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The Two Ks: Kale & Knitting

Today was all about self-improvement. I finally got around to making the kale smoothie that Robyn has been raving about and that she made me while I was visiting San Francisco. I think I need a better blender than the Magic Bullet because it didn’t chop up the walnuts very well.  But, seeing as how my big splurge of the year has already happened (the-most-awesome-lens-ever!), I can’t really justify a fancy blender. Maybe next year.

Anyway, here’s the recipe:

  • big bunch of kale
  • half an apple
  • half a frozen banana or unfrozen banana and ice
  • little bit apple juice (1 cup maybe)
  • walnuts

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And here’s the finished project! And it tastes GREAT! I know it looks crazy, but even Buck thought it tasted good! That’s saying a lot because I never imagined him drinking a green drink!

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And, I also attended my first knitting class! I had been planning on going for the past few months and we’ve  had too much stuff going on each weekend, so I put it off. It’s too bad because I finally went into Hilltop Yarn in Bellevue and took my first class and it was a BLAST. I learned how to do the knit stitch and the purl stitch and had a nice couple of hours with a couple of other beginning knitters (I was by far the youngest woman there!). My next class is in a couple of weeks and I’m supposed to have done 3 inches… I hope I haven’t forgotten how to do the stitches by the time I get started on the homework!!!

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Something to strive for…

My friend, Jenny, knit me this BEAUTIFUL scarf. Apparently, the organic cotton that I chose for her to use while she was here visiting was a SUPER huge pain, so I am apologetic to her for the difficulty, but it came out as SUCH a gorgeous scarf. I can’t wait ‘til it gets a little DSC_0607cooler here so that I can wear it. (Although it’s 64 degrees here today, so it wouldn’t have to be MUCH more cool!)

As for me and my knitting goals, I tried to knit some while I was at campmeeting, but the edges of the scarf that I was making were getting really wonky. I decided to count the stitches and it turns out that while I had started with 35 stitches, by about the 12th row, I was up to 49 stitches. I asked my mom for some help, but we never had time to really sit there and focus. So, I will FOR SURE be signing up for the class at Hilltop Yarn East that starts when I get back from Japan. I went in there to buy some additional yarn to take to campmeeting and the woman who helped me is the teacher and was a REALLY nice lady. So, I decided that it would be a “fun” thing to do and not a chore. I still hope to spend some more time with my mom working on my knitting! I think it would be good for us!

Anyway, looking forward to this weekend. We’re going to see David Gray, Ingrid Michaelson, Howie Day, Serena Ryder, Barcelona, Meiko and Matt Hires at the Mountain Music Festival this weekend (I really only know and Love David Gray, but I’m excited to see the rest of them!) and then on Sunday we’re going to Emerald Downs to see the Longacre Mile and then to Joel & Lindsey’s house for Joel’s birthday celebration. Hope we don’t lose too much money betting on the horses!! Last year we did great for the first two or three races and it just went downhill from there.

Being a Tourist in Seattle

This weekend, Jenny & Lance (our friends from San Francisco) came to visit. It was a really fun three days. Jenny is 7 months pregnant and is the first really close friend that I’ve known forever to have a baby, so it’s fun to see her going through this experience. I picked them up at the airport on Friday morning and we came back to our house and then started the adventure. First, we went to the Microsoft company store and then had breakfast in the new Microsoft restaurant area called “The Commons”. Lance seemed suitably impressed, especially with the customized Talking Rains cans that say something about an engineering conference.

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From there we went to Bainbridge Island to visit a yarn shop called Churchmouse Yarns & Teas. It was an AWESOME yarn shop (according to Jenny) and the yarns there were so beautiful that Jenny persuaded me to take up knitting. I got some green alpaca yarn and I’m beginning to knit a scarf. Pictures to follow once there’s actually something to show! You can see how much fun Lance was having in the picture below.

DSC_0049From there, we went to Blackbird Bakery, which was so delicious and I cheated on my detox by splitting this amazing palmier-type pastry with Jenny. It was WELL worth it!  We then headed over to this church bazaar and found a wealth of sometimes cute, sometimes weird stuff. The weirdest, although not actually seen by Jenny or me, was a table piled high with “re-usable maxi pads”. Lance swears that he saw this and we are choosing to believe it because there were a lot of characters selling things at this bazaar. We came home around 5pm and went to Blu Water Bistro for dinner, where I had planned for us to enjoy a sunset dinner, but it turned cloudy, so we just had to settle for the pretty Lake Washington view. We then came home and played several hours of Rock Band and unlocked our own private plane. I wore out my vocal cords, which I’m sure was not pleasant for Jenny, Lance or Buck. :)

 

On Saturday, we got up and had some bagels and headed into Seattle for a day of Seattle sight-seeing. First, we headed to Hilltop Yarn on Queen Anne, only to find out that it was closed because it’s moving. :( Bummer!!! But, at least I know where it is, so I’m thinking of taking a month or so of knitting classes! Then, we went to Kerry Park and took a picture of “The Bump” with the Space Needle.

DSC_0123 From there, we went to Pike Place Market and ended up exploring with about 400,000 other tourists. I haven’t been in a couple of years, probably, so it was a nice refresher of the interesting things you find at the market. (Except for the not-so-refreshing pee smell everywhere.) Below, you’ll see some of our adventures, including “The Bump” at the Market, the Fish counter, the 1st Starbucks and our amazing food from the Perogie shop.  DSC_0144

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We had some extra time, so we came back home, the boys got dressed and we left to come back to Seattle for our “double anniversary” dinner at Waterfront Grill. We walked around the Olympic Sculpture Park first and then went to dinner where we had some really tasty seafood. The highlight of the meal was the Caramel Bread Pudding dessert that had “Happy Anniversary” written on it!

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DSC_0223 DSC_0227 We came home and Jenny gave me my first knitting lesson while Buck and Lance tried to kill each other playing “Gears of War”.  You can find all of the pictures of the funtime here.

 

This morning, we woke up and had some more bagels, visited with my mom & dad and then went to The Slip in Kirkland. It’s a local dive burger shop and Lance had really wanted to try the Peanut Butter Bacon Burger. It did not disappoint! We hope that he did not suffer a gallstone attack on the way home to SF. We dropped them at the airport and then came home to enjoy the last few hours of a fun weekend. We just got back from seeing “The Hangover”, which is a REALLY funny movie and we both haven’t laughed that hard at a movie in a long time. Doesn’t make me want to go to Vegas, though. :)

 

Trying to get mentally ready for the week and just hoping that it goes by quickly!!!