Category Seattle

Autumn and crafting and cozy in bed by 9:30

It’s 9:30pm on Sunday. I’m curled up in bed, cocooned in a mountain of flannel and down, and—weirdly for a Sunday night—I feel good. For the first time in months, I didn’t do a lick of work this weekend and the “Sunday scaries” are just a murmur reminding me to set my alarm a little […]

Tile and the election

At about 6:15 this morning I had an epiphany of what I wanted my bathroom to look like at the end of its upcoming remodel (the result of the last remodel turning out to be a real hack job that only made things worse). By a few hours later I had visited the tile store […]

My bedroom is so famous

Look what Ashley found on Pinterest! A pirated photo of my bedroom with “bird wall art” photoshopped onto the wall by Etsy craftspersons. As a lawyer, I’m supposed to be indignant at the infringement of my copyright. As a designer, I question the adulteration of my ensemble with uninvited decor. But as a human being […]

Kidney stones!

I’m going to start with gratitude. For the emergency room doctors, nurses, and technicians who took care of me; for the ambulance drivers who took me to them and made empathetic small talk on the way; for my dad who answered my early anxious phone call and encouraged me to seek care right away in […]

Fresh air!

Normally I’d welcome the return of rain with a little melancholy. It means the short Seattle summer is over and we’re heading toward the dark and wet of autumn and winter. But after a week (more?) of the thickest smoke, the rain also meant a cleansing of the air and a refreshing of the parched […]

Air quality

We’ve had a rough run in terms of air quality this past week. Smoke from the wildfires in California and Oregon has swept up the coast and sat on us like a cat. Gone the rosy mornings and hazy afternoons, replaced by chalky grey everywhere. And the air quality index has gone through the roof. […]

Morning at water’s edge

Most mornings before logging on to work from my living room, I walk down to the edge of the lake and sit for a while. I observe the rowers and the play of light on the water and the internal shifts—physical, emotional, mental—as I finish waking up and prepare for the day. It’s a peaceful […]

Wildfire season

The wind shifted yesterday and now Seattle is buried beneath a layer of smoke from the wildfires on the other side of the Cascades. The look and strong smell of the smoky city strangely reminds me of India, more than anything, since Delhi had been so smoky while we were there. I feel grateful yet […]

In which Justin makes a pie

I mentioned on Saturday that Carol shared her apple pie recipe and then managed to procure a bag of the ever-so-coveted Gravenstein apples for us. The harvest was weak this year so they’re harder to find and more expensive than usual, but Carol has her connections! They weren’t pretty, but you don’t need pretty for […]

Waterfalls!

For this sunny Labor Day we joined (what felt like) literally everyone else in Seattle for a short hike to the Twin Falls. Despite the crowded trail, the trip was worth it. The falls were lovely and the late summer weather couldn’t have been more golden.

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