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Being alive : day 8 ---red fingers [Aug. 6th, 2010|05:42 pm]
Jaime
[Current Location |USA, Seattle, WA 98121, 2684-2798 Alaskan Way]

Sonja from germany came up to seattle. She was meeting her friend jeff for coffee so we decided to have lunch before hand. Its funny having sonja here. Shes great but its odd that shes so connected to a crowd i havent hung out with since the foggy days of 95. Coffee with my high school boyfriend, Shes like this tenuous thread tethering people who drifted apart 15 years ago. Lunch at the crab pot was fun! Hammering crab and wearing bibs. Washing read southern spices off your hands with wet ones. Posted via LjBeetle
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Being alive: Day 7 "art for the masses" [Aug. 5th, 2010|07:34 am]
Jaime
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[music |teen spirit]

Its first Thursday! As you may know....and obviously many of you do- the SEATTLE art museum has free admission today. There new exhibits are stellar. One is Kurt Cobain...this is more about pieces paying homage to him rather than work he has done. Lots of drawings of Kurt looking either mournful or out of his head high. The most impressive piece was a series of photos showing second by second Cobain’s backward stumble and fall into nirvanas drum set during a show at what appears to be the ok hotel. The colors are garish and the lighting is bad and the effect was intense.

Even more intense was the Andy Wharhol exhibit . In this exhibit you walk into a room with a black and white moving gallery of faces staring back at you. The beautiful talented and tormented of the 60s looking down from their Factory films. I realized how heartbreakingly beautiful Eddie Sedgewick was. Her life was so tragic.
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Being Alive: Day 6 - Kellogs [Aug. 4th, 2010|02:12 pm]
Jaime
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[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

Today my morning was like they are in the movies.

So I always had this subconscious image of what "morning life with family" would be like. I imagined me, and nameless stand-in kiddos...probably ones picked up form a cereal commercial, hanging out in the kitchen hurriedly making breakfast. Sunlight would be shining in from yellow curtains as husband....also probably picked up from commercial, came in to rush through a cup a of coffee, kiss kiddos good morning and sit down for a fast breakfast while we're on our way to work and school.

Real life hasn't really turned out that way. Mornings are usually me getting up, while husband and boy are still sleeping. Dear husband is kind enough to get coffee ready, which I pour and try to madly figure out what breakfast options can happen FAST. I go to respective bedrooms and kiss everyone goodbye.

But today it was more like the cornflakes commercial. It was actually better. Husband got up at 6:30 and made omelets and sausage, and aiden was up and reading, and asking for more orange juice.

I drank coffee and we provided useful commentary on the Today Show presentation.
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Being Alive: Day 5 - Being late [Aug. 3rd, 2010|05:55 pm]
Jaime
So, I'm a sappy sucker. But I just couldn't resist when this morning as I'm headed out the door, and gabe in his sleepy weepy morning tone asks if he can ride into work with me.
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First off, it's a treat for him to even get up the same time I do, and extra fun to make the morning commute feel more like play. So, yes... I waited for him to get ready.

So the ride started off already a little late, and then we didn't really catch many breaks. A train passed through, delaying us another 7 minutes....red lights, etc.

But that's not really important, you can skip lunch to make up the time. But it was a lot of fun. It was cool and foggy outside, which made the waterfront mysterious. I got to show off my gem of a route, going along the esplanade.

Thanks babe!

update to yesterday's failed attempt,

The trip to the monte carol didn't satisfy me. So I decided to make a luxurious dinner. and oh it was so good. I made these crab cakes. And gabe made pan friend oysters. I'm drewling just thinking about them.
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Being alive: day 4 [Aug. 2nd, 2010|05:01 pm]
Jaime
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[Current Location |USA, Tukwila, WA 98188, 15498 35th Ave S]
[mood |tiredtired]
[music |woman next to me talking to her daughter whom she misses]

Being alive today was a struggle. This was mostly due to last night's raki libations. Man.

Sleeeeepy.
But press on I did.

However my offbeat excursion for the day didnt go all to plan. I took light rail down to tukwila station during lunch. Im convinced that the system offers one of the best views of seattle. Its almost a shame that it can only be a vista moving at 60 milesperhour.

I was looking for a sad little casino called freddys. But it looked like it had been turned into a night club called the monte carlo. I read on yelp that it was trying to be a vegas style night club; but fell short with its lack of good circulation...both in crowd control and air conditioning.

Walking up to it i saw standing by the door, an African man in some serious alligator shoes screaming into his cell phone in a language i didnt recognize. He stopped and paused to look at me as i moved through the empty lot. After i tried one locked door, the man mumbled and motioned me to the other door which was also locked.

Looking back; i wonder what he thought i was there to do......
Defeated i headed back.

To make up for my less than stellar outing, tonight im going to attempt to make crab cakes....and cuddle with gabe as we watch true blood.

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Being alive: day 4 - Get Him To The Greek [Aug. 1st, 2010|10:09 am]
Jaime
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[mood |sleepysleepy]
[music |Offspring]

We had some of gabe's friends over for dinner last night. They're a fun couple. And were recently engaged. He's 100% greek from a town just south of Athens. He proposed on San Torini, I can't imagine a better place for a proposal.

They're fun to hang out with. They're a lot younger than us. both in their early 20s. I'm used to being the baby of the crowd, so I had to readjust. I got over it. We have a lot of fun with them.

Gabe made his Pasticcio, which is kind of like Mussaka but with pasta and no eggplant. Béchamel sauce is so freaking amazing.

They brought us back some Greek Liqueur, Raki, which packed quite a punch. It burned like vodka, but tasted like a really dry, unsweet Porto liqueur. It's made from grapes, so probably a far relative of Porto.
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Being Alive: Day 3 - 6th Ave Dining [Jul. 31st, 2010|04:54 pm]
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Now that I'm back to spending my time with laundry and brooms, it's nice to remember that last night I "had a life."

We explored 6th Avenue eateries with a Progressive Dinner. The kind where you go from place to place, not the kind where you talk about the importance of Gay Marriage.

Anyway...

Decided to get a workout and ride my bike to 6th Avenue, where I met Gabe. We joined 6th others for the meal, which was fun. Gabe found a kindred soul, and I just chatted with everyone.

We went to Sax, Gateway to India, Cafe Dia, and Wild Orchid.

The fetticini at SAX was amazing! Glad I had it first because by the time I got to Cafe Dia I had to force myself to eat I was sooo stuffed. This even thought the portions were pretty small...this left me with an odd tipping predicament. How much to you tip at a progressive dinner. If each place is a 1/4 of the meal, then you have to divide your tip into fourths.

After the meal we rolled ourselves down 6th avenue to do what else? but go dancing. Yikes. I think we manged to wobble a little bit because were all so full.
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Being alive day 2: a rocky ride [Jul. 30th, 2010|08:47 am]
Jaime
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[Current Location |USA, Sumner, WA 98390, 700 142nd Ave E]
[mood |happyhappy]
[music |humming of a bus and quiet chatter]

Riding a bike to work gets my day off to such a great start. Sure my bike is imploading and its a hassle to carry all your work stuff with you, but by the time you arrive at work you already feel like youve accomplished something.

I hadnt thought too far ahead today. Part of my ride takes along side a freeway. A freeway that was repaved wednesday. Riding along side that road was like going through machine gun spray; Little asphalt nuggets hurled onto the bike path. I heard the rocks clinck and clatter as they were thrown into my spokes.

I remained pretty unscathed...which i can only thank God for.

Also some nice campaigners pressed the crosswalk button for me. Ill check out his platform. See small kindnesses from politicians go a long way.

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Being Alive: Day 1 [Jul. 29th, 2010|03:24 pm]
Jaime
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[mood |chipperchipper]

Was going to go walk down to Pike Place Market just to smell the smells and buy some roasted nuts. But it got even better because amy called so I got some company, and also went into Le Painier, which I never dare go into on my own, for safety reasons ;)

Got to smell all the fresh crosissants and french bread....ahhhhhh so nice.
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Living Every Day [Jul. 29th, 2010|12:11 pm]
Jaime
With an 8-to-5 job, and a long commute, it's pretty easy to let the weeks slip by into months and years.

This is why I'm challenging myself to do something every day that reminds me that it's good to be alive.

I'll post what I do here, mostly for myself, but please play along if you can!
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