner, browsing the outlet mall, or baking cookies
10:00pm all of us passed out on the couch
It was a wonderful vacation