Monday, February 25, 2008

Sunset magazine

I'm in a Sunset magazine article about rivers! It's the March issue. Some of it is on their web site --

Friday, February 22, 2008

Elizabeth and Art

Elizabeth and her (very cute) beau, all bundled up in Carhartts and North Face, tailgating at the Patriots game in Boston

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Sunny weekend!

On Saturday this golden orb appeared in the sky...what is it? Ah yes, the SUN! We had a glorious, sunny holiday weekend. I can't remember the last time we had two (or even one?) straight days of clear, warm, sunny weather. John and I made fresh muffins and read the paper as the sun streamed in the windows on Sunday morning, then went out to buy new running shoes. Monday morning I tested out the new shoes with a long run with Queets on Alki beach. It felt like summer! Sailboats on the Sound, the hum of float planes, and all the mountains out in their full glory.

Everybody was a little giddy in the office this morning from all the weekend sun.

Of course, it's supposed to rain the rest of the week...

(This is "The Brothers" in the Olympic Range, seen from our neighborhood beach)

Sunday, February 10, 2008


Got back yesterday from a work trip to the Outward Bound base camp near Bend, OR. Here are some pics I snapped from the plane:

The wildness continued this morning on my run with Queets down to the beach. We saw an eagle coming up from the water holding a fish, and then another eagle showed up and they were fighting over the fish right above us. Queets was entranced.

John has a cold, so now it's cozy time on the couch. Whenever the blue blanket comes out, Mr Q knows he's allowed to climb up.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Seattle style

These could come in handy in the rain.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

great silver polishing tip

Want to polish your silver jewelry but don't want to use toxic silver polish? (I had this issue this morning-- our silver polish warns that one of the ingredients is cancer-causing)

Try this great natural solution --

1) Turn the tea kettle on to boil a little bit of water
2) Line a small bowl with aluminum foil
3) In the foil-lined bowl, add a heaping teaspoon of baking soda and a heaping teaspoon of salt (I added a little bit more of each for good measure)
4) Put your jewelry in the bowl
5) Pour in the boiling water.

It will fizz and kind of smell like sulfur, and your jewelry will be sparkling! Pour the water into the sink (careful not to dump your earrings, etc) and put the jewelry on a towel to dry.

So easy!