Friday, June 29, 2007

Boat Fire

When Chris and I were first dating he lived on a boat near the Fremont Bridge on Lake Union. After we were together about 6 months his cat Ares burnt the boat down and Chris and Ares moved in with Percival and I. This is how my parents found out my boyfriend and I were going to live together.

Boat Fire

Thursday, June 28, 2007

She's Coming!

Back in January I sent this out into cyberspace hoping that it would provoke my friend Roberta to come for a visit. Finally! 6 months later, she's coming to visit. Yay! Berta Schmerta will be spending the 4th of July with Chris and I in Seattle! We're going to introduce her to Manny's, show her the fireworks, perhaps take her to Lake Chelan, and maybe see The Paperboys!! Oh, and we might make her work on our path (just kidding Roberta). I'm so excited, see you soon!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Coolest Thing I've Seen All Week

Just now, walking back to work from the gym, I passed a guy on a scooter. He had a dachshund with him. The dog had a harness on and was attached to the guys chest. He was standing on the front of the scooter seat with is front paws on the steering column. He had on a red vest with what looked to be a sheriffs badge and a cowboy hat (the dog, not the driver). As they drove by the dog was just a yapping away.

My day is much brighter now!

Monday, June 25, 2007


Joe posted his results to this quiz so I thought I'd take it too. Apparently I speak like I'm from "Midland".......

What American accent do you have? (Best version so far)


("Midland" is not necessarily the same thing as "Midwest") The default, lowest-common-denominator American accent that newscasters try to imitate. Since it's a neutral accent, just because you have a Midland accent doesn't mean you're from the Midland.

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

The Path is Coming

This weekend House and I will be building a path in out backyard from our deck to our patio. Actually he'll probably be doing most of the building, I will supervise. Here are some before pictures - stay tuned for the after ones!

Path layout from patio to deck:

Path layout from deck to patio:

New patio pot! Complete with climbing clematis:

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


While I'm raising money to help save peoples lives - Bush is busy vetoing bills that would do the same.

Only 579 days of Bush left....*phew*

$2,200! Yay!

Today I hit the goal! $2,200 raised for the Breast Cancer 3day. Now, everything else I raise is just icing on the cake. Below is a list of all the folks that donated. Thank you all SO MUCH! I'll do the walking! 60 miles in 3 days.

Allen and Nita Jones
Angie House
Ashley Johnson
Brandon Marmion
Chae Watson
Christy Varonfakis
Courtney House
Darrell Hahn
David Wickler
David Williams
David Oakes
Dorothy Darrow
Ellen Wahlen
Eva Isaksen
Gina Reid
Heather Boylan
Jeff Medford
Jefff and Sara Jones
Jill Cummings
Joseph Arent-zachary
Judy McOstrich
Katherine Hansen
Marjie Halgren
Mary Ann McNair
Matthew Pope
Megan Mazanir
Mellina White
Rodney Kuhn
Roger Kissinger
Sarah Burroughs
Scott Johnson

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Water Taxi

I've been riding the water taxi a bit lately. I happened to have my camera with me on one ride.

Captain Joe skippering the mighty Sightseer! We had a fun cruise over with all of the Tug Boat and Ferry waves we encountered.

Christy hangin' in the wheelhouse with stuffed Kenny.

View from the boat.

Monday, June 18, 2007

The One We Call "Big Kitty"

Slacking Blogger

Wow, it has been a whole week since my last entry. Where have I been??

Brief Rundown:
1. Last week was our annual Customer Forum at work.
2. Tuesday & Thursday nights - cocktail parties
3. Wednesday night at Teatro ZinZanni - so fun
4. Friday Night out in West Seattle
5. Saturday Morning - Hottie Walk - 10 miles!
6. Sunday - cleaned the house. Top to bottom. Bottom to top. Crashed from exhaustion.

What I learned:
1. Cleaning the house makes me more tired that walking 10 miles.
2. Giving a 20+ lb cat a bath takes lots of time - and towels.
3. 10 mile walk alone takes 2.5 hours. 10 mile walk with 20 other folks takes 3.5 hours.
4. West Seattle doesn't have much "night life", but almost all places have Manny's on tap!
5. Teatro ZinZanni is a blast!

Monday, June 11, 2007

3 in 30

Today I completed a goal. A while back I started jogging every few days on the treadmill at the gym instead of Elliptical or walking. Now, I'm a good walker, at least I think I am, but I am NOT a good jogger. I've always hated jogging, probably because of all the problems I've had with my feet, but recently I've been giving it a go again. I'm not fast, and it sure isn't pretty, but when I get done jogging I feel good about myself. So, I set a goal. I wanted to be able to jog 3 miles in 30 minutes. And for a long time I could run 3 miles in 34 minutes. Then I got to 33 minutes. Then back to get the picture. I'm old and slow and I couldn't get to 30 minutes. But today, today I got on the treadmill and I said "today is going to be the day" and I did it. I watched "The Hulk" and I ran 3 miles in exactly 30 minutes. Now I'm tired and I feel a bit dehydrated. But I'm proud of myself, so there.

Dining Review - Circa

Saturday night Chris and I ventured out in West Seattle to try a restaurant we hadn't tried yet. After much deliberation we decided on Circa located near the Admiral Junction. We had tried to go there once before but the wait was going to be at least an hour. This time we planned ahead and got there at around 5:30 - before the dinner rush started.

First off, they have Manny's on tap so major points there. We were surprised by their beer list. Most of the beers were IPAs or really hoppy Pales Ales. No Ambers or ESBs to be seen. Apparently they had also just redone their wine list, since they had Manny's I didn't even look twice at it.

Service was excellent. We were promptly seated and waited upon. Atmosphere was ok. I'm not sure the Feng Shui of the place is correct. Something just felt a bit off. But we were treated to a window seat.

The food. Standard Seattle Bar/Pub type fare. I had the Circa Burger and Chris had the Fish and Chips. Both were tasty, but nothing overly outstanding. Still, I'd go back for sure. All in all - 4 stars!

Friday, June 08, 2007

Happy Graduation Stacey Dore'!

Quick Shout Out to my cousin Stacey Dore' who is graduating from college tomorrow. Chris and I will be unable to attend the festivities since I will be walking 13 miles tomorrow morning for training and attending an Expo to learn what to pack for the 3day. Sorry to miss it girl, but we sure are proud of you!!

Stacey is the cutie on the far left of this photo:

Thursday, June 07, 2007

New Photo Store

My friend who took our awesome thank you card photos for our wedding (shown below) has a new photo store and blog. You should sign up for the RSS feed of the blog and buy some photos from her store. They are really swell!! Yay.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Mariners Baseball

Last Friday my company hosted us employees at the Mariners game where the Mariners lost. Of course they lost. I was at the game. That is what they do when I'm there. On the way to the game from our office we did a pub crawl. First we hit Fado, next the J&M and finally the Elysian Fields. Here are some photos:

Christy & Greg


Greg, Christy & Russ

Brian, Russ, Heather, & The Russells

James & Chad

Christy - again...

Mr. & Mrs. House



The J&M in Seattle

The J&M Seattle

Fun Times

Ryan Being Roz

It Is Getting Intense

The walking is stepping up a notch. Even though I took last Monday off for Memorial Day and only logged about 4,000 steps that day I still managed to walk 121,753 steps last week. That includes a 9 mile walk with the Hotties on Saturday morning. It was the most beautiful walk - from Green Lake to Ballard's Sunset Park and back. Good times.

14 weeks to go!

Friday, June 01, 2007

1,000,000 Steps!

Yesterday evening, somewhere on the waterfront I hit 1,000,000 steps. That is the number of steps I have tracked on my pedometer since my 3day training began on March 26th, 2007. 91/2 weeks of training. 250 intentional miles walked. And, 1,000,000 steps! That is an average of about 15,000 steps a day! That also includes 3 days where I either just didn't wear my pedometer or I forgot to write down the steps before they were erased. With 14 1/2 weeks to go until the big walk I should be able to get somewhere near 2,750,000 steps! I'll keep ya posted - don't worry.
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