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Seattle II

When in Seattle, Julie got a job at an environmental consulting firm, and I worked for the University of Washington Medical Center. I split time between the University Medical Center:

And Harborview Medical Center, which is run by the University:

The job was a job, but Julie and I definitely enjoyed our time exploring Seattle. Summers were awesome: 70-75 degrees every day and sunny. The winters were a bit dreary, with rain and in the 40s-50s pretty much every day, but it was nice to be in a big city, with actual stuff to do.


We definitely would take more advantage of things like the Pike Place market. The market itself is pretty amazing. On TV you always see the fish chuckers, but the actual market is multiple levels of shops and restaurants, with all sorts of weird things to find.


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Posted by on March 31, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

Seattle!

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After we got back from the honeymoon, Julie and I pretty much packed up our junk and moved out to Seattle. We didn’t have jobs, but it sounded like a good idea. We packed up a U-Haul, attached our old Honda to the back and set off from Wausau, with a stop in Winona.



It took awhile, and it was scary going up the mountains, but we made it. We had a small apartment lined up in Kirkland, which is one of the eastern suburbs of Seattle. We were on the 3rd floor, and I think our rent was more than we pay for our home mortgage now.



It had a small kitchen, dining room, and living room, a deck, bathroom and two bedrooms. This was before Julie started to cook a bunch, so the small kitchen wasn’t a big deal, and coming straight from student housing, the rest of the apartment felt way too big. We didn’t use the deck much, since the people who lived below us smoked constantly and it came right up into our apartment.



We lived right next to a strip mall with a Rite-Aid and an Albertson’s, and a sweet Chinese restaurant, so grocery shopping and eating out was super easy. We really didn’t keep much stuff around in the apartment. When we needed something, we would just walk over to Albertson’s, usually a few times a week.


This was all pre-cats (Nut came later), so it was peaceful and relaxing 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

Repeats

Okay. So I know it seems like I’ve taken a break from baking and such, but I can assure you that isn’t the case. While I have stacks and stacks of new recipes, lately I have been going back and making quite a few recipes that I know and trust and love.
Here’s what I’ve made been doing with my time:
French (Guppy) Bread

Chunky Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bittman’s Bread

Andes Mint Cookies

Ginger Chewies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Crunch

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

As you can tell, I have not spent the last few weeks simply sitting on my duff doing diddly squat. I’ve simply been making some of the classics!

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

So Close!

I was putzing around the front yard just now, and came across some daffodils poking their leaves out into the sunshine. What a welcome and happy surprise to let us know that spring is fast approaching! This little sprout gives me hope of the crocus and tulip and lily blooms that will soon begin to show their bright and cheery heads as well!
It’s almost April!
 
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Posted by on March 26, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

Really?

This is the craziest thing I have seen this week:

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

Honeymoon II

The honeymoon was our first experience with “sophisticated” food. Up to that point, we had relied pretty much on typical Wisconsin cuisine, and the occasional (or not so occasional) Little Caesar’s $5 Hot ‘n Ready pizza, during college. This was all before Julie really got into baking, or went to culinary school, but we pigged out on the honeymoon 🙂

If you have never been on a cruise, it is an entirely different universe. There is food available all the time. As I like to say: This is one reason why other countries hate us. Buffets and restaurants are always going, and even if you want something at 3 in the morning, you can call up room service and get something for free!

The desserts are constant. It’s like every person on a cruise turns into a 4 year old. It’s not enough to have 1 (or 2 or 4) desserts after dinner and a couple with lunch, they also have to have midnight dessert buffets so that everyone can get their fill. Yes, that’s a giant dragon carved out of ice, and a horse made out of cheese, in the middle of the ocean.

You wouldn’t want to go to bed without being hopelessly hopped up on sugar. Starting with donuts and Cocoa Krispies for breakfast, it is possible on a cruise ship to eat only absolutely horrible things all day long. It’s wonderful.

What’s even more impressive is that, during culinary school, Julie ended up making stuff that looked like this:

Of course this all wasn’t enough, so I swung by Cinnabon on the way home. The Miami airport Cinnabon was the best one I have ever had. Sorry Jenn, the one in O’Hare just doesn’t cut it.

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

Honeymoon!

I was talking with Julie a couple of days ago that when we don’t have much going on on the blog, I would post some pictures about past trips we have taken, pre-blog, so I decided to scan in some photos from our honeymoon. Hard to believe that we got married before digital cameras were popular. To everyone who’s older than us: That’s right, I went there 🙂

Julie and I got married April 6th, 2002. She can scan in some wedding pictures and post about that some other time, if she wants. We left right from the reception and drove down to Chicago to catch our 6 AM flight to Miami, so we could catch a week-long cruise. The taxi ride from the airport to the port was by far the scariest taxi ride I have ever experienced. The dude was all over the road, speeding, and taking weird shortcuts through back alleys, but we made it pretty much unscathed. Our cruise was going to take us from Miami to Puerto Rico, to St. Croix, and then to St. Thomas before we made our way back home.

Our first stop was in Puerto Rico. We were supposed to do a night-time kayak tour through the bioluminescent algae that stay on top of the water. Should have been very cool. The only problem was the wind speeds were too high and the waves too big, so the excursion was cancelled 😦 We ended up just walking around the port town a bit and swung by Walgreens so Julie could buy some shampoo.

The next stop was in the US Virgin Islands: St. Croix. We booked a shore excursion at a “private island” where we got to lounge around on the beach and enjoy the weather. It was much more fun than I am making it look in this picture. This was probably right after Julie accidentally knocked over our fruity drinks I got us. Enjoy the swimsuit, since I left it at the snuba place mentioned below. Julie still brings that up on a regular basis.


After St. Croix we stopped in St. Thomas, which was our favorite stop of the trip. The island was extremely nice, and the shore excursion was the best one: snuba. At this point, I had been scuba diving with Dad, Trav, and Luke in the Cayman Islands, but Julie had never been diving with a regulator. It was fun, and after a brief training session we got to enjoy our snuba.

The snuba place was attached to a “zoo”, and an underwater observatory where you could take stairs down into the water and look at all the fish from windows underwater. Pretty cool. Below is a picture of Julie pointing out where we were on the island, as well as investigating one of the lizards that was running loose. This is not something she would probably ever do again.


All in all it was an excellent vacation, one of the best we have ever had. This is when we discovered how much we like cruising and got to start acting all grown up and married and stuff.

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2009 in Uncategorized