Monday, May 26, 2008

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

here's to my last night in Oly!

I'm packing up my stuff. It's my last night in Olympia before I go back east to DC on Sunday. I'll miss the 10-minute commute home and the nice dog that's kept me company at my strange rental, but that's about it. It's been difficult living apart from Dan and the dogs for 4 1/2 months, and not seeing each other much at all. We are both looking forward to resuming our life together, just a few more days!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Fence be gone

Day 1 of homeownership - Giles and I got most of the fence down today.

Uncle Giles hard at work

After the fence is down, the front lawn is free. My neighbor even offered to weed whack the yard!

Pile O'fence

celebration of the keys

got the keys to the new house last night!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Plotting plodding through the garden

I've been trying to make mental maps in my head of how the new yard will look. I think once the hedge comes down and the fence gets moved, it will be easier to figure out. That, and just living there will help too! But I want to make space for veggie beds, patio area, shed for garden tools, doggie green space, plus loads of plants. Not sure where it will all go right now, but I'm sure the plan will materialize.

Sunday, May 4, 2008


Tulips at the Capitol. I get to walk by these every day.

Saturday, May 3, 2008


I spoke to my good friend Taube last night.

She and her husband Julian are living in Japan for a few years, and we were lucky enough to visit them last May for one of my most favorite vacations. I think Taube was a travel agent in a past life, because she plans the best vacations!

One of these days, I'll get around to putting pictures up from that trip, but Taube has some right here since she's not quite as lazy as me!

It's kinda difficult to find the right time to call the other side of the world, but I realized last night that it was the perfect time, and we got to catch up a bit. Hopefully we will be able to visit again next summer, since they are staying another year. Thank god I'll be able to eat ramen again!

Lockers as storage?

I think that school lockers would make great storage in the house somewhere, although now that Danly will be surrounded by lockers every day at whatever school he works at, I'm not sure he will enjoy seeing "work" furniture at home! Maybe I can convince him!

It pays

It pays to read assloads of design blogs. How else would I have found out about the Kyoto Art and Antiques Warehouse Sale in Seattle that's only for 10 days, RIGHT NOW!

This is good incentive for me to write my irritating policy brief tomorrow that I have been putting off for 2 1/2 weeks. If I can't finish my report, I can go next weekend to the sale, but it will be the end of the event, and people will be desperate and cranky. I should go this Sunday!

Hurray for Japanese furniture!

Side note - 15 more days till I go home, thank goodness.