Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Friday, September 6, 2013
In the past few weeks Seattle has expereinced a number of thunderstorms. Which for those of you that do not live in the Seattle area may not understand how odd this is. I’ve been here for almost five years and we’ve had more thunderstorms in the past few weeks than in the past five years combined. The past two days alone we’ve had a high volume of rain and storm activity. Relatively mild in comparison to other parts of the country, but odd for the Puget Sound area. Also, rain here is usually a drizzle… not accumilating tons of inches in a day. So that is how it rains all the time in the fall, winter and spring, but other parts of the country actually have much higher rain accumilation.
Now, the thunderstorms here are not the ones I know and love. Growing up in the Mid-West, spending my college days in Charleston, SC, and Summers in Mountain Rest, SC I know what a good thunderstorm is all about. The ones where you can smell the change in the air. The feeling that the air is super charged with electricity and you get goosebumps or the hair on your arms start to stand up. The loud clapping of thunder that shakes you to the bone and resinate in your chest. Those are the thunderstorms I love.
As a child I have fond memories of sitting on our front porch swing… Either by myself or with a family member. Watching from the safety of cover as the heavens open up and dump buckets of water onto the earth. The streets would start to fill with heaps of water as the drains try to keep up. There would be the day or two where the rain would stick around, but the best thing would be when an afternoon storm rolled in and out in a matter of minutes to an hour. The heat would boil the clouds and mother nature would give us a show.
Did I mention that I love thunderstorms? Thor the god of thunder, weilding his hammer… :O) My friend Jeremy and once poster to the Rider Chronicles captured a night strorm over the city a few weeks ago. With his permission I wanted to share this amazing pic. Here you go!
Picture by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Friday, August 23, 2013
The summer of 2013 has been a lovely one. I’ve been lucky enough to go on a few camping trips, a couple of picnics, plenty of backyard love, and now the enjoyment of softball. Seattle weather has been a dream! Seriously, I know I’m talking about the weather here, but it’s been fantastic.
This past weekend I was able to experence another charming picnic with some darling friends. Our local: Jetty Island… Located just 40 minutes North of Seattle off of Everett. A first come first serve foot ferry takes groups of beach goers with their picnic baskets, floaties, beach blankets, and shovles & pails (for sand castles, duh!). My friends and I were able to catch one of the first Ferries and ended up snaching a lovely spot.
This was our first trip to the basically large sand bar that is a free service from the city of Everett (Thank you by the way!). Upon our early arrival to the island, we were able to catch low tide and walk far out into the sound. The amazing view and tons of holes showed signs of hiding crabs.
Spending the day at the beach is never a bad thing in my books… Almost always living in someway or another not to far away from a sandy shore I’ve grown accustomed to a large bodies of water at my disposal. This my second beach picnic of the summer reminded me that I need to do this so much more! It’s a cheap, fun, and refreshing way to spend some time with friends and under the warming sun. Also, who does not want to make a giant turtle in the sand with a three year old?
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Over the last few weeks during my commute into work I’ve noticed an interesting fella. It only happens about once a week that I spot this man on his shinny blue Vespa ready to merge with traffic. Folks on Vespa’s usually stand out to me because I find Vespa’s super cute. I also instantly think of Audrey Hepburn’s Princess Ann learing to ride a Vespa while on a Roman Holiday. She speeds off and Gregory Peck’s Joe has to run and jump on the back so they can tour the lovely city while playing hookie for a day from her Roayal life. Love this movie! I too hope that one day I’ll get to tour Rome while riding a Vespa.
Well, Mr. Blue Vespa Man stands out on his own for another reason. You see, Mr. Blue Vespa Man is sporting a super duper long soup catcher of a beard. A young man of late twenties early thirty’s has a rather thin beard that flows all the way down to his lap. To top off this awesome picture of a Blue Vespa Man with a brilliantly long beard, he actually pulled out in front of me. What happens with long flowing hair when it’s on a vespa speeding up a hill? You guess it, the beard flows around over his shoulder billowing in the wind. Classic! Love it! I applaud you Mr. Blue Vespa Man! You’ve truly made the start of my day pretty bright!
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Friday, July 5, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
I do enjoy all the pretty bushes or plants and such, but frankly I'm glad roomie cares about them and keeps them looking good. The only thing I'm good is for mowing the lawn and weeding in the veggie garden. Well, a little more TLC to the veggies from me than weeding. This summer's crop includes some goodies... Sugar snap peas, beets, onions, fennel, tomatoes, zucchini, tomatillo, green beans, corn, herbs, blue berries, and lettuce. Oh boy, is there lettuce. My friends and coworkers have been enjoying the abundance of that crop:0)
From top left clockwise: sugar snap peas, tomatillo, full garden view, and corn that is well over knee high by the 4th of July!
Having a veggie patch is nothing new, not to me or many others. I grew up with always having some sort of veggie in the backyard. My grandpa has had a rather large garden in his backyard for years that has produced many wonderful ruffage. It sure is a lovely feeling taking a bowl from the kitchen, walking it down the back steps, and gathering fresh organic produce for that night's meal...
Friday, June 21, 2013
Friday, June 14, 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Got your attention, didn't I? Good, now stick with me, I'm not trying to be crude, I promise. I would not call myself a feminist, although I am totally for equality. Equality in all realms: Gender, Race, Orientation, Religion, and the list goes on... Today however, I speak on to my fellow ladies and to the gentlemen out there that want to be enlightened.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
In February I asked you to be my Valentine, because I heart you in all of your awesomeness. Today, at the beginning of May with the bright sun shinning upon your spring city glow, I am ever as much in love with you! I share this with my friends, family, and the world.
I was treated to a lovely view of Seattle today, when I visited a co-workers new digs located near the Seattle Center. What a lovely new apartment building. To top it off, the building is fitted with an amazing roof top deck. Thus, a great view of Seattle and the Puget Sound had me swooning. Now I share the views with you, enjoy!
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Thursday, March 28, 2013
It was an event two years in the making. In March 2011, during one of the two plus hour long phone conversations with my sister Micki we decided enough is enough. We were going to change. We were going to be healthy. Then in two years March 2013 we would surprise our parents, family and friends in Michigan by returning and running a 5K Race. The Irish Jig in East Grand Rapids, was the designated goal. By gum, we totally pulled it off too. The first stop in this current journey incorporated a few extra people for me and was not an easy task, but one that I’m proud of. Damn proud!
In March 2011, I was at the heaviest I’ve ever been. Now, I’ve always been a big girl and I don’t believe I’ll ever be a size two. However, I was truly just unhealthy. I felt more and more like Aunt Marge after Harry accidently gets angry and she balloons up. Clothes were not comfortable, small taskes were laboring, and I started to get more and more depressed. It was a cycle that I had enough with. The reasons for my sister may have been different, but we both wanted the end results. To be HEALTHY!
Slowly changes happened. We joined a online calorie and exercise tracking system that we could both keep eachother accountable on too. A tale as old as time was the solution. Cut calories and exercise more. Simple right. Well, after years and years of bad eating habbits and starting on seditary lifestyle I had to retrain my mind, body and soul. Eating was emotional for me, probably will always be even though now it is so much easier.
Slowly we both saw the pounds chip off. For me I was able to lose 60 pounds in the first year. It was a blessing that made life so much easier. I was able to do so much more in the activity realm. Like join a work softball team, swim, and not have pain after long walks. The change was great, however I still would lose motivation at times. Maybe even gain back a pound or two then start tracking again. My momemtum slowed down from spring of 2012 through the holidays. I lost an additional 20 pounds. Nothing to balk at. 80 pounds down is huge, amazing even! I was of course hoping for faster results. Who is not when change like this in play?
Nothing like a kick in the pants and the realization that the goal you set two years ago is close on your heels. When we rang in 2013 there was realization that in 11 weeks I was supposed to be home and ready to run a 5k with Micki. She of course had already started training, and I was the slacker. Not for long though, something clicked and I knew that if I was going to actully run and I mean run this whole race I would have to start my training. So I did… I downloaded a C25K App (Couch to 5K) for my first training tool. I’ve heard positive things about them and have never run more than I had to from my highschool athletic days, so I needed to start somewhere. The app has you running three days a week. Starting off slow with gradually adding minutes of running. It was hard, but feasible. If anyone is thinking about starting a running regimine I recommend it highly, good way to ease yourself in with limiting the possiblity for injury.
Still having some issues with people seeing me run, I was happy to run in my neighborhood after the sun had set on those early winter nights. I was actually getting nervous about the daylight savings approch and more light at night. Ironically, by the time that happened I had overcome most of my apprehension and adopted a “who cares” attitiude if people saw me run/workout. Big step for me by the way!
2013 has been great for me health wise. I’ve been motivated and have stepped up to the self imposed challenge. My motivation is infectious and has made me work harder and be more motivated. Sticking to the training schedule allowed me to run my frist on my own 3+ mile about two weeks before heading to Michigan. My runs still may not look all that pretty and have the best pace, but they are runs and that is enough.
One of the best parts about the trip to Michigan is that it was the first time since 2007 that Micki and I were home at the same time. Also, it was a surprise that was two years in the making. Mom had a heads up that Micki and Renee were arriving at GRR and she was keeping the seceret from Dad. We had to make sure that they were going to be home that weekend or it would have been an interesting trip. Timing was key. Micki and Renee’s plane was set to arrive at 1:50pm and they would take their time in the terminal, then suggest a gift shop looksie, and finally a need for a afternoon latte at Starbucks before leaving the airport. This was to keep Mom occupied until my plane landed at 2:27pm.
There was almost a kink in the plan with Micki and Renee’s plane being delayed in Chicago for twently minutes. They did arrive a few momemts before me and located in the same terminal waited at my gate for me to deplane. It was great to see them. Micki looked great too, her training had been paying off and I was so proud. After some hugs and giggles we made Renee walk down first so she could have her camera ready. Then Micki walked out and Mom beamed so happy to see her oldest child home. Following her, the look on Mom’s face when she registered it was me behind Micki was priceless. Let’s just say tears were shed and she was beyond surprised. Phew!
One parent down and now we needed to drop off Renee in Rockford so she could visit with her family and then head back to Holland to beat Dad home for his surprise. Both of his daughters. Well, we made it home in time, in fact Dad decided that he was going to wrap up some extra things at work and took his sweet time getting home that night. Funny, he did not know he needed to come home so we could yell ‘surprise!’ Finally he arrived and we were able to bound down the hallway and get that smirk with the shaking of his head that only he can give in that way. Smiles all around, it had worked! As happy as Dad was to have us home, he’s not all that keen on surprises. Note made:O)
|Greeting Mom at the airport, Dad at home, saying good byes...|
|2013 Irish Jig 5k March 16, 2013 with Micki|
|At my heaviest Pic taken August 2010, Me today March 28, 2013 110 lbs lighter!|
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Saturday, March 9, 2013
by LizOne of the great things about living in Seattle is that it is surrounded by so much nature. The beautiful Olympic mountain range sits across the Sound to the West and the awe-inspiring Cascade mountain range to the East. The concrete metropolis is inundated with lush and beautiful scenery via parks, trees, and water. Now every city has it's fair share of parks and beautiful places to get in tune with the outdoors while never leaving the city limits. Each city that I've had the pleasure of living in beckoned at least one escape for me.
Growing up in Grand Rapids, MI my refuge along with my family was the near by Garfield Park, it has a wicked frisbee golf course too! While off at college, I was drawn to the Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston, SC. Yes, the same one with the Pineapple Fountain and really big bench swings that over looks the Bay where I would spy many Porpoises. In Holland, MI going out to the state park and walking along the coast of Lake Michigan and watching the sunset was always a peaceful escape.
In Seattle, I've found many places that give me that urban nature need. Proximity is key for the place I have been enjoying a lot lately. That is Green Lake, the mecca to many of Seattle's walkers, runners, dogs, rowers, park lover, and organized sports participators. It is a park that can be enjoyed year round and even found a couple of friends and I singing Christmas Carols during the luminaries path this past December. I find myself enjoying jaunts around the 3 mile loop while getting lost in my thoughts, listening to music, or catching up with my sister. I've meet many smiling faces and seen tons of cute dogs.
Although I would love to escape the city limits more often than I do, I'm appreciative to have such wonderful and beautiful places to escape the humdrum of city life in my back yard. So, pack a picnic or just a jacket and your walking shoes and get out enjoy what wonderful parks your city or town has to offer.