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Car Fail

So…I had a bit of car fail the other day getting off the exit ramp. I braked and the car didn’t stop, gotta love hydroplaning. Luckily everyone is generally OK, though my back has seen better days. I went to the Drs today, but he said that the muscles were just strained, so some muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory meds coupled with hot tubbing and chill out time should serve me well. So expect to see some posts in the future about our car shopping experiences!
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Flower Baby Hat

So I knitted this one up quickly for my French teacher, who gave birth to a beautiful baby girl about three months ago. It’s bad luck in France to give a shower before the baby is born, so those of us who took her French class last year go together a few days ago to have a “mini shower” for her. I decided to knit this hat.

The pattern is from Knitted Baby Hats which I have loved in the past, (remember the pumpkins?), but this had left a little something to be desired. I think the final result is cute, but some of the different parts are a bit cumbersome to work with. For example, the pattern calls for you to make all the petals separately, then attach them separately. This was complicated, and made for LOTS of ends to weave in at the end, (my least favorite part of knitting). The next time, I would still knit each petal separately, but I would put them on double pointed needles and knit a round or two to join the piece, THEN attach and tack down the petals. Another possibility is to knit the petal circle directly onto the main portion of the hat before it’s closed off, this making the transition seamless. As of now, I can still see some pink peaking through between the petals and the stem, which bothers me.

While the hat is cute, and Tom insists that only I will ever see the imperfections, I still don’t like having an imperfect product (perfectionist, I know). Oh well, I think she’ll still love it! What do you think?
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Grad School

So on my vacation last week, I started working on my applications for Grad School. I’m applying for a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and getting my Professional Certificate. I’m excited to be headed back to the classroom, and am looking forward to learning how to be a better teacher. I’m NOT looking forward to the time commitment (I know, grow up), or the time it will take away from my time with Tom. He’s thinking about taking a mountaineering class though, and I’m sure we’ll just figure out new ways to make time for each other. We both agree, however, that this is the best time for me to pursue my Masters, as we’re thinking about kids in the next few years, and pregnancy+infants+grad school sounds like a quick trip to crazy town. I’m a little nervous, but still ready to take this next step to help further my career.

I’m applying to both Seattle Pacific University and Seattle University. The deadlines are both November 20th, but I only have a few more things to take care of, so the goal is to get them both submitted by the end of the week. Wish me luck!!
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San Juan Island

A few weeks ago, (as in before it started raining), we headed up the San Juan Island with some good friends of ours for the weekend. E is super pregnant at this point, so we weren’t exactly doing insane hikes, but we had a beautiful campground and checked out some of the interesting historical sites up there.
San Juan Island has two National Historic Sites, American Camp and English Camp (http://www.nps.gov/sajh/index.htm). They were both established in 1859 as a result of the death of a pig. Because of confusion over the wording of the Treaty of Oregon, there was some dispute as to whether the Americans or the British were the rightful owners of the San Juan Island. As such, there were both American farmers and British members of the Hudson’s Bay Company living and working on the island. The problems came about when an American farmer shot and killed a HBC pig. The British threatened to have him arrested and have all the American farmers evicted from the island as trespassers. The Americans sought and gained the protection of American armed forces, which prompted the British to send their own military force to the island. Both sides ended up establishing camps on the island, though no battles were ever fought, and both garrisons left the island some 20 years later.

On our trip up to the island, we visited both the American camp and the English camp. The Americans were situated on high grassy hills overlooking the Straight of Juan de Fuca to the south of the island, and the British were in a well protected “harbor” tucked into the north of the island. It definitely seemed like the British had the better end of the deal, but both sites were beautiful to visit on a late summer weekend.

American Camp

English Camp

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A Gift of a Song

So our wonderful friend Bert had originally wanted to sing a song for us at our wedding, but due to many circumstances, he was not able to. Last night, however, we were treated to a late wedding present of the song he wanted to sing. He sang “True Companion” by Marc Cohen, and it was incredibly beautiful and moving. Quite a rare treat. Thanks Bert.

Check him out on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLgsmqMtYHQ

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PUPPY!!

Ok, so it’s not our puppy, but I did seriously contemplate stuffing it in my purse on the way out! This is Walter, our friends Chuck and Lisa’s new puppy. He’s a corgi and officially the cutest freaking thing that I’ve seen in real life in quite some time. I now am a believer in puppy therapy, as I felt much happier having had puppy love all evening. Tom and I are planning on getting a puppy next summer, but playing with Walter made it very hard to wait!!

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New Food Week

So as to not be a total lump on my week-long break, I’ve set a challenge for myself. I want to try and cook or bake something new at least 4 times this week. (I know we’re going out a few nights) Today’s quest was to try baking challah (don’t pronounce the “c”) bread. It was not a resounding victory, as part of it collapsed a bit, but it was tasty! I’m not sure if I didn’t let it rise enough at some point (it needs to rise twice), or if it did something weird in the oven, but it definitely doesn’t look like to quite should. Oh well, it was good and our house still smells like baking bread, so I’ll count it as a win!

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How to Choose?

Tom and I have been trying to choose some pictures to frame for our walls, and we’re having a hard time! We’ve got beautiful pro picts from our wedding photographer such as these:

(previous photos taken by Don Mears Photography http://donmearsphotography.com/)

But we also want to include pictures from the other things we do, such as hiking, traveling, etc:

I’ve gone through the exercize of picking my favorite photos that I’ve taken this year, they can be found here: http://ap.brendanfields.com/viewer.aspx?site=12 click on “show all events” then scroll down until you find the folder “photos for prints”.
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(Don’t) Get Lost!

So two weekends ago, Tom and I set off to go hiking. We had our lunches packed, extra warm clothes and rain coats, our “ten essentials”. Apparently, the thing we didn’t pack, was our brains.

We decided to hike to Lake Lillian, which is on the I-90 corridor just on the east side of Snoqualmie pass, to see the beautiful, colorful leaves. We drove to the parking lot signed for the trail, got out of the car, and started hiking down the established trail that lead from the parking lot. This was our mistake. We did not READ THE SIGN at the entrance to the parking lot which notes that the trail head was 100 yards up the road. DOH!

We instead hiked up the trail from the parking lot through the woods. It was a nice trail, if not a little under maintained, we thought. I started get more and more uneasy as the trail got harder and harder to follow. Soon we were following spray painted orange blazes which we later “determined” must be a new trail that someone is working on cutting. We finally stopped at scree field and decided that we were not in the right place. Luckily, wherever we were was pretty, so we sat down and had lunch and took some pictures. Tom tried to track down the pika that was meeping at us, but it ran away before he could get super close.

Things got slightly more interesting on the way down, as we got turned around several times trying to follow the “trail” that we had basically invented on the way up. After consulting the GPS and the less than stellar topo we had, we figured out where we needed to go, and soon joined up with the more established trail, (we think it’s a hunter’s trail…whoo hoo).

In the end, we didn’t have a true epic, but we defiantly felt like idiots for not reading the sign showing the true location. Luckily we had a GPS, and map to help us out, but we defiantly learned our lesson not to take any trail for granted, and that even experienced hikers make mistakes. Fortunately for us, this mistake didn’t cost us much more than a few hours in a pretty forest.

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Birthday Part Deux

Ok, so I wanted to add some more pictures of the beautiful braclet from Mom and Charles.

I also realized that I neglected to mention the super sweet Brandi Carlisle CD from other friends. And add in a picture of the super beer 🙂

Here are a few more photos of the map…which is proving more difficult to photograph that I would have anticipated.
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