Tuesday, June 2, 2015

10 Things for the Last Week- Hawaii and Back


 1. Huggo's on the Rocks- It's my favorite place on the Big Island. You can put your feet in the sand, have some bright-colored drink, and eat these quesadillas. I love them. If you are going to be in Kona, I highly recommend this bar/restaurant.

2. Poke- Finally tried it, and loved it. Raw tuna is always a good idea, though I will have to try more than 2 iterations before I can pick a favorite. Too much seaweed weirds me out, and I don't know why. But seriously, raw tuna is so much better than any cooked version.



 3. Going to the Beach- I felt weirdly pumped to get out in a swimsuit, much like I was pumped to fly for the first time with a baby. Because I fucking can, and who's going to stop me? It's not the same, but I am not missing a chance to have an adventure.

4. Hawaii Public Beaches- Every shoreline in the Islands has to be open for everyone (though that access can get pretty tricky). I love this. It makes so much sense, and keeps the islands from just being resorts and rich people.


 5. Our Failed Half Birthday Cake- I am sorry Pinterest gods. We are not worthy of you. Why after baking so many cakes am I still so bad at keeping them upright? On the bright side, it also didn't taste very good.


6. Seeing my Mom's New Hospital- Queen of all Badasses, my Mom now runs a physical therapy department at a beautiful little hospital with a league of young professionals clamoring to compliment her grandspawn. It was adorable, and she seems super happy.


7. Novelty Booze (and asking servers for more juice, less rum)- I don't even care much for rum, but I care for the juice they mix it with and the cutesy containers they serve it in. These are my priorities in life- keep me away from the meat of things, just give me bright colors and kitsch.


8. Getting out the High Chair- Oxo Tot employs some geniuses. The bub looks tiny in it now, but he seems happy and the engineering has all sorts of fun surprises.

9. Eurovision 2015- If you don't know what I am talking about, just go youtube it. Really, it's pretty hilarious and fun. Especially if you watch the BBC version, because Graham Norton really hates everyone and just spews harsh truths all over the place. We made it a solid way through the telecast and didn't alienate ourselves in an otherwise baby-free space, so it felt like a victory for us, if not for Serbia, who clearly deserved the win.

10. Our First Seattle Baseball Game-Oh Mariners, you are not so good. So of course, I love you. Also, I appreciate professional baseball for 2 reasons- rickets stay super cheap and it knows how boring it is. Would happily do this once a summer, but let us all pray I don't have a future athlete in my midst.

Picture of the Week- Future Sports Fan?


Eh, probably not. But he enjoyed the kitty!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

9 Things- Pineapple Leaves, Alaska Airlines, and Double Tuna

1. Spicy Tuna and Crab- Yep, super waspy. I don’t care. It never gets old.

2. Our Last Days at the Seattle Design Center- COCA is moving, which means the archive is moving with it, so my workplace getting displaced. I am hopeful it will land on the northside of town to minimize our commute, but more than the convenience, I feel excited that COCA is investing in the project continuing through a time where these things often peter out. Also, at some point the organizers at COCA gave up on sweeping, and I would really like to be able to let the Bubba move around while I work. Ready for a new adventure.'

from college.holycross.edu

3. Leslie Schomp- this artist works in embroidery and human hair. Yes, mostly portraits made out of human hair. Best Artsy genome of the week by far, because it takes artistic narcissism to a new, interesting, and totally unapologetic level. Plus, the sculptures are really beautiful. Embroidery turns out to be a pretty prominent contemporary art trend, and I love the introduction of feminized craft into the space. Just great, and you can check her, her work, and one awesome self portrait as an elephant out here. 

4. Baby hats- I may have an addiction. I thought it would let up after the cold Seattle winter rolled out, but now I have to protect my pasty porcelain child against the same dangers his moderately translucent parents face in the proximity of the sun. I will say it- hats are cuter than just sunscreen.

5. Alaska Airlines- They handed out Mai Tai’s before we got off the plane! What on Earth could possibly earn more customer loyalty than free fruity booze? I really think they have their business together, and we have only had good experiences with the airline thus far. Also, they have the outlets in the seats, so I can write this blog while the Bub snoozes on the Boy.


6. The Smell of Hawaii- Arriving on my Mom's island always fills me with joy, and as soon as we see her, she gives us leis. They smell amazing. They are wrapped in all sorts of good memories, tied in with one of the most delicious smells ever. I love it. 


7. Hot Pink Pineapple Leaves- This is my mom's backyard. Pretty amazing! 

8. Poke- More tuna! And onion, green onion, seaweed and soy. All good things, and really delicious. Raw fish feels like a big treat when you sit so close to where they caught it. The Harbor House is the first place we ever went in Hawaii. and I still really love how low key and local the place is. 

9. Actual Sleep- Every new parent who still has a parent/ new grandparent nearby- go take them to an extra fancy lunch! Buy them a present! Having my mom (or any of our parents) around means we actually get a bit of a break. And we needed it. If all that comes out of the weekend is that we slept more than 4 hours in a row while still in a sleep regression, that is huge. We might return to our human form. And seriously, grandparents are the best people ever. I knew my grandmas were the best, but now I can see even parents love grandparents!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

6 Things for the Last Two Days

1. Art and God- “If there’s no highest power, art doesn’t make any sense: it’s just a decoration.” —Alexander Melamid on Ernest Meissonier’s “1807, Friedland.” Part of a video from the Met. Are we decorating nothing or mimicking creation, modeled by God? Thoughts to have while devouring food tv. 


2.The Kind of Wonderful Weirdness of Grace and Frankie- I think I love what they are doing a lot more than how they are doing it, but this isn't Golden Girls in a good way. Also, Sam Waterson will never not be Law and Order to me. It's like someone snappier needed to get in and redo the dialogue (it's not stylized enough to be intentionally artificial, but it mostly doesn't sound like things people say out loud either), but the situations are both heartbreaking and sometimes hilarious, so that works.

3, Jenny GG- Yesterday, we got gussed up as a family to get Bubbas 6 month pictures. Jenny immediately feels like someone we have been friends with a long time, and it helps us be our dignified and mature selves. The Boy may have sung. She is a spot on responder to what is going on, so you can just do your thing and she kind of follows you. It's king of like non-directive portrait sessions. Very "Don't hate, collaborate!" Anyway, we have only seen one picture so far, but I think it may be my favorite one of our trio thus far. What a chunky monkey. Anyway, we practically enjoyed our photo shoot, and I can't wait to see more of the pictures!

4. Finding out we were Robbed in the Morning, and Still Having a Good Day- You will not win, meth addict lady on a child's bicycle (this is the skinny around the neighborhood anyway)! That kind of day, paired with vaccinations should be a bad day, but it mostly turned out just fine. We got to bond with the neighbors, and one even brought me a cookie and hot chocolate to cheer me up. That's amazing. I feel bad for meth face cyclist, because if it is worth it to her to dig through dirty diapers and steal The Boy's prescription sunglasses, that's a pretty shitty life. It is unnerving to be reminded that we live in the city and it may not be as safe as we want to think, but in the end, I think it motivated us in the right way, and I am happy to work out the kinks that let this happen. Our security is already better.


5. Pag- It's his birthday! Best Dad I ever had, by far! He really is the best ever, and I wish we could have been there to celebrate with him!

6. Fourth of July Tickets Bought! Alright, who is free to come to Cleveland around 6:30 in the morning? Time to rent a car? Airport pick ups are a real test of our family's love. Also, we are flying a red eye on Frontier with a baby, so this should be an adventure.

Monday, May 18, 2015

3 Things- Katie Herzog, Peps Walks, and Eliminating Plastics from our Life

from Altered States Library- http://www.montevistaprojects.com/current.html
1. Katie Herzog- Favorite genome from the day was this artist from LA. She works in multiple painting styles, including these library paintings (it seems her day job is as a librarian) which vary a bunch in their levels of abstraction and the way she is making her marks. I thought the paintings were interesting, but I liked her even more when I read interviews with her where she openly discussed having a baby daughter, being a feminist, and continuing to work in the art world. Preach, lady. It bugs me when professionals, especially in the art world, are hedgy or deceptive about being parents, so I love that she confronts it and moves through it.

2. PEPS Walks- I started volunteering for PEPS last week, and I tried to get my group started doing things together outside of our meetings. It didn't turn out to be a wild success (2 out of 8 came), but I feel like wheels are turning and they have already started inviting each other to things, which our group never did until the whole thing was over. Hoping to serve the group well, and I feel excited they are connecting.

3. Single Use Packaging Alternatives- I have been trying to study up on more ways we can reduce our waste as a family, and single use plastics (shampoo bottles, food packaging, water bottles) seem to be one of those ways we can really be doing better. We are looking into where we can drop single use plastics from our life, and I have found some great resources, in case you want to cut down on this stuff too. I have yet to see a way that these changes wouldn't also improve your life, even if they are a little less convenient. It started with turning down plastic straws (no one needs them!) and reusing produce bags, but these sites gave me good ideas of other small changes we can make:

http://www.thegreenestdollar.com/2009/04/how-to-stop-using-plastic/

http://lifelessplastic.blogspot.com/2007/12/ten-tips-for-avoiding-plastic.html

http://myplasticfreelife.com/plasticfreeguide/

Picture of the Week- Ghosts!