A couple of weeks ago for my birthday Steve and I stayed overnight at the Lake Quinault Lodge. It was the perfect mini-vacation. We took a ferry to Bainbridge Island and drove the rest of the way from there. Here are a few photos from our trip.
And I have to share the birthday present I got from my brother Derek. My all time favorite movie from my childhood is “Harry and the Hendersons“, so it was sort of magical to get my very own movie poster.
(It’s set in Seattle, stars John Lithgow and Harry the Bigfoot. If you haven’t seen it, you should probably go do that immediately. )
While walking through Wallingford the other day, Derek pointed out the actual house that the Hendersons live in. So obviously in full-on creeper style, I took a photo of it with my phone.
I won’t lie to you guys. I initially picked this book up off the shelf (at a Border’s in New Orleans that was going out of business) because I liked the way it looked. I literally judged a book by it’s cover. Then I read the back and made the best decision I’ve made all year; I bought it.
This book is fantastic. It’s funny, but very real…which means it’s also sort of depressing. Because as we should know, life isn’t puppies and ice cream all the time.
What I can say for certain at this moment is if this book doesn’t become a movie I will probably boycott something or picket somewhere. Yes, that’s a threat. A very serious threat.
I have something in my closet that I made! In the last 12 months! Since starting this dress last week, I have also made myself a skirt. Look out, I think I’m on a roll.
Side note: I bought this vintage fabric back in September of 2009 (see that post here). I got it for $2/yard at a random fabric store in Pullman, WA. And let me tell you – my only regret is that I didn’t buy every single bolt of the $2/yard vintage fabric that was for sale. You win some you lose some, eh?
A few weeks ago I got to go to Discovery Park as part of a ‘welcome to your new job’ adventure. We learned a bit about Seattle, visited the Fremont Troll, ate lunch at Golden Gardens, got a free back pack…all during business hours when I should have been in front of my computer. It was like Christmas in April.
I’ve been to Discovery Park before but am always surprised at how beautiful…and enormous it is. (At 534 acres it’s the city’s largest public park.) Here are just a few photos I took with my little point and shoot camera. I mean I can’t really come to a work retreat toting an over-sized camera case and giant camera before people have gotten to know me. I’d much rather they judge me for other reasons.
For our wedding, our friends Kelsey and Mike are putting a video together for us. It involves lots of interviews from friends and family, some pictures, footage of Steve and me, etc. Mike emailed me the “super rough/thrown together trailer” last night. All I have to say is if this is the rough draft, then I am straight up ecstatic for the potential of the final product.
<—– That’s me. Grateful to have such great friends and an absolutely fantastic fiance.
I was able to bust my sewing machine out this weekend to complete a couple of projects. The main one was to hem a prom dress for someone – she’s 5’10″, will be wearing 4″ heels and still needed 2″ taken off. Go figure. When I was finished with that task I got real selfish and made something for myself. Preposterous, I know.
And a sneak peak of the one I made for myself (I am so over this whole ‘make my own pattern’ business right now. Hence the store-bought pattern.):
Two weeks ago when I was in Canada we decided to make a seafood-themed dinner in order to celebrate Mother’s Day. I can’t take all the credit for making it, but I would definitely give myself MVP for documentation.
Here’s a rough menu from the night:
Liver Pate on French bread (Not one of my favorites.)
Seeing as how I read this book a few months ago, I was quite a ways behind the ol’ bandwagon. Apparently a movie by the same title came out in 2009…which means that everyone else has probably already either read this book or seen the movie. But the point I need to make before it’s entirely too late is that it was a damn good book. Might even be one of my all time favorites. HEY, don’t knock it ’til you rock it. (As the kids say.)
I should give a disclaimer. I have this very, very good friend who reads possibly more than I do – we’re the two people who will kill a group conversation by continuing to talk about the book they just read long past the time it is socially acceptable. I really couldn’t even count how many books we’ve borrowed from each other over the years. (We used to go to the Library book sales in high school. That’s us in a nut shell.) And while we usually have very similar tastes in the books we read, she hated this book. She <shudder> compared it to Nicholas Sparks. I, as well as her, hate Nicholas Sparks. (Not the man, just his books.)
I thought I would throw it out there that I value her opinion and she would not have recommended this book to you.
That being said…go read “The Time Traveler’s Wife”! And then let me know if you’re team Becky or team Kelsey.
If it seems like I changed the name of my blog from “Oh Really Becky” to “Oh Really Becky Makes” and have only made burp cloths since then, it’s because that’s pretty much what happened. I had such high aspirations to create things constantly once I moved back to Seattle…but then I got one of those job things (such a time-suck), I have more than 3 friends in this city, and I occasionally even do things with other people. (So what if I saw “Hot Tub Time Machine” at a theatre by myself in NYC? That’s totally legit in my book.)
What it boils down to is that I have yet to figure out the whole work-life balance thing. Alas, more burp cloths!