Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I leave the worry

These two pigeons were on the wall across the street from the Paramount. I love this wall as it is covered in poetry. These words hopefully embody my mindset as I walk and try to stay in the present!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

What's on your rear view mirror?

I drove in to work today so thought I'd show off some of the jewelry I made for my car.

I made these while on road trips. One represents the ocean, one the desert, and one the mountains.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Good Time Sunday Fun

Before running my errands, I stopped in to watch my friends play softball. Then in the late afternoon and early evening I went out dancing again. First, a little country for the end of the Hoedown events, then a little disco as a topper to a great day!

The Diamond Divas

The biggest fan. She howled whenever something good happened.

Disco Ball

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Dancin' at the Hoedown

I went out country dancing tonight for the Emerald City Hoedown. They had several shows as well including this Lindy Hop troupe. It was a blast. It really made me happy to be out dancing again. I'll have to do more of it!

Is there a better way to end the evening than taking off your boots and giving your glow stick a place to rest?

Saturday, April 26, 2008

It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Today was one of those magical days. It was our annual Staff Appreciation Day, so we had lunch at the Sheriton downtown and then got the rest of the day off. I decided to do a little shopping and walk home in the sun.

Taken from the Sheriton.

Couch in the Fluevog store.


Friday, April 25, 2008

Lighting is Key

Tonight was Dine Out for Life. After eating a mediocre meal at Tidbit, we ended up at Poco Wine Room where I had some fun with the superb lighting (and the superb wine).

Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Way People Used to Advertise

I love seeing the old advertising on the side of buildings. You can see many examples of this in Pioneer Square.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Two Things Challenge: Self/Portrait - "Self-Fish"

I also noticed the great reflections possible in the Acupuncturist's office while looking at the fish. I may use this for the Two Things Challenge: Self/Portrait. I find this an interesting and difficult theme. Normally "self portrait" goes together, so what does separating them mean? I'm taking it to mean something that represents yourself and a portrait of yourself. In this case, the fish represent my love of animals and the reflection of me is my portrait.


Today I went in for acupuncture. I wish I could take a photo of myself stuck with needles, but they are always in my hands so I can't grab the camera. Instead I took this photo of the rows upon rows of Chinese herbs.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Pretty in White

Although still fuzzy brained, I made it in to work today. On my short walk to get soup for lunch, I managed to snap these two photos of the Dexter Horton building. These white buildings down in Pioneer Square are so beautiful when the sun comes out!

Monday, April 21, 2008


I'm still sick and still stuck at home, so needed another item around the apartment to take a photo of.

"Maya waxes poetic over Seattle." My grandfather was an architect and illustrator that lived in Germany. He used to make these little drawings for me on my birthdays. This is one I'm especially fond of as he only visited me in Seattle once and this was from his memory of that time.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

My Creative Friends

I'm still sick which makes me so so sad because I'm missing my friend's birthday bash. I thought this looked so fun and I've been looking forward to it for over a month now! In looking around my apartment again in my fuzzy state of mind, I realized I have some creative friends. One in particular I miss very much. I'm not even sure where she is these days. Prague? Florida? I decided to post some of my favorite mementos from her to make me feel better.

*Name removed to protect the innocent.

Cheesy, but I love it!

I think she probably makes me look much better here. Ernie Steele's was a great dive bar on Broadway that is no longer in existence. Too bad.

On a Cold Winter's Day...

Today I worked at home because I wasn't feeling well. This was probably a good idea since the weather outside was nasty (even a bit of snow?!?). In case you missed it, I think we had Summer on Saturday, then were plunged back into Fall, and now apparently we are in Winter. My, this year has flown by! Being in my apartment all day always poses photographic challenges. I decided to try to learn something about the new camera by taking a bunch of photos with different settings of these two ornaments hanging around my Jade plant.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Two Things Challenge: Masculine/Feminine

I had two other ideas for this challenge, but they wouldn't have been "family friendly" for the website. I think everyone has some masculine and feminine traits, so decided to show mine through two pairs of my shoes. I bought the combat boots quite a few years ago and rarely wear them anymore, but I love them too much to get rid of them. The other pair are Fluevogs. Some of the coolest shoes EVER!

"old friends are good friends" Fluevog soles are the best!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Laguna Vintage Pottery

Laguna Vintage Pottery. Their window display always catches my eye because it's so colorful!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Glowing Rocks

This is supposed to be sending light upwards onto a sculpture outside the dog park on Capitol Hill, but it's looking a bit blocked!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Back to Normal

Well, that nice weather didn't last long. Today was dreary and chilly again.

The traffic was bad both ways at quitting time. It made me glad I was walking despite the rain!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Preventative Medicine

I'm hoping these will keep me from getting the dreaded virus that's going around.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Sun and Salsa

Today the weather changed completely! It was sunny and almost too warm for me. I don't really enjoy sweating in my apartment. Things improved greatly when we went to the Arboretum for a pleasant walk.

The required Cherry Blossom shot.

Salsa sampler. After our walk in the park, we ate at Senor Moose in Ballard. That place was an oven inside, but the food and margaritas were SO worth it!

The guy sitting next to us showed us his interesting sunburn. He'd been up snowboarding today. Poor guys just don't know what to make of that big bright yellow thing in the sky!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Hanging Shoes

I'm not sure why people do this, but you see a lot of shoes hanging around Capitol Hill!

This helicopter was hovering in the same spot during my entire walk to work this morning. I wonder what was up? Perhaps the Dalai Lama was on his way to his first speaking engagement.

I call this The Sentinel. The bird seems to be guarding these shoes!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Lots and Cops

I shot the Pine street block again this morning to show the difference from a few weeks ago. It's all paved over now in this strange green asphalt.

I'm sure the building behind this lot is currently much happier with their view. They can see the city now (at least until the new condos go in)!

Have you ever noticed that the motorcycle cops in this city have personalized license plate frames? Here is a good example of one. I've scrambled the letters/numbers to protect the innocent.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Just to brighten your day: Yellow!

The sun finally came out today.

Morning sun.

Evening sun. How can this be called a weed?

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Bathroom Tiles

Did you ever notice that in Seattle most of the buildings built in the early 1900's have the same small white tiles with a few blue pieces woven in? Most are a very simple pattern, but these two taken in the Smith Tower are a bit fancier.

Seen in the bathroom.

Seen in front of the elevators to announce the floor you are on.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Pink and Purple

What a wheel!

I think this is my dad's favorite flower called a Vinca.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Book Club

Tonight was book club. We read Persepolis. I highly recommend this book! It's also been made into an Oscar nominated film which is also worth seeing. Our host for the evening has a house in West Seattle with a turret and an amazing view.

Dramatic Seattle skyline spotted on the drive over.

Industrial Seattle

View from our host's window!

The stained glass lamp.

The Turret

What do you do with a turret? Put in a bathroom of course! This is the bathroom window.