Hi guys!! I thought I’d do something a little different today. These days I feel like I tend to do less frequent, longer posts – but those are harder to put together and take me several days worth of nap times (which is why they end up being like once a week!). So today, I have an hour or so right in front of me and I thought I’d just pop in and say hi with no real plan. Would it be weird if I did this like once a week? You can be honest.
I’m in a coffee shop this morning, which feels totally extravagant and like a visit into a former life! Cullen is going to a new school this year, and it starts in July instead of in the fall, which is kind of amazing. He’s having a blast with his new buddies, and it’s giving me and Graham a fun window of time to do some things just to the two of us – good for everyone! And once a week, while Cullen is at school, Graham hangs with our beloved babysitter – which means I have four glorious hours to do whatever I need to do. And today, that means catching up on work and emails at the coffee shop. So I thought I would pop over here and ramble for a few minutes before getting a few other posts in the works…
How is your summer going? I am doing what I always do and panicking that summer is almost over, instead of just enjoying what’s left of it (working on that…). This summer has been so amazing so far (and I have a recap post coming once I edit all my photos!), and we have a lot more fun coming up in the next month. We did the same thing this year that we did last year, and back loaded all of our travel and visits with family in the last few weeks of the summer. Our first trip is this coming weekend, and I am counting down!
Although as much as I love to travel, I am also just soaking up Seattle right now. This is when our city really shines, and I hang onto these late sunsets and sandy beach days all year long, reminding myself on the dreariest days that the northwest summers are more than worth it!
Speaking of – did you read that article in the New Yorker? You know, the one that said that Seattle (and everyone who lives here) will be destroyed in a massive earthquake? Um yeah, just slightly terrifying.
I read it, and then re-read it, and then spent two entire days doing nothing but reading and learning everything I could about earthquakes, seismic plates, tsunami patterns, emergency preparedness, and then naturally deciding that we clearly had to relocate to the middle of North Dakota or some other less threatening place.
The thing is – it’s actually REALLY scary. But I don’t think moving away is realistic. Of course we don’t want to die, but stuff happens everywhere. Plus, we LOVE it here! Once the buzz here died down a bit (it was the only thing anyone talked about for days!), Casey and I went into problem solving mode, and had some good conversations about how to prepare, what we would do, etc. – assuming it does happen while we’re here. Casey did a ton of research and put together an extensive emergency kit, so I’m feeling good that we’ve done all we can do at this point. Until then, we’re going to enjoy the beautiful landscape here and hope it doesn’t all wash away into the ocean someday.
Okay, switching gears! On my last post someone asked me for an update on the dogs, and it made me realize I hadn’t said much about them in a while. That’s not intentional and doesn’t mean anything more than I just don’t blog as often, and when I do it tends to be more focused on a particular topic (that rarely pertains to dogs!).
But the dogs are great. They are both getting older, which is hard to accept. Huey will be TWELVE (!) at the end of the summer, and Indy is almost ten. They both still have the energy level of puppies, and they are loving summer and so much time spent outside chasing birds and eating all my ripe strawberries and tomatoes.
Ever since the aggression issues we dealt with back in December 2013, we’ve continued to keep them separated more than before, but it’s second nature for all of us now. The dogs are happy getting more individual attention, and actually seem less stressed and anxious now that they aren’t competing so much. They both get lots of snuggles and walks and on some days they drive me totally insane, and other days I can’t imagine life without them. Usual stuff.
Onto food – I posted this on Instagram a few days ago, but I wanted to show you guys one of our favorite meals these days. We call it “salsa bowls” and we eat it at least once a week.
I make brown rice in the rice cooker, and then cook up some sort of vegetable medley from whatever we have on hand. This particular bowl had a mixture of swiss chard and yellow squash (both from our garden – update on that coming soon!!) mixed with red onion, mushrooms, fresh corn, and black beans. Then we top the bowls with cherry tomatoes, diced avocado, shredded cheese (and sometimes greek yogurt), and gobs and gobs of salsa. It is the bomb.
We’re also doing lots of grilling! Tons of corn on the cob, grilled squash, sliced portabellas, endless field roast, and homemade veggie burgers. Casey made a new version of our favorite veggie burgers last weekend, and I want him to remake them and measure the ingredients this time so I can share them. The had salsa in them, and were insane!
Alright, off to pick Cullen up from school and go see what Graham has been up to this morning. Back with another post toward the end of the week – hope your week is off to a great start!