Saturday, May 31, 2008

Biker Chick

I'm actually not a biker chick, but now that Dan has a motorcycle, I must admit that I check them out a lot more. These are two I've seen in the area recently that I thought were really attractive. According to Dan, the first is a custom bike and the second is a V-rod "Screaming Eagle Special Edition".

Monday, May 26, 2008

Blazing Bakkie

We got to witness some excitement in our quiet neighbourhood the other day when a City of Bellevue "bakkie" (truck) went up in flames. We saw the black smoke from a couple blocks away and made our way over for a closer look. The driver was out of the vehicle and dousing the blaze with a relatively feeble looking trickle from a garden hose (you can see the trickle if you look at the picture closely).

Thursday, May 22, 2008


My cousin Garrick was in Seattle! So I picked him up from his swish IEEE conference do at the Space Needle and we headed to a bar in Belltown to catch up. G bought us each a pint of Manny's Pale Ale (made in Seattle) and then filled me in on his fortuitous position at Johns Hopkins. He's studying for his PhD in some sort of mechanical-electrical engineering field, all expenses paid. Along the way he's coaching the women's field hockey team too. The shocker of the night was the somewhat grotesque piercing he now sports in his right temple; other than that, he was the same old cuz.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Meeting My Hero

One of my all-time favourite books is Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, a memoir of Alexandra Fuller's childhood in Zimbabwe. This is the only book I can recall reading where I really didn't want it to end; each night I wanted to keep reading and reading, but at the same time I also wanted to put it away so that I wouldn't reach the end so quickly. On May 14, Alexandra Fuller was at the Seattle Public Library to give a reading from her new book (The Legend of Colton H. Bryant), and I actually found about it in time to go see her! I even got to speak to her (heart pounding) as she signed a couple of books for me. The podcast of her talk will be posted here.

Monday, May 12, 2008

China Plate

I had to fetch my camera the other night as we sat down to a dinner of microwaved leftovers. Sophisticated Dan arrived at the table with his ziploc container of chicken. Instead of getting a plate, he transferred the warm fowl from the receptacle to the lid and proceeded to carve it up with a steak knife! To top it off, he had the almost-empty ranch dressing bottle positioned upside-down in the plastic container, a rather precarious and amusing arrangement!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Behold the Dogwood

It's Dogwood blooming time in Seattle, and I'm in love. Will definitely have to put one of these in our yard when we get a house of our own.