Wednesday, September 29, 2010

it's National Coffee Day

I sing praises every day to Kaldi the Ethiopian goat herder, whose accidental discovery of coffee centuries ago makes our pre-dawn hours much more pleasant. Legend has it that sometime late in the first millennium, the Abyssinian goat herder noticed a discerned up-tempo to the frolic in his herd as they grazed on the berries of a certain bush. Not wanting his herd to get away from him, adventurous Kaldi sampled the ruby red berries and soon discovered that he too had added a certain hop to his step. Kaldi soon shared his experience with some monks in his community. They experimented by roasting some of the red berries and realized that they were able to be more alert during their all night prayer sessions after sipping a cup of these brewed red berries. From Ethiopia, the coffee beans made their way north to Yemen and eventually became a staple drink in Arabia. Over time, the love for coffee spread throughout Europe and was eventually exported to various colonies around the world. 

A study was recently conducted by Career Builder to determine which professions had the heaviest coffee drinkers.  It included more than 3,600 workers nationwide. Their findings:

1) Nurses
2) Physicians
3) Hotel workers
4) Designers/Architects
5) Financial/Insurance sales representatives
6) Food preparers
7) Engineers
8) Teachers
9) Marketing/Public Relations professionals
10) Scientists
12) Government workers

Saturday, September 25, 2010

our venture this week . . .

... was to the Japanese Garden within the Washington Park Arboretum. The 200+ acre parks sits just south of the University of Washington's campus.  It is jointly managed by UW and the City of Seattle.  The City owns the land and the University owns all of the trees and plants. As far as maintenance and management, the City takes care of the park-like functions (trails, benches, garbage) and the UW Botanic Gardens takes care of the gardens, trees and plant collections. 

The Japanese Garden is at the very southern end of the park. It is a 3.5 acre formal garden designed and constructed under the supervision of world-renowned Japanese garden designer Juki Iida in 1960.        

The koi were HUGE.  The size of my whole arm.  And beautiful in color.  We bought a bag a feed with our admission to lure them within photo distance. 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Ichiro breaks another record !

Ichiro Suzuki singled in the fifth inning of today's game against the Blue Jays for his 200th hit of 2010, marking his 10th straight season to reach that number. Pete Rose had ten seasons of 200+ hits from 1965-1979, but never had more than three years in a row during that time.

Way to go, Ichiro !  Seattle is lucky to have you.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

14 years and counting . . .

Today is our 14th wedding anniversary. This was our engagement photo. Wow we look young - and much smaller. Gabe was just a pup. Cheers to 14 years !

Friday, September 17, 2010

welcome home, champs

Since we're only 15 minutes away, we went to Seatac airport this afternoon to greet the Storm as they arrived home from Atlanta.

I even made it on the local news ...

congratulations ladies !


Well, they did it. And BIG. The Seattle Storm swept the Atlanta Dream in three games and took the 2010 WNBA Championship last night. Lauren Jackson was named MVP of the series. Way to go, Ladies. At least we have one championship team in this city.


Thursday, September 16, 2010

a bit too à propos ...

Given our lack of a real summer and the prediction for a wetter than normal winter, maybe these boots would be fitting. At least I would know just how much water I was plowing through. What a variety of colors too.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Kubota Garden

In our attempt to see more of what this great city has to offer, we went to the Kubota Garden in South Seattle a few weeks ago. It is owned by the city and maintained by the Parks Department. The gardens are beautiful. I'm not sure why we had never been, but I'm glad we found it. What a gem.

Monday, September 13, 2010

some times you feel like a post . . . some times you don't

I didn't realize it had been so long since I last posted. Not much happening that I deemed blogworthy, I guess. We've been cleaning gutters the past week. I should have taken "before" and "after" shots of that ghastly task. That would have been worthy.

I saw this news video on the Comcast homepage. I think it's definitely worthy of a post. (sorry for the commercial)

The related story:

Monday, September 6, 2010

my own private island . . .

Kiplinger's online real estate section features 12 private islands that are for sale. Wouldn't that be nice ?? Here were a few of my favorites on the list:

Snug Harbour Island

Where: On Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada
Asking Price: $1,057,000
Acreage: 3

A two-hour drive from Toronto, this island features a two-bedroom, two-bath cottage with a glassed-in porch overlooking the water, a separate guest cabin with bathroom, hot tub built into the rock outcropping, and a boathouse with deep water mooring. Running water, electric, a septic field. And it has wireless Internet access.

5 Cove Island

Place: Howe Sound, British Columbia, between Whistler and Vancouver
Asking Price: $2,950,000
Acreage: 5

A 30-minute boat ride from the city of Vancouver, this island is up for sale to developers, with an approved subdvision plan.

Krokholmen Island

Where: North Atlantic, near Bodø, Norway
Asking Price: $1,292,000 (1 million euros)
Acreage: 74 acres

Offshore retreat? This is an offshore town. The property features nine buildings including a restaurant, pub, conference center, marina, boathouses, and a hot tub. Price also includes several boats, an all-terrain vehicle for getting around the island, fishing and hunting gear, and a clay-pigeon set-up for shooting. The Gulf Stream keeps the climate here mild, despite its location in northern Norway.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Way to go, Storm ! ! !


One of the most deserving but overlooked teams in this town is our Seattle Storm. With a 91-88 victory over Phoenix tonight, they advance to the WNBA Finals. The Storm's Lauren Jackson was named this season's MVP and the team's coach, Brian Agler, is coach of the year. Congratulations ! Nice to have a winning season around here.