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Pre-christmas Traditions

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Inspired by this neat couple, Cary and I started our own little pre-christmas tradition this year. After work we put on the christmas tunes, drank wine by candlelight, and opened presents from each other. We had a $5 limit this year due to our recent GIANT purchase: a house, but I kind of think we should do it every year! It's hard to think of things the other person really wants at that price point, and forces you to be creative and thoughtful.

I felt like I had picked out the neatest $5 gift possible (a nerdy/engineer-y pair of boxers with hammers, tape measurers, and drills all over them) but was absolutely bested by Cary's gift of Jeni's Ice Cream!! He had tracked down a local supplier (woooottt!!), secretly made the purchase, and hidden it away in the freezer... what a catch :)

Christmas Wishlist

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Things I'm wishing for in the next week:

1. Sunshine, beaches, and Borks
2. Cousin time in the capitol
3. Seeing these smiling faces again
4. Christmas decor on South Main St.

So Much News

I'm usually a pretty regular blogger (actually that's a lie, I'm an extremely regular blogger! like at least one post every week day) so it's been killing me to not have posted anything in soooo long!! The past few weeks I've been experiencing a a classic case of "so much excitement to write about that there's no time to write". I could go into all the long and drawn out details, but I'm a bit tired out from all the excitement, so I'll sum it up with: Cary and I are homeowners!!

After 2 months of solid house hunting, and another 2 months of battling it out with lenders (our dream house was built in 1915, not exactly a lender's favorite) we finally signed for ownership on wednesday!! It took a whole hour to go through the giant stack of documents, but I got some really good practice time signing "Kelly Bork". Haha, I think my signature almost felt natural, and not full of almost-signed-my-maiden-name-oopses by the end.

We won'…

Christmas Needle

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The Space Needle is currently decked out with lights to look like a christmas tree at the top. Love it.

Muddled

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Relaxing today with a bit of expressionist / abstract art creation. The colors in this piece are taken from the swatches I've created in photoshop the past few weeks, and in a way represent time and effort spent for a variety of clients.

Delightful Details No. 6

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Line 'em up.
(South Lake Union)

Steady Hand

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Hand lettered weld bead type. Impressive!

Nom Nom

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Should I be surprised by the fact that right now in my iPhoto, the album covers for the past 3 months are all photos of food? Now that Cary and I are both working we have far less time to cook, but when it happens, it's a serious event. Tonight he made Skyline Chili 4-ways from scratch (which is difficult in Washington, no cans of skyline chili in the grocery store here) very delicious!

Oodles of Boots

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Boots are the best ever. They're great in rain (which happens a lot), great in cold weather (which is happening a lot more as december is rapidly approaching), and make for an easy (groggy morning) uniform. Leggings + dress + boots + top knot = acceptable workwear in 15 minutes! I wear boots every single day (in fact, I wear the same pair of boots everyday) and can't help but dream about all the awesome boots out there right now.

Two Threes

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Somebody just couldn't make up their mind

Stay Shotgun

Looking for something fast paced that you can rock out to and get loads of work done? Here's your jam(s). I listened to these on repeat for about 3 hours yesterday as I powered through 2 Kindle campaigns.

Walk The Moon // Next In Line
Tegan and Sara // Closer
Mat Kearney // Ships In The Night


Delightful Details No. 5

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Art in the walls.
(South Lake Union)

Mt. Baker Recon

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Cary and I headed up to Mt. Baker on our way back from Vancouver to do a little investigating of the ski area. We discovered it's a real life winter wonderland out there.

Deep Fried Thanksgiving

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Our thanksgiving in Vancouver was a bit extra special thanks to the HTTLA (high tension turkey lowering apparatus / volleyball net rigged with cable and pulley system instead of a net) and Ed's newly acquired deep fat fryer. The result was surprisingly not as greasy as you'd expect, just super juicy with a crispy outer layer, yum!

Thanks

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I'm thankful for wonderful loved ones (old and new).

Best Bus Rider

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Enjoyed an empty bus on the ride home today, thank you thanksgiving!!

Snap Clap Pop

Put some pep in your step. This song makes me want to snap my fingers, clap my hands, and shake my head in a crazy pop trance.

Imagine Dragons // On Top of the World

Delightful Details No. 4

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Circle meets square.
(Downtown Seattle Honda)

Everett Thrifting

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A few weeks after moving to Washington I checked out the local goodwill, with decent results. Not as awesome as the V.O.A. in Columbus, but I was able to find a few dresses that would be cool with minor alterations (aka: throw a belt on it!)
Today however, I stumbled upon my new thrifting mecca. Located in the heart of downtown Everett, just a few blocks from our climbing gym (and potential new house) is a consignment & resale store called Refresh. Not everything in the store is great (in fact its pretty hit or miss) buuttt i found a few absolute gems, including a vintage Coach shoulder bag! For months I've been super into the "legacy line" that Coach is running, how exciting to find one of the pieces that inspired the current collection, for a fraction of the price!

Delightful Details No. 3

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Concrete pizzaz.
(South Lake Union)

Slow Jam

Heres a great tune for a lazy afternoon/evening as you relax and alllmost fall asleep (like I totally didn't just do as I was writing this post). It doesn't get much smoother than Hall & Oates

Daryl Hall & John Oates // She's Gone (live)

Delightful Detail No. 2

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Unexpected elegance.
(Seattle Times Warehouse, South Lake Union)

Delightful Detail No. 1

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Tiny golden fleet
(Port of Everett)

Jacket Weather

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There's some serious nip in the air this week, and I've got jackets on the brain.

Roasted Yams & Marshmallow Creme

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Cary and I loooove the baked yams from the current menu at Skillet Diner, the'yre so sweet and delicious, its basically pumpkin pie you can eat before dessert. When we were invited to a "friendsgiving" potluck this past weekend, we knew it was a perfect time to attempt this restaurant fave at home.

After some serious recipe googling, I decided on a combo of these three:
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Homemade Marshmallow Creme

Font Spotting

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I'm loving those super round "R"s.

Song for a Triumphant Day

For no particular reason, I'm feeling very triumphant today. I've gotten so adjusted to my new commuter lifestyle, I'm basically a bus ninja. After a few rough times standing for the whole ride home, I've discovered the best times to ride, and have been handsomely rewarded with a bench to myself. Every time this happens I play this song in my head (specifically the bit 4 minutes and 30 seconds in) and do a little (invisible) victory dance.
Styx // Come Sail Away

Spring Rolls

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Tonight Cary attempted to make tofu spring rolls from a Sunset Magazine recipe. As I'm not really a tofu fan, or a shiitake mushroom fan, they were... interesting.

Font Spotting

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1950s-ish storefront signage spotted in downtown Everett

Weekend Snapshots

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A pretty puddle downtown, and a rain free weekend in Vantage.

If I Were A: Secret Agent

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If I were a Secret Agent, these would be my things: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Fallen Leaves and Phantoms

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Love all the weird patterns on the sidewalk the leaves and rain have been making.

Font Spotting

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1950s-ish storefront signage spotted in downtown Everett

Potential New House

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Cary and I have been looking for a house pretty much since the first week we moved to Seattle. We like our current apartment complex well enough, but have realized that you can have a mortgage on a nice house and pay less per month than average rent out here! Owning a home didn't make sense in Columbus, our rent was sooo cheap that the thought of buying never crossed our minds... but rent in the Seattle area is a whole different story. It's not outrageous like I imagine NYC and San Francisco to be, but it's enough to make buying an attractive option.

We've been touring houses every other weekend for a few months now, and have finally found a place we really really love! It's on the edge of downtown Everett, a short bike ride from Cary's work, and within walking distance from the local co-op grocery store, our rock gym, and some great restaurants.
We put in an offer and toured it for the second time this past weekend, mostly so I could take pictures and start d…

Weekend Snapshots

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Snow on Mt. Pilchuck, awesome ceilings and hydrangeas in our potential new house, super foggy hike.

Recently In Pictures

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View of the Space Needle on my way to work, the Amazon campus all lit up in the morning.

Officially Amazonian

Phewww finally some time tonight to kick back and relax a bit! The past few days have been such a whirlwind starting my new job as a graphic designer for the advertising team at Amazon.com (woot woot!!) I've hardly had time to sit and think, let alone blog about what I'm thinking!

Due to the confidentiality of what goes on at Amazon I can't really describe my job, but in the past few days I've done lots of normal new employee activities. I've met lots of people (and forgotten most of their names), successfully located the secretive cafeterias, and learned more than I ever thought possible about the history, policies, and peculiarities of Amazon.

Becoming a Better Bus Rider

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The first morning I took the bus to work (Wednesday) Cary and I did not have our morning act together. We were super slow coordinating between the two of us while getting ready, too chatty while eating, and took our time heading to the bus stop. As a result, I missed the bus I was hoping to take, the stop got super crowded, and I ended up standing for the entire hour and a half commute (the later you leave, the worse the traffic gets). Lesson learned! This morning, we tried our best to be super speedy, and got there half an hour earlier than before. I made an early bus, found a seat without difficulty, and was walking into work 40 minutes later!

Recently In Pictures

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New unlimited free rides ORCA card for work (basically a key to the city), and my favorite all weather boots.