It's Autumn!


I love this time of year. I am a big fan of apples and apple cider. Unfortunately apple cider seems to be very expensive here. I don't think I'll be finding it for three dollars a gallon here like in Ohio. I was at the Ballard farmers market again yesterday and bought this small bottle for three dollars. It was yum. I also seemed to have completely missed concord grape season. I'm bummed because I was going to make a grape pie. I have a small bunch left, maybe it's enough to make a tart.

This morning I met Rachel for 99 cent lattes and a walk around Green Lake park. i met Rachel when I was in Kanazawa (japan) visiting my friend Kate in January. Rachel was also teaching english there and now she's back in Seattle. it was a gorgeous day to be outside!



It was about noon when I was walking home.

Food and pizzle in the same post

I made $50 on Friday. I answered a posting on craigslist for a focus group of facebook users. what the hell, hopefully it would be an easy $50. It was. I took the bus downtown, answered some questions for half an hour, and received $50 cash. While I was downtown I did some idea shopping at H&M, anthropologie, and urban outfitters. Hmm...I may have to look into doing some more focus groups. Anyway, the cash ended going towards food; a box of lara bars, dried cherries, and chinese groceries. This is what happens when I go to the chinese market hungry. It's mostly soy and noodles, so I think i did well.

And here is something I didn't buy. sorry if this disturbs anyone. I was perusing the frozen meats and saw something that looked disgusting. Upon closer examination, it was exactly what I thought it was. "beef pizzle", or bull penis. Now, I'm chinese, and I'll eat just about anything; pig ears, congealed beef blood, beef tendon, sea cucumber...etc. But I think I'd have to say no to this. Unless it's in hot dogs, which is highly likely. If that's the case, then I guess I've already eaten it. Also, it seems expensive for what it is.

Neue Tasche


This is my latest piece of craft. I made a bag for Joanna's birthday. I used Burda 8235 pattern. It was pretty easy as far as patterns go. Eventually I'd like to try to design my own bag, but since I'm just a beginner I'm starting with patterns to get an idea of how bags are constructed. The black fabric with the bird is from IKEA and I absolutely love it! The green paisley is a home dec fabric I had in my stash. I'll be making another for myself, too!

Another boring post...


I had my third Flash class last night, and I fell behind and couldn't get my little project to work. {sigh} And the class teaches the latest version of Flash. i have the previous version, and apparently they've made a lot of changes to the scripting language. i'm glad to be learning it, but the class really isn't all that exciting. Just a bunch of people in front of computers typing for three hours.

Anyway, today Joanna had to go to Capitol Hill for something. So I tagged along since I haven't been there yet. Capitol Hill is hipster central apparently. Sorry for lack of photos. imagine a street with an urban outfitters, american apparel, hot topic and some people with shaggy haircuts and tight pants.

Nature's Halloween decorations. The spider webs in our yard are insane. We have at least five pretty impressive ones. About three of them have spiders in the middle. They don't photograph well, but the big dot in the middle of the photo is the spider.

Blah Monday...

Nothing exciting, so I thought I'd post something about the kitties. Occasionally Nemo comes into my room at night, but generally they don't spend much time on my bed. But last night when I was going to bed, Nemo had already found a spot on my blankets. And when I woke up this morning, I was surprised to see him still there. And now it's 3:00 in the afternoon and he still hasn't left this spot. yeah...my sheets don't match, but whatever. I'm not buying nice bed linen until I get a job and not until I get a real bed.

Last week Nemo was all about this chair. Ava brought her mouse toy and left it in front of my door. They keep me company while I'm home all the time, so I'm glad they're here.


there hasn't been anything of interest lately to post. Just looking for work. I'm on the verge of giving up looking for a design job for now. It's been two months and I'm tired of looking. I signed up with Taproot to volunteer on some graphic design projects for non-profit organizations. Hopefully I'll hear back from them soon. So instead of focusing on finding design work, I'll have to focus more on blah office work, of which I have plenty of experience, and continue to look for freelance work on the side, as well as work on my crafting. i'm bummed...but I still have my flash class which I'm excited about.

Short drive to downtown over the weekend. The weather was beautiful.


My most recent sewing injury. Those pins are quite sharp. Hurts more than a paper cut. Don't worry, I didn't contaminate any crafts.

Boring....


Did you watch the debate? John McCain was an angry little guy. i'll leave the politics aside for a moment, but I just loved this image. I think he was trying to be kind of silly, but it really does not create a flattering photo.

Also, there's a good article on what Europeans think of Sarah Palin. I'm glad I'm not the only one that took offense to her comment about why she never got a passport until 2006.

“I’m not one of those who maybe came from a background of, you know, kids who perhaps graduate college, and their parents get them a passport and a backpack and say, ‘Go off and travel the world.’ No…. I was not part of, I guess, that culture.” - Sarah Palin

I also thought that elite meant "the best", maybe just not in America.

And Rick Steves, Rick Steves! He says this.
"I understand that many people just can’t afford to travel. But anyone with the money to own a snowmobile and the time to hunt moose has the money to learn a bit about our world through international travel. What Palin lacks is not money, but curiosity." - Rick Steves
Thank you Rick Steves!! Read it here.

Other than that...It's been a pretty uneventful week. My car is in the shop...again. The battery was on its very last legs, so I got it replaced over the weekend. The weather is getting colder, and I didn't want to have any problems when I had to take my mom to the airport. So, my car has been sounding like a lawnmower since somewhere around North Dakota of my cross-country trip. Turns out I have an exhaust leak. Probably related to all the salty winter roads in ohio...anyway, so there's a hole somewhere under my car. There goes another $300 into my car. Strange to think that that was my rent at one point in my life. now it's so much more! I've also been told by more than one person that I need new tires, and that my brakes are wearing thin. Erg!

My favorite blog of the moment...don't read if you take offense to McCain/Palin bashing. It's very funny.


Bleh!

My Silly Sunday

I dropped my mom off at the airport this morning at 5:30. Since IKEA is close to the airport, I was intent on going there while I was in the area. It's a half hour drive from home, so I don't come here much. I have a short list of things I need anyway. But where to go at 5:45 in the morning on a Sunday? I didn't feel like going home. I drove around looking for a coffee shop or a McDonalds or something, but couldn't find anything. So I ended up in the parking lot of a movie theatre because they had the brightest parking lot lighting...I perused the sunday paper, played some games on my phone. Finally at 7:00 the parking lot filled with black birds. They were all over the parking lot and in the trees, and the sky was purple, very halloween. And me without my camera. Anyway...I was getting cold, so I decided to drive around. Turns out there was a Starbucks just around the corner, and they had been open since 5:30am. Doh! Oh well, I don't know if they'd have been happy with me hanging out there for three and half hours anyway. So, I ordered a pumpkin latte and read my book for two hours, then headed to IKEA after nine to have breakfast. Their restaurant opens an hour before the store, and they have a small one dollar breakfast. Then at 10:00 people start pouring into the store. I got what I came for, which was some fabulous fabric. unfortunately I've misplaced my camera, so no pictures today. So I thought I'd post this card that made me laugh today on postsecret because I kind of agree. Also because I finally got my absentee ballot. Woohoo!

Chinatown


Last Saturday we also went to chinatown. After checking out a few nearby parks, we headed down to the international district for lunch. We ate at one of the first restaurants we saw. Most of the restaurant was taken up by a 90th birthday celebration. We had to listen to the "entertainment" the whole time. This clip isn't particularly bad. There was an especially terrible version of "Always" that I wish I had recorded instead. Mmm...pan-fried noodles!

video

We checked out Uwajimaya, a pretty fantastic japanese supermarket. We bought a few packs of various sashimi for later.


These are geoducks. From wikipedia:
Native to the northwest coast of the United States and Canada (primarily Washington and British Columbia),the geoduck is the largest burrowing clam in the world, weighing in at an average of one to three pounds (0.5 - 1.5 kg) at maturity...Geoducks are one of the longest-living organisms in the Animal Kingdom. They have a life expectancy of about 146 years, with the oldest recorded at over 160 years...


We stopped at Kerry Park on the way back even though it was cloudy. I knew Mt Rainer wouldn't be visible, but I wanted to show them the view of the city. It was a brief stop, very windy and cold. We parked in front of a nice house across the street from the park. It had a realtor sign in front of it, so Tom looked up the address on his blackberry...The house was on the market for $6 million.

enjoying our sashimi at home.


My mom got these laughing pigs in china a while ago, and I've been wanting pair of them for myself. I love them. One is female and one is male. Anyway, she brought these over for me, so they're mine now!

Rainy Saturday

The weather on Saturday was pretty miserable. The rain stopped for moments, but it was very windy. Our original plan was to make a day trip to Mt St Helens, but alas, it did not happen. So in the morning we went to nearby Green Lake park and walked a little bit around the lake. There were still a lot of people at the park despite the weather.



Afterward, we went to Magnuson Park which sits on Lake Washington. The weather made for good wind surfing conditions. The bottom right photo is when the rain started coming down, and we had to run back to the car.


Before the rain...we took a short walk in the park. That's my dad checking out the apple trees and my brother checking out the blackberry bushes.

windy...


So, we all got wet getting back to the car. My fake North Face jacket that I got at the fake market in Shanghai is not waterproof. Despite the fake gore-tex tag, it's pretty much fake waterproof. Anyway, what's a trip to Seattle without coffee? We stopped at Tully's for hot drinks before heading home.

Our Seafood Dinner at Home


Friday was a shopping day. We went to whole foods, costco, and the chinese supermarket to stock up my food supply and my brother's coffee supply. we couldn't decide where to eat for dinner, so while at the chinese market we decided on dinner at home. We got a pack of mussels, two dungeness crabs, and an assortment of chinese dumplings. The crabs ended up being about $15 for the two of them, and they have a lot of meat! It was goooood.

A Family Mini-Vacation

My parents are in town this week, and my brother was here for the weekend. Friday morning, we headed to the airport to pick up my brother. Then we headed to Pike Place. The weather has been shit the whole weekend. Kind of cold, lots of rain, quite windy. So we stuck to indoor things to do.

We ended up eating at the Athenian Inn, since we were there, and my mom wanted seafood. A scene from Sleepless in Seattle was filmed here. We had a fabulous view from our table. I haven't had much seafood since I've been here because I haven't been able to afford it. I definitely made up for it this weekend. Yum!

I think Sarah Palin called me elitist

I'm trying to keep the political musings off of this blog, but this pertains to my love of travel. And John McCain's VP pick made a comment that I took offense to. I had read this quote from Sarah Palin, and it pissed me off. But I just saw the actual video where she said it, and I'm very pissed off. I feel it came off even more condescending in person.

“I’m not one of those who maybe came from a background of, you know, kids who perhaps graduate college and their parents give them a passport and give them a backpack and say go off and travel the world. No, I’ve worked all my life. In fact, I usually had two jobs all my life until I had kids. I was not a part of, I guess, that culture."

-Sarah Palin - When asked why she only obtained a passport last year

I think this beauty queen is calling me elitist. You don’t need your parents to tell you to travel the world…or to get a passport. You do that yourself, bitch. I've worked, too. I just chose to spend my money on plane tickets instead of hunting rifles. If you think being close to Russia accounts for foreign policy experience, why haven't you ever been there? Okay, back to crafting....debates tonight!

My Shop is Technically Open

I posted two things to my etsy shop. But I'm going to wait until I have more than two items up before I get excited about it. I'm also not happy with the pictures I have in my shop. I haven't been able to get good lighting to take good pictures. Blah...

I'm really not happy with this photo, but it was actually the best one of the bunch. try again later...

Meaty Christmas cards at craftberry.etsy.com! Spread the word...

Cupcakes and A New Chair


Joanna came back with cupcakes today! Oh, sweet cupcakes! Lavender and Mint, delicious.

I had to go fax something today. It cost me $5.00. A dollar a page. Rip. Off. I was faxing it to a place downtown, too. I could've used a stamp, and it probably would have taken an extra day. Or I could have driven it downtown, it would have cost less in gas. Oh, well. I stopped at Goodwill, since I haven't been there in a while. I still need a desk chair and a bar stool. I didn't find either, but I came back with this...

It's an IKEA chair. There are some light stains, but it's still in good condition, and the cover is removable. I want to make a new kick ass cover for it later anyway. But for now, Ava has taken it as her throne.

Gas Works Park


On Sunday, Joanna and I went to Gas Works Park. From Wikipedia, Gas Works Park is on the site of the former Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant, located on the north shore of Lake Union...Gas Works park contains remnants of the sole remaining coal gasification plant in the US. The plant, which operated from 1906 to 1956, was purchased by the City of Seattle for park purposes in 1962, and the park was opened to the public in 1975.

Bottom left is the kite hill.

On the way to the park, we inadvertently found the troll under the bridge, also known as the Fremont Troll. It's under a bridge at 36th and Troll Ave.


More Gas Works...



These guys were working on their tightrope skills.

Lake Union and downtown Seattle

Free Things

We found this great place where all the furniture is free!

We have a bookcase! Someone left a bunch of furniture on a street corner by our house. I went and snatched up the bookcase. Everything else was gone shortly thereafter. Free is nice.

It appears that it is my battery that is on its last legs. Hopefully it's just that and nothing more. I had not driven it in about 5 days. I decided to attempt to go somewhere on Saturday. Of course, it would not start. There was some dude walking around and he sort of helped me. You know, he's from the inner city somewhere and has a story, and needs to earn points by selling magazine subscriptions. This guy had a picture of his daughter. He also didn't have any front teeth. I was standing in front of my car with the hood open, and he came over "to help". And then he tried to sell me three years worth of magazines. He did scrape some of the gunk off my battery, which I think actually may have helped a little. After he left I tried a few more times, and finally got it started.