Thursday, August 21, 2014

Another neat thing to see while walking around Bellevue

Every week or so, I spot this group of gentlemen sailing their model boats together in the lake at the park. :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Video Interview at glassybaby

This afternoon, I was asked to participate in an interview with Mericos and Izzy of glassybaby's glassrootstour. Mericos is the son of glassybaby founder, Lee Rhodes. In fact, Maricos, was only 12 years old when he wrote the description of a glassybaby, which is included in each glassybaby box. Izzy is Mericos' girlfriend, and together, they are hitting the road for 4 months(!) on the glassybaby glassroots tour. They will be driving all across the country between September 1st through the end of December, introducing glassybaby to the entire country along the way.

Anyhow, as part of the video series that Maricos and Izzy are making for the glassroots tour, they asked if they could conduct an interview with me to learn more about the Immediate Impact Walk, and how we have worked with glassybaby over the years. We discussed how I was introduced to glassybaby, the Immediate Impact Walk, the Possibilitarian glassybaby set, and glassybaby's giving campaign. We filmed about 8 minutes all in one take, which they said was a first. I hope it all turned out okay! Izzy thought they'd have the edited version ready to share sometime next week. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product, and to following Mericos and Izzy's adventures!

thanks to Jordan for taking these photos "on the set" during the interview!

Izzy, Mericos and Trina - with the Possibilitarian glassybaby set

I even got a shout-out on glassybaby's instagram account!

Getting all my Ducks in a Row.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The End of an Era: Woodward's Garden is Closing

One of our favorite restaurants in San Francisco, Woodward's Garden, is closing. :(

here is the article on sfgate.

Such a bummer.

Dick and I went to this lovely, cozy restaurant on our first date, nearly 16 years ago. After we got married nine years ago, we've been going every year on our anniversary.

I'll be sad to see it go. The space is lovely, the staff is wonderful and the food is amazing. Such a loss for us, and for San Francisco.

Here is a painting that I did of the interior of the restaurant last year. Dick had taken the photograph on our anniversary the year before thinking it might make a good painting.

Woodward's Garden
oil on canvas
24" x 30"

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Day 2 with Pete & Richard

Tea at Pioneer Square, lunch at Marcela's, and dinner at Lot No. 3 with friends.

Saturday Morning with my Noe

"Caturday" :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Pete and Richard are here!!

Pete and Richard are visiting. Yay!
Here are some of my favorite photos from their first day here.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Toad the Wet Sprocket and Counting Crows Concert at Marymoor Park

Last night, I went to my second concert at Marymoor Park! Dick and I had such a great time last month at the Steely Dan Concert that we came home after to see what other groups were playing this summer that we might like to see.

I figured it out immediately - Toad the Wet Sprocket and Counting Crows - two bands from the mid-90s that I enjoy very much. I saw Toad the Wet Sprocket once before - I believe in 1994. When I posted a stats update on Facebook about that last night, I originally said it had been 10 years since I last saw them. Then it occurred to me that 1994 was not 10 years ago (although it often feels like it). Nope. It was TWENTY years ago. Oy.

Unfortunately, Dick wasn't feeling well last night, so he decided at the last minute that he wasn't up to going. Lucky for me, my friend Gina just moved up from the Bay Area a couple of weeks ago, and was free and happy to go with me.

We had a ball. We missed the opening band, but made it in time for Toad the Wet Sprocket, who played for about an hour. It was really great to watch them live. They released a new album earlier this year, which I've been listening to over the last 2 weeks to I'd be familiar with their new songs. Really great!!

Gina and Trina

Toad the Wet Sprocket!

View of the full stage

another close up of Toad

Toad the Wet Sprocket played for about an hour. Between sets, we walked over to the food trucks to get dinner. While we were line for the Grilled Cheese Sandwich truck, I was surprised by my friend, Debra!! Debra is a friend from High School, who has lived up in this area for over 20 years. We caught up over lunch just last month. I love that we ran into each other at a concert! I'm feeling more and more like a local here. :)

Unfortunately, the line for the food truck, and then waiting for our food to be ready took a very long time. Counting Crows took the stage and started before we were able to get back to our seats. I'm guessing we missed 2 or 3 songs. (The grilled cheese sandwiches were really good, though!)

Once we were back in our seats, we really enjoyed listening to the Counting Crows! These guys are AMAZING live! The lead singer, Adam Duritz, has an incredible voice. Not only is it instantly recognizable, but it is very strong, and he just sound amazing. They played for a full two hours, with the concert finishing around 10:00. It rained for the last hour or so. I came prepared with my lightweight rain jacket, which was good, but honestly, the rain just added to the whole experience. The crowd was really into the music, and no one seemed to mind the rain at all - it is Seattle, after all! It was a warm night - still in the high 70s. Really great.

Gina, Trina and Debra

Counting Crows

Spotlight on Adam Duritz

One last thought - both bands are from California. I hadn't known that until I looked it up later. I noticed during the evening that both bands had several songs referencing California. Makes me happy. :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The lost art of the hand-written note

Without a doubt, one of my closest friends between 8th and 10th grade was Sherilyn Lee. We were two giggly girls, had many classes together, and shared countless hours of laughs. We also passed notes to each other before/during/after class. Now that I reminisce of all those notes, I wonder how we left any time in class to learn anything at all.

Sherilyn (that's Sheri, or simply "Bear" to me) is still one of my dearest friends. 30 years later, we can't help but fall into laughter most of the time that we're together.

My friend Sheri is one smart cookie. She's an engineer, and a published poet and writer. She's also a referee for Women's Roller Derby. She pretty much kicks ass. :)

Sheri and Grant spent a few days here in Bellevue with us last month. We had a ball together, as usual.

Imagine my delight this morning when I checked my postal mailbox, and found an envelope with her unmistakable handwriting. Inside: a three page, hand-written letter. My Bear is bringing back Old School, and it simply made my day!

I was instantly transported back to junior high: seeing her handwriting, written in the familiar blue ink of a Papermate pen, on the binder paper that we always used. It was a blast from the past, and it was fantastic.

Thanks for the hand-written thank you letter, my friend. Truly, you made my day, and brought a smile to my face. xo