the hammock

Hi, this is a blog post about a hammock. Specifically, I’m about to gush with adoration for a piece of high tenacity nylon taffeta. Hear me out. Husband is a recently admitted shopaholic. He finds such enjoyment in making purchases. He lives for today. Sometimes I’m on board with this habit (when he buys things…

that one night I saw Pearl Jam in Seattle

Wednesday night, this girl from the small town of West Winfield, New York witnessed Pearl Jam performing live at Safeco Field in Seattle. My brain is still processing the fact that it really did happen. As a teenager, I used to listen to songs from Ten, VS, Vitalogy alone in my bedroom or with friends…

Neighborhood Favorites

Two weeks ago marked one year back in Seattle, back where I belong. One of the fastest years of my life. Most days, I can’t believe we are truly home again. During four years away, my love and longing for Seattle made its way back into my heart. Sure, the winter was tough and there…

Hike to Goat Lake

The days are long but summer is always way too short. It is early July which means next it will be Labor Day and then five minutes later will be Christmas. Mark my words. Plus with so much sadness, cruelty, negativity in the world everywhere we turn, my answer is, and basically for any situation…

back to where I belong

It took me four years to get back to where I belong. That’s correct, we’re moving again. I promise you, we are not in a witness protection situation. My name really is Mary. Since living in California, Andrew and I always have these conversation about where we’d go after our time in California, because we…

Seattle Send-Off

The stars have aligned for an incredible summer spent bidding farewell to this Emerald City. It has been the best summer weather in years. Sunsets that make you gasp in amazement, night after night. An August blue moon high above the Space Needle, on a clear night, which will not soon be forgotten. Staying up…

Fremont Sunday Market with a side of His & Her Burgers

How marvelous are Sundays? I mean, it might just be the best day of the week, no? It is the ultimate take-it-easy kind of day. Especially during the upcoming autumnal season, when you just want to curl up on the couch with a good trashy reality tv DVR binge book and blanket ((and perhaps you…

Hurricane Ridge and Kalaloch

Two places that have been on my Washington must-do list for the past several years are Hurricane Ridge and Kalaloch. And guess what? I just returned from a spectacular trip where I experienced both of them in one shot! Are you ready for this? We took the Edmonds – Kingston ferry, and proceeded to Port…

“We will do that in August”

To say I am glad we have all of August to prepare for our departure from Seattle, while getting to enjoy every remaining minute in the city is an understatement. At one point early last week, Andrew said “we could have worked two more weeks.” It was a trade off, as we obviously could have…

first week happenings & revelations

The first week of post-employed status has felt like a strangely amazing stay-cation. While employed, most of my vacation days, and even some normal weekend days off were spent on getting out of Seattle. For this reason, an entire week devoted to staying in the city, and reinvigorating our love for it, has been pretty…