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Written by GRSeim

March 11, 2012 at 3:26 am

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Bursting with flavor

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The photo theme for the day is the color red, which worked out well for me because this was pizza night at our house.

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Pictured here is our “secret family recipe pizza.” The crust is made with garlic-infused olive oil and sprinkled with truffle salt, and then we pile on arrabbiata sauce, sharp cheddar cheese, spoonfuls of creamy chèvre, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh spinach and cauliflower, and raw cashews. We add the kimchi (liberally) as a garnish after everything else is bubbly and golden brown.

There are plenty of legitimate reasons why a person might decide that they do not want to be a vegetarian, but I’m of the opinion that blandness should not be on that list.

Written by GRSeim

March 10, 2012 at 3:51 am

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Window

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Headed out for yet another frigid Winter afternoon spent determinedly lazing about on the beach. I swear we do behave like adults now and then.

Written by GRSeim

March 9, 2012 at 5:08 am

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What I wore today

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And every day!

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Written by GRSeim

March 8, 2012 at 7:52 am

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Beating the Seattle Freeze

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It snowed this morning. It is pretty unusual for us to get snow this late in the year in Seattle, so the city went into lockdown mode. My hearty bite-size adventurers and I ended up having Carkeek Park to ourselves, and enjoyed a private show courtesy of the Bubble Man before we finally meandered our way to the downtown REI in the late afternoon for dinner before returning home for the evening.

It is always interesting to parent your own children in a group setting, and it’s perhaps even a little weirder here in Seattle because…well, let’s face it. Seattle parents are weird. They will talk to your kid and ignore you, or instruct their children to talk to you for them even though you’re sitting right there and can obviously hear them. Some will swoop in to drive their children away from other kids when they try to make new friends on the playground. It can be hard to talk about this kind of behavior (at least for me), because there’s always the feeling that I must be doing something to cause these parents to dislike me. When you’ve been here as long as I have, though, you begin to realize that this kind of antisocial behavior is, for better or for worse, normal by Seattle standards.

The families we met at REI today were very typical Seattleites. I ended babysitting for this little boy’s mother briefly while she rushed her younger child to the bathroom, but she managed to get through that and an additional hour of standing side by side, watching our kids race around in the indoor treehouse, without ever speaking to me directly. By the end of the evening I knew her kids’ names, what schools they attend, their favorite colors, their favorite foods, their favorite tv shows, that their dad is fun to play with but doesn’t spend enough time with them, that the older brother doesn’t remember his little sister being a baby, but that she totally remembers being breastfed and misses it. I wasn’t even able to get the mom to tell me her name.

Seattle is a strange and lovely place, full of awkward, displaced people.

The good news is, this particular brand of awkwardness is hereditary doesn’t appear to be hereditary.

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Warming up at REI at 5 o’clock!

Written by GRSeim

March 7, 2012 at 5:21 am

Zipadeedoodah

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She’s got my smile. Oh, and my heart. 🙂

Written by GRSeim

March 6, 2012 at 4:21 am

Lie-abed

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My room is by far my favorite part of our apartment. Beautiful natural light pours through those windows all day long, which is terrible for photos but fantastic in real life. I love lazing about in bed, nursing the baby and reading to my preschooler while humming birds, chickadees, finches, sparrows, swallows, wrens, and even a few flickers visit the numerous feeders I keep carefully maintained just on the other side of the glass.

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Written by GRSeim

March 4, 2012 at 8:20 pm

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