Little Buddy In Boulder

We took a little trip to Boulder yesterday, so Abe could meet the ladies I used to work with before his first tooth comes in. I always forget how much I love Boulder until I'm on my way there. It's hard to believe it's been more than ten years since I finished college, but it was pretty apparent yesterday as we bopped around the campus with his stroller (and sort of accidentally wound up having lunch in a dining hall - oops). 

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It was so much fun to walk around with my little buddy and tell him things like "This is where your mama once slipped on some ice and fell flat on her back with her backpack on. And because her backpack was so heavy, she couldn't get up without extracting her arms and rolling over first. It was pretty embarrassing." Have I ever told you that story? Well there you go.

We had to make a stop at the campus book store because, as I sadly did not realize until the day of the annual CU vs CSU game, Abe didn't have any CU gear! We remedied that situation yesterday. And now homeboy's going to be wearing CU onesies every day until he outgrows them because those suckers were not cheap, let me tell you.

Since we were making the trek and knew we wouldn't want to drive home during rush hour, we took this goober to dinner at Oak

Abe was pooped, but not too pooped to party. He ate his oatmeal and green beans and squealed with delight the whole time we were there. I promised him we'd take him back once he's big enough to eat pork belly.

It was way past his bedtime when we got home, but I'm pretty sure he had a good time. 

Another Year Older (+ A Giveaway!)

Clockwise, from top left: 1. A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg / 2. Bananas & Gap Teeth wrapping paper (photo credit: Ben Sellon) / 3. David Bazan & Passenger String Quartet Volume 1 CD /  4. Bookworm Card / 5. Not Without Salt Cookie Mix  / 6. Lucky In Blue earrings (photo credit: Rachel Ball)

**Update: Mary Rice is the big winner. Thanks to each of you who entered!

A couple of Saturdays ago Dann and I woke up early and headed to Dahlia Bakery to try their breakfast sandwiches. As we drove through downtown Seattle while the city slept, I was overwhelmed with gratitude for everything we’ve experienced here. I was overwhelmed with gratitude for this place. 

It’s still hard not to drive distracted when there’s water to be seen through the windows and, on the days you can see them, the mountains on either side of the city are pretty spectacular. 

There were days in the last year when I thought I might never appreciate anything about Seattle, that it would never feel familiar or even a little bit like home. Those days have passed now, and I find myself wishing I had more days before this baby comes to get out and explore.

When I started thinking about all the things that have been significant to me in the last year, I quickly realized that most of them have something to do with this place. And since my blog is now another year older, I figured I should do a Seattle-specific giveaway to celebrate.

Each of the items pictured above has a Seattle story behind it, and I love the idea of sharing them all with one of you. One lucky person will win the lot.

To enter, leave a comment telling me what you love about Seattle or why you want these things or that you think I’m smart and pretty and funny. You know, whatever. I’ll choose a winner next Tuesday, February 24. (And if, for some reason, you're unable to leave a comment, please please send me an email or tell me on facebook or something. I don't want anyone missing out!)  

Seattle Bucket List = BUCKETED

One of the items on the Seattle Bucket List my friends created for me is "Volunteer somewhere", so when I got the monthly email from Book Larder soliciting help at their upcoming events, I picked one I thought would be fun and signed on.

The Spilled Milk podcast is hilariously delightful, so I was obviously pumped to get to help out at the live birthday extravaganza. All I had to do was show up early to help set up chairs, pass out cake, and stay late to help put the chairs away/sweep the floor. Plus they gave me a $25 store credit! Score.

I've been reading Molly Wizenberg's blog for years and, I have to admit, I was a little bit starstruck. But I had just read these wise words and figured it wouldn't hurt to tell her how much I've appreciated her work over the years. So I used my store credit to get a copy of her first book, asked her to sign it, and proceeded to tell her that I'm a big fan.

And then the sweetest thing happened. She asked me about my pregnancy and our baby and how I've been feeling with such sincerity. She told me about her experience at the hospital where we're planning to deliver and told me decidedly, "You can do it." She was as cool in person as I imagined she'd be. 

So there you have it, friends. Bucket List, BUCKETED.

Discuss

Good morning! Happy Friday to ya. We went to a cookbook talk/signing the other night at Book Larder and it was delightful. Molly Wizenberg interviewed Renee Erickson about her new book A Boat, A Whale, and A Walrus and then they gave everyone a slice of the famous zucchini bread from The Whale Wins. Dann's been talking about wanting more zucchini bread ever since. There is some good food to be found in this city, that's one thing I know for sure. Also, here are some of my favorite things from The Internet lately - just for you. Enjoy! 

This kid.

I watched the entire first season of Girls this week and it made me want to be friends with Lena Dunham.

You guys. This is real. Lord, have mercy.

I can't remember the last time I watched a music video repeatedly on purpose. This is breathtaking.

"Hospital officials on Thursday said Duncan was mistakenly sent home at first because of a software problem that has since been fixed, rather than human error." Somebody better be getting fired.

Dann sent me this and it made me laugh and laugh.