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Pike Place, us against them, + maybe we’re doing something right

Pike Place, us against them, + maybe we’re doing something right

August 31, 2012 |  Category:   life parenting Seattle & the NW travels

Pike Place. Touristy. Crowded. Never really changes.   Yet, every year we find ourselves walking down that steep hill towards the market even though some years we think about skipping it. Sometimes Pike Place is too hectic with little kids. Not so easy pushing a stroller through the crowds when they were younger, and more recently, it’s sometimes hard to see them in a sea of people if you momentarily lose grip of their hand. Last year Mark and I even walked around by ourselves while the kids stayed with grandma and had the best leisurely time, but maybe 2 years in between visits for the kids is long enough for some things to change because we had a great… CONTINUE READING

flea markets and antiques in Seattle

flea markets and antiques in Seattle

August 29, 2012 |  Category:   life Seattle & the NW travels

Haven’t been posting as much as I thought I would while on vacation. We’ve really treated vacation like vacation! Sleeping in, eating out, not having a computer on my lap at all hours of the day, so there is still a lot of our trip I want to share (we are actually back in Brooklyn today).   One of the nice things about vacation is just being able to wander around and go into shops and browse at leisure. While I do some of that in NY, of course, I don’t really do that with the girls, but we got to do a fair bit of window shopping on this trip. They were especially interested in going to bookstores, antique… CONTINUE READING

Rem Koolhaas Seattle Public Library

Rem Koolhaas Seattle Public Library

August 27, 2012 |  Category:   art + design life Seattle & the NW travels

One of the places I wanted to visit on our trip to Seattle this year was the Public Library designed by Rem Koolhaas. I first became familiar with the work of Rem Koolhaas when I was working on the Harvard Graduate School of Architecture website redesign nearly 12 years ago, where Koolhaas is a professor. Also around that time, the innovative Prada store designed by Koolhaus had opened its doors in Soho. The Seattle Library is probably the nicest library I’ve ever been in. While the architecture of the NY Public Library is steeped in history, having recently celebrated its 100 year old anniversary and guarded by a pair of large stately lion sculptures on either side of its wide… CONTINUE READING

Seattle: old friends + new friends, familiar places + new places

Seattle: old friends + new friends, familiar places + new places

August 23, 2012 |  Category:   life Seattle & the NW travels

It’s been fun coming back to the same city every year. You’re traveling, yes, but it also feels familiar like a second home. The kids look forward to doing some of the same things every year and they remember more of the city after every visit. Along with spending time with our family, we visit with friends – some old going back to college and even high school, others who we’ve only known for a few years but feel like we’ve known for much longer, and some friends who we meet for the first time. Internet relationships are funny like that. You talk online for years and when you do finally meet, as in the case with my friend Bradford… CONTINUE READING

this view

this view

August 22, 2012 |  Category:   life Seattle & the NW travels

When I sit at home in Brooklyn and think about Seattle and the Northwest, it’s the view of the water that I miss the most. I’m fairly certain that I’ll retire by the water, if not this view then somewhere else.   Hope you’re having a good week. We’re totally in that vacation zone where life and responsibilities and all that looms ahead is far far away. I know it’s not forever, but it’s nice for now.… CONTINUE READING

olympia

olympia

August 20, 2012 |  Category:   family life remembering Seattle & the NW travels

It’s always interesting to go back to a place that you lived in the past. For Mark, it’s going back home. For me, it’s a different kind of home. You look at familiar landmarks not through the lens of childhood memories, but still from a time when you were young. That woman ringing up your coffee in that cafe could’ve been you or your friend 20 years ago. Some things are different, but some things haven’t changed and you find yourself in some kind of weird time warp.   We saw 2 movies 2 nights in a row while grandma watched the kids. 2 movies in 2 theaters that couldn’t have been more opposite – Dark Knight rises at the… CONTINUE READING

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

August 17, 2012 |  Category:   life Seattle & the NW travels

  Mt. Rainier is an omnipresent fixture in the Washington skyline. You can see it off in the distance almost anywhere you are when the weather is clear. The girls always look for it when we come back every year and Mark wanted to take a day trip this year. I think the last time we were at Rainier was when we lived in Olympia while we were still in college, so this must have been 18 or so years ago. We’ll need to go back when the girls are old enough to really hike around because we did the shortest trail and didn’t see too much, but look at these photos…I wish you can smell them. These wildflower meadows… CONTINUE READING

the last of the last

the last of the last

September 23, 2011 |  Category:   family life Seattle & the NW travels

Seems like whenever we leave Washington, our flight is always early morning so we need to wake up many hours before even the first light breaks. The drive is in darkness, so there is nothing to see out the car windows. I always make sure that our last night is filled with sights, like dusk at the waterfront in Olympia, to carry us over to our next visit. So I’ll bring you back to New York next week. In the meantime, have a great weekend. Also, we are at the end of September. What?… CONTINUE READING

when we were young

when we were young

September 22, 2011 |  Category:   family home life Seattle & the NW travels

Going back to Mark’s mom’s house in Olympia, Washington is just about the closest thing to going back home as we can get. Certainly for Mark, as he lived at that house during his high school years, but in some small way for me as well. When we drive to my parents’ house on the weekends, it’s not to the house or neighborhood I grew up in. There are no childhood relics or memories there, so I suppose in one sense going back to this house with the red door, a place that I have also lived in briefly on 2 separate occasions, is the oldest “home” to go back to. Oh Olympia, you are a sleepy little town, but… CONTINUE READING

Last bits of summer

Last bits of summer

September 20, 2011 |  Category:   friends life Seattle & the NW travels

Nothing like picking blackberries down the street and making a pie with it the same day. The kids (Lecia’s and ours) helped pick the berries and then Lecia’s older son videotaped Mark making the pie so that he could remember the recipe (and look, you can see another view of the pie here). We grilled and ate dinner on the patio under lights while watching the sun go down. It’s moments like these that make you reflect and think, “oh, that was a good summer” now that the summer is gone gone gone.… CONTINUE READING

the magic hour in seattle

the magic hour in seattle

September 19, 2011 |  Category:   life Seattle & the NW travels

If I ever win the lottery, I’m going to buy a house on Lecia’s street, you’ll see. Then when we’re old and retired we’ll be bi-coastal. Because I can’t ever quit New York, I’ve tried – when I was living right there in the Northwest, in fact. But I can stare at this water view forever.… CONTINUE READING

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