Saturday, July 31, 2010

Bonding in Portland

I don't think I've really written lately about what I have been doing with my brother and sister. Last weekend we took a trip down to Portland to visit some of our family. A lot of quality sibling bonding took place. The drive down on Friday was basically a nightmare, traffic was horrible the ENTIRE way. But we didn't let that get in the way of our fun. Saturday our cousins took us on a hike around Multnomah Falls, we originally were just going to hike from the visitor center up to the falls, instead we pretty much hiked around all of the falls it was a little over 7 miles total. I felt as though I was one with nature, keep in mind I'm not really that big of an outdoorsy kind of gal so it was quite the accomplishment for me. I did however thoroughly enjoy the hike and am now "hike" crazy. I've been looking up a lot of other trails here in Washington. That's another story though. Here are some pictures from our hike, it was beautiful and absolutely stunning. 
Some fun facts:
Multnomah Falls is 620 feet from its origins on Larch Mountain, and Multnomah Falls is the second highest year-round waterfall in the entire United States, how cool is that? Also Nearly two million visitors a year come to see the ancient waterfall, Katia, Keith and I were of course among those. I tried to find a map of the trail we hiked and the one below was all I could find. If you're in Oregon I highly suggest checking out the falls! There were no words that would give justice to the majesty that was Multnomah Falls. I loved it! 

I guess I should also mention that we stopped by Voodoo Donuts (The Magic is in the Hole) while we were downtown too! Ever been? I must say it's quite the place, they have all kinds of donuts, flavors, phallic names, and a lot of crazy furniture. We noticed this last time that there were a ton of pictures of Kenny Rogers inside, not sure why? Oh and something else to note, Voodoo doesn't accept plastic, only cash! 

Friday, July 30, 2010

2010 PGA Senior Open

The 2010 Senior Open is here in Washington, at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish and I'm going! I'm very excited because I've never been to really any golf events before so it should be a new and exciting experience. I'm not familiar with Golf as much so it will be fun to have the chance to learn a little more about it and watch some great players. When I found out I was going the first thing that popped into my head was, "Shoot! What do people wear to golf events?!" Leave it to me to worry about what shoes are appropriate or which sunglasses look the part of a golf spectator right? I've been asking around and Google'ing the phrases,
"What to wear if you are at a golf event as spectator"
"What should women wear to a PGA Golf event?"
"What should a woman wear to a gold tournament?"

It seems like the general answer is "a collared shirt and khaki pants are ideal". So polos and collared shirts are appropriate attire, long shorts down to your knee (Thank you Olivia!), khakis, or even a skirt or athletic style skort are all appropriate attire for golf spectators. I also read that denim is very frowned upon, which makes sense. It's a more casual material anyway. Making sure that your pants don't have a ton of extra pockets or that they appear baggy, that's a no no I guess. Having two pockets on your hips and two pockets on the backside is normal and ok. Shoes, you're just suppose to wear what is comfortable, no boots of heaving shoes of that kind, golf shoes seem to be what keeps coming up on what is recommended to wear.

I also had no idea that there are certain things that are not allowed into most golf tournaments. Things like- cell phones, purses, cameras, walkie-talkies, backpacks, flags or banners. The two I was most surprised by were the cell phones and cameras, sad! I won't be able to Tweet while I'm there.

I Google image searched pictures of spectators and these are a few I found-

I have to thank the Hotel Bellevue for the tickets to this exciting event, so THANK YOU! I'm very excited! Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


A while ago someone plainly asked me what my hobbies were. For whatever reason I drew a blank. I don't golf or rock climb, I don't ride horses or knit. I guess I like to shop, Tweet, travel, hang out with my family but I was as a loss of what my hobbies were exactly. Anyway, I decided to take up art, drawing in particular. I'm enjoying it so far and learning a lot, it's actually quite challenging considering my brain is not wired to be artsy and creative. This class is a great challenge for me. As assignment in class was to replicate a picture we liked from an artist of our choice. I chose Pablo Ruiz Picasso, partly because we share the same last name, or part of it and because he is from Spain like my family! I thought his drawing of Stalin was perfect, it was done in charcoal (which right now us my favorite medium to draw with). The picture actually is kind of an insult to the great leader Stalin because Picasso was commissioned to draw a portrait of Stalin that was to be published on the front page of a communist paper, to commemorate his death. When you look at this picture though you wouldn't think Picasso spent a lot of time on it right? The value and contouring seem like it was done quickly and swiftly. Not a picture you would expect from Picasso to commemorate a great leader's passing right? I mean considering all of the other amazing pictures and portraits he'd completed in the past.
This is Picasso's picture of Stalin

And this is my drawing of Picasso's Stalin...

Happy Birthday Amelia Bedilia

My dog turned 3 yesterday. Her name is Amelia Bedilia after my favorite story book character, Amelia is my shadow and constant companion, she goes just about everywhere with me, whether its for rides in the car, walks on the beach or sleeping in my lap while I work or read. She's the best. So of course I had to celebrate the day of her birth with a little party and some cake! My awesome sister Katia (Follow her on Twitter at @KatiaRenee) baked a delicious doggy friendly cake for Mimi's birthday. Amelia absolutely loved it as you can see from the photos, I think the peanut butter was her favorite part, we added it because it's a treat she loves. As for us, the flavor was a little bland, it wasn't horrible it just didn't have a whole lot of flavor. The party was a success and I'm so happy to have the best dog in the whole world!
Banana Peanut Dog Birthday Party Cake

2/3 cup ripe mashed bananas
1/2 cup softened safflower margarine
3 large eggs
3/4 cup Water
2 cups unbleached rice flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C)
In mixing bowl, beat together mashed banana and butter until creamy. Add eggs and water. Beat well. Stir in dry ingredients. Beat until smooth. Add nuts. Spoon batter evenly into oiled and floured bundt pan. Bake for about 35 minutes. Cool on wire rack 5 minutes, remove from pan, replace on rack and cool.

To make Banana Carob frosting, combine the following ingredients and blend thoroughly:

2 cups ripe banana, mashed
1 Tbs butter
6 Tbs carob powder
2 tsp vanilla
3 Tbs Unbleached flour
1 tsp cinnamon
Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and enjoy!!- Instead of this frosting however we used organic peanut butter and some honey, as it is Amelia's favorite treat!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

St-Germain Cocktail

A good friend of mine is a bartender, he recently suggested that I try a St-Germain cocktail. Let's just say it's delicious and amazing! It's now my drink of choice, I highly recommend that you try it! Here is the recipe.

2 parts Brut Champagne or Dry Sparkling Wine

1 ½ parts St-Germain

2 parts Sparkling Water or Club Soda
Method: Fill a tall Collins glass with ice. Add Champagne first, then St-Germain, then Club Soda. Stir completely.* Garnish with a lemon twist, making sure to squeeze essential oils into the glass.

* St-Germain is heavier than wine, thus it will settle to the bottom unless mixed thoroughly.

Friday, July 16, 2010


Today is Friday! Yay. I'm currently capitalizing on Starbucks FREE wi-fi on 12th and Columbia right by the Law School at Seattle University. This Starbucks has been my savior the last couple days, I've been at freshmen orientation with Katia and in order to get through these long days I've been loading up on the caffeine. If you didn't already know I am probably one of the most loyal Starbucks customers ever and I cannot live without my coffee. I was talking to a friend the other day and we decided that some of my essentials for every day living are my Blackberry, my Macbook and my Starbucks :). That's me!

So far I am very impressed with Seattle University, the campus is lovely and all the current students have nothing but good things to say about their SU life and experiences, I guess they have to be super positive though because they want you to be excited about coming here. Anyway, I'm having a nice time and have found the parent lectures and programs very helpful. Good job SU!

I am also looking forward to the weekend, there are so many fun and exciting activities taking place!

-The Bite of Seattle

-Kirkland Uncorked

-The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Thursday, July 15, 2010


I'm wallowing in sadness and being bummed right now! My little sister, my beautiful baby sister is going to college this fall. We are currently attending Seattle University's Freshman Orientation seminar, Summer in Seattle (Seattle U is where she will be going this fall), yes I am attending it too! As her PARENT. It was funny walking up to all the check-in tables asking where parents sign in, the students in charge of check-in took a moment and looked at me very perplexed and told me I was at the wrong table, they kindly pointed in the direction of student check-in. I told them that I was actually a parent but flattered for the compliment. It was fun needless to say. I'm enjoying being the supportive parent, asking all the important questions like how campus safety works, how alcohol is kept out of the dorms and learning more about all the great resources offered on campus. This morning while Katia was at her placement exam I hit the bookstore, bought myself a Seattle U "mom" shirt and got Katia a cute purple (its her fav color) leather ID holder and key ring. I thought it would be handy to carry around campus! I even scouted out a Starbucks that is right near campus, as well as a great deli. I told Katia that I felt like we were like Rory and Lorelei Gilmore from Gilmore Girls, if you've ever seen the show remember when Rory started school at Yale? Lorelei helped Rory get all settled in her dorm? Ah gosh, I'm really excited for her and this next chapter of my life, but of course am sad to see her grow up. If I'm having meltdowns about my sister leaving for college imagine what I'm going to be like when I send my own child to kindergarten or college? I don't think I'll make it.

I'm just going to have to remedy my sad feelings with lots of visits to see Katia!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

More pictures

I know, I know, I'm posting a lot of pictures. I love pictures though, what can I say! Here are some more photos of my PIC and I from Thursday night, we also checked out the HG Lodge in Capitol Hill.

Whistler, BC

 If you've read through some of my previous posts you'll know that I was Macbook-less for over a WEEK. A week people, that is like an entire lifetime to me. 4th of July weekend I decided to run away to Whistler, BC for a few days, it was the best idea I'd had a while. The drive is lovely, going through Vancouver is always exciting- seeing the city and of course driving through all the traffic, I mean that's fun right? The best part of the drive is going along the Sea to Sky Highway though, you follow this winding road that takes you through some of the most picturesque scenery you've ever seen, mountains, lakes, trees, waterfalls, hills, rocks, and flowers! The only thing I would recommend against is making the drive at night, the road is one lane each way at times and really narrow, I guess I wouldn't want to drive it at night.
There really is so much to do in Whistler, whether you like to hike, bike, shop, eat, ski, snowboard or swim. The nightlife in Whistler is also fantastic, the people up there are so nice and definitely know how to have a good time. A couple of the bars I liked were The Savage Beagle, Tommy Africa's and Garfinkel's. The Brewhouse up at Whistler is also a great place to have a delicious beer and get some good eats, their baked macaroni and cheese is insane! Lucky for me there was even Starbucks up there, because we all know I can't make it through the way without my beloved coffee. I also noticed while I was up there that everyone and I mean practically everyone had their dog with them, Whistler is also very dog friendly (I'll probably post something else later that goes into more detail about dog-friendly Whistler).

My favorite part of the trip was going on the Peak to Peak adventure, you can take gondola's all the way up Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains and then take another gondola up to the summit of Whistler Mountain which I believe is over 7,100ft. I of course went all the way to the top. At the top of the mountain it was pretty cold, I'm not going to lie, if you plan on making the trek to the top bring warm winter clothes!

Here are a few, well actually a lot of pictures from the trip!
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