Beyond the Kitchen

Notes from Seattle

Seattle Summer

This is a picture of me on a bridge, among the trees, wearing sporty shorts in Seattle.

This picture tells you a few things:

I’m not in a kitchen.  I’m really excited about not being in a kitchen.  My sister let me borrow her running shorts so I didn’t have to wear my bright purple yoga pants…. and I’m wearing a fashion scarf because I want to look cute even when I’m hiking four miles up a mountain.

Aaand.. I have several versions of this picture where my arms are raised too high, exposing a little belly.  I’ve spared myself the shame of sharing those.

Let me show you what my Seattle times look like.  Wanna see?  Rad.

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That’s my little sister Lauren, my Mama, and my big sister Launa.

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When the four of us are together, we laugh… a lot.

Ps-  cat butt.

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We laugh and we joke about eating ice cream for dinner…. then we eat ice cream.

ps- Crown Royal on top of the fridge.

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We eat ice cream while my mom tells us the story of how she was a door to door saleswoman for like… three hours.. until she had a panic attack and quit.

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Meet Lauren’s cat Charles.  He’s quite the gentleman.

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Launa loves to garden.  More than once I found her out back riffling through the apartment building’s commnity garden.

She planted tomato plants for the apartment.  So sweet… she’s also dang pretty.

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Chives and lettuce.  Could someone please make some Buttermilk Ranch so we can tame this garden?

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Can I show you more pictures of plants?  Are you annoyed yet?

These are my favorite flowers.  Hydrangeas.  They make me want to get married.  I dunno… hard to explain.

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We went for a hike.

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We went for a four mile hike up a mountain…

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past some gorgeous waterfalls…

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… and up and up and up thousands… no millions of stairs.

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My sister stopped for text message breaks.  Is that normal?

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After over two hours of lugging my thighs up that mountain, we made it to Lake Serene, where…

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I promptly sat my ass down and devoured this bag of M&Ms.  Fact.

Also… I don’t want to talk about my hair.  At all.

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Is that a chipmunk?  Dang this little guy was cute.  I threw him an almond and he was ready to take me home to meet his family.  He was smitten.

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Are those hunks?

I threw almonds at them.  I didn’t get the same response.

Just hunks.

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Oh!

I stopped by the Cakespy Shop!

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At Cakespy, everything is cute and most things are pink.  Also… farts and rainbows meet.

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Jessie of Cakespy is so sweet and lovely.  She painted a battle between cupcakes and pie on her shop wall.  She’s also tiny… and I felt like a giant.

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Then Lauren and I ate Ice Cream at Molly Moon’s.  Get Out!  So crazy good!

I also can’t get over how crazy pretty this girl is.

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This Goat Milk Blueberry Frozen Yogurt made my life.  Also… sorry to creep you out with my weirdo bendy finger.